Hi all, it's Amy (aka resident acupuncturist) coming to you again. You know that age old saying of soup being good for the soul? I honestly believe it's true! The cooler months are often a time when we can start to feel a little low on energy and not have quite the same mojo that we had over summer. In winter, it's completely appropriate to take some time out, rest more, slow down and do less. And sometimes, we can feel like we just don't have enough juice in the tank to get through...

Hello! It's Amy, tonika health's resident acupuncturist. Who else has been feeling a little chilly in this winter weather? As a Chinese Medicine practitioner, I can’t help but think about how the external environment affects us. And I love how we can use the dynamics of each season to better our health. By tuning in to what your body needs this winter, you can help nourish your body, mind and soul. So, winter wellness…it can be a challenge. Colds and flus are everywhere. Most people have bouts of feeling low on energy, run down, flat and even a little depressed. It's...

Hello all, Rosie the osteopath here! Today I'm coming to you with a motivation booster about chronic pain. As a practitioner, I really WISH I could give all you fabulous patients a magic pill that would get rid of everyone's aches and pains...

Here's a great chia porridge recipe for great gut health and happy bellies. Enjoy! Serves 1 2 tbs chia seeds 2 tbs dried coconut milk powder 2 tbs psyllium husks 1 banana or pear, chopped 1tbs honey ¼ tsp cinnamon Add all in ingredients in a saucepan. Then stir in 2 cups of hot water. Bring to a simmer on medium heat for few minutes as, stirring gently. Once your porridge becomes a smooth desirable consistency, remove and serve. Enjoy!   Would you like to find out other ways to improve your gut health? Book an appointment here. For another delicious recipe, check out this thirst...

Being a little blocked up never feels good, BUT there are ways to naturally increase your chances of having really good bowel movement. Here's how!   1. Try acupressure (or acupuncture if you need a stronger effect) If you aren't pregnant, use this acupressure point between your index finger and thumb, close to where the two fingers join (called Hegu or Large Intestine 4). It'll help stimulate peristalsis to help get your bowels moving. If you are pregnant, try this acupressure point instead (called Large Intestine 10) 2. On waking, have warm water with the juice of ½ a...

Hi all, It's friendly naturopath, Kate, coming to you today. In clinic, there are some themes that I often see with regards to my patients…and this week we're having a look at how foodsensitivities can affect a range of health conditions in children…even those that are seemingly unrelated to food. Below are two case studies from actual patients (please note, names have been changed for privacy reasons). What we eat can impact us in so many ways. Of course, the same diet won’t work for everyone, and we're all incredibly individual creatures. It's so important to...

Good morning everybody! I hope you're all well and have enjoyed your Easter weekend. I wanted to take the time in this newsletter to share some new ice and heat science! Okay, its not NEW but it’s not information that has been well circulated and old habits still reign. I’m about to summarise A LOT of content, so chunks will be missing but pleeease feel free to email me (Rosie, resident osteopath) if you have any questions.   Bring on the Chillsss Ice slows down the movement of blood and constricts blood vessels, and there's...

Hi all, Amy here, tonika health’s acupuncturist! Thank gosh it’s autumn and we can slow down. The fast, furious and feverish spring, and energetic, joyous and outgoing summer are both over and we can now have some downtime…and read that book. It’s about time! Autumn is beautiful pivotal season between the Yang, active and out there season of summer and the more Yin or introverted season of winter.  In autumn, we begin to rebalance from being outside, outgoing and on the go. Instead, we start spending more time inside with introverted pursuits, having...