A common misconception in women’s health is that their monthly cycle happens over one week.
The truth is that a cycle lasts 28 days on average, and day one is when menstruation (bleeding) begins.
Andi Throssell, the founder of platform My Monthly Moves, is here to change the way wāhine are informed.
Currently, the website offers subscription access to mindbody practices, comprehensive cycle guides, nutritious recipes, and more. The offerings are split into four phases: rest (menstruation), flow (follicular), grow (ovulation), and slow (luteal).
“What we’re looking into right now is movement, and how a woman should or can move in accordance with her cycle in order to optimise her energy and her hormones,” Andi says.
Andi hopes My Monthly Moves will someday be in every woman’s pocket.
“We believe at our Monthly Moves that education is empowerment and once you feel empowered and informed you can take back control of your own body.”
It’s about giving women the power to make informed decisions about how they’re feeling on a day-to-day basis.
Andi says personally she feels overwhelmed with how many messages on health and wellbeing are out in the mainstream – ‘it’s essentially consumerism in a way'.
Syncing daily moves to a woman’s menstrual cycle is different.
Two Raw Sisters work with My Monthly Moves, contributing nutrition guides and recipes to the app to link in with the four different cycle phases. Margo and Rosa Flanagan are well known for their Christchurch-based food business, bestselling cookbooks, workshops, and recipe app.
“We inspire and educate people on how they can create a sustainable lifestyle they can maintain and enjoy,” Margo says.
Finding ways to incorporate whole and unprocessed ingredients into everyday life is at the core of the work they do.