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Mindfulness + Kinesiology

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Mindfulness + Kinesi

We’ve talked about mindfulness before. While there’s a lot of information available as to the benefits, how does it fit in with kinesiology? Why do they work so well together?

 

What is Mindfulness? Why is it so good?

Mindfulness (or meditation) is a practice to calm the mind. It has been shown by calming the mind we can calm the nervous system and our stress response to daily stimuli. By calming stress it basically means from a physiological point of view we are reducing the production of hormones and neurotransmitters such as adrenaline, noradrenaline, acetylcholine and glutamate. All of these up regulate the nervous system and therefore the body’s performance, increasing the demand on cells and therefore requirements for nutrients as building blocks for all the systems to function efficiently. When all of the systems’ requirements are upregulated it puts more strain on the whole and will impact parts of the system as well. When this continues this is where we often see the link between stress and dis-ease, illness or even injuries. Therefore, to downregulate the stress response is an advantage for the overall system which in turn means any practice that helps to reduce stress is advantageous especially in this modern lifestyle we all lead!

 

By practicing a form of mindfulness or meditation each day it is actually practicing how to focus on a feeling of calm rather than allowing the momentum of an unspecific distraction build which upregulates the stress systems. I believe it is this literal practice of letting go of the unspecific stresses, the busy mind that allows the body to reset to a place of wellbeing. It helps reduce down any fight, flight or freeze tendencies and helps the feel good hormones like serotonin, GABA and dopamine to kick in allowing us to feel good and comfortable. However, what if we are activated into fight or flight and we can’t turn it off? And why can’t we turn it off??

 

What is Kinesiology? Why is it so good?

Kinesiology (Kinesi) is a way of asking the body where stress is being held in the body. There are different types of kinesiology but the purposes of this article we will refer to kinesiology in general. By mapping where the stress is being held in the body and down regulating it (usually via balancing the meridians and brain/emotional triggers) this helps to reduce the physiological strain on the body thus improving the overall performance back to a place of wellbeing. A chance to reset the fight or flight stress, if you will.

 

 

The Fight or Flight response: what is it?

The fight or flight response refers to when our brain determines a perceived threat and switches off the parasympathetic nervous system and switches on the sympathetic nervous. This is to prepare the body to either fight the perceived threat or flight from it. I.e. if there was a sabertooth tiger standing at the front of our cave the brain will perceive it as a threat, switch the sympathetic nervous system on to prepare for the decision whether to stand and fight the tiger off or flight and run away. This in turn does a number of things physiologically.

 

Sympathetic Nervous System functions include:

  • Switches off the enteric system aka the digestion. As we don’t need to digest food if we’re fighting a tiger, right??
  • Upregulates the release of adrenaline, noradrenaline (adrenaline for the brain) and acetylcholine to keep the brain alert and focused on the tiger.
  • Switches the production of serotonin off. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that tells our brain we’re happy. If we have too much of this in our system the brain will not be perceiving the tiger as the danger that it is.
  • By switching the attention of the nervous system away from the digestion all the attention is on the extremities via the influx of adrenaline. Adrenaline in the blood makes our pupils dilate (allowing more light in and better vision), increases the heart rate (pumping more blood and faster to the muscles so they are ready to fight or flight), and dilates our lungs so we can get more air and oxygen in to get to the muscles for fuel.

 

Why do we turn on the Fight or Flight system?

This is a really good system when there is a threat. For example, if we’re crossing a road and we see a big truck hurtling towards us. In that split second of realizing it is there all attention is focused on the truck. The noradrenaline gives us a depth of field allowing us to discern how long we have to make a decision regarding if it is best to stand and fight the truck or whether it is best to flight (i.e. step off the road). The acetylcholine makes our brain very focused on the truck rather than being distracted on the cute puppy playing on the side of the road. This is a very effective system when it is required.

 

Can we switch off the Fight or Flight system?

Animals have a reset to the fight or flight response. But the problem is us humans can’t reset and down regulate it very well…. Or not at all. Furthermore how our brain has evolved along with our modern lifestyles means that many of our fight or flight triggers are not physical threats anymore, they are more mental and/or emotional based. Which means we are much more likely to be triggered into a fight or flight response and unlikely to be able to rest and reset.

 

Mindfulness and meditation helps to train the person how to reset. But it needs to be practiced regularly so when there is a significant stress all the practice comes into play and it is almost habit to turn down the sympathetic nervous system. This is what a lifetime of meditation earns you! Meanwhile for the rest of us who are only halfway through our lives, or  are just starting a meditation practice (say ten years in) or have no meditation practice at all… what do we do to reset? Try to sleep and hope for the best the next day??

 

 

What are the triggers?

Often the triggers are not what we think they are as the brain may perceive something that is happening in real time like something that happened years ago at band camp which wasn’t a pleasant ending and go into protection mode. Protection mode meaning stimulating the sympathetic nervous system and therefore Fight or Flight. It can happen instantly, from what may be an innocent comment (from someone elses point of view) or from something more significant like work, money or home life. And most people don’t even realise it’s happening o how wound up and stressed they are until something relatively small happens and they snap! Or it can be just the result of a really busy life as being busy will also upregulate all the same hormones and neurotransmitters and is translated the same way in the body. So many of us function from a mid to high level physiological stress, thinking and calling this normal. Often it is not until we really unwind that we notice the difference, many people feeling the mind just keep going with circular thoughts. For example, when the mind doesn’t switch off to go to sleep.

 

How do we know if we have Fight or Flight triggers?

Some key indications of Fight or Flight in every day lives are:

  • Constantly need to move and can’t keep still or relax.
  • Feel jumpy, startle at slight noises, touches or unexpected movements.
  • Constantly thinking, overthinking things, circular thoughts, over focused on a particular subject.
  • Can’t switch mind off to go to sleep and lay awake trying to sleep, restless sleep.
  • Faster heart beat, heart palpitations.
  • Extra sweating under arms, hands and feet or just generally.
  • Digestion either speeds up when stressed or slows down. That is faster bowel motions and more frequently or slower and further apart.
  • Butterflies in the stomach.
  • Loss of appetite, not wanting to eat or not needing as much to fill up.
  • Even loss of weight if it is prolonged.

 

 

How can we actually reset the Fight and Flight system??

This is where Kinesi comes in! Because Kinesi is a way of determining how the stress is affecting the body it is also a way of asking the body what it needs to rebalance and down regulate the stress responses like fight or flight. It is fascinating as to how much information can be gain from the body when using the kinetics (muscles). We can ascertain what the triggers are of the Fight or Flight system and how to downregulate it specifically for the individual.

 

How to maintain the resetting of the Fight or Flight system:

By resetting with a Kinesi balance the question is then: how do you maintain this balance?

As a naturopath this is where herbs and nutritionals can really help, depending what systems need support for you the individual. There are many herbs that can help support the nervous system and adrenals to help maintain the calm of the rest and digest phase of the parasympathetic nervous system. That is when the Fight or Flight is switched off!

 

And also adopting some frequent routine of mindfulness or meditation can really help. This might include a form of exercises that helps you get into that zone, some mindfulness moments in the mornings or some yogic breathing exercises. Whatever works for you can definitely assist in maintaining the Kinesi balance J

 

 

 

 

Photo cred: denmeditation.com

 

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

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!

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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!

Stress Anxiety and Depression – a common phenomenon for familys – parents, kids, step families….

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

New Leaf Natural TherapiesParents and kids these days are incredibly susceptibly to stress, anxiety and depression – trying to avoid medication seems to be a common society problem.  But what is the answer?  Small business owners have a constant barrage of stressors – but let’s think about what really starts it all…  If you’re taking medications and would like to chat about how to start the process of going natural, book an apt to discuss the possibilities…

  • Fatigue.  It’s easy to get depression and fatigue mixed up.  Let’s face it – when we’re working hard, relaxing at the end of the day feels not only important, but the only way to re-boot our energy systems.  Depression switches off our motivation and energy hormones.  There are natural supplements that help your adrenals and mitochondria regenerate:  Adrenotone; Adaptan; MitoActivate; Thyrobalance… to name a few.  An OligoScan is a great way to find out how well your metabolism, your stress, your nerves are doing…
  • Sleeping too much or not enough.  Hormones linked to stress and depression (and sleeping too much or too much) are the same.  We need serotonin (our feel happy hormone) to convert to melatonin to help us sleep.  So a deficiency can affect our going-to-sleep and waking-up and being-happy hormones.  Supplements such as Proxan, Stressan and Calm X are some of our favourite serotonin supplements.
  • Diet – dodgy diet – inflamed brain.  Healthy diet – healthy brain.  There’s a massive gut-brain connection – you can’t eat crap and expect to think happy thoughts.  Ask about our  IgG Food Detective with your next apt to find out if your foods are messing with your brain!
  • Chronic pain, stomach ache and backache – these can go hand in hand with depression.  Feel-good-hormones such as serotonin are anti-inflammatory, and pain hormones shut down our feel-good-hormones.  It’s hard to feel happy when you’re in pain!  And drugs DON’T fix the feel-good-hormones.  Probiotics such as Probex for IBS, MetaFibre and Calm X for the gut lining can support the gut…  and we have many treatment options for chronic pain conditions – kinesiology, massage, microcurrent, supplements, infrared saunas & reiki.
  • Irritability – feeling frustrated with the wife, kids or boss too easily?  Stress hormones (and too much coffee and sugar!) can make us depressed and irritable and give us a shorter fuse.  Getting our hormones balanced – yeh, I know!, helps us feel like we’re happy again.  Relaxan, Resilian and Stressan are fantastic for balancing the moods – Resist X & Chromium Plus are great for balancing blood sugar.
  • Difficulty Concentrating – when we’re depressed we’re constantly thinking about the negative side of things, so it’s hard to stay on task and organised.  Brahmitone & Omega Brain Care are a few of our favourite brain combos.
  • Anger or Hostility – The Chinese call this ‘excess chi’ when we’ve got too much anger.  It tends to be linked with liver stress and there are herbs and nutrients that help to calm anger.  Stressan and Calm X are our favourites for calming our ‘excess chi’. hee hee
  • Stress – men are more likely to report stress than depression, probably because it’s more socially acceptable to do so.  The good thing about natural health is we’re more interested in getting you to feel better, than we are in ‘naming’ and ‘diagnosing’ the disease – and then coming up with an appropriate drug.  Tribulus Synergy, Calm X and Adrenotone are my favourite men’s supplements.
  • Anxiety – it’s easier to admit anxiety than depression – anxiety, once again, feels more socially acceptable – being worried, being stressed, feeling anxious about life, kids, relationships, business, job, money… the list goes on.  Anxiety is often a pre-cursor to depression.  GABA powder or capsules is ‘the anti-anxiety’ nutrient – Adaptan and Calm X are great anti-anxiety combos…
  • Substance Abuse – And here’s the kicker… how easy is it to relax and forget your stress, worry, depression – with a scotch or beer in one hand – and some hot chips in the other!  Our brain needs to feel good, unfortunately alcohol often fills that role – but the side effects (when we abuse it) are high.  Higher risk of everything – cardiac disease, cancers, gut problems, pain issues, headaches, migraines, poor libido!  which leads us to….
  • Sexual anxiety & performance issues – yep, to add insult to injury – depression doesn’t help the testosterone levels.  We need the same building blocks in the body for all hormones (feel-good hormones/stress hormones/sexual hormones) so if our body is feeling stressed, there’s little nutrition left over for making babies – and let’s face it, sex is about making babies!  For women, we have O-Lift and Tribulus Synergy – to boost oestrogen and testosterone, for men we have Tribulus Synergy and Androtone…testosterone boosters!
  • Indecision – when our body isn’t feeling good – our brain determines what’s important and what’s not!?  Bills aren’t important, deciding what to eat isn’t important – decisions become increasingly challenging and it’s harder and harder to feel motivated to et things done.  We use kinesiology, reiki and reflexology to help the brain function more effectively.
  • Suicidal Thoughts.  Okay.  Hopefully you haven’t been here, but so many people have!  When life feels overwhelming, stressful, bad enough so that worry and sadness take over, it’s hard to find a solution.  Please believe us when we say there is hope!  Our combination of nutritionals and herbals can bring people back from the brink – kinesiology and reiki can start to give you another perspective.  Reflexology & massage increase dopamine & serotonin.  One day at a time.  Breathe.  Get support and start dealing with it.  The great thing as well with kinesiology or reiki or reflexology is that you don’t NEED to talk if you don’t want to.  It works.  We’d often recommend a combination of B Complex, adrenal support, serotonin/GABA/dopamine supplements – and check toxicity levels (Live Blood or OligoScan) so that we can see if serotonin pathways are working or not!

Call us on 3348 6098 to discuss what appointment will be best for you.  Consider the OligoScan (14 years and over – hormones, stress, toxicity, minerals, heavy metals); Looking at your blood – in real time! (toxicity, gut, essential fatty acids) testing.

Hormones – Our Internal Messenger’s

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Hormones are the body’s messengers. They’re stimulated by feedback loops to either produce or stimulate another organ to do something or counteract something. Hormones are imperative to a functioning body. Which means that they also need to be in certain ratio’s or quantities to their counterparts. Such systems often involves the liver to break them down and detoxify them out at an efficient rate. Therefore when we talk hormone balance liver function is a big factor to include. If the liver is working hard with detoxifying lifestyle or environmental toxins then it will be harder for it to get through its daily to do list, thus impacting upon hormone levels. Some of the big hormone shifts we can help the body out with by supporting the liver are:

  • For females the big one is progesterone and oestrogen balance. Basically if there isn’t enough progesterone in ratio with oestrogen we run into a few problems which may include PMS symptoms, tender breasts, fluid retention, shortened cycle lengths, pain and cramping, anxiety and sleeplessness.
  • Oestrogen excess often has very similar symptoms but instead of not enough progesterone there is too much oestrogen thus the progesterone message can’t get through to where it needs to go. Much like a weak analogue radio station when there’s a bigger stronger signal from other radio stations on frequencies next to it.
  • Stress is a big interference! When we are stressed, whether it be physically tired and verging on exhaustion or under mental/emotional, the body responds by stimulating the adrenals to release more cortisol and/or adrenaline. This is a natural response the problem being that in today’s lifestyle we are so used running on high cortisol and adrenaline (and feeling as though that is the normal) that it can deplete the adrenals. When the adrenals are stimulated they need cholesterol to make cortisol but so does progesterone. When really stressed the cholesterol is taken away from the progesterone to make more cortisol, thus effecting the progesterone levels and altering the menstrual cycle.
  • Androgens are the hormones which control the male development and function of male characteristics however some levels are present in female too. Testosterone is an androgen.  Androgens can also be out of ratio and thus displaying symptoms such as male hair pattern growth in females and low mood and energy in males. Liver toxicity also has a role to play in androgen balance. That is if the liver is hard at work detoxying chemicals such as pesticides or bisphenol A out of the system the androgens are pushed down on the to do list and may accumulate in the system thus causing male pattern hair growth in females.
  • In males with low androgens have such symptoms of fatigue, poor concentration, low or agitated moods, low libido, loss of muscle strength and bulk. Again environmental chemical exposure and how well the liver can keep up with it has a large role to play here. Soft plastics leach chemicals which can interfere with the messages the hormones are attempting to convey (i.e. receptor sites) and therefore it is up to the liver to detox these chemicals out of the system as quickly as possible.

These are just a few examples of the interplay between systems giving just a glimpse of how intricately the body can work. Although there are many more hormone excess and deficiency scenarios these are the most common in today’s fast paced world. The take home message here: It’s well worth looking after your liver, adrenals and the messengers (hormones) for synergism between all systems… to ultimately wake up in the mornings with a feeling of wellbeing that lasts all day, no matter what the day brings.

Call us if we can help!

3348 6098

LEAP Learning Enhancement Acupressure Programme

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

LEAP:  What Is It?

 LEAP is an Applied Physiology (Kinesiology) protocol which activates areas of the brain which are not currently being accessed fully.  It uses a bio-feedback mechanism which accurately measures inability for specific parts of the brain to function.

Kinesiology uses muscle testing to access specific areas of the brain.  We use acupuncture points (no needles) which have been clinically shown to increase neuronal flow (nerve pathways), glial cell function, increases nutrition and oxgygen  to these areas, thereby allowing better function.

LEAP allows us to be the best we can be!

The inactivity of these areas causes any combination of learning difficulties:

  • comprehension problems,
  • switching of letters (p&d, q&b) maths,
  • poor visual integration
  • poor auditory memory
  • concentration problems (or daydreaming),
  • many  symptoms such as clumsiness and co-ordination difficulties.
  • Stress & inability to remember under stress
  • Higher level comprehension and so much more

The areas of dysfunction in the brain include the frontal lobes (higher thinking functions), logic brain (left side) and gestalt brain – your creative/emotional (right side), along with too much information in the form of fear patterns being stored in the amygdala, causing day to day disruption of brain function. 

 LEAP:  Who Can Benefit?

 Children and adults with learning problems will often be on a Stress Avoidance Cycle, which means the brain will switch off rather than allow the stress of not being able to handle a problem.

 Any person who wishes to utilise their brain at the optimum level will benefit by LEAP.

 LEAP opens up the pathways in the brain and allows free thinking within any subject, ie, maths/English, and reduces stress associated with fatigue, fluoro lights, computer radiation, mobile phone stress and other common allergens (such as sugars, wheat, candida)

  • Students of all ages
  • People requiring brain power at work
  • Post-stroke, post operation poor memory
  • Kids who have had glue ear, birthing problems, vaccine side-effects, stress (such as having siblings!)
  • Kids with poor writing ability, neck & shoulder issues, headaches & migraines

 LEAP:  Who Developed It?

Dr Charles Krebs, author of ‘Revolutionary Way of Thinking’ (highly recommended for anyone interested in understanding brain function and integration or the fundamentals of LEAP) is a scientist who had an accident in the 1980’s, which left part of his brain permanently damaged.  When he found Kinesiology, it ultimately changed his life…allowing access to pathways which had ‘shut down’ since his accident.

 Dr Krebs not only became a Kinesiologist, but took the protocols one step further and has developed and researched LEAP techniques on over 8000 people.

 Dr Krebs currently works in research facilities at Harvard, Germany, Switzerland & London. 

 LEAP:  Gives Results!!

 LEAP is currently having between 80-98% success rate.  Medically, nothing has been found to change the physiology of the brain (in other words, nothing increases brain function), whereas LEAP does! 

 

It is a protocol which requires a number of treatments (10-20) and these treatments can be spaced to suit any budget or timeframe.  Children often need a ‘top-up’ every few years when major hormonal or growth spurts take place.  If children or adults are incredibly neurologically disturbed, it may take much longer!  This doesn’t mean that improvements won’t be seen earlier on, it’s about working with the person’s brain & body, finding the deficits and correcting them one by one (in the most neurologically correct order!!)

 LEAP truly is revolutionary and should be considered with any learning difficulties, ADD, ADHD and dyslexia.

 BREAKTHROUGH FOR DYSLEXIA AND LEARNING DISABILITIES

 

  • Constantly bumping into things or dropping things.
  • Difficulty in following motion or moving things (balls, people, traffic).
  • Difficulty in following sequential instructions or events.
  • Difficulty in understanding words in normal conversation.
  • Difficulty with reading, writing and mathematics.
  • Doing opposite of what was told.
  • Dysequilibrium (balance dysfunction).
  • Feelings of inferiority, stupidity, clumsiness.
  • Get drowsy or tend to fall asleep while driving on a highway or open road.
  • Gets lost easily or all the time.
  • Inability to concentrate, even when involved in a particular activity, such as a game.
  • Inability to organise daily activities, particularly in allotting proper time.
  • Inability to relate to people in groups or to understand the conversation.
  • Inability to remember numbers.
  • Little or no concept of time
  • Need to reread the same word or phrase to get any meaning out of it.
  • Poor motor coordination.
  • Poor or non-existent sense of direction
  • Sharp emotional or mood swings.
  • Stuttering, hesitant speech, poor word recall.
  • Unable to, or unsure in making decisions.
  • Various phobias (including height), motion-related (elevators, bridges, etc.)

 

And many, many more.  This is a multi-faceted condition, which escapes detection many times because of its diverse symptomatology.

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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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

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**  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