It was such an incredible thrill to be awarded the Soaring Micro Award earlier this month at the prestigious Altitude Awards. The awards are held annually by the organisation “Women with Altitude”, a group that exists to support, connect and inspire women in business. There were about 300 amazing, inspiring people at the Awards Gala Ball and I was happy to just be there as a finalist – so when Susan Templeman called out my name as the winner in my category, I was temporarily speechless!
If you’ve noticed it’s been a bit quiet here on the website and on Facebook, I have a good reason. Six months ago, I signed up for a year-long health coaching course online with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I’m absolutely loving the course, but it certainly has been keeping me busy during any spare time I have between my practice, the clinic and my two young children! I’m at the half-way point now and I wanted to share with you what I’ve been up to, why I’m doing this course and what it will mean for my offerings in the future.
I would like to introduce you to an easy yet effective meditation technique, quite provocatively named, “The Quickie”. No, no, it's not what you think! I first learned about the exercise from one of my favourite teachers, Dr Aviva Romm, and have found it to be a powerful, on-the-go technique that is easy to learn and practice. I've then taken it to the next level by adding acupressure to it, to supercharge this technique for maximum impact.
So, are you ready to learn more?
Acupuncture is an ancient healing art that has more recently gained popularity all over the world, with it's benefits increasingly recognised by both national and international health organisations for a wide range of conditions. However, research indicates that the many myths surrounding this seemingly exotic therapy remain strong, which is understandable considering that it is only relatively new to the Western world.
It's important to understand what's true and what's not when it comes to acupuncture so that you can make an informed choice about whether it is the right therapy for you, so lets bust some acupuncture myths!
Anxiety is very common – in fact, it is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men in our country report experiencing anxiety at some point in their lives; and 1 in 7 people will be diagnosed with a clinical anxiety disorder in any given year (1). There are 13 different sub-classifications of anxiety disorders listed in the medical literature, encompassing a wide range of physical, emotional and mental symptoms. It is a complex and pervasive condition that can have a dramatic impact on people's quality of life, and is generally treated using medication.
Acupuncture has been proposed as a positive therapeutic intervention that can reduce measurable levels of anxiety, and the research in this field is growing by the day. In this blog post I'd like to summarise some of the best research and discuss the benefits and risks of considering acupuncture as part of your therapeutic repertoire.
I am very pleased to announce that on behalf of my clinic, the Quan Yin Healing Centre, I have become a Turn The Tables Partner with the Mama Lana's Community Foundation (MLCF). This partnership will provide ongoing funding for the MLCF to continue providing a range of services to the homeless and underprivileged people in the greater Penrith area.
I'm really happy to announce that I have joined up with the wonderful organisation, "Cancer Wellness Support" to provide subsidised and discounted treatments to people with cancer, anywhere along their cancer journey. Cancer Wellness Support is an organisation that is committed to supporting people with cancer and their families by offering a range of complementary therapies as well as lifestyle and group support experiences.
In Chinese medicine, a great deal of importance is placed on dietary habits, digestive health and eating in harmony with our own energetic constitution. When it comes to children, dietary habits are even more important as they are laying the foundation for future health, and improper eating habits are seen as contributing factors to many pediatric health conditions. Here are some suggestions from the Chinese medicine tradition on how to maintain good digestive and overall health for your children, including tips for the weaning process for babies.
I've been a bit quiet on the blog front lately, because I have been enjoying playing with a new medium...Facebook Live Videos! I have done a few now, on various topics including:
* acupressure for stress relief,
* acupressure for anxiety, and most recently,
* a holistic approach to insomnia
Please make sure to "Like" me on Facebook to see what I am up to over there, and to see all my past videos, and have the opportunity to see me over there "live". You can ask questions and interact with me there, and I really welcome any requests for future videos. I'll be back to blogging again soon as well too. Have a wonderful day!
I am excited to introduce my latest project – a mini ear seed kit for natural stress relief. I made the first batch to give away as gifts at my upcoming clinic Open Day, so if you came along and received a kit, it is hot off the press! (And hilariously, back to front, but that is another story!) I have started using ear seeds in the clinic quite a bit lately as I find them such an effective way to enhance and continue the therapeutic effects of acupuncture for days after the actual treatment.
Here is some more information about ear seeds and auriculotherapy, and detailed instructions for how to make the most of your Ear Seed Kit.
Acupuncture and Fertility
Acupuncture and Anxiety
Acupuncture and Stress
Acupuncture and Depression
Acupuncture and Immunity
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