The Detoxing Power of Getting Sick

Detoxing Power

The Detoxing Power of Getting Sick

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to often get coughs, colds or stomach bugs and others don’t? Yes having a strong immune system definitely helps but this is not the entire reason.

Think back to the last time you had a cold, cough or stomach upset and remember how you were feeling before your symptoms hit. Probably not that great I expect. Now recall how you felt after you recovered from the illness. Perhaps your sinuses or chest were clearer, your bowel motions were improved, you were less bloated, your skin started to glow or your eyes had regained their sparkle.

Did you know that every organ has a partner?

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Yin – Yang relationship in Chinese philosophy. In Chinese medicine every Yin organ has a Yang organ partner. So when an organ is in a state of imbalance its partner often is experiencing some issues too.

Here are the Yin organs with their Yang partners –

  • Lung / Large Intestine
  • Heart / Small Intestine
  • Kidney / Bladder
  • Liver / Gall Bladder
  • Spleen / Stomach
  • Pericardium / Triple Burner
Why does sickness occur?

The body is innately trying to keep you at its healthiest so that you can live as long as possible. When our systems get clogged we can become “toxic”. Toxicity can impair our overall health and consequently our future state of well-being. When our body realises this the detoxing systems are often triggered. A cold will help to cleanse and clear the sinuses and upper respiratory tract, a cough will cleanse the lungs and a stomach bug will flush the intestines.

Can lack of sleep make me sick?

Let’s not also forget the amazing healing power of sleep. What do we hopefully do a lot of when we are unwell? Sleep. If you’ve been burning the candle at both ends, pushing yourself too hard or experiencing great amounts of stress you’re most likely becoming sleep or rest deprived. When we ignore the signs our bodies send us to rest eventually your body wins by forcing you to rest due to sickness.

Avoiding Gastro with good gut health

Speaking from personal experience I was thinking how gastro had recently gone through my whole family with me being in charge of cleaning up and doing the care giving. Obviously I was right in the middle of the bacteria or virus that they all had but didn’t get sick, not even the slightest bit of nausea of stomach ache. I then thought how just before this I had changed my diet a little and had self-prescribed some herbs and changed my probiotics. The belief that I wouldn’t get sick I think also greatly contributed. Never underestimate the power of the mind! So my strong gut health had helped me to sail through the gastro bug that “was going around my area” untouched. My gut hadn’t needed detoxing.

How can I prevent myself from getting sick?

This is an important question and one I often get asked. Understanding the principle of why we get sick helps us to prevent getting sick. So keep your sinuses, lungs and bowels clear and functioning optimally.

By addressing food intolerances through hair testing (available through our clinic) you can greatly reduce the over production of mucous in the upper respiratory tract and lungs. This helps keep them clear and without the need for a cleansing cold. Avoiding processed foods and diets high in carbohydrates will lessen the chance of excess mucous production.

When there is a build up of mucous using a neti pot daily can really help to cleanse the nasal passages.

Again by only eating and drinking foods that are compatible to you your gut health will be at its optimum. Being free of inflammation is one of the biggest factors to good gut health, that and keeping the bowels moving daily. Having the ideal balance of good gut bacteria through pre and probiotics will keep your intestines balanced and also without the need for a cleansing tummy bug. Did you know that a large proportion of your lymphatic system is in your gut?

For more in-depth tips on detoxing your body, especially during seasonal changes follow the link:

https://herbshealthandinnerharmony.com/2016/11/spring-clean-your-body-detox/

For personalised treatment to address boosting your immunity, respiratory or gut health please CALL 0406 628240.

Perineal Massage – Preparing your body to birth with ease

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What is perineal massage?

Perineal massage is the stretching of the perineum (the area between the anus and vagina) using your fingers and massage oil to prepare it for birth. Good oils to use are sweet almond or vitamin E.

What are the benefits of perineal massage?

Massaging the perineum regularly in the weeks leading up to birth will increase its ability to stretch during labour. This is especially important during the second stage of labour when the baby “crowns”. It can reduce the chances of tearing and the need for an episiotomy or stitches.

When should I start to practice perineal massage?

Anytime from 34 weeks of gestation onwards is best.

Is perineal massage safe?

Generally yes. However if you have a history or preterm labour, premature ruptured membranes, vaginal infection or the massage stimulates contractions then it is best to consult with your health care professional.

Avoid the urethral opening during the massage to reduce the chance of infection.

How do I massage my perineum?
  • To prepare yourself, or your partner, for doing perineal massage you first need to ensure that your nails are short and your hands thoroughly washed.
  • Then find a comfortable place to sit, leaning back on to something can make it easier for you. Put a towel down to sit on.
  • If you are performing the massage yourself then a mirror can be helpful to be able to see exactly which area you are working on.
  • Lubricate your fingers and perineal area with oil and then insert both your thumbs about 3 cm into your lower vagina. If your partner is doing the massage then they should use their two index fingers.
  • Gently apply a downward pressure with the thumbs towards the anus. Then gently move your thumbs outwards towards the sides of the vagina. Hold this for about 60 seconds then relax for a few minutes and if you feel comfortable repeat the process again.
  • A slight tingling or stinging sensation may be felt which is quite normal, it should not be painful.

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How often should I massage my perineum?

Once or twice a day for 5-10 minutes

How can I avoid tearing of my perineum during child birth?
  • Allowing the birth canal’s own natural lubrication to be present will help the perineum to stretch without tearing. Try not to wash or wipe the area as this removes the natural lubricant.
  • A warm pack pressed gently against the perineum can help to relax the tissues.
  • Slow deep exhalations as you push can help to relax the tissues and make your baby’s entrance into the world more gradual. Holding your breath and pushing too hard can speed up the process but not give the tissues time to stretch.

Top to Toe – The Ultimate Healing Treatment

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Introducing our latest package –
Top to Toe
the ultimate healing treatment

Our treatment combines the wonderful healing and rejuvenating effects of both Indian Head Massage and Reflexology with the added option of Ear Candling. This treatment targets the pressure points on the head, ears, neck, feet and ankles. As a result this brings about deep relaxation and detoxification of the nervous system and all internal organs. By choosing the ear candling option as well you will help to balance the fluid within your Eustachian tubes and cleanse the ear canals at the same time. You will be sure to leave this treatment  feeling renewed and re-energised.

How much does the treatment cost?
  • 60 minutes (20 mins Indian Head Massage + 40 mins Reflexology)  – $90
  • 90 minutes (20 mins Indian Head Massage + 30 mins Ear Candles + 40 mins Reflexology) – $125

During the treatment you will also be given the option of having crystals placed on or around your body. The energy of the crystals complements the work done from the massage therefore heightening its effect.

What is Indian Head Massage?

Indian head massage uses a sequence of massage techniques and pressure applied to specific Marma points. These points access the nerve channels throughout the head, neck and upper body. This brings increased energy flow to these areas. The 3 chakras or energy centres located in the throat, between the eyes and on the crown are also stimulated and cleared.

What are the benefits of Indian Head Massage?
  • Stress, muscular tension and anxiety relief
  • Clearing of the sinuses
  • Deep relaxation
  • Improved blood flow in the eyes
  • Calming of the nervous system
  • Increased mental clarity
What is Reflexology?

Reflexology works using specific muscle relaxing techniques followed by pressure point massage. There is a map of the entire body over the feet and ankles. By applying pressure to these points the whole body can be treated via the nervous system and energy channels. Reflexology is highly effective in helping treat many common conditions whilst also aiding in deep relaxation.

What can Reflexology help me with?
  • Headaches
  • Stress, anxiety, depression
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Digestive issues
  • Fertility
  • Hormone imbalance
  • PMS, PMT and period pain
  • Sinus congestion
  • Detoxification of the kidneys and liver
What is Ear Candling?

Ear candles work by creating a chimney like effect when lit. This results in excess ear wax being drawn up and out of the ear canal. When the candle is lit and gently inserted into the ear a whooshing sound can often be heard. This creates a change in pressure within the ears that works on the fluid balance in the Eustachian tubes, sinuses and lymph glands which may provide relief from congestion.

Ear candling is not recommended if you are experiencing an ear infection, have a perforated ear drum, grommets or ear surgery in the past 3 months.

How can Ear Candling benefit me?
  • May help relieve congestion in the ears and sinuses
  • Aid in the removal of excess ear wax
  • Help to improve lymphatic flow in the head and neck
  • Promote deep relaxation

CALL 0406 628 240  today to enquire about our Top to Toe treatment or to book an appointment.

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Is my period normal? – Women’s Health Series

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What is a normal period?

I’m sure you’ve all heard that a normal menstrual cycle, or period, is 28 days long, with 5 days of bleeding and ovulation occurs at day 14. Well that’s according to the text books anyway! Every woman is different and therefore your period will never be exactly the same as another woman’s. That being said there is a range for what’s considered “normal”:

  • Cycle length can be from 21 to 35 days
  • Length of menstruation (bleeding) 3 -7 days

It is good to be familiar with the length and regularity of your cycle so that you can be aware of any changes. This is especially important if you are trying to conceive. Monitoring your cycle is one of the first steps in working out the best time to conceive and to know when you are ovulating. I’ll write more about this area in a separate post as it’s a whole subject in itself!

Your monthly period is divided into two parts; the Follicular phase and Luteal phase.

What is the Follicular Phase?

This is the first half of your cycle when oestrogen is at it’s highest. Oestrogen is the hormone that makes you feel young, energised, adventurous and spurs you into keeping an eye out for your potential “mate”. During this time your ovaries are producing follicles from which an egg will be released at ovulation somewhere around the middle of your cycle. As you get closer to this time your FSH (follicular stimulating hormone) levels will rise and you feel ready for anything, especially an alpha male to cross your path. Now is the prime time to conceive!

Your LH (lutenising hormones) levels rise around this time too getting everything primed for conception.

What is the Luteal Phase?

You are now in the second half of your cycle, the post ovulatory period. Oestrogen levels decrease and progesterone increases. The desire to stay at home, being quiet, nesting and nurturing yourself take over from the “go-getter” characteristics of oestrogen. Progesterone levels rise and then plateau until you start to menstruate which causes them to drop again. If you have conceived however the progesterone levels remain high and this is an indication of possible pregnancy.

Quality of Menstruation

So now you know a bit about the phases of your cycle let’s look at your menstruation to see what signs it’s sending out.

Blood Flow –

The first 1-2 days of your period are when the flow should be at its heaviest. It then most likely starts to slow down as each day passes. Any less than 3 days means that you’re possibly not having a “real” period. Your uterus may have shed some of its lining but the ebb and flow of all the relevant hormones may not have occurred as they should. To treat scanty blood flow, amenorrhea,  with herbal medicine I use uterine and blood tonics and address any hormonal irregularities or stress.

At the opposite end we have menorrhagia or heavy periods. When the bleeding continues to be heavy for more than 5-6 days then I would look at what the underlying cause may be. Hormonal imbalance, fibroids, endometriosis and iron deficiency can often be the reason. Again herbs that help to stabalise hormone levels, reduce inflammation and cleanse the liver are ones I would prescribe.

Colour – 

You are aiming for the same colour and quality of blood as if you’d just cut yourself. Fresh, bright red blood that is free flowing and without clots is optimum.

Blood that is dark red or brownish means that it is stagnant blood that has been hanging around probably from your last period. This kind of blood if often thicker too.

Small clots are common, similar to the size of a pea. When you start seeing larger clots coming out these can not only cause pain when passing through your cervix but also indicate stagnation.

I would treat a women in this case with uterine and circulatory tonics to increase the blood flow in the uterus. As always any hormonal imbalances would be addressed too.

Period Pain – 

Is period pain normal? Essentially no! Some discomfort and mild cramping are to be expected. But if you find yourself curled up in bed unable to move with only pain killers providing relief, then no this isn’t a good sign.

There are many reasons why you might be experiencing period pain so your whole system needs to be assessed. Endometriosis can cause very painful periods as can PCOS (poly cystic ovaries). Magnesium deficiency can heighten the strength of the cramps. A congested liver often plays a role in period pain. When it’s not functioning properly the level of circulating hormones increases. This can lead to PMS and painful periods. A liver cleanse would definitely be indicated here!

If you would like to know more about how Herbal Medicine can help improve your period then please call 0406 628240

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Look out for the next blog post in our 
Women’s Health Series!

Staying Grounded in a Hectic World

Grounding Techniques

Some days everything can seem a bit too much, your head is in a whirl, you can’t think straight and your feet definitely don’t feel on the ground! Staying grounded in a hectic world can be a challenge. Wi-Fi, mobile phone exposure, busy shopping centres, eating on the run, too much caffeine, demanding work environment, stressful family life, broken sleep – all these demands place huge stress on your nervous system and greatly increase vata the air element in the body. This can in turn set your digestion off balance and reduce your brain function. You might think you can push on through but eventually your body and mind will suffer.

So what can you do when you’re not able to change your external environment? This is where self-care comes in and recognising that it’s time to take some simple steps to bring your feet back to earth, calm your nervous system and clear your head.

Here are some easy and practical tips for finding balance again 
Herbs

Being a herbalist I love herbs and herbal teas are often very underrated.  Taking time out to sit quietly and drink a hot drink will in itself help to slow your body down but here are a few herbs that will help you on your way:

  • Chamomile
  • Lemon Balm
  • Licorice – caution in cases of high blood pressure or pregnancy
  • Linden
  • Passion Flower
  • Red Rose Petals
  • Valerian
  • Zizyphus
Massage and Reflexology

Massage is a fantastic way to give yourself some love and to settle your nerves. It can just be one you give to yourself as well. Massaging the feet, and if you can work on some reflexology points even better, is the most effective of all massages to bring you back down to earth. By touching your feet your awareness instantly goes to them and out of your head. Reflexology points to focus on would be the solar plexus, adrenal glands, intestines and spine. Massage using long, slow strokes and firm pressure is recommended to calm your nerve endings and quieten your mind.

Adding some earthy essential oils is a wonderful bonus too, I personally love Rose Geranium and Patchouli.

Reiki

Reiki has always been one of my go-to tools when I’m feeling off centre. It’s pretty simple to practice and yet so effective. By connecting to the universal energy all around us and within us you are able to send it to the parts of the body and mind where it’s needed.

I find the areas that work for me whilst giving a Reiki self treatment for grounding are the head, feet, solar plexus and working through the chakras or energy centres.

Breathing/Meditation

The breath! The key to everything. Mindfulness coupled with correct breathing can do wonders to reconnect your mind to your body when you’ve been in an over stimulating environment.

Remember breathing in doesn’t mean sucking in your tummy, quite the opposite actually. Breath in deeply and slowly filling your lungs and whole abdomen, hold for a second or two, then slowly and continuously let your entire breath out – and repeat.

If you like combining this with a meditation technique try visualising your feet connecting with the earth on the in breath and releasing any tension out through your head on the out breath.

Crystals

Crystals have their own wonderful innate abilities to facilitate healing on all levels but they also make an amazing partner to enhancing any mediation, breathing work or Reiki treatment. I love using crystals in my Reiki treatment sessions and find that grounding the person is often needed due to the hectic state of city living.

Crystals that are darker in colour, especially greys and blacks, work well at drawing the energy down from the head and into the feet. I particularly like working with smoky quartz, black tourmaline, obsidian and haematite for this.

The placement of the crystals is important too. When working with grounding your energies lie down and place the crystals in the groin area near your hips, between your legs near your root chakra, inside of your knees, between the feet and below each foot.

WiFi and Mobile Phones

And lastly one of what I believe to be the main culprits in disconnecting us from the earth and scrambling our brain waves – EMF!

As much as you can stay out of Wi-Fi environments, always turn it off in your home when you’re not using it especially at night and if you sleep with your mobile phone near you then put it into flight mode. When carrying your mobile phone with you never keep it in your pocket or tucked into your top (especially not your bra ladies there are some important things in there!) have it in your bag instead. Try to be aware how much time you’re spending on devices or around Wi-Fi each day and take some time away from it when you start to feel off kilter.

Hopefully these tips will help you to stay grounded and connected in your daily life. However if you feel you need a little more help then contact me to have a chat about how Herbal Medicine, Massage, Reflexology or Reiki can help you today! Call –  0406 628240

Is your sun screen really good for you?

Sun Screen chemical bad health effects

Sun screen, we’ve all been told at some point to put it on otherwise we’ll get skin cancer. Yes sunburn isn’t something you want to be inflicting on yourself but have you ever thought about what’s in the sun screen you’re covering your face and body with? Is it a harmless skin sun protector or a toxic chemical concoction that could be doing you more harm than good? There are two types; chemical sun screen and mineral based sunscreen. Which one do you use?

What is Chemical Sun Screen?

The most common ingredients in chemical or non-mineral sun cream are ones you probably can’t pronounce (which is often a clue it’s not that great for you!). Usually two or more of the following chemicals would be used –

  • avobenzone
  • cinoxate
  • dioxybenzone
  • homosalate
  • homosalateo
  • menthyl anthranilate
  • methoxycinnamate
  • octinoxate
  • octisalate
  • octocrylene
  • oxybenzone
  • PABA
  • parabens
  • phenylbenzimidazole

What are the side effects of chemical sun screen? 

Although these chemicals are considered important ingredients to turn a cream into a sun cream or lotion they come with their own health side effects. They are easily absorbed into the body having detrimental effects predominantly on the endocrine system. This means they can disrupt hormone balance, namely oestrogen – not a good thing. Due to this I definitely would not recommend these as good sun screens for children and babies. 

Other non-mineral sun screen side effects are –

  • Release free radicals when the cream breaks down in sunlight – we’ve all heard of the dangers of free radical damage and potential links to cancer
  • Potential to cause allergic reactions
  • Can cause skin irritation

What is Mineral Sun Screen?

Mineral sun screen contains the active ingredients zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Your skin is protected from UVA and UVB rays simply by the physical barrier they create, reflecting the sun’s rays. It’s also not absorbed into your body – very important.

The main points to remember for mineral sun creams are;

  • Not easily absorbed into the body
  • Do not effect hormone balance
  • Usually non allergenic
  • Non free radical forming in sun light

So this is why I would recommend you use this type on your babies and children.

I have to add that a link has been mentioned to titanium dioxide and the exacerbation of inflammatory bowel conditions. This was only in high doses however and not in the amounts you’d use in a normal mineral sun screen. Titanium dioxide is an ingredient in some tablets and is more likely to be a risk than when used in sun scream.

What about using Coconut Oil for sun protection? 

I’m sure you’ve heard of people using coconut oil as a form of sun protection. It does naturally have an SPF of 4 which blocks 75% of UV radiation. Personally though I don’t think this is strong enough to adequately protect you from the Australian sun. It’s a great added ingredient in any mineral based sun cream however. 

What are Nano Particles and Micro Particles in sun lotion?

Simply put nano particles are easily absorbed through your skin and micro particles aren’t. If a chemical is in nano particle form then it will pass into your blood stream. Many chemical sun lotions contain nano particles and mineral ones have micro particles. Another reason for you to use only mineral types!

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Spring Clean Your Body – Why and How to Detox

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It’s that time of year again when we often think of doing a spring detox ready for summer and the year ahead. Liver detox kits can often be seen lining the shelves of chemists and juice cleansing fasts are everywhere but are they really the right one for you? Do they work? How do you know if you need to detox? Read on to find the answers!

Why do I need to detox?

Your body produces toxic by-products as a natural part of all its daily metabolic processes. If your body is in tip top condition and all the eliminatory channels are working well i.e. liver, small and large intestines, kidneys, respiratory system and lymphatic system then these toxins will be excreted fully. For many of us though this isn’t always the case, one or more of the systems might be congested, under functioning or sluggish causing poor elimination and consequently a build -up of toxins in that area. Physical symptoms are most common but having a toxic system can effect your mood as well.

What is a detox?

Detoxing is a way to cleanse and rejuvenate the body helping to push the built up toxins out and bring the body back to good health again. By keeping the eliminatory pathways clear in your body you reduce the chance of developing chronic sicknesses and increase your longevity!

Are there any side effects to detoxing?

It’s quite common to feel side effects during a detox but these can be reduced by drinking plenty of warm water and fibre throughout the detox period to keep the bowels moving and kidneys flushed.

Common side effects are:

  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Feeling grumpy
  • Exacerbation of symptoms for pre-existing conditions (this is normal and will subside)
  • Changes in bowel habits
What are the signs and symptoms of needing to detox?
  • Liver
    • Nausea on waking
    • Nausea after eating rich or fatty foods
    • Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes
    • Heightened PMS
    • Migraine or Chronic Headaches
    • Deep seated feelings of anger, resentment or frustration
    • Often waking between 1am – 3am
  • Small and Large Intestines
    • Chronic constipation or diarrhoea
    • Bloating
    • Undigested food in the stool or very offensive odour
    • Feelings of heaviness and being bogged down
  • Lymphatic System
    • Chronic swollen glands
    • Fluid retention
    • Recurring tonsillitis
  • Skin
    • Body odour
    • Acne
    • Eczema
    • Psoriasis
    • Dermatitis
    • Rashes or hives
  • Respiratory System
    • Chronic sinusitis
    • Bad breath (halitosis)
    • Asthma/ lung congestion
  • Kidneys
    • Kidney Stones
    • Frequent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
    • Fluid Retention
How do I do a liver detox?

Your liver loves bitter foods and herbs! The bitter taste in your mouth will stimulate the release of bile from the liver and gall bladder into your stomach making it the optimum environment to digest the food when it arrives.

  • Many bitter herbs are liver cleansing/rejuvenating herbs too; Dandelion root, St. Mary’s Thistle, Calendula, Globe Artichoke, Gentian. So a tea made of these herbs 20 minutes before eating will be very beneficial
  • Bitter foods 10-15 minutes before meals; Burdock Root, Rocket, Kale, Watercress, Chard, Endives, Parsley, Celery, Asparagus and Zucchini
  • Bitter Melon – its name says it all! It’s best steamed and served with a little sesame oil dressing
  • Turmeric – helps increase bile production. Great added to stir-fries, curries and used in “Golden Milk” just remember to add some healthy fat such as coconut oil and black pepper to add in absorption
  • Liver Cleansing Juices – Beetroot, Carrot, Lemon, Lime, Celery, Green Apple, Parsley, Cucumber, Kale and Swiss Chard
  • Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol and Chemical Products in the home – your body sees these as poisons and will focus on breaking these down before carrying out all of its usual processes
  • Liver Fast for 6-48 hours – replace your usual meals with “Liver Friendly” foods; green juices, salads and vegetable soups. Have lemon juice in warm water in the morning 10 minutes before breakfast. For slim build people or those with weaker digestive systems 6-8 hours is good, medium build people up to 24 hours, heavier build people up to 48 hours but you must make this decision for yourself and monitor how you feel throughout. If you have an existing health condition it would be best to consult your doctor first before doing any kind of fast.
  • Meditation – to help calm the nervous system and release the anger from the liver. Simple breathing meditation works wonders and might even provide other insights into your life as well!
How do I detox my digestive system?

Cleansing the digestive system will usually help to cleanse the skin and respiratory system also as they are all linked

  • Ensure you have plenty of soluble fibre in your diet e.g. Slippery Elm powder, Flaxseed Meal and Fibrous Vegetables. This fibre provides food for the good bacteria in your gut to feed on and bulk for the eliminated toxins to bind on to
  • Lots of Water – this stops the intestines from dehydrating and the stool becoming dry, hard and stuck in the intestines
  • Avoiding foods high in fat and sugar, gluten and dairy will help give your digestive system a rest and the chance to detox
  • Dandelion Root Tea – Dandelion Root is a fantastic herb that not only cleanses the liver but also helps to keep the bowels moving. This is a great combination for helping to remove the toxins from the body that have been released during the detox
How do I do a lymphatic cleanse?
  • Lots of Water – it helps keep the lymphatic fluid free flowing and flushed
  • Exercise – lymphatic fluid is thick and slow moving but when the muscles are worked they push on the lymphatic system moving the fluid around the body
  • Dry Skin Brushing – this again helps move stagnant lymphatic fluid. Always start from the end of the hands and feet and brush in gentle circular motions towards the heart
  • Reduce Sugar, Alcohol and Fatty foods – these all clog the lymphatic fluid
How do I cleanse my kidneys?
  • Lots of water, again! Water seems to feature a lot here……. Keeping the kidneys flushed will reduce the chance of sediment building up and stones forming
  • Unsweetened Cranberry Juice and Beetroot Juice – these help to tonify the bladder and kidneys and reduce the chances of bacteria growing in them. Make sure you use sugar free, including artificial sweeteners, cranberry juice. Bacteria love sugar!
  • Reduce Caffeine, Salt and Stress – they all put strain on the kidneys long term
  • Don’t hold Urine in! Keep your kidneys flushed
Think you need help cleansing and restoring your body to regain optimum health?
CALL 0406 628240 today to find out how! 

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Mind Body Connection – My Personal Health Journey

Last night I was invited to a showing of the documentary “The Connection”. Fantastic! It’s something we all need to watch (a few times even). It’s all about chronic sickness and the mind body connection. Being in the industry that I am I’m already aware of this but it was good hear it again.
It reminded me of my own health journey actually and how the mind body connection had a huge impact on my health. 6 years ago I was working and studying part time whilst raising my very energetic 18 mth old son. Life was definitely fun, hectic and chaotic all at the same time! But it didn’t take long for me to start to feel my body struggling under the pressure to keep going but what could I do? So I carried on hoping for the best. Only a few months later my father died, 5 days before my birthday, and BAM that was it, my body collapsed. I’d gone from a busy life style to barely being able to walk 100m without feeling breathless and that my legs were about to give way under me. Most days I had shooting pains through all my muscles that almost made me cry. I had to sleep for 3 hours every afternoon just to have enough energy to get through the evening routine. My brain felt like it was on a permanent holiday and my body seemed to have deserted me. I went from being an active 36 year old to having the energy and motivation of a 90 year old. I hated it and felt like it was so unfair especially as outwardly I looked fine.
My blood tests from the doctor all came back good, he told me that my results indicated that I was actually very healthy! I certainly didn’t feel it. This is when I realised that the huge amount of grief that I was going through from the death of my father had tipped me over the edge into complete sickness. My mind had directly effected my immune system. Fortunately I’d seen my mother go through the same and I realised very quickly that I had chronic fatigue. So I was on the case. Homeopathy for the grief, herbal medicine, nutrition, dietary changes, meditation for healing my heart and lots and lots of rest literally saved me. Today I’m virtually back to my normal self just 6 years older and with one more energetic son. I can see the signs in myself when I know I’m pushing myself too hard and know how to nourish myself back to good health.
I’m sure there are many people who have been through similar experiences and wanted to remind you that the mind is such a powerful tool in health and sickness. Never think of yourself as two parts; body and mind. You are one.

Click here to read about releasing stagnant emotions and thought patterns with breathing.

Reiki Level 2 Workshop – Greater Connection through Symbols

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Reiki Level Two Workshop –  Usui System of Natural Healing  – Sunday 2nd September 2018 9am- 5pm

Reiki Level Two Workshop

This level is the next step on from Level One and increases your connection to the Reiki energy. It introduces you to 3 symbols therefore broadening your ability to channel and utilise the Reiki energy. It adds another dimension to both your self-healing treatments and those you give to others. With these symbols you will be able to increase and “lock in” the level of the energy, facilitate higher levels of emotional healing and give healing treatments over distance.

What happens in the workshop?


The workshop will include:

  • Uses of the symbols
  • Incorporating them into your treatments and daily life
  • Delving deeper into your connection with the Reiki energy
  • Meditations for each of the symbols
  • Receiving three attunements
  • Ample practice time for working with the symbols

Upon completion of the workshop you will receive a comprehensive manual, certificate and follow up support and mentoring for the following 3 weeks. 

I trained under teachers who were attuned in the direct lineage of the founder of Reiki, Mikao Usui. So this means that you also will be receiving attunements from this lineage.

INVESTMENT: $330

LOCATION: Be Still and Chill Health and Wellness Centre, 206/658 Pittwater Road, Brookvale, NSW 2100

For information or to book your space please contact me:

CALL: 0406 628240
EMAIL: nina@originhealthandharmony.com.au

Please provide a copy of your Reiki One certificate.

Reiki Share Group

You are also welcome to come to our monthly Reiki Share Group held on either the 3rd or 4th Sunday of every month from 5pm-7pm. In the share group we each give and receive Reiki in mini sessions and there is opportunity for questions and discussion too.

Information about Reiki Level One Workshop can be found here

More information about Reiki, what a treatment involves and how it can benefit you can be found here

Reiki Level 1 Workshop – Attuning to the Universal Energy

Reiki Level One Workshop

Reiki Level One Workshop in Brookvale on the Northern Beaches – Sunday 14th October 2018 9am-5pm

Have you always wanted to learn how to channel energy for healing not only for yourself but for others too? Reiki is a fantastic tool to enable you to channel the universal energy that is all around us. It is open to everyone and not linked to any religion.  It is a fantastic complement to add to other modalities that you may already practice e.g. massage therapy, kinesiology, reflexology, herbal medicine, counselling.

During the workshop you will receive 3 attunements to the Reiki energy enabling you to give a full Reiki treatment. My teachers are in the direct lineage of Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki, so I will be passing this lineage on to you.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN 

  • History and origins of Reiki
  • Uses of Reiki (in daily life, self healing, on animals and plants)
  • The Reiki principles
  • Hand positions for a full treatment
  • How to incorporate the chakras (energy centres) into your treatment

There will be plenty of time to practice and ask questions.

A comprehensive manual, certificate and follow up support for the following 3 weeks is provided also. There is what’s called a “Healing Crisis” that some people may experience in the 21 days following a Reiki attunement. To support and assist my Reiki students during this time I am available in my clinic every Tuesday for the 3 weeks to practice giving and receiving Reiki with each student and go through anything that may have come up for them. This can be done individually or as a group. If the student is unable to attend on a Tuesday I will follow up with a phone call and a distance healing treatment instead.

INVESTMENT: $290

NEXT REIKI LEVEL ONE WORKSHOP DATE: Sunday 14th October 2018 9am-5pm

Please leave a comment or contact me directly if you would like to know more. Thank you.

Call: 0406 628240

Email: nina@originhealthandharmony.com.au

To find out about our Reiki Level Two Workshop click here

For more information about Reiki read my blog post by clicking here 

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