Remedial Massage Therapy – The Ultimate Adjunct. Part 2

To recap, Part 1 suggested the services I provide are a reflection of what we need internally. Balance or buffering. The idea is thrown about as an abstract belief to have a happy life and a healthy body. Find Balance.

When we have optimal balance or an immune system that has experienced enough time under a balanced environment we appear and are, strong, happy and healthy. I can resonate with this idea. Yet to obtain it and sustain it is another thing. Hence why we can lose weight, or put muscle mass on, and not keep it off or keep it on.

I want to share two scenarios of clientele I treated recently. What I will hopefully demonstrate is the vast landscape balance can look like. This is not a solution too, as much as it is a settling confidence to attain. To preface their stories, again here is a brief description of internal balance or homeostasis. What balance looks like inside of us, is an involuntary mechanism that our body orchestrates, with or without our awareness, to keep us alive. However, when we take conscious action to voluntarily ‘prepare for life’ or
assist this internal environment form a more resilient immune system and ability to perform in all areas of life….my clients muscle injuries recover quickly, their headaches diminish (or TMJ discomfort) , their sporting and activity moments in life are more fulfilling, and the overall behaviours they express in their life are a mirror of what they are inside… closer to, or – Balanced.

Client #1 – Presenting multiple muscle ‘niggles’ throughout the body. Has had them for years. He physically is athletic and from observing their character and movement, seems on top of things. He wants me to relieve muscular aches, slight but consistent headaches, and ‘fix’ shoulder and neck pain / discomfort. In his late 30’s. I will not disclose his full history, however my lifestyle recommendations, exercise protocol to manage the
work we did, and short term outlook, was a realistic and achievable ‘opposite’ of what he was exposed to in life. Seems common sense right? It is like we know if we do this, or eat that, or do that activity, the aftermath will be almost a mirror of desire to despair. satisfaction to dissatisfaction. Neither is a goal to obtain by the way, its just the manifestation of the event. What goes up must come down.. Throw a ball against the wall, how ever the velocity, it will bounce back with equal trajectory.

This is where I come in.

Client #2 – Presenting multiple afflictions in life. In other words, lots going on – resulting in lower back pain (SIJ and muscular soreness), malaise and lethargy, however enjoys her exercise and likes the group connection. Wants to experience a great Remedial Massage and get some advice on feeling better, and clearing recurring injuries.

To share with this client the advice I feel will assist her current disposition in life, there is no opportunity evident to ‘rock the boat’ too much. To suggest the description of what a theoretical advancement in health looks like, will only unsettle an already full load. The next step is to show her without excess, and through her own volition within her current lifestyle, what the balance feels like, even for a moment. From there, establish
a small and unique feeling by changing her physiology (breathing techniques, physical relieving and balancing movements, and sharing verbal tips to recognise the moments when to counterbalance the afflictions – as much as she can and as best as she can).

Both these scenarios, and all clientele presenting conditions in differing degrees, I have unique individual approach toward each. One thing that helps me as a blueprint to connect with the individual to ascertain where their physiology is at, is a belief set by neuroscientist Dr Alan Watkins, whom works with and trains CEO’s, and high performers. It is the tiered protocol which suggests physiology as the foundation which
leverages us to to better performance, and healing. Both these two clients have been thinking and then acting a certain way which they know has resulted in the actual sum of habits, giving them each pain,
discomfort and a less than fulfilling lifestyle. When this protocol is talked about, then woven into their current lifestyle, with small achievable additions to their life offered, balance has started.

Thank you for taking the time to read this – see how you can notice balance in your day. Inside and Outside. For a Remedial Massage in Mona Vale – call 8406 0679

Soup not smoothies!

Forget smoothies for breakfast! You need to be waking up with Soup!

Having a smoothie or something milky and cold first thing in the morning is, for your stomach – the equivalent of your boss barging through your door at 2am while you’re asleep and expecting you to start working. No one would like that, your stomach is no different.

Wake your digestive system up slowly and gently with a cooked breakfast.

Soup is the perfect meal as it is light, nutrients are easily adsorbed and just like a smoothie it’s transportable.

It’s only Aussies, English and Americans who seem to think cereal and smoothies is ok for breakfast. The three unhealthiest nations! Let’s go back in time or look to other cultures for inspiration.

The Chinese wake with a congee, in Vietnam it’s a Pho, Indian’s start their day with a Dhal, Mexico and Columbia a tomato based broth with eggs mixed through, whilst in japan it’s a Miso based broth. So many flavoursome ideas.

Soups are typically higher in nutrients and lower in calories than smoothies yet provide the same fullness that a smoothie does. Smoothies are full of sugar and unless you’re going to use that sugar straight away through exercise it will be stored.

5 Reasons you should switch to soup for breakfast.

  1. It can be made ahead of time and portioned
  2. Lower cost per portion
  3. Because it is warm in nature it is more gentle on your digestive system and will absorb more nutrients
  4. It will boost your energy and metabolism
  5. Soups can easily be customized to suit vegans, FODMAP, Paleo, Keto diet followers

One of my favourite recipes is a paleo one by Pete Evans. STRACCIATELLA! It literally takes 3 minutes to make and will keep you full all day. I simplify

1 litre (4 cups) Chicken Bone Broth
100 g cavolo nero – You can use baby spinach, silverbeet, kale or broccoli florets instead of the cavolo nero.
12 thin slices of pancetta, rindless bacon or lardo, cut into 2.5 cm lengths (see note)
3 eggs
2 teaspoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
extra-virgin olive oil, to drizzle

Pour the broth into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the cavolo nero and blanch for 30 seconds, then remove from the pan, transfer to a chopping board and roughly chop. If using pancetta or bacon, add to the broth and simmer for 1 minute. (If using lardo, this is added at the end.)

Combine the eggs, lemon juice and parsley in a bowl and beat with a fork. Pour into the broth and stir for 1 minute, then return the cavolo nero to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Spoon into warm bowls, top with the pancetta, bacon or lardo and drizzle over some olive oil.

If your digestive system is a bit sluggish our acupuncturists, naturopath, nutritionist and kinesiologist all have ways to help. Call 02 8406 0679 to discuss the best way forward for you.

Remedial Massage Therapy – The Ultimate Adjunct.

Gaining an advantage in life is desirable. These moments happen regularly throughout our lifetime, in different degrees of action potential. Advantages can sprout from opportunity. We are told to take our opportunities when they arise. They can lead us down a path, that when you look back into our past, have delivered a content life or created a valuable asset in relationships or material benefit.

An advantage is a moment when the body feels a little lighter, you spring into the day, the surroundings seems a little fresher, and our self esteem may also expand with positive affirmation due to that feeling we are getting ahead, making progress, and simply winning!

Then the tide turns! The inevitable lull period occurs. Our honeymoon stage is over. The reality of life sets in. A tragedy, a stressful moment, an illness disrupts and deflates the pleasant space we were once in. These, in equal amounts and degrees – or more depending on your luck – match the positive or fun periods.

So the stage is set. You understand that there are good and bad times. Enjoy this moment of bliss, because it will not last forever. Do you notice the contrast? Can you see how the nature of life does have organic ebb and flow? This is why the body has built in buffering systems to keep us well.

Our blood, saliva, stomach acids all have buffering systems to counter stress, pathogens (outside microscopic nasties). When one muscle contracts, the opposite lengthens. When we exhale, we will inhale immediately afterwards. When the heart pumps, the blood vessels expand (dilate) then constrict. We function on equal planes of opposite directions.

This is where I champion my business, Remedial Massage. I have come to a stage in my career and through many experiences now realise that the body will perform and gain the ultimate advantage when we respect the buffering systems within us, feel what the ebb is and now how the flow will look, or vice versa. I have chosen a level ground to approach many of life occurrences. If you want to know more, search on You Tube The Story of The Chinese Farmer. This narrates a basic concept of what Im talking about and how I teach or recommend solutions to my clients.

My clients understand that to stay ahead of injuries, or to recover quicker when one does happen, that they book in a Remedial Massage as a adjunct investment to their lifestyle. I have learnt that everyone has various lifestyle challenges. My service is to accompany them in those challenges.

To teach the mind and body to bend not brake. To see the buffering systems in the haze. The opportunity to book and receive a Remedial Massage wherever you are in the world, is your chance to gain an advantage that works with your physiology more than you now.

Please feel welcome to share your insights, or ask more about this with me at the clinic 02 8406 0679 or via sam@nbip.com.au

Type 2 Diabetes: Explained

Type 2 diabetes is becoming more prevalent in today’s society, it’s a condition that can be prevented and managed with diet and lifestyle changes yet, sometimes it can be confusing, so let’s demystify it.

What is Type two diabetes? Type two diabetes is a progressive condition where the body becomes resistant to the normal effects of insulin and/or cannot produce enough insulin in the pancreas.

Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin and/or the insulin does not work effectively and/or the cells of the body do not respond to insulin effectively which is known as insulin resistance. Type 2 diabetes develops over a long period of time taking years to develop, during this time the insulin resistance starts, as a result the pancreas responds by producing increasing amounts of insulin to attempt to manage blood glucose levels. When insulin overproduction occurs over a long period of time, the insulin producing cells of the pancreas wear themselves out, so by the time someone is diagnosed with type two diabetes they have lost 50-70% of their insulin producing cells. This means Type two diabetes is a combination of ineffective insulin and not enough insulin.

Diabetes is diagnosed with a blood test, many people with type two diabetes will present with symptoms such as increased thirst and urination, tiredness, slow healing of wounds and persistent infections. Some people will present with no symptoms at all, this is why late diagnosis is common for diabetes and this can cause an increased risk for other complications.

There are two tests for diabetes, a blood test which can be fasting or random and an oral test called the glucose tolerance test (GTT). A diagnosis is made when either (a) symptoms are present and fasting blood is at or above 7.00mmol/L or random blood test levels are at or above 11.1mmmol/L. (b) HbA1c blood test result is 6.5% (48mmol/mol) or (c) there have been no symptoms but the patient has had two abnormal blood glucose tests on separate days.

People may have a genetic disposition to getting type 2 diabetes but the risk for anyone is significantly increased in those who present with a number of modifiable lifestyle factors such as: high blood pressure, excess weight or obesity, little or no physical activity, poor diet or an apple shape body that holds most of the fat around the waist.

People at higher risk:

  • Family history

  • Risk increases with age (people over 55)

Overweight or have High Blood Pressure and over 45

  • Over 35 and from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background

  • Over 35 and from a Pacific Island, Indian subcontinent or Chinese cultural background

  • A woman who has had gestational diabetes, given birth to a child over 4.5kg or has Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Diabetes is a complex condition that affects many parts of a person’s body. It can also have an impact on a person’s mental health. The complications of diabetes are the same for type one and type two.

People with diabetes, are four times more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke. This is due to changes in the blood which can cause blood vessels to narrow and/or clog up completely. People with type two diabetes also have three times more kidney failure than the average. This occurs when the nephrons inside the kidneys are damaged leading to a build-up of waste and fluids, this then leads to diabetic kidney disease and if untreated can lead to kidney failure. Diabetes is also the leading cause of preventable blindness, this can happen regardless of age and blood sugar management so it is best to have regular eye check-ups. 30-50% of people with diabetes will also suffer with depression and anxiety, this can make daily diabetes care and monitoring very difficult and if neglected can lead to further complications. Early diagnosis, optimal treatment and ongoing care reduce the risk of diabetes related complications.

The short-term goal for handling Type 2 Diabetes is to get blood glucose levels as stable as possible. This can be achieved by getting on an appropriate diet, such as the low-fat plant-based diet. This will also help lose any excess weight. Getting physically active is very important as well as smoking cessation if necessary. This will prevent the condition worsening and eliminate or greatly reduce the risk of other health complications.

A Long-term goal would be to maintain the stable blood sugars and to help reduce or possibly eliminate the need for medication in conjunction with your physician. Studies have shown that with these changes, medications can be greatly reduced and this would be the healthiest outcome.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with or has the early signs of type 2 diabetes then contact our Nutritionist Bronwen at bronwen@nbip.com.au to start managing your condition.

Type 2 Diabetes: Explained

Type 2 diabetes is becoming more prevalent in today’s society, it’s a condition that can be prevented and managed with diet and lifestyle changes yet, sometimes it can be confusing, so let’s demystify it.

What is Type two diabetes? Type two diabetes is a progressive condition where the body becomes resistant to the normal effects of insulin and/or cannot produce enough insulin in the pancreas.

Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin and/or the insulin does not work effectively and/or the cells of the body do not respond to insulin effectively which is known as insulin resistance. Type 2 diabetes develops over a long period of time taking years to develop, during this time the insulin resistance starts, as a result the pancreas responds by producing increasing amounts of insulin to attempt to manage blood glucose levels. When insulin overproduction occurs over a long period of time, the insulin producing cells of the pancreas wear themselves out, so by the time someone is diagnosed with type two diabetes they have lost 50-70% of their insulin producing cells. This means Type two diabetes is a combination of ineffective insulin and not enough insulin.

Diabetes is diagnosed with a blood test, many people with type two diabetes will present with symptoms such as increased thirst and urination, tiredness, slow healing of wounds and persistent infections. Some people will present with no symptoms at all, this is why late diagnosis is common for diabetes and this can cause an increased risk for other complications.

There are two tests for diabetes, a blood test which can be fasting or random and an oral test called the glucose tolerance test (GTT). A diagnosis is made when either (a) symptoms are present and fasting blood is at or above 7.00mmol/L or random blood test levels are at or above 11.1mmmol/L. (b) HbA1c blood test result is 6.5% (48mmol/mol) or (c) there have been no symptoms but the patient has had two abnormal blood glucose tests on separate days.

People may have a genetic disposition to getting type 2 diabetes but the risk for anyone is significantly increased in those who present with a number of modifiable lifestyle factors such as: high blood pressure, excess weight or obesity, little or no physical activity, poor diet or an apple shape body that holds most of the fat around the waist.

People at higher risk:

  • Family history

  • Risk increases with age (people over 55)

Overweight or have High Blood Pressure and over 45

  • Over 35 and from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background

  • Over 35 and from a Pacific Island, Indian subcontinent or Chinese cultural background

  • A woman who has had gestational diabetes, given birth to a child over 4.5kg or has Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Diabetes is a complex condition that affects many parts of a person’s body. It can also have an impact on a person’s mental health. The complications of diabetes are the same for type one and type two.

People with diabetes, are four times more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke. This is due to changes in the blood which can cause blood vessels to narrow and/or clog up completely. People with type two diabetes also have three times more kidney failure than the average. This occurs when the nephrons inside the kidneys are damaged leading to a build-up of waste and fluids, this then leads to diabetic kidney disease and if untreated can lead to kidney failure. Diabetes is also the leading cause of preventable blindness, this can happen regardless of age and blood sugar management so it is best to have regular eye check-ups. 30-50% of people with diabetes will also suffer with depression and anxiety, this can make daily diabetes care and monitoring very difficult and if neglected can lead to further complications. Early diagnosis, optimal treatment and ongoing care reduce the risk of diabetes related complications.

The short-term goal for handling Type 2 Diabetes is to get blood glucose levels as stable as possible. This can be achieved by getting on an appropriate diet, such as the low-fat plant-based diet. This will also help lose any excess weight. Getting physically active is very important as well as smoking cessation if necessary. This will prevent the condition worsening and eliminate or greatly reduce the risk of other health complications.

A Long-term goal would be to maintain the stable blood sugars and to help reduce or possibly eliminate the need for medication in conjunction with your physician. Studies have shown that with these changes, medications can be greatly reduced and this would be the healthiest outcome.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with or has the early signs of type 2 diabetes then contact our Nutritionist Bronwen at bronwen@nbip.com.au to start managing your condition.

Constitutional Facial Acupuncture (a.k.a Cosmetic/Aesthetic Acupuncture)

Madonna, Cher and Gwyneth Paltrow have all spoken glowingly in public about it and Cosmetic Acupuncture is not a new treatment,  but its growing in popularity in this country and even more so in our clinic! 

Constitutional Facial Acupuncture is a safe, painless and effective treatment for renewing the face as well as the entire body. 

It’s possible to erase fine lines, reduce deep lines, and firm bags around the neck and eyes. It involves the placement of fine needles on various acupuncture points around the face, neck and eyes to stimulate the body’s natural energies, or Qi.

Facial acupuncture can increase facial tone, decrease puffiness around the eyes, as well as bring more firmness to sagging skin, enhance the radiance of the complexion and flesh out sunken areas. 

Constitutional Facial Acupuncture™ is non-invasive, and draws upon the ancient Chinese wisdom related to longevity, beauty and balance.

As this treatment is not merely confined to the face, but incorporates the entire body your constitutional issues of health will also be addressed. 

Benefits: 

CONSTITUTIONAL:

  • May improve acne (caused by hormonal imbalance)
  • Can help with symptoms associated with menopause, perimenopause, PMS and other GYN issues
  • May help alleviate sinus congestion and headache
  • Improve symptoms of hyper- and hypothyroidism
  • Reduces symptoms of toothache, TMJ, trigeminal neuralgia, and Bell’s palsy
  • Helps headaches (except severe migraine)
  • Relieves diarrhoea and constipation (other digestive issues)
  • Helps to alleviate oedema and puffiness
  • Benefits eyes, ears and brain
  • May help insomnia and dizziness

FACIAL:

  • Can improve collagen production and muscle tone
  • Helps reduce bags and sagging tendencies
  • Helps eliminate fine lines and diminish larger wrinkles
  • Improves metabolism
  • Tightens pores and brightens eyes
  • Increases local blood and lymph circulation
  • Improves facial color
  • Reduces stress and promotes total health and well-being

Is Facial Acupuncture for Everyone?

For the vast majority of prospective clients, constitutional facial acupuncture is a safe and beneficial treatment not only for prevention of wrinkles, but also the reversal of the customary signs of ageing.

Contraindications:

  • Severe high blood pressure (it is OK when the blood pressure is under control and the patient is seeing a medical doctor)
  • Severe migraines (if the patient is having a migraine only once every 3 months or so, they can receive facial acupuncture treatments)
  • Be aware that it takes a patient 3 weeks to recover from laser resurfacing on the face. Do not needle during that time; wait a week after microdermabrasion.
  • Botox injected within 3 months 

Do not perform during:

  • pregnancy;
  • colds or flu;
  • acute herpes outbreak; or
  • acute allergic reactions

In the latter 3 instances, the patient may receive a facial acupuncture treatment once the condition has passed.

How Long is the Treatment?

Constitutional Facial Acupuncture™ involves the patient in an organic process, in which a series of treatments is necessary to achieve maximal effect. After the initial session, Andrea evaluates the patient’s response, and can then determine the number of follow-up visits that will be required. 

After this evaluation—and taking into consideration other variables such as stress, diet, lifestyle, genetic inheritance, proper digestion / elimination, sleep, emotional balance, and age—it is common to prescribe between 10 and 15 treatments. 

For smokers and/or people who’s skin tends to sag  (i.e. manifesting jowls, “turkey wattles,” droopy eyes, etc.), it is more common to prescribe 20 treatments or more.

Treatment Timeline:

  • 2 times a week (if possible), for 45 minutes to 1 hour; or
  • 1 treatment per week, 75 minutes

Short and Long-Term Effects of Facial Acupuncture

After the first treatment, one usually observes an increased glow to the complexion, the result of increased Qi and blood flow to the face. 

The person’s face appears more “open,” there is a clarity in the eyes (“clear Shen”), and the patient appears to be more rested.

A significant difference in appearance can be ascertained following the 5th to 7th treatments. This can include marked changes in wrinkles and skin tone. The impression of relaxation and calm is more pronounced—as if the person has just returned from vacation. Lifting of the jowls, neck and the eyes has begun and is usually noticeable.

With continuing treatment, constitutional issues like digestive complaints have been ameliorated or subsided. By the end of a series, the patient should look and feel younger. These results may vary slightly, depending upon how well the patient has taken care of themselves during and after the process.

Treatment Prices:

Initial Appointment         $150 for 90mins

Follow up Appointments $110 for 60mins

(Packages are available )

For more information or to book an Initial consultation with Andrea call 02-84060679 or visit www.nbip.com.au