E026. Renae Fieck - The Power of the Menstrual CycleDec 14, 2021
Renae Fieck is a mother of three, an occupational therapist, host of Rising Mom’s Podcast, and even with such a full plate, she still has time to help women optimize their time and energy by unlocking the power of their menstrual cycles.
With her method, women are better able to balance the demands of life, create more of an impact, and get bigger results without adding more stress or needing more time.
THE STIGMA & SHAME AROUND WOMEN'S CYCLES
Christina and Renae discuss the history of stigma and shame associated with women’s menstrual cycles. Women make efforts to keep it a secret, and for many, it feels like a burden that they have to carry every month.
The idea was introduced of women finding balance by sinking up their lives with their cycle. A Woman’s Cycle impacts her Mood, Energy and Creativity
Women have two main hormones that are crucial to this cycle: estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen is characterized by: higher energy, higher focus, and mental clarity. This usually occurs in the first half of the month.
Progesterone, which comes at the end of the month helps make space for a baby. What it does is tell the body to retreat, and to rest.
THE FOUR PHASES OF THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE
In this phase, women are menstruating, and it is the time that they should be slowing down and recharging. This phase sets you up for your accelerate phase.
In this phase, women feel really good. It is characterized by tons of motivation, momentum. It is a great time to take on big projects.
Observation Peak Time
This is when a woman is most magnetic. They will glow, appear more radiant, and are more affective at communicating during this time. The body is saying, “I'm fertile, I'm ready to make a baby.”
The reflect phase is when a woman can be super creative. Statements like “Let’s clean house,” or “Let’s focus in,” characterize this phase, and then they enter the recharge phase.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MOVEMENT AND THE CYCLE
At the beginning of the month, women are going to have a lot of that energy for more intense movements like running, and heavy weightlifting.
At the end of the month, when progesterone is more dominant, movements are mellow: walks or yoga or things that are low impact.
WOMEN WOMEN CAN EMBRACE THEIR CYCLES
Renae speaks about her dream of transforming the way corporate America is run. Her vision is that hopefully someday, massive female-run companies will allow women to take off three, or four days when they are cycling. Until then, she encourages women to learn their cycle, know their peaks and valleys, really become aware of how their bodies perform in the day. It can be drastically helpful, and subtle micro shifts align the body. It all starts with awareness.
TUNING INTO YOUR CYCLE
Renae explains how she has tuned into her rhythm, and how knowing her natural rhythm has created hormonal and chemical changes on a very deep body level. Even for women that are post-menopausal or, have had a hysterectomy, they can use the moon’s 28-day cycle. It is very similar to what women's menstrual cycles typically are. The moon can be used as an outward cue of where in the cycle you might be.
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