Menopause is free spiritual therapy, it offers everything we pray that regular meditation and the perfect therapist will deliver if we choose to engage with it. There are broadly three parts to it:
Stripping away of our defences - SeparationAsking us to stand in the unknown - SurrenderEmerging tenderly back into the world - Emergence
All physical and emotional manifestations, all the stuff we fear and complain about is in the service of our re-birth as more present, authentic, happier people. But wouldn’t it be less terrifying if we knew the path we had to tread ...
I am very excited to share my four, brand new Nidras I've recorded especially for menopause; one for each phase and then one for Second Spring, which are now available for you to buy in my shop. Hooray!
The magic pill for menopause is to slow down and rest, and then when you think you've done that, rest some more. One of the biggest gifts I've received has been Yoga Nidra which I've used pretty much daily for the last four years.
Here are the Yoga Nidras I've created for menopause:
Separation – bringing release and softness in perimenopause
adventures as a highly sensitive, menopausal woman
Understanding menopausal insomnia
If you are preparing for or experiencing perimenopause, check out our online retreat 'Am I Going Mad'
All through my sleep deprived years I have snatched greedily at any article about how to cure menopausal insomnia, jumping on the latest fix with my claws out, desperate for it to end the misery that sleep deprivation brings. Over the years I have bought and tried the following:
Avena sativaMelatoninLavender essential oil5HTPNitolNight time tea of various brandsA ...
Taking a look at some of the common challenges that Medicine Circles address.
One of the key aspects of receiving a Medicine Circle is creating an intention at the beginning of the process. Making your intention as clear as possible helps to focus the material and makes it easier to integrate it into our daily self-care.
It takes a little while sometimes to really get to the nub
of what needs answering, but there’s no rule. Sometimes they can be intensely
practical – “How do I manage these night sweats?” Through the full spectrum of
feeling stuck, physical ...
It's a tricky business finding help when you're feeling vulnerable, especially in menopause so if you're wondering about what you can do, or having a Medicine Circle, you can book a chat with me at no charge and get yourself some free space to talk stuff through and ask questions.
There's space to share what's happening, to be witnessed and heard and I can feedback and offer suggestions if you'd like that. Half an hour for you to explore what you need in your life right now.
Why does menopause hurt so bad? I mean really? All it is is the natural shift in hormones as our menstruating life comes to an end and our 'second spring' emerges. It's a shift from taking care of 'them out there' to taking care of ourselves; shouldn't that be easier and more joyful? One late summer morning I got up with a bee in my bonnet on this issue and did a Facebook live to think it through. Click on the image below to watch the vid.
What I didn't go into, but will maybe get a bee in my bonnet about another day, is a lot of the pain is down to our culture not ...
The first chamber of menopause is The Void
The Void can be the trickiest phase, so uber self-kindness is the way forward.
The second chamber of menopause is Surrender
Time to fill your self-love tanks and Surrender.
The third chamber of menopause is Renewal
Tread softly in Renewal, for you tread on my dreams.
The fourth chamber of menopause is Vision
Stay slow and keep your energy close to you in Vision.
The fifth ...
Menstrual Medicine Circles for Menopause
Menstrual Medicine Circles are a relatively new process so this will explain
What they are
Who they're for
What the benefits are
And why they're so damn empowering!
Tessa Sanderson a fellow Menstrual Medicine Circle facilitator asks me all about it.
You can learn more about Menstrual Medicine Circles or read how the circles have made a difference to these women's lives.
One of the best gifts I gave myself during my sabbatical was to have Biodynamic Therapy in Menopause. As a process of healing and self-actualisation, menopause worked her magic on me in the Biodynamic sessions giving me access to my own bliss. I shared more of my therapy adventures with WellDoing and you can read it here.
I integrate Biodynamic therapy into Intuitive Bodywork sessions and you can find out about that here.
The final part of my Menopause Gap was to spend time with Shiatsu teacher Suzanne Yates in Itlay learning about the role of the Extraordinary Vessels in women's cycles. This article on the Wellmother blog reflects on how it supported my menopause process and shaped my ideas about how I could return to work in a sustainable way.
You can read the full article here
I integrate Shiatsu into Intuitive Bodywork and you can find out more about it here.