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Mindfulness and Relaxation for Menopause

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Course dates:  Live on zoom, Mondays from Monday 24th January 2024
First two sessions: 6:45 – 9:15pm, rest of the sessions: 7pm – 9:05pm. No session on 21st February. Final session will be 20th March.

In person course: 11th October – 6th December. More details

“I feel more accepting toward my body and what’s happening to it. Before it was like all these barriers were up. And it was frightening experience. Now, those hot sweats have become less prominent and I feel okay when they do come…”

A new, online pioneering course aimed at peri-menopausal, and menopausal women.

Menopause is not just hot flushes and weight gain. There is a whole host of physiological and psychological symptoms, and not every woman’s experience will be the same. For many women, the physiological symptoms can be difficult to cope with, while others see a deterioration in mental health with increased levels of anxiety, or a drop in mood. It does not help that this time of life can often be accompanied by additional life stresses, such as caring for elderly parents, divorce or teenage children.

On this eight-week course, we will cover some of the signs and symptoms of peri-menopause/menopause, and give you a greater understanding of the importance of managing stress at this time of life. We will be focusing on using mindfulness meditation, mindful movement, relaxation and breathing techniques to help you better manage this transition, while also providing a supportive and safe environment for you to share with and support other women.

The course will not cover the pros and cons of HRT, alternative remedies, or dietary changes. Instead we will focus on meditation, relaxation and mindfulness as a way of managing stress and improving your ability to deal with the challenges that this time of life can throw up. These tools are a great compliment to whatever physical intervention (or none) that you choose.

“Ruth’s sessions have really helped me with my anxiety over the last 8 weeks, the meditation sessions were really calming and helped me feel more in control. Ruth made you feel very welcome and listened to no matter what you wanted to say. ”

“Many thanks for this thought-provoking, helpful course which is already making a big difference”.

If you have any questions please email [email protected]

Read Tracy’s Story about her experience on the course.

Participants on the course will be expected to establish a daily 20 minute mindfulness/relaxation practice for the duration of the course.

In-person course in Levenshulme starting in October 2023

We will run further courses in 2024 so there are plenty of opportunities to join, even if you can’t make this course. Register here so that we can let you know when new course dates are confirmed.

More information about the Greater Manchester Mind menopause project is here including dates for 90 minute tasters, menopause awareness sessions for staff of Small and Medium Enterprises, and for those managing others.


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