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How remedial massage helps relieve insomnia

by Kyra Hepton on July 12, 2018 · 0 comments

TiredThere are not many things in life that can refresh and rejuvenate your body like a good night’s sleep. But if that’s the thing you aren’t getting – even when you know it’s what you need – it can start to be a real drag…and not just at night time. You may start to feel that drag all through the day interfering with your life, your work, family and friends.

Everybody deserves a good night’s sleep. Sleep is a basic human need.

I think of insomnia like driving your car every day without ever changing the oil, putting air in your tires, or getting any other maintenance done. Sooner or later, you’re going to break down. [read more....…]


Hormone Health For Post Pregnancy And Breastfeeding

by Elysia Humphries - Naturopath on June 7, 2016 · 0 comments


The demands on women’s bodies for growing, birthing and feeding a child are high and ever changing. Not only are we providing nutrition for two people at different points in the process; our bodies are also undergoing massive fluctuations in hormone levels as well.

So how do we replenish and maintain, not only vital nutrient levels but also keep our hormones balanced through our diets?

These days there is so much information out there – from health professionals to other mum’s experiences on Internet forums, each with their own opinion of what is happening and how to deal with it. It is understandable that it can be downright confusing to work out what is the right thing to choose in order to maintain balanced health and wellbeing during this period of change and growth in our lives. One of the easiest ways to balance hormones is through our diet; and by combining nutrition with the knowledge about how our hormones are processed, detoxified and eliminated by the body, we can build a strong foundation for supporting our health and our babies health as we move through motherhood and beyond. [read more....…]


Preconception Care

by Elysia Humphries - Naturopath on June 7, 2016 · 0 comments


What is preconception care?

Preconception care is an opportunity to improve both you and your partners health required for promoting healthy sperm, egg health and uterine environment.  Think of pregnancy as like a marathon, we want to start training now and optimise our diet and lifestyle which can influence up to three generations to come!

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Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem or lack confidence?

What many of my clients don’t realise is the effect these conditions can have on their musculoskeletal system from tight muscles, headaches, difficulty breathing and poor posture.

Our Osteopath Emma Kopcikas will explain to us the impact mental health conditions have on the musculoskeletal system and how Osteopathy can help, as well as simple techniques we can incorporate into our day to lessen our anxiety and boost confidence.

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Days stacking up? Esteem taking a hit? Confidence at a low?

We can help you destress, feel energised, happy and relaxed.


Confidence and self-esteem can be difficult to get back once they’re gone. It’s like a catch twenty-two sometimes, you kind of need them to have them, without the confidence to say to yourself “hey! You’re doing great!” it can be hard to break the negative thought loops and self-talk that keep you feeling low.

Though, in my experience people who are experiencing low self-esteem or a lack of confidence in themselves often don’t realise that there is in fact a large physical component to this emotional imbalance, after all, our emotional psyche is built out of physical constituents and the chemical balances in our body play a significant role in our moods and reflection of ourselves and the world around us.

Most of us will have heard about serotonin and dopamine and the roles they play in feeling positive and content. When these neurotransmitters are ‘out of whack’ it can be difficult to foster a positive outlook, sure, coping strategies, psychology and perspective change is hugely beneficial, but without the underlying physiological components being in balance it can be like trying to bake a cake without ingredients, you’ve got the method but lack the materials!

That’s where Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help! [read more....…]


Osteopathy and Your Digestive Health

by Elysia Humphries - Naturopath on April 7, 2016 · 1 comment

fe8baffc-f33c-4063-840c-9da4d72b4d16Digestive issues are not something many people associate an Osteopath with treating, but they are a common problem most of us have. Bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, gas, cramps, colic, indigestion and reflux are symptoms many adults and children suffer, with many consuming multiple over the counter medications to treat. Instead of masking your symptoms, why not discover the cause! And have your symptoms treated naturally without drugs! Our Osteopath Danielle will explain to us the benefits Osteopathy can provide to the digestive system in adults, children and babies.

Typically, we all have some digestive discomfort such as bloating or gas after eating certain foods, but it is when these types of symptoms become a constant in our lives that they prompt the need for further investigation and treatment.

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The Gut Brain Connection

by Elysia Humphries - Naturopath on April 7, 2016 · 0 comments


Digestive health is so important for health!

Do you feel butterflies in the pit of their stomach when you are stressed or anxious?

This reaction shows there is a complex interaction between your gut and brain, with the gut being referred to as our “second brain”. The gut is full of nerves and neurotransmitter receptors from the enteric nervous system (part of the autonomic nervous system which performs unconscious function, like your heart beating) that is wired directly to the brain. The gut cells produce most of our serotonin, the “happy” neurotransmitter, so not only do we need to look at ingesting enough of the nutrients required for serotonin production, we need to ensure our gut health is in balance to be able to utilise it! [read more....…]


How to Treat a Sick Gut – A Case Study

by Elysia Humphries - Naturopath on April 7, 2016 · 0 comments


 Find out here at our FREE WORKSHOP

Wednesday 27th April – 6:30pm

How to treat a sick Gut – A Case Study

with Naturopath Sally Broadhurst


Discover how Natural Medicine can help improve your digestion and wellbeing.

Gut dysbiosis (a fancy word for imbalance) is becoming more and more commonplace in our fast paced world. Symptoms and the intensity of digestive imbalance can present differently in everyone depending on the level of damage and how long it’s been happening for.

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Abdominal discomfort and digestive disorders are common complaints in modern society, with estimates suggesting up to 40% of the Australian adult population experience some form of Gastro-Intestinal (GI) symptom/s. Common symptoms include bloating, sluggish digestion, acid regurgitation, constipation/diarrhoea or pain, to name a few.

Often, people have lived with these symptoms for so long that they consider them to be part of their normal digestion, many do not seek therapeutic intervention.

Considering we derive the bulk of our daily energy from the food we eat, proper digestion is crucial to optimal energy levels and a raised standard of living. Poor or compromised digestion and gastric motility can be a predisposing factor to many, perhaps seemingly unrelated complaints including: headache, fatigue, lack of sleep quality or insomnia, shortness of breath, hot flushes, cold hands and feet, emotional imbalances and more. [read more....…]


Start Fixing Fatigue With One Easy Step

by Elysia Humphries - Naturopath on February 10, 2016 · 0 comments

Fatigue is a challenging symptom affecting more and more people in today’s world. These days it is rare that the cause of fatigue is easily pinpointed and corrected; with our fast paced lives, it often goes unnoticed until it is too late. By the time a lot of people realise they have a significant problem, the original cause of their lack of energy can be masked by a myriad of vague or prominent symptoms, which all differ in presentation and severity from person to person. So how do you find the cause of your fatigue and get the right type of help to return to health? One simple tool you can use that is with you all the time, and doesn’t cost a thing is, AWARENESS!

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