Women’s Health

“I reentered my body by learning to move my self, to dance my own dance from the inside out, not the outside in.”   Gabrielle Roth

What is women’s health coaching?

The most valuable thing I’ve found in exploring women’s health is seeing how our monthly cycles don’t have to be a challenge, but can be a source of power.

My coaching approach consists of teaching how our cycles work and what effect they have and why, tailoring an approach to your unique cycle (and the parts you might love or struggle with) and exploring yoga, movement and diet through the month and seeing how they might help you harness its potential.

How does women’s health coaching work?

As a Women’s Health Practitioner and Women’s Yoga Therapist I work with women by encouraging movement that allows the body to soften, find deep relaxation and a sense of connection with ourselves. Allowing us to connect with how our body needs to move in order to let go of tension and allow greater flow.

As well as using yoga and movement we can also incorporate other supportive tools, such as herbs, simple nutrition, natural healing techniques and enquiry questions. We can address issues relating to specific health conditions, menstrual health as well as our general wellbeing.

What can you learn from women’s health coaching?

One of the ways I work with women is by sharing teaching about the menstrual cycle. From understanding the menstrual cycle better we can find greater self-acceptance. Our physiology means we undergo more monthly hormonal fluctuation than men do: these shifts in hormones mean that our energy and mood naturally change through the month.

Rather than our menstrual cycle being a negative to endure or an obstacle to overcome, the different stages of the monthly cycle can actually be harnessed to our advantage. Each stage of the cycle offers a different gift and we can learn how to use these creatively. Education around these natural shifts can help us understand the differences in our energy and mood and help us plan and preempt when we may feel more energised, productive, more outgoing and social. And when we will most likely have less energy, feel more like drawing in and resting and how this rest is not only crucial for our well-being but it also makes us more productive later in our cycle.

In a relatively ‘normal’ cycle oestrogen rises in the follicular stage (first half of the cycle) and peaks around ovulation (when an egg is released), along with testosterone, giving us an increase in energy. These hormones then drop, with oestrogen having another smaller rise in the luteal (later) stage as progesterone peaks then drops before menstruation occurs. An easy way to understand the stages of the cycle is to liken them to the seasons of the year: Winter being the bleed — a time of retreat, rest and recuperation. Spring being the follicular stage of pre-ovulation — think tender new shoots and life and energy re-emerging. Ovulation brings the heat of summer — often with outward energy and excitement, but also for some women some pain or discomfort. Autumn is the luteal stage of pre-menstruation, a productive time, but with an increasing need to draw in and usually a decline in energy.

These cycles will of course change from woman to woman and different women love and struggle with different parts of the cycle, which is something we can explore in our work together. I love sharing education about the menstrual cycle because these teachings have transformed my life and my experience of my cycle. Like many women I experienced excruciating pain that crippled me in my teenage years, but through yoga and movement, food and lifestyle changes and by learning about my cycle this has transformed.

What are the benefits of women’s health coaching?

My approach to women’s health coaching focuses on finding greater connection and a better relationship with your body, especially the pelvis. I can teach you how to regulate shifting energy levels through the month and teach you movements you can practice that reduce pain and cramping. And, as we do that work, help you recognise and enjoy each stage of your monthly cycle.

It can also support you through the challenges of specific health conditions, such as endometriosis, or for navigating the post-natal period or peri-menopause and menopause.

Time, Costs and Place

Sessions are 1 hour and cost £45

*I am currently offering three sessions for £120 or six sessions for £200.

If you’d like to talk to me about how I work, and how I might be able to help you, I offer a free fifteen-minute telephone consultation.

Please email me at gwendawilliams@gmail.com to book.

“Your body needs the rest. Once your body is allowed to be itself, un-cramped, it has the wisdom to deal with your problems.”   Eugene Gendlin

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