1. SE6: EP18 Maintaining Energetic Balance in Menopause Clarissa Kristjansson 59:03

In this episode of the Thriving Thru Menopause podcast, host Clarissa speaks with Suzanne Yates, an acclaimed international therapist, about Menopause from a Chinese medicine perspective.

Suzanne provides insight into the seven-year cycles in Chinese medicine that correlate to women’s lives and how these stages affect Menopause.

They also highlight the importance of incorporating holistic practices such as Qigong and yoga to address the physical and emotional changes women experience during this phase.

In addition, they touch upon the concept of Chinese medicine’s Extraordinary Vessels and share simple exercises to maintain balance during Menopause.

Time stamps

00:02 Introduction and Podcast Overview

01:47 Guest Introduction: Suzanne Yates

02:59 Suzanne’s Journey into Chinese Medicine

06:36 Understanding Chinese Medicine and Women’s Health

07:09 Suzanne’s Personal Experience with Menopause

08:49 The Importance of Preparation for Menopause

13:06 Understanding the Seven-Year Cycle in Chinese Medicine

22:11 The Concept of ‘Second Spring’ in Chinese Medicine

29:11 Understanding Extraordinary Vessels in Chinese Medicine

32:12 Exploring Similarities in Eastern and Western Philosophies

32:30 Understanding the Central Channel in Our Bodies

33:17 The Balance Between Physical and Spiritual

33:48 The Importance of Energy Flow and Connection

35:22 Exploring the Concept of Vision in Life

35:33 The Impact of Menopause on Self-Expression

36:34 The Connection Between Physical and Emotional Health

36:51 Understanding the Girdle Vessel in Chinese Medicine

37:53 The Importance of Standing and Connection to Earth

38:59 The Role of Posture in Qigong

40:55 The Interconnection of Diet, Movement, and Breath

42:32 Simple Exercises for Healing and Support

54:04 The Importance of Listening to Your Body

56:00 Conclusion: The Interconnectedness of All Things

About this Guest

Suzanne Yates is an acclaimed international therapist, teacher, researcher and innovator. A published author and expert in the field of pre and postnatal shiatsu and bodywork, she has taught doctors, midwives, nurses, shiatsu therapists and massage practitioners over the past 30 + years. Her speciality is women’s health at all stages.

Through supporting pregnant women to be more connected with their body’s wisdom, she discovered the power of the Extraordinary Vessels of Chinese medicine to access deeply held memories.




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Clarissa Kristjansson Independant Podcaster

At 62 Clarissa Kristjansson knows that menopause can be positive, transformational and an upgrade in our creativity. Clarissa is an internationally recognized menopause educator, third-age women's health coach, and certified mindfulness and medical qi gong practitioner.

A neuroscientist and former corporate high-flyer it was her own perimenopause experience that set her on a different path to empower women. And by cracking open the conversation about our beliefs and behaviour we can shift the collective mindset to seeing menopause not as the end but as an opportunity for reinvention and revitalization.

She is the host of the popular Thriving Thru Menopause podcast.