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.
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 ...
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 ...
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?
I am very excited to have passed my Womb Yoga Teacher certificate and am now able to share this work with my clients and in the 'Love Your Belly' workshops.
Love Your Menopause Day Retreat
Wednesday 1st November 2017
Watford Quaker meeting House
This day retreat is for any woman who is curious to understand more about the adventure into peri-menopause and menopause. At 'Love Your Menopause' we will be showing you how to massage your belly and sharing natural health tips for you to integrate into your everyday life. There will be guided visualisations, womb yoga, time to reflect on your transition and what it means for you as well as support from like-minded women. Most important of all we share fabulous handmade, ...
Here are the instructions for the self-care abdominal massage, it's a great way to connect with your body and maintain your digestive, hormonal and emotional health. To get the instructions, just click here.
I'm very excited to be going to Stevenage next Saturday for Herts Health and Wholeness Festival. Leora Leboff and I are going to be spreading the gospel of loving your belly with free consultations and a fantastic workshop.
The workshop is called Love Your Belly - meeting the inner feminine, and we'll be teaching simple visualisations and self-help massage for digestion and womb. You can book your FREE consultation or a spot in our workshop here.
Also at the Forum Conference Centre (a spanking new venue) there will be talks, demonstrations, yummy food, music, ...