I swear it was New Year's Eve, closed my eyes for a nap and it's more than halfway through February already! This year is going to go in a blur, pretty much like this amusement ride...
I've given the website a bit of a dusting over, hopefully you'll find the information you need, always happy to take on suggestions.
I'm going for a runner's workshop next week, and am looking forward to sharing what I've learnt.
My last day of appointments before Christmas is Saturday morning Dec 22.
I have appointments available all day Sat Dec 29th, Wed Jan 2nd & morning of Sat Jan
I will be taking a break in Singapore from Wed Jan 23rd to Sat Feb 9th. I will be back
at work Wed Feb 13th.
I am away for a course with Dr Jealous next Thursday in Ashland, Oregon. I will be back treating on Saturday Dec 9.
Looking further ahead, I will be working until Dec 22, having a week off for Christmas and back in the first week of January 2019. More details to come...
I was in Singapore recently to study visceral osteopathy, something I've been interested in since uni but never had the time to explore. A lot of the traditional knowledge on visceral technique has been accumulated and further refined by French osteopath JP Barral, with some impressive results. You can watch a video of him here.
The course was also well-timed so that I could hang out with family and friends for two weeks after. Most of the great eating took place then... to avoid any embarrassing sounds while in class!
My first available appointment in Thornbury is from Wednesday July 25 and in Seddon from Friday July 20. Email me if you would like to be on the waitlist for an earlier appointment.
Starting July, I will no longer be working every Monday.
I've been working a 6-day week this year and it's time to take my own advice to find a better work-life balance. I will be increasing my Wednesday hours, and will still have occasional Monday mornings for existing patients.
The best way to check my availability is through the online booking system or call 0415 281 241 during office hours. If it's me you're looking for, I respond the fastest to an email, and I do check my SMS messages periodically.
HOURS FROM JULY
Wednesdays: 830am - 4pm
Saturdays: 230pm - 430pm
I understand that my new times may not suit everyone, if you require a practitioner that is a little closer or a little more available, please let me know so I can help you find someone that will understand your needs.
The clinic will be closed from Good Friday (30.3.18) to Easter Monday (2.4.18). I wish all of you a joyous time and best of luck hunting down those chocolate eggs!
From April 15 my hours are
- Alternate Mondays 930am to 3pm
- Wednesdays 930am to 4pm
- Saturdays 2- 430pm
I am going to take an alternate Monday off because my family says I get too grumpy without any time off. I'll try to do this so that it coincides with public holidays. If you have any concerns about this, please email me so we can work out something.
Those two weeks in Japan passed quickly, and it seemed like we were always walking to or from a train station! This may be why the Japanese (like the French) stay slim. Stairs, stairs and more stairs. The Tokyo metro or subway is run by several companies, so a major interchange station on the map, in reality, is 3 separate stations linked by by tunnels and walkways. And stairs.
Friends warned me the weather was going to be hot, and it was! It was equivalent to January in Melbourne, with the hot burning sunshine at 9am, and you know the rest of the day is going to be a scorcher. Oh, and they don't have daylight savings, so it gets bright at about 4am. Definitely the land of the rising sun!
I was in Japan to do a biodynamics phase course and I was the only foreigner. Due to the language barrier, I found a real simplicity to the practical sessions – “okay?”, “good?” was pretty much all the feedback I got. Still, everyone was very friendly and it was a good chance to relax and experience rural Japan.
Oh, and the food is quite amazing anywhere you go. You have to go out of your way to find anything sub-standard here. I can't wait to eat my way through Japan again! Just maybe not in their summer :)
Come July, I will be off to Japan to do some learning - biodynamics phase 9 - as well as have a family holiday. While I am away, you will still be able to speak to the ever-helpful Stephanie at 0415281241 or make a booking online. If you need to get in touch with me personally, please send me an email instead but be mindful that it may take a while before I can get back to you. Arigato!
A reprint from our recent Winter Newsletter.
This is a chance to shine a spotlight on other health professionals osteopaths work closely with. First up is lactaction consultant Alicia Davidson. Professionally, osteopaths see babies who have trouble attaching and feeding. The first thing we check is if they can turn their head to both sides, and if they can open their jaw fully. Sometimes this is restricted due to a long labour or the baby not being free to move around in utero. We also look out for tongue ties and refer such cases to lactation consultants.
If there are no structural issues, breastfeeding can be like riding a bicycle - some women take to it more naturally, others (like me) wobble and struggle initially. It usually gets better with practice, although sometimes it is too much and you decide to use another means of transport. Alicia is better equipped to answer breastfeeding specific questions than me!
Q: What do you do?
A lactation consultant (LC or International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, IBCLC) is a health professional qualified in the clinical management of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding often goes well with early midwifery support but if this has been lacking or big challenges arise, this is where some specialist support can help. We are available antenatally (especially if a woman has an unsuccessful breastfeeding history) with newborns and right throughout a woman and baby’s breastfeeding "career". Positioning and attachment are important components of our work to ensure baby is comfortably on the breast and getting the most milk she can to ensure optimal growth, preserve milk supply and to encourage this to be a rewarding experience for mother and babe. We work in hospitals, with Maternal and Child Health services and in private practice.
Q:When should someone seek help?
An LC can be of use for reassurance about the basics of position and attachment, right through to more serious problems of blocked ducts/mastitis, painful feeding, damaged nipples, low milk supply, thrush or concerns about babe’s weight gain. Support in feeding twins (or more!) or assistance with inducing lactation for adoptive parents are also areas an IBCLC has expertise in.
Q:What do you enjoy most about your work?
A:My favourite aspect of this work for me is the the practical problem solving that we do every day! Nutting out an issue between an individual baby and mother brings much stress relief to a new parent. When you see that become enjoyment, and therefore a more empowered mother, this is hugely rewarding. Breastfeeding is the norm biologically for human babies but it is more than the provision of milk; it is deeply connecting for a mother and baby and a brilliant way to begin your relationship with your child.
You can find out more about Alicia at mumsmilk.com.au