“I am so happy to be joining the team at The Natural Health and Wellness Clinic on Tuesday’s. I look forward to providing Holistic Myotherapy, Hahnemann Healing, Concomitant Healing and Spiritual Counselling for all those people in the wonderful Somerville community who wish to live more vibrantly and with purpose. Each modality I treat with can be used in combination or separately in this comfortable and nurturing environment."
Tracey Lee Magookin is a physical and emotional healer. She has been a qualified Myotherapist for eleven years working in Mornington at Beleura Health Solutions as well as in private practice. Because she has an innate understanding of how the spirit and mind drive the body, she has enhanced her natural healing abilities with qualifications in Hahnemann Healing, Concomitant Healing and Spiritual Counselling.
Tracey began her journey of self-healing when she was 30 years of age. As a young child she was intrigued by the complexity of the human body as well as in the erratic and emotional behaviour of those around her, observing their reactions in different situations, of course too young yet to fully comprehend why this was happening. With maturity, she began to have an inner understanding and with this her journey of self-discovery began, recognising negative patterns in her own life, the emotions that were at times out of control and the physical pains and illness that were stopping her from being her best self.
With her lifelong interest in the human body, Tracey read, worked and studied hard to became a Myotherapist in 2007. Whilst treating and interacting with her many clients over the years, she recognised that people’s negative emotions if left untreated, adversely influenced their behaviour, affected their health and even caused physical pain. A spark was ignited within her to help people on a deeper level. To enhance her skills Tracey applied herself to learn about energy healing, as well as embarking on courses that illuminated how the mind and spirit all play their role in our health and well-being. She has become dedicated to following a holistic approach to healing physically and emotionally. In this, she has achieved success, not only in assisting those who come to her for help, but within herself knowing she is following her purpose in life.
Written by Fiona Stewart
Are you nervous about trying hypnotherapy? Not sure what to expect? Worried you will be dancing around the room clucking like a chicken? Here is my first time experience with hypnotherapy.
What happened in the appointment…
Sandy was warm and welcoming, we filled out an initial patient questionnaire that detailed past illnesses to current struggles, what my lifestyle and diet was like as well as any potential areas that may need to be worked on. Sandy explained that hypnotherapy is completely safe and that she can’t make you do anything that subconsciously you don’t want to do – so there would be no chicken dancing today.
I then lay down in the chair and was covered in a blanket (it was a semi cool day and when in a relaxed state your body temperature drops). Sandy turned on some tranquil music and began to relax my mind and body through the breath and focusing on each aspect of my body one at a time (similar to meditation or yoga nidra).
Sandy explained that it was not her job to rewire your brain – but to create an environment where you can change your usual conscious thoughts from something that may be negative (anxiety, self-doubt, smoking ect) and unconsciously change them to productive and positive thoughts. She is the facilitator in this and was able to tap into the subconscious and ‘plant the seed’ so to say.
The time went so quickly, that when I opened my eyes I almost didn’t believe that it was over.
So is hypnotherapy for you?
Hypnotherapy is proven be effective in helping the process of quitting addictions such as smoking. Sandy has been trained in the IBS unit at the Alfred Hospital where it been clinically shown to have long term improvement for IBS.
Sandy has also got a background in elite sport, where the difference between athletes is 90% mental and 10% physical. Hypnotherapy for sport performance is practiced throughout the world amongst both professional and amateur athletes.
If you are someone who knows (or even suspects) that your thoughts are holding you back (in any aspect of life) Hypnotherapy could benefit you.
Bachelor Degree of Health Science - Naturopathy
Suffering from recurrent headaches or migraines can be extremely debilitating and negatively influence the quality of life of sufferers. As there are many different types of headaches and migraines, there are many different potential causes and triggers. It is important to try and investigate what the cause/trigger is for each individual, as possible treatment will therefore change as a result. Exploring and figuring out what trigger might be affecting a particular person can be challenging, but here are a list of the most common triggers generally seen.
An individual could have one or a combination of compounding causes/triggers that lead them to having recurrent headaches/migraines. It is important with any medical condition including headaches/migraines that you seek a health professional to rule out any serious pathologies and to help you with treatment. There are a number of nutritional and herbal treatment options that our naturopaths are able to offer and can help figure out why this might be happening to you.
You don’t have to put up with being in pain, we are here to help! Various treatments available for the different types of headaches and migraines!
AdvDip (Nut), AdvDip (Nat)
Ever noticed how you crave chocolate when you’re due for your period? Or chips when you’re feeling stressed? That’s because there is a link between the gut and the brain, known as the gut-brain axis, which means what we feel influences what we eat, and what we eat influences how we feel. And this gut-brain axis is directly influenced by our gut bacteria.
The bacteria in our gut, known as the microbiota, serves many purposes – two of which are to help digest the food we eat and produce certain nutrients, such as vitamin K; and to produce neurotransmitters like serotonin, which act as our “feel-good” hormones. This is what happens in a healthy gut anyway. In an unhealthy gut, there is an imbalance between the “good” and “bad” bacteria, which is known as dysbiosis. This imbalance not only causes digestive symptoms, such as reflux, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation, it also results in mental health symptoms, including anxiety, depression, poor stress response and insomnia.
Our diets play a key role in the balance between these good and bad bacteria. Here are my top 5 foods to cut down on to create better digestive and mental health:
By introducing positive nutritional habits, you can create a gut environment in which the good bacteria thrive and the bad bacteria can’t. Try these 5 simple tips to improve your gut and mental health:
Once you implement these healthy habits, if you’re still experiencing symptoms of poor digestive or mental health, consider seeing a qualified naturopath to have your gut microbiome lab tested so that your naturopath can devise an individualised treatment plan to suit your specific needs.
Suzanne is a qualified Nutritionist and Naturopath who works out of “The Natural Health and Wellness Clinic” in Somerville. Her areas of special interest include digestive health, and mental health disorders. Appointments to see Suzanne can be made by calling (03) 5977-7342 or online via www.sparrowholistic.com.au/make-a-booking.html
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A sore back is somewhat expected after 6 weeks travelling around Europe, maybe it was the long flights and endless hours in a bus, maybe it was the walking around the beautifully uneven cobble stone streets. Whichever it was, it left me hobbling around holding my lower back.
I booked into see Jeannine for my first ever Bowen Therapy treatment 3 days after my return. This is what you should know, I’m not a massage person – I had a massage years ago and vomited because the pain was so much (I did have a very stiff neck) so I was a little nervous about getting this treatment done, as I really didn’t want to be sick. I’ve also been known to cry at the physio, when the pain is a lot.
Read bellow for my positive experience with Bowen Therapy.
During the treatment
Jeannine sat me down and asked where the areas of concern were; my back and calves – blame the walking. I then lay face down on the table, which was covered in a soft blue blanket, and a cushion was placed under my ankles. Jeannine used 10-20 seconds worth of small moves, and then stepped away and to give my body time to respond to these. She explained to me that Bowen Therapy is about waking up the parts of your body to heal itself, it’s not supposed to feel like she is kneading knots out or have the same feeling as a massage. For this I was grateful and began to really relax.
Towards the end of the hour we did some stretching, these where similar stretches I had attempted to do myself (being a sport and exercise science graduate I knew where was hurting and stretches to help) but I couldn’t quite release the tension. Jeannine was able to release tightness and then stretch it out allowing the blood to flow around the area, promoting healing.
I walked out of the room relaxed and in significantly less pain than when I hobbled in an hour earlier.
Jeannine gave me some rules to make sure that the treatment had the best changes to heal my body. These were; no extreme temperatures until the next morning (which meant that I needed to have a luke warm shower), as well as to drink plenty of water to keep the body hydrated. Everything works better when its hydrated!
Night of the treatment
I was hobbling- but in a different pain. It was what I’d describe as a ‘good sore’ my muscles had perhaps been slacking off and had now been woken up and my body was working on healing. The funny thing is the pain wasn’t even a spot Jeannine had touched – she had just woken up the area and the body was doing its own thing. I knew why Jeannine mentioned the rule of no extreme temperatures now – all I wanted to do was snuggle up with a heat pack on my back. I resisted and drank a herbal tea and went to bed.
The next morning
All the niggles seemed to be gone, I had no real pain left – just a small awareness that the area was still tender. I went along my daily activities with a bounce back in my step.
Five days post treatment
My back is feeling amazing! I would defiantly use Bowen Therapy and recommend to anyone and everyone who is after a gentler treatment for pain.
Wow, what a month May was!! Rebecca and I ran a series of naturopathy and nutrition workshops in the clinic, covering a range of topics of interest.
The second week of May was all about “Wholefood Eating Made Easy”. We discussed how confusing following a “healthy diet” can be in today’s age of social media saturation, the rise of health 'gurus', and government guidelines and initiatives. We stripped back the term “healthy” and reviewed each food group, and talked about the positive effects that eating fruit and vegetables, good quality proteins and healthy fats can have on our minds and bodies. We looked at the negative impacts of sugar, caffeine, alcohol and vegetable oils, and discussed some easy wholefood swaps. And of course there were the delicious whole food samples – chocolate bliss balls, hummus and veggie sticks, chia pudding and seaweed snacks. Mmm…
Bowen Therapist and Meditation Extraordinaire!!
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Although Bowen Therapy began here in Victoria (actually in Geelong), decades ago and is now practiced all over the world, many don't understand what it is, or why one would seek out Bowen Therapy. So here's some information to help you decide whether Bowen is for you.
What is it?
Bowen Therapy is a gentle, yet effective soft tissue technique where small often subtle “moves” are performed over specific muscles, tendons, and joints of the body affecting the connective tissue (called fascia) that covers and connects so many of our organs and systems internally. It sends information to the body via the nervous system (and fascia) stimulating the body's own healing abilities so the body can find sustained relief, and restore balance physically, mentally and emotionally. A truly holistic remedial therapy, people have often reported positive physical and/or emotional benefits that appeared unrelated to the complaint that made them seek treatment! Bowen Therapy is not massage. It doesn't look or feel like massage, there's no oil, no long flowing movements along muscles and as long as you're wearing light clothing, in many instances you won't need to remove your clothes.
Who can benefit?
Bowen is so gentle, yet effective, that it can be performed on all ages – from infants to elderly. People seek Bowen Therapy for a range of reasons. Here are just some of the common conditions Bowen Therapists see on a regular basis:
*Headaches & Migraines
*Neck / back pain/restriction
*Frozen shoulder, tennis elbow
*Plantar fasciitis, foot pain
*Aches & pains during pregnancy
Want an appointment? Book online or call reception!
Stay tuned for more Bowen Therapy info in the coming weeks/months.
Dr Cathryn Leszczynski
Osteopath, Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer
We are fortunate in Australia to be spoilt with a vast array of health care practitioners to assist us with our aches and pains however sometimes it is difficult to know who helps with what! I frequently get asked if I treat certain conditions/injuries so in answer to that question here is the variety of issues that I assisted patients with this last week;
All of these issues were addressed with our well rounded Movement Logic approach of a thorough medical history, assessment, hands on treatment, exercise and ergonomic/lifestyle advice and an ongoing managment plan to deal with prediposing factors and to reduce the likelihood of re-occurrence.
So In answer to your question, Yes! I can help you with your head, foot, wrist, ankle, back complaint or any other area that involves joints, muscles, bones, ligaments and so on.
So if you have any aches or pains that need some attention why not pay us a visit at Movement Logic, we would be happy to help!
Book now with Cathryn by calling (03) 5977 7342 or click here.
Naturopath and Nutritionist
Have you ever noticed how amazingly powerful your mind is when you allow it to be free from all the background noise of everyday life?
My best ideas and inspiration come to me when I’m either walking the dog, or in the shower! Both places where there's no housework, no technology, no kids (my kids are past the age of wandering into the bathroom to talk to me while I shower), and none of the million other things that take up space in my head during the rest of the day.
The things that come to me in these moments of quietness are very varied in nature! It could be something for the kids, something for my business, something for my husband’s business, something for myself or something for a friend….
Here’s just some of the things that came to me on this morning’s walk….
I know that some of you may think that I’ve defeated the purpose of all this quiet time by filling my mind with so many things, but that’s how my mind works. Genuine actual stillness of my mind is very hard to achieve!
To all the beautiful practitioners at my clinic who have tirelessly tried to get me into meditation classes, I sincerely apologise. I promise it is something I am working towards, and I know that learning to meditate would allow me many more opportunities for a quiet mind.... but for now I love how just removing distraction from my life can give me clarity on so many things.
My next step.......get my kids to learn to appreciate a quiet mind as well. Hopefully inspiration on how to do that strikes me on my next walk!!!
Naturopath and Nutritionist
The Natural Health and Wellness Clinic