‘Tis the season to be jolly – fa la la la la …..
Christmas is almost upon us once again, and while the lead up can be hectic for many of us, it can also be a good time to reflect on the year.
I have been very proud of the continued growth of Life Cycle Physiotherapy over 2019. This year we celebrated our 1 year anniversary in March. I have seen over 150 new patients over the past 12 months, and also welcomed back many previous patients. It is always especially nice to catch up with past patients who return with news of a new pregnancy or new baby. Since introducing new education sessions for both the Pregnancy and Mums & Bubs classes over the past 6 months I feel I can offer much more value and support for pre and postnatal women. Many thanks to the external speakers who have offered their time to come and talk with the groups this year.
But what is Christmas without the pressies?!
Are you stuck for gift ideas this Christmas? Here are a few Women’s Health-related presents you may like to consider for yourself or those close to you.
Who doesn’t love a good book? Admittedly some of these may not have been top of your reading list. However, I have read (almost) all of the books I have listed here and can recommend them for women at various stages of their lives. I have included the Book Depository link for many of the books, simply because I find they have an excellent range at a good price with free delivery. However, some are not available there and you may be able to find others from your local bookstore too.
- Up The Duff by Kaz Cooke.
This classic, very Aussie guide, to pregnancy and all that it entails is back
with a 2020 update. Kaz Cooke tells you everything you need to know, and many
things you may be too afraid to ask, with humour and affection. An earlier
edition of this book was my pregnancy “bible” when I had my kids, and it
still as relevant and funny now as it was back then.
- The Little Book of Self Care for New Mums. Once you have had your little bundle of joy, this
may be the book for you. Author Beccy Hands talks about the highs and lows of
being a new mum in a way that many can relate to.
- Me and My Menopausal Vagina by Jane Lewis. At the other end of the life stages, this is an often hilarious but also very honest and moving account of one woman’s
struggle with quite debilitating genito-urinary symptoms of menopause (GSM).
If you think you are alone in suffering from these issues, think again! Jane
Lewis wants more people to learn these problems are common and can be managed
with the right care, information and treatment.
- Many of you may have already heard me recommend some books by Australian
Physiotherapist Sue Croft. I think her book Pelvic Floor Recovery should
be essential reading for any woman who plans to go through major pelvic
surgery, including hysterectomy or prolapse repair. She also has a book
covering general pelvic floor issues, Pelvic Floor Essentials which is also
packed with useful information. Both books can be purchased though Life Cycle
Physiotherapy, or from Sue’s website.
Finally, if you are unlucky enough to suffer from Chronic Pelvic Pain,
including endometriosis, you will know how hard it can be to get helpful and
accurate information about your problem. These 2 books are great sources of
information for patients.
- Why Pelvic Pain Hurts is packed with information but in a
very patient-friendly format. It is only available from the USA, hence why I
often loan out my 2 copies to patients.
- Another book, Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain, by Australian gynaecologist Susan Evans is easier to come by. It is a bit heavier going than the previous book but has a lot of information from a leading expert in the field.
Other gift ideas
If you are not into reading or just want some other ideas...
- Give the gift of exercise. From now until close of business on 23 December
2019, I am doing a special offer on class packs at $10 off the normal price.
That’s a saving of $2 per class. Class passes must be used consecutively, and
all must be used by Friday 14 February. Only 1 Christmas class pack per
- More exercise ideas. We have therabands, spiky balls and sliding discs for sale at Life Cycle Physiotherapy if you want a few exercise “toys” to change up your routine. Prices start from $10.
- One for the bubs and the world. I have recently discovered Flora and Fauna, an Australian website stocking a fabulous range of environmentally friendly products. I love their reusable mesh produce bags.
They also have a great range of reusable or environmentally friendlier baby products, such as nappies, wipes and more. I especially loved their ethical toys, including old favourites like Sophie the Giraffe and a range of toys handmade by women in Bangladesh, allowing these women to earn a living without leaving their rural homes. Got to love women supporting other women!
I will be taking a short break over Christmas. Last appointments for 2019 are available on Monday 23rd December in the afternoon at 92 Carrington St. This will also be the last Pregnancy exercise class for the year. The final Mums and Bubs class and Individualised program classes for 2019 will be on Thursday 19th December. All services resume as normal from Monday 6th January … but please be aware of the public holiday for Australia Day on Monday 27th January 2020.
I wish you and your families a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.
See you in 2020!
Life Cycle Physiotherapy