MASSAGE AND MEN

I recently sat with a body psychologist. This type of practitioner uses physical release techniques and instructs verbal output, to assist the processes of the client in their physiological health. I have known this lady for many years when I and a previous partner needed intervention into our relationship. This visit however was an informal chat into what her experiences as a BP has found in the men she has encountered and their health over the many years of her career.

It is widely known now that our men in the community are placed in roles which can see them struggle or take aversions rather than adapt to changes in family, work and the dynamics of relationships, as well as have meaningful time with themselves to restore and feel some alone time. This is a broad stroke comment. Not all men need or exhibit a void which conveys a gap in their wellbeing. Your man, or a male you know, may have a balanced perspective on life, and subsequent behaviour toward these things.

The reason for the visit was to hear what one hears behind closed doors, in an intimate situation (deep and insightful Q n A), and in a space with a professional whom is a third party or unbiased person in that males life.
Now to inject what this has to do with Remedial Massage / Bodywork Therapy. I see many males. In the first few years of my work practicing Remedial Massage, I inadvertently
found myself working on heavy weight boxers, construction workers, or males that presented themselves as tough and visibly astute and physically capable blokes. They came to me to get muscle aches sorted, and some niggles worked on (those ‘she’ll be right’ injuries now surfacing again).

I grew up with sport, played and travelled globally so this was great to help others and share relative stories. Our men are a unique demographic… they are well aware that another male just asked them to strip down to their grundies, and then as their sight was led through a face hole the sound and felt sense of oil came to bear, a new experience which quickly turned to – the reason why they were there.

I never had any uncomfortable events. The atmosphere is one thing I have always had a grip on. What, When, and How the space and impending time was spent, is an awareness that over time, built a beneficial experience of a clients valuable time, is something I declare as paramount in my services. We all do our best to enjoy everyday moments in life, or at least when we feel angry or upset, even joy, we sway out of this moment or back in at any stage, adapt to protect others, or survive ourselves, get the job done, the task complete!

When I asked the psychologist what men need or are lacking in the opinion of an industry being the mediator of relationship health and individual wellbeing, her reply was – connection. Men would be well served to share experiences in a wellbeing environment. Know that their feelings or emotions are not a deficiency in the makeup of their character. It feels good to talk of impurities or pitfalls. Regardless of the result, the words expressed are the enrichment. I had to get her impression of connection. Real connection was hearing the life’s of other men. Receiving touch from other men. That could be a hug, a Remedial Massage, joining a grappling or martial arts class, or even just hearing that life story or event and offering a soft open hand embrace on the shoulder or neck.

 I was astounded to hear that she has seen men that have not had touch since they were children. I am not a certified professional in this space, and I did not inquire at the time, but that must culminate to something longing within, or a trigger to shield or numb oneself. I always have women surpassing males as the highest ratio of clientele. I do find it enriching mostly for my personal satisfaction, to see those days when four or five men have booked in, alongside a solitary female. Genuine hand shakes, real stories, and ailments that are the result sport, sex, and stuff smiles and laughter are made off.
Book in Men – Touch and opening up is good for you..

Contact Sam at NBIP to book your massage. call the clinic on 02 8406 0679 or book online at our website https://nbip.com.au

The new “must have” facial of 2019 

Ok so we have posted about Cosmetic Acupuncture here before, also known as Facial Rejuvenation. If you haven’t read our blogs on it already (tut-tut) click here 

Our facial specialist Andrea has listened to all your moans and groans about wanting the best of both worlds. You want to dabble in invasive cosmetic procedures elsewhere (again tut-tut) and also want cosmetic Acupuncture. You want facial acupuncture and not the body points. You are already loyal to an Acupuncturist but they don’t do cosmetic so you just want the beauty side of things from someone who does.

Well, as we said, she’s heard and she’s listened and she’s just gone and learnt from THE BEST in the business, the renowned Acupuncturist and skin guru based in New York, Dr. Travall Croom, who’s clientele include Victoria Secrets models, Sports Illustrated models, musicians, actors, celebrity chefs.

With three different facial Acupuncture qualifications under her belt, Andrea has combined all the methods she has learnt from the masters in their field of study and has come up with what we feel is one of the best natural facial treatments available and is suited to almost everyone.

What can you expect from one of her facials? Well lets not beat around the bush here, she is after all an Acupuncturist, so there will be needles, lots and lots of needles! There will be Gua Sha, Facial Cupping, Serums, Oils, and her new toy the Celluma Light Therapy. Not only does the Celluma look futuristic and great on instagram, it is incredible, proven technology that works by omitting low level light therapy to help generate collagen and elastin back into your skin.

Here’s the science…..

The Celluma works to boost collagen production and to understand how, let’s quickly run through two biology basics: the Krebs Cycle and Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP).

  • The Krebs cycle is what generates cellular energy inside your body. Light activation boosts the body’s natural Krebs Cycle which in turn assists in creating more ATP.
  • ATP is the energy currency of all the cells in your body. When your body has sufficient ATP levels, then it has more energy to spend on restorative processes such as collagen and elastin production – these are the things your body uses to heal itself.

In summary:

Light Therapy = Enhanced Krebs (energy) Cycle = Greater ATP Availability = More Collagen

When all of those good metabolic events are happening, then it results in greater outcomes beyond just collagen production. We see a cascade of benefits such as:

  • Cell generation to replace old cells (mitosis)
  • Reduction and prevention of cell death (apoptosis)
  • Neurogenesis (new neurons)
  • Development of new capillaries (angiogenesis)
  • Increased blood flow
  • Enhanced Nitric Oxide production

With all those great things working together, your body is optimized to heal itself. Patients who use Celluma LLLT products begin seeing:

  • Skin rejuvenation and the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Accelerated healing of chronic wounds.
  • General pain reduction including muscle, joint and arthritic pains.

Have we pricked your interest? Word has spread and she’s booking up fast.

Depending on your skin’s quality Andrea recommends between 10 -12 treatments. The frequency of these treatments are also dependent on your skin and Andrea will chat to you about this during your initial consultation.

Packages are available so please enquire by emailing andreasacupuncture@gmail.com or call the clinic at 02-84060679

Pyroluria. What is it? And could it be affecting you or your child’s mental health ?

Pyrrole Disorder may also be referred to as pyroluria, kryptopyroluria (KPU), kryptopyrrole, mauve disorder or more precisely hemopyrrollactamuria (HPU). It is a chemical imbalance that impacts haemoglobin synthesis and metabolism within the body. This imbalance can be genetic but can also be a result of environmental emotional stress. Haemoglobin within our red blood cells is responsible for carrying oxygen around the body. As with all cells and reactions within the body there are waste or by-products. Sufferers of

Pyroluria overproduce the by-product associated with haemoglobin synthesis, which is called hydroxyhaemopyrrolin-2-one (HPL), also known as pyrroles. How do I know if I have it? The effects of Pyroluria are many and varied based on how mild, moderate or severe the imbalance is. 

Some of the symptoms include: Poor stress control, Nervousness, anxiety, mood disorders, severe inner tension, depression, Poor short-term memory, fatigue, headaches, migraines, dizziness, Joint pain, bruising, White spots on fingernail (zinc deficiency), Hypoglycaemia, cold hands and feet, Allergies, loss of appetite, bowel dysfunction, morning nausea, abdominal pain. 

Many of the above symptoms are common but not everyone who has pyrroles will present with all of these symptoms. They may only have one or two. So, what are the causes? Pyrrole disorder is caused by excess Hydroxyhemopyrrolin-2-one (HPL) that binds to the nutrients zinc, and vitamin B6 and inhibits their action within the body. This renders them unavailable for their many important physiological functions, such as co factors for enzymes in metabolism.

These essential nutrients, when bound to HPL are removed from the bloodstream and are excreted through the urine as pyrroles HPL is a biomarker for oxidative stress and is neurotoxic. Stress of any kind increases the production of pyrroles, which in turn decreases zinc and B6. The main biochemical features are the severe deficiencies of zinc and vitamin B6. A deficiency in zinc will also create an imbalance with copper and many of the symptoms are actually associated with this zinc to copper imbalance.

Zinc and B6 have so many essential roles within the body, zinc is particularly important in immune function, healing, digestion, growth, insulin sensitivity and control of blood sugars.

Both Zinc and B6 are required for the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, melatonin, GABA and acetyl choline. Both zinc and B6 are also involved in the production of steroid hormones such as cortisol, fat metabolism and weight control. So, with all of that said they are very important nutrients!

You think you might have it? How do we diagnose it? Pyroluria is verified by a urine test which will detect the KPU in the urine: This test is ordered through a private lab so you’ll need to speak to a health practitioner. The test can however, be performed at a pathology lab as Pyrroles in the urine are heat and light sensitive. The sample needs to be quickly wrapped in foil and frozen to safeguard the results and ensure accurate analysis. Ok. You’ve come in for your consultation, had your test and proved positive for pyroluria.

How do we treat it? Treatment is based on re-establishing optimum levels of zinc and B6. It is essential that the replacement therapy provides the nutrients in forms that will be absorbed efficiently. Making dietary adjustments can be beneficial although supplementation will most likely be necessary. The active form of vitamin B6, known as Pyridoxyl-5-phosphate is considered most effective. Zinc picolinate is the optimal form of zinc as it has the highest bioavailability, it can also be helpful to avoid food sources and supplements containing copper.

In addition, stress management will be helpful and important, including regular exercise, practicing mindfulness and getting enough sleep are just a few ways to reduce stress on the body. People with mild to moderate cases will usually have a quits a quick response to treatment, as long as nothing else is contributing to the symptoms. Those with more severe conditions could take several weeks before progress is seen and 3-12 months for complete improvement.

If you or your child are experiencing the for mentioned symptoms and want to get to the bottom of it send an email to our Nutritionist Bronwen on bronwen@nbip.com.au

Pyroluria. What is it? And could it be affecting you or your child’s mental health? 

Pyrrole Disorder may also be referred to as pyroluria, kryptopyroluria (KPU), kryptopyrrole, mauve disorder or more precisely hemopyrrollactamuria (HPU). It is a chemical imbalance that impacts haemoglobin synthesis and metabolism within the body. This imbalance can be genetic but can also be a result of environmental emotional stress. Haemoglobin within our red blood cells is responsible for carrying oxygen around the body. As with all cells and reactions within the body there are waste or by-products. Sufferers of

Pyroluria overproduce the by-product associated with haemoglobin synthesis, which is called hydroxyhaemopyrrolin-2-one (HPL), also known as pyrroles. How do I know if I have it? The effects of Pyroluria are many and varied based on how mild, moderate or severe the imbalance is. 

Some of the symptoms include: Poor stress control, Nervousness, anxiety, mood disorders, severe inner tension, depression, Poor short-term memory, fatigue, headaches, migraines, dizziness, Joint pain, bruising, White spots on fingernail (zinc deficiency), Hypoglycaemia, cold hands and feet, Allergies, loss of appetite, bowel dysfunction, morning nausea, abdominal pain. 

Many of the above symptoms are common but not everyone who has pyrroles will present with all of these symptoms. They may only have one or two. So, what are the causes? Pyrrole disorder is caused by excess Hydroxyhemopyrrolin-2-one (HPL) that binds to the nutrients zinc, and vitamin B6 and inhibits their action within the body. This renders them unavailable for their many important physiological functions, such as co factors for enzymes in metabolism.

These essential nutrients, when bound to HPL are removed from the bloodstream and are excreted through the urine as pyrroles HPL is a biomarker for oxidative stress and is neurotoxic. Stress of any kind increases the production of pyrroles, which in turn decreases zinc and B6. The main biochemical features are the severe deficiencies of zinc and vitamin B6. A deficiency in zinc will also create an imbalance with copper and many of the symptoms are actually associated with this zinc to copper imbalance.

Zinc and B6 have so many essential roles within the body, zinc is particularly important in immune function, healing, digestion, growth, insulin sensitivity and control of blood sugars.

Both Zinc and B6 are required for the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, melatonin, GABA and acetyl choline. Both zinc and B6 are also involved in the production of steroid hormones such as cortisol, fat metabolism and weight control. So, with all of that said they are very important nutrients!

You think you might have it? How do we diagnose it? Pyroluria is verified by a urine test which will detect the KPU in the urine: This test is ordered through a private lab so you’ll need to speak to a health practitioner. The test can however, be performed at a pathology lab as Pyrroles in the urine are heat and light sensitive. The sample needs to be quickly wrapped in foil and frozen to safeguard the results and ensure accurate analysis. Ok. You’ve come in for your consultation, had your test and proved positive for pyroluria.

How do we treat it? Treatment is based on re-establishing optimum levels of zinc and B6. It is essential that the replacement therapy provides the nutrients in forms that will be absorbed efficiently. Making dietary adjustments can be beneficial although supplementation will most likely be necessary. The active form of vitamin B6, known as Pyridoxyl-5-phosphate is considered most effective. Zinc picolinate is the optimal form of zinc as it has the highest bioavailability, it can also be helpful to avoid food sources and supplements containing copper.

In addition, stress management will be helpful and important, including regular exercise, practicing mindfulness and getting enough sleep are just a few ways to reduce stress on the body. People with mild to moderate cases will usually have a quits a quick response to treatment, as long as nothing else is contributing to the symptoms. Those with more severe conditions could take several weeks before progress is seen and 3-12 months for complete improvement.

If you or your child are experiencing the for mentioned symptoms and want to get to the bottom of it send an email to our Nutritionist Bronwen on bronwen@nbip.com.au

Periods! What’s making them so horrible? Well, one thing is Xenoestrogens – Here’s how to avoid them.

What are xenoestrogens? they are environmental – external influences on our delicate hormonal system which affects our endocrine system.- they could be in the air we breath, the food we eat, the beauty products we use, our house cleaning products – basically they are environmental toxins. 

Our hormones act as chemical messengers that control reproductive function, and more specifically, the menstrual cycle.  The major endocrine glands include the pituitary, the ovaries, the thyroid and the adrenals to name a few. You can think of your endocrine system as a symphony; a perfectly balanced system of hormones that operate in cooperation with each other in a continuous feedback loop. When foreign hormones are introduced into this system they throw off the delicate balance of hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle and contribute to all kinds of problems like:

▪painful periods

▪estrogen dominance

▪long menstrual cycles (36 days or more)

▪short luteal phase (10 days or less)

▪fibroids

▪unhealthy cervical mucus patterns

▪infertility

▪proliferation of breast cancer cells

One way to improve menstrual cycle health and improve fertility is to reduce the load of xenoestrogens that we are exposed to on a daily basis. Here are 5 ways you can start reducing your xenoestrogen exposure today.

1. Switch to hormone-free meat and organic dairy products

Unfortunately, meat and dairy products that you’ll find in the supermarket are loaded with growth hormones and antibiotics. The hormones are administered to increase the growth of the animals, to change the quality of the meat, and in some cases to increase milk production in cows. Antibiotics are often given prophylactically to prevent the animals from getting sick. When eaten, the hormone residue goes on to disrupt proper endocrine function in our bodies and the antibiotic residue messes with our gut flora. It can’t be understated how dramatic the impact of removing conventional meat products from your diet can be. If there is one dietary change you can make this would be an important one to try especially if you are trying to balance your hormones or improve your menstrual cycle health.

2. Eat local and organic when possible to minimize pesticide exposure

This goes hand in hand with ditching the hormone meat. Conventional fruits and veggies are heavily sprayed with pesticides. Not only are pesticides potentially cancer causing, they are also loaded with xenoestrogens that disrupt proper endocrine function and therefore mess with your hormone production. It may not be possible for you to eat only organic produce at every meal, but it is something to consider incorporating into your diet whenever possible.

3. Switch to scent-free beauty products made from ingredients you can pronounce

It can be overwhelming to think about tossing out all of your beauty products, especially if you aren’t too sure how to replace them. My suggestion would be to start by replacing one or two beauty products and go from there. A great place to start is your local health food store. Look at the ingredient list on the products you purchase. Try to buy beauty products that don’t have very many ingredients. Steer clear of beauty products that contain perfumes, artificial dyes, parabens, phthalates, or any ingredients that you don’t recognise, and as a rule of thumb if you wouldn’t eat it you shouldn’t be putting it on your skin.

4. Clean up your household cleaning routine

This goes hand in hand with switching to scent-free beauty products. The air quality in our homes is often worse than the heavily polluted air outside.. One of the main reasons is due to the chemicals that we use to clean our homes each day. Items such as scented laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, scented dish soap and dishwasher liquid, not to mention the wide array of harsh cleaning products that many of us use to keep our houses spic and span all contain oestrogen mimicking chemicals.

Many household cleaners have unscented “free” versions that do not have added perfumes or dyes. And it is truly amazing how many household cleaners can be replaced with a little vinegar, water, baking soda and some creativity. Again, the best practice would be to start by replacing one product with a scent/dye free alternative and going from there.

5. Stop storing food and drinks in plastic containers

We can’t have a conversation about endocrine disrupting chemicals without talking about plastic and Bisphenol A (BPA). So we’ve all heard of BPA It is a chemical that is used to make several types of plastic that exhibit hormone-like effects on the body and has been linked to breast cancer. An easy way to reduce your BPA exposure is to limit your use of plastics. Storing food and water in bottles and containers that are not made of plastic is a great place to start, also reducing the amount of canned food you eat may help as most foods are canned in cans that are lined with BPA..

6. Skip the hormonal birth control

One important category of endocrine disrupting hormones that often gets omitted from the discussion is hormonal contraceptives. By design, the pill, the patch, the shot, the implant, the ring, and the hormonal IUD all disrupt the healthy functioning of the endocrine system. That is their job. In order to make a woman temporarily infertile, the artificial hormones need to disrupt the delicate balance of natural hormones produced by her body. This is what prevents ovulation, causes changes in the uterine lining, and alters cervical mucus production.

Think of hormonal contraceptives as contraceptive endocrine disruptors. They were created to disrupt your endocrine system to prevent your body from producing your natural hormones so that you can’t get pregnant.

Hormonal birth control is often the last thing we think of as disrupting our endocrine system, but it may actually have the most devastating impact on it. If you are concerned about reducing the load on your endocrine system, using a non-hormonal method of birth control you trust will greatly reduce your daily exposure to the onslaught of synthetic chemicals you are exposing yourself to.

Could your cycle be better? Give the clinic a call to establish the best practitioner for you. 02 8406 0679