Why does menopause hurt so bad? I mean really? All it is is the natural shift in hormones as our menstruating life comes to an end and our 'second spring' emerges. It's a shift from taking care of 'them out there' to taking care of ourselves; shouldn't that be easier and more joyful? One late summer morning I got up with a bee in my bonnet on this issue and did a Facebook live to think it through. Click on the image below to watch the vid.
What I didn't go into, but will maybe get a bee in my bonnet about another day, is a lot of the pain is down to our culture not ...
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.
Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo-Wurlitzer authors of 'Wild Power' and menstruality mavens at Red School are definitely wild. I was lucky enough to grab them before Graham Norton etc. booked them up so I could ask them about how menstruality became the biggest thing in their lives, how come periods are finally being talked about in public and what simple thing you can do today to access your own wild power. You can get hold of your copy here.
If you want to know more about the magic of menstrual cycle awareness this is why it's a bloody good thing for the world check out this video: it's a natural, feminist revolution! In it, I talk about my hopes for my daughter's generation and how I managed to miss out on the party. If it floats your boat you can pre-order the wonderful Wild Power book online which will also get you a free, cycle awareness pack to get you started.
Menopause can be 50 shades of confusion, rage and bewilderment, but there is a map which can show you what you need to do at each phase. In this video I talk to women's health expert Rachel Eyre of The Healthy Womb about how to find our way through the emotional roller-coaster with the 5 chambers of menopause.
There are more posts on other ways to support yourself through menopause, have a look!
I often ask myself,
"Am I going mad?"
As the brain fog rolls in and my energy drastically dips. But then I remember the secret to surviving menopause and feel that yes,
"I am going mad, but in a good way!"
But it's not madness that's dogging me, it's the process of transition that's causing the chaos. Menopause is a time of transformation, we are preparing to give birth to ourselves and as any mother knows, giving birth can be an intense process! There are so many beliefs about myself, identities and ways of being that must be let go of if I am to travel safely to the ...
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 ...
This is me interviewing my partner in belly love Leora Leboff on how womb massage changed her life; she has an amazing story to tell.
Here are Leora and I spilling the beans on what happens in our Love Your Belly workshops.
This video will show how to massage your belly to enhance your hormonal and digestive health. It's wonderful to use when you are in perimenopause or menopause to reduce stress which will help you manage your symptoms.
Here are the written, detailed instructions on Belly massage instructions for self-care for you to download and keep.
The best time to do your massage is in the evenings just before you go to sleep, take a few minutes to get yourself comfy and prop your knees up with pillows so your belly can be soft. The routine takes 5 minutes or so and will leave ...