Archive for March, 2016

Memory. Cortisol. Stress.

Friday, March 25th, 2016
Hee hee. I was chatting to a client about memory yesterday – and was doing my usual spiel about memory and some key things that stop memory working well…  Thought I’d share my thoughts.
1. Cortisol. If we’re running on either stress or in pain – our adrenal glands release cortisol. Cortisol is well-known to shut down short-term memory.
2. Stress. as per #1. When we’re stressed – if we also activate survival patterns (which can be diffused with kinesiology and Pranic healings) the survival patterns shut off our memory centre because survival is about action – fight, flight or freeze… and therefore memory is unimportant.
3. Logic and Gestalt sides of the brain – memories are allocated to memory centres depending on our hormones. If we’re happy they should store in ‘happy’ or ‘positive’ brain centres, if they’re stressed memories they should be stored in survival pathways – but it’s not even as simple as that! If the pathways aren’t even connecting as well as they should they can get lost in no-man’s-land! It takes time, but kinesiology starts to open these pathways, naturopathy starts balancing these hormones and then the memory has a chance to kick-into-action.
4. Supplements such as Omega Braincare and BrahmiTone are 2 supplements we often prescribe for poor memory. Don’t forget there are millions and millions of neurons and glial cells which need repair when our memory has been dysfunctional for sometime. Take it easy. Allow your brain to heal.
5. Drugs. There are drugs that are well known to deteriorate the size of the brain by 5% per year – so the longer we’re on them (and there are several) the more our brain pays the price.
We can help with memory issues, stress problems, drug dependency and re-integrating the brain.
Madonna Guy ND
3348 6098

500 calorie HCG diet – how does it work?!

Friday, March 25th, 2016
Obviously the 500 calorie part of HCG scares people half to death initially… Here’s what SHOULD happen:
1. The HCG drops (10 drops 3 x daily – 4 if you’re starving) should be stimulating the hypothalamus in the brain to release brown fat from your body.
2. The brown fat is around 1000-1500 calories daily – therefore your body is REALLY running on 500 calories of food PLUS the brown fat calories: so we’re really running on 1500-2000 calories daily.
3. The drops need to be taken evenly throughout the day – by doing this we are consistently releasing brown fat into the bloodstream, which is keeping hunger at bay. Some people hardly ever feel ‘hungry’ on HCG.
4. If we’re hungry on HCG there are several factors that may be taken into account: blood sugar levels; stress levels; not taking HCG evenly throughout the day; too much exercise.
5. Doing the Very Low Calorie Diet VLCD not only SHRINKS your fat cells, but done correctly also ELIMINATES many fat cells – unlike any other weight loss process (besides liposuction!)
Call us on 3348 6098 for an appointment with our naturopaths to help your HCG process run more easily.  Annette and Lynn can answer many questions on the phone – but often the questions require a naturopathic consultation where there are complicated health issues involved.
Madonna Guy
New Leaf Natural Therapies
07 3348 6098

Remedial Massage; Reflexology; Chi Nei Tsang; Aromatherapy; Deep Tissue; Sports Massage – at New Leaf :-)

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Are you aware of the types of massage we do, the benefits and why we keep offering it for your health problems?

Massage is perhaps one of the oldest healing traditions. Many cultures – including the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians – were convinced of the therapeutic properties of massage and used it to treat a variety of ailments.

Massage is the application of manual techniques to the soft tissue to mobilise them to maintain flexibility. Massage is especially effective in breaking compensatory pain postures and patterns. For example, a tension headache is often self-sustaining because the pain makes the person clench the affected muscles even harder, which, in turn, creates more pain. A thorough neck and shoulder massage can reduce muscle tension and break the pain cycle.

Massage for treatment of some disorders

Modern studies have shown that massage can be used to successfully treat a variety of disorders, including:

  • anxiety
  • arthritis
  • back or neck pain
  • soft tissue injuries
  • chronic pain
  • constipation
  • depression
  • headache
  • high blood pressure
  • insomnia.

Benefits of massage

One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins, the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing. Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.

Some of the physical benefits of massage include:

  • reduced muscle tension
  • improved circulation
  • stimulation of the lymphatic system
  • reduction of stress hormones
  • increased joint mobility and flexibility
  • improved skin tone
  • speedier healing of soft tissue injuries
  • heightened mental alertness
  • reduced anxiety and depression.

Different types of massage

Typically, the massage practitioner uses either oil or talcum powder to allow their hands to slip over the person’s skin. Sometimes, a sheet or thin piece of cloth might be used for the same effect.

The different types of massage may include:

  • Aromatherapy – essential oils made from selected flowers and plants are added to the massage oil for their particular therapeutic properties. For example, the scent of sandalwood is thought to reduce nervous tension.
  • Baby massage – can help to treat constipation, colic and sleeping problems. Studies have found that regular massage helps premature babies to gain weight at a faster rate.
  • Reflexology – massage of the feet can encourage healing in other parts of the body.
  • Therapeutic – also known as ‘Western’ or ‘Swedish’ massage. One of the most popular forms of massage in Australia, this technique is designed to promote relaxation and improve blood circulation.
  • Remedial – encourages healing of injured soft tissue, such as muscles, tendons and ligaments.
  • Hot Stone Massage – is a relaxing technique that uses the heat from the stones to penetrate into the muscle tissues
  • Sports – is a blend of techniques that aim to enhance performance and help overworked muscles to recover quickly.
  • Chi Nei Tsang – an abdominal massage process (45-60 minutes on the abdomen) which improves circulation to the abdominal organs, intestines, reproductive organs, muscles and tendons inside the pelvic cavity and lower back.

Special considerations

There are some instances where massage isn’t recommended, including:

  • during pregnancy, especially the first trimester
  • if skin rashes, cuts or infections are present
  • if fractures or broken bones are suspected.

Call us on 3348 6098 to see if we can help you!

Madonna Guy ND Naturopath / Kinesiologist

Pain and Inflammation Treatments/Testing at New Leaf Natural Therapies

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Are you sick and tired of feeling aches and pains, with no particular hope for a better future?  No wonder depression and anxiety are linked with chronic pain conditions.  Did you know that natural therapies are situated to support your condition – whatever it is – and help you on the road to healing?

1.  Our naturopaths can talk through your medical tests, perform new testing processes (looking at your blood; OligoScan heavy metal and mineral levels; VLA BioImpedance Screenings; Insulin Resistance and Cholesterol checks) and help you find the underlying causes of your pain.

2.  Our kinesiology processes help to rebalance your pain an inflammation pathways in the body – helping your immune system to function better, remove toxins more easily and help you to heal faster.

3.  Our remedial massage and reflexologists have techniques which help to realign the body, reduce pain and inflammation in localised areas of the body, realign hips, necks, shoulders etc

4.  Our naturopathic supplements are proven to reduce pain and inflammation without side-effects.

5.  Microcurrent technology can be used to reduce pain and inflammation in joints, spine, neck, feet etc.

6.  Energetic and De-stressing techniques – such as pranic healings; kinesiology, reflexology, remedial massage, microcurrent technology – all can support re-booting your stress systems to function more effectively under stress.

Ask how we can help you!

Madonna Guy ND and Georgia Kilpatrick
Annette Cummins & Lynn Dale on reception
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098

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Remedial massage at New Leaf Natural Therapies!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016


Looking for a great remedial massage clinic?   Our bright, bubbly, caring new pracci will support you in getting well – with her amazing skills of remedial massage.  We have experience is supporting you deal with:

  • neck pain, jaw pain
  • spinal cord and disc pain
  • shoulders and hips
  • lymphatic congestion – swelling and inflammation
  • for headaches, migraines, chronic head, neck, jaw pain
  • arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis
  • abdominal massage – for pain and inflammation in your digestive organs, reproductive organs and hip flexors
  • fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • hip realignment
  • feet, ankle, leg aches and pains

Our Remedial Massage payment plan is from only $80.50 / month (saves 30%) and if you’re on a payment plan you also save 10-30% on all other treatments and testing processes at New Leaf.

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098