Lower Stress, Healthy Heart

Meditate for heart health

Meditation and stress management techniques are as effective as any other approach to cardiovascular health.  As we get older, stress management is more important than ever. According to Dr Robert Buist, Sydney complementary medicine practitioner, there’s a subgroup of cardiovascular patients who aren’t successful in lowering risk factors using lifestyle improvements like smoking, drinking, eating.  [...]

Birdsong – The Essential Soundtrack

blue wren

With 7 billion of us on the planet, it’s becoming a very noisy place.  Maybe you haven’t noticed yet but recorded birdsong is beginning to appear, anywhere from blogs and websites to airport lounges and service station toilets.  Seems good sound may be starting to equate to good business. Natural sound may also help you [...]

Power Naps, Siestas and Forty Winks

Photo credit: donrenexito

Grandpa was a devotee of the siesta.  He called it “forty winks” and it was  the ritual of lying down after a hard day of manual labour and maybe nodding off for a while.  Not culturally sanctified on the job in suburban Australia, he managed to fit it in, mid-afternoon when he arrived home. “Forty winks” is an [...]

The House to Ourselves

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Perhaps while the kids were growing up you, like English writer, Virginia Woolf, longed for “a room of one’s own”.  Both men and women bringing up a family often harbour secret desires for space where they can pursue individual interests without interruption, where they don’t have to pack everything away to share space with other [...]

Ginger Reduces Chemo Nausea

fresh ginger

Car sickness is not the only form of nausea where the common herb, ginger, might come to your aid. Research also shows it to be better than placebo when used to treat seasickness, morning sickness and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). Nausea and vomiting are the most significant influences on quality of life in patients [...]

The Over 40 Singer

Photo credit: garrynight

Your voice develops through joy.  Your voice grows as your soul grows. Such thoughts enrich Barbara Lewis’s approach to teaching singing to older people. If you’re finally getting serious about releasing the singing genie, have a look at Barbara’s “Tool-Kit for Smart Singers”.  Invest less than $100 and explore a new world. Short of funds?  [...]

Pilates-based Chair Exercises

stretching cat

Try Pilates for free.  These simple chair-based exercises will improve strength, balance and posture. Start with rhythmic moving and stretching for upper body and arms. Relax, breathe deeply; almost feels like flying. Now work on your lower back with these simple stretches. Finally for legs and core strength try: Designed for seniors, but not a [...]

Gardening for Wellbeing

Scarecrows

Garden lovers have no doubts about the therapeutic benefits of spending time in their favourite green space.  For many it’s a favourite form of exercise.  Simply gazing at soil and plants can create an inexplicable feeling of wellbeing, both relaxing and energizing. Our senses and psyche are in contact with the rhythms of life: the [...]

Recipe for Personal Change

Brian Nelson

Brian Nelson, army major, physical guy, asks himself how he can craft a better life for himself beyond his physical training routine.  Sure, he could lift weights and enjoy getting stronger week by week, but how to strengthen the qualities that will really change his life for the better….like intentionally choosing kindness towards self and [...]

Magnesium for hot flushes

Spinach - a great natural source of magnesium

Magnesium has been found to reduce hot flushes in women experiencing early menopause as the result of treatment for breast cancer. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21271347 Chronic magnesium deficiency affects the large number of people in western society, so research into the use of magnesium for hot flushes might be useful for all menopausal women, not just cancer patients. [...]