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.
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 ...
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
Self-care abdominal massage
you can relax and deeply let go, safely releasing what no longer serves you and embracing your essential nature. Is ...
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.
In its simplest form menstruality is the process of tracking your energy and feelings as you go through your menstrual cycle each month. Just the process of mindful observation can create amazing change. I'm just back from a 5-day immersion at the Women's Quest Apprenticeship where we've been delving deep into the process of cycle awareness, it was quite a process for a non-cycling woman! While I'm digesting my experiences, I thought I'd share these 23 ways that menstruality will rock your world.
You'll be your own guru
No need to pay someone to ...
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