Mindfulness course to help women with menopause.
A NEW mindfulness course specifically designed for women experiencing or approaching the menopause will be launched in Cardiff this week.
The four-week course, by the charity Samye Foundation Wales, follows the successful introduction of a two-hour "Mindfulness for Menopause workshop" launched in May.
Drawing on research by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which shows that women going through menopause may benefit from mindfulness, the course is equally suitable for those who have some experience of mindfulness or none.
Lead tutor Lorraine Harris said: "We were delighted by the interest in our short Mindfulness for Menopause workshop and the feedback from participants has been excellent.
"It convinced us that there is a growing demand from women for techniques to help manage the symptoms and effects of menopause.
"Mindfulness is a way of seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives and is recognised as an effective means of helping people to change the way they think, feel and act, so it is ideally suited to helping women who are experiencing the menopause.
"We know that the menopause is a pivotal event for many women, which many often find challenging, so we've designed this course to provide a range of techniques that can be applied in women's everyday lives."
Lorraine, who is an accredited Mindfulness Association teacher and has been practising mindfulness for over 30 years, added: "Research has highlighted the benefit of mindfulness techniques to women going through or approaching the menopause, so we are very excited about this new course and the opportunity to help women in a very practical way, delivered in a safe and welcoming environment."
The course will start on Tuesday, June 4 and will run for four weeks, from 7-9pm at Cardiff Mindfulness centre.
Women can book a place by going to www.sfwales.org