Adrenal Fatigue. Stress. Anxiety.

Stress and anxiety seem to have become accepted as a normal part of modern living.


There is a wealth of information on how massage therapy can positively impact depression and anxiety, help those dealing with eating disorders and myriad other illnesses.

However, many people still consider massage to be one of those things you do if you have lots of extra time and money. It’s often likened to taking a hot bath with candle light, rose petals and Enya providing background music.

Yes, massage feels wonderful BUT massage should be seriously considered as an essential part of physical and psychological health maintenance.

For those interested in the technical stuff,

Here is a brief description of how massage works to benefit those who need to work on anxiety and regulating neurotransmitter and cortisol production.

Your body moves between two main states of being – the sympathetic state and a parasympathetic state. The sympathetic state is commonly known as fight-or-flight mode. It’s when the body triggers the autonomic nervous system to produce stress hormones and ups our adrenal response.

Most of us are in some level of sympathetic state just dealing with day-to-day stresses.

Massage has been shown to help the body shift into a parasympathetic stateBy supporting real stress relief, massage can set the body into a “rest and digest mode.” Massage can chemically support a healthier state of being.

People often ask “how often do I need to get massaged to notice an improvement”.  The number of sessions required to notice a difference in mood and adrenals is specific to each individual.

Some people get amazing benefits during their first session, others take more time to settle in and be fully receptive to treatment. One thing is certain, the more your body receives massage, the deeper and more effective massage becomes. 

The more consistent you are the greater your outcomes. 

Of course, there are many different massage therapists and types of massage out there. It’s important that you find the right person and the right kind of massage for you and your anxiety to maximize outcomes.

Start by getting a few sessions with a therapist who is willing to work slowly and connected. You need to build trust and expectation between client and practitioner to reduce the possible anxiety of a new treatment. Once trust is established, Swedish and even deep tissue can help with both the physical stress and psychological anxiety.

It’s important to be very open and honest with your massage therapist about what results you are looking for from the treatment.  Find a reputable, experienced therapist then commit to a regular routine until you find your individual ideal frequency of massage.

Massage therapy is an effective treatment for anxiety and adrenal issues and there are no negative side effects. That’s something we certainly can’t say about most of the drugs used to treat mood disorders. Massage is proven to help with stress on both physical and psychological levels. Plus, you should never underestimate the power of taking time for yourself to breath, rest, and receive therapeutic attention.”

Most of us should take that statement to heart. Slowing down and taking the time to do something that nurtures our bodies in a more gentle way is something we need to do even if it feels like “wasting time” initially.

Written by Jillian Cosgrith. Jillian is a remedial massage therapist at the Centre of Wellbeing. Jillian is very passionate about massage and the positive effects that massage can have on the body and overall wellbeing of her clients.

If you would like an appointment with Jillian call 03 9763 0033 or book on line at .



Dr. Rogan Smith.

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Dr. Rogan Smith

Continuing with our series of meet the staff, this weeks spotlight is on the centre’s chiropractor Dr. Rogan Smith.

Rogan has been with us at the centre since the beginning of the year. He has in this time become a very popular member of the staff with a steady following of old and new clients.

Rogan is a keen cyclist and golfer who was practicing chiropractic in Sydney for several years. He now has returned home to Melbourne.

After suffering a shoulder injury at a young age, Rogan was referred to a local chiropractor and he has never looked back.

Rogan is looking forward to meeting everyone, and helping the local community with injuries, pain management or to manage a specific goal to improve your overall wellbeing and quality of life.

Rogan holds clinic at the centre on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons from 2.00pm to 7.00pm.

To book an appointment with Rogan please call 03 9763 0033 or book online

Jillian Cosgriff.

  • Remedial Massage Therapist,
  • Mother and Baby Therapist
  • Modern and Traditional Cupping Therapy
  • Scar Tissue Therapy
  • Infant Massage
  • Ear Candling
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Jillian Cosgrith, Remedial Massage Therapist

Let me introduce myself. I’m the mother of two young children, one with special needs and the other, very special in her own way. They keep me on my toes and everyday is a learning experience for us all.

With my kids being just 4 and 5 years old, they do tend to dominate my time so I like to find things we can enjoy together. We recently discovered ten pin bowling, we love being creative and getting dirty.

I have always enjoyed working with people and find the human aspect of my job very rewarding. The more we know our clients, the better we are able to help.

 Set aside your idea that massage is only a lovely way to indulge and spoil yourself. While it’s true that massage reduces stress and, let’s face it, feels amazing, there is so much more that a Massage Therapist can do for you. 

My area of special interest is caring for women at various stages of life and improving your quality of life. Whether that is helping you (and your body) cope with a new baby, keeping up with a busy family, dealing with a stressful career or coming to terms with the changes associated with menopause and aging. There are many ways that various massage therapy techniques can be applied to help you. 

You might have heard that deep tissue massage is painful and thought that it’s just not for you. Some deep tissue techniques can leave you feeling a bit sore for a few days but there are alternatives. Cupping can achieve the same results without pain. Modern cupping techniques don’t even leave the tell-tale red rings of the traditional cup-and-flame method. 

During the course of our lives we often find ourselves with scars. This could be from injury, cesarean or even stretch marks. Some scar tissue results in adhesions that cause pain or restriction in movement. Others, such as stretch marks, leave us with damaged and weakened tissue. There are ways that we can help to soften scar tissue, release adhesions and rebuild damaged tissue. 

Introducing a new baby to your household can be stressful for everyone. I work with families to help settle babies and improve parents’ confidence (mum and dad) through teaching massage therapy specifically designed for babies. 

I look forward to working with you to help you achieve your goals for a more active, less stressful and pain free lifestyle.


Do you know what we do?

Even after treating people for quite some time I am amazed to learn sometimes that many do not know all the services that we offer.

Yes we are The Centre of Wellbeing in Knoxfield.
Yes we have been in our current location for nearly 10 years.
Yes I (Rob) have been massaging since 2000.

But what else do we do and who else works along side of us to make The Centre of Wellbeing what it is today?

In order to address this we are going to do a series of blog posting to introduce the different staff members and review the other services that we currently offer.

The many incarnations of women and how massage can improve your quality of life.

The many stages of womenhood
Women through life’s stages

Women are unique and special in that we transform many times in our lives.

  • We are young women.
  • We are driven, career women.
  • We become pregnant and experience huge physical and emotional changes.
  • As new mothers we change again.
  • We raise a family which gives us new physical and emotional challenges.
  • The kids leave home and we enter menopause. WOW!

Each of these stages of our lives presents us with physical and emotional changes and challenges. I consider myself to be in the unusual position of being able to relate to women in these various phases and I want to educate women as to how massage can help improve your quality of life.

Why do I think I can relate to you?

Before I had kids I was a career woman, working up to 70 hours a week. It’s exhausting and stressful. Massage can release the tension that builds up in your muscles from sitting at the computer for far too many hours each day and reduce your stress levels.

My transition to motherhood was swift and rocky. My kids were known as the menopause babies. I had a pre-term baby, had no experience of babies, could not relate to my baby and had only 11 weeks to get used to the fact that I was going to be a mother.

My kids are only 4 and 5 so this is still quite fresh and a bit raw. Given my experience I feel like I can really help new mums and their babies through teaching baby massage. It settles babies, improves mums’ confidence and a huge range of researched benefits for mother and baby.

Now that I have a young family to raise I am learning how difficult it is to fit everything in to your day. It’s a physically and emotionally demanding job. You are constantly doing things for someone else and neglecting YOU. Your muscles ache from carrying school bags, kids and shopping. You have to remember everything. Massage will ease the muscle pain and release ‘feel good’ hormones to reduce stress.
I had entered the early stages of menopause before my kids were born. 4 years later, it’s really starting to ramp up. My joints ache. I take an ice pack to bed every night and I don’t sleep well.

For many women, it can also be a time of rediscovering and reinventing yourself. After 20+ years of dedicated service to your family, they have gone. Maybe you were a head-turning young woman who now feels a bit invisible.

7 Dwarfs of Menopause
7 Dwarfs of Menopause

It’s a time of emotional and physical change and turmoil. Again, regular massage has proven benefits in improving your quality of life through the release of hormones to help you feel more ‘balanced’. Hormones also improve your mood. Massage will also help move fluid through your body and reduce puffiness and fluid build up in joints.

As we age, the fluid builds up in our joints aggravates arthritis and, as we become less active, we need to stimulate our muscles so we can continue to enjoy our passions in life.

My name is Jillian and I am a Remedial Massage Therapist at The Centre of Wellbeing. I specialise in Mother and Baby massage therapy for all of the stages of motherhood.

If you’re interested in any of these aspects of how massage can help you, come and have a chat to me or, better still, make an appointment for a massage.

book now on line or call 03 9763 0033

Dubious about the need to detox?

How about a 2 visit detox program!

Skull and Cross BonesThe number and concentration of toxins we are exposed to everyday has exploded exponentially over the last 2-4 generations, however, our bodies detoxification processes have hardly evolved at all and struggles to keep up with this increased demand on our system. This puts a massive burden on our liver (which needs to process these substances so they can be safely removed) as well as our kidneys, digestive system, lungs and skin (which are responsible for then removing these toxic substances from the body). This body burden of toxins leaves us feeling flat, fatigued and unwell and accelerates disease progression.

Recently, the discovery of a very common gene mutation (MTHFR) has thrown even more fuel on the fire of our toxic load. People with this gene mutation have reduced:

  • Function of their detoxification processes
  • Clearance of homocysteine (potentially increasing cardiovascular disease risks)
  • Production of neurotransmitters (important for mood and brain function)
  • Clearance of excess hormones which leads to:
    • fertility issues
    • thyroid dysfunction and weight gain
    • PMS symptoms
    • possible increased risk of many types of cancers.

Just some of the conditions this gene defect can contribute to include:

  • Diabetes
  • Neural tube defects
  • Autism
  • Parkinson’s
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Allergies
  • Thyroid dysfunction

The big clincher is that the degree to which this gene mutation is expressed is influenced by: our toxin load, inflammation in the body, stress and the lower nutrient intake. These variables then compound the problem even further.

The great news is that there are so many ways we can naturally reduce our toxin load, increase the ability of the body to detoxify, assist removal of these substances from the body and help turn down these genes.

The program consists of:

  • 2 visits ($66 a visit, plus supplements if required)
  • Questionnaires to assess more precisely your toxic load, your sources of toxicity and your body’s current capacity to detoxify (Sent prior to appt via email)
  • Iridology session
  • Case taking to ascertain your toxin load sources, health issues related to toxicity or potentially hindering your detoxification processes, and to determine the best treatment direction for you
  • Full support throughout the 4 weeks to keep you on track and address any issues
  • Testing can be arranged if desired, optional
    • MTHFR gene test-once only -cost $50, via Clinical Labs.
    • Homocysteine blood test
    • Vitamin B12

Rebecca Stevens is the Naturopath at The Centre of Wellbeing. If you would like a consultation with Rebecca please call 03 9763 0033 or book on line.

Bonus packages for Healthy Living.

Looking for incredible value for you allied health treatments?

The cost of getting treatment should not put you off getting that assistance that you need. You may be a busy mum, a tradie, long distance commuter or a local executive.

You all need your body to be feeling its best so that you can maintain your peak performance levels.

To assist with the cost of treatment we have several great value packages available for you. Pay for 5 and get 6, extra extra value pay for 10 and get 13.

Also as an added bonus buy any package before June 30 and you will receive a bonus extensive healthy living, health check from our Naturopath.

Call for more information or to purchase your healthy living bonus package.

03 9763 0033.

5 Stress busting tips for Women.

We all lead such busy lives.

Here are a few simple ideas that can help to relieve the stress of everyday life:

  1. Acknowledging first that you are tired and overwhelmed and admitting that truly, sometimes your kids really are the last people you want to see after a long hard day at work! Just giving yourself permission to feel these things without feeling ‘guilty’ for it is the first step. It is a big thing to admit this is how you are actually feeling outside of other people constantly telling you that you appear stressed and tired – then you can take steps to seek assistance and do something about it.
  2. Take a high strength B- Complex vitamin supplement and also a magnesium supplement that has been optimised for absorption and utilisation. Your nervous system and adrenal glands (which produce stress coping hormones – adrenaline and cortisol) require b vitamins and magnesium to regulate function. When we are undergoing regular bursts of stress over a long period of time our nervous system and adrenal hormones become quite depleted, leading to exhaustion and burn out. Giving your nervous system the ‘fuel’ it runs on helps it to perform better and prevents you feeling ‘frazzled’ and irritated. Coping better during stressful times helps you to think clearer and be more resourceful under pressure. This can assist you from getting to the stage where you will just ‘eat anything within one foot of you’ and can also help you sleep better at night.
  3. Epsom Salt Baths – create a weekly ritual for yourself when you lock the bathroom door, light some candles and just let your tension melt away. Epsom salts are high in magnesium – 2 cups to one full bath of water is excellent for absorbing magnesium into your tissues and flushing away tension-causing calcium salts and toxic by products from over active stress hormones from your tired, tense muscles.
  4.  Exercise – there is no doubt that regular exercise is just about the best thing you can do to lower cortisol levels and boost your endorphins – or the hormones that make you feel connected, calm and happy. Take the dog for a walk, have a rumble with the kids on the lawn, go for a run around the local park with a soccer ball, and plan other family-time activities around being physically active.
  5. Regular remedial massage – did you know that one hour of massage produces the same brainwave patterns otherwise associated with deep REM sleep? If you are waking regularly due to young children or just tossing and turning at night because you are feeling anxious or ‘wired’, regular massage can help to create a space for you to wind down and feel regenerated and refreshed.

This article was prepared by Dr. Rogan Smith. Rogan is the family chiropractor at The Centre of Wellbeing. The centre has a range of services and practitioners that can assist you in reducing the stress levels in your body.

The centre has a free no obligation assessment across a range of services to assess your particular needs.

Would you like to know me, Call us on 03 9763 0033 to discuss your particular.

What is Counselling?

Many people will, at some point in their lives, find themselves in the role of a counsellor without having a true understanding of the concept of counselling or what the role of the professional counsellor entails.

There is a big difference between a professional counsellor and a person who uses some counselling skills as part of their role, for example their role as a friend or colleague. A professional counsellor is a highly trained individual who is able to use a different range of counselling approaches with their clients.

To learn more about counselling and the counselling services that we offer at The Centre of Wellbeing please visit

Road sign for help and support
Road sign for help and support

What your child needs you to know

Why do we teach crossing midline exercises as part of our baby massage course?

Baby crossing the midline exercise

Teaching the two halves of the brain to work together to complete complex movements like crawling has tremendous benefits in brain development, cognitive development, physical development and the maturation of the nervous system.

While the benefits of these activities start as newborn babies, your child will continue to reap the rewards throughout their growth and development.

As babies, they will begin to identify the parameters of their own body which will progress to crawling. A study of school aged children with reading difficulties showed that all of the children studied had not crawled in the traditional way as babies. Crawling and crossing midline activities became part of their therapy.

As with all techniques taught in our baby massage classes, crossing midline is an activity that begins in infancy and is adapted as the child grows and the benefits develop with your child.

If you and some friends would like a specialist Infant Massage Therapist to run classes for your group contact Centre of Wellbeing 9763 0033 to arrange a time.