Hey there! It's Amy, tonika health's acupuncturist. Recently, more than usual, I've been treating clients who are experiencing anxiety. Did you know that summer, joy and your heart are all related according to Chinese medicine and the five element theory? And that anxiety is often tied into this equation? According to the five element theory, everything in the natural world is made of five elements - fire, earth, water, metal and wood. In the body, these elements correlate to organ pairs - for example fire relates to the heart and pericardium, while earth relates to...

Keep calm and stimulate your what? Your vagus nerve! It's an important nerve in your body that stems from your brain all the way down into your abdomen. It plays a part in all sorts of functions, from regulating your heart rate to digesting your food. In fact, the vagus nerve runs your parasympathetic nervous system (your body's own personal peace guru, or the 'rest and digest' system), signalling a sense of safety and calm to your body and mind. This system runs in opposition to the sympathetic, or 'fight or...

Hey there! It's Nina (friendly face at the front desk and nutritionist-in-the-making). Being environmentally conscious is something we're all really passionate about at tonika health, and cutting down on waste, including uneaten food and plastics, is a hot topic at the moment (and for good reason)! Did you know that, according to OzHarvest, Australians throw out about four million tonnes of food each year, and that about a third of food produced globally gets lost or wasted? What's more, food in landfill produces methane, a gas which is about 25 times...

Hi all, It's your resident osteopath, Rosie! I thought I'd put together a list of some handy hints on correct posture to help ensure you're standing properly. As an amazingly talented colleague of mine once said, posture isn't the problem, it's the answer! 1. Stand as tall as you can You should feel your abdominal muscles activate a bit when you do this. If not, do book in..! 2. Roll your shoulders First roll them forward, then up, back and then down. This will position them further back, in their proper anatomical position. 3. Level your pelvis! Most of us let...

Lunch can be hard to get right. Many of us get side tracked by work and other happenings, meaning we often don’t end up having something wholesome prepped for our midday meal. For those times when taking a healthy lunch from home just doesn’t seem possible (or for when you fancy eating out), we’ve prepped this nifty list for you of our favourite spots in Surry Hills. Fishbowl Sashimi 298 Crown St and 1/50 Reservoir St Poke is taking the foodie world by storm. Regardless of whether it’s a fad or not, we love...

This smoothie packs all sorts of goodness into one deliciously thirst quenching glass. Not only is it super tasty, it's also full of spices that aid your body's natural detoxification processes. Simply add everything into a blender and blend away! Enjoy! 250ml almond / oat / rice milk 2 scoops Clean Lean protein powder (or good quality protein powder of choice) 1 banana 1 tbsp coconut oil ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground ginger ½ tsp ground turmeric   ...

Did you know that one of the most useful tools for promoting relaxation and managing stress is something that we all do each and every day (actually, each and every second)? Breathing is an excellent and incredibly simple tool that we can all use, anywhere and anytime, to help calm our nervous system and reduce stress and anxiety.  The next time you feel wound up / upset / anxious / etc, try one of the breathing exercises below and see if it helps you.   Coherent Breathing Inhale for six seconds. Exhale for six seconds. Repeat. A...

With Christmas right around the corner and the party season in full swing, it's easy to neglect some of your health and fitness goals, but December doesn’t have to be a time for letting your health slide. Incorporate some of these healthy habits and swaps from our naturopath, Kate, and you’ll be sure to stay on track! Plan Your Training Pick an exercise buddy or make it part of your social catch ups. If you're accountable to someone other than yourself, you'll be more likely to follow through. Plan to train in the...

I've seen hundreds of IVF patients over the years and everyone wants the same thing…SUCESS.  But how do we get this? Patients must navigate a sometimes tricky terrain of IVF treatment, which often involves a steep learning curve. Here are a few things I've learnt from patients and how they've achieved success. (In this case, success is making a baby, staying sane and healthy, and enriching the relationships you have around you while undergoing IVF). 1. Choose a specialist carefully Of course, you say. It's like choosing someone to work with on...

Our hormones are chemical messengers that are vital for the functioning of every system in the body, and while our body is always working to keep us well, our modern diet and lifestyle is not always supportive of hormone balance which can lead to the rise of conditions such as endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, thyroid dysfunction and infertility to name a few! But don't despair - there is so much that can be done to support healthy hormones in both men and women!   Eat a wholefoods diet It sounds too simple to be true,...