Based in an old, converted Queenslander from the late 1800s, West End Natural Therapies Centre is an integrated holistic practice with professional healthcare practitioners from multiple fields. Despite its practitioners using different methods, the end goal is the same - to achieve "a balanced integration of the physical, emotional and spiritual elements that interact to create wellness".
Eddy pictured outside West End Natural Therapies Centre - such a lovely Queenslander!
The WENT Centre work on both prevention and treatment of emotional and physical pain, through a range of natural therapies, cemented by their emphasis on having a strong partnership between practitioner and patient. WENT practitioners work on the philosophy that strong and healthy relationships are founded on three principles: trust, openness, and acceptance. They're here to help, not just through treatment, but also through providing you with the necessary information to help you plan a better lifestyle to best support both your body and mind.
Which services are offered at the West End Natural Therapies Centre?
The WENT Centre offers a wide range of services, including: massage, counselling, acupuncture, myotherapy, corporate wellness, psychotherapy, kinesiology, naturopathy, yoga, mindfulness, and workshops.
Holistic healthcare practitioners at West End Natural Therapies Centre.
The WENT Centre was founded in 2014 by Jodi Chan. While doing a business course, Jodi had to complete an assignment that included a 5 year plan to eventually create a Natural Therapies Clinic. She didn't think much of it, but later on that year when she was looking for a room to rent to set up a massage business, she "randomly" met a local West End business owner, who just so happened to know of an available space. According to Jodi, the "stars aligned", and just like that, the West End Natural Therapies was born. "It's always a challenge when stuff isn't working out in the way you hoped, but almost ALWAYS upon reflection, you see perfect reason(s) for things not working out!"
Does West End Natural Therapies Centre give back to the community?
Yes! Acupuncture has been a community-based medicine for most of its long history, with treatments being traditionally provided in community environments in Asia. Through Community Acupuncture(Tuesday 12:30pm - 2:30pm, Wednesday 10am - 12pm, Thursday 2pm - 5pm, Friday 10am - 12pm, Saturday 10am - 12:30pm), the WENT Centre plays an important role in a growing movement of acupuncture clinics who strive to return to this community spirit, by making it more financially accessible to all members of its community. Here at the WENT Centre, patients accessing Community Acupuncture choose how much they want to pay, with the sliding scale ranging from $30 to $45 for an allocated 60 minute appointment. The sliding scale's purpose is simple - the WENT Centre want you to come in often enough to get better, and stay better!
The WENT Centre also host Community Naturopathy services on the 3rd Saturday of each month (11am to 3pm), run by Sandra Wood who has qualifications in Naturopathy, Nutrition, and Western Herbal Medicine. Sliding scales are $75 - $85 for a 90 minute initial consultation, $55 to $65 for a 60 minute follow-up or acute consultation, or $30 for a 30 minute follow-up or acute consultation. Those under the age of 16 have set prices, at $65, $50, and $30 respectfully.
In addition to these community clinics, the WENT Centre also has a free weekly mindfulness program (Tuesday 7:30pm - 8:30pm), run by Jon Unal. These weekly programs are open to any members of the community, with the goal of teaching one about mindfulness, and how to train your mind to stay in the present moment through guided meditation.
What was your experience of West End Natural Therapies Centre?
I had a really positive experience of the WENT Centre, starting from its location - although only a few minutes from West End's busiest streets, it's in a relatively quiet area, which is perfect for those seeking holistic treatments. It also meant that I had no troubles finding a park! I also loved the look of the building, being in a Queenslander, and the view from the reception area was as picturesque, if not more so.
I really enjoyed how quiet and calm the atmosphere in the WENT Centre was - as emphasised by signs put up in reception, this is an area for healing and treatment, which is why staying quiet is of utmost importance. There are plenty of things to keep yourself occupied during your wait, such as a range of books to choose from. I personally am fascinated with business cards, and of course, due to the wide range of services here offered by many different healthcare practitioners here, there were heaps of business cards out on display. Oh, and feel free to help yourself to water!
Plenty of books available for perusal in the waiting area, with a comfy (and aesthetically pleasing) couch in tow too!
The room I was in for treatment was spacious and inviting; the simplicity combined with bright colours was a good blend that helped me feel relaxed and more at ease about my first jab at acupuncture (pun intended). The staff (Jodi, Sally, Raf) as well as other patrons who had more experience with acupuncture helped ease my nervousness too - I could really sense the community spirit of acupuncture at that moment.
Not the room I was in, but it gives you a feel for the place.
I also had to fill in a form with my details, as well as had a chat with Raf about what my main concerns were. I told him I had eczema, and he narrowed my concern down through asking questions in a tactful manner. Sally then proceeded with treatment, all the while checking to make sure I was okay with all the needles in me, which was much appreciated!
Acupuncture wasn't as painful as I expected it to be; in fact, I could barely feel anything at all. The hardest part for me was probably sitting still for 30 odd minutes, because I'm the type that likes to be on the go all the time. The two coffees I had prior to treatment probably didn't help either! My visit to the WENT Centre really opened my eyes to the possibilities of acupuncture - one of other patients in the room told me that for her, getting acupuncture was like getting a massage, and I agree with her.
Mobile phones must be switched off or on flight mode please.