Women’s Health Classes with Michelle Lyons
Women are different – we have different bodies, different hormones and different mindsets. Gender based medicine is a relatively new field – until recently most medical research was done on men and the dosage adjusted for women. But women exhibit different signs and symptoms for many states of dis-ease and illness – for men, the classic signs of a heart attack are chest pain, occasionally radiating to the left arm and sometimes accompanied by shortness of breath. For women, the signs and symptoms may include (amongst others) nausea, indigestion, back pain, insomnia and anxiety. Because these symptoms are commonly written off as ‘stress’ or ‘depression’, for many women their heart attacks may go unnoticed and untreated, until one day, they have a fatal ‘cardiac event’ and the previous episodes are discovered.
Women’s Health Workshops give women the knowledge and confidence to take charge of their health. We will discuss the most common health issues facing today’s women, the signs and symptoms to look out for, the ‘right’ questions to ask our health care providers, what we can do to prevent, halt and reverse the ill-effects and the lifestyle habits we need to embrace to enjoy life to the full. Women have traditionally been the healers in society, both within the home and in the healthcare professions.
Isn’t it time you learned how to take care of yourself?
High heels, handbags and hormones – Women and Back Pain:
Women have a differently shaped spine and pelvis to accommodate pregnancy and delivery, whether or not we actually have children. Our hormones influence our joints, muscles and bones. We wear high heels and tight clothes, and carry heavy handbags. If we have had children, our abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, which are designed to support and stabilise our spine and pelvis may become weak, which may lead to postural problems. We are more prone to osteoporosis.
Find out how to protect your spine! What is good posture? The right type of yoga and pilates for spinal health. How can you strengthen your spinal muscles quickly and effectively? Foods to eat, foods to avoid. Supplements and herbs – what really works? Stress management and relaxation techniques.
Managing the Menopause – Naturally:
This workshop focuses on some of the main health issues facing the pre, peri or post-menopausal woman, who wishes to avoid or complement hormone therapy:
Listen to your heart – what every woman needs to know about heart disease, the no. 1 killer of women.
Feeling it in your bones – learn how to prevent, halt and reverse the effects of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
Developing a cancer resistant lifestyle – promoting immune health and increasing energy and vitality
What every woman needs to eat. Developing effective stress management strategies; balancing your hormones, balancing your life. Managing the ‘symptoms’ of menopause – is it a hot flush or a power surge?!
Yoga and Chocolate: Developing a mindful life:
Two of life’s greatest pleasures in one workshop! Why women NEED chocolate. The history and health properties of chocolate, developing mindful eating habits, tuning in to what your body really wants to say, becoming conscious of your stress patterns and developing tools to manage them. Introduction to mindful meditation, and best of all, chocolate tastings!
Celtic Spirituality, Celtic Healing:
The Celts were a flourishing and dynamic race, who made their way from Northern India to spread throughout Europe. Healthy living was a duty for the Celts; their druids not only had a mystical role but were also charged with the physical, mental and spiritual health of the people. Their lives were structured around a series of festivals and ceremonials throughout the year. They practiced plant medicine, sacred movement and meditation, and lived with a veneration and respect for their environment. During this class, we will re-discover the roots of traditional healing, mythologies and doctrine of signatures, explore the time-honoured medicine used by the Celts – for mind, body and spirit, impossible to differentiate when we talk about whole health.