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Tuina Massage – Robert Coombs at New Leaf Natural Therapies

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
Tuina Chinese Remedial MassageI know it’s always a challenge trying a new technique if you don’t know what it is.  I’ve had lots of massage over the past 22 years, but I didn’t know what to expect – TuiNa Chinese Remedial Massage is definitely a deep-tissue remedial massage.  I’ve had issues with my shoulders and neck and lower back problems for several years – feet problems forever (several big sprains 25 years ago) so I was curious as to how ‘specific’ the process was.This Chinese therapy makes use of rhythmic compression techniques along different energy channels of the body to establish harmonious flow of Qi throughout the body and bringing it back to balance. It works deeply with the positive energy of the body.Robert found and worked on all my sore spots – and some I didn’t know were there!  Obviously the trick to a great massage is communication with your massage therapist – make sure you chat about the strength on different parts of your body – you may be able to handle deep tissue on your spine, but not on your legs, for example.I would highly recommend TuiNa Chinese Remedial Massage and I’ll be booking again this week.  As Robert is also an acupuncturist, you can choose a longer session and have a combination of both!

About TuiNa Massage

Tui Na makes use of various hand techniques in combination with acupuncture and other manipulation techniques. Many of the techniques used in this massage resemble that of a western massage like gliding, kneading, vibration, tapping, friction, pulling, rolling, pressing and shaking. In Tui Na massage, the muscles and tendons are massaged with the help of hands, and an acupressure technique is applied to directly affect the flow of Qi at different acupressure points of the body, thus facilitating the healing process. It removes the blockages and keeps the energy moving through the meridians as well as the muscles.

This technique is very beneficial in reducing the pain of neck, shoulders, hips, back, arms, highs, legs and ankle disorders. It is a very effective therapy for arthritis, pain, sciatica and muscle spasms. Other benefits of this massage therapy include alleviation of the stress related disorders like insomnia, constipation, headaches and other disorders related to digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems.

The greatest advantage of Tui Na is that it focuses on maintaining overall balance with both physical and mental health. Any one who wants to avoid the side effects of drugs or a chemical based treatment can adopt this effective massage technique to alleviate their pain. Tui Na massage therapy is now becoming a more common therapy method due to its focus on specific problems rather than providing a general treatment.

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
94 Edith Street
Wynnum QLD  4178
07 3348 6098
healthteam@newleafnaturaltherapies.com.au

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

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

Looking After Others Means Looking After Yourself

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

One of the challenging things in life is when we start to get older and family or close friends start to receive diagnosis of their health. Yes, I’m talking cancer in the family. It’s one of the most challenging things one goes through when loved ones start to show symptoms, go through treatment with drastic side effects and with the looming query of: what’s going to happen next?

The overwhelming sense that one can’t really do much, the underwhelm of not being able to do much except comfort the person which is really hard to do when we’re rundown, exhausted, worried and busy with normal life. So what can we do apart from cook dinners?

You can look after yourself. Yes, it is one of the best things you can do as a support person to someone and don’t feel guilty about good health! When you’re rocking the sense of wellbeing:

  • it is a natural pick-me-up for others
  • you have more energy to do support jobs i.e. driving to appointments, cooking and preparing food, changing bed sheets, helping shower
  • it’s easier to maintain positive, non-judgemental and a calming vibe
  • you become more emotionally resilient
  • and are more able to enjoy more moments along the way

Let’s break it down:

Maintaining a sense of personal balance and wellbeing actually means:

  • maintaining good sleep wherever possible. Sleep is necessary for the body to replenish stores and do minor repairs around the body from the day.
  • Maintaining a balance of hormones. Why is this so important? Hormones are the bodies messengers to tell parts of the body to do things. Yes, reproduction is a result from hormones but they also have a great effect on keeping us calm, awake, good focus, active with energy and even sleep when it’s bed time. If one is over used then it’s eventually like a game of domino’s, but not quite as fun.
  • Maintaining good energy means everything becomes easier! Doom and gloom isn’t an overbearing sense but more a sense of acceptance and you are more likely to make more good moments.
  • Having good energy means eating good food and often. Food is our fuel therefore there is some truth to “You are what you eat”. Good energy means having enough energy to make breakfast lunch and dinner for yourself and whoever else you need to. When we’re busy, stressed and overwhelmed one of the first things to go out the window is dinner and/or breakfast. This is effectively not putting good fuel in the engine and expecting it to do a Formula 1 race every day. The maths just doesn’t add up, does it? Preparing good nutritious food is paramount and may take a bit of organising but should be a priority on your to-do list.
  • Taking care of any aches, pains and health issues of your own so when you’re with your loved one you can be as present and focussed with them as possible.

So we’ve talked benefits, now the big question is: how?

I’m a Naturopath and Kinesiologist so I’m going to say naturopathy and kinesiology works wonders! So I will go through some benefits however if your thing is massage do that. And do it regularly!

I love naturopathy as essentially it’s utilising herbs, nutrients, food as medicine, flower essences and even appropriate homeopathics to support and maintain wellbeing. For example often stress and energy are big ones that need support as they can unwind everything else. There are some fantastic herbs called adaptogens that help support energy levels whilst calming the nerves. Herbs can cater specifically for your personal health requirements whether it be stress, energy, pain and inflammation or digestion. They can make day to day life easier!

Whereas Kinesiology can essential give an indication of where the stress is affecting your body, how to balance it and what herbs, nutrients, foods or other remedies are the priority to maintain wellbeing and balance J

Other fantastic modalities that can be used alongside or instead of are:

  • Massage – If you have aches and pains and respond well to massage book one in regularly. A one off is nice, but an ongoing weekly or fortnightly massage works wonders for stress and energy management long term.
  • Reflexology – via pressure points on the feet this modality also works on rebalancing energy systems (and organs). Plus you get to lie down for one hour and totally relax into an amazing foot rub!
  • Chi Nei Tsang – this is a particular massage style for your belly. It is really good for digestion as when we are stressed, busy and tired our digestion often takes the brunt of it all and starts to not work as well. And what does digestion do? It processes our fuel (i.e. food) so we can use it efficiently. Therefore digestion is really important.

Some people like to mix it up, that is naturopathy/kinesiology every three weeks to keep on top of things and in between a massage, reflexology or chi nei tsang. It’s whatever works for you!

Spring Specials! Available until 31/10/15

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Chi Nei Tsang

Have you heard about Chi Nei Tsang?  This abdominal massage which has its origins in Thailand, has been used for hundreds of years.  Imagine your core abdominal muscles and organs working well.  Our experienced massage therapists have been working with Abdominal Massage for more than 3 years – it’s amazing for:

  • immune issues – 80-90% of immunity is in the gut
  • abdominal issues and lower back pain
  • liver and gall bladder dysfunction
  • fertility issues – endometriosis, painful periods, PCOD, prostate issues
  • anxiety & stress – releasing scar tissue from the diaphragm
  • lymphatic congestion – the abdomen is indeed ‘the core’ of health

Your next Chi Nei Tsang Treatment is only $89!

Looking at your Blood –  is a process where we need 1-2 drops of blood – you see your blood on a monitor for 20-40 minutes and shows the healthy and vitality of your red blood cells and white blood cells – the ones that fight cold, flu, viruses – the ones that are anti-allergic, the ones that are inflammatory.

It’s a cool way of checking out your cellular health, and give you inspiration to keep it that way.

Your next 1 hour where we look at your blood on the screen with Georgia is only $169 or $199 with Madonna – if you mention Monkey Chimp Email!

Reflexology

I’m constantly impressed by the feedback I get from clients with regards to Carole’s reflexology treatments.  Reflexology improves the health of all your body’s organs – your spleen, your immunity, your gut and liver – your metabolism / thyroid / adrenal system.

Your next Reflexology Treatment is only $89!

OligoScan. Yes, I know, I keep mentioning it, but I really, really love it!  Just say we see via the OligoScan that your selenium and zinc are low and you constantly get the flu… well these nutrients are crucial for immunity.
We often find low iodine, low magnesium (also linked to exhaustion and thyroid issues) linked to chronic weight issues.  Not to mention high heavy metal levels in those who can’t lose weight.  The body will often refuse to lose weight if it’s toxic – it’s trying to protect you, but very annoying when you’re doing everything right.  Detoxing can be necessary.

Your next OligoScan / Consult Combo with Georgia or Madonna is only $299!

Detoxification Processes – It’s our specialty!

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Detoxification Processes at New Leaf – we have so much to offer!

*  Raindrop Aromatherapy – relaxes and rejuvenates the nerves through the power of essential oils – can stimulate immune and detox pathways as well… Pain hormones are often lowered and feel-good hormones are increased!

*  Frequency Specific Microcurrent – can target specific medication toxins, heavy metals, vaccine toxins, stress hormones and support release through the organs of detoxification

*  Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage – stimulates organ detoxification through the digestive tract – stimulates release of toxins through the liver, kidneys, small and large intestines, spleen, gall bladder

*  Lymphatic Drainage/Remedial Massage – did you know that massage moves the lymph, moves acids from the muscles, increases serotonin and dopamine and increases the depth of sleep

*  Kinesiology:  can stimulate effect functioning of all our body’s major organs…  it can find emotional stressors, physical stressors, old toxins that can be jamming your body’s systems of detoxification and halting healing processes

*  Herbal and Nutritional supplements – so many things help us defoxify.  We are constantly learning about new supplements, products, effects of everything we do.

Need some detoxification?  Feeling tired and rundown?

3348 6098
Madonna Guy ND
Weekly Radio Naturopath:  4BC & Bay FM

New Leaf now provides Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage – read on!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Chi Nei Tsang (Abdominal Massage) available at New Leaf Natural Therapies

What is Chi Nei Tsang?

Energetically – who knows the cause of sickness?  Where does internal pain, issues with our major organs such as the liver and kidneys, the stomach, small intestines, large intestines come from?  Naturopathically, it has always been taught that step one for any long-term health problem has been to cleanse the body’s filters – the digestive tract, the liver, the immune system/lymphatic systems and the kidneys.  Congestion in any of these areas can cause poor energy, poor circulation and poor detoxification of any of these systems.

In Chinese medicine it has always been taught that blocked energy starts this toxicity building up – Chi Nei Tsang helps with both – it starts to move the inflammation, the toxicity and the energy blockages that are stopping blood, lymphatic flow and nutrient absorption throughout our major organs.

Have you ever felt ‘knots’ in your stomach, tightness under the ribs, described this to your therapist who simply prescribed antacids or digestive enzymes?  These is so much more to health than that…and the last thing you want is to suppress symptoms which may come back to haunt you down the track.

Our Foundations of Health programme is a nine month detoxification process which starts the body healing as our filters start to clear.  It is a long process (quick and dirty detoxes rarely make lasting change) to health for some people.

I found this fabulous description on Chi Nei Tsang from http://radiantliving.com/chi-nei-tsang-abdominal-massage/ in the U.S. and it describes energy and the abdomen and how it relates to our health, our wellbeing, our stressors, our operations and medications…

“The Taoist sages of ancient China observed that humans often develop energy blockages in their internal organs that result in knots and tangles in their abdomens. These obstructions occur at the center of the body’s vital functions and constrict the flow of Chi (energy), our life-force. The negative emotions of fear, anger, anxiety, depression, and worry cause the most damage. Problems can also be caused by overwork, stress, accidents, surgery, drugs, toxins, poor food, and bad posture.

Through meditative practices the sages learned to look within themselves. They discovered the internal organs connect with the Five Forces of the Universe and provide a link between the human microcosm and the universal macrocosm. The organs contain the essences of the spiritual force of a human being. They also provide the physical lines of force that hold the body together and give it structure.

When obstructed the internal organs store unhealthy energies that can overflow into other bodily systems and surface as negative emotions and sickness. Always in search of an outlet, these negative emotions and toxic energies create a perpetual cycle of negativity and stress. (Fig. 1) If the negative emotions can’t find an outlet, they fester in the organs or move into the abdomen, the body’s “garbage dump.” The abdomen can process some emotional garbage, but more often it can’t keep up with the flow. The energetic center of the body located at the navel becomes congested and cut off from the rest of the body.

Fig. 1 Negative energy cycle leads to knots and tangles in the abdomen.

B. Chi Nei Tsang: A Method to Clear Blocked Energy

Chi, the life-force energy, moves through the body’s internal channels, nervous system, blood vessels, and lymph glands. These systems concentrate and cross paths in the abdomen which acts as their control center. Tensions, worries, and stresses of the day, month, or year accumulate there and are seldom dispersed. ‘These disturbances can cause physical tangling and knotting of the nerves, blood vessels, and lymph nodes. The result is the gradual obstruction of energy circulation.

The ancient Taoists realized that negative emotions cause serious damage to one’s health, impairing both physical and spiritual functions. They understood that each human emotion is an expression of energy and that certain emotions could indicate the negative energy behind many physical ailments. They also identified a specific cycle of relationships between the emotions and the organs. For example, the experience of a “knot” in one’s stomach indicated the presence of worry, the negative emotion that accumulates in the stomach and spleen.
The Taoists discovered that most maladies could be healed once the underlying toxins and negative forces were released from the body. They developed the art of Chi Nei Tsang to recycle and transform negative energies that obstruct the internal organs and cause knots in the abdomen. Chi Nei Tsang clears out the toxins, bad emotions, and excessive heat or heat deficiencies-that cause the organs to dysfunction. (Fig. 2)

 

Fig. 2 Ancient Taoists massaged their abdomens and organs to stay healthy.
C. Chi Nei Tsang: A Complement to other Disciplines”

Makes a little sense doesn’t it?

We complement Chi Nei Tsang with all of the other services we provide in our clinic, in Wynnum Brisbane.

We know that Chi Nei Tsang is very energizing, strengthening, and detoxifying the internal organ systems of our body.  It supports the removal of negative influences and is fantastic for intestinal blockages, cramps, knots, lumps, scarring, headaces, menstrual cramps, poor blood circulation, back pain, infertility, impotence and many other issues.

Imagine avoiding intestinal surgery through an incredibly systematic and thorough treatment process.

For bookings, phone 3348 6098 and chat to Linda, Annette or Gabby to discuss pricing options.

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Deep Tissue/Remedial Massage at New Leaf Natural Therapies (Wynnum, Brisbane)… Madonna Guy ND

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

We are continuing our tradition of fabulous Deep Tissue/Remedial Massage at New Leaf Natural Therapies…

Are you having pain in your neck? back? shoulders?  Let’s have a think about what’s going on…  the muscles are tightening, they are getting dehydrated and ‘gluey’ and they shorten.  They start pinching the nerves, start pulling the ribs out of whack, create nerve pain…  goodness me, given that 70% of Aussies have back and neck pain regularly – we could all do with a fantastic massage regularly…

Our massage therapists have lots of experience in different techniques that will start to reset your muscles back into normal shape.  Given their nutritional and naturopathic experience they may also recommend products that help with chronic pain such as:

  • Fibroplex for muscle pain and fibromyalgia
  • Kaprex for chronic pain
  • Inflavonoid Intensive care for acute pain..

It really isn’t that hard to get muscle problems, nerve pain, fibromyalgia on the right track to health.  We’ll probably recommend a programme which will even save you lots of $$$ too…  but that’s up to you.

Give us a call and book in with Doug or Kat on 3348 6098

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
Wynnum, Brisbane

New Leaf Natural Therapies – Ta Nui: A Shiatsu treatment by Rachel…

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Have you ever experienced Shiatsu?

Ta Nui is a Traditional Chinese Medicine Remedial Massage therapy which is a fantastic Addition to our remedial massage skills at New Leaf…

It is:

  • fully clothed
  • there is stretching involved in the process
  • it uses a rocking technique on the muscles in order to reposition ligaments and tendons
  • great for muscular aches and pains
  • great for arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue

Rachel is a fully qualified naturopath who is doing extra study in Traditional Chinese Massage and we’re proud to add Ta Nui as a treatment process.

30% off your first TCM Ta Nui ‘Shiatsu’ treatment…

3348 6098

 

30% off hot stone massage: available at New Leaf Natural Therapies Wynnum

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Make sure you mention the Facebook 30% off bonus when you give us a call – available until 31st October

  • Hot Stone Massage 90 minutes of bliss – 500 clients can’t be wrong – fabulous de-stresser!!!
  • Talk about TLC for the heart and soul…
  • Health fund rebates available as our therapists are amazing, degree trained geniuses!!

Call us today and make sure you mention Facebook…  3348 6098 talk to Gabby or Helen!