Former PM Malcolm Turnbull claims he can do 100 push ups at Elite Spinal Physio & Pilates launch

During the Elite Spinal Physiotherapy and Pilates launch event, Former PM Malcolm Turnbull gave a warm welcome to the crowd sharing the story of his own back surgery and how Brigitte Seelin and Elisha Renton, Physiotherapists and Co-Funders of Elite Spinal Physiotherapy and Pilates helped him through his recovery. He even went on to claim that he can do 100 push ups!

“I think the other great thing that you do is not just the exercises that you instruct your patients in, it’s also the way in which you are both so highly trained that you know so much about how the body works and how the back works that you’re able to give me a much better understanding of what is essentially a bit of flesh and blood and bone and machinery – which is our bodies. Getting a better understanding of how that works and keeping it moving, effective, efficient and strong. “

Elite Spinal Physiotherapy and Pilates is Sydney’s premiere spine and headache treatment centre. The clinic has recently been expanded and undergone a full refurbishment. The brand new clinic provides client-focused care, with state of the art hands on spinal treatment and tailored Physiotherapist led clinical Pilates sessions.

The new clinic in Bondi Junction is a tranquil oasis where clients can enjoy relaxing Physiotherapy treatments and clinical Pilates sessions. Boasting a modern interior with soft finishes, clients can truly unwind when they arrive. The founders sought out the award winning Architect Tom Mark Henry to create a beautiful space that functions as a Physiotherapy and Pilates clinic but feels like a exclusive health resort.

All practitioners have a particular interest in back pain physiotherapy. Providing a targeted approach to treatment followed by a rehabilitation program aimed at restoring your body and spine back to optimal function. It is a one-stop shop where you can receive second to none hands on treatments and then be set up with a tailored exercise program, which you can access via their app wherever you are. Elite Spinal works closely with many of Sydney’s top Neurosurgeons, Sports Physicians, Pain Specialists and GP’s.  In fact they also have an in house Pain Specialist and Clinical Psychologist.

Elisha Renton, Co-Founder commented: “After struggling with my own neck and pelvis issues following a car accident, I realised there was a real need for a clinic that focuses solely on the spine. The spine is such a fascinating and complicated part of the body. Unfortunately that means that many different things can go wrong with it. People can suffer from an array of different issues. These all need to be treated very differently. Our aim was to create a clinic where our staff were highly experienced in this area so our clients could achieve the best possible outcomes.”

Co-Founder, Brigitte Seelin added: “It has been quite the journey for Elisha and I since establishing Elite Spinal Physiotherapy and Pilates in 2013. It has been a privilege to be able to help so many of our clients who suffer from complex and chronic spinal conditions. We are passionate about not only treating our patients with a hands-on approach but also empowering them to help themselves through tailored exercise, strength and flexibility programs.”

Elite Spinal has become the industry leaders for clinical Pilates in the Eastern Suburbs with over 50 classes now on the timetable. Using a range of Pilates equipment, Elite’s expert physiotherapists are able to work closely with clients to treat an array of conditions from lower back pain to headaches. They run semi-private clinical Pilates sessions with a maximum of four clients per session or private sessions.

In addition, many of the practitioners within the clinic have taken a special interest in physiotherapy for headaches and completed post-graduate training in the treatment of headaches and migraines. Many local GPs, Specialists and Dentists refer to Elite Spinal for the treatment of migraines and headaches so they are very experienced in this area.

Source: Elite Spinal Physio & Pilates

Shleep is excited to partner with Lane Crawford

World Sleep Day is just around the corner, celebrating healthy sleep and drawing attention to the burden of sleep problems. Shleep have partnered with sleep specialist Olivia Arezzolo to share the importance of sleep.

The first of its kind, the ShleepSkinTM Blanket elevates the covers to a ridiculously, guiltily soft and beautiful place. The only question you’ll have about the luxuriously soft and thick, one-of-a-kind blanket is whether to sleep on or under it.

“Like everyone I worked with, or competed against, I was a victim of the ‘no-sleep cool’ falsehood that made me less insightful, creative and decisive. Everything gets worse without sleep — from our appearance to our energy levels, productivity, mental and physical health and even relationships,” says Indi McCullough, founder of Australian sleep brand Shleep. “Then to improve our sleep many of us lean on prescription pills or just choose to ignore our symptoms, which leads to chronic health conditions.”

A transplant from the US, McCullough found herself in Australia, where she rediscovered wool. “I’d always thought of wool in the context of bulky, scratchy crew-neck sweaters that keep out the cold but mess up your hair in winter! Then I discovered how Australians sleep in wool and decided to launch Shleep.”

Importantly, though, this wasn’t just any wool — McCullough’s revelation was pure Australian merino wool, which is ultra-fine and therefore ultra-smooth and soft. Shleep treats the wool to enhance these attributes even further. “Each fibre is crimped, which results in a woven or knit product that has a natural pillowy loft and breathability,” she says, “The fibre is so fine that it soothes you to sleep faster than cotton or synthetics. It also naturally wicks away perspiration, absorbing up to 35% of its own weight in moisture so your body stays dry, which keeps you in deeper sleep throughout the night. For knits, we add a patented technology that gives extra breathability and thermal and moisture regulation.”

Since introducing wool into her bedroom, McCullough sleeps “like a baby”. But more than that, she says, “I understand the importance of sleep to health and wellbeing.”

Source: Shleep Well

Witchery & OCRF proud to announce Julie Bishop MP as an Ambassador for Witchery White Shirt Campaign

Witchery and the OCRF have announced the Hon Julie Bishop MP as an ambassador for the 2019 White Shirt Campaign.

Serving as Member for Curtin in the House of Representatives since 1998, Ms Bishop was sworn in as Australia’s first female Foreign Minister in 2013 until 2018. She was Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party for 11 years. In February 2019, she announced she would not recontest her seat at the forthcoming federal election.

“Throughout my political career, I sought to be an advocate for women and girls, particularly as Minister for Foreign Affairs and as Minister for Women’s Issues. The stories from researchers and patients involved in the OCRF are deeply moving, and I am honoured to be Ambassador for this important campaign that seeks to find an early detection test and cure for ovarian cancer.”

2019 marks Witchery’s eleventh annual White Shirt Campaign in partnership with the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF). The White Shirt Campaign’s mission is to raise much needed funds to support vital research endeavours to develop an early detection test for ovarian cancer as readily available and habitual as a pap smear or mammogram. For every White Shirt sold, Witchery will donate 100% of the gross proceeds to the OCRF. The collection will be available to shop online and in Witchery stores in Australia and New Zealand from 10th April to 8th May 2019.

Source: OCRF

Kahanda Kanda Introduces an Ayurvedic Menu

Sri Lanka’s Kahanda Kanda has introduced an Ayurvedic menu designed to encourage optimal health from inside out and complement the resort’s new 4-night Wellness Program.

Based on 5000-year-old Ayurvedic philosophies, the menu incorporates the essential elements of sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, astringent and salty in each meal to aid digestion and achieve overall balance.

Dishes such as Sri Lankan Style Pumpkin and Beans Curry; Almonds, Green Bean Salad with Sweet Potatoes, Apple and Egg; and Beetroot and Cumin Soup feature on the menu. Each meal incorporates cooked fruit and vegetables making them easier to metabolize and spice for its various therapeutic qualities.

With hydration key to the Ayurvedic diet each meal is accompanied by a carefully selected herbal tea and juice. Aloe Vera, Gotukola, Pomegranate and Hathawariya (Asparagus Gonoclados) juice are part of the breakfast offering along with Ginger and Lime, Mint and Green, Cinnamon and Apple and Hibiscus and Lemon Grass teas.

The menu forms part of a specially devised 4-night wellness program which expertly mixes daily yoga with targeted massage treatments to allow for total mind and body relaxation and rejuvenation. Hatha yoga sessions are mixed with one-on-one practice with a local expert. Massage treatments range from 30-min head and shoulders to local specialty Rice Bundle Massage designed to stimulate brain cells. Prices start at US $2250* in KK Plantation Villas.

Inclusions and Itinerary for Wellness Package:

Day 1
Welcome – Herbal drink
Evening – 1-Hour Relaxation Massage
Dinner – Ayurvedic Menu

Day 2
Morning – 1-Hour Hatha Yoga Session
Breakfast – Ayurvedic Menu
After breakfast 30-minutes Head & Shoulder Massage
Lunch – Ayurvedic Menu
Evening – Body Scrub
Dinner – Ayurvedic Menu

Day 3
Morning – 1-Hour Hatha Yoga Session
Breakfast – Ayurvedic Menu
After breakfast 1-Hour Rice Herbal Bundle Massage
Lunch – Kahanda Kanda
Evening – Kahanda temple visit with Nadeera
Dinner – Ayurvedic Menu

Day 4
Morning – 1-Hour Hatha Yoga Session
Breakfast – Ayurvedic Menu
After breakfast 1-Hour Spot Therapy for Peripheral Nervous
Lunch – KK Beach
Evening – 30-minutes meditation
Dinner – Ayurvedic Menu

Day 5
Breakfast – Ayurvedic Menu

Source:  Kahanda Kanda

Witchery and the OCRF announce Jessica McNamee as an ambassador for the 2019 White Shirt Campaign

The Witchery White Shirt campaign hinges on the power and importance of vital research needed to ensure that women everywhere, are free from the threat of ovarian cancer. The research endeavours to develop an early detection test for ovarian cancer that is as accessible as a pap smear (for cervical cancer) or a mammogram (for breast cancer).

With no obvious symptoms until the later stages and no early detection test available for the disease, ovarian cancer has a significantly lower survival rate than breast and cervical cancer.

The Witchery White Shirt collection will be available to shop online via and in-store throughout Australia and New Zealand from Thursday 11 April 2019. The OCRF White Shirt Day and World Ovarian Cancer Day is Wednesday 8 May 2019, marking the conclusion of this important Australian campaign.

An amazing line-up of influential women are soon to be announced to join McNamee as ambassadors for the 2019 Witchery White shirt campaign. Previous ambassadors of the campaign include Rose Byrne, Miranda Kerr, Jodi Gordon, Carrie Bickmore, Cheyenne Tozzi, Ksenija Lukich, Samantha Harris and Jessica Rowe.

Sydney-born McNamee rose to fame in Australia playing roles in the Seven Network television programmes Home and Away and Packed to the Rafters. Most recently, McNamee starred as Margaret Court in Battle of the Sexe sand in thriller film The Meg alongside Jason Statham and Ruby Rose.

“I am so proud to be supporting this incredible cause, bringing further awareness to ovarian cancer and the importance of finding an early detection test.”

For every white shirt sold, Witchery will donate 100% of the gross proceeds to the OCRF, which will allow for further vital research needed to ensure that women, everywhere are free from the threat of ovarian cancer. To date, the Witchery White Shirt Campaign has raised over $12.1 million but there is still work to be done.

Source: Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation