I am now located in Gympie and offer skype and phone consults. Saturday mornings I am at a clinic space in Eumundi and I visit Brisbane regularly to offer consults and do some talks at Wray Organics Cannon Hill. I am looking to visit Gladstone every 6 weeks to offer consults and informal talks on subjects of interest.
In Gympie I am located at Go Vita Gympie and have consults available Wednesday mornings at 8.30am and Friday’s from 8.30am to 11.30am. I am then on the shop floor for 15 minute free information chats.
Special Events — May & June 2019
Saturdays 8am to 1pm – Clinic space at Eumundi (Nadja’s Family Acupuncture, 101 Memorial Drive, Eumundi).
Saturday 11th May – Menopause Talk Eumundi Clinic 9am – 10 am ($15 – bookings required).
Saturday 11th May – Bowel Talk Wray Organic, Cannon Hill 2.30pm – 3.30pm ($20 – Bookings through Wray Organic, Cannon Hill, ph: (07) 3899 5155)
Sunday 26th May – Consults available in Brisbane.
Saturday 8th June – Sunday 9th June – Boyne Island Community Centre
Saturday 8th June:
Sleep Talk:1pm – 2pm
Naturopathy Consults: 3pm – 6pm
Yin/Restorative Yoga class: 6.30pm – 8pm
Sunday 9th June:
Slow Flow/Vinyasa Yoga: 9am – 10am
Bowel Talk: 10.30am – 11.30am
Naturopathy Consults: 12.30pm – 5pm
Yin/Restorative Yoga class: 5.30pm – 7pm
The Benefits of Deep, Rejuvenating, Restorative Sleep
What a lot of people may not realise is that their lack of sleep or poor-quality sleep is affecting them on many levels, especially if it is ongoing.
Circadian rhythms govern a multitude of hormonal processes. A circadian rhythm is a 24-hour cycle often referred to as the body clock. It is a cycle that tells our bodies when to sleep, wake and eat. One example is the sleep-wake cycle. This internal clock is affected by environmental cues like sunlight and temperature.
Melatonin promotes sleep & the regulation of circadian rhythms. If melatonin is not being secreted, then this can present as fatigue, sleep disorders and mood disturbances. Melatonin works antagonistically with serotonin; one goes up while the other comes down. Melatonin is destroyed by light (morning sunlight on waking) and is optimal for this process. As we age & with higher stress levels, our body’s ability to produce melatonin decreases.
Serotonin is a happy, calm hormone, that surges with light and is used for the synthesis of melatonin. It diminishes with the onset of sleep and is absent during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Serotonin is responsible for regulating mood, appetite and sleep. If there is the correct amount of serotonin in the brain this produces a relaxed and positive feeling.
We are the health of our cells and cellular repair happens when we sleep deeply and wake feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Sleep needs to be a priority, a lot of us compromise sleep to get more done. Ultimately, we are not serving ourselves & instead are setting ourselves up for a state of dis-ease. Sleep concerns are not only about what happens prior to bedtime, they are mostly about what is happening in your day.
Introduce a tea ritual prior to bedtime/ late afternoon – make a pot of herbal tea of your choice, ideal sedatives /relaxants are (passionflower, chamomile and lavender). Allow yourself time and space to sit and “be”, rather than “doing”, this allows your body to recognise it is time to calm down and come into a state of restfulness, optimal for sleep onset. Be mindful that these teas have essential oils as the therapeutic component, so that is why fresh herb is best and place the lid on the teapot to prevent the oils evaporating. This is about the whole experience, take the time, you are so worthy of this.
Allow your body the time and space to relax for sleep. It is nice with this ritual if you choose a special tea pot and your favourite cup or mug (which promotes a lovely ambience as well).
A simple breathing technique to bring yourself into a place of Parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) dominance is to inhale for a count of 4, hold for a count of 7 and exhale slowly for a count of 8, do these 3 times to calm the body and mind.
Be kind to yourself and remind yourself daily of how truly amazing you are.
Bedtime Sleep Drink: Warm 250mL milk of your choice on the stove, add in 2 cardamom pods, 1 teaspoon of Ashwagandha powder (adaptogen — adapting to stressors) and a sprinkle of cinnamon (regulates blood sugar levels). Drink this slowly, ideally while soaking your feet in a container of warm water with 1 cup of Epsom salts (transdermal absorption of magnesium to support your nervous system).