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What is Sound Healing

August 15, 2018
What is Sound Healing? Sound Healing is a fast-growing modality used to alleviate many stress-related conditions (such as anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure to name only a few). As stress is a major cause for suffering and disease, sound is rapidly becoming known as a very versatile and powerful healing medium. Using sound for therapy and healing has been shown to relax our nervous system, improve our state of mind and improve the function of our immune system. It helps with sleep, pain relief brings us in tune with ourselves and uplifts our vibration and state of being. As we are essentially vibration and are impacted by our environment, we are exposed to unnatural and disharmonious vibrations every day. Be it traffic noise, building sites, computers, air conditioners or mobile phones and wifi, they all impact our vibration and build stress in our bodies. The principle of entrainment is one of the main components in the sound healing process. The idea is that if you project a steady harmonious sound at a disharmonious one, it will eventually bring it into resonance with the harmonious sound. Our atoms, molecules, cells, glands and organs all have a natural resonant frequency that can get ‘out of tune’. Applying the correct frequency outside our body can stimulate sympathetic vibration inside and bring you back in tune. Meet Avishai Music helps me share what I cannot express with words. During my travels, my love affair with music grew and I spent endless nights playing and singing my heart out, eventually performing and touring internationally. This taught me that music is a universal language that can bridge cultural divides and bring people together in harmony, unity and open hearts. Inspired by ancient and mystic wisdom, as well as contemporary scientific research regarding the power of sound and its therapeutical effects, I began to understand that we are ultimately vibrational beings by nature and are constantly affected by our environment. In 1990, I started exploring different aspects of sound and its uses for physical & emotional transformation and healing. I now facilitate group and individual sound healing sessions – applying different techniques of voice work and vibrational therapy to help inspire, alleviate pain, stress and anxiety and give people support on their healing journey. Through the years I have worked with people with cancer, various addictions, anxiety and stress-related conditions. I currently live in the lush Byron Bay hinterland where I also record and produce the work of other artists – helping them bring their music to life!  I perform with my band Hamsa at private events around Australia. Avishai will be spending the day in Loganholme on Sunday the 26th of August for his Sound Healing Workshop followed by his Sound Shower. You can book via our free Wellwood Health app or by calling 0415 849 941 Sound Healing Workshop – 11-2.30pm = $90 pp Sound Shower – 4-5.30pm = $40 pp  

Five Ways to Get the Most out of Your Yoga Class

August 10, 2018
Get the Most out of Your Yoga Class For many people, yoga is an excellent way to stay healthy and relieve stress. Follow these simple tips to maximize your enjoyment during any yoga class. Dress for comfort Select clothes that allow your body to move freely, but fit tightly enough to stay in place as you move through poses. There’s no need to spend a fortune on trendy outfits designed specifically for yoga. In most cases, a pair of leggings and a tank top will do just fine. Choose the right teacher Every yoga teacher has a different style. If you feel like a certain teacher’s approach isn’t right for you, there’s no shame in shopping around until you find a teacher whose personality and methods suit your practice. Additionally, don’t be afraid to speak with a teacher after class. Teachers appreciate feedback and will make an effort to address any issues or concerns you bring up. Adjust poses to fit your needs Even in a group class, remember that your yoga practice should be customized to keep your body happy. If you’re recovering from an injury or you lack flexibility in a certain body part, make use of props and modifications to prevent physical pain. If you know an advanced variation of a certain pose, feel free to challenge yourself but always remember, this is your practice, no one else’s. Know when to rest You may not be able to give your highest level of effort in every yoga class. Notice any moments when you feel too exhausted to continue and catch your breath with a minute or two in Child’s Pose. This is especially important if you’re trying out a new class or teacher for the first time, or returning to class after a break. Breathe The breath, believe it or not, is the most important part of any yoga practice. Stay mindful of your breathing throughout each class, linking your breath to your movements as much as possible. By concentrating on your breath as you move through each pose, you’ll be more likely to clear your mind of distracting thoughts and leave class feeling super relaxed. Wellwood Health in Loganholme has a range of Yoga classes, styles, and Instructors so you are sure to find something just right for you. Make contact with us to discuss getting started on your Yoga journey.

Lower Back Pain

August 10, 2018
Lower Back Pain Feelings of discomfort and pain in the lower back area are a leading cause of missed workdays, with up to 80 per cent of all adults suffering from some type of spinal discomfort during their lifetime. The majority of these injuries are caused by problems with the muscles, ligaments, joints, and discs in and around the spinal area. While many of these ailments can be reduced or even avoided altogether through a combination of a healthy diet and an active lifestyle, the more serious conditions often require treatment using prescription medication, and sometimes even surgery. However, there are also several effective alternative treatments for those who suffer from back pain, which can complement or even replace these medical treatments. Massage Therapy This treatment involves a therapist manually manipulating the patient’s muscles by hand. Muscle tension and strain can be a significant factor in contributing to lower back pain especially if you are dealing with the quadratus lumborum (QL) and the gluteus medius muscles. Your therapist will focus on stretching and massaging the muscles which in return will help provide instant relief. They can also send you home with some daily stretches to perform to continue to help reduce the tension in the lower back. Acupuncture This ancient Chinese technique has been used to alleviate back pain, as well as a myriad of other health problems, for more than 2,500 years. It involves inserting a series of long, thin needles into certain points of the body for up to 60 minutes at a time. According to practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, the body contains approximately 2,000 of these points, which are connected by a system of meridians which allow energy, or “qi” (pronounced “chee”) to flow around the body. By inserting needles into these points, the flow of energy around the patient’s body is improved, resulting in decreased pain and an improvement in overall health. Modern practitioners believe that the needles help to stimulate the central nervous system, leading to a release of natural chemicals which relieve pain and enhance the overall well-being of the patient. Regardless of how it actually works, several studies have shown that acupuncture does indeed provide effective relief from long-term back pain. Yoga & Pilates The general health benefits of Yoga and Pilates have been well known for some time, so it is no great surprise that it can be used to combat the symptoms and root causes of back pain. From a physical standpoint, the stretching and strengthening poses help to strengthen muscles in the back and the abdomen and increases blood flow to these areas. These muscles are used to ensure that the body maintains correct posture, and when they are strong, back pain can be reduced considerably. In some cases, it can even be avoided altogether. In addition to its physical benefits, Pilates and Yoga can also improve the mental well-being of those who have to endure chronic back problems. Yoga involves a considerable amount of meditation and breathing techniques to promote

The benefits of a Relaxation Massage

August 9, 2018
The Benefits Of A Relaxation Massage A relaxation massage is about just that, relaxing! Think long smooth gliding strokes that are flowing and rhythmic, just the right amount of pressure that’s profoundly relaxing, but not painful, soothing audio, warm luxury towels, and sometimes using essential oils to deepen the impact the massage has on your body. A complete remedy that was designed to soothe and unwind both your body and your mind. Like any kind of massage, the benefits of a relaxing massage can last for many days after your treatment. They also may help in decreasing blood pressure, improvements to the bodies circulation, improvements to skin tone, improvements to your digestion, reduction in muscle tension such as the relief of muscular tension headaches and of course, a reduction in stress-related symptoms. How Much Does it Cost? A relaxation massage can vary in cost based on the length of your appointment, whether it incorporates essential oils and the expertise of the therapist. You can expect to pay between $80 and $110 for an hour-long relaxation massage. Can you claim a relaxation massage on your Health Insurance? Unfortunately not, you can only claim remedial massages with your health insurance. So, if you are located within the Loganholme area and are looking for a relaxation massage, be sure to make contact with us today.

Yoga: The Practice and Philosophy

April 18, 2018
With Yoga becoming more popular, there has been a rapid increase in the number of brands selling products related to it, which include Yoga Mats, Yoga Blocks, Yoga Pants, even Yoga Socks. If we take a deeper look into the origins of the practice, however, we will be surprised to find that all of these, although good additions, have little to do with the real practice and have more to do with making a fashion statement. This article outlines the original philosophy behind the popular workout and asks an important question-“Are these accessories really necessary?” Yoga is believed to have developed in India and other parts of the East many centuries ago, as a means to resolve internal conflict and find peace with the realities of life. It was a means by which the practitioner could eventually realise his or her true nature, which would then make it easier to change negative habits and thought patterns, leading to a richer understanding of human existence. The practice involves physical poses, called asanas and psychological processes in the form of meditation. The practice also involves changing one’s habits in order to perform righteous action in life, thus improving how one lives. The practice was also a means to attain liberation from samsara, or the ancient belief that the soul is constantly reborn to fulfil its karma. Yogis were originally seekers that were searching for a deeper understanding of the world, of god and of nature, trying to learn more about the reasons behind existence on this planet. They are often associated with saintly beings that wandered from place to place, often living solitary lives and dwelling in caves, on mountains and in secluded forests. They believed that the world of material existence is impermanent, an illusion that would end and that desire is what brought about the rebirth of a soul until it had dealt with all of its karmic balance and attained liberation. Modern yoga became popular over time as the practice was learned by spiritual seekers from different parts of the world, who were influenced by religions like Hinduism and Buddhism, which have their roots in the philosophy. As these people were not used to the practice, finding the poses uncomfortable and sitting for long hours a daunting task, they began to come up with ways in which they could make it easier. At the turn of the twentieth century, Yoga became more popular than ever before, due to yogis who travelled to different parts of the world to teach people the benefits of following the yogi lifestyle. As more people followed the philosophy, they began to find ways to make the practice easier for someone who wasn’t used to it, developing special mats made of rubber, which would prevent slipping and injuries during practice. Prior to this, yoga was performed on straw mats and rugs made from animal skin, the tiger in particular and it wasn’t uncommon for a yogi to be seated on tiger skin while meditating. After
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