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Calling all 10-12 year old girls and their Mums!

I am now preparing for the first Celebration Day for Girls in Adelaide!  I recently conducted this workshop in the UK for a small group of proud mama’s and their daughters.  This is a fabulous workshop for girls and their mums in preparation for their first menstrual cycle.

A Celebration Day for Girls is a one and a half day workshop for 10-12 years old girls with their mother or female carer. This carefully crafted workshop was designed to support girls and mothers at this special threshold in both their lives, and to provide an affirming, grounded and connected celebration of the journey to womanhood.

At the Celebration Day, girls enjoy lively discussion, fun activities, women’s stories and gentle celebration of the magical threshold of puberty and menarche.  Celebration, and positively presented information around these topics has profound impact on body image, emotional health and menstrual experiences, which in turn empowers young women in their relationship, fertility and sexuality experiences later on.
celebration day for girls adelaideAlthough we don’t cover sexuality and contraception as such during the Celebration Day for Girls there is a connection of course, as menarche is a signpost at the beginning of a girl’s fertile years, and the menstrual cycle an intrinsic aspect of her female sexuality.

By enabling a healthy and grounded experience of these changes we deeply nourish girls’ self-esteem and self-awareness, well before they are involved in romantic or sexual relationships. In this way we can support a physical and psychological integrity that underpins healthy decision making around relationships, sex and fertility when that time comes, as well as other life choices.

“Thank you so, so, so, so, so much for last Saturday, and for teaching us all about what is on the road ahead of us. I loved what we all made together, and I loved the way you described things in great detail. The workshop was so fun I can’t describe how much! 🙂 P.S I wish I could come again! ;)” – Jasmin, 11

DATE: Saturday 6th August 9.45 – 4pm plus a ‘Mums night’ 3rd August 7-9pm
LOCATION: Aldgate
COST: $130 per Mother/ daughter

Please check the website for more info and contact me if you are interested.  There is a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 participants per workshop.

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Bringing The Womb Blessing to Adelaide

I have just arrived back in Adelaide after the Moon Mother training in Lausanne, Switzerland.  This training allows me to now offer The Womb Blessing for ladies in Adelaide!  Developed by Amanda Gray, author of Red Moon, the Womb Blessing is a beautiful, gentle and powerful female energetic awakening session.

This work supports women to be more authentic in their nature, awakening, energizing and healing the three main female energy centers, thereby increasing a woman’s ability to love.  As well as helping to clear old patterns and blocks, the Womb Blessing energizes the womb energy center, clearing depleted energy and bringing a sense of completeness.  The Womb Blessing also brings increased self -empowerment, a sense of peace, self acceptance and self love.

The Womb Blessing is performed in a chair and is similar to a Reiki initiation in its sequence, but is focused specifically on the awakening of dormant female energies.  Miranda Gray’s book Red Moon talks about these energies and how connecting to the menstrual cycle and bringing this awareness into our lives helps improve our relationship with ourselves and our cyclic nature.  Each time I see clients for Mayan Abdominal Therapy I am alerted to how much of a ‘taboo’ our menstrual cycle is seen and how this impacts our bodies…

Along with The Womb Blessing, I am also incorporating the Womb Healing into my work with women and their journey for healthy menstruation and fertility.  The Womb Healing is a shorter energy balance and is a beautiful way of supporting the female energy.  Both The Womb Blessing and Womb Healing will be available from July.  The Womb Blessing is a stand alone 45 min appointment, or it can be included into a 90 min appointment when connected to the Mayan Abdominal Therapy or a Holistic Massage.  The Womb healing will become a regular part of my Mayan Abdominal Therapy appointments and another tool I am able to use when needed in Holistic Massage sessions.

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A deeply personal account of pregnancy…

A few deeply personal thoughts on the process of my pregnancy.  Its taken me a few years to be open enough to share these.  I think all women need to know how pregnancy shifts the body not just physically, but emotionally, mentally and spiritually…

IMG_2093As soon as I found out that I was pregnant, I noticed a shift in the reality of my world.  The space in which I lived encompassed my work (to a large extent), my home and the land we live on, and also the topigraphical area from Victor Harbor to Houghton, in the Adelaide Hills, where my family lived.  Within these mapped areas, I lived the majority of my life.  As soon as the pregnancy took hold I felt my world shrink.  The barrier, or edge that my life was lived in was marked, and I could feel it slowly becoming smaller and smaller.  My work immediately was affected as my workload capacity immediately shrunk, and I saw less clients in a day to adjust to the decrease in energy levels and so I could have an afternoon siesta each day.  I also expereinced very painful sacroiliac pain all throughout my pregnancy, which limited my ability to exercise and keep fit.  As the weeks went past and they turned into months, my life became very much centered around my home and what I needed to do to prepare for this little being.

When I left work at 34 weeks I noticed another major shift in the world in which I lived.  This edge, or barrier shrunk again as my working focus dissipated completely and my life became focussed on the birth.  I lived each day in my Pj’s in the last weeks having restless nights and feeling like a swollen water buffalo.  I went out less and less, and each trip became harder and harder to achieve.  Even pushing around a shopping trolley in the supermarket became a hard task!  I slept a lot, and really relished in the nesting hormones and cleaned my house, and prepared my babies room.  I felt my world, as the weeks go on shrink to point that my life was only lived within the boundaries of my home.  In the last weeks, the only visitors I had were those who were to be present at the birth, and my family.  My world was getting smaller and smaller each week and each day.  When I did have to go out and get something I felt distinctly separated from the rest of society.  I felt like I was in a bubble, and the world was traveling too fast.  I let go of driving as I felt like I had to drive too slow to feel safe.  I could not turn to see my blind spot, and sitting in the car became uncomfortable as my belly rested on my legs.  My walk became a slow cumbersom waddle and my mind just wanted to rest, read and meditate.

This bubble around me seemed to cloud me, and put me in a different space from the rest of the world.  I was highly sensitive to the superficial aspects of society, and only really felt at ease when people came into my home, where my bubble felt less obvious.

The day I was in labor, this edge that I felt shrink my work had continued to shrink for so many weeks and days, that today, it was only me, and the space about 1 meter around me.  As my labor progressed more and more it continued to get smaller and smaller and smaller until it was just about me, and my breath.  It became so small that my mind could only be in the present moment.  There was not the space for me to jump ahead in my thoughts, or be in the past where we had come from.  To birth this baby, I was being held in the complete present moment.  Each contraction forced this focus, and this bubble became so small that it felt like I was in that space between the breath in, and the breath out.  I had to hold myself on this pin point of present time and feel relaxed in a world that had shrunk to a place smaller then I thought existed before.  What is ironic is that in the smallness of this point, was also the most expansion within my being….

It was like I was in a tunnel as soon as I became pregnant, and then it shrunk over the weeks, with different parts of my life dropping away.  I had to move through with my family and friends, and then eventually alone, just me walking through this tight space.  People there cheering me on, and yet alone at the same time.

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The day she was born, and having her on my belly, was the point when I reached the other side.  My world immediately began to expand again.  First it became about my new family, this beautiful baby, Tim and my midwife.  Then over the days my family, and my home again.  For weeks this bubble of my reality hovered around my bed and living room.  Soon the kitchen was included, and other friends came and visited.  It slowly expanded and opened up to a new life.  It was like I had entered a world in which I never knew existed.  All the rules were different and all the priorities I previously had had changed.  It reminded me of the scene in The Matrix when the choice is offered to take the blue or the red pill.  I feel like I took the pill at pregnancy, and now at the birth, I had arrived in this new world.

When my little girl was 6 weeks old, I felt another big shift in the space of my world.  These 6 weeks are the first 40 days.  Many old traditions speak of looking after the new mother fir the first 40 days and not letting her do anything around the home.  She is catered for, and taken through a healing journey.  Many would go into a cave or private hut with their new born, and only greet the rest of the village after this time period.  I really understood this.  After 6 weeks I felt that I was able to leave my cave of hibernation and begin to show my little girl to a select group of people.

I became very conscious of this time being what some call ‘The Fourth Trimester’.