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Body Image – a revolutionary act or a human right?

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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! &n...

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Resources for Pregnancy

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When you're pregnant, your baby's wellbeing is the most important consideration in any choices you make. But with new research and information published each week, it can be hard to keep up with current guidelines. I have compiled a list of national and online resources for pregnancy to help you find the information you need to have a happy, healthy pregnancy and make the best choices for you and your baby. Though there is some overlap, broadly speaking, pregnancy-related is at the top and postnatal is towards the bottom of the list.   Positive Birth Stories H...

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The secret to surviving menopause

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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 ...

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The Shocking Truth About Menopause

Dried up old crone, old bag, hag, witch... is it just me, or do you think that we might have a bit of an issue about women aging? For the generation who grew up with Madonna, hitting menopause now, is there really only a choice between ‘tragically letting yourself go’ or desperately stretching your face and body into oblivion (sorry Madge, looks weird)?   You only have to check out the nasty shaming that Susan Sarandon received at the SAG awards last month, while the cleavages belonging to her 20-30 year old colleagues were ‘safe’.   Yes my ...

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Kindness – Do You Know You’re Worth It?

I'm delighted that WellDoing.Org have published my article on Kindness. It is so hard for women, particularly mothers, to be kind to themselves. Click through to the article to find out the solutions that have worked for me.

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How to Be Your Own Guru

Why is it hardest to be kind to ourselves?   I routinely hear women say “Take care” to each other as they say goodbye or, “You should put your feet up” or some such, but why is it that we so seldom actually do it?   We know we should take time out, but it somehow gets lost in the busyness of life; other demands just seems more important that our own.   So many of us have sky-high stress levels, with every moment of our lives crammed to bursting with activity and stimulation. The roles of wife/partner, mother, career woman, creatirix, ...

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Code Red Altert!

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I am very excited to introduce a vibrant exponent of the power of women Lisa Lister of The Sassy She. Crowned ‘the defender of female awesomeness’ by Cooler magazine, Lisa is a writer, plus-size yoga teacher, feminist, menstrual queen and now a fellow belly loving massage maven. Her new book ‘Code Red’ is published this week and I was lucky enough to persuade her to tell us about her work and world-view. Welcome Lisa! I read that living life with your cycle totally changed your life; can you say a bit about how that happened? I was a total go-for-it ...

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Looking at Cindy Crawford

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Cindy Crawford’s Body There's been a picture of Cindy Crawford doing the rounds recently, she is wearing her undies, a hat and a fur coat. Unless you've been living in a hole, you'll have noticed there are quite a lot of pictures of semi-naked women around in magazines and online, but the reason this one got more attention was because she was showing a 'lived in', un-airbrushed body.   As she is a wealthy, powerful woman who's made her living as a model, her body is expensively honed and gorgeous. This is not the body of your average mother of two. “Ho...

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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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Heart-Womb Connection – A Quiet Revolution

Heart Womb Connection
There’s a quiet revolution happening somewhere near you, though you probably haven’t even noticed it. All but invisible to the outside, powered by breath and body awareness, this revolution can have an amazing impact on you and the way you are in the world.   The heart-womb connection   Never heard of it? Well I’m not surprised because you won’t find it on the Mail Online’s sidebar of shame, but it has a venerable history; Traditional Chinese medicine and Ayruvedic medicine both see the channel linking the two organs which provides a strong ...

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