Episode 218: Reigniting pleasure & libido in Perimenopause via Movement Medicine with Sharmeen Bhanji-Abeysinghe (re-release)

In this episode re-release, Dr. Lisa talks with spiritual and somatic movement coach Sharmeen Abeysinghe about what you can do about low libido in perimenopause. Stress and unresolved emotional issues can impact how you behave in the world, especially your sexual expression and libido. Current negative feelings can be related to past trauma and can use up precious energy. Listen in and experience how movement medicine can reignite the pleasure that you deserve.

Sharmeen was previously on Episode 79

Sharmeen Abeysinghe is a Spiritual & Somatic Movement Coach for women.  Her areas of focus are the interplay between the body, brain, emotional & energetic self; and how we can influence these through movement. Having experienced developmental trauma growing up, and complex trauma in adulthood, Sharmeen has a deep understanding of how trauma can shape your life. 

While being an educator for nineteen years, she is adept at simplifying complex information so that it is not only easily digestible, but fun as well! Sharmeen has two brilliant boys aged twelve and nine and is in a committed loving relationship of over twenty years with her loving and supportive husband, Sanka. Sharmeen offers individual & group coaching services through her business MyAlignedLife.ca  

Sharmeen is an advocate of total health for all; in herself finds this through movement. Since 2022, she has been exploring and re-finding her connection to Universal Energy Source…. Where she has experienced what can only be described as miracles. 

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • Important causes of your low libido in perimenopause, including stress
  • How current stress and past trauma can impact your libido
  • What is movement medicine and how you can experience increased libido as a beneficial by-product of practice
  • How your need to analyze everything can be related to denying yourself pleasure 
  • The importance of somatic movements practices to increase your connection with your body and your confidence, as well as your ability to experience relaxation and pleasure
  • How to experience pleasure and your own touch in a non-sexual way
  • The importance of slowing down and moving mindfully
  • How research links mindfulness with sexual function in women

You can connect with Sharmeen on Facebook and Instagram

Join Sharmeen’s Facebook group

Free Moving Meditation  

Free Align into Wealth Frequency 5-day Challenge (begins May 8, 2023): 

Today’s Mama Must-Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of Bee keeper’s naturals propolis throat spray and gargling

What’s Else is Happening?

Dr. Toni’s next HypnoBirthing session for expecting parents looking to decrease fear and anxiety to support their natural instincts around labour and birth is next month. Join her at https://www.hypnobirthingcalgary.com/register

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Stay safe and healthy everyone!

Disclaimer: The information provided is not meant to replace treatment with a licensed health care practitioner. It is for informational purposes only. Consult with a Naturopathic Doctor or other licensed health care professional to determine which treatments are safe for you.

Episode 217: Heavy Periods in Perimenopause – There Is Help!

Up to one-third of women will experience abnormal uterine bleeding in their lifetime. It most commonly occurs when your period first starts as a young teen and then again in perimenopause. Are you worried about going out in fear of leakage and flooding? This episode is for you. You don’t have to suffer – there are solutions out there. Listen in so you can understand what is happening and what to do about it.

In this episode, we cover:

  • What is a normal period and how you can figure out if your periods are abnormal
  • Why your periods might be abnormal in perimenopause and how hormones, stress and sleep can impact your period
  • What lab testing you need if you are experiencing abnormal bleeding
  • The options available for you to reduce abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Other episodes to check out:
    • Episode 199 – Top 5 Reasons Why You and Your Kids Need Iron
    • Episode 69 – Understanding Uterine Fibroids

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of using Xlear nasal spray with tea tree oil and oregano, nebulized glutathione, acupuncture for dealing with her recent sinus infection

Dr. Toni loves using her neti pot with saline and xylitol to reduce dryness in winter and congestion that can come with a cold or allergies

What’s Happening?

Join Dr. Toni online to learn more about self-hypnosis to support your health and hormones in 2024. Click Here and use the code MAMA2024 for a special deal. 

Thanks for listening!

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We’d love you to subscribe, leave us a review and a 5-star rating if you enjoyed this episode.

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Please tell your perimenopausal mama friends about us, too!

Stay safe and healthy everyone!

Disclaimer: The information provided is not meant to replace treatment with a licensed health care practitioner. It is for informational purposes only. Consult with a Naturopathic Doctor or other licensed health care professional to determine which treatments are safe for you.

Episode 216: So You Are In Perimenopause…Now What?

In this episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni discuss the first steps you can take once you realize that you are in perimenopause. From recognizing the symptoms to lab testing you can consider getting, we review your options, as well as outline a couple of case studies of perimenopausal women who improved how they felt with a naturopathic approach.

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • How you can recognize the possible symptoms you might experience in perimenopause
  • How your hormones can be fluctuating during perimenopause
  • What lab tests you can discuss with your medical and naturopathic doctor
  • The importance of doing a life inventory and enhancing your environment
  • How your nutrition can impact how you feel in perimenopause
  • 2 case studies of perimenopausal women
  • Past episodes and resources to check out:

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of Bee keeper’s natural Propolis throat spray, as well as tea with turmeric, ginger and ground black cumin seeds

Dr. Toni loves making chia seed pudding for a quick and easy filling breakfast along with her protein hot chocolate

What’s Happening?

Join Dr. Toni online to learn more about self-hypnosis to support your health and hormones in 2024. Click Here and use the code MAMA2024 for a special deal. 

Thanks for listening!

Email us or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.

We’d love you to subscribe, leave us a review and a 5-star rating if you enjoyed this episode.

You can also support us by visiting our Patreon page.

Please tell your perimenopausal mama friends about us, too!

Stay safe and healthy everyone!

Disclaimer: The information provided is not meant to replace treatment with a licensed health care practitioner. It is for informational purposes only. Consult with a Naturopathic Doctor or other licensed health care professional to determine which treatments are safe for you.

Episode 215: Increasing Awareness of Your Stress Patterns and Energy Leaks

In this episode, Dr. Toni discusses how your stress patterns can lead to energy leaks through your sympathetic nervous system. It takes a lot of energy to be in stress mode and a lot of the time you may not be aware of the stress and thought patterns that could be leading to you feeling tired and worn out. It’s time to increase your awareness to reach a new level of physical and mental health.

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • How stress patterns can lower your energy levels
  • The importance of increasing your awareness of your stress patterns and energy leaks
  • How your perspective on your day-to-day obligations can make a difference on your nervous system regulation
  • Other episodes to go back to:
    • Episode on fatigue
    • Episode on magnesium
    • Episode on iron
    • Episode 197 on boundaries with Dr. Liz Bolen

Questions from Dr. Gabor Mate from The Myth of Normal

1. In my life’s important areas, what am I not saying no to? 

2. How does my inability to say no impact my life? 

3. What bodily signals have I been overlooking? What symptoms have I been ignoring that could be warning signs, were I to pay conscious attention? 

4. What is the hidden story behind my inability to say no? 

5. Where did I learn these stories? 

6. Where have I ignored or denied the “yes” that wanted to be said?

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Toni is a big fan of local arts and winter festivals, especially the High Performance Rodeo and free ProArts sessions in downtown Calgary

What’s Happening?

Join Dr. Toni online to learn more about self-hypnosis to support your health and hormones in 2024. Click Here and use the code MAMA2024 for a special deal. 

Thanks for listening!

Email us or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.

We’d love you to subscribe, leave us a review and a 5-star rating if you enjoyed this episode.

You can also support us by visiting our Patreon page.

Please tell your perimenopausal mama friends about us, too!

Stay safe and healthy everyone!

Disclaimer: The information provided is not meant to replace treatment with a licensed health care practitioner. It is for informational purposes only. Consult with a Naturopathic Doctor or other licensed health care professional to determine which treatments are safe for you.

Episode 214: Digital Wellness for Ourselves and Our Kids, with Jennifer Brown

In this newly-released episode, Dr. Lisa chats with Jennifer Brown about using social media and technology in ways that can help our mental and physical health in positive ways. It is way too easy for you and your kids to be negatively affected by social media with increased bullying, as well as feelings of anxiety and self-criticism. Thankfully, throwing away your phone is not the only solution. If you find yourself wasting your precious hours by mindlessly scrolling and don’t feel good about yourself after, you need to listen in!

Jennifer Brown is a marketing professional-turned M.Ed student eager to combine the two fields to create positive change. She’s worked widely in marketing communications as a director, publicist and entrepreneur, earning an industry award from PR in Canada. Friends and family inspire her research interests. As a lifelong friend of Dr. Lisa Weeks, Jennifer wove naturopathic strategies into her wellness journey early on.

In today’s episode, we cover:

  • How you can limit your time on social media apps like Instagram
  • The importance of consuming content that adds happiness to your day
  • How you can release any negative feelings you might experience while scrolling
  • The importance of curating your online experience to make it a positive one
  • How you can keep your kids safe online from cyberbullying and help them use interactive media in a way that creates a positive effect on their overall physical and mental well-being
  • The importance of being intentional with your use of social media

Resources:

Somatic exercises to release anger

Boston Children’s Hospital’s Family Digital Wellness Guide

Mental Health Commission of Canada’s “Protecting Your Mental Wellness on Social Media”

What’s Happening? 

Join Dr. Toni online to learn more about self-hypnosis to support your health and hormones in 2024. Click Here and use the code MAMA2024 for a special deal.  

Thanks for listening! 

Email us or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.  

We’d love you to subscribe, leave us a review and a 5-star rating if you enjoyed this episode. 

You can also support us by visiting our Patreon page. 

Please tell your perimenopausal mama friends about us, too! 

Stay safe and healthy everyone! 

Disclaimer: The information provided in this presentation is not meant to replace treatment with a licensed health care practitioner. It is for informational purposes only. Consult with a Naturopathic Doctor or other licensed health care professional to determine which treatments are safe for you.