Elemental Women's Health 2023
Four sessions of exploration into female potential, empowerment and optimal health
Menstrual health, supporting our bleeds and reclaiming the feminine
Friday 17th March, 10.30am - 3.30pm
Rocking the transition through peri-menopause and beyond
Friday 14th April, 10.30am - 3.30pm
Gut health and how to optimise your female metabolism
Friday 12th May, 10.30am - 3.30pm
Nervous system healing and finding safety within
Friday 9th June, 10.30am - 3.30pm
Why this offering?
I help women who have already tried several natural or nutritional approaches to solving their health issues move from a state of confusion and information overload to clarity and confidence around how to meet their basic female physiological needs, heal their cycles, and achieve a level of vitality they previously didn’t think was possible.
After 8 years of experience focussing on hormonal, gut and nervous system health, I see these as the three pillars of female physiological well-being. In each of these areas I have both completely transformed my own experience of wellness, and helped many other women do the same.
I’m here to share my experience with you, along with my tried and tested, practical and long-lasting strategies for achieving optimal female health and empowerment in a world that leads us astray from this basic birthright.
The four elements, Water, Fire, Earth and Air, form the basis of Eastern and Western traditional medical theories, helping us understand how the body works, how imbalance arises and how to bring our physiology back towards optimal health.
In this 4-part workshop series, I draw from my training and experience in Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Western herbal medicine and conventional medical anatomy and physiology to explore the four 'elements' of women’s health - the menstrual cycle (Water), peri-menopause (Fire), gut health (Earth) and the nervous system (Air).
In each module we’ll explore the influence of the elements themselves, the organs involved, and the nutritional, herbal and lifestyle medicine that can be drawn upon to bring each of the systems into balance. Within these four topics we’ll touch on many other areas - contraception, fertility, liver, kidney & heart health, thyroid health, sleep, trauma, mineral balance, and what foods to eat for optimal female vitality.
One of my core beliefs is that good health should not be complicated or difficult to achieve. The challenge, when surrounded by so much conflicting health-related and nutritional advice in the modern world, is to keep dropping down into our intuition and connecting to our own truth, above all else. In this course, I offer you the opportunity to do just that, whilst sharing with you a complete breakdown of what I see as the fundamental (or elemental) steps to female wellness.
Each session will also cover specific plant medicines, formulas and recipes that I have found most helpful with my clients over the years in treating women’s health issues.
These sessions are suitable for both individuals and women's health practitioners who are interested in deepening their knowledge and personal self-care practices around these four key areas. We will meander from theory to practice, from meditation to active learning, from listening to sharing. There will be time to reflect and to integrate. My hope is that we can come together as our authentic selves, with an open mind and a willingness to unlearn, relearn and connect to our truth, individually and collectively.
In Water, we delve into the female menstrual cycle and all things related. We’ll discuss:
The menstrual cycle, hormones, what’s normal and what’s not
The easiest and quickest way to success and enlightenment as a menstruating woman (menstrual cycle awareness!)
How to track your cycle and prevent pregnancy naturally.
Natural healing from different types of menstrual issues, specific to the needs of the group.
Eating for your cycle
Why to ditch your iron supplements, and what to do if you’ve been told you’re “anaemic”
Supporting our womb to release a monthly period, miscarriage or aborxion.
Local plant medicines that can support your health at each stage of the cycle.
The element of Fire brings us to the perimenopause, and the pathological expression of heat during this hormonal transition. How do we go about preparing our female bodies to welcome in the menopause with joy and ease? In this session we’ll explore:
The psychosocial aspects of menopause and how they influence women’s experience of it
Liver, kidney and adrenal health from a Western and Chinese perspective
Herbs and foods for cooling the liver, boosting Yin and improving resilience.
Proper sun exposure, bone health and the vitamin D connection
Radical rest and the many forms of it
Self massage techniques for hormonal and breast health.
Herbs for improving sleep during the peri-menopause
Nutrition for optimal hormonal balance
Local herbs for relieving common menopausal symptoms
Just as the soil provides the nourishment for plant life to thrive, the human body breaks down food into the nutrients we need to grow, develop and repair, through its own soil - the digestive organs and processes. Possibly the most fundamental aspect of human health, good gut health is based on a few important, inconvenient, non-negotiable facts. We’ll discuss:
Digestion from both a Chinese and Western point of view
The origin of autoimmune and inflammatory disorders
How to heal your gut using herbs, foods and lifestyle practices
What women and young girls really need to be eating for the optimal health and fertility of future generations
Remineralisation and what it means for your health
Supplements: the ones to take, and the ones to throw away
Air pertains to the nervous system, which we have the capacity to regulate consciously via our breathing. Here we will touch on:
The development of the nervous system in early life, polyvagal theory and trauma
Strategies and exercises to practice resourcing ourselves and optimise self-regulation
Emotional health and how it relates to the internal organs
Herbs and strategies for improving sleep
Herbs and strategies for moving through grief and loss.
Herbs for increasing vagal tone and calming the sympathetic response
Nutritional and herbal approaches to ADHD in children and adults
€75 per class / €300 for all 4 classes
Discount for existing patients and low income participants:
10% off if buying more than 1 class (€135 for 2 / €202.5 for 3 classes)
20% off if buying all 4 classes (€240)
Get in touch with me via email at email@example.com to reserve your space. We can then book a short call so I can ask you a few questions, get an idea of your needs and expectations, and make the class material specific to the needs of the group as much as possible.
The Womb With a View
Soma da Terra, Aljezur
Look forward to meeting and connecting with you in 2023 :-)