Issue 117

Lifting The lid on Dry Body Brushing:with Bodecare Wellness & Spa Products!

Ever wanted to know how to really Dry Body Brush?

So many times we are told you just do a few strokes here and there and that's it. However, really understanding the process and steps of Dry Body Brushing will make it easier to get the results and gain the health benefits, which Day Spa's and Natural therapists have been preaching about for years.

Dry skin brushing has long been known to stimulate the body's lymphatic system for improved health and is an excellent form of exfoliating for clear skin. Jodie Smith, of Bodecare (pronounced 'Body-care') states dry skin brushing works by exciting the body's physiological activities, such as lymph and blood circulation, restores moist, supple skin for youthfulness and strengthens the flow of vital chi.

General Rules of Dry Skin Brushing

1. Always use a natural bristle skin brush.
2. Perform on Dry Skin only.
3. Generally stroke upward in one movement.
4. Light strokes repeated 7 times.
5. Adjust pressure to your comfort levels.
6. Best to follow brushing with some form of hydrotherapy i.e. shower or bath
7. Don't brush more than you need to. Over doing it does not mean better results.

Steps of Dry Body Brushing

1. Start at soles of feet, stroking body brush from toes to heel, follow each brush stroke with a soothing sweep of the other hand.
2. Continue on top of foot from toes to ankles and then up the leg, ensuring to cover entire leg.
3. Move to buttocks, starting at top of buttock, brush down to the gluteal fold (where buttock joins the leg) and sweep back again to top.
4. Then from base of buttock sweep upward to outside of hip and work up the back and over the shoulder.
5. Brush abdomen, hands, arms and chest, ensuring to avoid breasts and genitalia area.

A slight reddening of the skin (erythema) is normal, it is the blood circulation responding to the skin brushing.

Before Dry Body Brushing please take note of the following precautions:

1. Never Skin Brush over active inflammation e.g. open wounds, inflamed sores, varicose veins.
2. Never Skin Brush during an active cancer state or over enlarged lymph nodes.
3. Do not brush on sunburnt skin.
4. Avoid breasts & genitalia area.
5. If pregnant seek doctors advise first before skin brushing.
6. Never brush in an active cancer state.

Hygiene is important with dry skin brushing, as so much dead skin cells sloughs off and works it's way into the brush bristles. Therefore, if brushing daily, clean brush every 3-4 days and if brushing approximately three days a week, clean the brush once a week. To clean your dry skin brush, wash in hot soapy water and leave in the sun to dry. For an even greater clean wash bristles in an antibacterial soap in hot water and soak in disinfectant for 5 minutes, rinse and leave in the sun to dry. (Please note: these are hygiene steps for your personal body brush, which you use at home)

Of course Dry Skin Brushing can be a lot more detailed and can last for up to 30 minutes, more reference points are noted on the bodecare website.

According to Jodie, the energizing benefits of skin brushing can be felt days after starting the process and could also tighten the skin and reduce cellulite in many cases, particularly if complemented by a cardio routine and a healthy diet. Jodie also advises clients on the proper techniques of brushing.

"Clients often ask me how to get the best results from body brushing. I tell them that a routine of dry brushing before showering, starting with the lower body first and brushing in an upward motion towards the heart will yield the best benefits, promote circulation and improve energy levels," she said.

For more information on where Bodecare brushes are stocked please log onto our web site: and send a request form. Jodie Smith, Director, 07 3870 0860 , 0438946670

OR Visit the below shows,

International Sydney Beauty Expo - Sydney Convention Centre. 11 - 12 August 2007. Represented by Ezynailz Face & Body and Salon Pacific Beauty Supplies.

Australasian Aesthetic Expo Conference Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, Broadbeach Qld 23 & 24th June 2007. Represented by Salon Pacific Beauty Supplies ASPA Conference - Luna Park - Sydney | 28 - 29 July 2007.

Abundance and Passion Playshop: with Live Life 2 The Max!

The Secret keeps some of the information a Secret! Find out how to connect your elusive Subconscious and Conscious minds to really manifest abundance. Yes, the Laws of Attraction are good, so is The Secret, there's just this gap of information to be filled.

Have fun! This is a Playshop, not a workshop! Proudly leave with a marvellous collage of what you want in your life, and allow your reality to unfold. Sounds too simple, yet it is incredibly powerful!

"Narelle you wouldn't believe what has happened since I completed my collage! Simply amazing!" "

. On board the beautiful Kookaburra River Queen
. Saturday, 2nd June, 2007
. 9.30 am registration until 3pm
. Morning Tea, Gourmet lunch and bubbles, and Afternoon Tea provided
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All materials: includes scissors, gluesticks, ribbons, sparkly bits, crayons, large size cardboard and magazines and your Playbook of notes!

If you have a stack of magazines you'd like to use and/or share, please bring them. You will have a relaxing, informative and wonderful time, as you begin to create your own reality. Bring your partner, or a group of friends and make it even better!

Book Now! Send an email with all your details to: or phone Narelle Stratford, facilitator on 07 3255 0739 or Mob: 0412 251 196



Preconception Care, What Every Prospective Parent Should Know: with Jenny Mitchell!

The aims of preconception care are to improve the health of prospective parents. Improving your health prior to conception can improve the health of your baby and reduce the risk of pregnancy complications. Preconception health has several components. The first step is to visit your GP for a health check. In particular, women planning to conceive should have the following blood tests: Blood group, rubella immunity and iron studies. In addition, both partners should be screened for STIs (sexually transmitted infections). Some STIs can reduce fertility and others can be passed onto your baby. Don't assume that you do not have an STI if you have no symptoms, as some STIs have no obvious symptoms.

Most women would have heard of folic acid or folate. Folate is a B group vitamin which has been shown in scientific studies to reduce the risk of neural tube defects such as Spina bifida. Optimal preconception care involves more than just taking folic acid. Most health professionals now recommend taking a comprehensive multivitamin with a minimum of 500mcg of folate, before conception and during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

As the number of couples experiencing difficulty conceiving increases, more research is being dedicated to the influence of nutritional and lifestyle factors. Did you know that your body weight and the types of foods you consume can affect your fertility? This is true for both men and women. If you are trying to conceive, you could benefit from a consultation with a Naturopath who is also qualified in Natural Fertility Management practitioner. Natural Fertility Management practitioners can assist you in identifying the most fertile time in your cycle, and help you achieve optimal health. Give your baby the best s
tart in life by starting preconception care today.


Free Cellular Health Test for new clients, valued at $25.

Contact Jenny on (07) 3420 6131 Suite 8/ 1177 Logan Rd Holland Park or Click here for details

Colour Therapy Has Been Used in Healing Since the Dawn of Time: with Bio Beauty Products!

Colour Therapy (Chromatherapy) has been used in healing since the dawn of time. More and more people are understanding the connection between our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual selves - that the mind, body and soul are intertwining matrixes, which affect all levels of our being.

Sunlight consists of the entire electro-magnetic spectrum that we depend on to exist on this planet. Using modern technology it is now possible to utilize the entire visible spectrum of colours from sunlight in the form of low level polarized light which affects the body on both a physical and emotive level.

Your skin and other body tissues have the ability to absorb light and use it as a source of energy to stimulate cellular regeneration .By using the visible rays (without UV rays) known as chromatherapy, the light and colour can irradiate the skin in a non invasive way to produce startling effects. Each cell of the body receives the specific wavelengths it needs to achieve optimal health of skin and body.

Light flows through the eyes and triggers photo-neurons and hormone production, which influences our complex biochemical system. This in turn affects the entire body including many chronic ailments caused by emotional, metabolic or endocrine malfunctions. By using chromatherapy we can influence our energy fields to positively affect the immune system, relax the body, increase motivation and improve physical appearance such as photo ageing , acne, scarring, collagen, elastin and HA production, reduction in fine lines etc

Adding Oxygen and Essences to the therapy provides a holistic solution for beauty and well being. This synergy of therapies - light; colour; oxygen and essences- creates very potent and effective treatment regimes. The colour light units are available from a low inclusive cost of $1400

(617) 5580 5744 or click here for details

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Short and Sweet:Hazelnut Rocher Cheesecake!

Ingredients Base

200g dark chocolate, melted 1/4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread 1 1/4 cups rice bubbles 1/2 cup coarsely chopped roasted hazelnuts


500g Australian cream cheese, softened 300ml Australian thickened cream, extra 1/2 cup caster sugar 1/4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread 100g dark chocolate, melted 2 teaspoons gelatine dissolved in 2 tablespoons boiling water 2 egg whites melted dark chocolate, for drizzling extra roasted hazelnuts halved, for serving


1. For base, combine melted chocolate, choc hazelnut spread, rice bubbles and hazelnuts. Press mixture into a lined 24cm round springform tin, refrigerate until set. 2. For cheesecake, beat cream cheese, cream, sugar and choc hazelnut spread with electric beaters until smooth. Beat in chocolate and dissolved gelatine. 3. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form and stir into cream cheese mixture. Pour mixture over chocolate base and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until set. 4. To serve, remove cheesecake from pan, drizzle with dark chocolate and sprinkle with extra hazelnuts. Use a sharp knife to cut into small wedges for serving.

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Laughter is the best medicine!

"Darling," said the swooning man to his new bride. "Now that we are married, do you think you will be able to live on my small income?" "Of course, dearest, no trouble," she said. "But what will you live on?"

Quote of the week!

What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing, knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose." -- Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister

For a Good Cause: Why Support Voiceless - The Fund for Animals?

Please follow the link below to read about:

important words from our patron, jm coetzee
a celebration of the animal protection community
abbie cornish interviewed about the inaugural animal club 'humane school prize' on channel ten
voiceless's 2006 grant recipients
professor steven wise to deliver animal law lecture at unsw
katrina sharman presents at 'the future of animal law conference' at harvard law school ...and much more



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