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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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‘The Moon Inside You’ Film Fundraiser

Fundraising for UGANDA Menstrual Hygiene Project

If you have any interest in supporting women in developing countries to have dignity and a full life...

 If you have any interest in supporting women in developing countries to have dignity and a full life…
Come and immerse yourself in an intimate evening of film watching, wine, nibbles, door prizes and a silent auction.

 

 

A journey to the roots of femininity and life… the movie ‘The Moon Inside You’ is a fresh look at the menstruation taboo that defines the political and social reality of both women and men in a more profound way than society might be willing to admit…. the award winning documentary approaches the subject through both personal and collective references, thus challenging our preconceived idea of womanhood.

All profits go towards the UGANDA Menstrual Hygiene Management Project (MHM). Come and support this very needed cause!

Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 7:15-9:45pm

Mercury Cinema – 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide, South Australia

The MERCURY cinema is right next to the Jam Factory.

Tickets $30 for one or $50 for two.

BOOK HERE for tickets.

All profits go towards the UGANDA Menstrual Hygiene Management Project (MHM).

For women and girls to live healthy, productive and dignified lives, it’s essential that they are able to$20 will provide 4 Ugandan girls with washable and reusable sanitary menstrual kits for one year. manage menstrual bleeding effectively; something that western communities largely take for granted.In Uganda, PLAN for Girls are supporting local women to make low-cost sanitary pads so that women and girls can afford to use these products. It’s a win-win approach, as women have gained a source of income and new skills, and their female customers now have access to an essential hygiene product.

As well as addressing women’s practical needs, PLAN for Girls is also promoting better awareness among women and men to reduce embarrassment, cultural practices or taboos around menstruation that negatively affect the lives of women and girls.

$20 will provide 4 Ugandan girls with washable and reusable sanitary menstrual kits for one year. 
Getting your period can be confronting for any girl. But in Uganda, many girls don’t have the resources or support to prepare for menstruation.

Brought to you by…

Fiona House of Your Body Your Temple and Leanne Muffet.
For more information, please contact Fiona on 0416 473 163.

So far, our current sponsors for The Moon Inside You fundraiser include….


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Maternity Leave

It’s now June with Winter here, and the days are at their shortest.  It’s time to huddle in and have lots of soup and warm wintery meals around the fire.  I am finding myself extra busy at home nesting and preparing for the birth of my baby.   I have been continuing to expand in my pregnancy journey over these last 6 months and am now 31 weeks – and have a nice big belly to show for it!   My current plan is to continue to work up until the end of June.  This is how long I have taken bookings for so far.  There is a chance, depending on my health and energy levels, that I may work one more week in July.   If you are wanting an appointment before I take a full step back, please let me know now, and I will pop you onto my cancellation list.  If I am unable to slot you in during June I may be able to see you in July instead.

Pregnancy has been an interesting journey for me as I surrender into the big changes happening inside of me, around me and at home as I prepare for this new life to emerge.  I have had my own pregnancy related ups and downs, and have an ever growing compassion for pregnant women and the big ride it takes us on.  It has been magical and awe inspiring, while also physically demanding and challenging during different months as my baby grows.  It has affected me not just physically, but also emotionally and mentally as I ride the hormonal roller coaster and realize the responsibility of bearing a new life.  Spiritually I have been touched in my dreams, and expanded in my visualizations and birth preparations.  It is indeed, a very special and unique experience to have the privilege to bare life and become a mother.

It is a process of continual surrender as I let go of my working practice for the next 6 months and trust that it will take on a transformed new life in 2014 when I return.  I have spent the last nine years building and growing this little business of mine, and I have had such pleasure and gratification watching it grow, enhancing my skills and meeting such wonderful clients.  I very much appreciate each of you, what you bring into my life and what we share together.  It is truly a wonderful gift for me to have had this privilege.  I will be back around January seeing clients again, and this time, as a mother!I will be keeping in touch over this time.  Many of you have expressed wonderful wishes for me when you have come to your appointments.  You have also requested to know who exactly pops out after this nine month journey!  For this reason, after I birth in August, I shall send out a little newsletter introducing you to my new little friend!  I shall also be in contact later as the year progresses with an update to when I shall be open for bookings, so keep posted and before we know it, we will be in 2014 with a new year swinging in. See you in 2014!

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A Girls Rite of Passage – The Sri Lankan Way…

I have just arrived home after two weeks away in the gorgeous country of Sri Lanka.  While there, amongst many adventures and delicious meals, I learned of the way the Sri Lankan people celebrate the time of menstruation for a girl when she first becomes a woman.

I was going through a wonderful tour at a spice garden when I met Manju.  He was showing us around and was also a student at the local Ayurvedic college.  After the tour we dropped him back to his home and went in for a cup of tea and a meal of hoppers (the local pancake type dish often served with chilli paste or curry).  While we were sharing a meal, it somehow came up in conversation that he had two daughters and that they would be doing ceremonies for them when it came to their first bleed.

The eldest daughter of Manju with Tim.

I sat there in amazement as these two men, Manju and my fabulous driver Channa, both opened up and told me of the Rite of Passage that all girls go through during this time.  It was so wonderful to hear the respect and pride they had of their customs and ceremonies and their willingness to openly share it with me.  They went into explicit detail for me as I asked questions and probed with undivided attention to their stories and honoring that is involved for their women.

This is what they told me:

1. The first thing that happens is the girl tells her mum what is happening.  She is now having her first bleed.

2. She is taken to a special hut or room where only women are allowed to go.  She has other family with her, either an aunt, sister, cousin etc who will stay with her the whole time for this sacred process.  If she has to leave this place, (to go to the bathroom etc) she has a white cloth wrapped over her face so that the men will not see her.  This is important as it is a time of transition and she is becoming a women.

3.  An astrologer is contacted and advised about the best time for her for a celebration.  This would be in the following weeks  and will be specific in time and date for the girl to be embraced into her womanhood.

4. On the day that she is allowed out of the room before the ceremony, a special pot is bought into the room.  In this pot herbs are prepared and boiled.  These include saffron, jasmin, sandalwood powder, jungle jasmin amongst others.  The water is warmed and is then poured over her head in cleansing.

5.  After this, a new white cloth is wrapped around her face and head so she cannot see, and people cannot see her.  The pot is crashed to the ground in ceremonial way to ensure it is never to be used again.

6.  She is dressed in white clothing that has never been worn before and she is bought into the home.

7. On a special table in the home there is an array of ceremonial items.  These include a Kandian Oil lamp, rice, spices, flour and betal leaves all spread around the lamp.

8. At this point the white cloth is removed from the face of the girl.  The family and friends that have come to be part of the celebration all sing out to her words that translate to “Big Girl” in honor of her transition and rite of passage.  There is lots of clapping and they do a special type of clap which claps out the candles on the table so they go out.

9. Seven betal leaves are handed to the girl.  She then passes, with both hands, one of the leaves to the mother who then blesses her and gives her gifts of jewellery.  She then passes, with two hands,  one of the leaves to her father, who also blesses her and gifts her jewellery or fabric etc.

10.  The final leaves are then passed, one at a time and with both hands, to the remaining guests who also bless and give gifts to her.  This can include other sisters, aunts, cousins etc who are present.

11.  Finally there is a big feast and celebration before her final event of the evening which is to visit the local temple for prayers and blessings.

 

Manju and his wife with Tim and I. The man on the far left is Manju’s father.

It was an honor to hear the way this time in a girls life is celebrated.  I was a bit jealous that here in Australia this time is so often disregarded and suppressed.  I loved the mens passion and interest in honoring these transitions and respecting such a sacred time.  I also loved their willingness to talk about it and share it with me.  Thank you Channa and Manju!

 

Channa, Tim and I at our last night before coming home.

copyright © 2012 Fiona House

 

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Honouring the Sacred Process of Childbirth

As a massage therapist I come across women having experienced traumatic childbirth with their children, and with their own traumatic births as babies.  During a session they express to me their anger, guilt and grief over their personal experience when giving birth, or ‘gut feelings’ about the trauma they experienced being born.  These women hold in their bodies these memories, which for years into their adulthood impact their health and their decisions  – not to mention, their posture, digestive and reproductive health, emotional balance and personal confidence.

This sacred birth process, that is so often undervalued, needs to be supported in an elegant and empowering way, to reduce the potential for psychological and emotional trauma.  This rite of passage for mum and baby needs to open their life together in a positive and empowering way to carry them forwards, rather than hindering their path.

image credit : Christy Nielson

 

I wanted to help, not just with my clients expressed symptoms, but also in preventing these symptoms ever arising. I decided to become a certified doula.

‘Doula’ is a Greek word that means ‘woman’s servant’.  A doula is a woman offering non-medical support and information to parents in pregnancy, childbirth and the post-natal period.  She is there for you, ‘mothering the mother’, and taking care of the needs of parents during this time.  A doula is present while you give birth, and also in your preparation for birth and during the post-natal time. Doulas not only help women find the information you need, they also empower women to have the kind of birth they want.

Birth can be a chaotic and unpredictable process. A small birth team is a good approach and a doula can be a vital part of that team. A labour that extends into its twentieth hour (or more) will be taxing on all involved. At times like this the team can be stretched thin and, despite everyone’s best intentions, the focus on the mother’s birth plans and support of the practices she selected to help her—be it massage, aromatherapy, or just plain encouragement—can get lost. At that point the birthing mother may not be literally alone, but she may very well feel alone.

Doulas are equipped with the skills, techniques and resilience to support the mother and take the pressure off tired partners.   They do not take the place of a partner, but rather complement the partner’s role while upholding the integrity of the process and the birthing mother’s wishes.  Doulas appreciate that the birth process is a sacred time that impacts the mothering that follows.

Doulas are not medically trained and therefore are not responsible for any of the roles that midwives and obstetricians play. They are instead there to hold the psychological and physical space for the mother, allowing her to relax when she is in her most vulnerable state.  A trained doula is experienced in relaxation techniques, position options and natural and safe comfort measures to help pain management.  They are great listeners, nurturing companions and respectful of the mother’s needs and wishes. Doulas also recognise that birth is not simply a medical event but a time to honour the wisdom of the female body, and the memory and capacity it has to birth. A doula can also help with the decision making process if the birthing plan needs to change.  A doula will never make the decision, but can facilitate and clarify communication between staff and mother and take the pressure off the partner who would otherwise be the sole person to mediate this process.

copyright © 2012 Fiona House

 

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Pre Natal and Female Care the Mayan Way

Have you ever considered your uterus to be the doorway between the infinite and the finite? Sounds odd, doesn’t it? Not according to the ancient Mayan traditions and culture.  The Mayans believe that your uterus is the ONLY spiritual organ in the body and is a being that lives inside of you and exists as her own entity. She is alive, has a consciousness of her own, she creates, and she sheds. She lives to create. Without even knowing the word or concept of the sacral chakra, the Mayans knew that she was the creative centre of the being. If she does not create babies, then she creates art, music, literature, gardens and dreams! However, if things are out of balance, she will create fibroids or endometriosis as a way of garnering your attention. She is the doorway, the gateway, and the passage that everyone on this planet had to pass through from the infinite to Earth!  The Mayans believed that because of this it is an honour to have a uterus. It is a special gift to be able to create life and to give birth.

Did you know that we need to take care of our uterus? Are you taking care of yours?  Is she happy? Are you planning a baby? There are many signs that things are not harmonious within your uterus. Firstly, society teaches us that a “normal” menstrual cycle consists of cramps, dark clotty blood, mucousy blood, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, lower back pain, headaches, depression, nausea; just to name a few. No one informs us that this is not okay. When a woman has a healthy menstruation, it should be bright red, fresh, runny blood, like when you cut your arm and it drips out. A little mild cramping at the beginning, no lower back pain, no headaches, no bloating and no dark red or brown blood. Having issues with your menstrual cycle (or lack of) is a sign that your uterus may be tilted to one side, sitting low, or just surrounded by congested tissues. The great thing is, that there is a way to change this. This is particularly important if you are planning a baby.

The Mayans carried through their culture a simple abdominal massage to improve the health of the female cycle and reproductive system, to ensure the uterus is sitting in its correct position and to prepare the woman for pregnancy and childbirth (also for post natal care). The work is focussed on the five flows of the body – arterial flow, venous flow, lymphatic flow, nerve flow, and Chu lel (chi). When there is an imbalance in one of these areas, a blockage occurs, then the signs and symptoms of reproductive issues entail. By encouraging and strengthening these five flows, the body is able to bring itself back into balance and healthier functioning. The uterus can be prepared for pregnancy and women can enjoy their menstruation as an opportunity to reconnect with their body. It is a great time to write, dream, read and be still in the shedding.

Mayan Abdominal Therapy is a beautiful way to reconnect with your body and establish a relationship with your uterus. This ancient technique empowers women to make changes to their health and prepares them for the beautiful experience of pregnancy. It is also a wonderful way to bring the uterus back into alignment and healthy functioning after childbirth.

Copyright © 2012 Fiona House

 

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Meet and Greet our Natural Therapists at Rainbow Tree

Come and explore what goes on beyond the door at Rainbow Tree!

Rainbow Tree now has three practitioners working from the therapy room.  Natural Therapists Fiona House, Jacqueline Iles and Kelly Lulic, and Rainbow Tree.  Proprietor Rachel Clark will be throwing open the therapy room door for a night of fun and insight.  This is your chance to come and meet and greet us all.  There will be short talks from each of us, plus nibbles, organic wine, special offers, free goody bags and loads of door prizes!

Fiona House – Tactile Therpaies for the Body, Mind and Spirit

Kahuna Bodywork
Fertility, Pregnancy and Post Natal Massage
Holistic Massage
Mayan Abdominal Therapy

Fiona will be speaking about the range of therapies she offers and how they support your mind, body and soul though stressful times of transition and change.  She will also be discussing women’s reproductive conditions and how her work supports the health of the hormone system and uterus,  as well as  with supporting you in conception, pregnancy and after the birth your baby.

Jacqueline Ilnes – Ayurvedic Consultant and Yoga Teacher
Jacqueline has been a yoga teacher for over 10 years and an Ayurvedic Consultant for over 6 years.  She has a wealth of knowledge and wisdom of the ayurvedic constitutions and the human body.  She will be speaking about how the ancient and powerful ayurvedic system of health and healing supports your body in all your day to day health concerns, and how it can also help prepare you for child bearing, support you in pregnancy, and balance your system reducing uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms.

Kelly Lulic – Mums and Bubs Nutritionist
Kelly is a qualified Nutritionist.  Through her study, and from her own journey of pregnancy and child rearing, she is a wealth of information and support for nutritional advice covering the childbearing period.  She specialises in prenatal, pregnancy and post natal nutrition – as well as breastfeeding, food for your baby, introducing solids and how to take care of your own body nutritionally after pregnancy.  Kelly will be discussing ways to support yourself nutritionally over this time for you and your baby.

We have so much pre-natal, pregnancy and post-natal knowledge and experience to share!

 

 

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Autumn Equinox Ceremony

 Calling all Wemoon!: Its that time of year again for a Wemoon’s Circle to celebrate and recognise Autumn and the gifts that she brings.  The heat and long days of summer are over and we are now experiencing the wind down and shorter days of Autumn.  This time of year is perfect to take a look at what we have achieved over the last 6 months, and whether we are still going in the direction we want.  Have we created what we needed over the last few months?  Have we created excess of what we needed?  Are there things that are now outdated and need to be let go of?  Do we have gifts to share physically and also with our wisdom and learning’s over this last summer?  Autumn is a perfect time to let things go… clean out cupboards and give away clothes that we do not need anymore  – and to share the fruit from our trees and gardens!   It is also the time to let go of old emotions we do not need, and old ways of being with ourselves.  

Autumn is also a time of gratitude as we reap the rewards of our efforts, and we can now stop and take stock of where we have been and where we are going.

Come and join Samantha Miccallif and I in celebrating this time of year with a women’s circle.  This is the perfect time for you if you need some time out and some clarity on your life and your priorities.  Do you need a clearer vision on how to nourish yourself or how to direct yourself right now?  Do you need to let go of things holding you back, or needing to make space in your life for something new?  This might be the perfect thing.  A beautiful opportunity to connect with yourself and other women, learn about the cycles of life and Mother Nature, and go away with new space and clarity within yourself…

When –  Sunday 25th March
Time –  1.45 pm – 4pm sharp
Cost – $25
Where – Fiona’s Aldgate practice.  (Address given upon booking.)

Please note that this is a beautiful circle to bring daughters (above age 11/12), sisters, mothers and best friends!

Please RSVP ASAP as numbers are limited.