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 .



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.

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

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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.

Reflexology. What do you know?

Centre of Wellbeing ReflexologyHave you heard of Reflexology?

Did you know that one human foot contains seven thousand nerve endings, twenty six bones, one hundred and seven ligaments and nineteen muscles? I find that amazing! That makes the foot truly vital. This is where reflexology comes in. Also known as zone therapy, reflexology has been known to heal and relax many people bringing the body into balance and a sense of wellness. Many people in Western society either have never heard of reflexology or are not quite sure what it is. Those who have used this practice love it or have friends that are skeptical about it. Skepticism however usually comes from having a closed mind or not actually knowing enough about the item in question in the first place. What one can be skeptical of is any reflexologist who has no formal or recognized accreditation.

That is why in this article I want to introduce you to and explain to you this amazing ancient healing practice that is a noninvasive and pleasant way to treat almost any health condition. On top of that, I would like to also explain to you how reflexology can actually prevent many health conditions from precipitating in the first place. Reflexology is the practice of working on the pressure points on the hands, feet or even ears. It is sort of like a foot or hand massage, most often however performed on the feet. The big difference is that when the pressure points are activated there may be slight to moderate pain involved if there is a weakness or problem in that area. It is just now that we are in a new era of consciousness, and thus understanding the true potential of the human mind and how energy plays a role in all that, including health and disease.

Reflexology is a well respected and governed body. All reflexologists must be formally trained and certified.

The success of this healing really depends on how open the patient is to receiving it and the quality of the reflexologist performing it.

Shirley Annells is a qualified Diploma level Reflexologist practicing at the Centre of Wellbeing.

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Improve a lot with just a little.


Improve a lot with just a little.

You are sitting at your desk and working away. It has been a long day you think to your self, you sigh out loud, nobody hears or comments, or do they even care.

Well you do.

Sedentary work patterns will kill productivity especially in the latter part of the day. Many of us will do a big stretch, yawn, make a big (quiet noise), scratch and then settle back down and carry on feeling like we have done something positive.  This small activity actually feels refreshing.


This small activity has just brought more oxygen into your lungs, inturn more oxygen to the brain all this equals clearer thinking, well for a little while until you wind down and do it again.

Sedentary work patterns also have other knock on effects to the body, you can feel lethargic, you may slump in the chair creating postural issues, which can lead to pain, headaches and feelings of ill ease. In the long term this may lead to you wanting to take more sickies and just not be on the top of your game.

What can you do about it?

Quite a bit and it is very simple. Just because you are at work does not mean that you cannot do a little something to improve your general wellbeing. It is said, “30 minutes incremental exercise 3 times a week can make a difference”. This means, raise you heart rate a little for 30 minutes over a day. Not all at once. But over the course of your day.

This will improve the blood flow to all parts of your body. Your muscles, brain and organs will all thank you for it. You will feel better, more alert, be able to concentrate better, in short be more productive.

How do I do it?

The simplest thing to do is to get out of the chair and “stretch your legs”. Don’t wait for the doldrums to set in before you get some movement  into you.

  • Whilst you are waiting at the photocopier or printer do some Standing Calf Raises to get the blood flowing in your lower legs.
  • Hold on the desk and do some squats, they do not have to be gym style, just bend at the knees and lower yourself down to the 45 to start with.
  • Reach for the ceiling to expand your chest and force your breath out as you bring your arms down.
  • Use you imagination. (Stapler for bicep curls and so on).

Things that you do naturally can also be great exercise, and if you enjoy what you are doing then it can become a great habit.

You will feel better.



Rob Melville is a Remedial and Sports Massage Therapist. He has been treating and improving the lives of clients since 2000. Rob is the owner and operator of The Centre of Wellbeing in Knoxfield. Rob can be contacted on or