2pm Friday 10th July
If you’re working at home and home schooling and trying to stay sane, there will probably be one thing on your mind; how to get a bit of a rest.
Or how to escape to a secret hide-away where no one will ask you any more annoying questions!
Add menopause to the mix and you have a ticking bomb ready to explode! We all know we can’t fill from an empty cup, that we’re getting increasingly depleted, but also feel just too guilty to rest. We're caught in a bind.
The difficulty is that our attitudes to rest and activity are ...
The premenstruum is a notoriously tricky time but there are fabulous gifts to be found here and insights to learn. Co-creator of The Agenda. Period and coach Alyx Coble-Frakes asked me how to use the luteal phase aka inner-autumn to prepare for perimenopause, how to manage your inner critic, limit craziness and create more spaciousness at this time in your cycle. We also pondered on the current corona times and how this also has an autumnal feel. You can find out more about perimenopause here and get your copy of The Agenda. period here
I managed to forget to talk ...
Back in the last century, I used to wander the pavements reading as I went, falling into potholes and risking my life crossing London streets. Then I moved out of town, had kids and for some time read very little. This year as I'm researching for my book on menopause, I have made up for the years of mothering by gobbling up books like the starving bookworm I am. Don't be put off if menopause isn't your thing, there's also memoir, magical tales, classics, spirituality, menstruality, marriage, relationships, literature, reassuring charmers, rock and roll, family, grief and ...
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 ...
This is a visual guide to the inner seasons of menstruality, you'll find the more you develop menstrual cycle awareness, the greater the gifts you'll receive. If you want a window into your own, unique inner seasons, charting your cycle or if you don't have one charting by the moon will get you started. A Menstrual Medicine Circle will deepen your understanding of what getting in the way of your well-being and what your next steps are.
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.
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.
I am a huge fan of supervision and peer support as you can see from my CPD activities, I just couldn't hold my clients without a wider circle of women supporting me. In this interview, I chat with my massage supervisor, Arvigo teacher Hilary Lewin about how therapists need kindness to be able to do their best work.
Menstrual pain is no joke, 40 – 70% of women of reproductive age experience some kind of pain, with 10% of women describing severe symptoms. That’s a lot of regular women with hot water bottles. In fact, there is no need for us to experience pain, it is not healthy or necessary.
1. Menstrual cycle awareness
You know about pre-menstrual grumps I bet. OK maybe not grumps but it used to be full-on raging in my case.
“Will you please stop breathing like that!!!”
But what if I was to suggest that your energy and internal weather changed all through your ...
I started on personal growth pretty young. When I was 13 my big sister was into the (frankly terrifying) Exegisis, a UK version of Est and though I was thankfully too young to participate (thank the Goddess). I was very influenced by listening to her new world view – so refreshing and different to my highly buttoned up middle-class mum and dad.
This went on through Chuck Spezzano workshops, way-out-there healing, voice dialogue, bodywork, Reiki, rolfing, meditation, massage not to mention £100’s of pounds on self-help books. Then the biggest ...