Very pleased to have an article in JUNO Magazine this month on how to prepare for perimenopause. There are loads you can do in your 30's to prepare for perimenopause and you'll feel better now too! Mostly it's the toxicity that makes perimenopause painful; the physical toxicity of our environment, the misogynistic toxicity of our culture and our own toxic beliefs. In the article, I share simple ways you can make small changes that have a big impact. You can click on the image below to get your copy.
Reflections on grounding, first published in the Journal of the Biodynamic Massage Therapists Summer 2019 ISDN 1461-3743
How the vasomotoric cycle, the inner-seasons and the pelvis helped me to ground myself
Bloody grounding. I’ve struggled with it all my life: falling over, shaky-kneed, over-excited, too much, too heady. I feel I am highly qualified to write about grounding because it’s not been an easy journey. Just the invitation to ground myself through my feet sends me off, shooting up to my head and ungrounding me.
Grounding is out of ...
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
This is part of the Pants of Empowerment project, where women share the voice of their feminine nature and in return, receive a fantastic pair of pants to empower them. All names have been changed.
See where your attention is drawn to, where’s the vibrancy here, who wants to speak?
It’s like a cerise pink and orange lava lamp landscape, there’s a reluctance to speak, it’s as though someone turned the lights out, I think that’s the stroppy teenager in me.
She’s in a strop with arms folded, she’s sulky. It’s about shame, shame ...
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 ...
I have had my final session with my therapist. I am deeply grateful for the experience and also very sad, I am mourning the loss of this wonderful supporter as time goes by. It’s been 7 years since I first asked if she would see me on a massage-only basis. I chose her because she was ‘clean’ by which I mean that in the small world of Biodynamic therapy, she had not taught me or supervised me and somehow we had never met. Remarkable in such a small community.
In the beginning
I started during an intensely busy time; I had full responsibility for the children ...
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 ...
I talk to menstrual educator Tessa Sanderson about how Medicine Circles can be used beautifully with those who are currently not cycling, including pregnant women. We explore:
What is a medicine circle? How this works with pregnant womenDo you need to have done cycle awareness before pregnancy?
Tessa has written widely about the relationship between cycle awareness and birth and you can read more articles here.
If you'd like to read more about Medicine Circles for menopause, or medicine circles in general, there's ...
February is pants is it not? So why not do it differently
and make this February a joyous cavalcade of empowering pants!
After a long gestation the Pants of Empowerment are now live!
To celebrate I’m offering the chance for you to bring some true-self-love into your life by winning your own pair of empowering pants worth £327.
Enter the giveaway here
The Pants of Empowerment are one-third healing, one third wearable artwork and one-third body positive activism. They celebrate the cyclical creativity and complexity of being a woman; here’s ...