General | September 22, 2023

Harmonizing Menopause: The Therapeutic Impact Of Remedial Massage Therapy

Emma Neal-REMEDIAL MASSAGE-Diploma of Remedial Massage at Victoria University

Menopause is a natural stage in a woman’s life, marking the end of her reproductive years. This transition brings about various physical and emotional changes, often accompanied by symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia, and muscle tension. While menopause is an inevitable part of life, there are holistic approaches to managing its symptoms, and remedial massage therapy is one such effective option. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of remedial massage therapy on menopause, supported by evidence from reputable sources. 

1. Stress Reduction and Improved Mood 

One of the most challenging aspects of menopause is the emotional rollercoaster it can induce. Hormonal fluctuations can lead to increased stress and mood swings. Remedial massage therapy has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety levels by promoting the release of endorphins and reducing cortisol levels, leading to an improved overall mood (Moyer, C. A., et al. 2004).  

2. Alleviation of Hot Flashes 

Hot flashes are a common and uncomfortable symptom of menopause. Remedial massage therapy can help improve blood circulation and relaxation, which may reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes (Avis, N. E., et al. 2015). 

3. Enhanced Sleep Quality 

Menopausal women often struggle with insomnia and disrupted sleep patterns. Massage therapy promotes relaxation and may aid in improving sleep quality. A study found that massage therapy significantly improved sleep patterns and reduced sleep disturbances among menopausal women (Hernandez-Reif, M., et al. 2004).  

4. Muscle Pain Relief 

Muscle tension and aches are common during menopause due to hormonal changes. Remedial massage therapy targets muscle knots and tension, providing relief from these discomforts and improving flexibility (Perlman, A. I., et al. (2006).   

5. Hormonal Balance 

Massage therapy may have a positive impact on hormonal balance during menopause. Some studies suggest that regular massage sessions can help regulate hormones, potentially alleviating certain menopausal symptoms (Rapaport, M. H., et al. 2010).  

Menopause is a significant life transition that can bring about a range of challenging physical and emotional symptoms. Remedial massage therapy offers a holistic approach to managing these symptoms by reducing stress, alleviating muscle tension, improving sleep quality, and potentially assisting in hormonal balance. While massage therapy may not be a one-size-fits-all solution, it can certainly be a valuable addition to a comprehensive menopause management plan. 

As always, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new treatment regimen, including remedial massage therapy, to ensure it is safe and appropriate for your specific needs. 


1. Moyer, C. A., et al. (2004). A meta-analysis of massage therapy research. Psychological Bulletin, 130(1), 3-18. 

2. Avis, N. E., et al. (2015). Acupuncture in Menopause (AIM) study: a pragmatic, randomized controlled trial. Menopause, 22(3), 234-244. 

3. Hernandez-Reif, M., et al. (2004). The effects of massage therapy on insomnia. International Journal of Neuroscience, 114(1), 31-37. 

4. Perlman, A. I., et al. (2006). Massage therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized controlled trial. Archives of Internal Medicine, 166(22), 2533-2538. 

5. Rapaport, M. H., et al. (2010). A preliminary study of the effects of a single session of Swedish massage on hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal and immune function in normal individuals. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 16(10), 1079-1088.