6 Signs That You Have a Hot Flash

And Why Massage Helps Manage This Menopausal Symptom

It’s the kind of heat you don’t want to feel. However, if you are a woman at a certain age and you feel too warm, you may start wondering if it is a hot flash. This article will help you understand when it indeed is and why massage can help you cope with this symptom.


How do you know you have a hot flash?

  • 1. A sudden feeling of heat will start in your face, neck or chest and spread to your entire body.

  • 2. Your skin may become red and you may start to sweat heavily.

  • 3. Your heart rate and blood flow increase. You may also experience heart palpitations (skipped or erratic heartbeats) before, at the beginning or during the flash.

  • 4. Your skin temperature may rise up to 6 degrees although your internal temperature can drop as much as 3/4 degrees while your body fights to restore its normal temperature.

  • 5. Hot flashes can last anywhere between 1 minute up to 1 hour. They can be categorized as mild, moderate or severe. Mild – less than 1 minute. You will have a feeling of warmth with very little or no sweating. Moderate – duration 2/3 minutes, warmer and produces noticeable sweating. Severe – duration – up to 1 hour. You will feel intense heat which may prevent you from sleeping well at night or functioning during the day.

  • 6. During a hot flash, you may get tired without being able to sleep, get a headache, or feel weak or dizzy.


Why Massage Can Help

So what exactly is it that triggers hot flashes? Even doctors don’t know it all yet. Still, what is known is that increased levels of cortisol, adrenalin or insulin resistance can occur as a response to your body’s reduced levels of estrogen during menopause. These hormonal changes are orchestrated by the hypothalamus - your body’s thermostat. Similar changes are started by the hypothalamus when your body feels under a physical attack or under pressure.

Adrenaline is responsible for increasing the heart rate, raising your blood pressure. Among other things, cortisol, the “stress hormone,” restricts functions that are unimportant in a fight-or-flight situation.

Insulin resistance means that the hormone insulin is less efficient at delivering sugar from the bloodstream to the cell. Increased blood sugar contributes to the occurrence of hot flashes.

During the massage, you will be on a massage table, lying peacefully for 60-120min and feeling the soothing touch of human hands. This will deliver to your brain signals that are opposite to physical threat, which will lead to the reduction of cortisol and adrenaline in your body. It will also improve circulation, heart rate, and the metabolism of blood sugar.

Massage is a great way to pamper yourself rotten. Turns out, this is good for you. Don’t you think?

Source: My Luna Editor.


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