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Andrea Marsh

Shiatsu & Chinese Medicine Practitioner

My menopause story started 3 years ago when I was at a talk (about menopause in the workplace) and I flippantly said ‘I’ll sail through the menopause’. Then I heard the talk, and the penny dropped!
 
The way I’d been feeling for the prior 4 or 5 years were perimenopause symptoms, when I thought it was exhaustion, possibly depression and I didn’t want to think about why my memory had completely collapsed. I’d been qualified as a Shiatsu Practitioner and Chinese Medicine Therapist for 12 years by then but hadn’t even given a thought to menopause. The greatest thing I gained from the talk was empowerment, that I wasn’t depressed, I was going through natural hormonal changes and that I could research it.  I saw this jumble of symptoms that just made no sense to me; there were cold ones and hot ones, I didn’t have flushes, so what was going on? Using Chinese medicine I pieced together the patterns and the order in which symptoms could appear, and on the day I finished I felt I had a revelation – Perimenopause symptoms could all be cold, not a flush or sweat in sight!
 
I didn’t believe my own research at first so I went to a couple more talks this time by GP hormone specialists and found my theory overlaid the decline of progesterone and then estrogen. To put my theories to the test I started seeking out Shiatsu clients who had menopause symptoms, and using the knowledge of acupuncture points helped women relieve some of their extreme symptoms very quickly. Brain fog, overwhelm, night sweats and tiredness were the first group that were alleviated with treatment. I felt I’d found something really useful here.
 

3 years later

I’ve helped dozens of ladies with my therapy, talks to hundreds of women, embarked on Corporate talks and I’ve put on menopause events in 2019 with a view to expanding to further events and retreats during 2020.  I’m currently developing a cream (insert hyperlink www.cotswoldmenopause.co.uk/blossomcream) that helps ease symptoms, the testing has been really successful, you can read some of the results!
 
This Autumn I’ve expanded my talk into an online support guide – The Natural Menopause  (insert hyperlink https://www.thenaturalmenopause.co.uk) , helping you step through an 8 week programme to understand your hormones, your mind & body, supplements, and practical ‘how to’ advice to implement at home to start alleviating symptoms.
 
I help women on a 1-2-1 basis at my clinic in Cheltenham, and I’m also available to do online consultations, read more here (insert hyperlink https://www.cotswoldmenopause.co.uk/treatmentoptions)
 
 
My passion is to spread the word about the Perimenopause, knowledge empowered me and that is what I want to give to as many women as possible. This summer I did a successful 500 bookmark giveaway leading up to Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival Menopause events, with ‘Top Tips and Facts’ for you to take along to your GP as support. Too many women are misdiagnosed and I want women to be knowlegeable about their transition years and know how to handle them; I want you to Blossom in Your Menopause. 
 
I’m happy to do a Menopause Clarity call (free) to discuss your specific symptoms, you can book a call here (insert hyperlink https://ShiatsuBodyworks.as.me/MenopauseClarityCall)
 
I look forward to hearing from you! Best Wishes, Andrea
 
 

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WHERE'S MY PHONE?

I've literally looked around to see where my phone is, whilst I was holding it in my left hand!!

I need to up my Omega 3 intake 🙂

This is one of the essential fatty acids that helps improve brain function, which we really really need in our 40s. I'm so much better than I was, but I know I've still got room for improvement.

If you're starting out on your perimenopausal journey then you need to know that this is the age where you start taking supplements, and there is no way to avoid them.

That's a fact. You'll never get enough nutrition from food. You should eat well, so that you do get the nutrients, and you do feed the little critters in your gut to help you feel good, but they need help too.

Gut health can affect everything from achy joints to anxiety, so to keep your microbiome on top form you need a lot of veg and variety and a pro biotic.

Cortisol, a hormone we release too much of now leeches the nutrients from our diet so we need to put them back in with a multi vitamin - use one specific for women, like Well Woman

Omega 3/6 are Essential fatty acids, and virtually all the symptoms of the menopause can be atttributed to a depletion in EFAs

Magnesium, want better sleep? Lose the restless legs and cramps, relieve achy muscles? Mg has a hand in over 600 chemical reactions in our body, it is a must at this time of life.

So that's your essential supplement kit, there are many more you can take, but before you say 'oooh, I've got symptoms' you start taking these and then see how you are in a few weeks; you may be surprised!

#menopause #menohealth #midlifehealth #womanshealth #menonutrients #menosupplements #menoessentials #magnesium #Omega3 #probiotic #multivitamin #wellwoman #naturalmenopause #cotswoldmenopause
WHERE'S MY PHONE? I've literally looked around to see where my phone is, whilst I was holding it in my left hand!! I need to up my Omega 3 intake 🙂 This is one of the essential fatty acids that helps improve brain function, which we really really need in our 40s. I'm so much better than I was, but I know I've still got room for improvement. If you're starting out on your perimenopausal journey then you need to know that this is the age where you start taking supplements, and there is no way to avoid them. That's a fact. You'll never get enough nutrition from food. You should eat well, so that you do get the nutrients, and you do feed the little critters in your gut to help you feel good, but they need help too. Gut health can affect everything from achy joints to anxiety, so to keep your microbiome on top form you need a lot of veg and variety and a pro biotic. Cortisol, a hormone we release too much of now leeches the nutrients from our diet so we need to put them back in with a multi vitamin - use one specific for women, like Well Woman Omega 3/6 are Essential fatty acids, and virtually all the symptoms of the menopause can be atttributed to a depletion in EFAs Magnesium, want better sleep? Lose the restless legs and cramps, relieve achy muscles? Mg has a hand in over 600 chemical reactions in our body, it is a must at this time of life. So that's your essential supplement kit, there are many more you can take, but before you say 'oooh, I've got symptoms' you start taking these and then see how you are in a few weeks; you may be surprised! #menopause #menohealth #midlifehealth #womanshealth #menonutrients #menosupplements #menoessentials #magnesium #Omega3 #probiotic #multivitamin #wellwoman #naturalmenopause #cotswoldmenopause
How Do I Know I'm Perimenopausal? (and what is it?!)

I thought I would go back to basics - the word perimenopause is only just starting to filter into the world so I want to help many women see that they are this, and that they shouldn't be fobbed off on GP appointments.

If you find this you may not have yet decided where you are with your menopause timeline so it's always great to address the basics, to alleviate the confusion that women feel, and the mis direction some GPs can give. Here are some of the facts you need to know:

🌼 Menopause is only 1 Day! But we assess it when you've not had periods for 12 months

🌼 ANY time before Menopause that you have SYMPTOMS is the PERIMENOPAUSE - This is what you TELL THE GP

🌼 The GP can't dismiss your symptoms, whatever your age as you may have early onset menopause. Do not be fobbed off - Change GP.

🌼 With the Perimenopause, you may NOT have any heat symptoms at all. Symptoms will be : anxiety, overwhelm, tiredness, scattiness,crying at things, nervous, feeling stressed more than you used to. Not getting things done like you used to, not being able to exercise like you used to, belly fat... you are not depressed, you are perimenopausal

🌼 Don't ask for a blood test, these symptoms are the decline of progesterone, test is only for estrogen, in which you may still be abundant. You only have estrogen decline if your periods are very erractic. During the perimenopausal your periods may very likely become heavier and more frequent.

🌼 You most likely won't have hot flushes, but you may have night sweats, as they are exacerbated by the food you eat at dinner. Altering what you eat, can change them quickly.

🌼 Perimenopause is not an illness, and it does not require anti-depressants, it requires a change in what you eat, adding in more nutrition and knowing what supplements to take. A hormone called cortisol leeches our nutrition therefore it is a good start to take a multivitamin and magnesium.

#perimenopause #menopause #naturalmenopause #cotswoldmenopause
How Do I Know I'm Perimenopausal? (and what is it?!) I thought I would go back to basics - the word perimenopause is only just starting to filter into the world so I want to help many women see that they are this, and that they shouldn't be fobbed off on GP appointments. If you find this you may not have yet decided where you are with your menopause timeline so it's always great to address the basics, to alleviate the confusion that women feel, and the mis direction some GPs can give. Here are some of the facts you need to know: 🌼 Menopause is only 1 Day! But we assess it when you've not had periods for 12 months 🌼 ANY time before Menopause that you have SYMPTOMS is the PERIMENOPAUSE - This is what you TELL THE GP 🌼 The GP can't dismiss your symptoms, whatever your age as you may have early onset menopause. Do not be fobbed off - Change GP. 🌼 With the Perimenopause, you may NOT have any heat symptoms at all. Symptoms will be : anxiety, overwhelm, tiredness, scattiness,crying at things, nervous, feeling stressed more than you used to. Not getting things done like you used to, not being able to exercise like you used to, belly fat... you are not depressed, you are perimenopausal 🌼 Don't ask for a blood test, these symptoms are the decline of progesterone, test is only for estrogen, in which you may still be abundant. You only have estrogen decline if your periods are very erractic. During the perimenopausal your periods may very likely become heavier and more frequent. 🌼 You most likely won't have hot flushes, but you may have night sweats, as they are exacerbated by the food you eat at dinner. Altering what you eat, can change them quickly. 🌼 Perimenopause is not an illness, and it does not require anti-depressants, it requires a change in what you eat, adding in more nutrition and knowing what supplements to take. A hormone called cortisol leeches our nutrition therefore it is a good start to take a multivitamin and magnesium. #perimenopause #menopause #naturalmenopause #cotswoldmenopause
B L O S S O M  B O U N D!

Being laid up with a broken ankle, and being in lock down has really focused me into getting my Blossom Cream - Out There!! It's a bit scary, never marketed anything before, but I have to say getting fabulous reviews really really makes the world of difference to me when I have wobbles of self doubt:
B L O S S O M B O U N D! Being laid up with a broken ankle, and being in lock down has really focused me into getting my Blossom Cream - Out There!! It's a bit scary, never marketed anything before, but I have to say getting fabulous reviews really really makes the world of difference to me when I have wobbles of self doubt: "I generally don’t believe in miracles but this stuff..... Crikey I genuinely think It has reduced night sweats and improved my sleep I can hardly believe it as it seems so unlikely that a little squeeze of cream can make so much difference but I am a fan!" I woke up to this one on Friday morning and it made my day!! When developing Blossom we gave out over 200 samples to test, and got good feedback which gave us the confidence to get it certified. Now we're getting even more great feedback that it is helping alleviate more symptoms than it was designed for. Night sweats, hot flushes, associated anxiety, itchy skin, sun sensitive skin, headaches, hot feet and..... I even have a lady testing it as a 'boob balm' at present 🙂 I'm working hard behind the scenes to bring Blossom to a larger audience of women who really need it, but right now you can get it from my organic and vegan skincare provider - Carol @pinkandgreenskincare , based in Wiltshire, we met at networking a couple of years ago, and she has been an absolute star in helping me create this fantastic cream! Blossom available here, use BLOSSOMCM for 15% discount: http://ow.ly/8A5l50A11RX This image shows that Blossom is packed with wonderful oils that do sensational things to our body chemistry, a little goes a long way! ps. Ships internationally 🙂 Please message me if you'd like to try the sniff test as with Blossom, it's all in the smell!! #blossomcreamuk #hotflushrelief #hotflashrelief #naturalremedies #essentialoils #naturalmenopauserelief #cooling #calming #hormonebalancing #vegan #organic #pinkandgreen #cotswoldmenopause
H E L L O ! 
C O T S W O L D  M E N O P A U S E  IS  G O I N G  O N L I N E : )

I've been a bit quiet as its been such a hectic time, suddenly trying to change your life and work around with everything that has been going on. Been a hands on therapist it was a blow, but understandable that the government stopped therapies on Friday night. I managed to help a couple of bad backs last week before the shut down!

I had been testing out doing menopause consultations online, removing the physical aspect of Shiatsu was going to be a big step as it's my true love, but over the last year, talking, explaining, figuring things out together and knowing what supplements you can take and what you can do to help yourself really alleviate symptoms naturally has become a major part of the time I spend with my clients.

Helping a lady solely by what's app chat proved that I could be effective, but doing it face to face is far more fun. Today I had my first 'Shiatsu and Support' session online and was thrilled that the feed back was that she felt 'connected and that she'd been to see me and had a good session' - all via video!! It'll never replace how wonderful shiatsu is, but taking the theory at the core of my discipline which is chinese medicine and applying this to how you can understand your mind and body through the peri/menopause and how you can relieve symptoms effectively is going to be a brilliant way to help women remotely, and especially through this time when many women are feeling more anxious that ever.

Top Tip - if you're not already taking Ashwagandha for your anxiety then seriously, look into it!

So, I'm here, I'm online, I'm learning as I go, still in my office but thinking of turning the Shiatsu room into a little video set so my clients have a nice 'view'. If you'd like help or you'd like to chat about your current health, your menopausal symptoms and very importantly how your immunity levels are (as this is really affected with hormonal changes) then I'm here and I'm ready to explain and support you!

#menopauseonline #relievemenopause #perimenopausesupport #letstalkmenopause #cotswoldmenopause #naturalmenopause #menopauserelief #blossom
H E L L O ! C O T S W O L D M E N O P A U S E IS G O I N G O N L I N E : ) I've been a bit quiet as its been such a hectic time, suddenly trying to change your life and work around with everything that has been going on. Been a hands on therapist it was a blow, but understandable that the government stopped therapies on Friday night. I managed to help a couple of bad backs last week before the shut down! I had been testing out doing menopause consultations online, removing the physical aspect of Shiatsu was going to be a big step as it's my true love, but over the last year, talking, explaining, figuring things out together and knowing what supplements you can take and what you can do to help yourself really alleviate symptoms naturally has become a major part of the time I spend with my clients. Helping a lady solely by what's app chat proved that I could be effective, but doing it face to face is far more fun. Today I had my first 'Shiatsu and Support' session online and was thrilled that the feed back was that she felt 'connected and that she'd been to see me and had a good session' - all via video!! It'll never replace how wonderful shiatsu is, but taking the theory at the core of my discipline which is chinese medicine and applying this to how you can understand your mind and body through the peri/menopause and how you can relieve symptoms effectively is going to be a brilliant way to help women remotely, and especially through this time when many women are feeling more anxious that ever. Top Tip - if you're not already taking Ashwagandha for your anxiety then seriously, look into it! So, I'm here, I'm online, I'm learning as I go, still in my office but thinking of turning the Shiatsu room into a little video set so my clients have a nice 'view'. If you'd like help or you'd like to chat about your current health, your menopausal symptoms and very importantly how your immunity levels are (as this is really affected with hormonal changes) then I'm here and I'm ready to explain and support you! #menopauseonline #relievemenopause #perimenopausesupport #letstalkmenopause #cotswoldmenopause #naturalmenopause #menopauserelief #blossom
YES - TAKE THE HEAT OUT OF THE MENOPAUSE IS BACK!

I'll be honest, I tried some more flowery marketing but it hasn't caught imagination on eventbrite so if it ain't broke, don't fix it! 'Take the Heat Out of the Menopause' was the name of my talk last year, and I'm sticking to it!! It does what it says on 2 levels - Many major symptoms of the Menopause aren't heat related - Anxiety, Brain Fog, Fatigue, you can be feeling cold all the time and so not associate with Menopause - Find out why and what you can do about it!

Also there are women that are just buckling under with Night Sweats and Hot Flushes, let me help you get back on track - I'll explain what you can do, you could alleviate night sweats and get a good nights sleep back within weeks!

The Date:  Saturday 15th February, 11am

The Venue: Chilled out space upstairs at Harper and Cooper Opticians Cheltenham (Park in Regents Arcade)

With me: Andrea from Cotswold Menopause, all I do is live and breathe how to help women find relief from symptoms so now I can explain what you can do.

AND all the solutions are natural and inexpensive, you just need to know where to get started!

How to get tickets: 
http://ow.ly/QgQq50y880t

Book In now as limited spaces, this is an intimate setting for us to have a relaxed and open talk - See you there

Hashtags away..... #menopausecheltenham #menopausegloucester #menopausetalk #menopauseinformation #hotflushrelief #anxietyrelief #nightsweatsrelief #midlifehealth #womenshealth #naturalmenopause #menopausesolutions #menopauserelief #youcanchooseyourmenopause #hrtnottheonlysolution #shiatsuformenopause #cotswoldmenopause
YES - TAKE THE HEAT OUT OF THE MENOPAUSE IS BACK! I'll be honest, I tried some more flowery marketing but it hasn't caught imagination on eventbrite so if it ain't broke, don't fix it! 'Take the Heat Out of the Menopause' was the name of my talk last year, and I'm sticking to it!! It does what it says on 2 levels - Many major symptoms of the Menopause aren't heat related - Anxiety, Brain Fog, Fatigue, you can be feeling cold all the time and so not associate with Menopause - Find out why and what you can do about it! Also there are women that are just buckling under with Night Sweats and Hot Flushes, let me help you get back on track - I'll explain what you can do, you could alleviate night sweats and get a good nights sleep back within weeks! The Date: Saturday 15th February, 11am The Venue: Chilled out space upstairs at Harper and Cooper Opticians Cheltenham (Park in Regents Arcade) With me: Andrea from Cotswold Menopause, all I do is live and breathe how to help women find relief from symptoms so now I can explain what you can do. AND all the solutions are natural and inexpensive, you just need to know where to get started! How to get tickets: http://ow.ly/QgQq50y880t Book In now as limited spaces, this is an intimate setting for us to have a relaxed and open talk - See you there Hashtags away..... #menopausecheltenham #menopausegloucester #menopausetalk #menopauseinformation #hotflushrelief #anxietyrelief #nightsweatsrelief #midlifehealth #womenshealth #naturalmenopause #menopausesolutions #menopauserelief #youcanchooseyourmenopause #hrtnottheonlysolution #shiatsuformenopause #cotswoldmenopause

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