"Menopause is an exciting and sometimes challenging time in a woman’s life. A time of physical, emotional and spiritual change.
As movement specialists, we can care for the menopausal body in ways that may help support these changes and some of the symptoms associated with it.
Over the last few years it has become apparent to me that menopausal women need a specific program that includes strength training (for bone health), cardiovascular workouts (for hormone balance and weight management), balance exercises and most importantly stretching and releasing, breathing and relaxation (for stress reduction, lymph drainage and resetting the para sympathetic nervous system). At this time most women should remain active, toned and functional.
If your clients really want their bodies to continue to function well into their seventies and beyond, they have to start working smarter and this may be harder to do in the beginning as they learn to rethink their exercise program. Maybe both of you have lessened the resistance, lowered the heart rate and taken more breaks. Maybe they think they don’t even need to exercise that much anymore? Maybe they think that at this age they should be slowing down and taking things easy?
Well think again!
Women today are much more active, informed and focused on their health and fitness than they were several decades ago. Many have been exercising for years and are not about to stop now they are reaching a certain age. Life does not stop at fifty anymore. This group of women is either peri menopausal or in the midst of it and dealing with the changes that it brings. They would appreciate all the help they can get. Pilates is a mind body experience just like menopause is. We can use the philosophy of Pilates to help women through this time. There are symptoms of the mind; there are changes in the body and a reawakening of the soul or spirit of these women. It can be a truly amazing time if they are given the tools necessary to cope with the trials and tribulations of menopause.
Pilates is a wonderful aid in accomplishing these goals. Keeping a positive attitude and sense of humor is important too."