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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
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.

Wednesday
Oct222014

Living with Hayfever

With "the fluff" otherwise known as the prolific flowers of the Populous alba tree flying though Canberra’s air, students minds might turn to university exams and hay fever sufferers minds turn to sneezing, watering eyes and fatigue.

 

Why do you get hay fever?

If your hay fever is seasonal, then it is caused by your immune systems over-enthusiastic response to what are normally benign substances like pollens, grasses and flowers. In spring, prolific quantities of these minute particles float though the air and into the delicate mucous membranes of your sinuses where they meet the defenses of your immune system.

One of the basic defenses of your immune system is to flush out offending substances with tears and mucous, the bigger the immune reaction, the more copious the streaming eyes and mucous discharge.

 

Why doesn’t everyone react the same way?

If you don’t get hay fever then it just means your immune system is not over-reacting to environmental triggers…lucky you!

 

How do you switch off the hay fever response?

Many people choose to mask the symptoms of hay fever with drugs which work by suppressing the immune systems response, drying up secretions and masking pain signals.

However, for a more holistic solution that doesn’t just mask the symptoms you need to do two simple things:

 

De-stress

Stress is the difference between your immune system reacting calmly or over-reacting to triggers in the environment. Hay fever is usually a good indicator that your stress levels are too high and need some attention.

Try leaving work on-time, go to a regular Yoga or gym class, learn to meditate or take up a hobby. If you know your stress levels are really high then seek professional support.

 

Detox

The other area of your body calling out for support when you have hay fever is your liver. Hay fever essentially alerts you that your liver is over-burdened.

Simple ways to support your liver include to cutting out alcohol and processed foods. Try eating a more whole food based diet including lots of veges, whole grains and legumes and reduce meat and dairy.

If you address hay fever in a holistic way, the chances are you’ll beat the symptoms and feel more energized, sleep better and enjoy life more.

Wednesday
Oct152014

A Fertile Life Part I: Why Mind-Body Medicine is Essential for Fertility

In this two part series, I will be exploring how mind-body medicine supports women in creating the family and life they've always wanted. Mind-body medicine treats the whole person: your mind, body, spirit and energy system. This is essential, as the answer to fertility difficulties sometimes  lies beyond the physical body.

Part I Why Mind-Body Medicine is Essential for Fertility discusses the role emotions, thoughts and hormones play in fertility. Part II will explore the broader concept of a fertile life and how in turn this promotes fertility.

Imagine yourself as an intricate pattern of connecting lines, such as a web. Each silk thread is a different aspect – your thoughts, emotions, hormones, nutrients, neurons, organs, glands – the list goes on. Your energy system flows though each of these threads. Energy flows where intention goes so if there is stress or dis-harmony in one connection, then it affects the whole system. The web becomes weak. It is crucial then, to look at the whole person and not just the physical body!

Does it sometimes feel like you've tried everything to get pregnant? Or are you at the beginning of your fertility journey and wondering if all is in place for a healthy pregnancy? Perhaps you're pregnant and wanting to prepare for the birth and life after your baby arrives?

When planning for a baby, most women take into consideration key factors in their lifestyle such as: what they're eating, how much they're exercising and if they need to quit smoking or reduce their alcohol consumption. These areas are widely recognised as crucial to a healthy pregnancy and baby. However, the role of emotional and mental health in promoting fertility is often overlooked. Below are some examples of other aspects affecting fertility for your consideration:

●     Stress hormones are your fertility enemy. In 2009, researchers at the University of California discovered several damaging interactions between stress hormones and fertility hormones. When you are stressed, anxious or depressed, hormones are released into your body that disturb your ovulation, sperm count and desire for sex.

●     The yogic-Chakra system penetrates through your endocrine (hormonal) system. By checking in with each of the chakras you are able to gain insight into what areas of your life you need to pay attention to.

◦      The Crown Chakra penetrates through your hypothalamus which is at the top of the chain of messages within the brain down to your endocrine glands. It is the spiritual aspect of your life and whether you and on your unique path.

◦      Second in line is the pituitary gland which amongst others secretes oxytocin (intimacy and childbirth) and prolactin (breastfeeding) and penetrates through the Brow Chakra. What is your perception of your inner and outer worlds?

 ●     Within your energy system, a balanced Sacral Chakra is key to the successful making of a baby. The Sacral Chakra penetrates through the ovaries and gonads. Surprise, surprise – the Sacral Chakra is all about your emotional self. Questions to ask yourself and your partner are: Am I expressing my emotions? Am I accepting my emotions? Am I a victim to my emotions? Do I need to let go?

And remember, it takes two to make a baby, so successful fertility is both the responsibility of the female and the male!

Returning to the web metaphor; imagine being able to create well-being through healing your energy system. Your meridians and chakras hold the keys to your fertility. Mind-body medicine teaches you a lot about yourself and gives you the power to heal and create the life that's waiting for you.

Book in with Kate Pamphilon, our resident kinesiologist, for help with any aspect of fertility, pregnancy, labour and birth.

Wednesday
Oct082014

Nourish Yourself to a Stress-Free Life – Part 1

The number one cause of all problems, whether they be physical, mental or emotional is stress. Recent research has increasingly confirmed the important role of stress in cardiovascular disease, cancer, gastrointestinal issues, skin problems, emotional disorders and lowered immune systems. In fact 75-90% of all visits to your doctor are for stress related complaints. I don’t know about you but that is a massive statistic and one that can be reversed with the proper support and guidance.

Nourishing ourselves is not only beneficial for our wellbeing, but also crucial if we are to live our lives optimally and fully. When most of us talk about nourishing ourselves, we think diet. However, I believe it is important to view nourishment in a more holistic sense. If we just focus on our physical bodies through diet and exercise, we could possibly neglect our mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing as well. So, for me nourishment refers to what nourishes our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical bodies with a holistic and complete focus.  This article is divided into four sections addressing how to sustain and nurture all four of our body systems in order to live a stress-free life.

 

Physical Nourishment

Physical nourishment begins with what you put into your body. All of us have probably heard the saying “you are what you eat.” Yes, it may be a cliché it is also true. I for one can vouch for the benefits of changing to a clean diet. Growing up I used to eat lots of junk food; chocolate, chips, processed and refined biscuits, pastries and bread. I had low energy levels and my digestive system was struggling. Five years ago I started cleaning up my diet; I became a vegetarian, reduced and eliminated dairy, processed and refined sugar and gluten. I’m not saying eliminating meat, dairy and gluten are best for everyone. However, reducing at the very least processed and refined foods such as sugar and white flour will set you on the path to greater health. Incorporating and increasing vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, seeds and ethically sourced meat (if you’re a meat eater) are the cornerstone of what experts deem as a healthy diet. Focusing on when we are hungry and full - instead of emotional eating, eating until our plates are empty or boredom - will ensure that you are eating for all the right reasons. 

Exercise is equally as important not only to your physical body, but the other three bodies as well. It has been reported that exercise not only makes you physically fit, but can also reduce anxiety, depression and stress. There is no right or wrong way to exercise, what works for one person might not work for another. For example I don’t like running. However, I love walking, swimming and yoga. Different people resonate with different types of exercise more than others. The most important thing is to do something you LOVE. Exercising at least three times a week, for about 30-60 minutes is the agreed upon average by professionals. For me personally, I practice yoga for 30 minutes as soon as I wake up every morning, and I go for a 30-minute walk with my toddler every day. I can tell you right now I didn’t used to exercise this much before having a baby and I can definitely feel the positive effects it has on all aspects of my life. I have more energy so I can chase my little man around all day; I am living in the present and have more clarity of mind to focus on my studies. 

 

Mental Nourishment

Nourishing our mental bodies is probably the least likely talked about. However, it is fun, challenging and gratifying. Just like our physical body we also need to tone and workout our mind.

Many people, me included have what the Tao terms “the monkey mind.” Our minds are running rampant, controlling our lives, and playing scenarios in our heads about possible futures or regretful pasts and torturing our actions. How many of you lie awake at night thinking about your grocery list, the things you need to do tomorrow or what you should have said to your co-worker when they mocked you today at lunch? This used to be my mind all the time, and can still be some of the time when I am not focused on the present moment.

Research has shown that we have between 45,000 and 51,000 thoughts a day. That’s about 150 to 300 thoughts a minute. Research has also shown that for most people 80% of those thoughts are negative. All of these repetitive thoughts are poured into creating your reality. When you start making conscious positive thoughts, you actually become more aware of the negative thoughts that are always threatening to take over.

So how can we wrangle our little monkeys so they are tame and living in the present; not the past or future? The first is meditation. Like exercise there is no right or wrong way to meditate. I know when I first started (and even still occasionally now) my mind wonders. When this happens just gently and lovingly bring your attention back to your breathing. Your breathing is always in the present so it will always bring you back and away from persistent thoughts and worries. There are many different types of meditation and the fastest way to discover them is with Google. However, for now the easiest form of meditation is focusing on your breathing. The cool air coming into your nostrils, and the warm air exiting as you exhale; the feel of your stomach rising and falling with each breath in and out.

Other activities you can practice to work out your mind is reading, learning a new skill, studying, being aware of your internal mind chatter and bringing yourself back to the present, resting your mind, having positive outlooks and goals, reflecting and having a healthy self-esteem. This list is by no means an extensive list of what your mental body can accomplish but it is a starting point.

Next week you can read Part 2 of Nourishing Yourself to a Stress-Free Life where we will discuss Emotional and Spiritual Nourishment.

Much Gratitude,

Steph

Steph Fleeton is Live Well’s Wellbeing Coach and Holistic Therapist. She specialises in successfully treating Stress, Depression & Anxiety, as well as Parenting & Children. Through these coaching sessions you will be able to release the emotional charge fueling your problems such as Stress, and be empowered and inspired to take control of your life, to be happy.

Wednesday
Oct012014

Give you whole body a lift for the start of Summer!

With the change of seasons we can find our skin feeling dry, scaly and itchy and of course those yummy winter foods that we indulge in that may have left us feeling a little sluggish, bloated and low on energy.

As the biggest living organ our skin can be impacted by internal and external factors so it is essential that we continue to support it by helping with the decongestion and stimulating new cell reproduction.

So why not try our treatments Detox Me or Blissthese include a technique of dry brushing the skin, this has many benefits such as:

  • Removing dead layers of skin and other outer impurities.
  • Stimulates and increases blood circulation.
  • Helps release fatty deposits under your skin’s surface.
  • Boosts the Lymphatic system.
  • Rejuvenates your cells.
  • Strengthens your immune system.
  • Increases muscle tone and improves skin texture.

This is then followed by an hour massage to continue with stimulation of the circulatory and lymphatic system as well as:

  • Reducing muscle tension.
  • Reduction of stress hormones.
  • Increasing joint mobility and flexibility.
  • Heightened mental alertness.
  • Reducing anxiety and depression.

With the many benefits encompassed in this treatment you will be left feeling relaxed and your skin silky smooth and rebalanced to continue to support your body in eliminating toxins and boosting your immune system.

The Bliss treatment also includes a 30 minute reflexology. So why not give your body and skin the boost it needs today, contact Tegan a call on 62 95 0400 to make an appointment.

Please note: There are some contra-indications in relation to this treatment, such as pregnancy, untreated heart, liver or kidney conditions.