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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

We’d like to (re)introduce ourselves!

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Our team has changed dramatically over the past 12 months, and we have a wonderful team of diverse and highly skilled practitioners whom we’d like to introduce here;

– Our team is led by Madonna, a fantastic Naturopath and Kinesiologist with over 20 years’ experience treating a huge range of conditions.

Norm has been with us for several years and is a Kinesiologist with many years’ experience, specialising in the LEAP and NOT systems. Norm sees many children in the clinic with great success with learning and brain integration issues. He treats adults as well and integrates Nutrition and Kinesiology.  The NOT Process is about structural alignment – great for people with long-term pain and inflammatory conditions, scoliosis, jaw and hip problems, lack of concentration, poor immunity and poor digestive function, endocrine disorders such as thyroid and menstrual problems and so much more.

Kat is a Musculoskeletal Therapist and Kinesiologist with a unique ability, tapping into the emotional and spiritual aspects of the body through kinesiology, and supporting multidimensional wellness.  Kat is also a live blood practitioner, and often combines live blood screenings, followed by a kinesiology session to ‘balance’ what has been found in the blood and w0rks out what is important nutritionally for the client.

Gabby is our original New Leaf team member and our most recent practitioner addition! Gabby combines her gift of Intuitive Healing with Counselling Kinesiology to support emotional healing and balance.

Reenee-Jee is a skilled massage therapist, easing tensions and stress through remedial massage, hot stone therapy, and luxurious facials with the high performance, natural facial products from Arbonne.

We work as a cohesive, co-ordinated team, combining our skills to create truly integrated natural health care.  The list of conditions we are able to address are endless!

Beat Colds and Flues as the season changes

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

With the change of season we’ve had a number of people coming into the clinic with respiratory infections, coughs, wheezing, and other respiratory-related complaints. Here we’d like to share our best tips for recovering from acute respiratory illness such as these.

Move inwards..

It’s subtle in Queensland, but the shift in the season brings about subtle shifts within our bodies. In Chinese medicine, the direction in cooler months is inwards, and so we may find we have less energy than summer, and we feel like doing a little less. Follow those urges. It’s time to gather things in, reflect , adjust and gain clarity. All our activities have an influence on our health, especially being out of harmony with nature.  

What is your body telling you?

If you feel run down, listen to your body.  Symptoms can be seen as a form of intelligent communication from our bodies.  Go to bed a little earlier, and nurture yourself a little more. Cook a big batch of vegetable and chicken-broth soup, allow yourself to sleep in, and start to make a few less commitments on your calendar. Your body will thank you for it.

Breathe easy

Take a walk in the fresh air (with a scarf around your neck if you are chilly or sick), preferably in a park, in nature or by the sea. Breathe deeply. Alternatively, take a few deep, conscious breaths when you wake in the morning. Using the timeless remedy eucalyptus oil in a burner or as a steam inhalation can help to open the airways and help you breathe easier. Our Specialist in the aromatherapy massage Raindrop Technique, Rachel, can also recommend some specific, potent oils for the lungs and immune system. 

Herbs and nutrients for the lungs and immune system

Herbal medicines are a powerful aid to the immune system. There are many herbs specific for different conditions, which we would select based on your individual symptom picture. From lung tonics to herbal expectorants to overall immune system support, herbs are an extremely effective means of preventing and treating colds, flues and general low immune function. We also stock a highly concentrated zinc and C powder that provides the body with essential, highly absorbable nutrients for the immune system.

Balance and fortify your body with Kinesiology

Kinesiology can help in the processing of stress and emotional factors that have a very real impact on the strength of the immune system. Kinesiology also helps to identify how well our organs are functioning and raises their energetic vitality when they are sub-optimal. Very often being run down is a product of a deeper issue on an emotional level; kinesiology helps to not only bring about our awareness of this but heal it as well.

Home remedy

Cold and Flu reliever

Juice of ¼ lemon or ½ lime

A pinch of cayenne pepper (or a twist of freshly ground black pepper)

1 teaspoon of raw organic honey

½ tsp of Zinc and C powder

  • Add all above to a mug and fill with warm (not boiling) water and drink .

Take up to 3 times daily to ward of a cold.  

For more advice, remedies and support, please come at see one of our qualified practitioners here at New Leaf Natural Therapies.

Phoebe Boonkerd ND

New Leaf Natural Therapies

3348 6098

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

Q. First Few Days on HCG: Madonna’s comments

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
From an HCGer…
Hi, I am on day 5 (including 2 loading days) and have lost 2kgs, however today I have a bad headache and am really hungry. I have just taken some panadol but am struggling today. My loading days I ate HEAPS but was thinking the whole time I wasn’t hungry and wasn’t craving anything. Now of course every time I turn on the TV there is a food as and I want it!!
Madonna’s Comments:
1. Headaches are due to detoxification… the body is releasing toxins from the fat tissue, and our body is struggling dealing with it. Drink heaps and heaps of purified water.  In our clinic we have infrared saunas (an hour is recommended on HCG), kinesiology protocols that support detoxification, raindrop technique (essential oil technique), and energetic healings, all of which support the body’s lymphatic system and major organs to eliminate toxins faster.  Lipoic Acid (4 daily available at New Leaf) is both a fat soluble and water soluble anti-oxidant – in other words it sops up toxins from both the blood and the fat tissue.  It’s fantastic for HCG.  It also helps with blood sugar balancing which can be a major cause of headaches on HCG.
2. Hunger: homeopathic drops take different amounts of time for different people to kick in. It’s only day 3 on the VLCD, some people take up to day 5 before homeopathic drops kick in. Make sure the drops are away from eating, drinking, coffee, cleaning teeth, and keep away from electrical appliances.  We use products such as Resist X to settle down the hunger – drink heaps of filtered water, gymnema settles hunger and sugar cravings, chromium helps to create energy within the cells – there’s lots we can do for hunger!
3. Panadol: do the best you can, but obviously your adding another toxin to the body which will have to be dealt with.  Hopefully it will only be the first few days for these headaches – let’s us know whats stored in our fat tissue doesn’t it??
4. Have a treatment with Norm or Kat and start balancing the hormones – getting them to kick the hypothalamus into action might be a possibility from the kinesiology perspective as well. Kinesiology can re-connect the hypothalamus with many parts of the body so that it speeds up the process of supporting HCG to kick in as quickly as possible.
5. Resist X: 2 tabs 3-4 x daily – if you need it, it increases cellular energy, gets the sugar activated properly within the cells (supports insulin resistance) – great for hunger on HCG.  One of my favourite supplements for clients on HCG.
6. Kinesiology for food sabotage… can also be used to help your brain and body settle down into the hcg process..  HCG is a process that helps to re-frame our food tendencies, and helps us deal with sabotages, bad eating habits, munchies…things that we may not even be aware that we’re doing!  Kinesiology, energetic healings, reiki, raindrop technique all help to settle our nervous system down.
7. Raindrop Technique: essential oil technique performed by Rachel that kicks the nervous system into action.  Gives energy.  Settles the adrenals and cortisol levels so that hunger may be normalised.  Good luck!!!  Total bliss, either an hour of Raindrops Technique or 1.5 hours of Raindrop/Reiki combination.
HCG Brisbane
Madonna Guy ND
3348 6098