by Lisa Simpkinson
June 22, 2022

Pilates is one of the ways women can support themselves to embrace the change before the change.

Around 35-40 years of age marks the first phase of transitioning towards the end of our reproductive years – perimenopause. Our hormone levels start to oscillate, bringing telltale signs of noticeably heavier or lighter periods, cycle changes (irregular or missing periods) weight and mood fluctuations and the urge to urinate more.

Phase Two occurs between ages 45-55 when periods will taper off and eventually cease bringing us to menopause where women commonly experience:

  • hot flashes
  • night sweats
  • brain fog
  • vaginal dryness
  • decreased libido
  • insomnia
  • anxiety

Embracing the Change Before the Change

Perimenopause and menopause receive a lot of bad press and understandably as many women do suffer greatly with the above symptoms impacting their life for years. We tend to only hear the horror stories and this has created a culture of fear for many women who dread what may be in store for them, or have no idea because it’s not talked about enough. 

Many non-Western cultures celebrate this incredible rite of passage and in these cultures, women tend to have fewer/less severe menopause symptoms.

There are numerous ways you can support yourself during perimenopause.

Gentle Exercise with your Cycle

Pilates is a perfect exercise for perimenopause because it’s low-impact, calms the mind, brings focus to our bodies, strengthens muscles and helps increase/maintain flexibility and balance.

This study conducted in 2021 showed after 6 weeks of Pilates with menopause specific symptoms revealed, “significant improvement in the muscular strength as well as a reduction in stress level and helped in enhancing the quality of of the patient”.

Pilates resistance and body weight exercises can help prevent bone density loss (that occurs through ageing, especially in women), improve core function and keep the spine mobile. Plus you can do it in the comfort of your home with The Mat App.

There are classes at The Mat App designed to suit every woman’s stage of life.

Reduce Stress

During high stress, our bodies prioritise making more cortisol to cope with over producing enough reproductive hormones like progesterone (which is already declining during perimenopause). Find ways to manage stress in your life. Breathwork and meditation have known therapeutic benefits (we have classes for this too!)

Eat and Sleep Well

Eat a diet abundant in fresh fruit and vegetables. Minimise or cut out alcohol, caffeine and processed foods. Women can experience difficulty falling or staying asleep and hot flashes can disrupt sleep patterns leading to daytime sluggishness. Implement ways that work for you to ensure you get quality sleep, and – rest and sleep when you need to. Your body is going through great change.

Supporting You Through Perimenopause

At The Mat App we know how regular Pilates and incorporating The Whole Woman methods can help transform bodies, minds and lives. Make time for mindful movement with The Mat App to help you live well through perimenopause. 

You’re never alone on your journey – The Mat App subscribers can join our private Facebook Group too!