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Festive Season Eating – are your food combinations making you feel sick?

With the festive season approaching it is important to remember when catching up with friends and family that while making healthy meal choices is a key factor in feeling well, your food combinations also play a big role. The delicious food available at these events can lead to overindulgence, and even though you may try […]

Healthy gingerbread men for the kids this Christmas! 

Makes 8 Ingredients For the biscuits: 275g (3 cups) ground almonds 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ½ tsp baking powder 6 dates, pitted 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted 40g (5 tbsp) rice syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 egg white For the icing: 80ml (⅓ cup) coconut milk […]

Injury Prevention 101

Exercise helps and brings together people of all ages. There is truly nothing better than the adrenaline pumping through your body with the eagerness in pursuing your goals whether it be in sports, for health or personal well-being. It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional athlete, a gym-goer or an average joe, we all […]

The role of Nutrition in sports injury & recovery

Injuries are a common but unfortunate part of sports and exercise participation. The nature and severity of an injury will dictate the recovery and rehabilitation time, and protocols followed. Muscle mass, strength and function are lost quickly when injuries result in reduced movement or immobilisation, and this can also lead to unwanted weight gain. While […]

Hamstring injuries

Hamstring strains happen when any of the large muscles or its tendons at the back of your leg is stretched beyond what it can withstand. Strains of your hamstring can be very painful and are fairly common in sports activities requiring the athlete to forcefully accelerate, such as running, football, rugby and basketball. As I […]

What to eat before & after a workout?

Physical activity should always be paired with a balanced diet, but it is not always easy to understand which are the most correct choices based on your needs. What you eat before and after a workout, a run or gym class is essential to improve your performance, to recover easier from the fatigue of the […]

Goal Setting post Lockdown

With gyms set to re-open after four gruelling months of lockdown, it’s natural to want to return in an absolute blaze of glory and pick up right where you left off. As tempting as it is, it’s something I would be strongly recommending to resist against. Not only is it going to increase your risk […]

Women’s health and pregnancy: enrich the experience with acupuncture

This month is the women’s health month at Healthspace with a focus on fertility and pregnancy. With the lockdown, we have been spending more time at home with our partners and many of us are thinking more about starting our own families. Many others who are already pregnant are looking for ways to enrich and […]

Spring into Spring with a Health Reset

Do you want to feel healthier and have more energy? Perhaps lose some Covid kilos? What about clearer skin, better sleep and a sharper mind? Maybe it’s time to think about a Spring Health Reset. We are coming to the end of both a long lockdown and the colder months, and lots of clients and […]

Do You Need To Stretch or Roll Out Your ITB?

With NSW about to enter its fourth month of lockdown, I’m not surprised that many people have taken up running as a means to get moving and exercising (and have an excuse to get out of the house!). A common presentation that we’ve had in the clinic over the last few months is pain on […]

Nutritional and nutrient considerations when trying to fall pregnant

Planning for pregnancy or ‘preconception care’ refers to the period where couples will actively engage in optimising their health before conceiving. Ideally, couples will start at least 3-4 months before conception as sperm and ova (a female’s eggs) take around 100 days to form and mature. Optimising our preconception nutrition not only increases our chances […]

Prepping for Pregnancy

Are you planning a pregnancy? Achieving a healthy pregnancy starts well before you fall pregnant. The time leading up to conception is an opportunity to make good choices and aim for optimal health for both parents, as the father’s health is equally important as the mother’s during this period.  Research shows that nutritional deficiencies, stress, […]

How Present Periods affect Future Fertility

In TCM, when treating women, we always take and keep records of the menstrual cycle as a guide to their general health, as well as their reproductive health. This enables the practitioner to be aware of the possibility of different disorders occurring in the future. So, of course, observing these patterns – from adolescence – […]

Mental Health in Lockdown: Can Acupuncture Help?

How are Australians managing: Lifeline Australia is a non-profit organisation that provides 24 hour telephone crisis support service in Australia. Reportedly, the phones have never been busier than August 2021 (this month) in its 57 years of history. Calls to Lifeline have skyrocketed with calls approximately 40% higher than before the lockdowns in 2020. One […]

Feed Mama First

Feed Mama First is a postpartum meal delivery service based on the South Coast created and curated by two mums, Courtney, a postpartum doula & Lauren, a qualified chef.  After both becoming mums in 2019, and with no immediate family nearby for either of us, we quickly realised there was a gap in the “village” […]

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