This Girl Can
Leicester-Shire & Rutland
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This Girl Can
It's time to have a Positive Pause!
Friday 6th September 2019
We would never pretend that going through the menopause is easy – the hot flushes, the sleepless nights, the anxiety. However, our This Girl Can Positive Pause event was a chance for women to come together to share their experiences, gain some useful info while having a giggle and strengthening their core at the same time.
Clare Shepherd, Nutritional Therapist kicked of the evening with her talk on how the right nutrition and supplements can keep those hormones in check.
Laughter and confidence filled the room for the burlesque dancing session lead by the wonderful Doe Demure bringing out the fierce goddess side of our TGC women.
Workshops followed with an insightful session on how to strengthen your core with Jo Waller from One Fit Core, an engaging Pilates session from Emma Sylvester from Total Pilates and how to take time out for you with some great deep relaxation and visualisation techniques from Jackie Parsons (Occupational Therapist & Hypnotherapist).
Every woman is individual and will experience menopause differently. Here's some top tips from our experts:
Clare Shepherd (Nutritional Therapist) top tips:
1. Drink minimum 2L water/day
2. Eat more Omega 3 rich foods, e.g. salmon, mackerel, trout, tuna.
3. Include foods high in photo-oestrogens, e.g. beans, lentils, non GM soy, seeds, oats, rice
4. 70% of diet: choose fresh food and a rainbow of colour
5. Minimise caffeine, alcohol sugars & refined carbs
Emma Sylvester (Total Pilates) top tips:
1. Do Pilates! This helps to prevent osteoporosis, which is a huge benefit as women go through menopause
2. Don't skip meals
3. Remember those pelvic floor exercises
4. Don't forget to laugh! A more positive mind-set can stimulate our immune system, enhance our learning and memory.
5. Drink lots of water
Doe Demure's (Burlesque Instructor) top tips:
1. Keep active - Dancing decreases stress and promotes a healthy sleeping pattern.
2. Meet up with friends- Get down to a community dance class, make friends and share experiences together.
3. Get some me time - I would highly recommend a bit of burlesque costuming to quiet the mind- pick up that needle and thread and create something!
4. Be confident- changes in the body can leave us feeling deflated, so get to dance class and remind yourself of the goddess you are.
5. Ask for help- Don't struggle alone, consult your doctor if menopause symptoms are getting you down.
Jackie Parsons (Occupational Therapist & Hypnotherapist) top tips:
- Stress can make the symptoms of menopause worse. If you feel tense and uptight, distract yourself briefly. Why not take a brief walk, or stretch or carry out breathing exercises or do a quick crossword puzzle.
- Relaxation reduces stress and tension, so learn to give yourself permission to take care of your mind by fitting daily relaxation into your life.
- Each time that you have a tea break, sit down, lower your shoulders, breathe in gently and fully through your nose, hold to the count of 3 or 4 and then breathe out through your mouth, mentally saying the word 'calm' as you do.
- Learn something new that you can fit into to your life as an antidote to stress. Find something that interests you.
- Exercise is excellent for stress, especially if carried out with other people. Any exercise is better than none but try out different types until you find something that you enjoy.
Jo Waller (One Fit Core) top tips:
1. Keep active - Do something every day! Even if it's just a gentle walk. Exercise can help relieve up to 80% of menopausal symptoms, getting those positive endorphins flowing, helping to prevent weight gain and keep the muscles and joints mobile.
2. Try Weight Training - As bone density starts to reduce with age, Osteoporosis is a real health risk for women. Weight training can help to reduce the degeneration of the bone structure and make you feel amazing at the same time!
3. Focus on pelvic floor - All muscles become weaker with age and your pelvic floor is no different. Add in potential weight gain which increases pressure on the muscle and it's no wonder that weakness can occur. Try doing 10 long hold and 10 short hold every day for 6 weeks and you'll be amazed at the difference.
4. Work on your core and glute strength - Your pelvic floor is a small group of muscles that do a really big job. It relies on the surrounding muscles to do its job properly. Squats are a brilliant way of building strength in the glutes and can be incorporated into your daily life. Squat to pick things up, to load the washing machine and when you're lifting shopping bags.
5. Hips facing forward - The way you sit can have a big impact on your pelvic floor function. Hips tucked around to the side or pushed forward and under engages the pelvic floor. Keeping it in an engaged state means it's likely to be exhausted when you really need it! Focus on your posture, keep hips facing forward and loaded evenly to preserve strength in that muscle for when you need it most.
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