Five reasons you need to learn infant massage

  Weight gain (or “how to grow a buddha baby”) There’s nothing better than squishy little newborns, and when they’re extra new, we need to help them pack on the pounds. Studies on moderate-pressure massage on newborns show an average greater weight gain of 5 grams per day when compared to non-massaged infants, with particularly positive results in pre-term bubbas. The results are even better when oil is used. The link between massage and weight gain is attributed to the stimulation of pressure receptors under the skin which increase vagal[…]

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Meet our therapists: Dorine

Dorine Siccama’s unique approach to natural healing is the result of a background in both remedial massage and psychology, which led her on a quest to build a career in holistic therapies. She was awarded a Master’s Degree in psychology from the University of Amsterdam before becoming fascinated by the stories the human body could tell. “I loved massage, I loved psychology and I loved integrating body and mind. That was always my thing; I always thought that these two had to be integrated.” It wasn’t until Dorine relocated to[…]

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Craniosacral Therapy: the body as a sea of information

Craniosacral Therapy is the peculiar-sounding natural treatment that you’ve probably never heard of but that could change your life. Not in a magical fairy-dust kind of way, but it can be equally profound for sufferers of chronic pain, tinnitus, concussion and other medical conditions. We’ve enlisted the expertise of our resident Craniosacral therapist, Dorine Siccama, to break down exactly what this up-and-coming modality entails and how it might just benefit you. A derivative of osteopathy, Craniosacral Therapy is a method of releasing restrictions in the body, which are identified by[…]

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Silvia Verdina

Meet our therapists: Silvia

Seven years ago, Silvia Verdina boarded a flight from Italy with a one-way ticket to Sydney, ready for the complete life-overhaul that comes with relocating to the other side of the world. Step 1: career. We are lucky that we nabbed her in the process! Silvia was dissatisfied in menial retail work and sought the fulfilment of a career in which she could “help people to feel better”, which is when she began seriously exploring natural therapies, ultimately enrolling in a diploma of remedial massage. “I love receiving massages myself and[…]

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Sarah Smart

The science behind the art

You’ll be forgiven for thinking that the art of aromatherapy is choosing the prettiest-smelling essential oils and rubbing them all over your body, because, after all, essential oils do smell gorgeous. But scratch the surface and you’ll discover an intricate scientific process that requires two years of study and over 350 clinical hours to master. Sarah Smart of Aromatherapy with Sarah, resident aromatherapist at The Balmain Massage and Wellness Centre, breaks down the chemistry behind the art. Compared with other modalities, aromatherapy requires quite a comprehensive consultation before you even[…]

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The SAD truth about winter blues

When you are categorically NOT a ‘winter person’, there is no layered fashion or hot-cuppa-in-bed powerful enough to force you to embrace the dreariness of a cloud-plagued sky. You’ll probably notice your mood collapse with a thud as the temperature drops, and your motivation evaporate in front of the warm heater. Winter blues, we call it. As it turns out, you could be experiencing a legitimate disorder with its very own acronym: SAD. Fitting, isn’t it? Seasonal Affective Disorder is actually classified as a major depressive disorder which recurs at[…]

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