Ask our Health Experts
Q. I’m looking for an indulgent full body treatment I can do at home. Can you help?
with Shayna Hunter
All you need is:
• A bathtub
• Shower mitts or body brush
• 1 can of full fat coconut cream
• 1/2 cup magnesium salts
• A glass of wine
• Soft music
• Lights off
(If you have kids, lock on door!)
Fill your bathtub with warm water, then pour in the coconut cream and magnesium salts. Let them dissolve while you are filling your wine glass and choosing your music. Light your candles, turn off the lights and lock the door.
Start with a vigorous dry body brush with brush or mitts only, this will prepare the skin for your treatment by removing any dry skin cells. Step into the warm bath tub, sit down, lay back and be sure to immerse your hair (it’s also a beautiful treatment for hair).
The magnesium salt takes about 20 minutes to take hold before your muscles completely melt, the coconut cream will hydrate and soften your skin leaving it supple and smooth and the warm water will calm you as you inhale the soft coconut scent and exhale.
You will not need to moisturise afterwards, you will smell amazing and have a very restful night’s sleep, it’s the perfect weekly home indulgence.
My Little Beauty, Coolum
Phone: 5446 4411
Q. What is Dyslexia and is there a treatment for it?
with Clinician Tracey Heslop
Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that affects visual processing, auditory memory and processing speed which impacts on literacy development, mathematics, memory, organisation and sequencing skills. Additional difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor coordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation.
Dyslexia occurs across a range of intellectual ability and at least 10 per cent of the population has some form of it.
A safe successful medically-based treatment was developed in Moss Vale New South Wales after decades of work and research in the field by Orthoptist Alison Lawson. Orthoptists work with the eye and the brain and Alison noticed a commonality among people presenting with the symptoms of Dyslexia – they had a moving focal point in one eye and subsequent suppression (the brain’s response to this anomaly) over the visual cortex part of the brain.
In short, the suppression acts like a thick fog that hinders the processing of their learning, jumbling their words and letters. It takes a lot of energy and effort to push through to learn what those without it find easy.
During subsequent treatment, the moving focal point is remedied first, then the suppression is removed. The brain is then retrained to process the visual correctly and the use of the visual memory is developed. Remedial work is also provided to catch up on missed learning.
The result: reading, processing of learning and concentration will all be easier.