How to transform your life through Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Matrix Therapies

Most of us have a conscious understanding that our past experiences and emotions have an effect on the way we think, act and behave, positively and negatively. If we are wanting to achieve more than what we have right now but find that we are self sabotaging, getting stuck in procrastination or overwhelm then it makes sense to get curious
about what in our past might be hindering us from being who we want to be, doing what we want to do and having what we want to have!

Firstly we need to understand how our minds process the human experience… at any one moment the world around us is feeling us 2 million + bits of information through our 5 senses, our conscious mind can only hold on & understand 134 bits of that information, so it needs to go through a process to decide what’s important and how to interpret what is happening. It does this through a process of deleting, distorting and generalizing, a filtering process of sorts. Our personal filters are influenced by what mood we are in and where we are, who we are with, our interpretation of words being used, old memories, experiences, our values, beliefs, attitudes and internal programming till we get an internal representation of what is happening. This then affects our state, behaviour and physiology. So this is why 2 people experiencing the same event can have 2 totally different recounts of what happened. As for the remaining 1.9 million + bits of information… well this is sent to the subconscious mind to be archived away…

So if, let’s say you watched a parent go through bankruptcy as a child and saw, heard and sensed all the emotional turmoil that went along with it and you are now wanting to start your own business but you can’t seem to make it happen, then it could well be your filters and amygdala triggering a response to keep you safe from perceived danger.

Thankfully the tools and techniques used in Coaching, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Matrix Therapy allows you to effectively goal set, find the route causes of your current situation and through a safe and gentle process allow you to neutralize the effect of past events / limiting beliefs / negative influences etc. Hypnosis and Self Hypnosis then cements all of the new learnings allowing for new neural pathways to be formed in the brain to create new resourceful thoughts and behaviours and allow you to pull out and strengthen your unique abilities so you can step up as the best version of yourself possible in authentic alignment.

The Presuppositions of Neuro-Linguistic Programming are incredibly supportive to the client. We as practitioners understand that;
• No one is “broken”
• We are all doing the best we can with the experience, knowledge and resources we have available to us
• We are not our behaviour
• We are so much more than we think we are
• We have all the resources we need to be, do and have all the things we desire
• There is no failure, only learnings and feedback

Do you find yourself coming up short when it comes to getting what you want in life?

To book in a discovery call with our Transformational Neuro-Linguistic Coach & Hypnosis guru Kate, head to the website at

Optimising your Recovery

There is more than just exercise that is associated with recovery. A hard day warrants a long rest. A special occasion of celebration, with party food and alcohol, is sensibly followed with plenty of water, and hopefully a sleep in to allow extra hours for the mind to replenish and the detoxifying organs to neutralise the alcohol… There is ebb and flow with a myriad of things of nature, and in our social and professional lives. Recovery is even geared into our psyche, hence why we place head to pillows collectively and repair for 7-10 hours.

For now, in the context of muscle recovery after stress such as exercise, recovery models which aid the healing process and get us back to being optimal – are the big 4! 

Number 1. Cold Water Immersion. CWE has been given much awareness from people such as Paul Chek, Stig Severinsen, Wim Hof and our very own, Australian Nam Baldwin. I have experienced the teachings of Paul and Stig, and soon I’ll learn from Nam. Wim’s teachings has a stronger correlation to cold and ice exposure, yet all gentleman demonstrate breathing techniques and breath holds, which still are administered in many situations, to buffer or regulate and match the body to the environment.

If you choose to expose yourself to this contrast therapy, start easy! Try a temperature regulated shower and wet the limbs first, then the the torso which is a graduation. A client of mine once completely doused herself in a cold shower and it was lucky she did not faint! I

remarked that the cold will constrict blood vessels, whereas heat or warmth will dilate. What happened for her, was that the blood left her periphery and headed straight for the organs and gut. I will share more on contrast therapies / exposure on the next blog.

Understanding the effects of treatments such as cold water immersion and active recovery on inflammation within skeletal muscle after exercise is important. Cold water immersion is a

widespread practice among various sports, and a growing body of evidence suggests that this strategy may affect muscle recovery from strenuous exercise. Repair of skeletal muscle tissue following injury is complex.

That brings us to Number 2. Massage! In 2018, Frontiers in Physiology, a leading research organisation in the field published a meta-analysis study* (multiple studies addressing the same subject / question) was performed evaluating the impact of recovery techniques on delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), perceived fatigue, muscle damage, and inflammatory markers after physical exercise. We have all felt this right! I also check in with new clients after their initial session, as this can be the same for Remedial Therapy. The muscle fibres ‘micro-tear’ which is a by-product rather than an intention from my perspective when I treat, allow for blood, oxygen and water to nourish these once hypoxic or adhered tissue, thus generating a healing response and building the muscles back more resilient. The study found – Active recovery, massage, compression garments, immersion, contrast water therapy, and cryotherapy

induced a small to large decrease (−2.26 < g < −0.40) in the magnitude of DOMS, while there was no change for the other methods. Massage was found to be the most powerful

technique for recovering from DOMS and fatigue. In terms of muscle damage and inflammatory markers, we observed an overall moderate decrease in creatine kinase [SMD (95% CI) = −0.37

(−0.58 to −0.16), I2 = 40.15%] and overall small decreases in interleukin-6 [SMD (95% CI) = −0.36 (−0.60 to −0.12), I2 = 0%] and C-reactive protein [SMD (95% CI) = −0.38 (−0.59 to−0.14), I2 =

39%]. All molecules and active properties that constitute muscle growth and repair.

In summary – the most powerful techniques for reducing inflammation were massage and cold exposure. I have many clients that book, immediately after an event, at the conclusion of a training cycle, whether weekly or biweekly, or on a Monday post weekend shenanigans, or and ultimately conducive in nature, as a resilience method to prepare their bodies or life! Optimal Balance and Optimal Recovery are now modern day needs. Wellness is the precursor to Fitness, and this can be evident when our bodies are dictated by time constraints or an unawareness of what is needed for our health. Please seek a Remedial Therapist or allied practitioner and learn or share your

Insulin Resistance – The Pathway to Many Chronic Diseases

Insulin is a hormone produced in the body that is responsible for the transportation of glucose into the body’s cells to create energy. Insulin plays an important role in metabolism by breaking down protein, fats and carbohydrates for energy stores.

When the body’s sensitivity to insulin declines, known as insulin resistance, we are more susceptible to poor health. If insulin resistance continues to develop, those conditions often become chronic in nature making them more difficult to resolve.

Insulin resistance is associated with:
o inflammation
o type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
o some cancers
o blood lipid disorder and elevated cholesterol
o fatty liver and liver disease
o cardiovascular disease
o obesity

Factors such as inactivity (leading a sedentary lifestyle), weight gain (particularly around the abdomen), hormonal imbalances, genetics, some pre-existing health conditions and poor dietary choices can lead to insulin resistance.

Adopting healthy dietary and lifestyle habits can significantly reduce insulin resistance and enhance the body’s sensitivity to insulin. These include regular (daily) exercise, weight management (for those overweight) and cutting out sweet foods and drinks. Adequate sleep and keeping a regular sleep-wake cycle has been shown to positively influence insulin resistance by regulating hormone levels.

Taking a slow and steady approach at weight loss and weight management is more sustainable and successful in managing insulin resistance.

Choosing foods that stabilise blood sugar levels and avoiding those foods that cause fluctuations to blood sugar levels is helpful in managing this condition. A diet high in fibre and protein with some healthy fats and lower in refined carbohydrates supports insulin sensitivity. Reducing animal products, unhealthy fats, junk food, sugar, caffeine and alcohol is beneficial along with increasing foods such as psyllium, legumes, whole grains, onion, garlic, green beans, alfalfa, fenugreek and oats.

Specific nutrients such as chromium, taurine, zinc and magnesium play a role in maintaining the body’s sensitivity to insulin. Depending on symptoms and disease progression, it may be necessary to supplement key nutrients in order to increase insulin sensitivity and restore balance to the endocrine system.

Together with a healthy diet and lifestyle, certain herbal medicines work to enhance insulin sensitivity by stimulating the secretion of insulin, reducing glucose uptake and stabilising blood sugar levels. Taking this holistic approach will reduce inflammation and may negate the need for short or long term medication. For more information or to book an appointment, contact our Naturopath, Belle, on 0405 128 213 or at

The simple art of eating

Rule 101…..Always eat in a relaxed state, we want to REST and DIGEST

We are all guilty of eating in a stressed state at some point, have you every wondered where the last bite of your lunch went because you don’t remember finishing it.

Eating in a stressed state might not be what you think, you may be trying to do multiple things at once such as work at your computer, whilst eating lunch, driving and eating or standing at the bench eating and feeding the kids at the same time. When we eat in a stressed state our bodies are in the sympathetic state or fight and flight mode which is going to send the blood away from your digestive system and into your limbs so you can run which means we are no longer able to rest, digest and heal. Our brains won’t get the signal that there is food coming and the knock on effect is the digestive enzymes won’t be released, and you won’t be able to absorb the nutrients you are eating. Do you suffer from bloating, indigestion, malabsorption, changes in bowel habits and feeling unsatisfied?

These are the symptoms you may be experience as a reminder that you are eating in a stressed state. The following technique is a simple yet powerful tool to make sure you are digesting your food and absorbing all the beautiful nutrients you put on your plate. And it’s for the whole family.

  • Digestion starts simply by the thought, sight and smell of food.
  • Before eating stop look, smell and appreciate your meal.- Take 4 deep breaths- Diaphragmatic breathing brings your body into the parasympathetic state sending a message that food is coming it needs to get ready to digest, absorb, assimilation.
  • Add bitter foods to each meal or have a small bitter salad before each meal. Wild rocket with ACV dressing will help to secrete HCL in the stomach and get other enzymes ready to digest. Other bitter foods – artichoke, radicchio, rocket, asparagus, chicory greens.
  • Be mindful and present, chew your food 20 times or until liquid, this may take training…. put your knife and folk down between each mouth full enjoy the texture and flavours. Food that is left unchewed places burden on our digestive system and immune system triggering immune responses.
  • Avoid drink large amounts with meals this will dilute your digestive juices, if you need to just sip.
  • Don’t eat standing, watching TV or working at the computer