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Top tips from Stephanie

As we all enter the crazy part of the year, I am talking to all my patients about finishing the year feeling alive and NOT depleted. 
So many of us run ourselves into the ground so that by Christmas we barely have anything left to enjoy such a lovely time of the year. 
My top tips are:
1. Schedule a weekly time for a health-focused activity. This is non-negotaible, and something different to what you do most of the year. It’s in place to shake up your normal habits of putting your health last when you are short for time. For me it is weekly acupuncture with Tanya, for some of my patients it is sitting down to write up a meal plan for the week, for others it might be a massage, a yoga class, or a walk along the beach. Every week, at least once.
2. Hold back on nightly alcohol intake – minimise the burden on your liver, your nervous system, and your energy levels by keeping your alcohol intake to the weekends only (if at all!).
3. Don’t feel obligated to say yes to every event that you are invited to. Self-preservation is the goal for the coming weeks. Unless you are spending time with people that you adore and doing something that lights you up then really think about how important it is to go. Will your attendance nourish you or deplete you?
Finally, if feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, and stress are common for you this time of year, consider extra nervous system support through certain herbal preparations and mineral like magnesium. Discuss what best suits you with your naturopath or herbalist. 
Here’s to finishing the last year of the decade feeling nourished, alive, and well! 
Wishing you a happy summer, Steph .⁠


History of Osteopathy

What is the history of osteopathy?⁠ Osteopathy was created by Dr Andrew Taylor Still in 1874. In the late 1800s none of today’s⁠ miracle drugs, such as antibiotics, were available. Out of necessity, Dr. Still looked first to⁠ nature’s own ability to heal and through deep study of anatomy sort ways to access this⁠ ability within the body via manual medicine. Still saw this self-correcting potential as a⁠ cornerstone of his osteopathic philosophy. He envisioned a totally new medical system that⁠ acknowledges the relationships of the body, mind, emotions and spirit. What we now call the⁠
biopsychosocial model.⁠

Still, a pioneer of his time, believed that the human body was to be treated as a whole, not as⁠ individual parts. He took into account his patients’ lifestyles, sleep, and diet before treating⁠ them. He believed in the inherent natural cycles of the body and that nurturing and⁠ supporting one’s function created changes on multiple levels.⁠ Dr. Still realised that optimal health is possible only when all of the tissues and cells of the⁠ body function together in harmonious motion.⁠

“To find health should be the objective of the doctor. Anyone can find disease”. – A.T. Still⁠
MD, DO⁠.⁠
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Andrew Taylor Still



This post is a small meditation on the gifts we can gather from winter before it passes us by and we are caught up in the momentum of spring and then summer’s rich intensity. 

This post is a small meditation on the gifts we can gather from winter before it passes us by and we are caught up in the momentum of spring and then summer’s rich intensity. 

What gifts has the winter season been offering you? 

Personally, I want to make sure I am receiving what I see as one of winter’s prime messages….to slow down enough, to rest inwards, to be reflective.  To restore and take into myself the sense of ‘less is best’ before the resurgence of busyness, and possible pressure, that seems more prevalent in our lives from spring to Christmas.  

Here I am, taking a moment to pause with one of the few winter flowers in my Southern Highlands garden, where most plants relax back into the earth to hibernate before their push upwards and outwards to spring. This is the winter rose (or hellebore) a quiet, magical, late winter bloomer. 

What gifts are you gathering from winter, before it disappears, and spring brings it’s own unique mix of demands and delights?

This is the winter rose, or hellebore, a quiet, magical, late winter bloomer. 

The Science Behind Gratitude and Why It Can Change Your Life

Gratitude. The word is used so often these days that the practice may seem somewhat new age. But the simple practice of taking time to notice and reflect on the things you are thankful for has significant benefits.  

In fact, people who regularly practice gratitude have been shown to experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness. They even have stronger immune systems. 

Best of all, gratitude doesn’t need to be reserved only for the big flashy and fabulous moments in our lives. Sure, we might feel gratitude after receiving a promotion at work, but we can also be thankful for something as simple as a delicious piece of pie, the sun on our face or a smile from a stranger.

Science shows that developing an attitude of gratitude is one of the simplest ways to improve your happiness.

Increased life satisfaction
Research by psychologist Robert Emmons shows that simply keeping a gratitude journal—regularly writing brief reflections on moments for which we’re thankful—can significantly increase well-being and life satisfaction.

Reduced Pain
In a study called Counting Blessings vs. Burdens, ill patients were required to keep a gratitude journal. Sixteen percent of subjects reported reduced symptoms and 10% reported a decrease in pain.

Blocking toxic, negative emotions
Emotions that can destroy our happiness such as envy, resentment and regret can be reduced by practicing gratitude. A 2008 study by psychologist Alex Wood in the Journal of Research in Personality, showed that gratitude can reduce the frequency and duration of episodes of depression.

 Simple and effective ways to practice gratitude
The most commonly cited way to increase gratitude is by keeping a gratitude journal. This can include anything and everything. Start with the myriad of things that so many us take for granted each day such as food, running water and a roof over our heads. Expand your focus to those seemingly insignificant moments and events that serve to educate and motivate or just put a smile on our face. And of course, celebrate the big moments that bring joy and make you grateful.
Try looking for new things each day; gratitude for your family and work colleagues. Gratitude for advice given, thoughts shared, and emotions felt.   
How to make gratitude a social and shared practice
• Write a gratitude letter to someone who had an impact on you whom you may have never properly thanked.
• Keep a gratitude jar on your own, or with your partner, among all your family or at your workplace. How? Take a moment to reflect on what you are grateful for, note it and place it in the gratitude jar. Share contents as a group or maybe pick a day a week when you read them, or just dip in individually when you need to reboot your feelings of gratitude.
• Cultivate a habit of sharing grateful moments around the dinner table
We all have the ability and opportunity to cultivate gratitude. Make it a focus in your life over the next few weeks. You will be pleasantly surprised at the benefits that arise from simply taking a few moments to focus on all that you have.

By Gabrielle Booty

Here our holistic counsellor, psychotherapist and Kahuna body worker Sandy Beech reflects on looking at your own beliefs, values and triggers and healing through your own eyes…

As a holistic counsellor and psychotherapist, I understand the importance of working on my own healing through constantly looking at my own beliefs, values and triggers.

Recently i was away on a trip to the beautiful gold coast to celerbrate my friends 50th and I noticed the emotions I felt were not what I wanted for the weekend. They were fuelled with uncertainty and fear and I was unsure why. I had my husband with me to share the weekend. We were to swim each day, eat at beautiful cafes and share beautiful conversations and still I knew something didn’t feel right.

I had then to rely on my training and experience to work with these feeling so the weekend wouldn’t be ruined by my own internal reactions. I was reacting within myself to everything around me, my past experiences, my future ones and thus continually creating more fear.

This feeling stayed with me and I looked internally at what my emotion was stemming from which were ultimately past fears and future projections.

Then in one moment it all changed as I stopped in my tracks on the beach, I felt the sun on my back, the sand beneath my toes and opened my arms wide to the sky. I felt gratitude for this moment and again realised that I don’t need to be perfect, I don’t need to know all the outcomes and all I need is right now.

The healing is continual, ongoing and what a blessing it is to know it is always attainable.

Needless to say, the weekend was a hit and I had a wonderful time, although, if I hadn’t sat with these emotions, felt them with awareness and accepted I was allowed to feel this way given my past experiences, I may not have had the same felt experience.

It is the same with everyone who reacts instead of responds to experiences that they are challenged with.

The parts of our personality determine how our lives are run.

Do you remember the movie “Inside out?”

Well, next time you feel yourself reacting to someone or something, ask yourself who is this really? Is it Anger, impatience, fear or another emotion? Acknowledging the emotion then allows you to give yourself compassion and love for all of your parts as they each hold messages and need to connect with each other.

This is called Recourse Therapy and the belief is that our personality is made up of multifaceted parts, rather than being a homogeneous whole. These parts, which we all have are called Recourses available to help us.

(also known as Advanced Ego State Therapy as developed by Professor Gordon Emmerson PhD)


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