Thriving in the Second Spring of Menopause
Menopause is such a shamed and unspoken experience for many generations of women who receive the messaging that it’s not possible to thrive post menopause, and that ageing is a terrible thing. Whilst it can bring physical, mental, emotional and spiritual experiences that are unpleasant, menopause is not the end of the road.
My guest Kate Codrington is a few years post menopause and is here to tell us that its possible to feel well, enjoy life and flourish on the other side of our menstrual cycling years. In her new book ‘Second Spring: The Self-Care Guide to Menopause’ Kate helps us re-frame menopause and brings the radical notion that with small changes and a clear-eyed look at what’s no longer serving you, you can reclaim your vitality and joy in life.
What You’ll Learn
How Kate connects with her cyclical nature whilst in menopause, once her menstrual cycle has ended for good, via the creative, daily, lunar and seasonal cycles.
How seasonal awareness is deeply supporting Kate during menopause and how she knows which seasonal energy she is in at any time by checking inwards to how she feels in her body.
Real-world examples of how Kate embodies her inner energy when not able to sync with her menstrual cycle anymore.
The concept, beauty and gift of understanding the Second Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter in the second half of life between menopause and death.
The absolute gift of Yoga Nidra and its medicine for menopause, and her free recordings you can access on her website.
About her new book ‘Second Spring: the self-care guide to Menopause’ which guides women to thrive during a culturally shamed season of life.
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Kate is a mentor, speaker, facilitator, artist, writer and has been a therapist for 30 years. A pioneering spirit, Kate was the first to graduate as a Menstruality Medicine Circle facilitator, is the host of Life – An Inside Job podcast, created the multi-level art textile project The Pants of Empowerment and Threads of Friendship, and creates seasonal Yoga Nidra inspired by the land where she lives in Hertfordshire. With Leora Leboff she co-founded Woman Kind facilitating retreats for menstruating and menopausal folk to build more kindness into their lives. When she’s not doing these things you’ll find her playing in her compost heaps.
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Kate’s book Second Spring
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Did you know that on average, Australian females experience between 450-500 periods in her lifetime, with the average cycle spanning between 21-35 days, and the average bleed lasting between 2-7 days?
Once we begin menstruating (at menarche – pronounced “men-ar-kee”) which occurs anywhere these days between roughly the ages of 8-15, and commonly around ages 12-13, we begin our monthly bleed (menstrual cycle) until we reach menopause which occurs approximately at the age of 50 (although again, this can occur much earlier or later as it is do individual).
After menarche our periods will be irregular for most of our teen years until the rhythm is established and our hormones settle into their natural, beautiful cycle. You might notice that some months you bleed for longer, or more heavily than other times, or that your cycle isn’t the same length each time. This is all ok – everyone’s cycle is different.