Relaxation


Hot Flush Party

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Free online event 4pm - 5.30pm UK time, Friday 7th August Hot flushes are the most common menopause symptom in the UK with 43.8% experiencing anything from the occasional mild glow to an endless torrent of sweat. In this menopause pyjama party, we’ll look at the physiological understanding of what’s going on, find tools to uncover what might be happening to trigger your flushes, then snuggle down with a lovely Yoga Nidra to explore the transformational possibilities. Menopause is a sensitive time where we shed our skins as we become a different ,more ...

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Too Guilty to Rest

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2pm Friday 10th July Online 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 ...

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This therapist needs kindness too

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.  

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How to End the Fight With Your Belly

End the fight with your belly
Have you ever listened to the way you talk about your belly? When you catch a glimpse I bet it’s not often kind.   In any group of friends you’ll hear apologies for being: “Too fat” “Too wobbly” “Too greedy” The sort of language you would never use to your best friend and yet we routinely treat our bellies as the enemy. The battlefield encompasses food, our clothes and ultimately blasts our self-esteem too. But what would happen if you ended the fight?   Mindfulness is a great tool for changing this kind of self-talk. Just ...

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Womb Love

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Do you feel disempowered or that experiences from the past are stopping you from moving forward? And what about the feminine? Is there something about it that just makes you feel weird?   Womb Love is a unique practice that will bring you in touch with your womb, inviting healing for past sexual and emotional trauma and bring you into your power. Combining Womb yoga Visualisation Self-care abdominal massage Breathing practices you can relax and deeply let go, safely releasing what no longer serves you and embracing your essential nature. Is ...

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How To Be Sure Of Your Pelvic Floor

Be Sure of Your Pelvic Floor
Did you know that 32% of women in the UK had experienced symptoms of incontinence in the last 30 days (1)? In London, over a million women could be suffering right now and yet the subject is rarely spoken about, or only in quiet whispers in private places. That is a lot of women who are definitely NOT sure of their pelvic floor. There is so much shame attached to it and not much understanding of the therapy available but there is no need for this to be so widespread. Stress incontinence in not a normal part of menopause or aging and can easily be reversed and it's not ...

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How often should I have a massage?

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 W...

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Packing Heat

Have you ever had an idea so marvelous, you thought it would revolutionise your work life?   Last month I thought I was going to have to take out a patent. “Call Professor Pat Pending!”   Until it turned out I’d re-invented a particularly soothing and wonderful wheel.   It was the result of two wonderful experiences. A treatment involving paraffin wax at the wonderful Thermae Spa in Bath (where I also got to watch the sun go down from a ravishingly azure sky) and a tip from Liz Koch at her psoas workshop about how to sooth particula...

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Womb Yoga

Womb Yoga is a nourishing combination of movement, gentle stretches and breath work that supports your well being whatever your time of the month or time of life. Womb or no womb, we all need to connect with our bodies and allow our internal nature to express itself. Women use this womanly movement to help to Develop kindness towards themselves Allow their natural wisdom to emerge Recover after having a baby Align their pelvises for optimum reproductive well being Calm jangles nervous systems Learn skills for managing menstrual issues Manage menopausal ...

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Adventures in Womb Wisdom

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 rest or body awareness   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; ...

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