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Audacious Health

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Festive traditions are fun

Posted on November 24, 2020 at 8:54 PM Comments comments (0)
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 Comments comments (0)
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 Comments comments (0)
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.

CUPPING
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.

BIOPTRON LIGHT THERAPY
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.

Five Tips for Gut Health this winter

Posted on June 1, 2020 at 4:31 AM Comments comments (0)
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.

Four Focusses in a Crisis

Posted on May 3, 2020 at 10:56 PM Comments comments (0)
Four Focuses in a Crisis
 
Here’s some ideas on thriving in a crisis.  Let us know what’s working for you…

If you'd like a printable summary you can find it here.





 
1.    Focus on Gratitude and Calm
a.     Value staying calm (it may take a conscious effort) and promoting activities that support your calm and avoiding stimulus that disturb your calm where possible.
b.     During Crisis we sometimes consider what we have to lose:  Security, freedom of movement.
c.     The flipside to this is the appreciation of what we have.  Chinese Medicine philosophy tells us that every situation produces effects that are opposite to each other (Yin and Yang).  For example our current situation is producing impacts to the human population of earth and producing some significant positive benefits for the rest of nature as pollution is reduced.  Looking to the positive helps to balance our thinking – “Nothing is all Bad”.
 
2.    Focus on Basic Health
a.     Each day
                   i.          Do some exercise that you enjoy
                   ii.         Eat foods that support your health
                   iii.        Access sunshine and fresh air where possible
                   iv.        Seek adequate rest and sleep
                   v.         Do something that helps you to feel good
                   vi.        Do Something that helps someone else

b.     If you are challenged in your health seek support.
 
3.    Focus on the Now and Near
a.     As much as we may have compassion for the whole world at this time of global change we have most influence with those in our immediate circle.  It’s our family, neighbours and local community where we can have the greatest impact.
b.     There may be a requirement to plan and take action for the future at times.  Other than those times keep your thoughts in the present.  
c.     What are you feeling now?  
d.    What needs to be done now?
 
4.    Focus on Facts 
a.     There is often a lot of information available at a time of crisis.  A lot of that information is actually based on:
i.        Guesses (both professional  - like pandemic modelling and amateur – see Facebook)
ii.        Opinion – Everyone has a right to an opinion and some opinions        won’t help you – see stay calm above.
b.     Challenge your thinking – is it based on current, verifiable facts?
c.     Keep your thinking based on facts you can actually verify (which is often very limited in the initial stages of a crisis).



You Got-To Move-it

Posted on February 3, 2020 at 1:37 AM Comments comments (0)
Here it is people let me lay down some truth
You go-to Move-it to keep it loose
Sitten all day don't do you no good
Not the way really moven-it would

Yoga, Qi Gong, Walking, Surfing
Dancing, romancing or hiking or climbing
Moven's what matters
What ever you're liking.

Acupuncture, remedial, cupping and such 
Will put you on track when your hurting so much

But movement's the key
The magic elixir
If you want to be free from the 
Dreaded ach-ee.

So remember to move-it 
At least once a day
That will look after your body
In almost every way.
 

2019 Festive Calendar

Posted on November 24, 2019 at 7:07 PM Comments comments (0)
Feeling the festive season could mean a little more?

Please find below our Festive calendar for December 2019.  It's packed with ideas to make the festive season special..

Positive Attitude for Longer Life

Posted on November 4, 2019 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)
Wouldn't you rather choose to be happy?  A positive attitude not only improves your mood, can also lengthen your life, decreasing major health concerns. Harvard School of Public Health researchers have determined that optimistic individuals were approximately 50% less likely to experience an initial cardiovascular event compared to their pessimistic individuals.
 
We've listed below FIVE TIPS FOR RESETTING A POSITIVE FRAME.

At Audacious Health we frequently observe the relationship between one's feelings and levels of stress and its impact to health.  So, we suggest choose positive emotions, feelings and attitudes.  Smile, relax and reset your emotional state and support your ideal health.  Try the following five tips to reset a positive frame;-
 
1. TURN that frown upside down... smiling stimulates positive neurotransmitters in the brain e.g. dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins which create feelings of wellbeing, joy and euphoria.
 
2. SHAKE it up.... you've probably noticed this is something your dog does when they are agitated, anxious, over-excited or fearful.  So have a little shake and brush off bad vibes and have a dance to some good vibes.
 
3.BREATHE... take a deep breath and visualise the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems balancing.  Take another breath and visualise the right and left hemispheres of the brain balancing.
 
4. STAND up / Sit up straight...  Caught yourself slouching?  Bringing your spine back to an upright position and notice how you instantly feel more positive when you hold that frame and allow for better breathing. The breath is an invisible link between the mind and body.
 
5.RELAX those shoulders... hunched shoulders = negative, relaxed shoulders = positive.    Something as simple as relaxing your shoulders can have a profound effect in calming your entire nervous system.  But don’t stop there.  Relax your face muscles, your forehead, and where you are feeling tension in the body.

What can you do today to feel more positive and live longer?

Sleep – are you setting yourself up for good night’s sleep?

Posted on May 31, 2019 at 6:08 AM Comments comments (0)
Sleep – are you setting yourself up for good night’s sleep?

I don’t know about everyone else, but I have had some difficulty with sleep in the last week.  Sleep is a topic we’ve often mentioned – why – because it is so important.  A lack of sleep negatively affects your wellbeing, and with a less than ideal mental and physical state, it starts to negatively impact other areas in our lives - like forgetting things, doing things slower than normal, etc.  

So, during winter, we suggest that you maintain good digestive health, maintain exercise and keep up good sleep habits so that you wake well rested and energized for the day.

Below are some of the things we have found that make a difference for getting good sleep during Winter.

•Keep hydrated throughout the day.  Keep the water up and switch your caffeinated beverages for herbal tea.

•Find a winter fitness routine that works for you.  Getting up early for an early morning jog during winter can be harder – it’s darker and colder.  Choose a different time or do some other exercise at home in the morning.  Remember, physical activity is important for getting restorative sleep at night.

•Don’t exercise too close to bedtime and have your night shower at least an hour before you go to bed.

•Eat earlier during winter.  Avoid eating close to bedtime – a full tummy can keep tossing and turning.

•Moisturise before going to bed.

•Meditate, listen to relaxing music or read a book before going to bed.

•When in bed to go to sleep, visualize yourself having a good night’s rest and the time you want to wake.  Instead of thinking about any of the day’s worries, allow yourself to reflect on the things you are grateful for and if you are mind is restless, count sheep backwards from 100.

•Aim to go to bed to sleep at the same time each night, when you are tired.


•Have a dark, quiet and electronic free bedroom environment with a comfortable temperature.

Managing Stress Strategies

Posted on May 1, 2019 at 3:08 AM Comments comments (0)
We all would like to have less stress in our lives.  It is good to stop and reflect on how our lives would improve if we had less stress.  Make a list of the reasons for wanting less stress.  This list will be what motivates us to actually implement some changes and take action to reduce stress and to cope better with it.  

For example, when I have less stress, I will have more energy.  With more energy, I will:-
* spend more time playing with the kids
* improve efficiencies at work
* get tasks completed around the house
* enjoy sport on the weekend more...
and the list goes on...

Or, as another example, when I have less stress, I improve my overall health and wellbeing.  With improved health, I will:-
* improve my menstrual cycle for getting pregnant
* reduce my brain fog and improve my clarity of thinking and focus
* be more excited about life and take time to stay connected...
and the list goes on...

The following tips are some of our strategies for managing stress:-

* Don't try to be perfect.  Let go of perfectionism.  Allow yourself to implement the '80:20' rule.  Nobody is perfect.  So ease up on yourself and ease up on your criticism of others.

* Recognise what stresses you.  Stress is an individual thing.  What you find stressful might not be considered as stressful for your partner or others.  Can the cause of the stress be eliminated, modified or reduced by taking some action or having a change of response or change in attitude?  If it is something you can't change, try not to let it stress you and let it go.

* Chose to have fun.  Do things that make you laugh and doesn't cause harm to others.  Ease up on being too competitive.  Be the first to be friendly.  And the first to forgive.  Choose your battles wisely.  Choose happiness.  Focus on what you want.

* Manage your schedule.  Can you tweak your schedule to improve things and reduce stress?  Are you trying to do too many things at the same time?  Is your task loading realistic? Do the essential tasks and prioritise the others.  Are you putting off things that could simply be done now.  Consider who is affected by your decisions.  Find a technique, tool or app that works for you in managing your to do list and appointments.

* Eat a balanced diet.  Consider increasing vegetables and fruits and reducing sugar, fats and gluten.  Keep hydrated.  Avoid foods the leave you feeling anxious and stressed.

* Maintain good health and fitness.  Do something relaxing on a daily basis.  Take time out to do something relaxing e.g. acupuncture, meditation, yoga, qi gong or massage.  We often have client tell us how relaxing they find acupuncture.  Get good sleep and enough rest - see our 7 Tips for Better Sleep blog. Do some exercise or movement each day as exercise is an effective way to manage stress and work off any anger you may have.  De-clutter your environment and keep it clean.  Minimise your exposure to toxins and maintain an environmentally friendly status.

* Take time out.  Whether a small break or a holiday, it all counts towards managing your health and coping better with stress.  Time out should also include "me time".  Ideally factor a little of that in each day.

* Maintain good relationships. Staying connected with friends and family who you can talk with about the good stuff as well as supporting each other in stressful times. Being involved in the community and helping others can be an effective and satisfying stress reducer.  And remember, good communication with your partners and others will help lower stress.

Looking at the above, I realise there are some things I let stress me when I could be choosing to have a better attitude and not let it stress me.  For example, I let bad drivers on the road stress me out.  I let them annoy and frustrate me.  Why?  Good question. I guess I am ultimately stressing that their bad driving will cause me to have an accident.  So, does getting stressed out in this situation help me?  No.  Am I focusing on what I want?  No.  So what is within my control?  I can choose to respond to bad drivers in a more positive way.  After all, although I am a good driver, I am not perfect.  I can have empathy for them and wish them safe travelling for the rest of their journey.  And I can let it go quickly and focus on what I want - a safe and carefree drive.

Remember, where possible:-
* eliminate the stress
* reduce the stress
* implement strategies you know help you cope better
* accept things you can't change and don't let them stress you.

Enjoy May everyone!






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