From the moment you walk up the stairs of this grand old Queenslander, you know you are entering somewhere special. The ambient serenity surrounds you on the elegant veranda and you can leave your worries behind before you even get to the welcoming reception area.The Morningside Acupuncture & Natural Therapies Healing Sanctuary truly is a sanctuary. The new premises is just around the corner from the old one and is bigger and even better. It's more tranquil and away from the hustle and bustle of the main road. An added bonus for clients is that there is plentiful on-street parking. The hours of business have also been extended and are more flexible which is convenient if you are working. It is now open seven days per week, including Saturday 8.30 am to 3.00 pm, and Sunday 8.30 am to 1.00 pm.
This award-winning practice is one of the best businesses in Brisbane: it was named one of Brisbane's top three acupuncture clinics for 2018, 2019 and 2020. It gives off a vibe of an Asian day spa and Queenslander fusion. All five senses are catered to with gentle music for your ears, tea for taste, the touch of the practitioner, floral scents of the fresh flowers, and it looks amazing. The rooms are light and airy and beautifully decorated. There are art installations and vignettes at every turn. This is not surprising when you learn that Bethrene, the Practice Manager, is a trained interior designer. Think Zen meets colonial Queensland.
Therapy Dr Azzerdene Wates, a Senior Associate, performed my most recent acupuncture treatment. She is an experienced Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner and is very knowledgeable in pain management, internal and digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, sleep problems, headaches and women's issues. She's available on Tuesdays and Sundays.
My regular readers will know that I have written a previous article about the Morningside Acupuncture & Natural Therapies Healing Sanctuary. Multiple studies have shown that Acupuncture works; it is not a placebo effect. This visit I had 13 acupuncture needles in my head, hands and knee. I was being treated for a knee injury, low energy levels, poor sleep and stress. I swear the very fine Korean needles DO NOT hurt. In fact, I couldn't even feel them going in (nor being taken out) and there was NO blood. After the needles were inserted, I was left to chillax with the warmth of a heat lamp. I must tell you that the new zero-gravity chair (as used by NASA) was uber comfortable, and I really want one to relax in at home!
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) Highly qualified and experienced practitioners of Oriental medicine are available to restore your wellbeing by aligning mind, body and soul. As well as acupuncture, treatments include cupping therapy (which I have also had), craniosacral therapy, Bowen therapy, Trager therapy, ems therapy and jin shin jyutsu.
There is a well-stocked Apothecary with Oriental and natural Herbal medicines, all of which are TGA approved. The Ko Da range from Taiwan is hospital grade. You may be treated for a range of ailments including gastro problems, neuro, psycho, aches, sleep issues and stress, respiratory, skin, orthopaedic symptoms and many others. All treatments are Holistic – they treat the whole person not just the symptoms of the disease. Wildheart skincare is an external application and complements TCM, which is internal, by layering to fight toxins.
Wildheart [Wellbeing] Skincare Bethrene Laurenson founded the Wildheart skincare company five years ago, and it is now distributed worldwide. Beauty routines are often riddled with heaps of unnecessary packaging and chemicals. Our skin is our biggest organ, so whatever we put on it is absorbed straight into our bloodstream. Do yourself a favour and try Wildheart. It is all-natural, safe, non-toxic and smells divine.
The range is growing and the latest releases are Hydrating Mist, Serum, and Facial Oil (as a night treatment). I use the cleanser, toner, serum and day moisturiser for daytime and the cleanser, toner, serum plus night moisturiser for night-time. I can highly recommend them all. Their biggest seller is the day moisturiser which feels beautiful on the skin and you only need a small amount. You can buy direct from the Sanctuary or shop online, with discounts for patients and students. Also, look out for introductory promotions.
COVID-19 Extra precautions are being taken for your safety, in addition to the standard protocols, such as hand sanitisers. After all, Dr Mark McAuliffe, is a trained hygienist (among his other impressive qualifications). For your protection, and others, your temperature is checked on entry and disposable paper covers are used. It may help you to find balance by thinking of the pandemic in yin/yang terms. The yang is a frantic response to fix the problem and minimise suffering; the yin is a time of reflection and insights learnt. Just as light follows darkness, we may see the crisis as a time of contemplation and opportunity. Try to live in harmony with the cycles of our environment: in winter we tend to slow down, meditate or even hibernate, and now we are preparing for spring and renewal.