Riverland Professionals Series – Elyse Steed

I am asked on a daily basis for referrals to other professionals in the area. This is the second in a series of blog posts dedicated to professionals around the Riverland, whose skills and qualifications complement services received at Santosha.

For our next profile, I am pleased to introduce Elyse Steed, physiotherapist. Elyse is the owner of Just Move Physio in Renmark. Elyse and I share many mutual patients and while I haven’t personally had an appointment with her (yet!), the feedback I receive from her approach is constantly positive.


What is your profession? What areas do you have qualifications and training in? 

I’m a Physiotherapist, I did my Bachelor of Physiotherapy at UniSA between 2006 and 2009.

Sine then I’ve done lots of different professional development courses in Australia and in the UK based on my clinical interests of orthopedic rehabilitation, persistent pain and running training.

Most of my extra manual therapy courses have been in light touch techniques Strain Counter Strain and more recently Craniosacral Therapy.

What does your job involve on a daily basis?

In the morning I always start by getting my outside waiting room ready and path tidied up ready for the day. This is followed by general admin jobs like checking emails/messages, reconciling, returning phone calls and juggling client appointments around.

Then I’ll have my list of clients for the day, which can vary hugely depending on who is in. My time with clients generally consists of listening/interviewing them in regards to their complaint followed by a physical assessment before treatment. I place a huge emphasis on education as part of my treatment so I spend a lot of time explaining things to people, at the moment I’m loving my new anatomy app or Explain Pain to do this. After education treatment time will usually involve manual therapy and exercise prescription.

During my breaks and end of day there’s always case notes to be done which are definitely the worst part of the job.

How did you become interested in Physiotherapy?

I decided I wanted to be a Physio in year 8 due to visiting the physio several times with my own sports injuries. I thought it would be pretty good to be the person who helps people get back to sport. Before getting to uni I wasn’t really aware of how big the profession was outside of sport because that was my only experience.

What is your biggest life achievement?

At this stage I’m most proud that Jack and I took the plunge to pack up here in Renmark and head away on our year long adventure in Europe, where we travelled and worked in our professions. It’s probably the riskiest and most challenging things I’ve done, but the learning that came from it has had such a huge influence on me as a person and professional.

What is one thing you can help clients with (that the general population may not realise)?

Ooh tough one, for me probably that I can help them to understand their pain and how things other than mechanical loading affect it. I spend a lot of time explaining how stress affects pain; I believe that understanding is a really powerful tool to managing you own body.

Where are you located?

I work from my home clinic Just Move Physio at 536 Kulkyne Street, Renmark West. It’s really cool because I have a lovely bright space in the clinic but I’ve also got heaps of outside space where I can observe and retrain people to move which is so important.

What do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

I love to be outdoors, especially in my garden or on my bike. I have an 8 month year old puppy so I spend a lot of time walking her now. I’ve always been involved in netball and basketball but that’s just finished so I might get a bit of free time. Most of my family is here or in Adelaide and I’m very lucky that I see a lot of them too.

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Recipe – Switchel, A Refreshing Summertime Drink

Switchel is an old-fashioned drink, the origins of which are hard to pinpoint. Dairy farmers in Vermont in the US, the Caribbean or Amish communities? Either which way it doesn’t matter to me. One batch and I’m hooked!

The health benefits of each ingredient are listed below the recipe, however at first glance the mix is full of electrolytes, great for digestion, refreshing, anti-inflammatory and delicious!

I liked the sound of it so much that I made a double batch straight away.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar (make sure it has ‘the mother’)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (2 tsp ground ginger)
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ lemon (cut into quarters)

Method

  1. In a clean jar (approximately 1 litre) mix together the vinegar, maple syrup, ginger and salt.
  2. Squeeze the lemon quarters into the jar and then drop lemons into the mix.
  3. Fill to 1 litre with water and refrigerate for at least four hours (or overnight).
  4. Remove and discard the lemon.
  5. You can either shake the grated ginger and drink, or allow it to settle to the bottom.
  6. Drink on its own, with mixed with soda water for a refreshing beverage, or topped up with hot water for a warm cup of tea.

* Make sure you rinse your mouth out with water after finishing. The acidity of the vinegar may affect tooth enamel.

🍏 Apple cider vinegar has a myriad of benefits. Most of these benefits are from anecdotal reports, but still there are too many of them to ignore. Some of these benefits include: relief from heartburn and reflux, improved digestion and reduced bloating, constipation relief, reduced muscle stiffness, balanced blood sugar levels and more.

🔥 Ginger is also well-known for its healing properties. Most of all, it is anti-inflammatory and very settling for the stomach, used often in nausea relief, morning sickness, seasickness and the like.

🍯 Maple syrup and honey may be high in sugar, in their pure form (unheated, untreated) they contain many beneficial vitamins and minerals. Honey is also antibacterial.

🍋 Lemons are high in vitamin C, an antioxidant important for good health and wellbeing, and also potassium. They are alkaline when inside the body. Alkaline foods are important to reduce acidity which is responsible for many of our diseases such as cancer and arthritis. Liminoids (beneficial chemicals) in citrus also have anti-cancer properties.

🌊 Salt has had a bad rap in recent times. Truth is we need a bit of salt. Good quality, well-sourced, unrefined salt contains trace minerals and electrolytes which are essential for all functions of the human body, including but not limited to the immune system, hormones for your thyroid, adrenal gland and reproduction and also brain function.

Make it today!

I highly suggest you make a batch. It may become your favourite summertime drink! Apple cider vinegar is always available in the Santosha clinic. We also stock locally sourced honey, sometimes good quality salt (but can order in if it’s not on the shelf), organic ginger is available at our local Foodland and lemons, well lemons grow on trees!

Let me know what you think.

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Riverland Professionals Series – Georgia Tsanavaras

I am asked on a daily basis for referrals to other professionals in the area. This is the first in a series of blog posts dedicated to professionals around the Riverland, whose skills and qualifications complement services received at Santosha.

For our first profile, I am pleased to introduce Georgia Tzanavaras, remedial massage therapist, Pilates instructor and tennis coach. Georgia is the owner of Wellness Pilates in Renmark. She has an amazing knowledge of the human body, how it works and how to get the most out of it.


What is your profession? What areas do you have qualifications and training in? 

I currently teach Physical Education and Pilates Movement and I am a Remedial Massage therapist. I hold a Master Trainer Certification with Australian Institute of Fitness and I am a Certified Tennis Coach (Club Professional) with Tennis Australia. I am also registered with the Teachers Registration Board in SA.

At a very young age my passion for Exercise and Sport led me to decide that I would like to follow a career that involves movement and teach sport. I studied Sports Science and Physical Education at the Kapodestrian University of Athens and specialised in Tennis.

I worked for several years overseas with schools, sporting clubs and gyms before I came to Australia. By that time movement through the Pilates Method and it’s benefits for athletes and for general wellbeing had already been in my thoughts. I was introduced to the Pilates world overseas via seminars.

When I came to Australia I decided to study Pilates through the Pilates Method Association (APMA) and I currently hold a Diploma in Pilates Movement Therapy. I started my own Pilates Practice in 2006 whilst I was working part time for the Education Department.

Ever since my passion for my practice grew and I dedicated more time in educating my clients about the benefits of Pilates Movement. I decided to extend my clinical knowledge to a “hands on” through Massage Therapy to further assist people with chronic pain and I studied Remedial Massage therapy.

I was rewarded with the Diploma in Remedial Massage in 2012 and I have combined Pilates and Remedial Massage in my Practice ever since.

What does your job involve on a daily basis?

On a daily basis I teach Pilates at my Practice “Wellness Pilates” in a small or bigger group classes and I see clients in between classes for Remedial Massage Therapy.

 

What is your biggest life achievement?

My biggest achievement is growing my family in Australia. I have two beautiful daughters, Maria and Yianna that fill my life with joy every day.

At a younger age, I played Volley ball at professional level (overseas) and reached the National level as a Tennis Player.

What is one thing you can help clients with (that the general population may not realise)?

I can help people with emotional and physical pain through Pilates breathing and exercise as well Massage Therapy. My main goal is to help people take their Wellbeing in their own hands.

Where are you located?

I am located in 53 James Ave Renmark, near the public library on the river front. All information is also available through my website: www.wellnesspilates.com.au

What do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

In my spare time I enjoy walking at the beach and spending quality time with my family.

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Are you a ping-pong ball or a bubble in the bath?

 A bit of science to start:

Each one of the cells that makes up your body has a membrane, that separates its insides from its outsides. Just like your skin. The fancy name for this membrane is the “Phospholipid bi-layer” or “Lipid bilayer”. This means two layers (bilayer) of fat (lipid). This is what keeps the innards in and outside stuff out.

This is why fat in our diet is essential. Each of our cells; brain cells (most importantly), skin cells, stomach lining cells, blood vessel cells, everything, is made of this. Without these fats, we don’t have enough building blocks for our membranes.

Bring in the metaphors

Imagine you’re building a house. The pallets of bricks have arrived. They all look the same. But there is one dodgy pallet. A cheap and nasty variety that has bricks that are an uneven size and shape, completely different to the other pallets. Would you build your house with them? Or send them back and get the same good quality bricks?

What about working on a team project? Everyone has the same idea, everyone is working cooperatively to hold the project together. Then there’s this one person. One person who doesn’t want to fit with the team, who wants to be different, who wants to hold their own shape. Don’t get me wrong, being unique is great. But sometimes we just need to fit in.

This non-team-player and those dodgy bricks, they are the trans fats of our cells. They let the whole process down with their poor quality, non-conformist shape.

 

How this affects your health

Transfats are a different shape to the healthy “phospholipids” that make up the bilayer that holds our cells together. Transfats straighten out due to the heat they are subjected to during processing. Healthy phospholipids are wiggly. The straight transfats make the membrane of the cell rigid. When they replace too many fat molecules in our cells, the cells become more like ping pong balls, holding their shape. They are stiff and rigid and not conducive to good health.

 

This is quite different to the normal and healthy fat molecules that make up our cells. They have wiggly tails and this makes our cells fluid and supple and they are able to conform to the shape they need to be. They are like bubbles in the bath.

The trouble is, our body doesn’t know the difference between the good quality and the bad quality. Our bodies are amazingly clever, but not so much in this case.These rigid-cell-forming lipids are then integrated into our cells changing the quality of our cell structure and it can’t be trusted to work to its optimum potential.

 

What do trans fats do? (The big picture)

Trans fats raise your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels, they increase your risk of developing heart disease and they are associated with type II diabetes. They cause inflammation, pain and general poor health.

 

What to look out for

Companies don’t want you to know their product contains trans fat, or you wouldn’t buy it would you? So trans fats like sugar and MSG are labelled as all sorts of weird and wonderful things. Here is a short list:

  • Partially hydrogenated [insert type of oil here] oil
    • It may be soybean, coconut, palm, etc.
  • Hydrogenated oil
  • Shortening
  • “Zero trans fats” – most likely a marketing lie that gets stamped on the front of the packet

Things you may buy, that won’t come with labels:

  • Any deep fried foods (chips, fish, doughnuts, etc.)
  • Baked goods/Bakery foods – cakes, biscuits, pastries, crackers
  • Flavoured or buttered popcorn
  • Margarine (comes with a label but should not be sold as ‘food’, probably should be sold at Bunnings as plastic)

In general, this means packaged, processed or fast food.

So you see, it’s not just the fat or sugar that’s in these products, it’s the type of fat that contributes to poor health in a far worse way that some people realise.

Heating oil with a low smoke point such as olive oil turns those oils into trans-fats too. Plant based oils such as olive, avocado, macadamia or hemp, should only be used fresh on salads or poured in after food has been taken off the heat.

 

How to avoid trans fats

Like any dietary advice, focussing on real, unprocessed, fresh foods is your best option. This includes fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds, well-sourced meats and lots of filtered water.

If you must enter a bakery, fresher options such as a salad roll will be better for you. Just make sure you skip on the margarine. All fast foods chain stores are loaded with trans fats, so let’s be honest, it should only be a rare occurrence, if at all.

When doing the grocery shopping, avoiding supermarkets as much as possible helps. Meat from the butcher, fruit and veg from the local fruit and veg shop.

Snacks are a big source of trans-fat containing foods, so planning ahead with healthier snack options helps:

  • Vegetable sticks and home made dips
  • Bliss balls
  • Nuts, seeds and dried fruit (keep dried fruit minimal as it is high in sugar)

Cooking with oils with a higher smoke point which include:

  • Real butter
  • Ghee (butter with the milk solids taken out)
  • Coconut oil

And using plant based oils such as olive and hemp oil at room temperature only.

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