Issue 78

Dry Skin Brushing your natural Detox:with Bodecare Wellness & Beauty Products!

Dry Skin Brushing your natural detox With Day Spa attendees at an all-time high, spa retreats are offering a wide range of options for all-round wellbeing; but any healthy regime, including pilates, yoga, massage and hydrotherapy, can be complemented with the age-old practice of dry body brushing.

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.

Originally a luxury found only in day spas and natural therapy clinics, dry body brushing has recently become more popular as part of a home beauty regimen, with a range of high quality brushes available for clients to purchase with their body treatments.

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.

Oxygen and nutrients can move more freely about the body and dead cells are more easily passed, freeing up trapped toxic waste for excretion. By aiding skin renewal and hydration, dry skin brushing improves the texture and glow of skin and allows for better penetration of beauty products.

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.

More details on steps, precautions, rules and hygiene of dry body brushing can be found on the bodecare website in the "News" section,

Email- or 0438 946 670 for stockist information.

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Boost your Immunity & Stay Well this Winter:with Katrina Newell!

The role of the immune system is to protect the body from invasion by potentially harmful foreign bodies. With the onset of winter, those invaders are likely to include some of the numerous viruses capable of producing symptoms of the common cold.

Stress, nutrient deficiencies, emotional extremes, excessive alcohol and sugar intake, and even the aging process can reduce our immune competence. This is bad news, since a weakened immune system can leave us more vulnerable to infection by foreign bodies.

So, what can be done to support optimum immune function in preparation for and throughout winter?

By adopting healthy dietary habits and taking care of ourselves (physically, mentally and emotionally) we will be on the way to achieving immune health and balance. This means enhanced prospects of avoiding infection, or at least minimising the severity and duration of symptoms.

Here are some tips you can put into practice right away.

  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables daily, for access to a range of essential nutrients.
  • Include foods high in vitamins and minerals known to play a vital role in immune function, such as vitamin C, vitamin A and zinc. Green leafy vegetables, egg yolks, yellow and orange coloured fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds can all be beneficial.
  • Ensure your diet contains adequate protein.
  • Get regular exercise … but listen to your body and rest when you need to.
  • Find effective ways to manage your stress - breathing techniques, meditation or yoga may help.
  • Get sufficient sleep.
  • Herbs can also play an important role in supporting immune function. Echinacea, Cat's claw, Andrographis and Astragalus all have a role to play in enhancing immunity, but remember the herbs most appropriate for you will depend on your overall health status.
  • To stay well this winter, see your naturopath for specific advice about the nutrients, herbs and lifestyle practices likely to be of most benefit to you.


Special offer for new clients: 10% off stocked supplements or tonics containing any herb or nutrient mentioned in this article, with your initial consultation (in addition to the great introductory offer available on

Your choice of either one blend of Australian Bushflower essences OR one ear candling session FREE with an initial consultation. Please phone 3891 6525/ 0418 224 432 to make an appointment and mention when booking


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Dstress & Unwind:with Red Suva Natural Therapies!

We all get stressed, need to unwind and find a space where nothing matters. According to the ABS National Health Survey in 2001, one in every three adults suffers from moderate to extreme stress. This represents an increase of nearly 40% in just 4 years. In Australia, we have seen a huge increase in stress related illnesses in the workplace, as well as life-threatening incidents like heart attacks and strokes. The NSW labour council figures show stress-related illness, as well as work deaths from strokes and heart attacks has increased by more than 30% in the past two years. Chronic stress and exhaustion leads to a greater risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease and infections due to a weakened immune system. In this time of increased stress, it is vital to implement measures of stress reduction into our daily routine to minimize the detrimental effects that chronic stress could have on our wellbeing.

At Red Suva we cater for everyone's needs. Herbs and nutrients play a vital role in helping our bodies to cope more effectively with the stressors of daily life. Herbs can offer a safe, natural and affordable way to relief stress. Particular herbs called adaptogens are protective and raise an individual's resistance to physical, chemical, or biological stresses. Diet and lifestyle guidance are also an important key for helping our bodies keep up with our busy lifestyles.

Homeopathy is a system of medicine that individualises each case and takes into consideration the many factors that are unique to each person. It may reduce stress levels by improving the individual's reactions and coping mechanisms, thereby improving general wellbeing. A homeopath also works with a person's diet and lifestyle to implement measures of stress reduction.

A remedial massage, working the ancient meridian lines of the entire body gives the body a sense of floating. The remedial massage treatment leaves you feeling revitalised and delivers a powerful natural tune-up to the mind and body. To have a regular massage is to thank your body and relax your mind, promoting and maintaining good health.

"How would you feel if your favourite wish came true?

Hold that feeling
Hold it longer.
Now own that feeling.
It is your divine right, and your wish will come true.

(George Helou)



Homeopathy – receive a complimentary remedy with your consultation

Massage – Relaxation massage and receive a 15min head massage for free.

Remedial Massage – 1 hr remedial massage – receive a complimentary muscle-eeze cream.

Naturopathy – receive an individualised flower essence complimentary

For further details or call 07 3357 6295 or clickhere located in Clayfield.

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Get Back to the Basics:with the Bodyfocus Fitness Centre!

With the advent of TV shows like the biggest loser, celebrity overhaul, and the publicity attached to personal training, it's rare to find a fitness centre still focussing on providing the basic services that the majority of people looking at getting in shape need. While some fitness regulars can afford the luxury of a personal trainer, most of us just need a well tailored fitness program based on our specific needs, and a good fitness centre with good equipment and a great atmosphere.

That's where the team at Bodyfocus believe their advantage is. Stewart Higgins, the centre director, believes that you can save money and still get results by shopping around and joining the right fitness centre for your personal needs. "We focus on providing our clients with a good start to their fitness journey by making them feel at home, listening to the needs, and tailoring a program that will help them acheive their goals.

Our memberships include a monthly followup where we measure the results, fine tune the program, and re-motivate the individual. We still run a successful Personal Training element within the centre, but most of our clients enjoy and get results from their standard memberships. Thats why they choose Bodyfocus year after year" So if you think the only way to lose weight or tone up effectively was by employing the services of a Personal Trainer, give the team at Bodyfocus a call. Their experienced trainers will get you on track and knocking over those targets, and with memberships starting at $46 per month, getting in shape can still be affordable

Join now for 6 months and pay only 11.50 a week* conditions apply or

Receive 1 FREE month for every 3 that you prepay for!

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Amazing Introductory Offers:For Natural Health, Fitness & Beauty Businesses!

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with Joanne Hay

Five ‘Health Foods’ to Avoid.

If you woke up this morning and ate what you considered to be a healthy breakfast: wheat toast, orange juice, and eggs cooked in vegetable oil, you’ve just succeeded in eating three of the five “health” foods to avoid. It can be frustrating to determine what truly is healthy with all of the new health claims coming out, not to mention the old, deep-seated claims that are just plain wrong but are so engrained in our heads that they’re hard to change. The following five foods are widely known as generally “healthy” foods, but as you’ll soon read, you’re much better off without them. more

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Short and Sweet: Beet Kvass!


This drink is valuable for its medicinal qualities and as a digestive aid. Beets are loaded with nutrients. One glass morning and night is an excelent blood tonic, promotes regularity, aids digestion, alkalizes the blood, cleanses the liver and is a good treatment for kidney stones and other ailments. Beet kvass may also be used in place of vinegar in salad dressings and as an addition to soups. (more…)

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Quote of the month!

"Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility." Sigmund Freud

For a Good Cause: Why support Hands - for people with Intellectual Disibility?

HAND is a not for profit organisation in North Brisbane supporting people with intellectual disability by enhancing leisure and lifestyle opportunities. As part of its services to people, HAND manages the Leisure Access Program, the HANDS UP! Program and the Day Respite Program.

The Aims of HAND are to: Provide support which promotes opportunities for individuals to develop skills, access the community and become more independent. Promote inclusive opportunities for people with disability. Promote awareness of the value and needs of people with disabilities


In the next issue of "Naturally Happy"

  • Taringa Health Centre!
  • Anew Medispa!
  • Jing Natural Therapies Clinic!
  • Optima Fitness Centre!
  • Introductory Offers!
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