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What Others Say About Live Well

"From the time you walk into the establishment you are treated in a warm, caring and professional way and the treatment works, thank you!" John Taylor 

"Your treatments removed problems that drugs, physios, GP's, osteopaths and everything under the sun I tried didn't." Tristran Gordon

"My practitioner was very competent and professional. Friendly and helpful receptionists. Nice atmosphere. Genuine commitment to wellbeing of self and clients." Michele Mack

"I love the effect on my body, the difference I feel afterwards and the relaxation." Natasha Robb

Located in Canberra at: 35 Murray Cres MANUKA ACT 2603, the LIVE WELL, Spa and Wellness Centre, brings a range of natural therapies together including MassageAcupuncture and Herbal Medicine. Our centre has a particular focus on providing natural fertility support, solutions for all kinds of pain relief including some of Canberra's best massage therapists as well as  health education including wellness programs and seminars.

Wednesday
Nov262014

Men's Health: Helping to Save & Improve the Lives of Men

This year I’ve joined the ranks of the bros with the mos and have been doing my bit to support the wonderful work that Movember does in helping to save and improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

We know mental health issues in this country are significant, close to one in eight Australian men will suffer from depression, one in five anxiety and sadly suicide is the leading cause of death for men aged 15 to 44.

Whilst there is some great work being done in breaking down the stigma that has too long been associated with mental health issues we can and need to do better.

I think boys still grow up with the idea that to be a man is to be tough and stoic but perhaps we can create more room for men to also be real and honest about their emotions. It’s up to all of us to check in with our brothers, fathers, husbands and boyfriends and mates.

Not everyone is a talker, although some people may surprise you when you make the effort and show a heartfelt interest. Many years ago I consciously made an effort to build a better connection with my Dad. To my delight it was much easier than I thought, it turns out he’s actually quite chatty, and both our lives are the richer for it.

Some bros just need your hugs. Some men don’t want to talk or be hugged but will still delight in your presence, silently sharing a task, a hobby or an adventure.

Bros and sistas also have the task of encouraging your men to see their doctor and allied health professionals when there’s something wrong. Some men will need to be nagged into regular health checks. Stoicism can mean attempting to put up with lingering pain, persistent cough, or a strange lump or bump for too long with sometimes devastating consequences.

Perhaps someone will pop into your mind as you read this today, someone that might need your support - it’s time to give them a call.

Wednesday
Nov192014

The Secret to To Giving Your Face a Fresh and Luminous Glow

Ok I’ll come right out with it- cleansing! You know cleansing your face is an important task and that makeup and dirt left on your skin can clog your pores and dull your skin’s natural radiance. Yet despite your best intentions sometimes you let you daily cleansing routine slide.

Never fear you are not alone and I’m here to help get your daily cleansing routine back on track and restore your skin’s natural glow.

Not sure what you should actually be doing?

Well read on for a run down on general cleansing info, useful tips and product recommendations that you can easily put into your daily skin routine.

Your Cleanser Could be the problem

Before we begin, what type of cleanser are you using at the moment? Do you look for that squeaky clean feel from your cleanser?? This feeling is typically achieved through use of foaming style cleansers. Foaming cleansers require a type of surfactant for the ‘foaming’ effect. These strip away your precious skin preserving oils. Removing these oils, will trigger your skin to produce an unhealthy production of oils.

Essentially the moisture is evaporated from your skin. Lack of water in the skin can cause an increased accumulation of dead and dying skin cells. When the over production of oil occurs the skin will try and expel it to the surface through the opening of the skins pore. However, the added skin cell build up will obstruct this oil flow, resulting in blockages and congestion. Regular soap and shower gel should also be avoided on the face. Such products are too strong and will destroy the skin’s protective hydrolipic barrier, causing excessive dryness.

Makeup removal: Eye Makeup removal can be done separately to the whole face as it is a fragile area and can be prone to damage and requires special care. For a conditioning Eye make-up remover I use Skin Juice’s SMUDGE BUDGE. Unlike other eye make-up removers no solvents are used in this product. It is created with organic plant butters to melt and erase even the most stubborn makeup without irritating, stressing or drying the skin. To use this product I warm in fingertips before massaging around the around the eyes and gently remove.

Cleansing: Cleansing your face removes excess build-up that can occur throughout the day like environmental pollutants, oils, makeup and debris. Stuck on how to cleanse your face?  Here are some tips and tricks:

• If you have a habit of forgetting to cleanse, pop your cleansing products somewhere in your bathroom that catches your eye i.e. right next to your toothbrush.

• Use lukewarm water to open pores, water that is too hot or too cold may irritate the skin.

• Use a separate towel for your face from your everyday bath towel/hand towel. You don’t want to risk transferring bacteria onto your fresh clean face.

• Try dedicating the proper time to your morning or night cleanse, taking the time to massage the cleanser in well, using circular motions. Don’t forget the hairline and to bring the cleanser down the neck where make up is also blended to.

• Make sure to rinse the cleanser completely from your skin. Giving one extra rinse will help to further remove any remaining debris. After cleansing pat, don’t rub your skin dry. Patting is gentler to your delicate facial skin.

If you find face washers too abrasive or just need a helping hand in the cleansing process let me introduce you to the legendary SPUD SPONGE! Spudy is a beautiful soft gelatinous cleansing sponge made out of 100% Konjac fibre, yes he is part of the potato family! The Sponge is naturally alkaline in nature which assists in the removal of make-up and skin debris. It can be used on its own but works amazingly alongside a cleanser!

Skin Juice have a beautiful nourishing cleanser called DRENCH Dermal Repair Cleansing Oil. This is for any skin type. Now I know that all you people with oily skin are probably throwing your hands up in despair, but Drench actually helps balance the skins natural oil flow. The pure plant oils deeply cleanse, adhering to impurities and makeup without drying or stripping precious moisture. This is a hard working cleanser when it comes to makeup removal I definitely recommend it!

Exfoliate: Your body is producing new skins cells all day, every day. And while your body naturally sheds dead skin cells, some of them do not shed as completely as they should, which can lead to skin irritation and clogged pores. Generally speaking, exfoliating once or twice per week should leave your skin feeling softer and healthier. However, if you find that your skin is irritated by exfoliation, consider decreasing frequency. I would recommend Skin Juice’s REVIVAL Face Scrub. It gives a boost to rough dull skin. It contains a combo of fruit acids, jojoba, vanilla and bamboo beads which gently exfoliate and help renew your skin’s natural radiance.

Happy cleansing everybody!

Tegan Napoli

Tegan is Live Well's resident beauty and skin care expert. She is available by appointment on Saturday's for consultations to help with your skin care concerns. Or pop into Live Well for further advice or skin care recommendations.

Tuesday
Nov112014

Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine

It has long been a tenet in natural medicine that you can prevent and cure disease by changing your diet. What’s fascinating is that modern medical research is belatedly arriving at the same conclusion.

It’s the emerging scientific understanding of the crucial role that bacteria plays in our digestion which is set to revolutionise the way we treat disease and promote wellbeing.

To cut a long story short; if you eat well you cultivate healthy gut bacteria. If you eat a poor diet with lots of refined foods then the impact on your gut bacteria is calamitous and that has big consequences that can take years off your life and leave you vulnerable to a host of conditions ranging from heart disease, to cancer, asthma, allergies, arthritis, autism, depression, multiple sclerosis and diabetes.

The crux of this story comes down to link between the bacteria in your gut and the functioning of your immune system. Basically it is in your gut where your immune system gets schooled on what is benign and what needs to be attacked. If you’re lucky enough to be born vaginally then this education starts at birth where, as you pass through your mother’s birth canal, you are populated with lots of healthy bacteria that caesarian babies miss out on. Similarly if you’re breastfed, you ingest the perfect nutrients to support development of healthy bacteria.

Of course the other common factor in the decimation of healthy gut bacteria is the exposure to antibiotics. Clearly each medical intervention has its place but they also all have their consequences.

Even having the best possible start doesn’t count for much if you feed your gut bacteria the wrong kinds of foods. Prolonged exposure to a typical modern Western diet, which is overly reliant on processed foods and significantly lacking in fiber is enough to send your healthy bacteria packing and importantly, develops a tendency towards systemic inflammation. Now inflammation may not sound too scary but it is code for a malfunctioning immune system and is the same mechanism that drives autoimmune disease and a whole lot of nasty disease processes, so take heed!

Oh and the other evidence emerging from the latest research is that vinegar can help restore the healthy gut bacteria. That’s what naturopaths have been saying for centuries. It’s good to be getting everyone on the same page at last, Hippocrates would surely be smiling in his grave.

Tuesday
Nov042014

Ka Huna Now at Live Well!

If you're yet to pamper yourself with a Ka Huna massage, then you're missing out! Ka Huna bodywork originated in the South Pacific and was used during Rites of Passage as a transformational massage and healing system. It is also known as Hawaiian Temple Style Massage and Lomi Lomi.

This beautiful form of bodywork provides a holistic approach to healing by balancing the body-mind in its physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions.

Ka Huna bodywork is unique in a number of respects. I use my hands, forearms and elbows, and move around the table (using flowing Hula and Tai Chi style movements). I work with energy to apply soft and deep tissue massage. Music is played and I attune the flow of the massage to harmonise the various rhythms within the your body, mind and soul. If you have some music that you would like to listen to, please feel to bring it in on your phone!

Every time you have a Ka Huna you will experience something different. Sometimes it's physical healing and relaxation, sometimes you unlock stuck emotions such as crying, laughing or smiling. Another time you might see colours, experience energy shifts, release past memories, connect to your soul more or receive spiritual healing.

Ka Huna body work:

  • Instils a calming sense of peace and deep relaxation;
  • Releases deep-seated neuromuscular tension and allows energy to flow more freely;
  • Treats the lymphatic, immune, circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems to promote improved health and fitness;
  • Physically re-energising and rejuvenating;
  • Improves flexibility;
  • Helps to release fear, anger, grief and guilt as well as negative beliefs, self-criticism and traumatic memories;
  • Brings clarity and confidence, joy, open heartedness and trust;
  • Offers opportunity for self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-love;
  • Generates an over-all sense of well-being, vitality and empowerment;
  • Healing of injuries faster and more completely;
  • More love in life;
  • More happiness;
  •  More balance; and
  • More peace.

Sounds good, right? For those who come to me for kinesiology, this is a wonderful addition to the work we are doing together as it really helps shift things. There's an element of breath work involved and I tie in some aspects of kinesiology – it's very unique. Call the Live Well Spa & Wellness Centre on 6295 0400 to book in or treat someone you care about with a gift voucher. 

Wednesday
Oct292014

Thai Yoga Massage

Is a blissfully relaxing treatment that combines massage techniques and Yoga movements to leave your body and mind feeling balanced, calm and deeply relaxed.

If you have never experienced the magic of Thai Yoga massage, November is the best time to try it as Live Well’s resident Yoga teacher and resident Thai Yoga massage guru Ramone Bisset is are offering 90 minute treatments for the 60 minute price (Wednesday mornings only).

During a Thai Yoga Massage treatment, Ramone will move you through a sequence of gentle yoga stretches whilst using her hand and body pressure along your meridians and pressure points. This unique combination of movement, stretching and massage really opens up the body and allows for a deep release of tension and stress.

Thai Yoga massage’s development began thousands of years ago in the Buddhist temples of Thailand. It is an ancient form of therapeutic healing that has roots in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. It thrived as a means for spiritual people to share the benefits of meditation and compassion in a physical form. It is a respected form of healing practiced today in hospitals and temples throughout Thailand.

The benefits of this massage are numerous and include:

Physical Benefits

  • Leaves you feeling relaxed, balanced and free of tension
  • Detoxes your body and boosts your immune system
  • Increases your blood circulation and can lower your blood pressure
  • Releases muscle tension and pain
  • Increases flexibility in your muscles
  • Improves breathing
  • Improves posture, balance, corrects body alignments and dissolves energy blockages
  • Improves athletic performance
  • Helps arthritis and back pain,
  • Helps tone the body, strengthen joints
  • Slows the aging process

 

Mental Benefits

  • Improve your outlook towards life;
  • Help with concentration and creativity
  • Clear and calm your mind

 

Psychological effects of Thai Massage

  • Boosts your mood and your resilience
  • Reduces and relieve stress and anxiety
  • Builds your confidence
  • Boosts your inner vitality

Thai Yoga Massage is performed on a mat on the floor, with both the practitioner and client wearing comfortable clothing that allows ease of movement and flexibility.


Here at Live Well we are lucky enough to have our own Thai Yoga Massage expert, Ramone Bisset. Ramone is an experienced and gifted therapist. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge of the body's movement patterns from years spent teaching outdoor education and participating in adventure sports. Combining this with her understanding of the body's energetics from her work as an experienced Yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner makes Ramone exceptionally aware of, and in-tune with, the human body.