April 13, 2012

Serenity Saturday

Posted in brisbane, health, life tagged , , , , , at 12:30 pm by Margi Macdonald

Serenity Saturday

Ease into your weekend with this soothing combination

a neck and shoulder massage


the healing warmth and quietness of Reiki healing


a gentle, revitalizing acupuncture treatment


a single dose of Flower Essences, chosen just for you



To reserve your 90 minutes call Margi Macdonald

+61 040 800 4062

Only by appointment

At Echidna 105 Adamson Street Wooloowin Qld


March 27, 2012

What does stress do to our bodies?

Posted in brisbane, health, life tagged , , , , at 8:34 am by Margi Macdonald

We explore this messy, complex issue here and offer some simple, inexpensive solutions.

Image: © Margi Macdonald

March 20, 2012

How well are you? Really?

Posted in brisbane, health tagged , , , , at 12:30 pm by Margi Macdonald

Take the test.

Cautions and care: This poll is for your awareness and information only. If you have concerns about your health and well-being, please see your family doctor for a check-up. Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture provided by a fully qualified and experienced practitioner is an effective complementary therapy, but it is not an alternative to medical advice.

February 27, 2011


Posted in brisbane, health, life, music tagged , , , , , , , , , at 8:27 am by Margi Macdonald

Forget about your worries and your strife…

No worries, for the rest of your days…


July 20, 2010

Pain is the biggest moral issue in Australia today

Posted in health, life tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:05 am by Margi Macdonald

Professor Michael Cousins, AM, a world authority on pain and its management considers pain is the biggest moral issue in Australia today.

For people living with chronic pain, life becomes so much more than managing pain-relief medication, and ‘getting on with it’, as you can see in the image here.

Ours is not yet a culture which supports people living with persistent pain, a condition which can be severe and disabling, and which affects people physically, personally, and socially.

Last week I was accepted as a member of APMA – Australian Pain Management Association Inc

APMA’s work involves ‘providing practical health information, social, workplace and training support’.

APAM members are people living with pain, their families and friends, and health professionals.

There’s much we can do to help people who are affected by chronic pain.

Why not take a few minutes to explore the APMA

If you know someone who is struggling with pain persisting beyond three months, let them know that pain relief is a basic human right.

July 15, 2010

Distress. De-stress. Stress Down and Dress Down

Posted in brisbane, health, life, love tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:06 am by Margi Macdonald

The effects of stress on our bodies

So you see, it never has been a simple case of “it’s all in your head”.

Go to Lifeline’s Stress Down Day

You’ll discover how you can manage stress, have some fun, and raise money for an organisation which does a great job.

If you’ve realized your health is affected  by stress, you must see your family doctor for a check-up, and then schedule a deeply relaxing acupuncture or Reiki session.

If you’re struggling with insomnia, you might like this.

You can also take the 30 second health check here.

July 7, 2010

How do you feel today?

Posted in health, life tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:50 am by Margi Macdonald

Have you reached a crossroads in your life, and need to take charge of your health? Contact Margi Macdonald today for a gentle conversation.


Cautions and Care: The information provided on this page, and all other pages and posts on this weblog is for your information, and is never an alternative or substitute for medical assessment, diagnosis or treatment. If you have concerns about your health or well-being, or that of a friend or family member, please be sure to visit a medical practitioner.

Image: Abstract Hand Chakra Elena Ray, sourced at BigStock™

Poll content: ©Margi Macdonald

November 21, 2009

Grappling with the night – insomnia and related torments

Posted in brisbane, health, life tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:48 pm by Margi Macdonald

There really is nothing worse than spending wretched nights tangled in the bedclothes, thrashing, watching time tick slowly by, while all around one’s family and neighbours lie sweetly sleeping.

Similarly, nights spent interrupted by graphic, unsettling, incessant or just plain terrifying dreams are no recipe for a refreshed and quietly enlivened mind and body.

Detail from the right ("Hell") panel of Hieronymous Bosch's "The Garden of Earthly Delights" c. 1500

Afterall, such nocturnal torments will have us falling asleep at the wheel, frustratingly unproductive, snippy and snappy, fraught and frazzled.

So what’s going on here?

Quite a bit! If we consider all the information we receive in a day, the thousands of visual and auditory stimuli – many of them pernicious – the way we use our minds, life events and our reactions to them, and what we eat and drink, you can see why difficulty falling and staying asleep can become a problem.

There is an art and science to welcoming sleep into our busy lives, called sleep hygeine by those in the western medical sciences. So as well as counting sheep, you might like to see what works for you here:  Reach Out

Some things to remember:

Daytime – Yang time – is the time for most of our mental and physical activity, including eating and digesting.

Nighttime – Yin time – is for restoration and relaxation of mind, spirit and body.

Our bedrooms are for sleep and sex. They are not information super-highways, so keep your electronic geewhizzery such as TVs, computers and telephones out of them! Why anyone would want these intrusive information-overloaders interfering with two of life’s simple pleasures is a modern-day puzzle!

If alcohol is needed to help us nod off, then we’re headed for trouble, and must seek the help of an empathetic, appropriately qualified health professional.

There is an emerging body of evidence which links high blood pressure and stubborn weight gain with poor sleep. There are also some significant medical and psychological  problems associated with insomnia.

The good news is that most of us will experience transient periods of insomnia which resolve spontaneously. For those who grapple with a chronic inability to sleep well, help is available.

Fortunately Traditional Chinese Medicine provides us with a supreme framework in which to understand the relationships between consciousness – our Shen or Spirit – organ function and dysfunction, the Will and Intellect, the body’s natural rhythms and cycles, our Blood, Essence and Fluids, and our ability to sleep restoratively. Acupuncture, professionally prescribed herbal medicines and essential oils, Reiki and massage can all help us to re-establish restful, refreshing sleep.

But for now, turn on your sound, and enjoy the poetry below, accompanied by this famous old lullaby.


by Mary Weston Fordham

Sleep, love sleep,
The night winds sigh,
In soft lullaby.
The Lark is at rest
With the dew on her breast.
So close those dear eyes,
That borrowed their hue
From the heavens so blue,
Sleep, love sleep.
Sleep, love sleep,
The pale moon looks down
On the valleys around,
The Glow Moth is flying,
The South wind is sighing,
And I am low lying,
With lute deftly strung,
To pour out my song,
Sleep, love sleep.
Staying safe
These pages and the information here are not a substitute for safe and correct health care. If you have a concern about your own physical, mental or emotional health – or that of another – you must seek the guidance of an appropriately qualified and experienced health care professional.
Insomnia graphic by ArtbyAllyson; Counting Sheep by matt_collingwood. Both available at BigStockPhoto{dot}com
Artworks available everywhere:
Hieronymous Bosch Garden of Earthly Delights detail from the panel Hell 1504
Gustave Courbet The Sleeping Spinner 1853
Serenade sourced at Poetry Foundation
Blog post content © Margi Macdonald.

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