Given that all women are certain to experience menopause, it’s astonishing to think that it’s still surrounded by myths, taboos and confusion. At the age of 36, our Founder Julie had to have a hysterectomy and was advised against Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): “I had no idea that the long nights of insomnia that plagued me for years were anything to do with menopause. Nor did I associate the heart palpitations that led to me being admitted to hospital, with menopause. It was a throwaway remark by the consultant, who assured me I wasn’t having a heart attack, that this disruption to the heart rhythm is often associated with ‘the change’.” - Julie Robinson, MenoHealth Founder.
Thanks to the recent surge in media popularity, at last, women are being unshackled from the taboo that’s been holding them back for generations. We know there is no one-size-fits-all solution, but research shows that exercising and sharing our experiences can make a positive difference to ease the unpleasant symptoms of menopause. Women in Sport’s recent report on physical activity and the menopause found that; “Menopausal symptoms, low exercise self-efficacy and physical activity knowledge, social stigma and lack of social support are significant barriers to participation.”
Just when women need to start exercising more often, almost a third of women drop off from physical activity, yet the desire to be active is high. Having spent her career encouraging people to be more physically active along with her personal experience of menopause, Julie founded MenoHealth to make it easier for women to get the advice and support they need to help them through the ups and downs of menopause.
At MenoHealth we encourage women from all walks of life to come together and share their experiences of menopause. We offer weekly meet ups and MenoClass exercise sessions for women going through menopause. Our experienced MenoLeaders offer practical advice and support to our members (or MenoSisters as we call them) on how to live their best lives. Our experience with encouraging people to be more physically active and our own personal experiences with menopause has helped us to build the perfect haven for all women looking to move beyond menopause and to enjoy the quality of life they truly deserve.
MenoClass is the first of its kind in the UK to combine talking therapy and exercise to combat menopause-related health problems. Each session includes 15 minutes discussion on topics such as busting menopause myths, waist loss, lost libido, confidence crisis and all things meno. Talking, sharing and supporting each other helps everyone to realise – it’s not just me then!
This is followed by 45 minutes of exercise designed especially for people who don’t like exercise, hate the gym or just feel too embarrassed or lacking in confidence to join other exercise groups. Music gets everyone motivated and each exercise can be done at one of three levels (1, 2, or 3 flames depending how hot you want to get).
There’s no complex choreography, yet the routines ensure you get a full workout for heart health, some impact for boosting bones, mat work for core strength and muscle tone, balance work and stretches to keep aches and pains at bay, followed by a mindful cool down.