I am a naturopath and remedial massage therapist and have a great passion for both of these practices.
As a naturopath I am comfortable supporting people in many different areas including digestive health, fatigue, menstrual irregularities, skin complaints, headaches, endocrine disruption, nutritional support, general health, wellbeing and healthy living. I have found herbal medicine to be an excellent tool for rectifying imbalances within various different body systems, and often work on multiple systems at the same time, gradually bringing the body to a state of homeostasis, rather than treating or suppressing individual symptoms.
One particular area which is of special interest to me and where naturopathic and herbal medicine plays a really wonderful role is mental health, especially anxiety, depression, mood swings, and acute and chronic stress.
Over the years, I have been a carer and support for some people in my life who have suffered with mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression. This experience has given me a deep insight into mental health and illness, as well as the public mental health care system (in NSW) and the needs and challenges of people suffering, recovering, and healing from these conditions. It is my passion and desire to assist anyone I can, to mental and physical wellness. In my own life and also as a complimentary medicine practitioner I have developed useful tools to manage anxiety and depression, as well as stress management strategies which can be beneficial to most in everyday life.
I am passionate about holistic living, naturopathic and herbal medicine, mind-body therapies, and assisting anyone I can on their health journey. I am also an advocate of self-care and relaxation as essential components to maintaining good health, which are often neglected in our fast-paced modern lifestyles. I use my knowledge of physiology, the body, and the mind-body connection to uncover the underlying cause of any physical imbalances or discomfort you may be experiencing to provide you with a treatment and the tools you need to feel well and live well in daily life.
I have also been a massage therapist for a number of years. My further naturopathic studies have given me a deeper understanding of the body and contributing factors involved in the accumulation of tension and musculoskeletal dysfunction, assisting me in providing each individual with a therapeutic treatment. In massage treatments I use a combination of remedial and relaxation techniques to facilitate movement, pain relief, stress management and general health and wellbeing. This could include any remedial techniques such as deep tissue massage, soft tissue release, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, assisted stretching, relaxation techniques, and breath work. However, the treatment is always tailored to suit your individual needs after an initial discussion, and usually it will involve a combination of techniques, as well as a home care plan, to achieve the best therapeutic outcome.
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