Balanced Bodies was established with the aim of supporting and celebrating women as we age.
When our founder, Joanna, started experiencing a whole host of menopause symptoms, it took her some time to figure out what it all meant! After many dead ends and false starts, Joanna made a promise to herself to do everything possible to ensure that others did not experience the same issues!
Realising that many women are too embarrassed or ashamed to ask questions about the menopause, Joanna set out to de-stigmatise the discussion.
Out of this grew MenoBodies educational events and the Hampshire Menopause Support Group on Facebook Joanna is committed to providing support and education to any woman, family member or work colleague who wants to learn more about this topic.
MenoBodies Guest Speakers
Kaye Osborne of Osborne Nutrition presented to us about nutrition and the Menopause. As a Registered Nutritional Therapist, Kaye Osborne works alongside women to help improve their menopause journey, using the power of nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Kaye knows first-hand the type of symptoms you’re experiencing, such as hot flushes, weight gain and low mood. It was during her own menopause, that Kaye decided to return to university to study Nutritional Therapy and Lifestyle Medicine at Masters Level. This built upon her career as a Registered Nurse and Educator. The knowledge gained through studying enabled Kaye to rebalance her own hormones and over a short period of time, resolve all her menopause symptoms!
Dr Jacqueline Boden of Newson Health. Jacqueline graduated in medicine from St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School London in 1987. She has always had an interest in Women’s and Sexual Health including long acting contraceptive procedures as well as psychological medicine. She attended the British Menopause Society menopause course in 2013 as her interest in menopause care increased due to her own peri-menopausal symptoms, and her struggle with a busy life as a GP, a mother of 3, a wife and a daughter because of those symptoms. She is passionate about ensuring that women receive the appropriate, good quality and supportive medical care and advice that they need during this phase of their lives.
As a Nutritional Therapist and Wellness Coach, Bonny Prim will be our guest speaker on all things sleep. Bonny supports women who are struggling with their health and general wellbeing. Applying a functional medicine approach, she identifies the root cause of their symptoms using a number of techniques and tests, so that they can take control of their health and wellbeing and get back on track. For March’s MenoBodies Bonny will be chatting about all things sleep. Due to the decline in hormones you probably find yourself exhausted from lack of sleep, unable to function to do your job, look after family, etc. This never ending cycle is something Bonny has direct experience of too, so she knows what it feels like. During this event she’ll be talking about why your sleep is so poor during the menopause, the impact of lifestyle and a poor diet on your sleep, what supplements could help, plus Bonny will share her top 5 tips on improving your sleep!
You can find out more about Bonny here.
Shanagh Telford will be guiding us through the world of Homeopathy and its benefits in supporting Menopause.
Where modern medicine looks for the common features of peri-menopause and menopause to diagnose and treat, homeopathy is very much based at the individual level. You might have frequent hot flushes, for instance, but be more worried about the fact that you feel tired and snappy with your family. You might have symptoms that don’t appear to be menopausal at all, such as going off certain foods or finding the smell of your usual perfume unbearable. More importantly, you might know you’re approaching the menopause and struggling with irregular periods, clotting and mood swings. Homeopathy is very much about looking at the total picture to address the symptoms you are experiencing.
Homeopath Shanagh Telford will be talking about the basic principles of homeopathy, what happens in a homeopathic consultation and talking about some case histories to illustrate how homeopathy can support during what can be a particularly challenging time for some women.
You can find out more about Shanagh’s work here.
In May we are running our next MenoBodies educational event to help raise the public’s awareness of the menopause.
Our guest and expert speaker is the amazing Bridget Kelly.
Bridget is a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur having co-founded and being Managing Director of The Eaves Counselling and Psychology Ltd. She is also a highly qualified and empathetic counselling professional and supervisor for other counselling professionals. Bridget specialises in working with adult individuals and couples using Transactional Analysis to help them overcome serious communication barriers in their relationships both personal and professional.
A mother to 3 daughters, a step mother and grandmother and having taken 8 years to navigate the menopause, Bridget came to realise the dearth of research, materials and understanding on this subject and lends her expertise to explain some effective tools to help with the changes that families and relationships undergo during this time.
Come and listen to Bridget on Wednesday 26th May 2021 from 7.30pm talking about the Menopause and Relationships.
You can find out more about Bridget’s work here.
For June 2021, we will be revisiting our Alternative Therapies series and exploring QiGong a moving meditation.
Bryony Alford is a qualified QiGong Instructor who will be talking to us about this ancient Chinese exercise and how it can help balance our body to promote overall well-being during the menopause. When women are experiencing menopause, their bodies energy can become out of balance and every woman can suffer with differing symptoms. While Western medicine typically offers a hormone replacement, Eastern Medicine looks at the body as a whole and each woman individually. Qigong, as a meditative movement, aims to bring balance to our Qi, or energy, therefore bringing about homeostasis and a reduction in the symptoms linked to menopause.
You can find out more about Bryony’s work here.
You can book yourself on here.
Partnering with Sheila Price for this event. More details to follow!
We are always looking to collaborate with guest speakers for the MenoBodies events so if you have something to share then please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
As time goes by, it is our intention to grow this page into a resource hub of information. So if you have any questions or just want a chat about your own menopause journey, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Over the duration of our work, we have had these resources shared with us by the community of the Hampshire Menopause Support Group and our MenoBodies expert speakers. Due diligence should always be undertaken when reviewing this information but we hope that it will help you navigate your journey!
www.menopausedoctor.co.uk – Not only can you book appointments for private Menopause support, but there are some fabulous free resources here ranging from podcasts through to booklets. Please do take your time and let us know your favourites
- Haynes Menopause Manual – Dr Louise Newson
- Oestrogen Matters -Dr Avrum Bluming
- XX Brain – Lisa Mosconi
- Me & My Menopausal Vagina – Jane Lewis ( podcast 011, 067 Newson Health )
- The New Hot – Meg Mathews
- Sailing Through Menopause – Miranda Castro Homeopathy
- Oestrogen Matters Dr Avrum Bluming
- Podcasts on Newson Health website numbers 51, 39, 29, 13,