Andrea Marsh Interview
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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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BEHIND THE SCENES - All that editing! Writing the first draft of my new online guide was a labour of love 🙂 I enjoyed writing it, and I enjoyed reading it and telling myself where I'd gone wrong , plus a million typos, but then copying all of those typo's in the website took days, and literally shut my brain down, I had to keep eating chocolate to wake back up , this wasn't a bad thing!

So now it's out there - its designed for women who want to have a go alleviating some of their symptoms at home, to help them understand what is going on, and what you can do about symptoms. 
I felt so empowered when I found out that I wasn't suffering from  depression and my brain hadn't shrunk since I left my project mgnt job. I was going through a physical transition, it had emotional implications too, but understanding that made it a lot easier.

I now want that for all women, to understand what the perimenopause truly is, how you can help yourself if you've had a hysterectomy but have no HRT support. What to do to alleviate night sweats, brain fog and other symptoms, why you get belly fat and what you can do about that, and the list goes on.... If you're intrigued then look at http://ow.ly/vRwU50wFFxp

Knowledge is the key for transitioning nicely through the menopause to flourish in the next stage - I love this quote from Maya Angelou: “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. “

Isn't that exactly what the menopause is? It took me a while to cotton on to why a butterfly was the image of the menopause, but once I saw this quote it made sense.

#knowyourmenopause #perimenopause #hysterectomyhelp #NOHRT #HRT #Hotflushes #Naturalmenopause #menopauserelief #diymenopause #menopausesolutions #relievemenopausesymtpoms #relievebellyfat #midlifehealth #flourishinyourmenopause #womenshealth #menopauseonline #menopauseselfhelp #cotswoldmenopause
BEHIND THE SCENES - All that editing! Writing the first draft of my new online guide was a labour of love 🙂 I enjoyed writing it, and I enjoyed reading it and telling myself where I'd gone wrong , plus a million typos, but then copying all of those typo's in the website took days, and literally shut my brain down, I had to keep eating chocolate to wake back up , this wasn't a bad thing! So now it's out there - its designed for women who want to have a go alleviating some of their symptoms at home, to help them understand what is going on, and what you can do about symptoms. I felt so empowered when I found out that I wasn't suffering from depression and my brain hadn't shrunk since I left my project mgnt job. I was going through a physical transition, it had emotional implications too, but understanding that made it a lot easier. I now want that for all women, to understand what the perimenopause truly is, how you can help yourself if you've had a hysterectomy but have no HRT support. What to do to alleviate night sweats, brain fog and other symptoms, why you get belly fat and what you can do about that, and the list goes on.... If you're intrigued then look at http://ow.ly/vRwU50wFFxp Knowledge is the key for transitioning nicely through the menopause to flourish in the next stage - I love this quote from Maya Angelou: “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. “ Isn't that exactly what the menopause is? It took me a while to cotton on to why a butterfly was the image of the menopause, but once I saw this quote it made sense. #knowyourmenopause #perimenopause #hysterectomyhelp #NOHRT #HRT #Hotflushes #Naturalmenopause #menopauserelief #diymenopause #menopausesolutions #relievemenopausesymtpoms #relievebellyfat #midlifehealth #flourishinyourmenopause #womenshealth #menopauseonline #menopauseselfhelp #cotswoldmenopause
😍😍 IT'S LAUNCH WEEK FOR MY NEW ONLINE GUIDE!! 😍😍 Happy Friday!  I don't know about you, but it's been a busy week for me as it's been the launch of my new online guide - Natural Menopause Solutions - A Self Help Guide to alleviating some of your main symptoms at home.

Nothing ever goes smoothly does it? I did a 'soft launch' (old computer term for not telling many people) just in case there were techy hitches... and yes there was, still is, my website provider can't handle British telephone numbers - how annoying is that?! So if you do fancy having a look, and you do want to purchase, just remember to put +44 at the start of your phone number and drop the zero 🙂 I've spent the last 4 months writing this guide which I'm really proud of, it's 2 years research and learning, and testing with clients, so I know the information I've put in here really does help women relieve symptoms, you've just got to do it, and stick to it.

Having patience for change is key, there are no magic pills and especially during the changing years of the menopause, so if you'd like help over the next 8 weeks, I think my guide will suit you, and you could be feeling a lot happier and healthier in time for Christmas - gah!!! Said the dreaded, C word!! #understandyourmenopause #feelinganxious #hotflushes #hysterectomyhelp #HRTandotheroptions #perimenopause #readthisbeforeyougototheGP #GPscouldlearnfromthis #Naturalsolutionsformenopause #eatinghabits #probiotics #magnesium #hotflashes #hormones #menopausesupport #vitaminsandminerals #womenshealth #midlifehealth #brainfog #menopauserelief #exerciseisnttheenemy #liverhealth #nightsweats #naturalmenopause #menopausesolutions #menopausehelp #nohrt #canthavehrt #therapiesformenopause #cotswolsmenopause
😍😍 IT'S LAUNCH WEEK FOR MY NEW ONLINE GUIDE!! 😍😍 Happy Friday! I don't know about you, but it's been a busy week for me as it's been the launch of my new online guide - Natural Menopause Solutions - A Self Help Guide to alleviating some of your main symptoms at home. Nothing ever goes smoothly does it? I did a 'soft launch' (old computer term for not telling many people) just in case there were techy hitches... and yes there was, still is, my website provider can't handle British telephone numbers - how annoying is that?! So if you do fancy having a look, and you do want to purchase, just remember to put +44 at the start of your phone number and drop the zero 🙂 I've spent the last 4 months writing this guide which I'm really proud of, it's 2 years research and learning, and testing with clients, so I know the information I've put in here really does help women relieve symptoms, you've just got to do it, and stick to it. Having patience for change is key, there are no magic pills and especially during the changing years of the menopause, so if you'd like help over the next 8 weeks, I think my guide will suit you, and you could be feeling a lot happier and healthier in time for Christmas - gah!!! Said the dreaded, C word!! #understandyourmenopause #feelinganxious #hotflushes #hysterectomyhelp #HRTandotheroptions #perimenopause #readthisbeforeyougototheGP #GPscouldlearnfromthis #Naturalsolutionsformenopause #eatinghabits #probiotics #magnesium #hotflashes #hormones #menopausesupport #vitaminsandminerals #womenshealth #midlifehealth #brainfog #menopauserelief #exerciseisnttheenemy #liverhealth #nightsweats #naturalmenopause #menopausesolutions #menopausehelp #nohrt #canthavehrt #therapiesformenopause #cotswolsmenopause
The question to ask your GP is not 'am I menopausal but am I PERImenopausal?' The answer to the first question may well be No, in fact you may have already gone to the GP and been told this. If you're not flushing then and there, and you're under 50 a lot of GPs aren't saying Yes.

However if you ask 'Am I Perimenopausal' and you're in your 40s, they have to take you seriously, its in their NICE guidelines (which you can access easily)

Perimenopause is the years up until your cessation of periods, so if you have periods AND symptoms you're perimenopausal!

Symptoms may not have a flush in sight, they may include:

extreme tiredness, erratic sleep, low moods, crying easily, overwhelm, brain fog, anxiety, and memory losses

This is your hormones - You DO NOT require Anti depressants, you required listening too and understanding and then give information that is helpful. If you're reading this then you're already on the path to getting the right information (from me!) Share this with your 40+ female friends - Let's get this information out there!

It would really help me share this information if you can like my FB page and share my posts THANK YOU ... I put a lot more info over there than here - so its worth a follow 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/CotswoldMenopause

#perimenopauseisthenewmenopause
#perimenopausehealth
#midlifewomenshealth
#menopausematters
#menopausehealth #knowyourmenopause #menopauseGPs
#menopauseknowledge
#understandyourmenopause
#hrtandmenopause
#naturalmenopauserelief
#cotswoldmenopause
The question to ask your GP is not 'am I menopausal but am I PERImenopausal?' The answer to the first question may well be No, in fact you may have already gone to the GP and been told this. If you're not flushing then and there, and you're under 50 a lot of GPs aren't saying Yes. However if you ask 'Am I Perimenopausal' and you're in your 40s, they have to take you seriously, its in their NICE guidelines (which you can access easily) Perimenopause is the years up until your cessation of periods, so if you have periods AND symptoms you're perimenopausal! Symptoms may not have a flush in sight, they may include: extreme tiredness, erratic sleep, low moods, crying easily, overwhelm, brain fog, anxiety, and memory losses This is your hormones - You DO NOT require Anti depressants, you required listening too and understanding and then give information that is helpful. If you're reading this then you're already on the path to getting the right information (from me!) Share this with your 40+ female friends - Let's get this information out there! It would really help me share this information if you can like my FB page and share my posts THANK YOU ... I put a lot more info over there than here - so its worth a follow 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/CotswoldMenopause #perimenopauseisthenewmenopause #perimenopausehealth #midlifewomenshealth #menopausematters #menopausehealth #knowyourmenopause #menopauseGPs #menopauseknowledge #understandyourmenopause #hrtandmenopause #naturalmenopauserelief #cotswoldmenopause

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