Mood, Stress, Mental Health



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 Danielle Harris 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!

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The Gut Brain Connection

by Angela Prest - Naturopath & Nutritionist 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 Sally Broadhurst - Naturopath & Nutritionist 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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Start Fixing Fatigue With One Easy Step

by Sally Broadhurst - Naturopath & Nutritionist 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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Achieving Work Life Balance

by Elysia Humphries - Naturopath on January 12, 2016 · 0 comments


Seeking a balance between our work and personal lives is something that most of us strive for. It is also natural, at the beginning of a new year, to seek perspective, regroup and assess our thoughts and goals. In our daily routines we may have ambitions to climb the career ladder, be the best possible parent, achieve high grades, improve our health and fitness or to start a new business. These ambitions lead to never ending deadlines, rushing from one meeting to the next, planning what to have for dinner, do house hold chores, tend to the children and so on. Then we still need to get to bed at a decent time to ensure we are well rested to face another manic day. [read more....…]


What Are Your Goals in 2016 for Work/Life Balance?

by Angela Prest - Naturopath & Nutritionist on January 12, 2016 · 0 comments


Work-life balance can mean different things to different people. It is all about balancing the time, energy and attention that you put into work, family and friends, health, nutrition, physical activity, relaxation, and mind (emotions, values, beliefs.) For most people, achieving an exact balance every day, day in, day out, is not possible. So rather than a perfect balance of time, it is realistic to aim for a division of your time that helps you feel the best version of yourself as often as possible.

Benefits of work-life balance include an increased sense of well-being, energy, happiness, better mental, physical and emotional health, reduced stress and a greater enjoyment and appreciation of life.

Take time to look back over the last few months, has your life felt balanced?

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Get Active for Improved Psychological Wellbeing

by Peta Duncan on July 13, 2015 · 0 comments

The benefits of being active and exercising for good physical health are indisputable. People who exercise regularly as part of their weekly routines, are less likely to experience depressive symptoms than those who are sedentary.

So how does being physically active affect our psychological wellbeing? Research supports a complex relationship between physical activity and mental health. While evidence suggests that people who are physically fit have lower levels of depression and anxiety, this does not necessarily conclude that a causal relationship exists but rather fitness is a component of a bigger picture.

Physiologically, exercising or being physically active may instigate changes such as increased blood circulation to the brain, changes in endorphins and monoamine levels, a reduction in cortisol levels and growth of nerve cells.  These changes assist the way we respond to stress. In particular, it supports the limbic system, which controls motivation, emotions, learning & memory. [read more....…]


Is Stress Making You Sick?

by Peta Duncan on June 1, 2015 · 1 comment

You work long, tiring days trying to meet deadlines, keeping your social life active, making sure you’re a conscientious member of your community and making sure your family’s needs are being met, only to go on a well-deserved holiday and spend most of the time in bed with the flu! Why is it that you managed to hold everything together and the moment you relax and take a holiday, you get sick?

The answer may lie with Psychoneuroimmunology – the study of the interactions between psychological process, the nervous system and immunity. Research has found that when we are stressed, whether it be for only a few minutes (acute stress) or for days or longer (chronic stress), our immune system experiences a complex array of chemical and hormonal changes. The immune system forms part of our bodies defence system.  It provides response to internal dangers such as tissue damage and the threat of infection and disease and providing our body with this defence takes a lot of energy. When we are fighting infection or disease, our desire to engage in other activities such as socialising, eating and engaging in hobbies is diminished. [read more....…]

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How Digestion and the Gut Influences Your Mood

by Elysia Humphries - Naturopath on May 4, 2015 · 0 comments

The gut and brain talk and sometimes it’s not pretty

For years Naturopaths have talked of the gut-brain connection.  How the health of the gut health will influence mood and mood will influence the gut.  With the increase in research into the interplay between humans and bugs – the human microbiome – comes some really exciting findings that back this traditional concept.  Though more research is required to get all health care professionals on board, it may not surprise you that many people have made this connection for themselves.  They work to set their gut and mind up to talk nicely to each other for happiness and best of health.

The balance of the bugs

It is said that our body has 10 times the number of bugs than human cells and 150 times as many genes – wow that’s a lot of bugs.  Now before you start scratching and head for the shower, know that when the bugs play nicely together they support our health in a wide range of ways.  It is only when the bugs are out of balance that things go array, including negatively impacting your mood.

Research has shown the link between the overgrowth of specific bugs and an increased prevalence of anxiety, an increased sensitivity to pain, memory dysfunction, autism, IBS – irritable bowel syndrome – and IBD – more serious inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.  This list melds both conditions of the mind and of the gut and supports the gut-brain link. [read more....…]