Based on a wholistic health approach, Integrated Wellness Therapies utilises a wide range of complementary therapeutic techniques to assist clients to flourish in their personal and professional lives.
Here you’ll find a brief overview of each of the therapies and techniques used in our clinic. If you’d prefer to jump directly to a specific technique description on this page, use the menu below. In addition, you may click on Chiropractic, NET, Clinical Nutrition, FasterEFT, Life Coaching or Clinical Hypnotherapy for more detailed information on these topics.
- Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET)
- Clinical Nutrition
- Wholistic Life Coaching
- Clinical Hypnotherapy
- Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)
- Stress Reduction Training
As defined on the Chiropractic Association of Australia website, chiropractic “is the science of locating misalignments or minor postural and functional changes in the spine which may interfere with the transmission of nerve impulses from brain to the body. These areas of spinal dysfunction are called Vertebral Subluxations.”
The brain is an automatic signalling system, sending both conscious and unconscious instructions to the rest of the body. Disruption to this automatic process in any form creates imbalance that can keep you from your optimal state of physical, mental, emotional wellbeing.
As the skull protects the brain, the movable bones of the spine (the vertebrae) protect the delicate communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. Impaired spinal movement, vertebral fixations or spinal misalignments (called “subluxations”) may cause interference to the body’s automatic signalling system.
The goal of chiropractic is to locate and help remove the areas and possible causes of interference to nerve flow transmission that flow from the brain to all areas of the body via the spinal cord. With improved nervous system function, the body is then able to properly follow directions from the brain.
Chiropractors work to correct these misalignments and restore normal spinal movement by performing spinal adjustments. There are a variety of ways in which adjustments can be performed, including manual adjustment, hand-held adjusting tools and pelvic blocks, to name a few. Specialized approaches are used in the treatment of babies, children and the elderly.
Whatever the technique, chiropractors use skill, not force or strength, to perform an adjustment.
Read more for a deeper exploration of the practice of chiropractic…
Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET)
Neuro-emotional Technique (NET) is largely defined as a stress reduction technique that seeks to normalise unresolved physical and/or behavioural patterns in the body.
NET is based on a proven combination of the latest scientific research and centuries-old Eastern healing techniques.
The NET process addresses the relationship between the body’s emotional health, environmental toxicity, nutritional balance and structural integrity. This integrated approach makes it truly a wholistic technique.
NET works on the chemistry and physiology of emotions rather than the psychology, or thinking process, of emotions.
Emotions are a natural, healthy response to life’s situations. The body feels the emotion, responds and then releases the emotion. Repeated challenging emotional experiences and physical vulnerabilities, however, may result in lingering mind/body stress responses. These “stuck” patterns may contribute to physical complaints, emotional difficulties and problems with achieving goals.
The physical part of our brain that is under conscious control is actually quite small. Much more of the brain is under subconscious control—the immune system, digestion, circulation, detoxification, elimination and hormones. All of these functions can be impaired by subconscious emotional interference.
Finding and balancing stuck or unresolved memories or emotional loops can be done using muscle testing.
NET does not involve a great deal of talk therapy and is suitable for all ages. The respectful, safe, efficient process is a fast natural technique that has been shown to improve health.
As a personal note, I’d like to point out that in learning the NET technique and qualifying as certified NET practitioners, our class practised extensively on each other, and I continue to participate in frequent NET sessions with other practitioners. As a result, I can personally attest to being a happier, more relaxed, confident and healthier person for having had so much personal experience with this technique. It continues to be an essential part of my personal healthcare.
Faster Emotionally Focused Transformation (FasterEFT) is a fast effective practical methodology created by Robert G. Smith. It combines the most effective elements of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) Modern Clinical Hypnosis, ) Be Set Free Fast (BSFF), science and the mind’s great ability to transform itself.
One of the most significant aspects of FasterEFT is that it is fast, direct and to the point. It has at its foundation a healthy and logical belief system based on how the mind works and the role of our subconscious beliefs, perceptions and self judgements play in creating emotional and physical stress, which in turn can affect our health, pain and how we live our daily lives.
FasterEFT addresses the entire mind/body system which includes what you think and how you process your thoughts, along with the body’s response. It is a self-empowering system that shows you how you are creating stress and gives you control over your past, present and your future. To read more about how FasterEFT and how it could help you overcome anxiety and depression, release Stress, heal emotional trauma, create lasting weightloss
Clinical nutrition is a treatment approach that deals with the foods you eat and their affect on your health. It looks at foods, or the minerals, vitamins and other nourishing substances that foods contain, as a way to help give the body what it needs to regain health and build vitality and wellness.
Clinical nutrition also can be described as the relationship between food and the wellbeing of body and mind.
Clinical nutrition takes into account many different factors, such as an individual’s physical symptoms, age, the environment’s impact on the quality of food and the role nutritional factors play in the disease process.
Read further on a clinical nutrition approach to wellness and the conditions it can influence.
Wholistic Life Coaching
Life coaching can be defined as a dynamic communication process or partnership between coach and client, with the intent to address directly the things you would like to change in your life. It is designed to get to the heart of the matter.
This coaching relationship might be viewed as the recharging post—you plug into the post for the energy you need to overcome hurdles that may be keeping you from pursuing your goals. A coach views each client as whole person who can draw on personal resources and creativity to generate their own answers and direction.
In your daily life you often become so enmeshed in your history and habitual patterns that you are unable to see a situation clearly and truthfully. As I once read: “It is hard to see the picture when you are in the frame”.
By helping you view your situation from outside the frame, a life coach helps you define
- who you are,
- what you want,
- what you stand for,
- what you want to achieve,
- why you want to achieve it,
- what you are prepared to do to achieve their goal.
Coaches provide synergy and structure to this process via the use of deep strategic and purposeful questioning and enquiry that is designed to uncover limiting beliefs and patterns. A coach’s support enables you to formulate action plans and uncover possible obstructions to activating those actions. The coach also provides a basis for accountability, which enables you to take the actions necessary to generate your desired outcome.
I define myself as a Wholistic Health Wellbeing Empowerment coach.
As such I provide the information, direction and support needed to help you establish your own definition of wellbeing and to develop strategies to achieve your goals.
My integrated therapy approach enables me, as necessary, to combine coaching skills with NET and other mindset change techniques as well as with clinical nutrition and homeopathy. By combining the appropriate processes, the root cause of limiting beliefs can be uncovered and released while the body is supported to process the changes more readily.
I seek to provide support that enables your own self empowerment, thereby helping you open up to your own knowing and intuition. Enabled to see the bigger picture, you understand yourself more deeply and become aware of what your limiting self-talk may be. With these abilities cultivated, you are supported to move towards your own version of what you would like your flourishing life to be.
For further information about how I work as a life coach, please read more about wholistic Health and Wellbeing Empowerment coaching.
Clinical Hypnotherapy (Hypnosis)
Hypnotherapy is the clinical or medical use of hypnosis to treat specific conditions.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a deep state of calm relaxed consciousness that places a person in a state that is highly receptive to suggestion, yet able to be aware of danger. It is a state similar to day dreaming.
This calm relaxed state occurs as we slow down our brain waves to the alpha wave pattern. In a hypnotic state, the critical conscious brain is bypassed and information goes directly to the subconscious brain.
Because you are often guided into a hypnotic state by another person, it is a commonly held misconception that a hypnotised person gives up personal control to the hypnotherapist. In actuality, all hypnosis is self hypnosis, so you are always in control of your actions.
Being in this hypnotic state of relaxation and alpha brain wave patterns makes it is easier to re-evaluate your own beliefs and accept newer more positive images of yourself.
Professionally, I use hypnosis as part of a larger wellbeing program to consolidate work achieved using NET and life coaching. It is particularly valuable when a client is finding it difficult to establish new behaviours they wish to follow such as
- losing weight
- reducing stress,
- overcoming anxiety
- increasing self – confidence
Naturally, the decision to use hypnosis always lies with the client.
Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)
NLP is a modality that evaluates the relationship between a person’s mind and their language in order to affect change in their behaviour.
NLP investigates how we know what we know. It can generate new life skills by exploring the relationships among how we think (neuro), how we communicate verbally and non-verbally (linguistic) and our patterns of behaviour and emotions (programs).
NLP processes help to discover what we’re thinking, the images we’re making in our minds that we’re unaware of and what we’re saying to ourselves.
By becoming more aware of the connection between what you think and how you express yourself, you have more choices about and control over your emotions and your behaviours.
While I am not a certified NLP practitioner, I have trained with one of the founders of Neurolinguistic Programming, Richard Bandler. I do, however utilise the skills I learned with him as well as NLP techniques that were incorporated into my wholistic life coaching training.
Stress Reduction Training
Stress management and stress reduction training incorporates many different techniques and processes.
At Integrated Wellness Therapies a strong emphasis is placed on understanding what patterns are generating stress for you as well as teaching you physical processes that can reduce, release and eliminate stress. Read more about the definition of stress and its effect on health in the article, “The Effects of Stress on the Body”.
My process is to look at and examine the possible different sources of stress in your life. The sources of stress could be emotional, physical, dietary, chemical and environmental.
Neuro-Emotional Technique, FasterEFT, Life Coaching, and Clinical Hypnotherapy are also stress reduction and mindset change techniques. These have been shown to significantly reduce body stress responses.
Life coaching is a form of mentoring.
Mentoring is the pairing of a person with experience and knowledge (the mentor) with one who lacks those attributes (the mentee), thus enabling the mentee to be advised and guided by the mentor. The mentor brings to the relationship the experience of having overcome or managed an experience or situation with which the mentee is having difficulty. A mentor may be a wiser, older or more experienced professional who provides advice and support to a younger colleague.
In my own life, I have overcome significant car accident injuries that occurred whilst I was still at college and already a young mum; I also have dealt with the challenges of being a single mother of two children, had an experience with a rare cancer, all while running a business. It is in areas such as these that I could be deemed a mentor to others seeking help in managing similar situations in their lives.
Psychology is the systematic study of the mind and how it works. While I am neither a psychologist nor psychotherapist, I describe these specialities here because paying attention to how a client’s mind processes events, and the possible relationship of past events, to current health is fundamental to my integrated approach to achieving wellness. The processes that I use do not required extensive talking therapy.
Psychotherapy is defined as the treatment of psychological disorders or emotional/mental maladjustments through discussion of the problem. Therapy deals with healing pain dysfunction and conflict within a person or a relationship. It is a talk-based approach focused on resolving difficulties from the past so that an individual can deal with current life situations in more emotionally healthy ways. Outcomes of therapy may include improved emotional states, reduced anxiety and a greater understanding of one’s thinking processes.