4 results for tag: Body image


Body Image – a revolutionary act or a human right?

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!   Does this matter, beyond the personal tragedy of a compromised body image? ...

How to End the Fight With Your Belly

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: “Too fat” “Too wobbly” “Too greedy” 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 noticing the judgments that arise is a powerful first step in making friends with ...

Looking at Cindy Crawford

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. “Hoorah for ordinary bodies!” went the cry. “How brave of her to show what a ...

What would it take to feel good in your skin on International Women’s Day?

Today is International Women’s Day and thousands of women across the world are celebrating their achievements with events and debates. We have come a long way since the suffragettes first proposed the radical suggestion that women should have the vote, but we seem to have a long way to go. For example half of all 16- to 21-year-old women would consider cosmetic surgery and in the past 15 years eating disorders have doubled according to Cara Acred. Other research backed up by a documentary by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation, about the under-representation of women in positions of power – women who are high "self objectifiers" have low ...