Wellspring is a leading health and wellness blog dedicated to sharing useful, uplifting and thought provoking opinions and insights from a select team of writers intended to help its readers live more enriched and nourishing lives. Wellspring Blog complements the magazine of the same name which is produced by Endeavour College of Natural Health, Australasia's largest degree conferring institution offering degrees in complementary medicine.
Most people consider sleep to be a time when the body and the mind shut down. However, this is not quite accurate. According to The Sleep Foundation (1), “sleep is an active period in which a lot of important processing, restoration, and strengthening occurs.” There are, of course, still many mysteries surrounding exactly how this happens, but scientists are just beginning to understand some of sleep’s acute functions.
Adele Bishop took time out from her job as an events manager to travel for a year. While travelling, she realised she wanted to change her career to one that helps others. In acupuncture, Adele has found a career where she can help people on both a local and a global level.
When we think of healing we often go straight to the physical; healing our bones, our skin, our digestive system – yet, sometimes we need a little bit of self-indulgence or as its known ‘chocolate therapy’ to support the healing process.
Did you know that PMS affects approximately 75% of women? The severity and management of symptoms differ significantly for every woman. Symptoms can lead to problems carrying out everyday activities and in relationship communications.
Naturopath and Endeavour alumni, Tia Meirs shares her top tips and handy hints to help reduce these problematic PMS symptoms...
In her early twenties, acupuncturist Kirsten Baker ventured to China to discover the essence of her craft through volunteering at a communal acupuncture centre within a Traditional Chinese Medicine hospital. Little did Kirsten know that decades later she’d be helping establish a similar model of care to support Micah Projects, a groundbreaking Australian social housing facility.
Naturopaths will often look to the gut when determining the origin of many types of disease. Prebiotics by definition is foods or ingredients that selectively promote the growth or activity of beneficial microorganisms (gut bacteria), and are different to the bacteria themselves called probiotics. Prebiotic foods in this recipe include; onion, garlic, asparagus, chickpeas and the vegetables in general. Promoting the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria has flow-on effects to improve digestive function, the immune system, mental health, skin health and almost every aspect of health.
One of the most common questions I was asked while completing my Bachelor of Health Science at Endeavour, was ‘What is Myotherapy?’ Contrary to popular belief, Myotherapy is not a form of massage therapy, though your therapist may use such a technique during the session if it is necessary for the treatment of your presenting condition. Myotherapy is a form of manual therapy which uses evidence-based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation techniques to treat neuromusculoskeletal (nerve, muscle and joint) pain and dysfunction.
When my friends heard that I’d enrolled in a Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture) their response was “finally”. Other people ask why, in the middle of successful marketing career, I’d start again from scratch. Read more about how I utilised Endeavour's monthly online intakes to transition from a full-time marketing career to studying my acupuncture degree.
Jackie Morgan from Well Hub Nutrition speaks about self-love over self-sacrificing: How to drop the hustle mentality and connect with your mind, body & soul. Jackie shares her top tips on how to avoid living in your sympathetic nervous system (fight-and-flight) and focus on activating your parasympathetic nervous system (rest and repair) regularly to ensure you're optimising your health and well-being.