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 ...
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.
Can you honestly, hand on heart, say that you love your body? Really? What about your belly or the underside of your arms? Or that bit that you always apologise about in yoga class?
Every day in my massage practice I witness the judgments women hold about their bodies. This shows up as apologies, negative self-talk and numerous other ways, but this negativity is from women who have taken charge of their self-care enough to come for a massage. Imagine all the women out there who didn’t make it this far and couldn’t bear to be seen or touched at all!
I must have massaged thousands of tight shoulders over the years, a classic sign of tension, the muscles get tight and can cause headaches and other kinds of misery too. In between your massage appointments, a little self-care will really help to ease shoulder pain. This video shows you simple things that you can do at home to create more ease and softness.
If you are interested in more easy exercises to bring more joy in your life, I have that covered too!
In this video I discuss ‘What is self-care?’ with Leora Leboff, my partner at Love Your Belly. We share why it matters so much for fertility, menstrual and menopause health and what we actually do in our own lives!
To watch the video click here or click on the image above. You can find more articles on other menstrual health topics too.
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!
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:
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 ...
You're about to do a big presentation, your outfit is awesome and you're totally up for doing what you have to do to clinch the deal. Just before you step up a creeping feeling of heat rolls up your body and face, and whoosh, your confidence is floored.
Hot flushes are one of the most common menopause symptoms with 85% of women experiencing some form of temperature craziness in menopause. It varies from a warming up-drift to full-on sweats that require complete changes of clothes and/or bedclothes. Needless to say this can -