Escaping the cycle of torment

The Irish Times

June 1, 2010

SYLVIA THOMPSON

HOLISTIC HEALTH: Alexandra Pope helps women to see their menstrual cycle as an opportunity for growth in self-awareness and overall well being.

MOST WOMEN regard their period as a kind of nuisance at best or monthly torment at worst. Only when they have serious physical pain or emotional upheaval, do they seek ways to relieve the suffering. Rarely do women see their menstrual cycle as an opportunity for growth in self-awareness and overall well being.

Psychotherapist Alexandra Pope would like to change this. Together with hypnotherapist Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer, she runs menstrual health workshops around the world and has lectured on the subject to health professionals at universities and hospitals.

“My work is about restoring women to the intelligence of their cycle, so they can use it as a self-care tool to create wellbeing,” explains Pope. “When you value your cycle as a useful rhythm rather than an interruption or irritant, you can learn to co-operate with it and see the different energies you experience at different times of the month as useful information,” she explains.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.