Though they've been used in workshops for a few years, 1-2-1 Menstrual Medicine Circles are still a relatively new process. I was curious about how something so powerful had been developed and birthed so I asked Alexandra Pope, co-founder of Red School and the UK's most longstanding activist for period power, how it all came about.
Alexandra shares the approaches she's called on to support the circles, how they developed from group process to be a powerful agent for women's empowerment and her vision for the future.
The role of the Red School mentors has been underp...
What is a Menstrual Medicine Circle Process?
Menstrual Medicine Circles support sensitive women through our transitions into beautiful, better version of ourselves. This may be with menopausal, menstruating or perimenopausal women who want to deepen their understanding of their cycles and use this understanding to heal and deepen their joy in being a woman. This is what my clients have experienced.
Our culture doesn’t support transformation, which might involve slinging out what doesn’t work in your life, grieving the loss of your younger self and healing the parts of ...
This adventure into the feminine landscape is from Mary Singing Woman and 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. Mary Singing Woman has cervical cancer and wanted to explore what her pelvic bowl had to contribute to her healing. All names have been changed.
Who would like to speak today? Which of these aspects of yourself need to communicate her wisdom?
It’s really hard to separate, I feel my womb, then I feel my fallopian ...
You’ll have noticed that the word ‘massage’ is no longer visible on my site or online. People, I am no longer a massage therapist. Don’t freak out, I’m not re-training as an accountant, it’s more that what I actually do no longer fits the description ‘massage’.
Massage implies someone doing detached stroking, making everything better, easing away reality. It’s a nice lady, (usually, but not always a lady) sorting you out.
I am not a nice lady
I think perhaps I always wanted to be that nice lady, but I am not. For years I felt that ...
Touch in counselling is a hot potato; depending on your therapist's training, shaking hands might be OK, but how about a reassuring hand on a shoulder? How about therapeutic touch which even when included in most trainings, is widely feared? Can Bodywork and Counselling work together or is it a road to confusion?
Having had the benefit of a Body Psychotherapy training and working with many clients who are in therapy or counselling, I shared my experience with The Counsellors Cafe. You can read the article here.
If you're having counselling or therapy ...
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.
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.
What are you aware of in your pelvic bowl?
Mainly my labia, although spending time there looking around, it just felt like being in a safe cave.
My general sense internally was richness and lusciousness and safety and when I got to this portal the choice aspect came up. That I can be in this place, this is my place, now I know I can choose who can come into this ...