Posts Tagged ‘New Leaf Natural Therapies’

Pain – Neuroplasticity and Sports Injuries

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Have you heard of the term neuroplasticity and wondered what it means? No, our brains are not made of plastic. However, it does refer to the neural pathways in our brains can be as malleable as plastic allowing our brain to adapt to different circumstances. This means that each signal that enters our brain follows a particular pathway. This pathway can be altered by a change in behaviour.

Recently there has been several case studies to confirm the suggestion that chronic pain is not so much a true indication of current pain but that neural pathways have been developed in the brain to re-affirm the original pain that was experienced. Therefore, the pain which we perceive as chronic pain is not a true indication of anatomical pain but a memory of past pain experienced. Neuroplasticity suggests that neural pathway that has developed can be altered via different input.

There have been several cases which have successfully abated their chronic pain to minimal or none ultimately changing their lives. This has been achieved via activating the neural pathway pattern and flooding the brain with another sensory input. This in turn allows an alternative neural pathway to develop. Each time the new neural pathway is reinforced allows for the new pathway to develop and the old pathway (of pain) decreases in strength and slowly dissipates. Literally turning the old statement of if you don’t use it you lose it to an advantage!

Alternate sensory input may be light or sound. That is, by flooding the neural pathway with another direction to go in each time chronic pain is experienced stimulates new neurons to develop. If this new neuron pathway is reinforced regularly throughout the day the experience of pain has been reported to significantly reduce over a 6 week period.

Chronic pain is usually associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or other degenerative conditions. However, chronic pain is actually classified after 3 months of experiencing pain in the same region consistently. Therefore this includes sports injuries which are often exacerbated by repetitive movements or sitting stationary for long periods of time (often work related). When this starts to happen reactive muscles can be a factor.

Reactive muscles is the concept of when one muscle is switched on it essentially bullies other muscles that switch off i.e. muscles are reactive towards one another as opposed to firing when appropriate. Reactive muscles can create dysfunctional movement patterns when the body moves. When this is done repetitively it can be reinforced and put strain on muscles which can lead to events causing injury. Upon injury acute inflammation and pain is experienced which is the body’s warning system to rest that area. However, when the acute inflammation dies down is a crucial stage to change the reactive pattern of muscles before the neuronal network of ‘pain’ is laid down and reinforced altering the way the body moves. This pattern can start to reinforce itself in a negative way.

By switching off the reactive muscles allows for any neuronal networks for ‘pain’ to not be reinforced thus reducing the experience of pain. This can be done by kinesiology. Essentially kinesiology identifies and activates a negative neuronal pathway, floods it with a positive stimulus allowing a new neuronal pathway to form i.e. neuroplasticity.

Intuitive Energy Balances

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

I have been attuned to Reiki for 10 years now and have enjoyed the benefits of working with this beautiful energy.

If you are feeling stuck, lacking motivation or just finding it hard to feel happy I can help with an Intuitive Energy Session at New Leaf Natural Therapies.

Our initial connection with people is on an energetic level. I believe we get a feeling about someone even before we speak to them by sensing their energy; it is this energy that I work with.

When we experience difficult situations, sustained stress or traumatic events the intense energy that goes along with these events can get stuck in our bodies. This blocked energy can impact on our lives making it difficult to make decisions, feel motivated or to just feel happy.  It also can impact on our connections with partners, family, friends and colleagues. 

During an Intuitive Energy Balance we will spend time talking about the issues at hand which will bring up the energy connected with the stress around the situation. Then using my hands I will scan the body to see where the energy is stuck and use Reiki to clear the energy and release the pent up tensions and emotions.  With the release of this energy clients find it easier to move forward and resolve issues.

I found this great article at “The International Centre for Reiki Training” that explains what Reiki energy is and how it helps.

What is Reiki?  Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use.

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not.

Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system, during a meditation several years after developing Reiki, decided to add the Reiki Ideals to the practice of Reiki.  The Ideals came in part from the five prinicples of the Meiji emperor of Japan whom Mikao Usui admired. The Ideals were developed to add spiritual balance to Usui Reiki. Their purpose is to help people realize that healing the spirit by consciously deciding to improve oneself is a necessary part of the Reiki healing experience. In order for the Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for her or his healing and take an active part in it. Therefore, the Usui system of Reiki is more than the use of the Reiki energy. It must also include an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete system. The ideals are both guidelines for living a gracious life and virtues worthy of practice for their inherent value.

Please call New Leaf Natural Therapies on 3348 6098 and speak to Annette or Sara to organize an Intuitive Energy Balance with Gabby Graham.  The first session will be 30% off the full price and I am available alternative Tuesdays and every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Gabby Graham                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Energy Worker Reiki Practitioner

Chi Nei Tsang –Why it is so beneficial for stress and anxiety

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Chi Nei Tsang works specifically on the abdomen using techniques derived from Chinese massage techniques and theory. The theory around this technique focuses largely on the detoxification of toxic energies or ‘winds’, by massaging the abdomen with specific techniques. But what does this mean and how does it help us? While this is a hard definition to understand, we certainly see wonderful benefits in people receiving this treatment. So how can we understand this in physiological terms?

What a large number of our clients find when receiving this treatment is generally two main effects; in the short term, relaxation and stress relief, and in the longer term, greatly improved digestive function. A lot of our clients also experience greater body awareness, such as better and more aware breathing patterns, and better understanding how certain foods and stresses impact their digestive function. These are invaluable tools on the path to self care. This is our ultimate goal – to help others find the tools they need to take charge of their own health. That’s why we love Chi Nei Tsang!

As a practitioner of this technique I have been searching for the ‘why’ of this – these benefits, what is actually happening in the body when they occur? Why is this seemingly simple technique so beneficial? Through further reading and clinical practice, this is what I come to understand:

Chi Nei Tsang is working on the enteric nervous system, or the so-called ‘second brain’ or ‘gut brain’. This system is becoming increasingly recognised as closely linked to the actual brain, and that the two systems interact and influence each other. It’s also working on the diaphragm, reducing tension in this important muscle.

The Second Brain

While the enteric nervous system cannot think or process the way our actual brain can, it is responsible for a large portion of our neurotransmitter production, including about 95% of the body’s production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is involved in the regulation of mood, appetite, and sleep. Serotonin also has some cognitive functions, including memory and learning, and is generally considered our ‘feel good’ hormone. Many anti-depressant or anti-anxiety hormones work by sparing the amount of serotonin that is broken down by the body. The main two factors that affect the production of neurotransmitters in the gut are stress and nutrition. Simply put, if we eat poorly and don’t relax, both our gut and our brain suffer. With Nutritional guidance and Chi Nei Tsang, we can change our brain chemistry for the better.  

The diaphragm and breathing

The diaphragm is a key muscle for the function of breathing, and needs to be used properly for deep breathing to occur. When the diaphragm is tense or not used effectively, shallow chest breathing results. This is an issue for us because our breathing pattern predisposes us to either relaxation or to the stress response, depending on how it is that we breathe and how we use the diaphragm.

Deep, abdominal diaphragmatic breathing puts the nervous system in parasympathetic mode, which could be called our ‘tend and befriend’ mode – where the body is calms, regulates its functions better and heals better. When we breathe in the chest and use the diaphragm poorly, we increase the sympathetic response, the stress response. Chest breathing predisposes us towards anxiety and stress. For susceptible people, proper breathing can make a huge difference to quality of life in terms of managing anxiety and stress. Chi Nei Tsang helps to release tension in the diaphragm and in the process of the treatment we teach proper breathing patterns.  It is however not easy to breathe deeply when the digestive system is in distress. This is why Chi Nei Tsang helps so much – by working on both the diaphragm and on releasing tension from the digestive system, we optimise breathing and calm the ‘second brain’.

When treating our clients with Chi Nei Tsang, we learn a lot about how the body manifests and unravels the effects of stress and improper breathing. We’ve seen severe menstrual pain disappear, and chronic back pain resolve. Of course, digestive issues improve significantly with this treatment, as well as anxiety, energy levels and overall sense of wellbeing.

For further questions or to book an appointment, please contact us!

 New Leaf Natural Therapies

3348 6098

Chickpea and Broccoli Salad with Flax-Tahini Dressing

Monday, June 24th, 2013

 

(packed with antioxidants and anti-cancer phytochemicals!)

Serves 4–6

  • 3 cups (cooked) chick peas, drained
  • 2 cups broccoli flowerets, lightly steamed
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup thinly sliced radishes
  • sea salt, to taste
  • ground pepper, to tasteFlax-Tahini Dressing
  • 2 tblsp flax oil
  • 3 tblsp tahini
  • 11/2 TB lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tblsp tamari (wheat-free soy sauce)
  • 2 tblsp to 1/4 cup water

Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor and process to an even consistency.

In a large bowl, toss chickpeas, steamed broccoli, onion and radishes together with tahini dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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!

LEAP Assessment: What do we do?

Friday, June 7th, 2013

LEAP Assessment

LEAP (Learning Enhancement Acupressure Programme) is a process based on core neurology of the brain.  We use a muscle monitoring process which has been used on tens of thousands of people to find which areas of the brain are functioning, and which aren’t.  We initially do an assessment on your or your family member and find where the deficits are:

  • where is the logic in the brain?
  • where is the gestalt/visual-spatial part of the brain?
  • what is the dominant hand? eye?
  • how much function is there in some connecting pathways?
  • are the visual memory areas of the brain functioning?
  • how is comprehension?
  • how is problem solving?

Our process has been developed by Dr Charles Krebs over the past 28 years.  Charles is a researcher who’s life has been working towards helping people reach their potential, finding the ways of testing and correcting neurology imbalances that stress us when we are trying to do something new.  Charles’ book ‘A Revolutionary Way of Thinking’ was released over 10 years ago and really gives a great understanding of the brain, its potential, what shuts down its potential – it’s a great read!

What stresses you in life?

  • bookwork
  • paperwork
  • your kids homework
  • helping your child to do their maths or spelling
  • feeling like your child just isn’t remembering properly? (It feels sometimes like they’re just not trying!?)
  • stress in exams
  • stress in meetings
  • stress in front of a room full of people
  • avoidance of anything new
  • anxiety? depression? panic attacks? behavioural changes at school/work compared to at home?
  • memory – walking into one room and not being able to remember properly

These are the type of issues that the LEAP Programme helps to correct.  It is aimed at helping people reach their potential – the potential of their individual brain!  Not everyone is an Einstein (not that we’d want to be) but we can always find ways of improving the way our brain works.

Call us to book an assessment today!

3348 6098
Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies

LEAP Practitioners, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia!

 

The healing journey with New Leaf

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Embarking on a health journey is a brave move to make. It means looking at the issues you may have avoided for a while and facing them head on. It’s a process that is often scary yet can also be richly rewarding. When you are the best version of yourself you can be, you can really shine and be there for those close to you.

It can be said that it’s a means of coming back to your basic self  – seeing your body as a precious temple and paying attention to what you really need. It’s treating yourself gently and gaining a greater connection to the whole of you – body and mind. As one of my favourite authors Sarah Avant Stover puts it – the only way out is in and through. To go through our health issues rather than going around them is the only real way to back to balance and health.

At New Leaf, we are committed to your success in this process. We know it’s yours, to go through in your way. Offering a harmonious range of therapies, we seek to find the real cause of your health issues and guide you back to balance and health.

We see your journey to optimal health as a partnership between yourself and us. Thus, we have a few suggestions for you in order that you get the best results from your treatment with us:

  • Eat a fresh, wholefoods diet. When you eat fresh, vital food, you feel just that. Everything we eat nourishes our cells. If we consider that the body is really the only vessel we have to take us through this lifetime, it makes sense to nourish it with the best food possible.
  • Drink a minimum of 2 litres of pure filtered water daily. Besides hydration, there are countless benefits of drinking adequate pure water. Improved energy, detoxification, digestion, skin condition and weight loss are just a few.
  • Limit caffeine, or better still, cut it altogether. Caffeine creates extra work for your liver, and can place stress on the adrenal glands and nervous system. It also promotes dehydration and in the long term, fatigue. There are many delicious herbal teas and coffee alternatives available in supermarkets and health food stores.
  • Sleep 8 hours a night. While sleeping as little as possible in modern society is often considered admirable behaviour, the truth is, it promotes premature aging, weight gain, can increase stress and complicate many other health issues. It may require changing your usual routine a little, but getting 8 hours of quality sleep a night is an investment in your health.
  • Spend a few minutes a day alone, doing some quiet breath awareness in a comfortable seated position. All you need do is focus on your breath with your eyes closed. This can have wonderfully beneficial effects on your nervous system, improving mood, reducing stress and creating calm. A calm body heals well!
  • Increase body movement. This means different things to different people. Start with where you are at in terms of your current physical fitness, and do what feels right for you. Even if it just means adding incidental exercise by taking the stairs instead of the lift, walking to a colleague’s desk rather than emailing, or taking a short walk before or after work. Start where you are at the moment and build gently from there.

These are simple steps you can take today to improve your body’s ability to balance and heal. You can do one at a time, a few, or all of them, whatever feels right and good for you. It’s up to you.

We look forward to supporting you in achieving a state of greater health.

Natural Support for ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Auditory Confusion, Aspergers, Autism…

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

How we can help children with ADD/ADHD/Dyslexia/Learning Problems

New Leaf Natural Therapies have a long history of helping families with ADD/ADHD, Autism, Aspergers… 

Naturopathically:  we can look at all the factors that may be impacting on your child’s ADHD and ADD that will be affecting their learning ability.  We look at your diet, lifestyle, stressors, exercise, past health issues, the length of time you’ve had the problem and much more.  Our naturopaths will then work with your child to find the perfect solution just for them – a combination of supplements; testing processes; cellular regeneration; kinesiology; allergy discussions/rotational diets; massage techniques & infrared saunas, depending on the need of your child.

Tests we can provide:  your child’s Zinc & Ph levels will affect their digestive tract; and thus the amount of nutrition that will reach their brain; we can do a Live Blood Screening, Urinary Indicans & Celiac tests and find out how bad their gut really is.  Many times your child may have parasites, candida, nasty gut bacteria without symptoms, however some people don’t even know when their child’s gut levels are impaired.  By doing these tests we also know whether it will be a 1 month or 6 month process at correcting your child’s digestive problems.  We also do Heavy Metal Tests and Oxidative Stress Tests which let us know how toxic you child is.  How can your child learn and behave when they have heavy metals floating around their system!!! If there is a heavy metal load or oxidative stress, this can be overloading the gut and the brain and thus impairing function.

Cellular Regeneration:  this state of the art equipment (microcurrent) has amazing applications for children with ADHD and ADD. It basically reduces inflammation.  Inflammation creates a huge array of health issues.  This equipment may help clear the pathways involved in learning such as hearing, visual and memory input centres.  Because of the link between good nutrition and brain function we use CR to help your child’s digestive tract. If cells within the gut are ‘paralysed, mineralised, or toxic’, ie not releasing the correct hormones for optimal digestion, we can use this amazing equipment to stimulate gut function; ‘zap’ the parasites or organisms living in the gut and start creating the optimal environment for healthy gut and brain function.  Past use of medication and anaesthetics can alter pathways in the gut and brain, our CR therapy may pull specific toxins from the body.

Kinesiology:  did you know that there are whole programs in kinesiology to help your children ADHD and ADD to help them learn more effectively and be happier.  We can do Learning Enhancement through Acupunture Pressure (LEAP) to help your child’s brain soak up the information at school. Structural problems such as scoliosis, jaw & hip problems and the feet can all be impairing your child’s ability to learn.  Past emotional issues related school can also be addressed and cleared with kinesiology.  Our Learning Enhancement Programme combines CR with Kinesiology with huge $$$ savings!

Allergies:  if your body has an intolerance or allergy to different foods or enzymes it may be creating chronic inflammation through your body and affecting the learning process.  Our unique immune balancing processes using a combination of kinesiology and naturopathic supplements will pick up your immune system, and then we can use simple, yet effective techniques, to ‘balance’ your body so that the energy isn’t upset so badly with these substances.  Sometimes we can eat those foods immediately after homoeopathic destressing, at other times it is necessary to avoid them completely for weeks or months, depending on how severe the intolerance or allergy is.

Infrared Saunas & Massage therapies:  if our testing shows high levels of stress or toxins, we may recommend our fantastic Detoxing Sauna Therapy or Relaxing or Lymphatic Massage techniques.

See us for:

  • Emotional problems such as self-esteem
  • Bullying Issues
  • Self-harm
  • Depression, anxiety, stress
  • Lack of concentration
  • Logic/gestalt confusion (maths/English)
  • Allergies & the brain…
  • Pulling toxins out of the brain!

Cardiovascular Disease… Support with natural therapies…

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Cardiovascular Issues?  Always considered a medical problem only.  Did you know that many nutrients and combination protect the heart, repair and heal valves, increase flow and reduce risk of heart attacks and strokes…  Naturopath processess can find many causes and ways of improving cardiovascular health which don’t cause side effects in our bodies…

Cardiovascular problems lead to lung issues, bronchitis, pneumonia, bronciectasis, mitral valve issues…

**  Stem Cell Enhancement Products – We have products which are known to increase stem cell production from the bone marrow – we’ve used these for valve repair, heart strength and reducing heart enlargement.  Find out how you can buy at a reduced price… Call us on 3348 6098

People need to go to www.newleaf.stemtechbiz.com

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– Select ‘shop’

– Select ‘VIP Customer’ and ‘Set up Autoship’                  (REFERRAL:  Madonna Guy;   ID  5529550)

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–  Follow the prompts to establish your ID and password and fill out details and place your order.

**  CoEnzyme Q10:  in big enough doses increase heart-cellular-energy, increase muscular energy (whole body) and are important for lowering/maintaining blood pressure

**  Arginex:  combination of nutrients that dilate blood vessels and reduce homocysteine

**  Metacard Q10:  Combination of nutrients which lower BP, increase cardiovascular energy and improve body strength **  Obviously stress impacts on our health – for those who don’t believe in stress, always ask what your blood pressure is:  be aware of how stress affects you and your heart – don’t bury your head in the sand!

Talk to us about cardiovascular health today:  3348 6098

Natural Supplements for Depression, Cravings and Mood Disorders…

Monday, November 26th, 2012
Supplements For Depression and Mood Disorders…
How many of us choose carbs and sugars because of our moods?  Our weight spirals out of control??  We end up feeling anxious, stressed, angry, depressed…
Can we support our neurological function with natural supplements, or do we need to take ‘chemicals’ to sort our out ‘chemical imbalances’. Firstly, the chemical imbalances that are being discussed are hormones like dopamine and seratonin…  Did you know that we make these ‘feel good’ hormones with nutrients we get from fruits, vegies, proteins, eggs, raw nuts and seeds?  Gee, a good diet – you may be thinking? Whereas, when we eat carbs and sugars we create a need for more carbs and sugars.  The breakdown of these foods create inflammation, increase our likelyhood of developing (and growing) parasites, candida, fungus, dodgy bacterial infections – all of which like a sweet, acidic environment to live in.  They love it when we eat sweets!!!
So, we’ve all heard about chromium for blood sugar – at a basic level chromium supports balancing blood sugar – but what causes the blood sugar problems?  Did you know that our bugs – parasites, bacteria, fungus, candida – all release enzymes that make us crave sugar?  Cheeky little blighters, aren’t they?
So, some of the supplements I love for balancing our hormones are:
1.  Eagle Chrome, Metagenics Resist X, Insulex, Energy X:  All of these support balancing the blood sugar.  Resist X and Insulex contain ingredients which reverse insulin resistance, a condition happening in the core of each cell in our body; Energy X is a powder with liver and thyroid support, energy support, blood sugar balancing and detoxification support.
2.  Relaxan, Resilian, Stressan:  These 3 metagenics formulas are fabulous for balancing moods.  Relaxan for PMT, irritability and stress created by female hormonal imbalances.  Stressan is for full-on anger, excess ‘chi’ they call it in Chinese medicine, great for sleep disorders and stress, has a little gut and liver support as well.  Resilian is for teariness.  Unable to hold in your emotions.  Emotional resiliance.  All of these formulas support adrenal exhaustion; nerve disorders; increase dopamine and feel-good hormones and are safe to take with medications such as anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medication under supervision from your naturopath.
3.  Proxan and Neurolift:  both of these formulas raise serotonin.  Proxan is a formula we use to support people reducing their doses (slowly and carefully) and increasing natural support for balancing the nervous system.  Neurolift is a combination of herbs and nutrients for the thyroid and nervous system, particularly increasing serotonin and thyroxin.
4.  EPA (as in fish oils):  EPA is a nutrient found in fish oils.  When fully cleansed (be very, very careful of brands) and when we’re taking 2000mg daily of the EPA component in fish oil, it raises serotonin safely and easily.  Best in a liquid form such as Metagenics or BioCeuticals.  Dose is key.
5.  Gut Support:  We make a massive amountof hormones in the gut.  Dopamine and Serotonin (feel good hormones), Oestrogen are found to be released from the small intestines.  Take care of your gut.  If it is playing up, find out what is wrong (possibly best through your naturopath as the gut is one of our specialties) and fix it.  Without sorting out the gut, it’s really difficult to balance moods and hormones long-term.
Good luck!!
Madonna
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098
Brisbane Australia