Get Your Motivational Groove On

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Get Your Motivational Groove On

Get Your Motivational Groove On


We all have had experienced at one point or another that brick wall which impedes our desire to move forward.  How to overcome this obstacle is the key to success.  What drives you?  Who encourages you?  Where do you look for your inspiration?  The answer lies within, look to yourself, find the flame which ignites your passion and run with it.


Everyone will have different perspectives but each of us have the power to conquer.  Here are some ideas to help get you started:

Think Big, Start Small

Dare to dream, go as far as you can see, when you get there you will always be able to see further.  Plan every little detail, visualise each step and follow through.

♦ Find the Joy

Whatever the objective we are trying to create whether it be on a physical, personal, professional or financial level we have to ask ourselves what is the point if I do not find joy in what I do.  This is not to say there won't be hardships along the way, afterall the saying "no pain, no gain" rings true but happiness is the ultimate reward.  Ask yourself throughout your journey "am I happy" if the answer is no could you be doing something differently and still reach the same destination?

♦ Start today

Procrastination is the enemy and I'm the first to admit I'm guilty of this.  We live in a society with the attitude "there will always be tomorrow" but suck it up and get it done, not tomorrow or next week, do it now!

♦ Focus

This follows on from procrastionation, there will always be excuses to distract us or other commitments which take priority but dertermination and dedication is the foundation for success.  Have a clear vision, concentrate and see it through.

♦ Believe

Our own limitations can hold us back, get out of your own way and take a positive approach.  Take each day as a new opportunity, never let your fears decide you fate.

♦ Get support

The best form of motivation is from within but that's not to say we cannot find inspiration externally too.  I look to my family for encouragement and music is also a great tool I often use, what's yours?

♦ Stick with it

Focus on how far you have come, not how far you have to go and remember if plan "A" doesnt work there are 25 more letters in the alphabet!


Hope these little tips help you

READY. SET. GO ……………….






What is Stress?

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in News | 0 comments


What is stress?


The term "stress" is often used when everything seems to have become too much, we overloaded ourselves with responsibilities or obligations and wonder whether we really can cope with the pressures of life.

It is human nature to have what is commonly known as a fight-or-flight response to anything that poses a challenge or a threat and it is our body's sympathetic nervous system reacting to a stressful situation.

During stress related situations chemicals such as cortisol, adrenaline and neuropeptides are released into our system, which trigger alertness, a higher heart rate, heightened muscle reflexes and sweating – all these factors help us protect ourselves in a dangerous or challenging situation.

Some common causes of stress are family problems, relationships difficulties, financial struggles, illness, job issues, lack of time and moving home.  If stress is left untreated over a period of time it can have an affect on our relationships, work life, physical and/or mental health not to mention our overall emotional state.


Take The Stress Self-Assessment


Take a look below at the various lists of stresses and symptoms and then compare those with how you are feeling at this moment. Next, look for your score at the end of this self-test and you will discover your personal stress rating.


Physical symptoms

  • tightness in chest
  • chest pain and/or palpitations
  • indigestion
  • breathlessness
  • nausea
  • muscle twitches
  • aches and pains
  • headaches
  • skin conditions
  • recurrence of previous illnesses/allergies
  • constipation/diarrhea
  • weight loss or weight gain
  • change in menstrual cycle for women
  • sleep problems/tiredness

Emotional symptoms

  • mood swings
  • feeling anxious
  • feeling tense
  • feelings of anger
  • feeling guilty
  • feelings of shame
  • having no enthusiasm
  • becoming more cynical
  • feeling out of control
  • feeling helpless
  • decrease in confidence/self-esteem
  • poor concentration

Behavioral symptoms

  • drop in work performance
  • more inclined to become accident-prone
  • drinking and smoking more
  • overeating/loss of appetite
  • change in sleeping patterns
  • poor time management
  • too busy to relax
  • withdrawing from family and friends
  • loss of interest in sex
  • poor judgment
  • inability to express feelings
  • over-reacting

Psychological symptoms and negative thoughts

  • 'I am a failure'
  • 'I should be able to cope'
  • why is everyone getting at me?'
  • 'no one understands'
  • 'I don't know what to do'
  • 'I can't cope'
  • 'what's the point?'
  • 'I don't seem to be able to get on top of things'
  • 'I keep forgetting where I put things'
  • loss of judgment

Add up your score to check how stressed you are.

0 – 4 symptoms: You are unlikely to be stressed.

5 – 8 symptoms: You are experiencing a mild form of stress and are not coping as well as you can. You need to make some changes.

9 – 12 symptoms: You are experiencing a moderate degree of stress. You need to make major changes to your life.

13 or more symptoms: You need to take urgent action to reduce your stress levels. The higher your score the more urgent is the need for action.



Kinesiology can help reduce stress throughout your body and restore the body to a naturally balanced system.  


When you feel anxious, overwhelmed, tired and agitated it may be due to you being stressed, below I have listed some healthy tips to help deal these issues.

  • Recognise what triggers increase your stress levels (environment, people, situations, etc)   
  • Concentrate on positive thinking – focusing on the good not the bad
  • Meditation is a great therapy to calm the mind & brings a sense of quietness to our hectic lives
  • Listen to your favourite music – you’ll be surprised how therapeutic it can be
  • Talk to family and friends – express your thoughts, feelings and frustrations
  • Seek support from a professional such as your local GP 
  • Set aside some time for fun!


"Grant me the courage to change the things I can change, the serenity to accept the things I can't change, and the wisdom to know the difference" Reinhold Niebuhr

Spring has Sprung

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Spring Health Tips

With the warmer weather upon us it gives us opportunity to spend more time outdoors, shed those winter cobwebs and make the most of today. Below are some spring health tips to get you started.

  • Get a Vitamin D fix – The sun’s rays are the best source of Vitamin D, however it does need to be in moderation to avoid the increased risk of skin cancers.  As little as 5 minutes a day is usually enough to get the right amount of exposure otherwise you can find it in foods such as fatty fish, fish liver oil and eggs. 
  • Hydrate – Drink plenty of water and even consider adding a dash of lemon juice in the morning to help cleanse your system and remove the toxins in your body.
  • Get active – Exercising and stretches will help improve stress levels and keeps your circulation moving giving you more energy to help you through your day.
  • Get a good night's rest – It’s important to have a good sleeping pattern, this gives a body the chance to regenerate, promoting physical health, longevity, and emotional well-being.
  • Load up on fresh fruit & vegetables – Spring is a great time of year for a large variety of fresh fruit and veggetables.  Stock up on items such as strawberries, spinach, fennel and artichokes, also try adding parsley to your salads and a dash of apple cider vinegar in your salad dressings.


Fennel, artichoke and broad bean salad


4 baby fennel bulbs 

8 bottled artichoke hearts, cut into halves 

500 grams broad beans, shelled and peeled, or 250 g frozen broadbeans, cooked and peeled 

2 tbsp olive oil 

¼ cup dill 

lemon juice, to taste 

80 grams  pecorino, shaved 


Remove the base and cut the stalk from each fennel bulb. Halve the bulbs and remove the cores. Using a vegetable peeler shave the fennel into thin slices. Place the fennel on a serving platter, add the artichoke hearts and peeled broad beans. Drizzle with the oil, sprinkle with dill, and add freshly ground black pepper and lemon juice to taste. Top with the shaved cheese.


Recipe: The Food Coach

Mistaken Identity

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Melbourne Kinesiology


Often we find ourselves searching for answers to questions like “who am I” and “what am I doing with my life”.  In too many cases we do not give ourselves enough room or time to explore our true identity and we can get lost in the craziness of the world. 

It is easy to have a title as a mother, sister, husband, boss, even grandparent but that does not define us as an individual.  The hard part is not to lose sight of our uniqueness; we take on these roles and can sometimes get lost in them.  Our direction may vary from what we originally anticipated leaving us feeling confused and at times even a sense of emptiness.

I came across an abstract painting and was drawn to it instantly only to discover the name of this particular piece was “Mistaken Identity” which resonated with me and the journey I have taken to get me where I am today.  My interpretation symbolises puzzle like features representing the struggles we face in life and the detours we encounter.  It had such an impact on me I now have the original artwork sitting in my Yarra Valley clinic and after getting consent from the artist, Carmen Guedez, I use the image as my logo.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to take time out of our busy schedules to soak up some quality time for ourselves.  This will not only help us understand who we are but bring extra joy into our lives.  If we are happy and content it will have a ripple effect on the activities we do. 

With love


Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, Your character is who you really are, your reputation is merely what others think you are


Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in News | 0 comments


Let me take this opportunity to say a big thank you for taking a peek at my new blog.

I am fortunate enough to be doing what I love and look forward to sharing with you some personal thoughts, handy tips and interesting facts.

Kinesiology is designed to get to the core of an issue and release the stress revolved around it.  Together we will explore your hidden potentials that lie on the horizon, to shape new paths; or even to shed new light on some old ones.

I look forward to sharing this journey with you.

Warmest wishes


Go as far as you can see and when you get there, you will always be able to see further