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How to Relax – 15 ideas to help you

Just an easy one for this month’s blog! But in all seriousness, really the main reason that people end up in front of me in my Holistic Health & Wellbeing studio is that they have a problem with relaxation. When you don’t relax and you’re in a constant state of stress your brain thinks your life is in danger and your sympathetic nervous system (fight, flight, freeze) remains in charge. When your parasympathetic nervous system (rest, digest, be) does not get its shift being boss, certain parts of you will go on strike because they never get a break. Yep I brought this up last Blog as well (Boost your Self Confidence). I believe that the chronic activation of the sympathetic nervous system is a massive health problem in the modern western world. And that was before Covid-19! A global pandemic makes it pretty darn hard for anyone to relax, even if they are normally pretty chill! It’s the lack of control and the great unknown of all aspects of our future lives, nothing able to be planned, nothing to look forward to… What happens when you don’t relax enough Well you remain in a state of freeze, fight or flight, almost permanently! This means that: your blood pressure stays up your digestive system does not work well your heart rate remains elevated blood flow to everything other than skeletal muscles

Boost Self Confidence and take back Control of your Life

In world where it is so easy to constantly compare yourself to others and the ‘ideal’ portrayed online, it is pretty common to spend a lot of time feeling like you are coming up short. Unfortunately the human brain is designed to focus on the negative 2.5 times more than it focuses on the positive. This is a protective mechanism. The brains of our ancestors were designed around their need to be constantly aware of potential physical dangers and react accordingly to enable the survival of the species. Now, the reality is that if you don’t have as many followers, or as many likes, or as many photos of your “amazing” family posted for the whole world to see, your life will not end, you will not be physically maimed, but the way your mind and body react to this situation is the same. Your brain thinks you are ‘in danger’. It sends stress response signals to your body, preparing it for fight or flight. The same is true when the 24 hour news cycle gives you a stream of negative information, especially during a global pandemic. Added to which there are indeed tangible physical dangers that your brain has to compute – the virus, the restriction of freedom, the potential loss of income and all the add on impacts of that which actually can impact your physical survival. At

Back to Life, Back to Reality!…

...essential oils for February: anxiety, motivation and focus! This year’s summer holiday period has been traumatic and depressing for the whole of Australia - for some more than others - and you might be glad to see the back of it, nevertheless there is always a bit of grief at the ending of anything. My family and I were blessed to have only been affected by the bushfires through smoke, yellow skies, dirty rain and climate emergency induced melancholy.  We also got to escape to the beach for a few days but when we returned to Melbourne I felt quite down. This week my kids – and many others – have gone back to school and there’s no more excuses for just dabbling around the edges of work! February is the time of the year that we all get deeply into the creation and production of this year’s work and at the start of a new decade the energy to really make a clean start is with us in abundance. To help get you and your loved ones back on track at this time I wanted to share my suggestions for essential oils to support you in the transition into the reality of 2020!  The therapeutic properties of essential oils are such that they help us on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual and this is why I love

The Variability of the Heart

Heart Rate Variability ? I am very excited to bring you this introduction into Heart Rate Variability (HRV) because it is an amazingly simple tool that you have available - literally any time, any place - to improve your management of stress! In the video you will learn some amazing facts about the human heart the difference between heart rate and heart rate variability how your heart controls your brain and your emotional state how to decrease stress using HRV The full text of my Blog on this was published by Sivana East, and it includes instructions for how you can start to improve your Heart Rate Variability today! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all.  I am delighted to now have a HRV monitor on hand to use in client sessions.  It's a great feedback tool that enables my clients to get an objective understanding of how well they are coping with stress.  Book a session NOW! There is also a heap more information, research and training available from the Heart Math Institute if this is a topic that has gotten your heart racing!

5 Ways to Boost your Self Confidence

In this video I discuss the fact that I believe around 80% of the population deal with this problem on a daily basis and how a lack of self confidence is often triggered by some key elements of our ancient anatomy and physiology including the vagus nerve! If you would prefer to read the full Blog it was published by Sivana East As with anything that you may want to work on improving in your wellbeing, you are best to take a holistic approach because just focussing on one area is never enough. The Evenstar 5 Star Wellbeing approach to boosting Self Confidence is covered - with my top suggestions from each of the aspects: Food, Movement, Sleep, Surroundings & Being.  I have many suggestions for each of these 5 aspects but I have just pulled out the top ones here to get you started.  As with any change the best way to start is to start! If you would like more suggestions feel free to check out my Blog Fire Up your Wellbeing.  If you would like to access my Chakra Balancing Ebook for more information on the Solar Plexus as well as the other 6 energy centres click here. If the idea of learning about all the ways that you can Nourish & Heal the Whole You, making complete energetic balance available to you at all times contact

Headache & Migraine – why you get them and how to treat them holistically

Headache and migraine are unfortunately one of the most common wellbeing complaints that I come across in my practise. As with any physical health or wellbeing concern, it is important to get to the underlying cause in order to prevent constant reoccurrence.  If we just keep taking painkillers we are ignoring the message that our body is sending us about something that needs to be dealt with on all levels - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. In this video I discuss how to determine the root causes of headache and migraine as well as how to go about managing and treating the problem in a holistic way so that you can reduce the frequency and severity - and perhaps even prevent - future episodes. I talk about things that you can do from all aspects of Evenstar 5 Star Wellbeing - Food, Movement, Sleep, Surroundings and Being. Essential Oils can be extremely helpful when dealing with Headache & Migraine.  In my own home I do not have pain-killers in the first aid kit because I find that oils are more beneficial and less harmful for my family than medications. The ones that I find best are: Peppermint Past Tense If you'd prefer to read the full text of this Blog, rather than watching the video, it was published by Sivana East. Reiki healing is a wonderful way to treat underlying

4 Fantastic Gift Giving Tips for the Festive Season

Gift giving is a big part of the Festive Season, whether or not you celebrate Christmas, there are still end of year gifts to buy for colleagues, teachers, service providers...the list goes on! In this Blog I give you my 4 best ideas about gift giving to help to get you through with ease and grace! I cover: the benefits of giving gifts to your wellbeing ideas for making your festive season as 'green' as possible the best gift ever - an experience! my chakra gift giving guide (that is using your energy centres to help you buy the best presents ever) If you like the idea of giving someone you love an experiential gift but you're still not sure what experience will work, how about the Gift of Wellbeing?!  There are vouchers for Wellbeing & Energy Healing Consultations, as well as Aromatherapy Massages available here.  Feel free to contact me if you want some help deciding! This video was recorded last year but there is updated information in the full blog, published by Sivana East.

Festive Season Food – Top 3 Survival Tips

December is well and truly here and I wanted to share with you my Top 3 tips for managing the Festive Season in regards to Food (which as you know is one of the aspects of Evenstar 5 Star Wellbeing - the others being Sleep, Movement, Surroundings and Being). Don’t worry I’m not going to be a total scrooge about it all!  The festive season is actually meant to be at least a little bit of fun, and if that can’t include a touch of overindulgence and treating yourself then there would be something wrong! My Top 3 Tips cover: Good food in a hurry Sweets glorious sweets Bringing a plate Hippy Woo Woo style! Watch the video now or check out the full Blog, which was published by Sivana East. There is heaps more information on my Blog on the following topics (which I briefly cover in this one) Food additives Sugar Organic food For help with balancing and increasing your energy levels during the Festive Season book a session now!

Playful Energy

Many of us don’t have enough play in our lives.  I am certainly guilty of this!  It’s mainly being self-employed that does it for me – I find it hard to prioritise play! I don’t skimp on spending time to look after my wellbeing – I take all the time necessary to shop for and cook fresh organic food to nourish myself, I spend 1-2 hours exercising most days, I am pretty careful to ensure that I get enough good quality sleep and I keep my surroundings as toxin-free as possible. But I don’t prioritise doing stuff just for fun.  If I make a commitment to catch up with friends then I will always stick to that but I rarely initiate catch-ups myself these days.  I always make sure that I have some quality time with my kids – dinner time conversations, going to the footy, seeing movies we all want to see. But when I am left to my own devices I will spend every possible minute working!  I am lucky because I do actually love what I do and am very passionate about it but I don’t love that I would feel somewhat guilty if I took a day off to go bushwalking or I spent the night just binge watching Netflix or taking an hour to have a bath. Ironically I began writing this piece and then got

Men’s Health Week: improving work life with Reiki

The theme of Men’s Health Week 2018 (11th-18thJune) is “Men & Families – making healthy connections”.  I love this multi-faceted theme! We can take from it that improved family connections can improve the health of men (and women, for that matter), that family can be very influential on the wellbeing of men, and that the emotional wellbeing of both men and women is dependent on connection with other humans and finding the right tribe.  Unfortunately it seems that men in general are not nearly as good at making and sustaining healthy connections as women are and this is one of the contributing factors to men’s health being overall a lot worse than women’s health.  Men die younger, have more preventable diseases, more accidents and a greater risk of lifestyle related disease than women, which is why Men’s Health Week is a thing! Men seek advice and interventions for symptoms at a rate that is much slower and less frequent than women, almost certainly contributing to their higher rates of disease and early morbidity.  What we really want everyone to do is to work on prevention and looking at underlying causes, rather than just band-aid solutions and treating symptoms. Western culture dictates that men should be outwardly strong, independent and largely silent about what is going on inside of them on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.  Men are

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