The hormonal changes of menopause can bring about physical and mental challenges which may leave us feeling stressed, anxious, and depressed. Focusing on making time for yourself is one of the most productive things that you can do, but this can seem an impossible task when you’re possibly already juggling work, kids and the worry of aging parents. Rather than practicing self-care, we often put our own needs last.
So how can you find time to improve your mental health?
Pilates is a wonderful form of exercise for the menopausal woman. The slow and controlled movements, coupled with the focus required to execute each exercise, make Pilates a perfect way to switch off to the outside world. The emphasis on Pilates breathing techniques also help to centre you and aid relaxation.
That’s not to say it’s easy! You’ll still reap the muscle strengthening and mobility benefits of this mat-based exercise regime, plus exercise has a positive effect on mental wellbeing. The inevitable release of endorphins is enhanced by the physical transformation Pilates can have on your posture, fitness, mobility and body shape. And whilst Pilates can’t help you avoid hot flushes, by exercising gently, you won’t release cortisol which can itself be a trigger.
As you enter the menopausal phase, we appreciate that it can be difficult to attend group classes or that phases of stress or anxiety can prevent you joining in with public activities. Pilates On Tap reflects a personalised class experience, with multiple features so that you control what type of class you’re delivered. This sets it apart from many online class providers as there’s no pre-recorded whole classes. And in the interest of relaxation, you can add release stretches after each move.