Practitioners experienced in acupuncture, osteopathy, remedial massage and shiatsu massage offer a safe and natural approach to treatment of acute injury and chronic pain with a focus on physical, mental and emotional well being. Click on the topics below to see a comprehensive overview of the services offered at Red Door Health Clinic.
Acupuncture uses fine needles, inserted through the skin into energy points. The needles stimulate the movement of blood, energy, body fluids, nerves and hormones around the body to promote healing and wellbeing. Acupuncture induces a state of relaxation and is usually a pleasurable experience. Most needles are inserted only a small distance under the skin and produce little or no sensation.
The needles are sometimes warmed using a process known as moxabustion. The herb, Ai Ye or mugwort, is burned over or on the needles or areas of the body, this gives a sense of pain relief and relaxation whilst encouraging blood flow and tissue repair.
The needles can also be attached to electrodes from which an electrical current flows. This produces stimulation at the needle site and energy point, which can be extremely effective for pain relief, rehabilitation after strokes and inducing babies.
Cupping is used to deeply massage soft tissue and also encourage toxins to the surface of the body where they can be better resolved by the lymphatic and circulatory systems. This process uses glass cups, which under vacuum suck the skin and flesh up and are either moved along muscles or sat stationary on a specific point.
Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of health conditions such as; muscular-skeletal problems including most trauma and injuries; fatigue and tiredness; gynaecological including menstrual and obstetric issues, it is particularly good during pregnancy; male and female infertility and IVF support; endocrine system problems including menopause and thyroid; neurological including headaches and migraines; allergies; breathing problems; immune system issues; gastro-intestinal problems including IBS and candida; urination and urinary tract issues; blood pressure; cholesterol; palpitations; insomnia and sleep disorders; emotional and mental issues including depression, anxiety and addictions; and the promotion and maintenance of general well-being.
Children respond well to acupuncture but are often very anxious about needles. The technique of inserting needles can be very gentle and this is always employed when treating children. Mostly children need very few needles per treatment and the needles are not stimulated nor are they retained for very long. Using a friendly, inclusive approach most children find the experience both positive and empowering.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an umbrella term, which encompasses different therapies including Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, diet and food therapy. The goal of TCM is to promote healing and good health in the human body.
Over it’s 5000 year history, TCM has built up a comprehensive understanding of the workings of the human body including the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components. The practitioner uses a broad set of tools to make a diagnosis and develop an individual treatment plan, which will include one or more of; acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet and lifestyle advice. He/she may also refer you to a practitioner of a different modality or doctor of western medicine as needed.
Traditional Chinese Medicine utilises natural medicines sourced from plants, animals and minerals. These medicines provide the body with the constituents needed to; facilitate, regulate and/or enhance the body’s own functional systems including the healing mechanisms of the body; clean out toxins; move stagnations and clean, move, cool or warm the body, bringing it back into balance and therefore good health.
At Red Door Health Clinic, some raw medicines are used however, for the convenience of the patient, most medicines are made up with granules that the patient makes into a tea using boiled water. Also available are medicines in the form of pills, external creams, liniments and patches.
The medicines used in this clinic contain no endangered plant or animal species or any medicine that is gained through non-ethical means.
TCM can be used to treat a wide range of health issues such as; gynaecological issues including menstrual and obstetric; male and female infertility; endocrine system problems including menopause and thyroid; neurological including headaches and migraines; allergies; breathing problems; immune system issues; fatigue and tiredness; gastro-intestinal problems including IBS and candida; urination and urinary tract issues; blood pressure; cholesterol; palpitations; insomnia and sleep disorders; emotional and mental issues including depression, anxiety and addictions; muscular-skeletal problems and the promotion and maintenance of general well-being.
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a ‘whole body’ form of manual medicine that aims to treat and provide long term pain relief from acute and chronic injuries.
Osteopaths focus on the link between the structure and function of the body, recognising that if one part is injured then the whole body will be affected. By considering the musculoskeletal, nervous and circulatory systems as well as internal organs, an osteopath will evaluate the most appropriate treatment approach. Techniques used may include stretching, massage, myofascial work, manipulation, gentle indirect ‘slow release’ and craniosacral therapy.
University trained for a minimum of five years, osteopaths are primary care practitioners who use skilled evaluation and diagnosis to determine if further medical referral is required. Treatment is aimed at restoring the body’s natural ability to heal itself in conjunction with discussion on exercise, lifestyle and nutrition.
What and who do osteopaths treat?
Osteopaths treat people of all ages for back and neck pain, headaches, musculoskeletal and sporting injuries, occupational strains and injuries, aches and pains during and post pregnancy as well as treatment for staying active and independent with age and the changes experienced in babies, children and teenagers. Other conditions such as asthma, arthritis, constipation, incontinence, migraines, colic, sleep and feeding difficulties, recurrent ear and throat infections, period pain, digestive problems and jaw pain may respond well to osteopathic treatment.
Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and the Medicare Enhanced Primary Care scheme. Osteopaths are registered for workers’ compensation, motor accident insurers and the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Psychologists provide assessment and treatment of a wide variety of mental disorders and emotional issues. They use talking therapies (sometimes with a physical component) to facilitate insight and positive change in their clients’ emotional, behavioural and cognitive capacity to function in their everyday lives.
A large number of psychologists fulfil some type of a therapeutic role, assessing their client’s concerns and life circumstances, and offering support, advice and treatment to address their client’s issues.
For example, many psychologists:
- work directly with people to help them recover from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and other mental health issues
- evaluate the needs of older adults with declining memory and offer advice to families and carers on how to adjust the living environment to aid independence and safety
- work with athletes and sports people to enhance performance or to address concerns with burnout
- work with children, parents and teachers to address learning or behaviour problems at school.
At Red Door Health Clinic, psychotherapy is offered by practitioner Jani Klotz.
Psychotherapy is a holistic approach that focusses on the whole person, as someone seeking meaning and healing rather than being diagnosed with an illness or psychological problem.
Jani believes that we need to embrace the fullness of who we are as persons—in mind, body, heart and spirit—and that in doing so we also need to acknowledge our embeddedness as individuals in the social and physical world that surrounds and supports us. The postgraduate course that Jani recently completed fully embraced this person-centred, holistic approach, and she aims to bring this to her practice with the people she works with.
Jani works with clients from all walks of life, including adolescents aged 16 years and over. She holds each client in a non-judgemental, compassionate place with empathy and care, bringing her full presence to them as a whole and unique individual finding their way through life.
Oftentimes sessions will involve the client reflecting on their past and current life circumstances, as well as possible dreams, body symptoms, aspirations or relationship issues. By bringing a greater awareness to these aspects of the client’s life and sense of self, Jani and the client will work together to gently tease out the connections between these and the nature of their unfolding life process. In doing so, she embraces the whole person and sees their challenges as meaningful opportunities for growth.
As a practitioner and yoga teacher with over 20 years experience, Jani brings to some of her sessions particular body and breathing techniques that have proven to be deeply effective for people dealing with depression, anxiety and trauma.
Remedial massage supports and boosts the body’s own repair mechanisms by:
- Stimulating blood supply to allow healing nutrients to the site and removing toxins
- Calming the peripheral nervous system to ease pain
- Toning and relaxing muscles to improve joint mobility
Remedial massage helps the long term health of the body by:
- Repairing tissue damage
- Easing stiffness and tension that can lead to injury and chronic pain
- Improving the health of cells
- Relaxing to ease the negative effects of stressful lifestyles
Remedial massage can be used to treat many health conditions including musculoskeletal disorders including trauma, headaches, stress and tension, chronic and acute back pain, arthritis, muscular atrophy, discomfort during pregnancy.
Biodynamic Cranial Touch/Stillness Touch
Biodynamic Cranial Touch, also known as Stillness Touch, is an advanced Biodynamic practice of non-doing or “non-efferent” touch, which resonates with the natural wisdom and healing forces of the body to balance and harmonize the entire human being – from the history held in the tissues to the evolving spirit.
It is an approach that uses hands-on contact at key areas of the body (also considered a fulcrum of stillness). From this contact, a space or portal of stillness arises from which a potency or force and thereby possibility of healing occurs to restore the body to its natural state of wisdom, balance and harmony.
This unique therapy requires no manual involvement from the practitioner other than to facilitate a refined point of appropriate contact with the client.
What are its benefits?
BCT is for the evolution of consciousness and does not limit itself to symptom-diagnosis-treatment modalities.
The approach honours the perspective of Wholeness as Health, and recognizes that cranial tidal enfoldments correspond to states of consciousness with distinct perceptual capacities. The sessions are about reorienting to the health within you and remaining in direct contact with its expression in your body as consciousness.
In our times today, where we are constantly on the go, this is a way to reconnect with the stillness within us, giving rise to the possibility of healing at a truly profound and deep level. Although BCT is not therapy, it has shown to have therapeutic effects, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Clients often report feeling more integrated, balanced, relaxed, restored, a sense of being “at home” in themselves. They often also report resolution of physical symptoms, either at the time of the session or in the days after the session and notice personal issues or psychological patterns resolve. They often report a sense of deep rest and restoration with an increased sense of well-being.
BCT was founded by Charles Ridley and has its roots in Osteopathy, particularly the transmission of the founder of Cranial Osteopathy: William G. Sutherland D.O.Sutherland’s original impulse resulted in all three of the major forms of cranial practice we see today – mechanical, functional, and biodynamic. Charles Ridley was a student of Dr.DeJarnette, who was a student of Dr. Sutherland’s.
Marie-Claude was taught by Giorgia Milne.
Light shift is an indigenous treatment to move any stagnation in the body due to physical, mental or past life traumas who are stuck in the body and create imbalance.
This treatment help repaired damage done in Dahwie and Mullahwahl.
Light shift massage requires a 2-hour booking and is unable to be booked online. To book a session, please contact us by phone or drop into reception during business hours.
Ayurvedic is a Sanskrit word meaning the science of the … and encompasses the whole of human life – mind, body, spirit.
The dosha (constitution) of the patient is determined by the practitioner. This is accomplished using general health questions, assessing body type and personality of the patient. The aim is to balance the dosha in order to create harmony in the physiology of the individual.
Ayurvedic massage uses essential oils that are chosen to suit the individuals’ dosha. The style and flow of the massage is also determined by the individual and their needs at the time. The massage techniques include tapping, kneading and squeezing as well as more traditional massage strokes.
Ayurvedic massage is beneficial by:
- Detoxifying and cleansing
- Boosts the efficacy of the immune system
- Maintains good health
- Helps those with medical conditions to improve general well being.