7 Tips to Support Mothers After the Birth of their Baby

In many cultures, post-partum care is considered a normal and essential part of care for a new family, in particular, for the new mother. Here in Australia though, there is a very different focus – we invest a lot of energy and time into falling pregnant and giving birth to a healthy baby and then once the baby is born, the mother and her new family are on their own with a new little creature on their hands, a new dynamic in their relationship, seriously disrupted sleep and a barrage of family and friends who want to visit. The post-partum time is arguably the most challenging times in one’s life, yet for many of us, we forget to seek help at this time. The good news is that there is so much that can be done to help the mother’s body get back on track and support her and her family through this crazy time.

Let’s have a look at a few common ailments for new mothers and how we can support them with natural remedies:

  1. Keep taking your pregnancy multivitamin – your body has just given its all to your infant and is going to continue to whilst you are feeding her. Take your multivitamin throughout breastfeeding and don’t forget to start taking it again 3 months prior to trying to have another baby (if you can even think about that yet!)
  2. Eat lots of highly nutritious (loads of vegetables and organic meat if you eat meat) cooked foods including bone broths. You will need to build your iron stores back up – so good quality red meat and dark green leafy vegetables will help here. Bone broths are a great source of collagen and gelatine which provide the building blocks for connective tissue – this will help your body to rebuild after the marathon of delivery, support breast milk production, and repair of any loose ligaments or diastasis of the rectus abdominus muscle. Cooked food is easiest to digest and considered warming and nourishing from a Chinese Medicine perspective. For best results try and get someone else to cook for you!
  3. Support your adrenal glands – Your adrenals control your stress response and sleep-wake cycles. The stress of parenting, combined with a lack of sleep takes a huge toll on your adrenal glands.  You can mitigate this toll by supporting your adrenal glands with herbs such as Rhodiola and Withania as well as nutrients like vitamin C and magnesium.
  4. Support your immune system with probiotics and Echinacea – getting sick when you are breastfeeding and parenting is less than ideal and adds to the difficulty of the already difficult task. We suggest that you take a good quality probiotic (ask your naturopath) as well as some Echinacea (high quality is also essential here) will help to support both you and your babies immune systems and help to reduce the risk of mastitis (if mastitis does occur, please contact your naturopath – it can be dealt with naturally with the right remedies).  
  5. Get your iron levels checked with your GP – ideally, you will have been supplementing your iron throughout pregnancy. If you haven’t that’s OK – when you see your GP, ask her to test your iron levels and iron stores (ferritin). Talk to your naturopath about ideal levels and supplement with a non-constipating form of iron if needed. Low iron will make you feel tired, cold, give you brain fog and lower your immunity, so getting your stores back up can be a real game-changer for new mums.
  6. Deal with any structural issues for yourself or baby as soon as possible – see your chiropractor or osteopath if you are experiencing skeletal issues and take baby along to a practitioner who specialises in infant care to deal with issues such as tongue-tie, breastfeeding issues or to rebalance after a difficult birth (for both of you). Do your pelvic floor and diastasis exercises! The sooner your body is back to being strong again, the sooner you can get out and enjoy some of the activities you have been missing out on during pregnancy (like dancing, running or sneezing in public!) 
  7. If you are having any more specific issues such as depression, thrush, urinary tract infections, vaginal dryness, mastitis, sugar cravings, poor milk supply, insomnia or any issues with your babies health, please book in to see your naturopath as soon as possible – there is no need to go through this difficult time without support.

To make an appointment with a naturopath at Brisbane Natural Health, call us on 07 3106 8790 or click here to book online now.

Rebecca Brewster – Hypnotherapist

Rebecca Brewster is a registered Counsellor and Hypnotherapist practicing strategic psychotherapy and clinical hypnosis.

Rebecca is passionate about working with clients to break down emotional and subconscious barriers that hold them back from reaching their fullest potential. Through hypnosis and psychotherapy she can uncover and change unhealthy beliefs, which in turn affects behavior and ultimately how confident and content you feel day to day.

Rebecca has lived and worked across three states and travelled extensively in Australia and overseas. After enjoying a successful career as a Public Relations Consultant, Rebecca undertook postgraduate study, specialising in counselling and clinical hypnosis. Over the years, Rebecca has taken her love of people’s stories, and the privilege of listening to the material that makes up the fabric of their lives, to a deeper level in an effective and exciting therapeutic practice.

Having Strategic Psychotherapy with Clinical Hypnosis expertise means Rebecca can work with you to effectively access what is going on for you – both on a conscious and an unconscious level. This enables positive change to be fast-tracked, which works well for both short and long-term outcomes.

Rebecca’s therapeutic framework emphasises optimism, hope, and future goals. Using positive psychology and hypnosis, Rebecca helps people identify both the “gaps” in their lives and the resources that people already have that can be drawn upon to fill them. This collaborative approach can shift thoughts, mood and behavior towards a place where goals can readily be identified and realised.

Whether your issues are changing the negative thoughts that have stopped you from reaching your goals, dealing with unwanted habits, or tackling emotional and relationship challenges, Rebecca can devise strategic treatment plans especially for you.

Read more about how hypnotherapy works here. 

Rebecca works gently and cooperatively with people needing help with anxiety, depression, stress management, addiction, pain relief, sleep issues, grief and loss, career advancement, life transitions, low self-esteem and healthier relationships.

Rebecca’s Qualifications

  • BA Grad Dip Couns.
  • Masters Counselling & Psychotherapy (currently completing)
  • Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance
  • ACT MINDFULLY: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Training
  • Dr. Yapko’s 100-hour Strategic Psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnosis Training

Call us on 07 3367 0337 to book a hypnotherapy appointment with Rebecca now.


The recipe to living a life you love.

Do you live a life you love? I mean really stop and think about it – are you completely happy and loving your life? Are you happy in your relationships, your job, where you live? Do you do things regularly that make your heart sing? Of course, we all aspire to live a life that we love, but it is all too easy to get caught up in the day to day, leading a less than ideal or mediocre life. This mean you might remain in a relationship or job that doesn’t light you up for longer than you should. Or it could mean that you haven’t cultivated enough self love to truly be happy day to day.

People who live a life they love eat well, workout regularly (because they want to), have strong relationships (including with themselves), enjoy their work and are happy most of the time. They get a lot of joy from life and look forward to the start of each day. They refuse to put up with a beige existence, knowing that life has a bounty to offer them if they find out where to look. We each have the ability to have this – it’s just a matter of peeling back the layers and giving your body, mind and soul what it needs to enhance your life.

After working with over 5000 people, we know that there is a recipe to having a life that you love. it includes the following.

1. Achieving excellent, vibrant health

Good health is the foundation to living a life that you love. When we have physical symptoms it causes pain, discomfort, worry and concern that can strip the joy from our day to day lives. It can stop you from behaving how you normally would, preventing you from doing what you love. It can even colour the way that you perceive the world through negative emotions, as you’ll see in the next section. Achieving excellent health is about eating the right foods, moving your body and healing disease with natural medicines, if possible. It’s also about mindset, as you’ll see in the steps following.

2. Working through emotional toxicity

People who live a life they love have been able to identify and release emotional toxicity that holds them back. This might be working through anxiety, depression or low self esteem by identifying the underlying subconscious causes and triggers. It might be identifying what emotions you have attached to and dis-ease in the body, and where it first started so that you can clear it. Your thought patterns and emotional state are a huge determinant of how you’re feeling and also what behaviour that you present. We all have some emotional toxicity to varying degrees and once you can identify this and work though it your life will be so much better.

We need to identify and release emotional toxicity in order to reach our full potential.

3. Cultivating gratitude and positivity

This step comes more easily once you have mastered the former, but it’s something that you can begin to work on right away. Studies (and ancient spiritual teachings) show that cultivating gratitude makes you happier and more content with life. This can be a simple as consciously and sincerely thanking people more often or keeping a daily gratitude journal. We also need to practice mindfulness – this is observing our thoughts so we can actively try to change them. We are taught to be inherently negative – especially towards ourself. Listen to your self talk – you’ll soon find that you would never speak to someone that way that you speak to yourself. Catch yourself and consciously try to think more positive. This might require more work on step 2 if you find it challenging.

4. Addressing your spirituality

No matter what you religious denomination or what your spiritual beliefs are, once thing for certain is that we are more than our physical bodies. We know from research that people that have a strong spiritual belief in something outside of themselves are happier and more content. Spirituality doesn’t need to be about praying to a certain god or figure, most importantly it is about reconnecting to your own spirit or soul. Doing this can give you your own sense of purpose, help to ground you and make you more comfortable in your own skin. To help nurture your spiritual self we recommend meditation and exploring this side of yourself with a spiritual/energetic healer that can help you to identify if there is anything that can be blocking your growth in this area.


We are complex beings with many layers of physical, emotional and spiritual blocks that can stop up from reaching our full potential and living a life that we love. It is through the exploration of these layers and removal of blocks that we grow and advance as human beings, so that we can truly experience life for all that it has to offer.

At Brisbane Natural Health we are passionate about helping people live a life that they love. We’ve developed memberships to specifically address all 4 of these areas and help you to not only feel better but to truly improve your quality of life. Call us on 07 3367 0337 to ask about how we can help you. 

Emotional toxicity, anger and your liver.

If you dwell on your issues, the associated emotions can make you sick. Your body psychology has a physical function that translates to a consciousness function that will give you clues about how you are managing life at a particular time, or habits you are forming that begin a cycle of action and reaction.

For example, your liver synthesises essential hormones and mediators and manages reserves on the physical level, whereas psychologically it governs our ability to process our life and synthesise wisdom from experience, organise our lives and make plans. It’s virtually the same function but on a different level. It governs our strength and muscle tone to protect us and generates anger to alert us of invasions of our boundaries.

Let’s look at anger for example. Anger in the positive form generates movement or change away from something that is not good for us. Anger rises, moving up through the body. If you want to express it in a healthy way you need to be active especially movement of the upper body and arms to release the emotion. Things like gardening, going to batting cages, golf, dancing or going to boxing classes can really help.

Upper body movements like dancing, boxing and golf help to release pent-up anger from the body.

If you don’t express and release the emotion it will need to be stored. Emotions not expressed usually sit in the diaphragm before being moved to a storage location within the body. The gall bladder is located next to the liver and stores bile made in the liver to be released when needed to facilitate digestion. It gives us the energy to digest life and get things done, or to put a plan that began in the liver into action and it determines our ability to make decisions. It regulates strength and flexibility of our tendons so we can work in a flexible way. It gives us the courage to keep moving on our path. When our anger is not expressed in a healthy way it becomes pathological. If it is not expressed at all it moves into the gall bladder and becomes bitterness and resentment.

This close relationship of the liver and gall bladder is just one example of the connections between all of the body organs, endocrine glands and parts with our emotional states.

Your body, mind, and spirit are integral parts of the one thing, we are multidimensional. Our physical bodies are built to create emotions, they are an integral part of the human experience, so allowing yourself to feel the emotions in that moment of time and then letting them go will allow for a much healthier experience.

How to let your emotions go

Releasing emotions so that they are not stored in your body involves two steps – first you need to have awareness about your body and be constantly observing your thoughts and emotions. Without this conscious recognition, our emotions come and go without notice and are easily stored in the body, which can create dis-ease. Next, we need to have some tools to release them. Moving your body is a great way, as mentioned above but it can also help to have a Holographic Kinetics healing session to help to shift the emotions. This kind of emotional release is a powerful way to shed any emotions that don’t serve you so that you can live your life to your fullest potential.

Other therapies like hypnotherapy, life line technique and kinesiology can also help to move emotional congestion. Every person benefits from having these types of therapies now and then to remove any layers of emotional stagnation that can be affecting your physiology and your life.

Want to release some emotional toxicity? Make a Holographic Kinetics or Hypnotherapy appointment by calling 07 3367 0337 now. 

Cycles Of Similarity… Repeating Patterns

Do you notice that in certain situations you have a given reaction that you just can’t change?

Some people will do anything to avoid conflict, even allowing their own feelings or rights to be quashed or ignored in order to avoid upsetting the apple cart. Many people notice they attract the same types of relationships and can’t work out why. Others seem to sabotage their own actions or desires for change, working really hard towards a goal and then throwing it away by an action or inaction, often knowingly or for no apparent reason and then having to start again. Emotional eating is a pattern of destructive behaviour also known as self-sabotage, especially for someone trying to lose weight or improve their health and fitness. Other times similar things keep occurring that seem to be unrelated but when viewed together are the same. Things like a series of car accidents or something where the outcome is the same but the mode of delivery may differ.

Sometimes we can’t figure out why it is that we do what we do, but we need to look deeper.

All of these are examples of what is called cycles of similarity. To understand this a bit more it helps to know about time.

Actions and reactions affect us like a pendulum we swing from action to reaction and once this is set into play it keeps swinging. How does that look? A partner makes a comment about something we are working on. We react emotionally in that moment of time. Action-Reaction. Picture this pendulum, swinging from left to right. It is stuck in time, meaning it has build up this momentum of swinging therefore, it cannot change direction of its own accord, the pattern is set. A reaction is still a reaction even if we don’t outwardly express it and even if we think about it later and decide to let it go, because later is a different moment in time.

Time is not linear as we tend to perceive it. It helps us in our day-to-day lives to see it that way so that we organise ourselves to meet deadlines and stick to our routines but time is actually cyclic. We have a past, a present and a future that moves from beginning to end like a circle but in a spiral, kind of like a slinky stretched out.

A reaction takes place at one point in time and locked in there and then as time loops back around going past this same spot the same thing repeats again at that point.

You can even complicate matters by having a spattering of emotions attached to this reaction, which then spurn their own moments in time linked to similar issues where you felt the same emotion! Multiply that out time after time and you can start creating some issues in the long term.

If we don’t deal with past emotions, they can present themselves in your life over and over.

It is not impossible to fix though and because time loops giving these cycles of similarity then you can trace the effects on the person in present day back to an original cause.

Why can’t we just work on the issue in the present day, why is looking at the past important?

Visualise a lovely garden with a hose turned on watering the garden.

If you come back to the garden after a time to find the garden flooded and you begin to fix up the plants and empty out some pockets of water here and there and add some more soil, it will look nice for a little bit and then it will become flooded again. You need to turn off the tap so the hose stops flooding the garden. The tap is the source of the problem, the original cause of the effect. The flooded garden is the effect. By only treating the affected parts you will only have so much success until the next time the issue creeps back in.

Once you deal with the original cause you can then go back to the garden and tidy it up the effect more efficiently.

This is a really good way to look at why emotional wellness is a key aspect of any type of healing journey.

Posted by Makensi Caldwell. Makensi is an energetic healer and Holographic Kinetics practitioner. She specialises in helping people to prevent cycles of similarity due to past problems and is an emotional wellness specialist. 

Call us on 07 3367 0337 if you’d like to make an appointment with Makensi or anyone on our emotional wellness team.

Brisbane Meditation Classes

Join us for a relaxing session that will nurture your mind, body and spirit.

Our meditation/relaxation classes are designed to help you de-stress and unwind. Hosted by our emotional wellness and stress management experts Jan Sky and Makensi Caldwell – these sessions allow you to find a moment of peace in your busy life.

Meditation/Relaxation Class Schedule

Monday – Express Relaxation Class

12noon – 12.30pm

Thursday – Post Work Wind Down

6.15pm – 7.00pm

Friday – Express Relaxation Class

12.00noon – 12.30pm

Bookings are essential – call us on 07 3367 0337 or book online through mindbody connect (available at the App store and Google play).


Class Fees

Express – $12

Post Work Wind Down – $15

Free for Total Health Reboot Members.

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Are you a highly sensitive person?

We all have our gifts and we all have our challenges – often they are one and the same thing.

Some of us are exceptionally good at creating beauty – whether that is a beautiful experience or a thing of beauty. These people are great visionaries, they know exactly what they want to create; they know all the details that need to come together to create that vision. They can sometimes be referred to as ‘Control Freaks’ as they can have trouble delegating or even allowing others to help. They can be very sensitive to criticism, not that they can’t handle it, but rather that they are already very self-critical. In fact they are often perfectionists and never really satisfied with their own efforts. So they are already providing all the criticism and when someone else notices that something is not perfect, it hurts!

Part of this ability to create beauty is a sensitivity and as is always the case in Chinese Medicine, the sensitivity applies to all dimensions of life. So these people, as well as being sensitive to the details and how things come together to create beauty, are also energetically sensitive. They may be particularly sensitive to foods or toxins or pharmaceuticals. They may pick up on someone else’s feelings and be driven to wanting to make that person feel better. They may be sensitive to energy of spaces. They may also be sensitive to energies from other realms.

Now these are ALL extraordinary gifts but if that energy is overwhelming – if the lines become blurred between what is their own energetic stuff and what is not theirs – then this can feel like anything BUT a gift!!!

The wisdom from Chinese Medicine allows us to see that the strengths of this sensitivity are also its challenges. Just to know this alone can help and then to focus on the light of this quality rather than the shadow.

A balanced life

As in Chinese Medicine, sensitivity applies to all dimensions of life.

If this sounds like you and you sometimes feel overwhelmed by your sensitivity, there are a few things you can do. The aim of the game is to befriend your sensitivity. You can’t hate something away, but you can LOVE it into balance.

RITUAL 1

One thing to try is simply expanding and contracting your energy. After all, you, more than any of us, know that we do not end with our skin! Imagine you are standing in a large hall and at the other end of the hall is someone you love. Someone who makes you feel safe. Take a deep breath and close your eyes. Create that image in your minds eye; then expand your energy out to reach that person that you love. It is safe for your energy to connect with theirs. Enjoy that feeling – soak up that feeling.

Then do the opposite and imagine someone you dislike at the other end of the hall. Contract your energy, bring it in close around you; to protect you; set that boundary; don’t allow your energy to connect with that other person.

As you play with this concept you get better and better at either allowing your energy to mix or protecting your energy. It’s just like a muscle at the g – the more you use it the stronger and more flexible it becomes.

RITUAL 2

Here is another simple ritual you may like – to define and protect your boundaries and to stop negative energies from invading your space.

When you wake up in the morning and stand up feet on the ground and stretch both arms out in front of you, like you are pushing something away and affirm to the world I can see you better over there’. Then pushing each arm out to your sides in the same way, say out loud, I will not get caught between a rock and a hard place’.

Say it and mean it!!

Then pushing both hands down to the ground, I hold down the rising tide’.

Pushing both hands up from your shoulders to the sky, I release the weight of the world from my shoulders’.

And finally, tell the universe to get off your back!

You have covered the energy around you in all six directions and created the physical, emotional and energetic space you need. A simple time efficient ritual that is based on prevention is easier than a cure.

There are lots of ways to ground your energy; these are just two simple options. It’s important to ensure your subconscious mind is supportive of your healthy energetic boundaries. PSYCH-K and hypnotherapy are powerful ways to connect to your subconscious and update the software that runs your mind. Remember your sensitivity is a beautiful part of who you are.

Liz Champtaloup – Holistic Hypnotherapist, Advanced PSYCH-K Facilitator, EFT Practitioner, Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy