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September 17, 2020

Written By Tara Brooks – Naturopath Oestrogen dominance is a common issue for women and is associated with either a higher than normal levels of oestrogen, or that the ratio of oestrogen to progesterone is out of balance. Both of these hormones play major roles in the female reproductive cycle. Oestrogen dominance results in symptoms […]

September 10, 2020

Written by Margo Field – Counselling, Coaching and Hypnosis How to be better at managing disagreements with your partner Robert and I don’t really have big disagreements. We align well on big ticket items like money, commitment, work, spirituality, politics and adventure. That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t annoy me or that we don’t argue. […]

September 5, 2020

Written by Camille Scott – Remedial Massage Therapist Whether you are a regular massage enthusiast, or you only get one when you’re in pain, there are certain tricks you can employ both before and after your massage that can extend the life of the physical benefits and your post massage relaxation bliss… Probably the most […]

August 31, 2020

Written by Tara Brooks – Naturopath What is causing your Acne? I have had an influx of clients in the last few months presenting with acne. In this blog, let’s discover the 5 main channels of toxin elimination and how to naturally work with your body to address acne issues. When it comes to acne, […]

August 27, 2020

Written by Jen Frankcombe-Campbell – Crystal Reiki, Children’s Nutrition, Health & Wellness Coach How many times have you done a detox or a cleanse and felt great but not complete?? I have spent years on my own healing journey, during this time I have also studied different areas in health and wellness and feel it is […]

August 20, 2020

Written by Jessica Jackman (Osteopath) Sleep has to be one of things we can take for granted in our day-to-day life. It is important to maintain healthy sleeping habits to allow your body to function properly and maintain good overall wellbeing.  A good night’s sleep can help regulate both mental and physical health. As an […]

August 9, 2020

Written by Nicolette Truscott – Acupuncturist / Chinese Medicine Practitioner Here in Victoria we are collectively experiencing a somewhat unprecedented time during this COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdowns, curfews, masks and restrictions have, for most of us, translated to an increase in a variety of stressors that we are having to navigate for the first time. These […]

August 7, 2020

Written by Pia Laura Civitarese – Kinesiologist Build your faith muscle, Take your weather with you and shine from the inside In this current climate I have been tapping into songs, movies, meditations, dancing, cleaning horse paddocks, sleep, cooking and whatever will bring me back to my centre and fire me into my creativity.  Over […]

July 31, 2020

Written by Danielle Toranto – Acupuncturist / Chinese Medicine Practitioner One of the things that has come to mind for me personally in my practice is how well are we able to digest what is happening around us at the present moment? Certainly we could not have predicted the current situation and it is ever […]

July 23, 2020

  Written by Margo Field – Life coach, counselor and hypnotherapist.  Socially distancing from the rest of the world means you’re hanging out more in your home. And this means you’re spending more time with your loved ones. Yes, this can be great, but it also has its challenges. All relationships have to manage differences. One […]

July 16, 2020

Written by Tara Brooks – Naturopath Digestive issues appear to be at an all time high. 90% of my clients come to me because they have had chronic bloating, pain in their stomach, excessive burping, reflux, indigestion or issues going to the bathroom.  There are lots of amazing herbal remedies that can help to treat the […]

July 10, 2020

Written by Camille Scott – Remedial Massage Therapist Have you ever laid down on a massage table at the start of your appointment, felt your body relax down and realised how much tension you were holding? Perhaps you made the appointment because you started out with a small twinge in your back but figured it […]

July 3, 2020

Written by Jessica Jackman (Osteopath) If you have never been to an osteopath before, it can be hard to know what to expect when you walk through the door. Having a better idea of the process might help you decide if osteopathy is right for you. Time Please allow adequate time for your appointment. If […]

June 29, 2020

Written by Hannah Sutton  (Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture) According to the philosophy of Chinese Medicine, Winter represents the utmost of Yin.  The nature of Winter is a slow, dark, cool, inward moving season – all things Yin. Winter is associated with the water element and the energy of the Kidney, Bladder and Adrenals. It is a time […]

June 19, 2020

Written by Jen Frankcoomb-Campbell (Crystal Reiki, Children’s Nutrition, Health & Wellness Coaching) Adrenal fatigue or exhaustion. Have you heard of it? You may or may not have, but I am certain most of you would have or will be dealing with issues surrounding the adrenals. As mentioned in previous blogs, I am currently studying my Bachelor […]

June 15, 2020

  Written by Nicolette Truscott (Chinese Medicine/ Acupuncture) If you have been wandering around the halls of the In-Symmetry Clinic recently, you may have noticed gradual changes surrounding our shelving storage which has fully transformed and is now overflowing with mysterious tubs with cryptic labels and earthy contents…. a mystery no longer…. We are excited […]

June 12, 2020

Written by Margo Field (Life Coach, Counsellor, Hypnosis) Marriage is hard. I know this firsthand. Yet I did not hesitate when Robert asked me to marry him. The answer was a big happy ‘yes’. But, then we waited fifteen years. Speaking personally, it was my second marriage and, clearly, I was scared about making a […]

June 3, 2020

Written by Danielle Taranto (Acupuncture / Chinese Medicine) Tui Na is Chinese medical massage. It works to balance the body and may be used during a Chinese medicine treatment. Tui na can be used to enhance the effects of and work alongside acupuncture, as they both work at different levels of the body’s energy. Your […]

June 2, 2020

A bit like a Picasso painting of the weeping women Or the kid in the old HBA Advert? “when the crocodile bit my guts out, my head went that way and my body went that way. “ Written by Pia Laura Civitarese (Kinesiologist) Sometimes change can feel dramatic, feeling like you are at sixes and […]

May 27, 2020

Written by Deanna Cooper (Osteopathy) The osteopathic practitioner focuses on the joints, muscles, and spine.  Osteopathic intervention can help treat arthritis, back pain, headaches, tennis elbow, digestive issues, and postural problems.  Treatment can also assist with sleep cycles and the nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic symptoms. What is Osteo? Or should we say what is Osteopathy? […]

April 27, 2020

  Written by Deanna Cooper (Osteopath) We understand that when you become a new parent, you are discovering a whole new world after your baby is born. What an absolute roller coaster! In among the 100’s of new questions you form daily, you may have found yourself asking “What is this tummy time people keep […]

Written by Tara Brooks (Naturopath) Serotonin has become popular in the last decade with the majority of people I talk to being able to tell me that it has something to do with being happy. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps to increase mood and improve your sense of wellbeing.  A neurotransmitter is a chemical […]

April 19, 2020

By Jessica Jackman (Osteopath) What a strange time we find ourselves in!  The changes to our day to day lives are significant at the moment and a lot of us find ourselves working from home (WFH) in some capacity.  Whilst WFH is necessary for some of us to help to help slow the spread of […]

March 19, 2020

  Written by Tara Brooks (Naturopath) What an interesting time we are living in at present.  Everyone that isn’t living under a rock is aware of the coronavirus COVID-19.  It is hard to think about anything else. Whilst we are all aware of the hygiene policies in place to decrease the spread of this virus, […]

March 8, 2020

Written by Deanna Cooper (Osteopath) WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS? Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the inner lining of the womb (endometrium) is found in other parts of the body that are not the uterus. It is most commonly found in the pelvis around the womb, ovaries and uterine tubes. It is more commonly diagnosed […]

March 1, 2020

Written by Deanna Cooper (Osteopath) Pregnancy is a time of wonder and excitement for all you expectant Mums, and it can also be one of great discomfort.  Your body goes through a great physical and hormonal transformation to support your ever changing, and growing baby bump – your centre of gravity is pushed forward, and […]

February 28, 2020

By Tara Brooks (Naturopath) The last decade has seen a dramatic increase in people switching to a vegetarian or plant based vegan diet.  There are a number of reasons for this change, whether it be for animal welfare, health, environmental or that it just feels right for you.  To note: A vegetarian will abstain from […]

February 24, 2020

By Tara Brooks (Naturopath)   Anxiety not only affects the brain with repetitive thoughts and excessive thinking, but it affects the whole body. The sympathetic nervous system, or what is more commonly know as the ‘flight or fight’ state, increases the heart rate, reduces digestion and increases adrenalin, as well as numerous other physiological changes. […]

February 22, 2020

Written by Nicolette (Chinese Medicine)   Herbs! Delicious, nutritious and medicinal.  These versatile, nutrient dense flavour explosions from the earth can greatly enhance our daily lives by providing us comfort and sustenance; spicing up a boring stir-fry, making health food actually appealing to eat as well as helping us recover from the many ailments we […]

February 6, 2020

Written by Margo Field Know when to hold ‘em. know when to fold ‘em. (A bit about me and some tips for you on life transitions)   Some transitions in life are really obvious. They’re also predictable – such as becoming a parent, getting a new job, moving to live in a new location, taking […]

January 18, 2020

Written by Camille Scott How to bring Mindfulness Practices into your day Whether you are a New Year’s resolution supporter or not, this time of year is a great to develop new habits.  Little changes can make the biggest impact on your day to day and are easier to commit to in the long term.  […]

January 13, 2020

Written by Jessica Jackman Breathe in, breathe out.  Hopefully you just used your diaphragm to help you bring that oxygen into your lungs.  The diaphragm is the primary respiratory muscle located in the rib cage.  It attaches to your lower 6 ribs, sternum and upper lumbar spine.  It is shaped like two big domes underneath […]

January 12, 2020

Written by Nicolette Truscott (Chinese Medicine) Zheng Gu Shui is an invaluable adjunct to many musculoskeletal pain conditions and is one of my personal go to favourites for topical pain relief. Translated as ‘bone setting water’, this product was created in the Guangxi Province of China for the purpose of healing of bone fractures and […]

December 20, 2019

Written by Hannah Sutton Are you planning to do some jet-setting these holidays?  Do you want to avoid the dreaded jetlag?  Here is a simple and effective method you can use to reset your body clock using acupressure. What is Jetlag? Jetlag occurs when crossing time zones as it upsets the normal circadian rhythm of […]

December 15, 2019

Written by Margo Field Long term relationships and their pitfalls and what to do instead.   Are you playing ‘pin the problem on them’ ? Sometimes when relationships go stale we point fingers at each other. “I’m in a relationship with this person, and I’m not happy anymore. So it must be my partner’s fault.” […]

December 5, 2019

Written by Jen Frankcombe-Campbell Hola.. Yes it is unbelievably that time of year again.. CHRISTMAS!!…eeeekkk!! Where has 2018 gone? Did you manage to enjoy any of it? I know my year was full on hectic. My Mum had surgery for a huge brain aneurysm, I was and still am healing with my Hashimotos, my Dad […]

November 11, 2019

Written by Nicolette Truscott Coming off the back of a long weekend and the silly season just around the corner, many of us may be feeling sluggish and uninspired after a period of overindulgence. And for good reason. The link between our diet, gut microbiome and many aspects of our health are being well established […]

November 6, 2019

Written by Camille Scott If you’re just joining us now for part 2, here is a little recap from part 1: What exactly is Far Infrared sauna technology and how does it work in the sauna? Infrared heat is one part of the electromagnetic spectrum. It occurs naturally as the non-harmful component of the sun’s […]

October 30, 2019

  Written by Hannah Sutton Do you suffer from Seasonal Rhinitis or Hay fever every year?  Are you looking for a natural treatment, not only to treat your symptoms but also prevent it from reoccurring?   Chinese Medicine and acupuncture can provide you with an effective way of managing your symptoms. What is Hay fever? […]

October 21, 2019

Written by Margo Field Recently my dear Aunty Pat died. She was in her 90’s and lived a happy life – she had 5 children who’ve also gone on to have kids and even provided a few great grandchildren. Even though I didn’t spend a lot of time with her, she left me with a […]

October 12, 2019

Written by Jessica Jackman Ever have pain while chewing foods? Grinding your teeth at night? Feel stress in your jaw or face? Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) covers a wide range of related disorders relating to the face, jaw, ears and neck. Pain in the jaw is often related to the joints and muscles which help us […]

October 2, 2019

Written by Jen Frankcombe-Campbell Who else is glad Winter is over??!!! I cannot express how excited I am for warmer days and beautiful sunshine. A big factor for feeling the Winter blues is Vitamin D deficiency.. Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption as it regulates calcium levels in the blood and Vit D also […]

September 18, 2019

 Written by Camille Scott Have you heard about Infrared Saunas and been wondering how they could benefit you or whether they are worth adding to your routine? Read on to discover the top reasons infrared saunas are becoming a well-loved part of self-care practices everywhere. But first… What exactly is Far Infrared sauna technology and […]

September 11, 2019

Sex is a natural and pleasurable part of a healthy lifestyle, so when interest wanes or sexual difficulties occur, it can be confronting and uncomfortable for both you and your partner.  Low libido is very common, and is often triggered by hormonal or emotional problems.  In this article I want to unpack what can go […]

September 7, 2019

Written by Nicolette Truscott The commencement of Women’s Health Week (Sep 2nd-6th) has got me thinking about all thing’s women.  For a lot of people there appears to be a disconnect from the day to day functioning of their own bodies in modern Western culture, and the menstrual cycle is no exception.  Reflecting on previous […]

August 21, 2019

Written by Margo Field I’ve been thinking recently about success and very quickly it became clear to me that I was more interested in being satisfied in life – in the big picture. Sure, I already have a roof over my head and don’t need to worry about having enough money to buy the basics. […]

August 14, 2019

Written by Jessica Jackman In today’s society we are constantly sitting! On the train to work, in the car, at the office, on the couch, eating meals, the list goes on. This can lead to back, neck and shoulder pain, headaches and poor posture. Whilst a lot of these activities cannot be avoided there are […]

August 2, 2019

Written by Nicolette Truscott Fine lines and wrinkles got you down? Desire to glow from the inside out? Need to redefine your relationship with the idea of beauty and love the skin you are in? Fine lines, wrinkles and sagging are a natural part of aging, but one that can compromise our self-esteem and self-image. […]

July 24, 2019

Written by Hannah Sutton In the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine we take a holistic approach to well-being, placing a strong emphasis on disease prevention and health maintenance.  The ultimate goal of a practitioner is to help preserve the health of their patients through the various transitions in life and significant health events whether it […]

July 13, 2019

Written by Margo Field I’m very lucky – I’ve just had a three week holiday – and it has been a very good rest from my usual routine. I’ve learnt to appreciate (again), that ‘down time’ is an integral part of ‘up time’.  Holidays for me mean I’m in charge of my own time. I […]

July 10, 2019

By Jen Frankcombe-Campbell We’re almost half way through Winter, even though we’ve had some amazing Spring kinda days! Hands up if you have already been sick or if your children keep getting sick? Nothing worse than trying to enjoy the school holidays when you have a sick household. Boo!! Do you find that someone in […]

July 5, 2019

By Jessica Jackman Winter brings with it the cold, wet and windy days, but does it make osteoarthritis (OA) worse? Studies are inconclusive on this one – some saying that the weather has no bearing at all on OA pain or stiffness. Anecdotally from patients, I hear complaints about the colder weather increasing pain levels […]

June 29, 2019

By Camille Scott With winter well and truly here the temptation to hibernate could not be stronger! The shorter days, and cold, rainy weather make it easy to forgo most activity in favour of snuggling up on the couch. Regular massage during winter may not be something you’ve thought of to include in your self-care […]

June 26, 2019

By Nicolette Truscott Dry needling and acupuncture both involve puncturing the skin with thin needles for therapeutic purposes. While the tools used are the same, the practices, training/qualifications, treatment techniques and philosophy are otherwise very different.   Dry Needling Acupuncture History:   Created as a therapy by Janet Travell (MD) in 1979 as a further […]

June 13, 2019

By Hannah Sutton Are you starting to feel a bit run down and on the verge of coming down with a cold/flu?  Get ahead of it this Winter with the following helpful tips Winter has well and truly arrived and with it the sound of coughs & sniffles!   With the fast-paced demands of our modern […]

May 29, 2019

Written by Margo Field What is interesting for me to observe in myself is how I find sadness to be so ‘sucky’. Inward. Absorbing. There is a difference between grief and sadness but basically both are a loss of something you value. This can include loss of a job ((eg loss of a job title […]

April 29, 2019

Written by Nicolette Truscott Lung & the Breath One of the most fundamental principles of Chinese medicine is living in harmony with the cycles in nature.  Autumn is the beginning of the yin seasons, when the air starts to cool and dry, the trees lose their leaves and the days get shorter leading to longer […]

March 6, 2019

Written by Jessica Jackman Most of us will experience a headache at some point in our lives. For some people they are debilitating and relentless; for others maybe a rare, mild annoyance. Getting any type of headache assessed by a primary care practitioner is important to determine the cause and possible treatment plan to help […]

February 23, 2019

Tired all the time?  Do you have trouble getting to sleep?  Staying asleep?  Avoid going to bed? Written by Nicolette Truscott Sleep is an important time for the body to rest and repair.  It is essential for normal day to day mental and physical function.   The effects of poor sleep can be wide reaching and […]

February 26, 2018

Are you loving life and fulfilling your life purpose?  Or do you feel like you are drifting along and going through the motions? Instead of some wishy-washy New Year’s resolutions I propose we all do a little self development these holidays and ponder what our core values are to help us live a more satisfying […]

For many women menopause is no laughing matter.  Menopause affects women in a wide variety of ways.  Some breeze through this transition and other can be troubled for many years.  The distressing symptoms can test them physically, emotionally and intellectually.  That being said, menopause is not a disease.  It is the natural phase in a […]

June 4, 2017

Do you have scars on your body that feel numb, painful or strange in comparison to your normal skin. Do they appear red or raised looking very different to your normal coloured skin? Have you felt low in energy or off balance ever since having an operation? In Chinese medicine it is very important to […]

June 2, 2017

Autumn, the season of dryness, has just drawn to a close and we now must prepare for the next change of season. According to the philosophy of Chinese Medicine, Winter represents the utmost of Yin. In its very nature Winter is a slow, dark, cool, inward moving season, all things Yin. Winter is associated with […]

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