Year2014

Franklin Acupuncture and Wellness Centre

Elaine Rudkin

FHG Inc Chair

Nicky Mercer       Phone: 027 669 4430
Elaine Rudkin      Phone: 0274 914 169

Pukekohe Hospital
Tuakau Road, Pukekohe
Phone: 09 237 0676
Website: www.franklinacupuncture.co.nz

Elaine and Nicky, the Good Health Girls, aspire to promote positive change and improve the wellbeing of those in the local community, opening up the power of Chinese medicine.

They are traditionally trained and ACC registered acupuncturists. Elaine has an extensive background in nursing and midwifery. Nicky is a nurse and energy kinesiologist, helping people to find balance in mind and body. Alongside traditional oriental techniques they offer wellness advice, use herbs, homeopathy, Bach flowers and supplements.

They hold 2 general clinics for both adults and children, pregnancy and fertility and are located at Pukekohe Hospital and also in Drury at J Marrs Physiotherapy, (corner of Great south Rd and Sutton Rd).

Inner Balance Acupuncture & Kinesiology

Nicky Mercer

FHG Inc Vice-Chair

Phone: 027 669 4430
Email: nicky@innerbalanceclinic.co.nz
Website: www.innerbalanceclinic.co.nz  Clarks Beach

Through kinesiology and Chinese medicine I can assist you to meet your goal(s), by stimulating your body’s own innate healing mechanisms. I think of it as ‘balancing the body’ rather than giving ‘treatment’ and helping with that journey is highly rewarding.

I began my career as a registered nurse and after the birth of my babies I shifted my focus onto complementary solutions. What I found was some fantastic modalities that I only wished I knew about a lot earlier.  I have integrated my nursing background, kinesiology and acupuncture into a framework that I apply in the clinic. I hold a post graduate diploma in Acupuncture and Case Management  and I’m an ACC approved provider. I have a general practice that involves both adults and children across a broad range of health concerns, however I do not diagnose medical conditions and I recommend you consult your general practitioner for this.

I hold clinics at my home in Clarks Beach and at Franklin Acupuncture and Wellness Centre located at Pukekohe Hospital with colleague Elaine Rudkin. Its with pleasure that I look forward to assisting you.

Smiling Dragon Tai Chi & Qigong

Tamara Bennett

FHG Inc -Secretary

Master Trainer Tai Chi for Health Institute

Cell: 021 255 1087
Email: smilingdragontaichi@gmail.com
Website: www.smilingdragon.co.nz
Facebook: www.facebook.com/smilingdragontaichi

Classes, Instructor Training, Corporate, Kidz and BREATHE Coaching

ALL AGES – ALL ABILITIES (Adults & Kidz)

Tai Chi involves a series of slow, fluid, gentle movements that improves fitness, muscle strength, balance and flexibility. Regular movement and breathing effectively can help improve blood pressure, blood sugar levels, cardiovascular function and can also help manage the symptoms of many other ailments.

Classes + Weekend Workshops …Tai Chi for Health programmes, Yang 24, Yang 10, Sun 73, Qigong sets, Tai Chi Fan, Tai Chi Cane, 32 Sword,  plus Breathing Effectively. Classes maintain a high standard of safety, encouraging practice, mindfulness and a healthy lifestyle.

What is Qigong? ‘Qi’ (energy) + ‘gong’ (working with); so Qigong is simply working with your body’s energy and is the foundation of the Chinese health system. Using breathing, movement and meditation to bring awareness, healing and balance to your body inside and out. Smile Within

Community Tai Chi classes are available in:
Pukekohe, Waiuku, Mauku/Patumahoe and Tuakau

Freedom EFT

Barb Starke

FHG Inc – Treasurer

Phone: 09 390 2424
Cell:
021 1735743
Email:
info@freedomeft.co.nz
Website: www.freedomeft.co.nz
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/freedomeft/

Emotional Freedom Technique EFT (Tapping) is a mixture of acupressure and talk therapy and is a gentle self-paced technique. EFT can be effective for many things; pain management, stress relief, phobias, fears, addictions, traumatic memories, learning and behavioural problems. EFT is also very good for many emotional issues; including eating disorders, poor motivation and is also a great tool for confidence building.

I describe myself as a Pathways Coach. I help people calm their worries and create pathways to clear thinking and great decision making!!! I am certified with the international organisation AAMET.

Counsellor – Pam Bloxham

Pam Bloxham

Committee Member

Mobile: 027 280 9797
Email: pam@pambloxham.co.nz

Website: www.pambloxham.co.nz

Help yourself to my knowledge, wisdom & empowermentDo you want someone to talk to who will also support you through personal difficulties?

I work with the following –

  • Couples
  • Individuals
  • Adolescents
  • Family Work
  • Mediation
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Employee Assistance Programmes
 

Don’t forget to take advantage of the $20 discount off your first visit, by mentioning you visited the FHG Inc website!

I look forward to hearing from you

Reiki & Remedies

Judy Harriman

Committee Member

Cell: 027 418 2793
Phone: 09 250 0201

Email: judy.mary@xtra.co.nz

I am a Registered Reiki Master Practitioner, a Registered First Light Flower Essence Practitioner, and a Certified Crystal Healer.

Reiki is very beneficial for stress, anxiety, fatigue, recovery after surgery, emotions, pain relief, and much more.

Crystal Healing is great to balance your chakras and works wonderfully with Reiki.

I use the First Light NZ Native Flower Essences to help with any situation in your life.

As well as being a Reiki Practitioner I also teach Reiki workshops and Crystal Therapy workshops.

Change4lifetime

Caroline Lawrence

Phone: 09-282-6769
Cell: 021-0818-2611

Caroline Lawrence is a natural therapy practitioner, certified professional MRNZ  practicing reflexology, 4Life Independent distributor, certified EFT Tapping with the international organization AAMET, trainer, writer and publisher.   She has had 20  years in the art of of reflexology and  20 years working with complementary medicine .She uses the concepts of ” You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay , rewiring your brain with the positive affirmations which help restore your body to health and well-being. Caroline is a Sweet Louise Provider, offering reflexology  to Ladies who are living with secondary cancer. She is proud to be part of a team   working  at the annual retreats for the Positive Women , HIV organization in her 5th year,

She offers:

  • Reflexology mini workshops and Pamper days
  • Introduction to EFT Tapping , Meridian tapping
  • Personal development coach  and mentorship
  • 4Life opportunity and 4Life products for the Immune system health

Caroline’s mission and passion is to educate men and women with the tools to take their lives to a higher level of health and wellness never thought possible.

To find out more Visit: http://www.change4lifetime.com, http://carolinesreflex.wix.com/change4lifetime 

Chiropractic Edge

Dr Kristina Taylor
Dr Chris Ramsay

Phone: 09 239 2837
Email: drchris@chiropracticedge.co.nz
Website: www.chiropracticedge.co.nz

35 King Street, Pukekohe, 2120

At Chiropractic Edge you will receive exceptional service from our experienced chiropractors who are specialists in your nervous system and the function of your body.

Your initial consultation includes a thorough physical and neurological exam, a state of the art thermography scan and an individualised care program designed to help you achieve your health goals. The chiropractors present valuable health and wellness talks to the community and local businesses.

In our office we see newborns to the elderly and specialise in gentle, effective natural family wellness care. Chiropractic can help improve pregnancy and birth outcomes, childhood and parental wellbeing and enhance sports performance.

Chiropractors help the body restore proper function to the spine and Nervous System therefore maximising the bodies ability to heal and thrive. Chiropractic can give you and your family the edge on life – get your spine and nervous system checked today!!

CMT Therapeutic Massage

Debbie Scrooby

Phone: 021 236 4851
Cell: 021 236 4851

DRURY:
World Gym, 9 Creek Street, Drury, 2113
(on the corner of Bremner Road)

PUKEKOHE:
Ground Floor, Professional House
14 Seddon Street, Pukekohe
(opposite Countdown)

Debbie Scrooby qualified over 20 years ago and has done various courses over the years.

The massage technique she uses is her own, and is a combination of Eastern and Western techniques.  Over and above massage, what she does is to retrain muscles to do the work they were designed to do.  When muscles are injured or stressed in any way, other muscles take over the use of those, and you therefore have a compensation thing going on.

Muscles have memory, and by stimulating the given muscles and nerves, she is often able to retrain the specific muscle groups. In short, what she does is find the sore spots you never knew you had and fixes them.

Massage therapy, including a combination of relaxation and deep tissue techniques can help alleviate pain and symptoms caused from back and neck pain, stiffness to the neck, pins and needles, headaches, sinusitis, muscle spasms, etc.  Stress and tension,  sciatica, frozen shoulders, whiplash, tight or shortened hamstrings, fibromyalgia, etc can also be alleviated by a combination of massage and exercises.

Healing Hands & Herbs

Maureen Verrill

Phone: 09 235 7098
Cell:
021 133 8981
Email:
healinghands.herbs@gmail.com

4 Tui Place, Waiuku

Natural Health Clinic
Healing Hands & Herbs natural health clinic is run by Maureen Verrill, a qualified Naturopath, Medical Herbalist and Massage Therapist.

A naturopath uses a holistic approach to treat a wide range of health conditions using herbal medicines and supplements where appropriate along with dietary and lifestyle guidelines and therapeutic bodywork where
indicated to suit each individual.

Services include:
Medicinal Herbs
Bach Flower Essences
Iridology Assessments
Nutrition & Lifestyle Analysis
Allergy Hair Testing
Therapeutic Massage

From babies to maturity, through all of life’s health stages and challenges,
Healing Hands & Herbs can help you to optimal wellbeing.

Health Direct W.S. Ltd

Heather Fausett

Phone: 09 238 1162
Cell:
NZ 027 63 444 969
Email:
info@healthdirect.ws
Website: www.healthdirect.ws

23 Grace James Rd
Pukekohe 2120

PO Box 62
Pukekohe 2340

I am a Registered nurse, Cancer survivor and a Certified Nutritionist.

I consult as a lifestyle coach, helping you to live a full and vibrant life, with a holistic approach, focusing mostly on nutrition, exercise and lifestyle to achieve this. I offer the products you need for a healthy lifestyle direct wholesale where possible, from the manufacturer or distributor, so that you can spend your dollar wisely and be informed and responsible for your health. I believe that living life well should be Fun and Easy!

Holistic Toolbox Organics Limited

Pauline Douglass

Phone: 09 239 1701
Cell: 027 341 2800
Email: holistictoolbox@slingshot.co.nz
www.holistictoolbox.co.nz

Ina Ville drive

The focus of Holistic Toolbox Organics is to provide the community with the freshest and most nutritious organic food available at a low price. Minimising toxic pesticides, chemicals and hormones is vital for babies and children to develop and can enable families to achieve optimum health.

A large portion of the fresh produce is grown locally at Franklin’s very own dedicated organic growers. Pauline believes that it is very important to support organic farming for the future sustainability of New Zealand’s soils, waterways and wild life.

Also available are top-branded food intolerant alternatives, natural household cleaning products, natural body and beauty products and all aromatherapy supplies.

Hot Yoga Asylimb

Vivienne Churchill

Phone: 09 239 2423
Email: HYA@vodafone.co.nz
Website: www.HYA.co.nz

2 F Glasgow Road (upstairs)
Pukekohe

Hot Yoga Asylimb is a purpose built studio offering classes, all designed for the beginner right through to the experienced yoga student.

We teach five very exciting and diverse, but complimentary styles of yoga – Mukti, Yin, Flow, KnotHot and Yoga Nidra. Most of our classes are heated, but we also have non-heated classes. In each class our certified teachers guide students through a specific series of postures designed to balance and improve the health of the entire body and mind.

Benefits safely and quickly gained include: weight control, fitness, flexibility, and focus, increased strength, tone and balance, discipline, mental clarity as well as detoxification and de-stressing – improving the health of the entire body and mind.

Experience for yourself why hundreds of thousands of people around the world love their yoga practice.

Karaka Physiotherapy & Pilates

Amanda Brown

Phone: 09 292 7708
Cell: 021 341 923
Email: amandabbrown@hotmail.com

22 Ellett Road
Karaka
R.D.1 Papakura  2580

Information coming soon

Lymph Therapies ~ Diane Lacey

Diane Lacey

Key’s to Life Centre , 33 King Street
Pukekohe East  2120

Cell: 021 142 9338
Email: diane@lymphtherapies.co.nz

I specialise in Manual Lymph Drainage and Lymphoedema Therapy in addition to Relaxation & Therapeutic Massage.

Lymphatic Drainage or Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle, rhythmic, manual technique performed on the skin which stimulates fluid movement in the tissues. This helps to clean tissues and drain waste products leading to greater cell health. MLD also affects the nervous system by blocking pain messages thereby reducing pain and promoting relaxation and a sense of wellbeing. It is thought that increased lymph flow has a positive effect on Immune Function as harmful substances move more rapidly towards lymph nodes to be inactivated. MLD is proven to be beneficial post injury or surgery as it drains local swelling and bruising, treats the surgical scar and stimulates the regeneration of damaged lymph vessels.

Lymphoedema is a swelling caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues caused by either a poorly formed Lymphatic System called Primary Lymphoedema or as a result of trauma, surgery, removal or Radiation of Lymph Nodes which is called Secondary Lymphoedema. Therapy assists with relieving the symptoms of Lymphoedema and involves MLD, compression bandaging / compression garments, exercise and skin care.

I have been a Theatre Nurse since 1989 and obtained a Diploma in Therapeutic Massage at the New Zealand College of Massage in 2007.

I was certified as an MLD and Lymphoedema Therapist at the Dr Vodder School in Austria in 2008.

Osteopathy Pukekohe

Helen Wright

Phone: 09 238 7806;
Email: helenosteo@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.osteopathypukekohe.com

Clinic: Way of Life Health Shop, 66-68, Edinburgh Street, Pukekohe, Auckland

Osteopathy is a system of health care that places emphasis on the musculoskeletal system and its importance to the overall function and health of the body. It adopts many assessment tools that mirror those used in more conventional/orthodox medicine (orthopaedics, neurology etc) but the treatment approach invariably differs.

Osteopaths focus on health and well-being rather than the treatment of ill health or disease. The body is restored to a state of balance without the use of drugs or surgery but by specific techniques that break down the barriers preventing the tissues from functioning optimally and healing themselves post injury.

A range of non invasive, gentle, techniques are adopted which can involve treating the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments) the organs (e.g the small and large intestines) and the joints, including joint manipulation (audible click). ‘Treatment’ also includes advice and exercises to maintain the state of balance and strengthen weakened areas to prevent a recurrence. Each treatment is tailored to suit an individual.

2 Karmu Clinic

Kathy Bray

Phone: 09 299 7640
Cell: 0274 837 231

3 Redcrest Ave Papakura 2110

REFLEXOLOGY is a unique gift of mine, which brings better health to mind body and soul. Reflexology benefits include: release of stress, toxins and blocked energy, plus balance of the body’s inner self. Your feet are the mirror of your body. Reflexology touched me on a physical, emotional, mental and an amazing spiritual level.

I offer BOWTECH, the original Bowen technique. Bowen resets and balances the body to allow it to heal itself. It stimulates energy flow empowering the body to heal, from pain or discomfort. One Bowen move, addresses the whole person, also the build-up in muscles, soft tissue, musculoskeletal framework, fascia, nerves and internal organs.

I also do Remedial Massage and On Chair Massage.

Step Up Podiatry

Jessica Tennant

Podiatrist, B.Hsc.Pod

Phone: 0800 111 224
Email: stepuppodiatry@gmail.com
 
143 Queen Street
Pukekohe

Podiatry is a branch of allied health devoted to the diagnosis, prevention and medical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremity. As a foot and lower leg specialist, our podiatrist can accurately diagnose the cause of the pain and find the underlying cause. This provides a more comprehensive approach that reduces the likelihood of the injury reoccurring while maintaining mobility and independence.

At our podiatry clinic located in the heart of Pukekohe, we can assess and treat almost all lower limb conditions, from simple problems such as corns and cracked heels, to minor surgery on problems such as ingrown toenails and verrucae. Other problems that can be treated include children with walking problems (such as walking “pigeon toed”) and sports injuries that have affected the leg and foot. Basically if you have any lumps, bumps, pain or any problems with your feet and legs, a podiatrist will be able to help you!

Waiuku Craniosacral at Interlude Day Spa

Belinda Silk

Clinics: 5 Rangiwhea Road, Waiuku & 6 France Street, Waiuku 2121

Ease pain, enhance health and assist recovery with Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) is a hands-on therapy that can help to fast track the body’s innate capacity for self-healing. We apply a specific, non-invasive touch to key areas of the body (such as the spine and cranium) to encourage the release of tension and restriction, helping to realign and rebalance holistically. BCST also works directly with your nervous system to calm and relax you, leaving you feeling revived and reconnected through body and mind.
During the therapeutic process, Craniosacral Therapy can also gently encourage the body to let go of unresolved emotional or physical traumas, which can commonly manifest as physical pain, illness and mental health issues.
Craniosacral Therapy can also be very effective for babies,  toddlers and children. Recurring ear infections, respiratory conditions, sleeping problems, behavioural issues, problems related to difficult births and feeding issues can all be helped by encouraging optimum alignment of the cranial bones, which may have been hindered by the birth process or life events.

Homeopathy For Children

Homeopathy For Children

Homeopathy offers a natural, safe and effective approach to first aid, acute and chronic issues that arise throughout the course of raising a family.  As a parent of young children I honestly do not know where I would be without access to homeopathic remedies for accidents, injuries and general childhood illnesses.  It can help with a wide range of health issues. From coughs and colds, viral infections, asthma, eczema, ear infections to the more complex behavioural problems many children are experiencing.

There are many different stresses in our everyday lives that can all contribute to a weakened immune system making us more susceptible to illness.  Homeopathy is a natural form of medicine that is safe for pregnancy, childbirth, babies and children of all ages, and can safely be used in conjunction with conventional medicines and treatments, but it is also very effective by itself.

For first-aid and acute conditions there are a number of homeopathic remedies available for direct purchase from health shops and pharmacies. Examples of some commonly used remedies that are used over and over again include: Arnica, Chamomilla, Belladonna, Pulsatilla, Gelsemium, Sulphur, Mercurius, and Hypericum.  There are also some wonderful self-help books available for acute and first-aid prescribing that enables a parent to choose a remedy for things like bee stings, sore throats, teething, diarrhoea and ear aches.

For children with chronic-illness eg; eczema, or frequent and repeated illnesses, a qualified homeopath attempts to address the underlying causes.  It aims to stimulate the body’s own healing forces to bring it to a state of balance, and by doing so optimises overall health and well being.

After an initial consultation we are able to individualise your child’s treatment plan, strengthen the immune system, prevent future illness and work towards a happy healthy child.

Homeopathy is endorsed by the World Health Organisation and is the second most popular medical system in the world

  • Homeopathy treats the whole person as a unique individual
  • Homeopathy targets the underlying disease state rather than simply suppressing symptoms
  • Homeopathy can treat a range of mental, emotional and physical symptoms
  • Homeopathy is safe and effective for people of all ages including pregnant women, babies and the elderly
  • Homeopathic medicines are almost entirely natural rather than synthetic and derived from plant, mineral or animal sources
  • Homeopathic medicines are used in small doses and often given infrequently
  • Homeopathic medicines do not have toxic side effects

Please feel free to contact me for a confidential appointment to discuss your family’s individual health requirements.

Gina Scott

Homeopath NZCH

Reg NHC Inc NZ

P: 238 5365

M: 027 238 5365

REIKI

REIKI

REIKI is a Japanese form of energy healing done by laying on of hands. Sometimes the hands are placed above the body which has the same desired affect. It is up to the practitioner which way she/he chooses; sometimes it is a mixture of both. A subtle energy flows from the hands of the practitioner into the client, and it is this energy that creates the relaxation and healing effect. If there are any blockages in your energy field, the REIKI healing will unblock and free up the energy lines to promote health and well-being once again.

The word REIKI comes from two Japanese words, rei which represents the higher mind and ki which represents life energy. A good definition of REIKI is that it is “the primal energy of the universe being guided by the highest wisdom of the universe.” Because of this, REIKI cannot be affected by our conscious minds or by anything negative. It can only create good. This is why REIKI is such a wonderful healing energy.When a person receives a REIKI treatment, the REIKI energy flows into the client’s energy field, affecting the ki and it also flows around the organs and tissues. REIKI provides a much higher level of nurturing to the body’s organs and tissues and also works on the mind, emotions, and spirit, helping us feel even better than before. This is why REIKI feels so good. Its life-enhancing energy fills us to overflowing with wonderful feelings of joy, peace, love, admiration, confidence, and everything healthy.

REIKI works in harmony with all other therapeutic methods. In fact, virtually all alternative and complementary therapies work well with REIKI. Furthermore, it is a great addition to Western medicine and works safely with prescription drugs, surgery, and medical procedures.

REIKI can be used for adults, children, babies, animals. In fact animals are very receptive to it. They all greatly benefit from this healing energy.

REIKI healing enhances your health and quality of life…

. Reduces stress and pain
. Increases energy levels
. Helps quick recovery after surgery and illness
. Beneficial in pregnancy and beyond
. Improves self confidence and self esteem
. Accelerates physical, emotional and mental healing
. Relaxes and calms the mind

There are several types of REIKI, but the method I use is the Usui Shiki Ryoho which was founded by Dr Mikao Usui in Japan.

I work from home in a lovely tree-studded rural property with my own treatment room.
For a first treatment allow yourself about 90 minutes and thereafter approx. 60 minutes.

I am a Registered Reiki Master Practitioner, Certified Crystal Healer, Certified First Light NZ Native Flower Essence Practitioner.

For more information and to book a REIKI healing with me, please phone:
Judy Harriman
REIKI & REMEDIES
Phone: (09) 232 1832 or 027 418 2793

Therapeutic Massage : General Articulatory Technique

Therapeutic Massage : General Articulatory Technique

General Articulatory Technique (GAT) was originally named “General Osteopathic Technique” by Simon Fielding, a visiting osteopath from the UK, who taught this therapy approx. 20 years ago at South Pacific College of Natural Therapies in Ellerslie, Auckland.  This is the College where I studied for my Bachelor of Health Science Degree in Complementary Medicine which incorporates GAT and other forms of Therapeutic Massage, as well as Herbal Medicine and Naturopathy.

What is GAT?

GAT is a system of moving the joints of the body, the client being absolutely passive.  It is used to:

  • Improve the range of motion and function of restricted joints.
  • Improve functional postural deviations and misalignments.
  • It may improve performance in athletes and aids recovery.
  • It helps to release muscle tension and improve muscular skeletal conditions or diseases.

It is a technique that works well with, and complements other body therapies such as Muscle Energy Technique (which is an active osteopathic technique, where the client actively pushes against the therapist), Lymphatic Drainage, relaxation massage or sports massage and cross-fibre techniques, to give optimal results.

Indications

GAT is used to gently stretch restricted muscles, ligaments and joint capsules.  The movements are slow and deliberate, enabling the therapist to monitor response and adjust accordingly.  Common conditions which may be helped with this form of bodywork include ‘frozen shoulder’ and pelvic dysfunction which contribute to  ‘sway back’ and lateral tilt, where one hip is higher than the other.  Regular sessions may help to gently mobilize, relax and stretch the muscles around the spine, neck, shoulder and pelvic areas, providing greater freedom of movement, reducing pain caused by muscle tension and joint restriction and improving posture.

Contra-indications

As with all massage therapies and bodywork, GAT should not be performed if the client has suffered recent injury resulting in fracture of bones, joint dislocation, open wounds, any acute infections or inflammation, severe osteoporosis or metastatic disease.

Assessment

Before any treatment is undertaken, your therapist will record essential information to make sure there are no medical contra-indications, make a note of presenting symptoms and determine the client’s expectations and requirements.  Additionally a postural analysis may be undertaken to look at body alignment and if indicated, perform ‘range of motion’ tests to ascertain the most beneficial treatment plan for each individual.

Post Treatment

You may be provided with simple exercises or advice to support your treatment and it is important to record client feedback – both improvements and any problem areas – in order to reach the best outcome.

For information or to make an appointment for a consultation about GAT, other forms of massage, Naturopathy or Herbal Medicine, please feel free to give me a call J

09-235 7098    or  021 133 8981

Clinic hours:  (Appointments outside these hours available by arrangement)

Tues 1 – 5 pm    Wed  10 – 7pm   Thurs  1 – 6pm   Fri  10 – 6pm

Plantago Major

Plantago Major

The common Plantain is easily confused with the broadleaf  weed, which is found on lawns, waste areas and paddocks.  Identification of the common Plantain would be its characteristic flower spike with long spear-like leaves, not the cluster of round leaves common of the broadleaf plantain. All can be used for medicinal purposes.

It’s a handy first aid herb for insect bites, stings, scrapes and other minor skin irritations. Instead of thinking it’s a “weed” and remove it from your garden, you might consider leaving it where it’s handy.General uses:
Insect bites, scrapes, scratches: Plantain is a great healer for minor cuts and very soothing for itchy skin. Pick fresh leaves and roll until they are soft and pliable then apply to the skin.

Sore Ears: Squeeze the juice from plantain leaves (using a blender works well here.) Add to some warm olive oil. Put three drops into each ear. Good for inflamed, sore, blocked ears.

Coughs: An infusion, by pouring a cup of boiling water on to a small handful of fresh plantain leaves and leave to steep for 10 minutes will help clear mucus from the lungs. Three cups a day is recommended.

Spiritually: Plantain is classed as the supreme cleanser and giver of life. It helps to clear out inner sources of irritation, congested thoughts or fixed ways which will be loosened up and greater clarity will be created. Through this type of adjustment and re-balancing, a new life can be created.

Swimming Dragon Qigong

Swimming Dragon Qigong

By Tamara Bennett (Smiling Dragon Tai Chi & Qigong) and Stacy Shramana (Tai Chi for Well Being)
Perhaps more ancient then acupuncture, is a Qigong system of exercise called Yang Sheng (Yang Sheng = to feed the body). These exercises are considered “internal” because they act not only on muscles, tendons and sinews, but also on the Qi flow of the internal organs.

Yang Sheng is an ancient Taoist form that originated in China over 5,000 years ago. One of the best known of the therapeutic Yang Shengs is called Swimming Dragon, which imitates the serpent-like movements of a dragon swimming in the sea.
The power for supporting three major physiological activities is called the Triple Warmer or Three Burner system. Like the acupuncture channels and their many points, the burners cannot be found by dissection or exploratory surgery. They are not objects but bodily functions. They are unseen agents that keep the natural machinery of the body running smoothly.
The Three Burners are regulators of metabolism. The top burner is located in the upper chest and controls respiration. It powers the heart and lungs. The middle burner is in the upper abdomen and regulates digestion. It fuels the stomach, spleen, liver and pancreas. The lower burner is in the lower abdomen and pelvis, and directs elimination. Its fields are the intestines, bladder and kidneys.
The Swimming Dragon Yang Sheng is fairly simple, yet an excellent way of promoting healthy activity of these burners. The result is an improvement in general well-being, with tonification of the metabolic system. It is reputed to be the most effective Qigong practice for balancing body weight; the sinuous movements of the form help control the appetite, slenderize the waist, hips, thighs and buttocks and mobilize fats and toxins into lymphatic drainage.
The Swimming Dragon involves the whole body in a graceful rhythmic movement. It reduces tension, loosens joints, brings suppleness, massages the internal organs and stimulates lymph flow. It improves circulation of the blood and of course Qi. The Swimming Dragon stretches out the whole body completely, especially the spine, and helps to straighten and strengthen the back. It regulates the kidney channels according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, which in turn benefits the internal organs. Regular practice can rejuvenate the skin and promote vitality. The Swimming Dragon is also an enjoyable way to focus and calm the mind.
The movements also harmonize the hormonal system. This happens with the movements massaging the internal genital organs, which stimulates the jing energy, so it has a strong function on rejuvenation and balancing of the sexual energy. It can also improve the condition of many chronic problems around the genital organs and lower stomach and improve the power of fertility.
When practiced 20 minutes daily, this simple form balances the metabolism, glandular secretions and circulation of blood, lymph and body fluids, while promoting life-long health and inner peace.
Everyone can learn the Swimming Dragon Qigong, no matter, at what age you begin.
Contact Tamara Bennett: 09-235-8648 or 021-255-1087
smilingdragon@outlook.com
www.smilingdragon.co.nz

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

It is so nice to see the Spring and sunshine after what feels like a long wet grey winter. This winter has certainly seen many people feeling down and a bit depressed. Many could well have been suffering from SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of winter depression that affects an estimated half a million people every winter. It is caused by a biochemical imbalance in the hypothalamus due to the shortening of day light hours and the lack of sunlight in winter.

For many people SAD is a seriously disabling illness, preventing them from functioning normally without continuous treatment. For others, it is a mild but debilitating condition causing discomfort but not severe suffering. SAD symptoms disappear in Spring or early Summer depending on the intensity of the sunlight.
SAD can affect adults, teens and children. It’s estimated that about 6% of our population experience SAD and females are about four times more likely than males to develop SAD.

SAD occurs throughout the Northern and Southern hemispheres, however is rare in those people living within 30 degrees of the equator where the daylight hours are long, constant and extremely bright.

Some of the symptoms of SAD are:
Sleep Problems – a desire to oversleep, difficulty staying awake and disturbed sleep
Lethargy – feelings of fatigue and inability to carry out normal routine
Overeating – craving for carbs and sweet food usually resulting in weight gain
Depression – feelings of misery and guilt along with loss of self esteem
Social problems – irritability and a desire to avoid social contact
Anxiety – tension and inability to tolerate stress
Loss of libido – decreased interest in sex
Mood Changes – mood swings

Treatments:
Counselling or any complementary therapy which helps sufferers to relax, accept their illness and cope with its limitations are extremely useful.
Light therapy has shown to be effective in up to 85% of diagnosed cases. Exposure to very bright light at least 10 times the intensity of domestic light every day for an average of 1-2 hours.

Natural remedies or antidepressants to help lift low mood
www.seasonalaffectivedisorder.co.nz

For further information on SAD or any other concerns you may have –

Contact: Pam Bloxham – Counsellor

B.Couns,MNZAC

pam@pambloxham.co.nz

027 280 9797

Itchy Dog Syndrome

Itchy Dog Syndrome

It’s the time of year for itchy skin in dogs.

This can be due to a number of things:
• Allergies to food
• Allergies to grasses
• Allergies to Fleas or their treatment

It could even be an underlying condition that is worsened by the increase in temperature and the humidity.

There are several ways this itchy skin can be addressed and resolved:
• Change of diet
• Over the counter homeopathic remedy
• Classical homeopathic consultation

I’ve successfully treated several dogs with all the above methods and sometimes it’s what fits in with your own life style or current circumstances.

There are few true allergies and it tends to be more a sensitivity to an external trigger that exasperates an on-going condition. The skin is the largest excretory organ so issues occurring internally may-be expressed externally.

A change of diet can often help and I have found that dogs do well on the raw food diet. This is where the dog is only feed raw meat and bones. In very basic terms a dog’s stomach is more acid than a human so has fewer issues with the bacteria. Grain requires an alkaline stomach to digest so the stomach is confused when feeding both meat and grain. For more information on raw feeding please drop into Woofles Petfood shop in Kings St, Pukekohe or visit www.gourmetpetfood.co.nz. Feeding on raw food is no more expensive than feeding on a veterinary dry food.

The second option is a combination homeopathic remedy commercial product called Biopet Skin. This is a remedy made up of several homeopathic remedies that generally help with skin issues. It is not classical homeopathy, where a full consultation reviews the animal from top to toe inside and out and the individualised remedy is worked out but in a number of cases it may help reduce the impact on the dog. There is also Biopet Fleas and Biopet Grasses to deal with those specific sensitivities.

What I have found most successful is Classical homeopathy, where the remedy that is most suited to the dog’s physical, mental and emotional state is calculated out and prescribed. This option will take about an hour to an hour and a half. We can meet in the dog’s home or in my consultation area in Pukekohe. It is also possible to conduct a consultation via the internet but it really helps to see the dog. The consultation includes the remedy and may help address other issues the dog has. For further information please do not hesitate to contact me:
Katrina 021 248 6156
or Katrina@animalhomeopath.co.nz
or drop in to see me on Saturday mornings at Woofles in King St Pukekohe.

Can Scenar Therapy Help Me?

Can Scenar Therapy Help Me?

In most cases Self Controlled Energo Neuro Adaptive Regulator (SCENAR) therapy can help you. Due to the advanced technology SCENAR is used to help treat a wide variety of issues. It can help with muscle pain, aches and tension, inflammation, chronic symptoms of pain, dramatically decreases healing time after injuries, menstrual cycle irregularity, stomach and gastrointestinal problems, colds and immune system dysfunctions and often is that helping hand in pain and problems that you thought would never go away.

Originally from Russia, SCENAR therapy is a new technology in New Zealand; it has been highly successful around the world and currently has a high uptake rate in Australia. Its phenomenal success and results are explained on many websites. Recently in Australia high profile athletes have been receiving Scenar Therapy as a treatment to help with injuries that they thought would keep them out of their respective competitions for the season; having received Scenar Therapy and gaining great results many athletes have been able to return to their competitions far sooner than expected.

SCENAR is a small hand held device which uses skin-depth non invasive electro impulses. This impulse is very similar to the body’s own bio-currents and works with a biofeedback system, which is a major key to its success and the difference between other similar products on the market. The electro impulse excites the nerves in the body which then indicates the brain should generate neuro-peptides (which help the body to heal) and send them to particular areas to help with the healing process. The SCENAR device constantly receives feedback from the body and continuously updates the type of pulses sent back to the body. This change of impulse means the body has no chance to become accustomed to the impulse so does not try to block it out. The overall aim of Scenar is to help increase the body’s healing process and restore natural homeostasis (balance).

The SCENAR device is placed on your skin and adjusted to a comfortable, pain free level. The therapist then proceeds with a brushing motion over the area of concern concentrating on any apparent asymmetries on the skin. Specific readings are also taken throughout the session via the apparatuses biofeedback system. A treatment may take 30 minutes to an hour depending on whether the problem is acute or chronic. Change is usually felt by the client after the first session, but you may need a series of treatments to restore your body back to homeostasis.

For more information on Scenar Therapy and to book a session phone:

Sandie Ralph
Health Body Life Clinic
Dip. Health Sciences, Dip. Therapeutic Massage, Cert. SCENAR Therapy
09 2392401 or 0274241250

Understanding The Interplay Between Yoga & Stress

Understanding The Interplay Between Yoga & Stress

Stress seems to be a modern affliction.  Numerous physical and mental illnesses are attributed to stress and it appears to be growing into epidemic proportions, with every second person on the street complaining of being “stressed out.”  But it’s not often that we break it down to understand what is happening inside the body, or explore ways to decrease or eliminate it from our lives.

Stress begins with a physiological response to what your body-mind perceives as life threatening. The trigger may be an actual physical danger, like being cornered by a wild animal.  However, more often in modern times, the trigger is equated to less bodily threatening causes, such as the fear of an unstable economy, an episode of road rage or the possible end of a relationship.

Whatever the trigger, the mind alerts the body that danger is present.  In response, the adrenal glands, located above the kidneys, secrete catecholamine hormones.  These adrenaline and noradrenaline hormones act upon the autonomic nervous system, as the body prepares to fight or flee.  Heart rate, blood pressure, mental alertness, and muscle tension are increased. The adrenal hormones cause metabolic changes that make energy stores available to each cell and the body begins to sweat.  The body also shuts down systems that are not a priority in the immediacy of the moment, including digestion, elimination, growth, repair, and reproduction.

These adaptive responses have ensured the survival of the human race.  For our ancestors, a stressful situation usually resolved itself quickly.  They fought or they ran, and, after the danger passed, everything returned to normal.  The adrenal glands stopped producing stress hormones, and systems that were temporarily shut down resumed operation.

People in the modern world are often unable to resolve stress so directly, and live in a state of chronic stress as a result.  The adrenals continue to pump stress hormones. The body cannot benefit from nutrition because the digestion and elimination systems are slowed down. Even sleep is disturbed by this agitated state.

In a chronically stressed state, quality of life, and perhaps life itself, are at risk.  The body’s capacity to heal itself is compromised, either inhibiting recovery from an existing illness or injury, or creating a new one.  Stress-induced afflictions include high blood pressure, ulcers, back pain, immune dysfunction, reproductive problems, and depression. These conditions add additional stress and the cycle intensifies and continues.

Enter yoga.  It’s often touted as one of the best stress busters around.  Corresponding to the increased prevalence of stress, medical professionals are progressively pointing their patients in the direction of yoga.

Yoga directly counteracts both the physiological and psychological components of stress, simultaneously helping those who practice yoga to take better care of themselves and change their attitudes.  The stretching done in yoga relieves muscle tension.  Upside-down poses and reclining poses slow the heart, relax the blood vessels, inhibit production of norepinephrine, and calm the brain. Pranayama (yoga’s classic breathing practice) slows respiration.  Relaxation and meditation exercises stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system.  As we practice being more aware and mindful, we gain a sense of self-control, equanimity, and peace.  Perhaps most important of all, meditation and the underlying philosophy of yoga can help people to realize that most of the things that upset us just aren’t worth getting stressed about.

Written By Candace Cuss

Yoga teacher & student of Hot Yoga Asylimb

www.HotYogaAsylimb.co.nz

FITNESS FOR AGE

FITNESS FOR AGE

Middle-age is the time to get fit for a rewarding old-age.  How you cope when you reach retirement age depends on what you do now.  Now is the time to act.

RESISTANCE TRAINING

Why is resistance training so important for us as we age?  ‘Maintaining STRENGTH is the No 1 fitness concern as we age’ (Fiatarone & Evans 1993) As we age we lose muscle mass, muscle strength & flexibility.  Over the years this results in loss of strength, mobility, bone density & metabolism.  This in turn leads to difficulties in functioning properly, falls, fractures & an increase in weight.  Resistance/strength training is a very cost effective way of prolonging the onset of all or any of the above.  Engaging in regular physical activity, namely strength training, can delay the normal ageing process by 10 – 20 years.   It is never too late to start.  Anybody can do it, no matter what their physical situation is.  The lost important thing you must have is the commitment to train.

How do you stick to your plan & not quit?

  • Schedule your workouts & make an appointment with yourself. Mark it on your calendar or diary
  • Set realistic goals of 2 or 3 sessions per week of about 45-60 minutes per session
  • Keep a training diary, record your progress.  Seeing results provides motivation
  • If you miss a few workouts don’t give up, start again.
  • Reward success

GETTING STARTED

Having established that middle-age is the time to get fit for an enjoyable old-age & the fact that being fit will slow down the ageing process, the big question is –‘How do I start?’

  • Adopt a positive attitude, make a decision & set yourself some goals
  • Seek help and/or advice.  A large percentage of people who start a fitness regime quit between 6 – 12 weeks.  The frustrating thing is they quit just when they are on the verge of success
  • Don’t expect too much too soon
  • Stick with it
  • Give it a fair shot
  • Set realistic goals
  • Commitment will ultimately lead to success!

Stayin’Alive Personal Training

021 750762

www.stayinalive.co.nz

To Vaccinate or Not?

To Vaccinate or Not?

A contentious and controversial issue when discussing the vaccination of children – not quite as divisive as the Springbok Tour in the 80’s but quietly rating fairly high
I’m not going to discuss the vaccination of children but I am going to raise the question in regards to the vaccination of pets. Vaccination is where your pet is exposed to either live or generated bacteria that lead to disease in a small and controlled manner which encourages your pet ‘s immune system to build a defence against that disease so if they are exposed to it in the real world they can easily combat it and not be fatally effected. For additional information please refer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccination

More and more people are questioning the vaccination regime – the majority of conventional veterinary medical practioners will advise to vaccinate and many advise annual boosters – but is it really necessary? I have been told that vaccinations now last 2 -3 years and yet an annual reminder is sent out by many vets – are they using a different type of vaccination? – Is it not as long lasting or dare I ask – is this a revenue stream? – A practice not questioned and in my opinion not necessarily looking out for the pet’s best interests. Vaccination is one of those emotive things – you must keep your vaccination certificate up to date if you are a loving caring owner.
This vaccination certificate is a vital piece of paper when booking your pets into kennels and catteries – the reason being so that your pet does not put other pets at risk – I myself am at a loss how this works – pets who have been vaccinated are endangered by your non-vaccinated pet – how does that work? Your pet without increased immunity and not exposed to the disease will infect those that are supposed to have increased immunity and have been exposed to the disease – my logic would suggest it is actually your pet that is at risk – not theirs
I vaccinated my older cat, who had appeared healthy, for cat flu as he had to go to the cattery – Noddy returned from the cattery with cat flu … he never really recovered and proceeded to suffer from diabetes and eventually lost the battle against it – I can’t blame the vaccination but I do question if it actually put his system under stress for no reason which meant he succumbed to another illness – we had wild cats next door who suffered from cat flu so he had been exposed and hadn’t contracted it until he was vaccinated – and then we had the kitten who wandered in from next door very ill with cat flu … she survived it – so logic would say that her body had immunity from it and yet the vet said she had to be vaccinated for it …..
Another friend has a dog who every year would get vaccinated and within a week was back at the vets for prednisone as she was scratching constantly – the possible link between the vaccination and the scratching wasn’t identified until she phoned me asking if I had something to help her instead of using a steroid – I gave her a homeopathic remedy called Dog Vaccine and the scratching ceased – now I can’t show causation or even cure but the coincidence is compelling. Please note the remedy Dog Vaccine is only useful for the ill effects of vaccination not as a replacement for vaccination.
A British Vet, Don Hamilton, who is also a Homeopath suggests in his book “Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs” 1 that it is a little more than coincidental – he has seen a link between vaccination and ill health and suggests that vaccination should only be done when all the criteria below are met:
• The disease is serious – even life threatening
• The animal is or will be exposed to the disease
• The vaccine is known to be effective
• The vaccine for the disease is known to be safe
His published experiences are a number of years old now and medical science has progressed but his recommendations still have merit. There are still side effects being shown from vaccination or vaccinating when there still should be immunity.
A healthy pet will fight off infections and build its own immunity; when they’re young and vulnerable it may be appropriate and sensible to vaccinate but are they actually at risk? Are they likely to come into contact of life threatening diseases? It is not simply a decision to vaccinate or not you are legally obligated to ensure your pet’s health – if you choose to ignore a vet’s advice to vaccinate a plan must be put in place to ensure your pet remains healthy and risk free. They must be fed a good healthy diet, access to clean water, regular exercise – basically kept at the peak of health – and seeking veterinary help at the first sign of any distress or ill health. An alternative is homeopathic protocols which can be used as an alternative to vaccination or in conjunction with vaccination to reduce the potential side effects – such as in the post-vaccination itchy dog.
Under my professional code of ethics I cannot tell you what your decision should be in regards to vaccination nor do I want to – my aim is to raise your awareness and invite your questioning of your current vaccination regime rather than just going along with the status quo – just because –
As in the case of the vaccinating children the vaccination of pets requires investigation, great thought and a non-emotive decision process – evaluating the risk of vaccinating or not and what protocols you can put in place to counter act any ill health as a result of your decision. Unlike children pets will hide ill health so a heightened awareness is required.
Thank-you for taking the time to read my article and I hope I have piqued your interest to investigate further and make an informed decision on vaccinating your pet. If you would like to discuss further please do not hesitate to contact me either on Katrina@animalhomeopath.co.nz or 021 248 6156.

It’s Time To Look After YOU What are we Doing Wrong

It’s Time To Look After  YOU What are we Doing Wrong

ur dominant western diet consists of pro-inflammatory foods and drinks that are high in trans-fats, sugars and refined carbohydrates. This low-quality nutrition causes our bodies to become acid, creating an environment where disease thrives.

The Fix
Common sense tells us to eat nutritional meals that include several daily servings of fruit and vegetables, which promote alkalinity. Maintaining an alkaline body environment is one of your best defences against inflammatory diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and arthritis. It also prevents us from developing insulin resistance, high levels of body fat, high blood pressure, allergies and accelerated aging. For some easy, commonsense ideas, look at “The Natural  Way” range of books, highly recommended and lots of fun while being informative and inspirational. Click here for more detail  http://www.mary-anns.com/Books%20page.php

Available in NZ and Australia by emailing info@healthdirect.ws

Move that Body- Exercise and Weight

More commonsense tells us to exercise regularly. Similar to the modern diet that lacks many of our essential nutrients for good health, modern lifestyles eliminate the movement that is so necessary to keep your body in shape and your joints healthy. Sitting in front of computers for work or play is NOT a physical workout. You have to find some form of exercise that gets you moving regularly.

Exercise and the Endocrine System

There is no way around it; without regular exercise you will never attain the correct body weight, nor will you ever be free of health problems.

What is it about exercise that makes it such a powerful weapon in the battle against excess weight? Many of us make the mistake of thinking that weight loss hinges on calories in (our food intake) and calories out (the energy we use when we exercise). This is true to a point, but exercise has an important function beyond the limits of calorie expenditure.

Exercise plays a crucial role in regulating the endocrine (hormonal) system by stimulating the production of many different hormones. A healthy endocrine system is the key to physical vitality and mental alertness. It also controls all aspects of weight management.

So, without exercise it is impossible to obtain your perfect weight.

What TYPE of Exercise is Best?

It is important to find an exercise programme that suits YOU and fits comfortably into your lifestyle.

If you want to stick with it, exercising needs to become a natural part of your day. It is also important to follow a balanced programme that incorporates the following: aerobic exercise, resistance or strength training and stretching.

Aerobic activity requires your heart and lungs to work at a steady pace. This increases oxygen consumption and is of great benefit to the lungs and cardiovascular system. Try activities like brisk walking, swimming, cycling, dancing, running or aerobics classes at the gym.

If you are a beginner, walking is the easiest to start with and also the cheapest and most natural. Almost anyone can brisk walk and as a bonus you don’t need any special gear (flat shoes and loose comfortable clothing are ideal). Set a brisk pace that gets your heart pumping. Swing your arms and stride out with purpose. As a form of exercise, walking is the one that with the fewest side effects and is also best for the back. Alternatively, rebounding on a small trampoline can be done indoors when its pouring with rain or there is not enough time to go for a long walk.

You can even do it while you watch the news on television, so there is, in fact, no excuse for not exercising in some way or another.

It is also important to do some form of resistance or strength training. This is not only good for muscle strength and tone, and for keeping the ligaments, tendons and joints in good working order, but it is also vital for building bone density. This slows down the aging process and keeps us independent as we grow older. Strength training also speeds up the metabolism. As we get older the metabolism tends to slow down as a result of muscle loss. This leads to the typical “middle aged spread” and the various problems associated with weight gain mentioned earlier. A programme of light weight training at the gym, regular gardening, good old press-ups or even a bout of vigorous house cleaning are all of benefit.

If you want to keep the spring in your step, you should not neglect to incorporate some stretching in your exercise routine. Stretching oxygenates the body tissues, keeps the joints strong and mobile, and ensures flexibility of the spine. You will find that with regular stretching, you are less prone to injury, your posture improves and that tension headaches become less frequent. This is particularly important if you lead a fairly sedentary lifestyle, spending a lot of time at your desk or in your car. So ward off the stiffness of old age by doing a stretch and tone class at the gym.

If you are not motivated to exercise on your own or need encouragement or accountability, join an exercise group or a good gym so that you can be monitored and have a tailor-made programme made for you…

I have just completed an 8 wk challenge at my local gym and found it to be a lot of fun. I felt supported and inspired and with goal-orientated programs, I got RESULTS

http://www.clmnz.co.nz/franklin/

Take up the Challenge and tidy up for the summer

Article written by Heather Fausett   Registered Nurse, Nutritionist and Lifestyle Coach

For Healthdirect  23 Grace James Rd   Pukekohe  2120     Tel NZ(09) 238 1162  info@healthdirect.ws

Lymphoedema and Skin Care

Lymphoedema and Skin Care

What Is The Lymphatic System?

As blood circulates around the body, fluid leaks out from tiny arterial capillaries known as arterioles. This fluid provides nutrients and oxygen to cells in the tissues. Most of the fluid returns to the blood vessels by tiny venous capillaries called venules, which pick up dead cells and other waste products from the cells in the tissues. The fluid that remains behind in the tissue spaces along with larger particles like proteins that are too big to re-enter the blood stream are picked up by the lymphatic system and are eventually returned to the bloodstream.

The lymphatic System is made up of Lymphatic vessels and lymph nodes. The smallest of the lymph vessels located just under the skin weave between the tissue cells and the arterial and venous capillaries in the tissue spaces and collect the excess fluid and large particles. These initial lymph vessels drain into larger vessels with one way valves which propel this fluid now called “lymph” towards the heart. Along the way, the lymph travels through lymph nodes where the fluid is filtered and special cells in the node destroy or contain organisms, bacteria and other debris so that they cannot travel to the bloodstream and spread to other parts of the body. There are about 600 nodes in the body with approximately 160 located in the neck. The size of a normal lymph node varies from 2mm – 3cm. On average the lymphatic vessels pump at a rate of 6 beats per minute which is far slower than the Vascular system and about 3 litres of lymph fluid is pumped around the body in a 24 hour period.

What is Lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema is a swelling caused by a buildup of protein rich fluid in the tissues and is a sign that the Lymphatic System is not working properly. This fluid behaves like a stagnant swamp and the cells cannot function as well and the tissues become clogged with waste. The most important of these cells are the Macrophages which are responsible for recognizing and ingesting foreign substances. In addition they assist other cells to activate the immune response and are therefore important in defending the body against bacteria.

There are two types of Lymphoedema, Primary and Secondary

Primary is caused by a poorly formed Lymphatic System. It can arise at Birth or Puberty and makes up about 10% of all Lymphoedemas. Secondary, is the result of trauma, surgery and removal of lymph nodes, with or without Radiation. Lymphoedema can arise immediately following surgery, or may not develop until months or years later. For some people, it may never develop. This dependant on how many Lymph Vessels and Nodes a person has before surgery and how many of these Vessels and Nodes had to be removed during Surgery.

Signs, Symptoms and Stages

Changes in; sensation, feelings of tightness, heaviness, swelling, aching and bursting pains.

Stage one
Acute phase – swelling lessens overnight. The skin is soft and when pushed in leaves a dent that fills again in a few seconds. Swelling is reduced by elevation and the limb is often normal or almost normal looking in the morning. The limb swells up again during the day. If this type of Lymphoedema occurs, it is often reversible with treatment and care.

Stage two
The skin thickens, hardens and becomes less elastic. There is less skin pitting. The limb becomes more sensitive to infection. By this time the condition is chronic, progressive and currently irreversible.

Stage three
Significant swelling and toughening of the skin is evident. Skin folds and deep crevices may occur. The limb may leak lymph fluid. Good early care can often prevent such problems.

Therapy assists with relieving the symptoms of Lymphoedema and involves Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Compression bandaging / compression garments, Exercise and Skin Care.

Skin Care

Skin care is one of the most important aspects in reducing your risk of getting Lymphoedema or making it worse. It is vital to maintain the integrity of the skin so that bacteria does not enter the body and lead to infection. When you get a cut or injury to the tissue, the area usually becomes red and warm. This is due to fluid and proteins leaking out of the blood vessels and into the tissues making it an ideal environment for bacteria to grow in. Due to the reduced number of Lymphatic Vessels and Nodes, the excess fluid remains in the tissues and swelling results.

Maintaining Skin Integrity

• Wash daily using a pH neutral soap or soap substitute and dry thoroughly
• Moisturise daily with skin creams containing vitamin E and Aloe Vera or Sorbelene to maintain its suppleness. Care needs to be taken with compression garments as creams can damage the elastic components of the garments therefore do not moisturise immediately prior to donning garments
• Apply antiseptic creams such as Betadine to cuts and scratches immediately and cover with a fabric dressing
• Care should be taken when cutting nails and cuticles should not be cut
• Inspect skin for signs of fungal infections and treat appropriately
• Electric razors should be used to remove hair
• Use insect repellants in mosquito infested areas
• Where possible do not allow blood to be drawn or injections on affected or susceptible limbs. Sometimes this may be unavoidable
• Do not get sunburned – always wear a sunscreen or protective clothing and maintain a high moisture level on the skin.
• Wear protective gloves in the garden
• Wear rubber gloves when washing up and protect your hands when doing things like cooking, fishing, sewing or cutting up things.
• Treat even minor burns with cold running water. Keep an antiseptic or antibiotic in the house

Cellulitis

If your limb appears bright red, painful, hot or swells rapidly then this usually means that you have a bacterial infection called Cellulitis also known as Erysipelas. You may also experience other symptoms such as fever, chills, headache, nausea, vomiting and generally feeling unwell. It is important to contact your Doctor or Hospital as soon as possible so that the infection can be treated with antibiotics. Good skin care reduces the likelihood of Cellulitis and further damage to the Lymphatic System.

If you are concerned that you have Lymphoedema or you are at risk of developing Lymphoedema please feel free to contact me for a consultation.

Diane Lacey
Registered Nurse, Lymphoedema & Massage Therapist
Office 4
Professional House
12~18 Seddon Street
Pukekohe
Pohutukawa Place Ltd

mobile: 021 142 9338
e-mail: diane_tx@hotmail.com

By appointment only.

Welcome to 2011 Goal Shooting or Target Practice

Welcome to 2011 Goal Shooting or Target Practice

As 2011 begins in earnest and the sun and holidays of last week are already beginning to fade, it is opportune for us to look forward to where we are heading and what we would like to achieve this year.

What would you like your life to look like in December 2011?
At your End of Year celebrations what will your achievements be?

Your results for the year reflect directly on your actions and these are underpinned by your planning – yes Goal Setting!!

I know –  setting goals is not particularly sexy but there is no reason that they can’t be fun and they are a great way to make positive change in your life.  Shift your thinking from thinking about goal setting as fixing something wrong in your world, consider setting goals more about – Getting what you want out of life!

What better way to take control of your life and the direction you are heading. A real reason to get up in the morning and enjoy our lives.

Some people have difficulty using the word ‘Goal’ – for them it conjures up a pass or fail – you either get the goal or miss the goal – they prefer to call them targets. They aim for targets!

10 tips for effective Goal Getting or Target Practice

  1. Dream and scheme big – plant the seeds and see them grow – you can prune later
  2. Align your goal with your values, passion and purpose for the best fit and achievability
  3. Be SMART about your goal
  4. Ask yourself is this a WANT goal, or ‘shoulda’, ‘coulda’ goals.  Only go for the WANT – and something the YOU really want to do, have, achieve
  5. Make a public declaration – tell others – be courageous and get it out there
  6. Create action steps –avoid the overwhelm by concentrating on the finish line
  7. Celebrate the milestones as you travel towards the destination.  Overwhelm is the blight to achieving your goals
  8. Practice flexibility – there are more ways than one to Mecca
  9. Lighten up – If your goal isn’t energising you – you don’t want it enough
  10. Get an Accountability Partner: Now the secret is to have a system of accountability, get the support you need. This can be an hour in your calendar every week, a buddy, a monthly team meeting, or a coach. The point is… JUST DO IT! This is the difference between success and meritocracy

Confucius said –‘he who aims for nothing is sure to hit it’

Are you ready for goal shooting or target practice?

What is Massage?

What is Massage?

Massage is touch – and touch is something we all do every day. An understanding of the body provides an insight into the therapeutic benefits of touch. Several different massage styles are available to us all today.

Relaxation Massage helps to relax both our mind and body. It is a smooth, gentle style of massage designed to release tension from within our bodies, and improve circulation and energy flow in the body. It can relieve the effects of excess stress many of us now experience by slowing down our heart rate.

Other benefits include relief of minor muscle pain and soreness after exercise. It speeds up recovery, improves movement and circulation and helps to eliminate toxins from our bodies.

Massage helps the muscles by stimulation of normal body processes. Waste products such as lactic acid is released from muscle fibres, enabling the muscles to move more freely. Combined with the benefits of mental relaxation, increases in muscle tone are returned to an optimum level.

Massage stimulates the central nervous system via peripheral nerves in the skin. This stimulates the autonomic nervous system. Where over stimulation of a particular system occurs, the therapeutic effects of massage help redress the internal balance, allowing the body to rest and regenerate.

Massage helps improve circulation through stimulation. Waste products are transported
from muscles via capillaries and veins, improving the transport of nutrients to the
muscles and organs via arteries and capillaries.

Massage stimulates the removal of metabolic wastes. The lymphatic system helps to
transport these wastes, excess fluid or the effects of injury are filtered by lymph vessels
and nodes, helping the body to repair itself ad recover.

Massage improves skin by increasing the blood supply, therefore helping to keep it
healthy. The applications of nourishing oils and waxes and use of different massage
strokes helps to slough off dead surface cells and moisturize the skin at a deeper level.

I am a certified Massage Therapist. I have trained through the New Zealand College of
Massage in Relaxation Massage, Energy Balancing, and Polarity. I have recently
completed a Level 2 degree in Reiki with Judy Harriman. I am also committed to
ongoing training and will be able to offer additional therapies in the near future.

If you are in need to Relax and Unwind please do not hesitate to contact me and make
and appointment for a Massage.

Relax and Unwind Massage – Ph 09 23 86648

Lymphoedema and Compression Therapy

Lymphoedema and Compression Therapy

Compression Therapy is used in the management of Lymphoedema. This is achieved through a combination of Multi Layer Lymphoedema Bandages and/or Compression Garments which compensate for the lack of elasticity in the tissues caused by Lymphoedema. The aim of Compression Therapy is to reduce swelling in affected limbs and to maintain this reduction.

Multi Layer Lymphoedema Bandages

Bandages are used as part of the initial intensive phase of management known as Combined/Complex/Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) also known as Complex Physical Therapy (CPT). They are made from cotton and have very little stretch therefore they are called short stretch bandages. During rest they exert relatively little pressure against the tissues due to the lack of elastic properties, whereas during exercise bandages provide resistance against the tissues when the muscles contract and expand. As they press against the bandage the pressure inside the limb increases and stimulates the movement of fluid from the tissues into Lymphatic vessels and the pumping of fluid along Lymphatic vessels.

Multi Layers – Several layers of bandages are used.

Fingers and toes are individually wrapped with a conforming bandage to prevent or reduce swelling.

A tubular cotton liner is applied to the limb and acts as a protective, absorbent layer between the skin and the overlying compression bandages.

Soft synthetic wool padding or foam rolls or sheets are used to protect bony prominences, assist with softening areas of hard tissue and scar tissue and provide a cylindrical shape to allow easier application of the short stretch bandages.

Short stretch bandages are applied in several layers starting from the base of the fingers or toes. Pressure is greatest at these areas and reduces as the bandages go up the limb. This provides graduated compression and encourages fluid to move towards the heart via Lymphatic and Blood Vessels. Tape is used to secure bandages as pins or bandage clips can damage skin.

This initial phase of CDT is carried out daily for a period of between 2 -4 weeks or until there is no change in the volume or size of the limb. The bandages are worn all day and during the night. They are only removed for bathing then reapplied by a Qualified Lymphoedema Therapist. Bandages lose their elasticity after a few applications and this can be restored by washing with a liquid detergent. Two sets of bandages are usually required.

Compression Garments

These are used in the second or maintenance phase of CDT to maintain the reduction achieved in the initial stage or can be used instead of bandages depending on the severity of Lymphoedema. Garments may also be worn to assist with reducing the risk of developing Lymphoedema. They have the same effect on the tissues as Compression bandages.

There are two types of Compression Garment – Circular Knit and Flat Knit.
Circular Knit is manufactured by continuously knitting on a cylinder. They are thinner, more aesthetically acceptable and are available as readymade garments. Flat Knit is made as a flat piece to specific measurements then joined by a seam. They are usually custom made and are more suited to irregular shaped limbs.

Garments come in different levels of compression known as Classes and this is dependent on the severity of the Lymphoedema. Some people have to wear their compression garments during the day or when only doing exercise and some may have to wear them up to 24 hours a day. They should be replaced approximately every 6 months or sooner if they lose their elasticity. Sleeves and stockings should be cared for as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Generally 2 sets of garments are required to allow for washing. Care needs to be taken with compression garments as creams can damage their elastic properties therefore do not moisturise skin immediately prior to donning garments.

Compression Therapy is not suitable if infection is present; there is poor arterial circulation in the limb, uncontrolled heart failure, presence of Deep Vein Thrombosis or lack of sensation of the fingers or toes.

If you require advice on Compression Bandaging/ Garments or any aspect regarding Lymphoedema Therapy then please feel free to contact me.

Diane Lacey
Registered Nurse, Lymphoedma & Massage Therapist
Office 4
Professional House
12-18 Seddon Street
Pukekohe
mobile: 021 142 9338
e-mail: diane_tx@hotmail.com
By appointment only

Your Body is Changing.

Your Body is Changing.

Your body is changing. Your life doesn’t have to. As a woman, you take your health seriously. You want to do everything you can to enjoy life to the fullest for years to come. You are a woman. And you are living a great life. Now is the time to take action; and do everything possible to take care of yourself and support your body’s health, so that the best years of your life will remain ahead of you.

Where did we get the idea that aging had to mean “growing old?” Can you picture yourself at age 70 and 80, still being active and energetic, enjoying a couple of laps around the pool or 18 holes of golf? At age 20, 30 or forty it may not seem that important or valuable to take nutritional supplements and daily exercise. But the habits you form and the way you live your life during these early years that establish a foundation for the energy and health you’ll have throughout the rest of your life.

Aging doesn’t have to mean less energy less vitality, aching joints and sore muscles. Aging doesn’t have to mean growing old, or worse yet, feeling old. Essential to good life is better health. Enjoy your health and strive for optimum health by taking care of yourself- eat right and get exercise daily. Diet and exercise have both been linked to promoting healthy hormone levels throughout life.
What is estrogen and why is it important?

Estrogen is a hormone that regulates a number of functions in the body, including sexual function, bone health and proper cholesterol balance. Estrogen is both necessary and beneficial, but it can also be harmful to our health when our natural hormone levels are out of balance. Phytoestrogens are beneficial for men and women. Phytoestrogens are especially interesting because they are structural and when they consumed, they tend to act like weak estrogens. Prostate cancer, breast cancer, and even common menopausal maladies such as hot flashes have been found to be much more prevalent in Western societies, but almost unknown in many Eastern cultures.

Why? A closer look of each society’s diet and cancer rate differences, scientists found a link – the consumption of a soy-rich diet! A closer look at the soybean revealed that soy is rich in several phytoestrogens, including isoflavones like genistein and genistin. Genistein is considered the star isoflavone. Pharmaceutical companies have produced a synthetic variation of genistein called “ipriflavone. ” Tamoxifen is the synthetic counterpart to genistein and works to block the ability of estrogen to stimulate the kinds of changes in breast tissue that result in formation of tumors.

Genistein has been shown in some cases to support bone mass health, support prostate health, support and maintain healthy breast tissue and help support and maintain heart and artery health.

A healthy immune system works miracles daily. Increased demands on the immune system reduce its ability to protect our bodies from environmental pollutants, improper diet and other harmful elements that can lead to a decline in health and disease.

Article by Caroline Lawrence Happyfoot
Certified Reflexologist and 4Life Independent Distributor
Email: carolinesreflex09@yahoo.co.nz
Phone 09-296-1374
http://www.happyfootreflexology.co.nz
http://awesome04.my4life.com

What is sugaring?

What is sugaring?

Sugaring is the ‘sweet alternative’ to waxing for hair removal.
First developed in Ancient Egypt, in the city of Alexandria, body sugaring dates back to the days of Cleopatra.   The women of Alexandria placed great value on aesthetics and cosmetics, and were convinced that a hairless body represented beauty, youth and virtue.  Using sugar and honey, natural ingredients that were celebrated for their therapeutic properties, they discovered this method of effectively and naturally removing hair from the body.

It is very similar to www.thehairfacts.com waxing but it has some significant advantages over waxing.
For example:
The sugar solution only sticks to the hairs, whereas the wax substance sticks to the hair and skin. This means that there is far less pain involved because the skin is not pulled when the sugar is removed. Great for those intimate soft spots!!
The solution is applied warm rather than hot like wax, minimising discomfort.
Sugars contain natural substances and are gentle on the skin, whereas the wax substance contains chemicals which may irritate the skin.
The sugar solution is easy to clean away with water, whereas wax is more difficult to remove due to its petroleum additives.
The hair is removed from the root and re-growth is softer, sparser and lighter in colour, diminishing with each treatment.
The sugar paste is a purely natural product which is great for sensitive skins
On what areas of the body can sugaring be used?
Practically all areas including:
eyebrows
upper lip
underarms
legs
arms
stomach
bikini line
Men have one exception – they cannot use sugaring on the beard due to a different hair root system.
Treatment
To obtain the best results, hairs should be at least 1/4 inch or 6 mm long. This method of removing hair usually lasts between 4 and 6 weeks. Repeated sugaring treatments will often weaken the hair follicle, making it easier to remove hairs over time.
The Practioner will tailor the consistency of paste to best suit different areas of the clients body.
Moka Atamu-Watkinson is a qualified Sugar Paste Practioner, 1st and 2nd Degree Usui Reiki Healer, Reflexologist, and qualified Masseuse from the Academy of Healing Arts providing both Relaxation and Sports Massage.
Moka is based in Waiuku however does offer a mobile service.
Contact Moka on 09-235-0464 to put yourself in her hands………..

A Healthy and Strong Immune System

A Healthy and Strong Immune System

4Life Transfer Factor
Raise Your Immune I.Q . 4Life Transfer Factor and Transfer Factor Plus raised the Natural Killer cell activity to unprecedented levels. “ These products educate your immune system to recognize, respond to, and remember potential threats.”- Brent Vaughan, Director of Health Information services. David Lisonbee, the Chief Executive Officer of 4Life Research after investigating a patent for molecules called “transfer factors” latched on to the notion that the immune system functions could play a bigger role in optimal health than thought previously.

Inside your body, there’s an amazing and complex network of organs, tissues and cells. They work in harmony every day, so you can stay strong and healthy in the face of millions of invading bacteria, microbes, virus, toxins and parasites. It’s your immune system. You probably don’t give your immune system a second thought, except when it fails to do its job and you get sick. But every hour of every day, your immune system is fighting different battles for you. For the most part of it , it’s winning those battles. But when your defenses become compromised by things like viruses, bacteria, a poor diet, not enough sleep, a busy lifestyle and more, you can become sick. And even before you get sick, you feel tired, fatigued and rundown. And because none of us do all the right things for our health all the time, it’s easy to understand how important it is to build and maintain the immune system. The immune system is closely connected to virtually every other system of the body. When it is not functioning properly at its best, the rest of your body suffers, leaving you vulnerable to a host of foreign invaders. The immune system needs nutrients to function optimally. If you treat your body with junk food, little or no exercise and a stressful lifestyle, your immune system is forced to work overtime to protect your body. Scientific research supports that managing the inflammation response and supporting the immune system in the first place is the best approach for good health.What are natural killer cells? Natural killer cells (NK) are important immune cells that seek and destroy harmful cells through direct contact. When invaders enter our body these cells are on the front lines of our immune defense. Instead of crossing our fingers and hoping for the best, we can build a solid foundation for immune system strength that you can trust to keep you healthy. One of the immediate benefits of supplementing your diet with transfer factors is increased energy. And when the immune system is functioning to its best , every system in your body works better.And Now, New Transfer Factor Plus Tri-Factor Formula delivers a 437% increase in immune effectiveness! Scientifically studied, 4Life Transfer Factor Tri-Factor Formula was developed by 4Life researchers and scientists in an effort to maximize immune system support.

To ensure that everyone- young and old- can enjoy the health benefits of Transfer Factor, 4Life’s R&D have given you a variety of ways to get your daily dose of Transfer Factor- as a capsule, spray, powder stick, chewable tablet and even as a beverage. Riovida’s blend of transfer factors from both cow colostrums and egg yolk has been show to boost immune function by 284%. A liquid powerhouse blend of antioxidant phytonutrients in the form of acai berries, pomegranates, blueberries and elderberries making it an ideal beverage for people of all ages.

Caroline A. Lawrence Chartered Natural Therapist, Certified Reflexologist professional member RNZ Inc., trainer, writer, publisher and 4Life Independent Distributor. She practices from Hardy’s Health store in Papakura and is also mobile. Caroline offers FREE consultation 1st visit valued at $50.00, workshops, and how-to tips. Gift certificates available at the clinic. Join my list of VIP customers to receive your FREE monthly “Health and Wealth e-zine” by visiting :  http://www.change4lifetime.com

THE IMPORTANCE OF COLOUR IN OUR LIVES

THE IMPORTANCE OF COLOUR IN OUR LIVES

COLOUR is more important in our lives than we sometimes realize.

From the time we get up in the morning when we decide what we will wear this day, to the time we go to bed in our bedroom where the décor on the walls and floors might decide how good our sleep will be, we are influenced by the colours on us and around us.

Look at the colour/colours that you are picking out to wear each day, as that can reflect what sort of mood you will have for that day. If you have chosen wisely your mood will be good for that day.

It also depends what you are be going to do today – if you have an important meeting or you are going for an interview – wearing red is great as it gives you confidence and you will project yourself well, but also be careful because it might make you speed in the car as your confidence soars.

If you need to be cool and calm for whatever reason, blue is very calming.
Also good when you are needing peace, solitude and rest, hence this is a good colour to have as your décor in your bedroom as it portrays a tranquil and peaceful environment.

Yellow is good when you are working to improve your concentration and staying alert.

Wearing orange can help the body return to a state of balance after shock or stress.

Green is a very healing colour, the colour of nature.

Violet and Purple should be worn when you need to rebalance your life, to calm hyperactivity or energise depression. Also to get more inspiration and be receptive to spiritual guidance.

Pink is to feel love, forgiveness and peace.

White brings a positive, refreshing and optimistic mindset and counteracts negative thinking.

Grey portrays quality, maturity, professionalism and neutrality.

Brown is good if you want to re-focus and get a down to earth attitude to portray yourself as a no nonsense and hard-working reliable person.

Wearing mostly black is an ‘easy colour to hide away in’. You can blend in and be accepted with a sense of dignity and mystery. You feel like you are in charge and powerful.

THE CHAKRA SYSTEM

The Chakras in our body (which are our energy centres) are also made up of colours as follows:

CROWN CHAKRA – PURPLE
Top of your head.
Meanings: Spiritual Energy, Connection to the Universe

THIRD EYE CHAKRA – INDIGO
Centre of your forehead
Meanings: Telepathy and Intuitive Energy

THROAT CHAKRA – BLUE
Over your throat area
Meanings: Communication

HEART CHAKRA – GREEN AND PINK
Chest area
Meanings: Love and Hatred, Hope and Trust.

SOLAR PLEXUS – YELLOW
Bottom of ribcage
Meanings: Self Worth, Self Confidence, and Trust.

SACRAL CHAKRA – ORANGE
Just below your naval
Meanings: Sensing and Feeling, Emotions

BASE CHAKRA – RED
Base of spine
Meanings: Power, Sex, Guilt, Money

When you have picked your clothes for the next day, just stop and see what colours you have picked and look above and see what and how that can affect the day ahead, both for good or bad. You should go with the first choice you make as that will be the right one for you for that day.

Also, next time you are going to redecorate your house inside take very close notice of the colours you are going to pick as they are very important decisions to make for you and all of the occupants in your house for peace and harmony.

Judy Harriman
REIKI & REMEDIES
Reiki Master/Teacher and Practitioner
Crystal Healing Practitioner
NZ Flower Essence Practitioner

Ph: 09 2321832
Mob: 027 4182793
judy.mary@xtra.co.nz

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