Wellbeing Blog

Our wellbeing blog features a range of useful and informative articles written by our team of practitioners. If you would like to receive these articles via email, be sure to sign up to our Wellbeing Newsletter.


Thoughts as a tool for wellbeing

Thoughts as a tool for wellbeing

There is an amazing two-way communication system going on between our body and mind that affects both our physical state and our mental and emotional health. We all know the feeling of our heart beating faster when we sit for a job interview or meet someone we want to impress. Our heart is beating faster […]

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The healing power of touch

The healing power of touch

Massage and Vibrational or Energy therapists have been laying their hands on people for centuries. They understand that your energy field, also know as ‘qi’ or ‘life force’, is in constant interaction with your physical body. Holistic healing techniques carry the wisdom that the two cannot be separated.  That you are more than your symptoms; you are a delicate interaction of your […]

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Drumming as a tool for deep relaxation

Drumming as a tool for deep relaxation

Switching the nervous system from “fight and flight” to “rest and digest” might not be as complicated as you think. 7 minutes of rhythmic drumming activates alpha brain waves leading you into deep relaxation, the gateway to theta consciousness.  Here lies the state of vivid interactive imagination and the ability to self-heal. Since the drum […]

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Garden Therapy

Garden Therapy

In need of some gentle nervous system support. Our top 5 garden variety herbs can be grown in your own backyard. Easy to maintain most of the year round, you can use them freely in food or in teas to gain better mood, sleep and mental clarity. Lavender – known for its gentle support in […]

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Cool Down for Summer

Cool Down for Summer

Summer is the time when the qi (energy) is full and expansive in the body. People act more energetically, and have more vigour than normal. It is the most energetic season, which lends itself to problems associated with heat and excess. Heat and Yang Qi has a tendency to rise in the body, as heat […]

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The weight loss myth

The weight loss myth

The old ‘calories in versus calories out’ and ‘just exercise more’ to manage our weight doesn’t seem to be cutting it any more. Australia has one of the highest incidence of obesity worldwide, 2 out of 3 people suffer from obesity or being overweight. Excess abdominal weight is at an all time high and is […]

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Recharge through nature

Recharge through nature

Headaches, sleepiness, fatigue and a sense of feeling unwell are just some of the side effects of spending too long indoors. You thought it was just your job, right? Scientists are saying it’s all about ions, or, more specifically, negative ions. Ions are charged particles in the air; some are charged negatively, and some are charged positively. […]

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Everything and nothing

Everything and nothing

As a fresh faced and inquisitive 22 year old living on the Gold Coast I had picked up a book called ‘Shamanica’ by Martine Ashe (1996). At the time I was intrigued with ancient healing techniques and also curious to finds links to the modern youth movement towards dance music, rave-ing and associated altered consciousness […]

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Autumn a time to cleanse

Autumn a time to cleanse

Autumn is a time to eliminate and let go, just like in nature, the days become shorter, the leaves of trees begin to fall and the air becomes drier. It’s a time to go within, to keep what you need and release and eliminate what no longer serves you. This time of year is also […]

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Breathwork the journey

Breathwork the journey

Breathwork is a dynamic meditation using combined mouth and diaphragm breathing, in a room filled with trance-ambient, ethereal and percussive music. Laying or sitting comfortably usually with eyes closed, sessions last generally from about 45 minutes to 90 minutes. You will be guided by your facilitator/breathwork coach into a deeply powerful and personal journey from […]

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Mindfulness in a cookie

Mindfulness in a cookie

I was sitting having my tea with a cookie yesterday and after I finished it occurred to me sometimes we can work so hard at our mindful practice. I wanted to share with you some simplifying steps. The less clutter and the more simplicity, the more clarity and mindfulness will follow. Im calling it ‘Mindfulness […]

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Vegetarian Stuffed Eggplant and Pesto

Vegetarian Stuffed Eggplant and Pesto

 Try out this delicious eggplant, lentil and pesto recipe as a stand alone meal or as a lovely starter to a healthy lunch or dinner. This recipe is available as a part of our wellbeing meals program, you can even ask us to make it for you! Stuffed Eggplant   Preheat oven to 220c. Slice […]

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Loving-kindness meditation

Loving-kindness meditation

Is a practice, which brings about positive heartfelt changes as it develops the quality of ‘loving-acceptance’. Acting on healing the troubled mind to free it from pain and confusion. Of all Buddhist meditations, loving-kindness has the immediate benefit of softening, opening and changing old habituated negative patterns of mind and allowing the heart to re-open […]

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Let it RAIN

Let it RAIN

About 12 years ago, a number of Buddhist teachers began to share a new mindfulness tool that offers in-the-trenches support for working with intense and difficult emotions. Called RAIN (an acronym for the four steps of the process. It can be accessed in almost any place or situation. It directs our attention in a clear, […]

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Inspiration through Breath

Inspiration through Breath

We breathe about 7 million breaths a year; to breathe is to live. Many ‘westerners’ suffer from chronic improper breathing habits that are not immediately obvious. The long-term effects of poor breathing are cumulative, impacting not only your vitality and quality of your daily experience, but can also weaken your entire system with serious health […]

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Creating Energy Part 1

Creating Energy Part 1

Do you sometimes feel physically or mentally flat? Do you have trouble starting the day? Do you resort to caffeine or another stimulant to get you going? In our society there is a common misconception on what having energy means. Stimulants such as caffeine, energy drinks, refined sugars, nicotine and some drugs are often used to try […]

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Sacred Masculine and Feminine Partnership

Sacred Masculine and Feminine Partnership

Patriarchy has not been good for either men or women. Women have suffered at the hands of men, for over two thousand years, and with the dawn of the feminist movement, came the opportunity for women to be equal with men.    However, there are 2 problems with this situation: The first problem is that women are […]

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Creamy Cauliflower Cashew Soup

Creamy Cauliflower Cashew Soup

Creamy Cauliflower Cashew Soup One of my favourite Gut Balancing soup recipes, its clean and simple.  2 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil 2-3 cloves of garlic minced or chopped 2 cups of chopped leeks (mostly white & light green area) Himalayan or Celtic sea salt  1-2 pinches Black pepper couple 1-2 pinches 1 head […]

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Finding your calling

Finding your calling

Have you had conversations with others or in your own mind that have centered on questions such as – what am I meant to be doing with my life? what will bring me fulfillment and meaning? or perhaps even leave a legacy, or how can I enjoy the journey of my life before it’s too late? George […]

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Sprouting made easy

Sprouting made easy

5 things you should know about sprouting legumes & grains 1. Sprouting is funSeriously…its fun checking in on your sprouts each day as they come to life. 2. Sprouts contain more available nutrients Sprouting turns legumes and grains into living plants with easier to access vitamins, such as Vitamin C, B and carotene. It also helps […]

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Cinnamon and Vanilla infused Chocolate Semolina Pudding

Cinnamon and Vanilla infused Chocolate Semolina Pudding

Prepare in less than 20minutes, deliciously healthy chocolate dessert alternative even kids will love…   Infuse 2.5 cups filtered water with cinnamon stick and some vanilla by bringing to the boil and simmering for 2-3 minutes Add Desired amount of organic chocolate/cocoa powder Aprox 1/2 cup rice syrup (or use honey or agave) 1/4 to 1/2 […]

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Meridians the energy highway of the body

Meridians the energy highway of the body

Meridians of the body affect every organ and physiological system inside of us. In the same way that arteries carry blood, meridians carry energy, often referred to as chi or prana. Meridians are our body’s “energy highways”: they bring vitality and balance, remove energy blockages, stagnation and imbalances, adjust metabolism and determine the speed and […]

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Whole Body Benefits of Leg Strength

Whole Body Benefits of Leg Strength

Conditioning the muscles of the lower limbs so they are strong and balanced in themselves is important, but strong and supple legs can also affect other areas of the body. Consider some of the additional benefits below:  1. Avoid back pain and injury Hamstrings are a key component of the ‘hip extensor’ muscles, which give […]

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The Five Meditation Precepts

The Five Meditation Precepts

Are you tired of emotional ups and downs and of the never ending mental exhaustion that comes from it? Do you find that when you try to sit still and meditate that your attention wanders all over the place, jumping between thinking, restlessness and sleepiness, never experiencing any peace? Then the Five Meditation Precepts are for you, […]

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Need to Restore?

Need to Restore?

 Unlike other forms of active yoga ‘Restorative yoga’ is a quiet, reflective, and mostly passive practice. Using props to support the body and long holds of poses from 3-10minutes. Restorative yoga triggers the ‘relaxation response’ and calms our ‘fight and flight’ helping the nervous system recover from continuous daily stress. The problem often is people who would […]

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Autumn Seasonal Eating

Autumn Seasonal Eating

What’s in season? Autumn is upon us and as the season builds, rains trigger wild mushrooms to sprout. Unlike button and Swiss brown mushrooms which grow naturally on dead trees, pine mushrooms and other wild ‘rooms, such as porcini and slippery Jacks, grow on living trees. This means they can’t be cultivated in the same way as commercial mushrooms, but must be […]

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Sand Running

Sand Running

Running on sand requires 1.6 times the energy that running on a hard surface requires, and your body has to work harder to respond to “external modifications,” said Dr. Thierry M. Lejeune, of St. Luke’s University Clinics in Belgium, lead author of a study on beach running that appeared last year in The Journal of Experimental Biology. […]

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Fifty, Fit and Fabulous

Fifty, Fit and Fabulous

I had an interesting weekend last weekend; I spent it away with a group of friends celebrating a 50th birthday. The ages of the group ranged from 48 – 58yrs. It was a great weekend lots of fun, laughter, good food and heaps of sun and surf, an old fashioned Aussie weekend up the coast. […]

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Sweet Potato, Kale and Dill with Poached Egg

Sweet Potato, Kale and Dill with Poached Egg

Want a ‘gluten free’ brekkie, lunch or even dinner option? Try this one – Gentle fry or broil; 1/2 Sweet Potato sliced finely 2-3 leaves of Kale chopped 1-2 Shallots chopped 1/2 red capsicum sliced finely small sprig of dill and continental parsley chopped salt, pepper, chilli or splash of tabasco (optional) (splash of vegie […]

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Great Abs: Pilates and your core

Great Abs: Pilates and your core

Beauty is only skin deep, but awesome abdominal muscles run deeper in Pilates. Everybody talks about your ‘core’ and how pilates is good for it. But has anybody explained to you what that all means? ‘The core’ consists of the abdominal and pelvic muscles groups (transverse abdominis, internal obliques, external obliques, rectus abdominis), hip abductors/ adductors, hip flexors, scapula (shoulder blades) […]

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Kale raw or cooked?

Kale raw or cooked?

Kale Benefits Contains cholesterol-lowering benefits if cooked by steaming. The fiber components in kale bind together with bile acids in your digestive tract. Kale’s risk-lowering benefits for cancer have recently been extended to; bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate. Isothiocyanates (ITCs) play a primary role. Kale is now recognized as providing comprehensive support for the […]

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Women’s Circle

Women’s Circle

In today’s modern society, where we lead increasingly busy lives, our own expectations and the media train us to be superwomen & soldiers. It is often difficult to find space to nurture ourselves, feel emotionally recharged and enjoy a sense of community. Creating Women’s Circles is about connecting and creating this community; allowing the strength […]

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Chakra Energy

Chakra Energy

Want to feel more energetic and balanced? Do you want to create more energy and hold enough life force energy or “chi”. In order to maintain good ‘energy health’ you want energy spiraling up from your base chakra: Here’s 5 easy steps: 1. Close your eyes over lightly and imagine you can see the energy […]

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Lean Lentil Patties & Mango Coconut Yoghurt

Lean Lentil Patties & Mango Coconut Yoghurt

Lean Lentil Patties & Mango Coconut Yoghurt Patties: Onion 1 chopped Garlic 2-3 cloves crushed 1-2 carrot finely chopped 1-2 sticks celery finely chopped 1-2 tspns curry powder 1/2 tspn coriander  1/2 tspn cumin 1/2 tspn chilli (optional) Combine these ingredients into fry pan and lightly fry Add:  2 cups precooked green or red lentils […]

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Detoxing

Detoxing

Is it the latest fad or can it really help your health and wellbeing? The answer is – detoxing has been around for quite some time. Ancient civilisations such as the Egyptians and Greeks practiced body cleansing as a way to rid the system of autointoxication (in which foods consumed can putrefy and produce toxins that harm […]

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Almond Milk Recipe

Almond Milk Recipe

Did you know almonds are a great source of calcium? Almost double the amount of calcium per serve compared to dairy milk. As long as you don’t have an allergy/intolerance to almonds or the family of almonds otherwise known as drupes, then this may be a great alternative for you to dairy milk. Here is […]

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Female Hormones: The Balancing Act

Female Hormones: The Balancing Act

From niggling symptoms that accompany periods to more pronounced conditions such as endometriosis – womens hormonal balance has a powerful effect on our bodies which can be assisted with the right nutrition and herbs. The two main female hormones are oestrogen and progesterone. These are called steroid hormones because they are fat-like, originally made from […]

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Why the Fast Pace?

Why the Fast Pace?

Why the Fast Pace? Does life feel so fast that you never get to stop and rest?  Do you feel like you keep moving from one ‘to do’ to the next?  Do you often think ‘I never have enough time’?  I wonder what it would be like to slow the pace down?  This actually might […]

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The importance of cadence when cycling

The importance of cadence when cycling

In cycling cadence is the number of revolutions of the crank per minute; roughly speaking, this is the rate at which a cyclist is pedalling/turning the pedals. Cadence is similar in some ways to wheel speed, but is a distinct measurement. Cyclists typically have a preferred cadence at which they feel most comfortable, and on bicu with many gears it is […]

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