The time after Emergence is known as Second Spring and heralds the birth of the new person. With clear boundaries, discernment, a sense of her own needs and pleasures, this person resembles the teenager she once was, but with 40 years of life experience behind her. She is awesome in her capacity to be vulnerable and to hold her authority. She is compassionate and able to offer herself in service to the world, without sacrificing herself in the process. This is where menopause takes you if you choose to engage with it.
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Fear around the changes of the menopause can make physical and emotional manifestations harder to deal with, creating stress and isolation in what can be a time for growth. I was delighted that WellDoing published this article to show how to work with menopause instead of against it.
You can read the full article here
(Top marks to the editors for finding that rare thing, an image of a mid-life woman you might actually want to be friends with, they are very hard to find!)
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 download a pdf of the article here.
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 ...
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 ...
There's a fallacy about yoga that it brings you to a calm and peaceful place every time. As anyone who's been to a class knows, it's not always like that! In fact, in my opinion it shouldn't be like that; yoga is a place where we get to observe our mental, emotional and physical patterns and nudge up against their edges. Very often when we are uncomfortable in a class, as I was in hot yoga, we get to discover what our bodies actually need. Here's what I discovered about Yoga and the Menopause.
I am delighted that Mind Body Green decided to publish my article about the self-care massage this weekend; it has introduced 1,000's of women to the practice. A revolution in kindness and self-care! As Leora says;
"Every woman should be able to experience this amazing practice!"
You can check out the article on the Mind Body Green website and if you have experienced the benefits yourself, why not add your voice in the comments?
Here is the 20th and final piece in my A-Z of massage series! And what a treatment to finish on; Thai massage is like having a yoga slave and massage therapist all in one. If you're curious about how the blend of Indian and Chinese healing traditions are blended into a modern-day massage, you can read this article from WellDoing.org
There are so many varieties of massage around with so many different descriptions, how do you know what you're going to get? Here's a straight forward explanation for anyone who's ever wondered "What is Swedish Massage"? This was published on the WellDoing.org blog on 16th September 2014