adventures as a highly sensitive, menopausal woman
Understanding menopausal insomnia
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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 ...
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 ...
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.
"I had this great Biodynamic massage"
"Which massage is that? Bio- what?"
"You know, that's the one with the stethoscope!"
The USP for Biodynamic therapy work is that we listen to the peristalsis in the gut with a stethoscope, but why? What sense or use can we make of it? Some fascinating research reveals how Biodynamic therapists think about and use the sounds from the gut. I have asked the man behind the therapy research, Theo Raymond, all about it.
You’ve done some fascinating research on how Biodynamic therapists use the sound of ...
I once read that the divine Barbara Streisand flies her massage therapist everywhere with her, first class, so she never need risk her body in stranger’s hands. You can bet she'd be keen on getting her money's worth and have a massage every day. And she couldn't be blamed for requesting the odd bit of shoulder work in-between times too.
Those of us who are less well financially resourced can only dream of a massage twice a day. Instead we must look at how much time and money we have and plan with that in mind.
If you're well-resourced
Followed by dentists and dead birds
Even if you have only read one of my blogs before, I bet that it will have been either about
These subjects come back again and again and as we teach the things we most need to learn, this is my growing edge too, especially the resting part.
My quest for rest is what took me to the Cotswolds last weekend for a ‘Womb Wisdom’ retreat with Uma Dinsmore –Tuli and Alexandra Pope.
This wasn’t the lying-around-on-the-sofa kind of rest. This was more like deep soul rest; ...
In this slightly weird time between Christmas and New Year, I have been reflecting on the past year and looking forward to 2015. It has been an amazing year for me, I have been on a training-bender and have been very lucky to have learnt from some great teachers -
Fertility massage therapy with Clare Blake
Well Mother, pregnancy massage retreat with Suzanne Yates
Menopause; unveiling the hidden power with Alexandra Pope
Womb Yoga training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
You can see the full list of my yummy adventures here but all this has had a nourishing ...
I have always been very lucky with my teachers and it was an enormous privilege to have been taught Biodynamic massage and psychotherapy by Gerda Boyesen at the Boyesen Institute in Acton. It is tough for visionary women to achieve their goals, whatever field they work in and the world of psychotherapy is no different. She pioneered mind - body and energy work in the 1960's and 70's and yet comparatively few people know about her influence now, so it was a great project for me to write about Gerda for Massage World Magazine. You can read the article as a download by ...
Biodynamic massage is an essentially gentle and respectful therapy and ripeness is a key concept in the massage. Just like picking the perfect fig, by working with the issues and tissues that are ripe for release, Biodynamic massage leaves you feeling good in your body and mind.
My colleague Hilary Price has written a great article about ripeness and you can find it on her blog here. Meanwhile enjoy your own juiciness. And if you don't have the good fortune to live in Watford, but would like to work with a Biodynamic therapist, you can find a list here.