wellness

What Is Thai Massage?

Have you ever experienced a disappointing massage?  Sounds oxymoronic, but it's entirely possible to feel robbed on the massage table - that is, if you sought the wrong technique for the wrong symptoms.  

It's easy to assume that all massages are the same. Don't be fooled: there are key differences in technique that affects different parts of the body. 

It's worth noting that if you are unsatisfied with the result, it could be because of the practitioner; not necessarily the technique. Shop around to try the work of different professionals before giving up on the technique altogether. 

Swedish and Thai massage are the most common massage therapies and are often confused for being the same thing.

In actuality, they couldn't be further apart!

Thai massage stimulates acupressure points along the body's Meridien lines in order to provide relief, stretch and loosen tightened muscles, release tension and relieve joints.

Thai massage is jokingly described as 'lazy yoga', as it stretches the body using as many postural changes as possible.

Thai is effective at mobilising joints and stretching out different muscle groups so you feel relaxed afterwards. It's a wonderful modality to relax and provide stress relief. 

What Is Lomi Lomi Hawaiian Massage?

Have you ever experienced a disappointing massage?  Sounds oxymoronic, but it's entirely possible to feel robbed on the massage table - that is, if you sought the wrong technique for the wrong symptoms.  

It's easy to assume that all massages are the same. Don't be fooled: there are key differences in technique that affects different parts of the body. 

It's worth noting that if you are unsatisfied with the result, it could be because of the practitioner; not necessarily the technique. Shop around to try the work of different professionals before giving up on the technique altogether. 

Lomi Lomi (or Kahuna) massage is a relaxing hands-on massage with coconut oil.

The ideologies of Lomi Lomi are deeply rooted in Hawaiian culture, beliefs and spirituality. For centuries, Lomi Lomi was performed in Hawaiian temples as a rite of passage for young people coming into adulthood.

The ancient Hawaiian shamans believed in a strong mind-body connection; that muscle tension and mental stress were highly related. 

The Lomi Lomi technique involves long, fluid, rhythmic movements across the whole body, which provide overall body relaxation and mental stillness.

I recommend Lomi Lomi massage if you live a busy lifestyle and are looking for relaxation and/or stress relief. 

What Is Remedial Massage?

Have you ever experienced a disappointing massage?  Sounds oxymoronic, but it's entirely possible to feel robbed on the massage table - that is, if you sought the wrong technique for the wrong symptoms.  

It's easy to assume that all massages are the same. Don't be fooled: there are key differences in technique that affects different parts of the body. 

It's worth noting that if you are unsatisfied with the result, it could be because of the practitioner; not necessarily the technique. Shop around to try the work of different professionals before giving up on the technique altogether. 

Remedial massage is used to stretch and warm up muscles in consultation with a trained remedial therapist.

If you have particular muscle tension, experience chronic pain or are dealing with a past injury, a remedial massage might be right for you.

Your remedial massage therapist will assess where you need treatment and what may be causing your pain. They’ll perform some tests to see exactly which muscles are giving you trouble and will tailor a treatment plan to suit. The treatment itself may involve deep tissue work for short periods of time.

Remedial massage is great before, during and after exercise. A word of caution - do NOT use remedial massage immediately after an injury, as you might inflame the site more. Talk to your GP first.

Leave It To The Pros: The Benefits Of Seeing A Psychologist

Did you know that seeing a psychologist isn’t about being mentally messy? It’s actually a proven tactic to plan for the future, discuss your dreams and desires and discover the best version of you!

Taking a preventative approach to your mental health can make all the difference to your overall physical wellbeing. Psychologists are trained to help you get to the root of your internalized thoughts and offer strategies to effectively deal with them. It’s always best to #prevent any health setbacks by getting #prepared.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t fall pretty to the dangerous stigma that only mentally unstable people see a therapist.  Invest in your mental health and use the counsel of a professionally trained psychologist to #planyourfuture and #achieveyourgoals.

What Is A Psychologist

Practicing psychologists have the professional medical training and clinical skills to help people learn to cope more effectively with both short-term and long-term life issues. They help their patients overcome a whole spectrum of human behaviour, including mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, addiction, chronic health conditions, grief, stress, learning difficulties, guidance and life planning. Psychologists studied medicine for a minimum of 6 years in Australia to achieve their qualification. After their studies, many psychologists continue to research and study in detail in their chosen fields.

How Can A Psychologist Help Me

Think of your psychologist as your life coach. I visit my psychologist to help plan for the future and deal with the past and process the present, in order to be better equipped for the future. In Australia, you don’t need a GP referral to see a psychologist, but I do recommend chatting with your GP to include a psychologist in your holistic health plan. If you see a psychologist and don’t find that their advice is working, shop around.

How Often Should I Go See A Psychologist?

Have an open discussion with your GP. If your goal is to seek life advice, every 6 months is a good milestone to help keep your goals on track.

Leave It To The Pros: The Benefits Of Seeing A Dietician

With food trends coming in and out of vogue at what feels like lightning speed (see ya later Atkins, goodbye Paleo, hello vegan?!) finding the correct meal plan for your body can feel a little overwhelming.

The over abundance of books and online resources at our immediate disposal can easily create confusion regarding what to eat, when to eat and how to prepare your meals.

Thankfully, there are medical experts who have studied long and hard to help you navigate the food pyramid and develop the right eating plan for your personal goals and/or health requirements. Read on to discover more about dieticians and why you should get to know one stat.

What Is A Dietician?

A Dietitian is a healthcare professional who has completed tertiary training, usually with a Master’s Degree at university in the area of nutrition and dietetics, which is the applied science of nutrition and its application to dietary change in people.

How Can Dieticians Help Me?

Dieticians design a meal-plan program in line with your goals. Whether you seek to lose weight, add muscle, plan a pregnancy or deal with food allergies/intolerances, visiting a Dietician will help you define the ideal caloric or nutritional intake to suit your needs. Implementing small changes in your diet over a long period of time can make a big change: stick to the mean plan a Dietician tailor-makes for you will help you achieve your positive health and body goals in the long run.

How Often Should I Go See A Dietician?

Speak with your GP, but generally, it’s best to see a dietician every 6 - 12 months.

Leave It To The Pros: The Benefits Of Seeing A Personal Trainer

Whether you’re a recent gym convert or a seasoned pro, everyone can tap into the enormous well of knowledge and motivation that personal trainers can provide their clients.

Think about a personal trainer like the coach of a sports team; without a coach, it’s easy for a team to lose focus and direction. The same is true for a personal exercise regime. Not only do personal trainers provide expert advice on physical technique, but they effectively become your ‘exercise coach’ of sorts to keep you motivated, assign new benchmarks to overcomes and stay on track to ultimately achieve your goals.

Personal trainers are extremely passionate individuals regarding health and body fitness. You’ll be surprised just how easily their enthusiasm and expertise can positively affect your attitude towards a 6am gym start. Read on to learn more about these awesome professionals and why you need one in your life.

What Is A Personal Trainer?

A Personal Trainer is a certified individual who possesses advanced knowledge in the fields of general fitness, human anatomy and exercise techniques. Certification levels vary from country to country, so if you find you are not finding motivation or seeing results from visiting your personal trainer, it’s worth shopping around.  A good personal trainer inspires and educates their clients about all things health, nutrition and wellness.

How Can Personal Trainers Help Me?

Personal trainers equip you with the best workout routines and exercises for your body type. Most importantly, personal trainers teach you how to do each move CORRECTLY to avoid injury. Working with a personal trainer means you should see an immediate improvement compared to training in the gym solo or attending a class environment. It’s the one-on-one specialised attention your personal trainer will give that makes all the difference in the overall effectiveness of your routines. How Often Should I See A Personal Trainer? See a personal trainer once a month. Not only will they help change up your routine, but personal trainers can track your progress and assist with long-term goal setting – and goal achieving!

How Often Should I See A Personal Trainer?

See a personal trainer once a month. Not only will they help change up your routine, but personal trainers can track your progress and assist with long-term goal setting – and goal achieving!

Some Thoughts On Tantric Sex...

Tantric Sex. Intrigued anyone? Well I was.

What could it possibly mean to signup to a group-style tantric sex class? Would we be clothed? Did we BYO partner or attractive friend? Was it a situation where you put your keys in a bowl? This was something I wanted to try…well, had thought about trying and didn’t know if I’d actually turn up to a class. 

So I mustered up the courage to learn more and went to visit my good friend Isiah McKimmie, a sex and relationship therapist and specialist tantric teacher. Isiah holds a Masters Degree in Psychotherapy and is a Certified Somatic Sex Therapist having studied at the prestigious Institute for the Advanced Studies of Human Sexuality in the US. And she's a big-time legend. 

Isiah sees extreme importance in the need to practice sex.  She says that “one of the great things about tantra is that it offers fun, practical exercises and open discussion around sexuality, enjoyment, intimacy, pleasure and genuine connections that enable you to become a better lover, partner and friend”. 

The foundation belief of tantric sex is that intimacy and relationships are deeply connected to our overall happiness, intimacy being the key word. Sounds intriguing? Contact Isiah if you're keen to learn more.

So next time you see a notice-board advertising your local tantra class or different ways to increase communication in your relationship, take the slip and make the call. It could easily become a most welcome addition to your love life.

How To Increase Your Libido

As a doctor, I am amazed at how many people I talk to during the consultation process who don’t have sex, don’t think they have enough sex and/or have never spoken about sex in an objective manner.

Although sex is a frequently discussed topic, it's mostly chatted about over a glass of wine with friends. Different people have different interpretations of how it's done, but one thing's for sure: sex is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. 

Losing one's libido can happen easily, regardless of whether you are in a relationship or single, heteroexual or homosexual, young or older or man or woman. We’re all obsessed with doing the latest fad diets to get fit for summer, but one of the most fun ways to help get fit and healthy is something we can all agree on is fun - and that’s great sex! 

Read on for some libido-raising tips to inspire you to get on the good foot and do the bad thing!

  • Did you know having sex burns upwards of 144 calories per 30 minutes? And if that's not more fun than a trip to the gym, I don't know what is!
  • Sex improves your sleep, after orgasm, the hormone prolactin is released which is responsible for the feelings of relaxation and sleepiness.
  • Having sex will inevitably lead to having more sex. Researchers found that having sex increases your want for more sex. Having regular sex also increases natural lubrication, blood flow and elasticity – all of which makes for even more enjoyable sex.
  • Regular ejaculation can also reduce the risk of prostate cancer developing in males let's get that sex drive going!
  • Some peptides and other pharmaceuticals can get things racin,  such as Bremelanotide PT-141, which was originally developed from the peptide hormone melanotan used as a tanning agent.  When people used melanotan it was found that they experienced increased sexual arousal and 9 out of 10 test subjects had spontaneous erections.  There are several other substances on the market that can help to kick-start sex, which in turn leads to wanting more of it - ask your doctor for information.
  • Some natural libido boosters  include oysters, figs, bananas and avocados which can all increase blood flow to the genitals. These libido boosters are also just generally healthy, full of good fats and proteins.

5 (More) Reasons To Have More Sex

Just in case you needed more convincing...

TIP #6: GORGEOUS GLOWING SKIN

Sex is an amazing way to improve your skin and it does this through increasing your circulation along with the release of wonderful cytokines that make your skin glow. As we’ve also mentioned, sex can help to relax your body and also your face, which means you’ll need less injectables less often.  

TIP #7: IT'S A KNOCK OUT!

Woo! Snore.....Ever wondered why you pass out post orgasm? Well sex increases levels of the hormone prolactin and then is released into the body when you climax. Prolactin is responsible for a range of feelings including relaxation and sleepiness. So go ahead - knock yourself out.

TIP #8: REDUCE THE RISK OF PROSTATE CANCER

Whilst there haven’t been any conclusive studies to show that there is a direct correlation between orgasm and reduced prostate size, there have been some studies showing that men who ejaculate at least 21 times a month were less likely to get prostate enlargement. 

TIP #9: MIGHTY MORPHINE POWER

Just like many analgesics, sex and orgasms can block pain pathways helping those suffering from a range of conditions to have decreased pain. Along with this it has been found that many forms of genital stimulation can suppress chronic back and neck pain, arthritic pain, headaches and much more. 

TIP #10: THE WAY TO YOUR HEART

To finish of our top 10 for benefits of regular sex we can say that sex reduces pain, makes us happier, healthier and sexier it can also keep us alive longer. The exercise, reduction in blood pressure, relaxation and release of amazing hormones like oestrogen and testosterone have all been shown to keep us ticking on even longer in a healthy manner. For men who have sex twice a week (the minimum for all of us now having read this) it has been shown are half as likely to die of heart disease than those who had sex rarely.

However you do it, however you like it, and with whomever you do it, remember #justdoit.