Physical Wellness

Physical Wellness is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. The ability to recognize that our behaviours have a significant impact on our wellness and adopting healthful habits (routine check ups, a balanced diet, exercise, etc.) while avoiding destructive habits (tobacco, drugs, alcohol, etc.) will lead to optimal Physical Wellness.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese form of medicine which has been used in China for over 3000 years. It is practised and its effectiveness is now accepted in many countries around the world including New Zealand. Rigorous scientific research has confirmed that acupuncture promotes the production of natural healing substances to relieve pain and relax muscles. It helps to regulate nerve transmission, enhance the immune system, regulate hormones and blood flow, and release natural anti-inflammatory substances. Acupuncture also elevates mood. Acupuncture aims at treating the illness and the imbalance in the body causing it thereby improving health and well-being. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) describes pathways of energy/Qi flowing through the body, carrying nourishment and information to all tissues and organs. Disease occurs when some factor disrupts the normal flow of Qi. The role of the acupuncturist is to restore the normal flow and re-establish health. With its unique system of diagnosis, an acupuncturist will ask not only details of the immediate problem, but also ask a range of questions in order to get a deeper understanding of the patients health. A patients tongue and pulse can give the practitioner vital clues about their underling health, even before an illness has presented itself physically and help the practitioner choose the most appropriate points to use. In this way acupuncture can be successfully used as a preventative medicine and bring positive benefits as a regular tonic, stimulating the immune system and helping de-stress and relax the body

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Bach Flowers

Bach flower remedies are dilutions of flower material developed by Edward Bach, an English bacteriologist, pathologist and homeopath, in the 1930s. Bach believed that dew found on flower petals retain healing properties of that plant. The remedies are intended primarily for emotional and spiritual conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress.

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Bones for Life

The purpose of the bones for life program is to reconstruct the functional conditions that are capable of stimulating re-growth of bones, even after they have become impoverished. The exercises are fun, and can be done by individuals with a wide range of ages and abilities.

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Breathing

How we breathe has a big impact on our overall health, energy and wellness. However our breathing pattern is largely automatic and unconscious. Conditions such as anxiety/panic, stress, asthma/respirator disease, some neurological problems, and sports performance among others, can be helped by various forms of breath therapy. Therapy enables us bring our attention to our breathing and make needed changes to its depth, rate and rhythm to ensure the best of health. Though some breathing therapy is very ancient in its origins, such as its use in yoga, modern research has endorsed its positive effects.Back to top

Chakra Balancing

The Human Energy Field or Aura is an energetic, multi-dimensional field that surrounds, penetrates, and is the human body. It has rivers of energy called meridians that nourish every organ and cell in our bodies. These rivers are supplied by seven cone shaped, spinning vortexes of energy called chakras (pronounced “Shock-ra”). These chakras, in turn, collect energy from the Universal Energy Field that is all around us. The seven chakras carry the colours of the rainbow spectrum. Reflexology is a method used to balance the chakras. It is a non-invasive technique used to channel healing energy to the client through the practitioner’s hands. Using certain reflex points on the body, the energy centres/chakras are rebalanced, and a new level of awareness is reached. Back to top

Chiropractic

Chiropractic is about helping the body to work at its best. Your nervous system, which controls all the functions of your body, is protected by your spine. Sometimes the stresses and strains of daily life cause nerve messages from the brain to get blocked. By making small adjustments to the spine, chiropractors can remove these blockages so that the messages reach the organs effectively. The philosophy is simple: if your nervous system is working properly the body is better able to heal itself and perform at its full potential. A healthy spine and nervous system can help anyone at any time in their life, regardless of age, condition, presence or symptoms.

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Colonic Hydrotherapy

it is a gentle way of cleansing and assisting the body in restoring and sustaining vibrant health. It is an effective and natural detox therapy that infuses purified filtered water into the colon via a disposable rectal tube over a 35-40 minute period. A colonic assists in the removal of waste and toxins that have accumulated in the large intestine. Back to top

Corrective Exercise

Corrective Exercise is about exercising with purpose. It’s about choosing the right exercises for your posture, activity level and personal health history; knowing when and how to progress them and making sure they are performed with proper technique and posture.Back to top

Craniosacral

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive holistic natural therapy. It is beneficial in treating a wide range of conditions and can bring about profound healing at all levels: physical, mental, energetic and emotional. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy takes a whole-person approach to healing and the inter-connectedness of mind, body and spirit are deeply acknowledged. The underlying foundation of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a recognition of the “breath of life”. The art of the therapist is to connect with these underlying forces of health, facilitating a process of natural reorganisation. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is deeply relaxing. It assists the body's natural healing processes, increasing physical vitality and well-being. It aids in pain relief and encourages the nervous system, organs and musculoskeletal system to balance and heal. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is client-led. This means that the individuals' system sets the pace at which the work progresses. Back to top

EFT

Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT (often known as Tapping or EFT Tapping), is a universal healing tool that can provide impressive results for physical, emotional, and performance issues. EFT operates on the premise that no matter what part of your life needs improvement, there are unresolved emotional issues in the way. Even for physical issues, chronic pain, or diagnosed conditions, it is common knowledge that any kind of emotional stress can impede the natural healing potential of the human body.

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Energy Healing

Energy Healing is associated with spiritual healing within the energy layers surrounding our physical bodies. Starting nearest the body and moving out the layers are physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. These therapies adopt a holistic approach by addressing the cause of the suffering to release this from wherever it as settled in your energy field. Energy healing techniques relieve obstructions within our energy field or aura that has accumulated through difficulties or stress, within our life. When the body finds these situations hard to cope with, this negative energy builds up in our aura and can lead to distress and ill health. An energy healer through their skilled hands-on approach can free these obstructions and by doing so can facilitate the healing process within all aspects of your health and wellbeing. In addition during the session a healer may guide a client into a method of deeper understanding as to the source of their situation. This method of deeper understanding promotes and supports the client into establishing, their own path into improved health and wellbeing. There are many modalities that sit under the energy healing umbrella.

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Feldenkrais

The Feldenkrais Method, often referred to simply as "Feldenkrais", is a somatic educational system designed by Moshé Feldenkrais (1904–1984). Feldenkrais aims to reduce pain or limitations in movement, to improve physical function, and to promote general wellbeing by increasing students' awareness of themselves and by expanding students' movement repertoire.

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Functional Fitness

Functional training has its origins in rehabilitation. Physical and Occupational therapists often use this approach to retrain patients with movement disorders. Interventions are designed to incorporate task and context specific practice in areas meaningful to each patient, with an overall goal of functional independence. For example, exercises that mimic what patients did at home or work may be included in treatment in order to help them return to their lives or jobs after an injury or surgery. Thus if a patient's job required repeatedly heavy lifting, rehabilitation would be targeted towards heavy lifting, if the patient were a parent of young children, it would be targeted towards moderate lifting and endurance, and if the patient were a marathon runner, training would be targeted towards re-building endurance.Back to top

Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is very safe and effective when taken as prescribed by a fully qualified Medical Herbalist. Self-medication of herbal remedies is not recommended. If you are taking any other medication or drugs it is important to tell your Medical Herbalist. Benefits of liquid herbs are: • Liquid extracts work faster than other forms of supplementation by being absorbed directly into the blood stream. Assimilation by the body ensures the herb’s optimal therapeutic benefit. If there is a gut imbalance, liquid herbs will absorb quickly for faster action • The taste and aroma of a herb often increases its therapeutic benefit. For example, the taste of certain bitter herbs increases the body’s digestive juices, and this helps improve appetite and digestion • Liquid Herbal Extracts allow the option of conserving the herb in its fresh or dry state • Liquid herbal extracts start with fresh herbs that are picked and processed the same day so that the active constituents can be preserved • Liquid Herbal Extracts can be used for Drop dosing which is more effective for clients who are sensitive including children and the elderly. Drop dosing is also more cost effective and the remedy lasts longer • Liquid Herbal extracts will offer a choice to the customer of herbal supplementation form, ensuring compliance with any offered health advice. A newly added flavouring mix will also ensure pleasant tasting and easier compliance • Some customers and children are unable to swallow capsules and tablets – Liquid Herbal Extracts will ensure easier ingestion and absorption Back to top

Holistic Dentistry

Holistic dentistry looks at the whole mouth in relation to overall health. Our mouths are the gateway to our whole body’s health. The food and drink that goes through our mouths affects our teeth and gums, as well as our body’s cells – for better or worse. Therefore it is important to plan short-term and the long-term dental treatments to ensure that all our teeth and our gums are healthy. Often our teeth and gums can be unhealthy and we don’t even know. Why? Because there is no soreness or discomfort. Sick teeth and gums do not cause pain until the problem has gone too far. Modern diagnostic tools and digital xrays can find problems while they are minute, saving pain and expense, and keeping you healthy. Back to top

Holistic Nutrition

Holistic nutrition takes a fresh approach. It looks at all of who we are as eaters. It aims to transform your relationship with food. And that right there is what makes it so unique and revolutionary. A holistic nutritionist will not approach you as having an “issue” or a “problem,” because you don’t.

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Homeobotanicals

Homeobotanical Remedies are herbal combinations that have been prepared using the principles of Homeopathy. It is a specialised modality. This dynamic protocol which has aspects of both systems. It incorporates herbal and homeopathic therapeutic indications. Homeobotanical Therapy is designed to be a core modality. It is to be incorporated or to work alongside your other clinical treatments. Homeobotanicals are a Mix -and- Match system of natural medicines that may be combined in any proportion to match the precise needs of every patient. The entire Homeobotanical range is mutually compatible so an endless choice of lotions potions ointments and unusual combinations are possible

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Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their specific symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to each patient.

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Hormonal Balancing

The endocrine system is made up of glands that produce and secrete hormones, chemical substances produced in the body that regulate the activity of cells or organs. These hormones regulate mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, and sexual function and reproductive processes and blood sugar balance. Many different hormones move through the bloodstream, but each type of hormone is designed to affect only certain cells. The major glands that make up the human endocrine system include the: • hypothalamus • pituitary gland • pineal body • thyroid • parathyroids • adrenal glands • pancreas • reproductive glands (ovaries and testes) This balance is done through the feet using Reflexology. It works by reducing stress and balancing cortisol levels. Reflexology is beneficial in eliminating toxins, boosting the immune system, improving circulation and stimulating reproductive glands.

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Hypnotherapy

What is Hypnosis? Hypnosis is a very natural state in which the body is very relaxed. Typically we all go into hypnosis at least twice a day - in the morning as we wake from sleep and at night, just before we drift off to sleep. Hypnosis is often thought of as a type of sleep but when in the hypnotic state a person is conscious, aware and completely in control. In hypnosis the body is highly relaxed but the mind is highly alert. When a person is in hypnosis their attention is narrowed down and focused. During hypnosis a person will be more responsive to suggestions but this does not mean that a hypnotist can control a person's mind or free will. You can not be hypnotised against your will. Even a direct suggestion can not make you do anything against your morals, religion or self preservation. You will only respond to suggestions that are acceptable to you, and you remain aware of your surroundings during hypnosis. Some people leave their first hypnotherapy session saying, "I wasn't hypnotised - I knew what was going on the whole time!" Hypnosis is not a state of amnesia or of no awareness. Just the opposite is true, in fact - hypnosis is a state of very heightened awareness. Hypnosis can be utilised as a powerful therapeutic tool for accessing the subconscious mind and achieving personal goals or affecting desired changes. What is Hypnotherapy? Hypnotherapy is the giving of therapeutic suggestions to a person while they are in a state of hypnosis. It is a popular way of making fast, permanent and positive changes in your life. The causes of many problems are rooted in memories or perceptions that may be forgotten by the conscious mind but retained in the subconscious. Hypnosis helps to access the subconscious and change irrelevant thought processes and perceptions more quickly and easily. When problems are due to habitual conditioning (habit formation), accumulated stress or unresolved events in your past, hypnotherapy can be used to re-programme the subconscious mind to respond and behave in a more positive and healthy way

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Iridology

Iridology is a non-invasive alternative therapy that examines the coulored part of the eye, the iris, as a tool to gauge physical health. A trained iridologist can determine the health of an individual by analyzing parts of the iris and matching observations to a chart that outlines the various segments of the iris and its characteristics. Iridology is based on the premise that the iris is an extension of the brain itself and each organ is connected to the iris through the nervous system. Iridology is not without controversy as sceptics point out contradicting evidence, but a session with an Iridology may prove useful in alerting you to health issues apparent in the map of your eyes.Back to top

Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic drainage is a professional therapy technique where the body’s Lymphatic fluid is moved up through lymph nodes located at various sites throughout the body e.g. ankles, knees, upper thigh, groin, abdomen, upper chest, armpits, above collarbone, neck and face. This fluid is then re-entered into the circulation system awaiting elimination. One method of lymphatic drainage is via Reflexology The lymphatic system consists of organs, ducts, and nodes. This system sits just under the skin and its highway transports a watery clear fluid called lymph (the clear fluid you would see if you had a blister). This lymphatic fluid goes into the cell tissues and picks up toxic acids, removes excess fluid, waste, debris, dead blood cells and pathogens from these cells and the tissue spaces between them. As well as exchanging healthy nutrients into the cells. If the lymph system is blocked, this elimination process becomes sluggish and dysfunctional. Lymphatic Drainage also drains oedema (fluid retention) from the body, which may be a symptom of faulty heart, liver or kidney function. Oedema can also result from pregnancy, allergies and medications.

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Massage

Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability,[1] promote relaxation and well-being,[2][3] and as a recreational activity. The word comes from the French massage "friction of kneading", or from Arabic massa meaning "to touch, feel or handle" or from Latin massa meaning "mass, dough",[4][5] cf. Greek verb μάσσω (massō) "to handle, touch, to work with the hands, to knead dough".[6] In distinction the ancient Greek word for massage was anatripsis,[7] and the Latin was frictio. Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, feet, or a massage device.

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Mindfulness/ Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation is a western, non-sectarian, research-based form of meditation derived from a 2,500 year old Buddhist practice called Vipassana or Insight Meditation. It is a form of meditation designed to develop the skill of paying attention to our inner and outer experiences with acceptance, patience, and compassion.Back to top

Naturopathy

Naturopathy is a holistic healthcare medical profession. It is the study of Natural Health medicine. A New Zealand registered and qualified Naturopath is a Natural Health Medical practitioner with 4-5 years training in a NZQA registered professional training establishment. Natural health is more than just taking vitamins, minerals and eating healthy food. Naturopathy is a holistic method of delving deeper to treat a person’s underlying cause of an illness, be it either physical, mental/emotional or both. What is holistic Naturopathy? I believe there are 3 main levels to a person’s wellbeing – their personal passion for life, mental/emotional and physical. When these 3 levels are in sync with each other, true wellbeing is achieved. This is achieved by supporting the healing process with advice on nutrition, vitamins and minerals, herbal medicine, flower essences, body work (reflexology) life style and mind/energy therapies, this allows the body’s own natural healing ability to take over and facilitate its own wellness.

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Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking is an exercise and fitness activity which uses specially designed Nordic Walking poles during regular walking. This form of exercise is a smart and effective, total body workout that uses 90% of your muscles 100% of the time.Back to top

Nutritional Supplements

A dietary supplement is intended to provide nutrients that may otherwise not be consumed in sufficient quantities. Supplements as generally understood include vitamins, minerals, fibre, fatty acids, or amino acids, among other substances.

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Personal Development Coaching

Personal Development is the conscious pursuit of personal growth by expanding self-awareness and knowledge, and improving skills to enable a fulfilled and successful life both personally and professionally.

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Reflexology

Reflexology therapy is based on the belief that the internal body is mapped on the feet. Reflex points are stimulated on the feet, hands and ears, which correspond to the body’s brain, organs, glands, structural support and muscles. The thumb or finger is used to apply pressure to these reflex points using either foot creams/wax, powders and tools. Reflexology assists in (to name a few): • Assisting the client’s body back into a balanced state of wellbeing and preventing dis-ease. • Iincreasing circulation (nerve & blood supply) • Reducing stress and tension, relieving pain • Cleansing toxins and impurities • Weight loss through decreased oedema • Women/Men’s reproductive health • Headaches/Migraines Your professional Reflexologist will discuss with you prior to treatment any safety considerations e.g. Pregnancy, elderly, debility, babies. Pressure and duration of treatment is adjusted to meet the individual’s needs. Back to top

Skin Care

Care of the condition and appearance of the skin.Back to top

Stress Reduction

Stress management refers to the wide spectrum of techniques and psychotherapies aimed at controlling a person's levels of stress, especially chronic stress, usually for the purpose of improving everyday functioning. Articles by WAS practitioners

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Tissue Salts

This system of medical therapy was the brainchild of one Wilhelm Schuessler, in the 19th Century. It was an offshoot of Homeopathy. Schuessler believed that health of the body depended upon a healthy balance within each cell of the body. He believed that disease stemmed from cellular imbalances and he developed a number of mineral 'tissue salts' (prepared to a 6th decimal dilution/potency) to achieve cell balance.

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Weight Management

The main treatment for being overweight consists of dieting and physical exercise. Diet programs may produce weight loss over the short term, but maintaining this weight loss is frequently difficult and often requires making exercise and a lower calorie diet a permanent part of a person's lifestyle.

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Yoga

Yin Yoga targets the deep connective tissue & the fascia of the body and creates new pathways to re-energise joints, connective tissue and increase mobility & flexibility. Muscles in Yin are unengaged, encouraged to soften so that the deeper tissues can create space and strength. Postures are held for a minimum of three minutes to allow softening and releasing. There are three tenets: 1) “Find an appropriate edge”: The practitioner moves slowly and gently into the posture, to where the sensations are felt in the body. 2) Stillness: the practitioner consciously releases into the posture, and to remain still, without shifting position; 3) Hold the posture using breath, releasing the mind. 4) Release mindfully out of the posture.

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