Join me on the mat from anywhere in the world for a new FREE 6 x 20min Menopause miniseries - designed by me with the menopause body in mind. Share this series with women you love, and encourage each other to live an active menopause.
Join the 6 x 20min Menopause Pilates mini series and share with your friends
Let's be honest, openly discussing menopause doesn't seem to be top on society's agenda and I certainly didn't learn about menopause at school. For myself as a 35yr old woman, I've scarcely thought about this change that is 100% for certain going to happen within my body. Through the wisdom of one of my gorgeous clients, I was inspired to research deeper into this topic and subsequently create a 6x20min mini series for the menopause body. The series is designed to get you from a less-active lifestyle, to a life of more joy, confidence, fun, mobility and strength.
What can I expect from The Menopause Series?
This series is great to get you moving mindfully and safely if you've spent a long time without regular targeted exercise, is a wonderful little challenge to share with your friends and can be used weekly to support and enhance an already active lifestyle. Here's what you can expect:
Each 20-25min video will target a specific area of the body or cover a precise exercise concept that will strengthen your bones and muscles through your body's natural hormonal changes.
Class 1 : essential posture, core work and alignment
Class 2: gentle flexibility
Class 3: essential upper body
Class 4: essential lower body
Class 5: resistance training
Class 6: low impact cardio
What is the menopause and how can this Pilates series help you?
As women age, as certain as the sun shines, we will all enter the menopause. There is no exact point that menopause begins, no specific age or time, and each women's experience of menopause is as unique as our personality.
To simplify a complex process, during menopause our oestrogen levels lower causing chemical changes in the body.
Oestrogen has an effect on many biological processes in the body, two of them being bone mineral density as well as biological processes that influence skeletal muscle mass and skin elasticity.
Remember, you are not alone, we're in this together
Of course each woman's menopause journey is unique, however there are a few common threads that I've noticed when I meet women in this stage of life who may have received a diagnosis of osteopenia or osteoporosis from their doctor and have been prescribed exercise such as Pilates. These women may not have exercised in a long time and suddenly find themselves in a group Pilates or fitness class which can be quite daunting and scary in the beginning, especially when you believe that your body is fragile or damaged or are returning after having had various injuries or surgeries.
A lack of information about our body leads to a lack of trust, fear and a sense of dis-ownership. Lack of general awareness about menopause and lack of considered patient education about conditions such as osteopenia and osteoporosis often results in a fear of movement, hyper-vigilance, lack of trust in one self and avoidance of movements we believe to be “unsafe” such as flexion movements of the spine - which may be a contraindication for some people, but is often totally safe when done carefully or built up gradually and safely over time.
I find women are often apprehensive of resistance training with weights, scared of loading into joints such as the wrists, and afraid of loading with plyometric exercises such as gentle jumping or hopping, believing that it will cause damage or build bulky muscle, which is not the case at all - if done with the right guidance and support and built up through commitment and consistency.
What does bone density have to do with menopause?
Decreased bone mineral mass density as a result of hormonal changes in menopause can often result in osteopenia, which is a precursor to osteoporosis (porous bone). Osteoporosis is a very common issue affecting menopausal women. Bones that are less densely packed with bone cells become porous and more fragile and can look similar to honeyc