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Audacious Health

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Spike in your stress levels

Posted on July 7, 2021 at 3:00 AM

Have your stress levels spiked recently?  I've found myself on a stress rollercoaster that last twelve months as some of you are aware.  Unfortunately, stress is normal in that it is part of our everyday lives.  But what stresses one person may not stress out someone else, so it is all relative to you.

During winter we can find ourselves tired, grumpy and cold.

Check out this previous winter blog

And at this time of the year we may have the stress of school holidays, end of financial year tax requirements, fighting off the flu....

Often I'm in denial that something is stressing me, but usually it becomes evident. So the trick is to recognise and admit you're stressed then take what action you can.  Below we've list five simple stress tips for you to consider:-

* Eat warm nourishing foods during winter.  Fuel your body and feed your brain.  Eat regular meals, and eat with mindfulness. Regular eating will maintain blood sugar levels and provide good energy levels. Avoid eating on the run - mindful eating is better for digestion and doing things in a mindful manner keeps stress managed and anxiety in check.

* Keep up your good sleep habits as good sleep will help you cope better when stressful things happen.

See this previous blog for more sleep info

* Take a break to reset, breathe, stretch, refocus and stay positive.  If you are feeling quite stress and can get out for a walk or do a meditation, you will find it helps calms the nervous system and can relax the mind.

Our previous blog Positive Attitude for Longer Life is worth revisiting...

*Check in with your support network and seek professional help if required (eg counselling / Lifeline / Beyond Blue).  Fortunately we are more open with each other and understand the importance of maintaining good mental health. 

*Do something that makes you feel good.   This might be as simple as having a shower, cooking your favourity meal, watching a comedy, planting some herbs...   Check previous blog What Give Us Joy...

Shorter Days, Cooler Nights

Posted on April 29, 2021 at 12:15 AM

Are your current habits aligned with the current season?  The days are gradually getting shorter and cooler and we’ve experience some rain which is typical for autumn.

May is the last month in autumn. As we start to move from autumn into the winter months, consider some practices to align with the seasonal changes, including:-



  • deep breathing exercises, breathing in through the nose and out through the nose, breathing from the bottom of your lungs.
  • mindfulness practices eg letting go of the old things, whether objects, emotions or old bad habits.
  • keep up the sunshine, get a daily dose of vitamin D to enhance the immune system.
  • get into those herbs you’ve planted during the previous seasons or herbal supplements.  Immune stimulating herbs include elderberry, echinacea, astragalus, and andrographis.
  • take time out and enjoy a cup of tea.  Did you know white tea is higher in antioxidants than green tea?
  • eat more astringent foods at this time, like - cranberries, pears, figs, beans, cauliflower (check out this month’s recipe), lentils, sauerkraut as well as packing in some pungent foods such as onion, garlic, pepper, tumeric, chillies and herbs.
  • If your blood pressure allows (ie not high BP) allow some natural saltiness in the diet too eg nori rolls, miso soup, seaweed, anchovies.
  • eat dark leafy greens (silverbeet, kale) added to any dish are always a good idea.  
need a sweet treat? try some stewed apples with cinnamon to regulate your hormones and boost mental health and your skin.  Cinnamon has blood sugar regulating properties so this can benefit those with diabetes. 
  • boost your mood with some pumpkin which is plentiful during Autumn (check out last month’s recipe).











The Tough Get Going

Posted on March 3, 2021 at 6:45 PM
Going through change can mean challenging times and may be somewhat difficult to navigate.  During such times we may require support, so know that its ok to ask for help.  Do what's possible, with what you have, with what you can give, with where you are at.  You don't have a crystal ball.  Just keep turning up.  Focus on what you know and what you're grateful for when things feel overwhelming.

"It'a a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack." - Germany Kent.

Make your decisions from a position of strength, not fear.  You can't control everything, but you can choose how you respond to things that happen.

"Don't mix your words with your mood, you can change your mood but you can't take back your words." - Anonymous.

Keep up a daily practise of things that give you strength and hope.  Things that make you feel better.  Below are some suggestions:

  • If you are an animal lover, watch u-tube videos showing your favourite animals loving life.

  • Take at least 5 - 10 minutes a day to meditate or have down time where you do nothing and just focus on your breath.

  • Watch some comedy. Anything with Billy Connolly.  Laughter is great medicine.

  • Physical movement is important and beneficial to mental health.  Do a physical activity you enjoy that gets you out of your head and gets the blood flowing.

  • Find each day a quote that inspires you.

"I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong... I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles." - Audrey Hepburn.

It's the Power of Love...

Posted on February 5, 2021 at 2:37 AM
When I sit down to write a post I ask... "what information can I share that might help someone be a little healthier or happier?"  

It's also nice to provide advice and observations that appear reasonable, scientific and sensible.  I don't want to look to whacky right?

Well this time I'm pushing the limits.  Read on if you're game.  Here's some observations - are they sensible, reasonable or necessarily scientific???

Dr Bruce Lipton in this recent article, flying in the face of my "no sensible science in this article" approach explains how love effects the biological function of individual cells.  Check it out here

Love.  Often sung about by pop artists, mused by poets...
"Your love's got me looking so crazy right now..." Well, a lot of us can relate to Beyonce's Crazy in Love song. Indeed there are so many songs written about love.  What's your favourite love song?  Which love song do you currently resonate with?

Love can make you feel all kinds of physical and emotional responses from feeling ridiculously happy to being obsessed, from passionate to exhaustion.

Below are some of the signs you are being affected by love....

Obsession... like Beyonce's song, we can crave the feelings associated with being in love with other person.  We can't wait to spend time with them.  Falling in love can activates the addictive and opioid systems in our brain.

Hormonal spikes... the pleasure hormone dopamine and the love hormone oxytocin rush to your brain with that first flash of love and desire.  This rush of hormones to the brain contributes to those physical feelings of attraction and excitement, the 'butterflies in the stomach'.

Distraction... romantic passionate love can impact our focus when there is intense emotions.  Science has identified that this kind of love can reduced cognitive function and thus your focus or it may lower serotonin levels and give rise to OCD behaviour.

Maturity of emotions... As love deepens and we practice more loving kindness and mindfullness with our loved ones the brain's centre for empathy and emotions are activated.  Also when we practice meditation (and other peaceful, relaxing activities that spark joy), we trigger the brains emotion processing centres.

Giving and receiving love.... it's not all about romantic love. When we go about our lives and show acts of love and kindness, this is reflected in the body with lowered stress hormones, reduced fear and an increase in improved mental and emotional wellbeing.  Engaging in positive loving activities triggers areas in your brain that regulate your motivation, your attention, your emotions as well as your memory.

So, love may make us crazy but it looks like it can boost your health and wellbeing.  Below are four positive loving activities to consider doing:-

1. Write a love letter.  This can be to a Valentine, to a partner, to your mum or your dad.  It is all about putting down in writing and sharing with the other person how you love and appreciate them in your life.

2. Randomly call an old friend.  Sometimes life gets in the way of staying in touch with friends who don't live close or have busy lives themselves. However, a good old fashion, old school pick up the phone and call someone out of the blue may just make their day. 

3. Eat treat.  Surprise your love one with a home cooked meal or pack a picnic.  Or if you can't cook, it is all good, you can assemble a grazing platter full of nibblies and open a bottle of bubbly.

4. Action that back burner project.  Does your loved one have a small project that you can do for them or help them with?  Just the offer to help is often appreciated.

New Beginnings!

Posted on January 20, 2021 at 1:57 AM
New Beginnings!

In an acupuncture clinic we often spend time with people who are experiencing new beginnings. 

Whether a new beginnings is

  • Something we chose for example a new diet plan to lose weight, a fitness plan to gain function or 
  • Something we didn't choose  for example the loss of a loved one, an injury or illness.

there is an art to navigating new beginnings.  We have gathered some tried and tested techniques to support new beginnings..

  • Allow Time - Change happens at it's own rate.  You can argue my logic on this one but whilst we have methods of supporting change we don't really have methods to accelerate it.  Prepare to be patient.
  • Allow Space - Change can only occur where there is space for change (sounds simple).  Creating space for change may include letting go of previous views of ourselves, allowing for change in your physical environment or your long held beliefs
  • Gather Support - New beginnings may require new resources and support.  Coaches, counsellors and acupuncturists are great resources to help with new beginnings.  Even if you don't need help it may just be more fun to share the journey.

Most of all be aware that new beginnings take energy and attention and some new beginnings can be quite challenging.  

We may not be competent in a new beginning straight away.  It may take time to learn new skills and how to apply them.  It may feel overwhelming (especially when a new beginning is not of our choosing).

Of course the pay off for navigating a new beginning is moving into ease with a new situation..

Festive traditions are fun

Posted on November 24, 2020 at 8:54 PM
Does your family have traditions - something you do for special occasions, birthdays, Christmas or other holiday events?

If not, why not?

Even if you don't have kids, that doesn't mean you can't implement some traditions.

Traditions can give us something to look forward to.  They're a ritual that make an occasion special and gives us good vibes - the warm and fuzzies.  Some traditions are common but often they can be unique to you and yours.

Below we've listed some ideas for festive season traditions that we do or have observed our extended family or friend do.

Decorate the tree
Bake gingerbread houses, rum balls, white Christmas
Write letters to Santa
Make Christmas cards for loved ones
Make home made Christmas tree decorations
Tour neighbourhood light displays
Have a movie night at home watching cheesy Christmas movies
Buy a Lions Christmas Cake
Go to Christmas Street Fairs and Concerts (see our list in Local Events).
A tradition may be as simple as a massage at the start of the holidays to transition from work mode to holiday mode.
Doing a house clear out to donate excess items to charity.

Have fun enjoying your festive traditions and maybe making some new ones!

Health and happiness, Audacious Health

What gives you peace and joy?

Posted on November 3, 2020 at 12:53 AM
You don't have to meditate to get the benefits of mediation.  Movement and mindful practices will similarly give you these benefits, ie activities / practices such as surfing, gardening, watching sunsets or knitting....

What is your thing?  If it gives you a sense of calm and peace it is a meditative practice that is good for you and done regularly will contribute to good health and mental wellbeing.

Below we've shared a couple activities we've found that are calming, stress reducers and spark joy in us:-

* LISTENING TO MUSIC.  Seems obvious but take time out to enjoy your favourite tunes.  Chill out or dance like nobody is watching.

* COLOURING.  I have at least three adult colour in therapy books full of wonderful madalas.  I find this a relaxing and uncomplicated activity where the mind switches off and like meditation you are in the moment.

* OBSERVING THE WORLD AROUND ME.  When out for a walk, whether simply around the neighbourhood or down at the beach or on a hike in a national park, I find observing the beauty of nature around me good for the soul.  I love checking out the flowers, noticing what the birds are doing, watching the surf roll in...

* BEING MINDFUL, CENTRED AND CALM.  I try to make efforts to be mindful.  I found that the exercise promoted by the 2017 Calm App very good to do at the start of each day (or at times when feeling overwhelmed) - stop and observe 5 things you can SEE, 4 things you can HEAR, 3 things you can FEEL, 2 things you can SMELL, and 1 thing you can TASTE.

Audacious Health Services during Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn

Posted on August 4, 2020 at 2:23 AM
Acupuncture, Massage, Cupping, Moxibustion..... they all sound good but what to get?

You'd be surprised...we are....when a client hasn't realised all the great modalities we have in our toolkit.  We aren't just about Acupuncture.  We aren't just about Massage.  However, both Andrew and Catherine can offer you both and more in a standard 1 hour or extended >1 hour treatment. 

Our key services provided at Audacious Health include:-

* Acupuncture - traditional, master tongs, Dr Zhu scalp, non-needle insertion techniques including auricular therapy and laser

* Massage - remedial, relaxation, deep tissue, hot stone

* Dry Needling

* Shiatsu - traditional, zen thai, seated

* Cupping - traditional fire cupping, vaccum pump cupping, plastic and silcone cupping

* Moxibustion

* Reiki

* Bioptron Light Therapy

* Vibrational Essences - Australian Bush Flowers, Bach Flowers, Finhorn Essences, and Desert Alchemy.

* Wellness programs - Weight Loss, Quit Smoking, Vitality, or other individually customed program

Often clients experience for the first time with us cupping or bioptron and have little prior knowledge of these two modalities.  Below we've described what they are all about, however, full details on all our offerings, check out our Services page for info on each of our modalities or contact us with your enquiry.

As a recent client described "cupping is the like the opposite of massage, it feels a bit weird, but feels really good".  Cupping is good for sore areas that don't like to be pressed.  With cupping, whether we are using the traditional glass fire cups or the plastic pump cups or silicone cups, we are creating a vacuum suction over a specific area.  Cupping is highly effective on treatment areas such as the back and shoulders, however, it can also be used for relief of muscular knots, tension and pain relief on the calves, thighs, itb, and arms, as well as useful for abdominal and respiratory conditions.  Cupping may be used to pacify muscles in spasm or to support organs that are depleted, and is especially usefully for old injuries.
Before placement of cups, the skin surface is warmed up by massaging oil into the area.  The cups are placed on a spot or we might choose to do some 'slide cupping' to an area.  The stretching and contracting action created by the cupping suction increases blood flow, drawing blood from the vessels into your tissue, stimulating an inflammatory response and triggering the healing process and promoting circulation.  Cupping is very popular amongst athletes as a favourite alternative to massage.

A lot of people are still yet to experience the wonderful biopton light.  This is a great therapy option for those seeking a non-needle technique but with all the benefits you'd get from acupuncture.
The Bioptron Light is a unique, optimized, patented combination of light features in the visible and infrared part of the light spectrum, which bio-stimulates cells and accelerates the healing process of a broad range of medication conditions.
The Bioptron Light is applied to an affected area and induces changes in the blood and blood serum and can affect keratinocytes(act as a barrier in the skin, preventing water loss and fighting foreigh invaders) and fibroblast (important for collagen and elastin production and wound healing) anywhere in the body. BLT has been shown to increase the growth and number of kaeratinocytes and fibroblasts.  We've seen amazing results, particularly with regular application for skin disorders.

How Great Are You?

Posted on July 6, 2020 at 6:20 AM
“How Great are you?”
I’m glad you asked
It’s a vital question that’s often passed
if we focus on transgressions and our failings
And all the lifely areas in which we may be ailing
How great are you.... I’ll tell you straight
You’re an “A” grade legend, mate
You stayed at home 
However tempted you were to roam
Traded trips to exotic shores 
for four walls
You ate weird things - you cooked from cans
You watched as circumstances changed our plans
Now you may think this poem ain’t pretty,
I agree it may be sh.. oddy
But the sentiment is true
From our heart to you
You’re great, you’re great, you’re very great!

Five Tips for Gut Health this winter

Posted on June 1, 2020 at 4:31 AM
5 tips to balance your gut health
Scientific evidence suggests that the health of your gut effects other organs and systems in your body, including the endocrine system.  The below tips can help improve your mental clarity, increase focus and boost happiness whilst reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress, fatigue, weight fluctuations, skin disorders, pms and hot flushes….
1. Activate your gut…. Start your day with a glass of water with a dessert spoon of apple cider vinegar and a squeeze of lemon.  Ideally the water has been boiled and allowed to cool down.  The vinegar and lemon have the ability to wake up your salivary glands, which sends signals to your gut to rise and shine.
2. Keep your gut warm… Throughout the winter’s day, consider drinking a warm, anti-inflammatory beverage of ginger / mint / rosehip herbal tea or try a turmeric latte. These times of drinks will wake up and nurture the mind.
3. Keep your gut nourished… Fuel up on quality protein.  Protein is the building block of our hormones, bones, cartilage, nails, skin and muscles and will also keep blood sugar levels stable throughout the day.  For those on plant based diets, this includes Tofu, tempeh, edamame, green peas, lentils, chickpeas and most legumes and ancient grains (, spelt, barley, sorghum, einkorn, and faro).  For others, this includes grass-fed chicken, wild-caught salmon, mackerel, and tuna. These foods will help deter sugar cravings and afternoon energy slumps.
4. Keep your gut microbiome happy… eat fermented foods that your healthy gut bugs like and naturally contain probiotics.  Such foods include kefir, yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha.   Avoid inflammatory foods eg highly processed foods (white bread, cakes, gluten, sugar, processed meats, fried foods). Inflammation caused by a high diet of processed unhealthy foods can increase the risk of diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, asthma, and atherosclerosis, to name a few.

5. Not all fats are bad for your gut…  Healthy fats can be found in eggs, avocado, tahini, walnuts, brazil nuts, chia seeds, olive oil. These are important for maintaining good cell membrane structures and functioning and hormones eg oestrogen and testosterone.