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ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine, single use sterile needles (on average 0.18mm thick) into specific locations on the body called acupoints. Acupuncture points are located along 12 main channels called meridians, which run vertically along the front and back of the body. This meridian system is a network of 'vessels' for the flow of the body's life-force called Qi (pronounced Chee). The acupoints are where Qi can be accessed and influenced. Acupuncture promotes the movement of Qi & Blood, strengthens weakness, reduces excesses & stimulates the body's own healing response. After conducting a comprehensive Chinese Medicine diagnosis, the practitioner will select acupuncture points on various points of the body to help restore and maintain your body's natural balance. Acupuncture treatments are generally painless. The sensation associated with needle insertion is a dull ache which lasts for a millisecond, after which you will not feel any needle sensation. Needles are then retained for 10-30 minutes, during which time you will be allowed to relax, close your eyes, meditate or sleep while the acupuncture takes effect.

HERBAL MEDICINE

Chinese herbs are effective in treating a wide range of health conditions with little to no side effects. It is based on a rich body of knowledge developed over thousands of years of clinical practice. For almost any health condition your body can create, there is an herbal formula that is designed specifically to target that problem.

A prescription containing 5-20 will be tailored specifically for your health requirements. The term 'herbs' encompasses plant material, minerals and a small number of animal products.

Herbal formulas can be prepared in several different forms and are generally taken morning & night: -

RAW HERBS: A bag of herbs in raw form that you boil & then drink the remaining liquid, called a decoction. This process can be time consuming & the taste unpalatable. Its strengths lie in the fact that it is quickly and easily absorbed into the body, can be tailored to your specific needs and provides excellent therapeutic benefits.

GRANULES: Herbs are concentrated & powdered for ease of use. They can be simply dissolved in water & taken. Due to the amount of processing involved in their production they tend to be more expensive than raw herbs but provide comparable results to the raw herbs.

TINCTURE: Herbs are steeped in an alcohol solution for several weeks. This removes the need for boiling herbs but formulas are less tailored.

PATENT PILLS: Traditional herbal formulas processed into pills. They are a convenient way to take herbal medicine and useful for people who are time poor or who have a sensitive palate to drinking herbs. Pills are not as potent as raw or granule herbs & less tailored.

HERBAL MEDICINE
MOXIBUSTION & CUPPING

MOXIBUSTION & CUPPING

Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy which involves the burning of a Chinese herb called mugwort on or near an acupuncture point to warm the area and meridian-organ system. The herb comes pre-rolled as a cigar which is then lit and held close to the skin and then removed before it becomes too hot for the patient. A loose form of the herb is sometimes moulded into cone shapes which are then placed directly on the skin or on top of a slice of ginger or layer of salt. The burning herb is removed before becoming too hot and leaves no burning or scarring on the skin.

Cupping is a process in which a vacuum is created inside a glass cup which is then placed onto the skin. The vacuum then gently draws the skin and caused increased circulation to the area. The purpose is to encourage the flow of Qi & Blood and to eliminate pathogens and toxins from the body. Sometimes cupping can leave marking on the skin that looks similar to a bruise, which usually disappears within a few days depending on the level of discolouration.

Cupping & Moxibustion are often used as part of an acupuncture treatment.

MASSAGE

Regular therapeutic massage can be an important part of your health and wellness plan. Massage is use activate blood circulation throughout muscles to alleviate pain & tension and improve general wellbeing.

Deep Tissue Massage/ Remedial/Sports Massage/ Trigger Point Therapy Remedial massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue, targeting more specific areas of tightness and restriction. It works to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body, to allow for tissue detoxification and healing. This type of massage is ideal for sports people, chronic pain syndromes, injuries and those with severe muscle tension.

Relaxation Massage Improve circulation and relieve muscle tension with a smooth flowing style that promotes gentle relaxation and stress relief. A soothing massage to help you let go of stress and reconnect with your inner self.

Oncology Massage Oncology massage is designed to safely and effectively work with people undergoing cancer treatment or have been treated for cancer. Each treatment is individualised to suit the client’s needs, with the very gentle treatment focusing on minimising the client’s discomfort. The massage is not a curative treatment, but aims to alleviate tension, anxiety and stress, improving overall wellbeing.

MASSAGE
SHONISHIN – PAEDIATRIC ACUPUNCTURE

SHONISHIN – PAEDIATRIC ACUPUNCTURE

Shonishin is a specialised form of treatment for infants and children up to age 18 that was developed in Japan in the 1700s. Using a variety of specialised tools and techniques, the Shonishin method stimulates acupoints and meridians using rubbing, tapping and pressing methods on the surface of the body. Treatment focuses on gentle, specialised and mostly non-inserted techniques that children find comfortable and even pleasurable. Dramatic results can be obtained even with very light treatment. The beauty of Shonishin is its simplicity, gentleness, and effectiveness.    

OSTEOPATHY

Each person, condition and injury is unique so osteopathic treatments will vary from person to person. Your osteopath will ask questions about your problem and symptoms. They may also ask about your medical history, any medications you are taking, as well as factors that may not appear to be directly related to your problem. Your osteopath will conduct a full osteopathic examination and if necessary, clinical tests, this may involve diagnostic, orthopaedic or neurological tests, postural assessments and activities or exercises that will determine how best to manage your condition. The examination may include passive and active movements, such as the osteopath lifting your arms or legs. Osteopathy takes a holistic approach to treatment, so your practitioner may look at other parts of your body, as well as the area that is troubling you. For example, if you have a sore knee, your osteopath may also look at your ankle, pelvis and back. Osteopathy is a manual therapy, so hands-on treatment may include massage, stretching, repetitive movements, mobilisation and/or manipulation. Most osteopathic treatments are gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. If your injuries do require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, your osteopath will exercise care to make you as comfortable as possible. Your osteopath may also provide education and advice to help you manage your condition between appointments. This may include giving you exercises to do at home or work. Osteopaths treat more than you think. They focus on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulatory system, connective tissue and internal organs function as a whole body unit. A visit to the osteopath does not require a referral. Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plans. Osteopaths are registered providers for patients under the Transport Accident Commission, WorkCover and Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
OSTEOPATHY
CRYSTAL REIKI

CRYSTAL REIKI

Crystal reiki incorporates crystals with their energies and the energy from reiki in a healing. It allows body and mind healing in a safe and respected environment. Reiki is a peaceful practice that allows a deep healing within, clearing your mind and freeing your spirit. Reiki practitioners do not use their own energy in healing but that of the universal energy. Understanding energy and the different kinds of energy that we encounter in everyday life is essential for a practitioner. This allows them to be able to empathise with clients and sense changes in their energy field. In reiki we allow the energy to move through the body to where the healing needs to occur, along with balancing 7 chakras. Crystal Reiki is a safe practice and suitable for all ages. In a reiki session a client may feel a whole body calmness wash over them, just like being in a meditative space. They may also experience a warm or cool sensation, tingles and a static electricity feeling in the area I am working. Practitioners may practice with a hands on or hands off approach, however both ways are just as effective. Reiki has some amazing benefits: ~ Improves sleep and quality of sleep. ~ Helps to balance emotions and ability to handle them. ~ Relieves muscle tension and soreness. ~ Eases joint pain and stiffness. ~ Helps to improve mental clarity and brain fog. ~ Balances chakras to create body harmony. ~ Helps move stuck energy and more....

CHILDREN'S NUTRITION

A Children’s Nutritionist can assist from pre-conception right up to teenagers.  At each stage an infant/child/teen body requires different amounts of macronutrients and micronutrients.  Their diet should consist of a variety of foods that contain a range of these nutrients in the purest form possible.  A Children’s Nutritionist plans menus and meal plans, that incorporate a balanced diet supporting healthy nourishment and healthy body function.  They also teach children and parents on healthy and mindful eating and basic nutrition. Physically active and growing children require good nutrition to build a healthy and strong foundation to assist them through childhood and into adulthood.  Many habits and knowledge towards food are shaped during their early years, which forms the basis for future eating habits and patterns.  
CHILDREN'S NUTRITION
HEALTH & WELLNESS COACHING

HEALTH & WELLNESS COACHING

Health and wellness coaching take a holistic approach to healing the body, where connection of the mind, body and spirit occur.  Clients are shown and walked through how to create long-term health and lifestyle changes.  This is done through an understanding of wholefoods and how they build, feed and nourish healthy cells which then creates more vitality. A health coach guides each client through their own personal journey into wellness with recipes, meal plans, mindfulness and ongoing support.  This shows the client how to address and work through emotional eating in a kind and gentle approach without self-judgement.  This will help to develop a healthy mindset of the body, along with creating a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their families.

COACHING, COUNSELLING, HYPNOSIS

Get 'unstuck' quickly - enabling realistic solutions for your life 'stucks', whoever you are.  Workshops and Advisory, Individuals, Couples, Teams and Workplaces. A unique range of programs and ways to enthuse, unstick, up-level, liberate and empower individuals, teams, organisations and communities for greater vitality and in accordance with their goals and directives and their highest potential.   Offering a range of appointments and programs, including a 10 minute discovery phone chat. Appointments are available online and face to face. Coaching Universally, everyone performs at a higher standard with personalised coaching. Forget the ‘tick a box’ blanket course approach to personal or professional development. One-on-one Coaching is a highly personalised process that provides a safe space for profound personal insights. Go from stuck to unstuck.  Remove unhelpful behaviour patterns and see situations from a fresh perspective. Cultivate lasting wisdom. Together we set meaningful goals and develop powerful strategies that enable you to be the very best you.
Counselling Margo is a solution focussed brief therapist (yes this is a type of therapy).  The foundation of her work is a belief and understanding that we behave in ways to avoid pain and that more resourceful solutions and behaviours are always possible.  Some people call me a 'life midwife'. Margo is NOT a psychologist - she doesn't look for what is wrong with you.  She looks for what you are doing and why and facilitate understanding and optimised solutions and options. Margo is also a highly experienced Ericksonian Hypnotherapist, 30 year experienced meditation facilitator, certified trainer and more. People seek her out about their ‘life stucks’. Margo rekons we are all here to learn how to be happier and better humans. Having ‘issues’ is a normal part of life. She brings a very big picture understanding gained from studying metaphysics and the human condition from Masters including Gregg Braden (greggbraden.com) Ken and Elizabeth Mellor (awakeningnetwork.net) the HeartMath Institute (heartmath.org) Dr Joe Dispenza (drjoedispenza.com) Brene Brown (  https://brenebrown.com, Karla McLaren https://empathyacademy.org  Milton Erickson foundation and many more.
COACHING, COUNSELLING, HYPNOSIS
EAR CANDLING

EAR CANDLING

Ear candling is a gentle, relaxing treatment to clear the ear canals of accumulated debris and stimulate the flow of energy to the entire head area. It's an excellent therapy for relieving conditions affecting the head and ear area such as sinus congestion and excessive ear wax.  This treatment also includes face, head & neck massage.

INFRARED SAUNA

Unlike a traditional sauna which only heats the surface of the skin, the Far Infrared Sauna uses infrared rays like those we experience from the sun (without the harmful UV) that penetrate through the tissues to heat the body core safely. This provides multiple health benefits including:
      • Increased circulation and metabolism
      • Pain relief, decreased muscle tension and inflammation
      • Helps to flush out toxins trapped in the subcutaneous fat
      • Boosts the immune system and helps to increase the white blood cell count
      • Rejuvenation of the skin, leaving it feel beautifully soft
      • A decrease of the appearance of cellulite and acne
      • Burning of calories
Studies have shown that the sweat from a traditional sauna is comprised of 97% water and 3% toxins, while the sweat produced in a Far Infrared Sauna is 80% water and 20% heavy metals, pesticides, cholesterol, nicotine, alcohol, and other morbid residues. Sweating is a much safer way to release fat-soluble toxins, as they can damage the kidneys if excreted via the urine. Relaxing in the infrared sauna for 30mins burns at least 300 calories and you will feel warm and relaxed as though you have just had a massage or lay in the sun. You won’t feel overly hot during the session because it is not the surrounding air that is being heated, it’s your body’s core, so although it’s not intensely hot and steamy you will still sweat profusely! Our single person sauna is designed to give you the most beneficial and relaxing experience possible. The patented technology creates a larger heating area, up to 27 times greater than any other Far Infrared Sauna, which enables a deeper sweat with minimal heat. Plus, our sauna has in built chromotherapy, which is just a fancy name for light therapy.  Light and colour therapy is an ancient healing technique used to elicit feelings of well-being and harmony. Important information
      • Drink lots of water before your appointment, it’s important to be well hydrated before your session so that you sweat well and to avoid feeling lightheaded during or after your session. We will also provide you with an electrolyte post-sweat to rebalance your levels.
      • Try to avoid putting on lotions, makeup, cream and oils on your skin to encourage your pores to open more effectively.
      • You do not need to bring anything to wear in the sauna, because Infrared waves are most effective when they can contact bare skin and we have a single person sauna, so you will be in the treatment room by yourself, in your birthday suit!  As FIR heats the body core, you may feel hot or even still be sweating after your sauna, so loose comfortable clothing is ideal for afterwards.
      • There are some medical conditions that are advised to avoid the use of the sauna. For a full list of those conditions and cautions please see the cautions below….
      • The sauna is safe enough to use daily provided you have none of the existing conditions listed on the cautions page and you are mindful to replenish the fluids you are losing via the sweat.

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CAUTIONS

Cardiac Conditions The use of infrared saunas should be avoided by anyone who has unstable angina, recent myocardial infarction & severe aortic stenosis. Haemophiliacs / Individuals Prone to Bleeding The use of infrared saunas should be avoided by anyone who is predisposed to bleeding. Fever An individual who has a fever should not use an infrared sauna until the fever subsides. Sensitivity to Heat An individual with sensitivity to heat should not use an infrared sauna. Joint Injury If you have a recent (acute) joint injury, it should not be heated for the first 48 hours after an injury or until the swollen symptoms subside. If you have a joint or joints that are chronically hot and swollen, these joints may respond poorly to vigorous heating of any kind. Medications Individuals who are using prescription drugs should seek the advice of their personal physician or a pharmacist for possible changes in the drugs effect when the body is exposed to infrared waves or elevated body temperature. Diuretics, barbiturates and beta-blockers may impair the body’s natural heat loss mechanisms. Anti-cholinergic such as amitryptaline may inhibit sweating and can predispose individuals to heat rash or to a lesser extent, heat stroke. Some over-the-counter drugs, such as antihistamines, may also cause the body to be more prone to heat stroke. Pregnancy It is not recommended that pregnant women use the sauna, however, it is safe to use when breastfeeding. Cardiovascular Issues, Obesity or Diabetes Individuals suffering from obesity or with a medical history of heart disease, low or high blood pressure, circulatory problems or diabetes should consult a physician prior to use. Heat stress increases cardiac output and blood flow in an effort to transfer internal body heat to the outside environment via the skin (perspiration) and respiratory system. This takes place primarily due to major changes in the heart rate, which has the potential to increase by 30 beats per minute for each degree increase in core body temperature. Alcohol / Alcohol Abuse Contrary to popular belief, it is not advisable to attempt to “sweat out” a hangover. Alcohol intoxication decreases a person’s judgment; therefore, he/she may not realize when the body has a negative reaction to high heat. Alcohol also increases the heart rate, which may be further increased by heat stress. Chronic Conditions / Diseases Associated with Reduced Ability to Sweat or Perspire Multiple Sclerosis, Central Nervous System Tumours and Diabetic Neuropathy are conditions that are associated with impaired sweating. Consult a physician prior. Implants Metal pins, rods, artificial joints or any other surgical implants generally reflect infrared waves and thus are not heated by this system. Nevertheless, you should consult your physician prior to using an infrared sauna. Children The core body temperature of children rises much faster than adults. This occurs due to a higher metabolic rate per body mass, limited circulatory adaptation to increased cardiac demands and the inability to regulate body temperature by sweating. When using with a child, operate at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes at a time. The Elderly The ability to maintain core body temperature decreases with age. This is primarily due to circulatory conditions and decreased sweat gland function. The body must be able to activate its natural cooling processes in order to maintain core body temperature. When using with the elderly, operate at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes at a time. Communicable Skin Diseases These include warts, scabies, etc.  Even though the warm-up time of the sauna (before a person enters the solo system) is believed to get rid of bacteria/sterilize the sauna, we ask that if you think you may have any communicable skin disease please inform us before using our sauna.  We will then advise you if we can offer you this treatment. Menstruation Heating of the low back area of women during the menstrual period may temporarily increase menstrual flow. This should not preclude (contraindicate) sauna use. Many women find relief of menstrual symptoms after a sauna due to improved blood flow and decreased inflammation.
INFRARED SAUNA
CONSTITUTIONAL FACIAL ACUPUNCTURE

CONSTITUTIONAL FACIAL ACUPUNCTURE

Constitutional Facial Acupuncture is a cosmetic treatment used to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as toning, lifting and refreshing the skin.  It takes a comprehensive, holistic approach to addresses both the superficial tissues of the face, as well as attending to the inner disharmonies of the body which can also be reflected on the skin. Acupuncture points on the face and body, facial mask using Chinese herbs and the use of jade rollers and/or ‘gua sha’ are used during treatment. Diet and lifestyle advice will be given to you in order to support you in between your sessions. The effects are cumulative in nature, and therefore works more effectively in a series of sessions.  Treatments are recommended as a series of 8-10 in order to maximise effect.
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