Riverland Professionals Series – Jade Malinovski

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

Jade Malinovski is the amazing soul behind Balanced Kids Yoga. She beautifully combines her kindergarten teaching experience with yoga, allowing children to learn mindfulness, self-love, gratitude and much more. She provides a space for peace and quiet, openness and acceptance, which are much needed for children in this crazy and busy world.

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

I am a yoga teacher! I am currently teaching yoga classes to children of all ages (3- teenagers) through weekly classes in Renmark and Loxton. I also visit schools and kindergartens all around the Riverland to teach yoga within their settings.

I have a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and was a kindergarten teacher before having my own children. I am certified to teach yoga through various childrens and family teacher trainings, have completed my level one yoga teacher training and most recently, restorative yoga teacher training.

What does your job involve on a daily basis?

Every day is completely different for me depending on what schools and classrooms I am teaching at on that particular day. My ‘job’ is generally to provide children with a safe, nurturing, playful space. A space to explore yoga, themselves and their own inner world. I love to inspire and motivate these kids and do that through the wonderful world of yoga.

How did you become interested in yoga?

I have always loved teaching and found that by combining my two passions; teaching children and my love for yoga – everything else just evolved.

What is your biggest life achievement?

Finding love. My husband, my girls, my family, my ‘work’. I love what I do, I feel this is truly my path.

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

Yoga is so much more than just ‘poses’ or relaxation. It is a holistic wellness approach. Through yoga I have been able to teach and explore so many facets of life with children. It enables us to look within, and help kids with things like self discovery, confidence, self love and acceptance. We explore mindfulness, meditation and breathing techniques. It really is a life journey! Of course it has physical benefits as well, but yoga is a beautiful tool in which kids can wholeheartedly be themselves and learn tools for a healthy and happy life.

Where are you located?

I teach weekly classes at Rachel McLeods Dance Studio, Renmark and the CWA Hall, Loxton. I also travel to schools all over the Riverland.

What do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

I love to seek stillness. Find the calm and the quiet. I feel life is very busy, very loud and at times very overwhelming. I like to slow down and read, have a bath, cook, sit on the grass with my children and just be at home as a family.

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Riverland Professionals Series – Amy Martinson

I am asked on a daily basis for referrals to other professionals in the area. Here is the next 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 Amy Martinson, Kinesiologist. Amy became interested in kinesiology through NeuroEmotional Technique and Applied Kinesiology sessions at Santosha. She had the determination to say, “This is what I want to do!” and found a course that she was able to do. While there are definitely differences in the kinesiology that Amy uses, compared to the kinesiology that I use, many of these techniques have the same outcome: Reduced stress, better wellbeing, happier and healthier people. Amy has started Shared Space in Renmark, where she consults from.

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

Kinesiologist and Neuro Trainer! In 2015-16 I studied with the College of Neuro Training to complete both CIV in Kinesiology and in Neuro Training. I’m now studying the Diploma majoring in Adaptive Neurology.

What does your job involve on a daily basis?

I work part time and my days vary from week to week to fit in with clients and my own little people. I also do the book work for my husband’s business, so on any given day I could be wearing a different hat.

How did you become interested in Kinesiology?

Catherine at Santosha introduced to me Applied Kinesiology which she uses as part of her chiropractic care. For me it was a lot like a magic trick where I was completely fascinated by the Neuro Emotional Technique and I got results. I couldn’t study Applied Kinesiology without a Bachelor Degree and then a friend told me she visited a Kinesiologist/Neuro Trainer in Adelaide. I went to one session and decided on walking out of there that I needed to learn this for me and my family if for no one else. It’s been an incredible roller-coaster, still is.

What is your biggest life achievement?

This one will mean so many different things to different people. Once upon a time I would have started to list everything  I have, what I’ve done or where I’ve been. My children, ages 10, 8 and 5 come to mind but I didn’t achieve them either, they are my blessings! I’m proud of lots of things but if I had to hold anything in the highest regard it would be how much I have grown as a person in the last 5 years, in the last 10 years.

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

To look at and respond to stress differently.

But first, stress can be mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. Examples of early signs of stress include habitual negative thinking, low self-esteem, feelings of overwhelm, mood swings, depression, anxiety, brain fog, lack of direction or motivation, teary, reactive to even the smallest challenges in life, headaches, lack of appetite, sugar cravings, and muscular aches and pains.

We’re always going to have stress in our lives. And a certain level of stress is actually required for us to get off our butts to do anything. It’s when the balance is tipped that we’re unable to process effectively, and use that part of our brain that helps us find new ideas and solutions to our problems.

Kinesiology with Neuro Training is about changing patterns and becoming aware of the patterns we’re using to cope with our problems (refer signs above).

The more we use a pattern of thinking or behaviour the more likely it becomes our habit.

An easy way to understand Kinesiology with Neuro Training is to liken it to brain training. It’s building stronger neurological connections for better response to mental, emotional and physical stress on the mind/body.

Where are you located?

​12 James Avenue, Renmark Tuesday to Thursday.
50 Bookpurnong Terrace, Loxton alternate Mondays.​

What do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

Being a mum is a big part of what I do day to day. I Love catching up with friends. I Love Coffee! I Love spending summer evenings on the river with my family and friends. I feel better for walking in the mornings. I enjoy travel and experiencing other cultures especially their food. Any movies or books are usually period stuff or autobiography’s on women of different cultural struggles.

Amy and her family

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Riverland Professionals Series – Michelle Harris

I am asked on a daily basis for referrals to other professionals in the area. This is the next 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 Michelle Harris. Michelle is a passionate, degree qualified Naturopath with 10 years experience in the natural health industry.  She has spent time working for one of the industry’s most respected health companies, where she gained an up to date and broad knowledge base in the Natural Medicine field.

In the last few years Michelle has been following her passion, practicing in a busy naturopathic clinic treating a variety of clientele of varying ages with a variety of health conditions and backgrounds.

She has a special interest and understanding in women’s hormonal health and the associated issues including adrenal gland stress, mood problems, thyroid gland imbalances, fertility planning and overcoming fertility challenges, as well as healthy weight management. Having experienced health challenges in this area herself, Michelle understands first hand that it can be confusing and often difficult identifying the underlying problem and knowing where to start your treatment.

Michelle also has broad experience in uncovering and treating various complaints including;

  • Digestive issues (IBS, Reflux, Food Allergies and Intolerance’s, Coeliac Disease )
  • Fatigue, stress and ‘burnout’
  • Autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis)

Michelle’s philosophy is to help you uncover and understand the ‘root cause’ behind your health issue’s whilst keeping in mind your goals and limitations. She incorporates blood testing and functional pathology testing together with nutritional, herbal and lifestyle interventions to provide a holistic treatment plan for her patients.

What does your job involve on a daily basis?

Before I even get to work I always start my day with some sort of movement, whether it’s walking with my cocker spaniel Charlie, riding, running a gym session or simply doing some yoga and stretching.  It’s the best way to prepare my mind a body before my work day so I can be fully present with my patients.  A lot of my work is done behind the scenes on my days away from clinic or before and after clinic as I research and plan patient’s treatment programs.

How did you become interested in Natural Medicine?

From a young age I suffered with chronic and quite debilitating skin issues and digestive complaints which flared up especially during year 12 studies.  I wasn’t offered any relief except steroidal creams and the pill from the medical profession and my family had always utilised Natural Medicine so it was an area we started to investigate to get to the root cause.  I started studying and soon started to uncover some underlying causes.  I gradually found relief after some hard work investigating different areas.

As I become a young adult I also started to experience some hormonal imbalances, which affected me in various ways as I worked in a fast past, stressful job.  This lead me down the path to find harmony and balance and once again uncover more about myself and my health that needed correcting.

It’s fair to say I can relate to a lot of you and understand how hard it can sometimes be.

What is your biggest life achievement?

It’s great to achieve awards and study, however, my biggest achievement has been able to help others like myself as well as my family with their health journeys.

I have lots of goals for the future, and I believe they will come when the time is right.

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

All health complaints whether its cardiovascular disease, mood problems, fertility challenges or digestive issues all have an ‘underlying cause’.  I can help you to find this and restore harmony in the body.

Where are you located?

During the week currently at Riverland Natural Health, 44 East Terrace, Loxton.

You can call the clinic on 85844868

Also Saturdays at Aloe Health in Adelaide http://aloehealth.com.au/about-us/

What do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

I’m a fairly simple person, I don’t need a lot of things to keep me happy, just family, friends, animals and healthy food.

Being a country girl (growing up in Loxton) I love being outdoors and spending time with my loved ones (including our beautiful dogs). I love cooking and creating healthy alternatives to share with patients.  Cooking is like therapy for me. I also love being active, in the last few years hiking adventures with my husband have become a regular love.


If you’d like to learn more about Michelle, benefit from her health tips, recipe inspiration and lifestyle advice, you can follow her on Instagram or Facebook under Michelle Harris: Naturopath.

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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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Riverland Professionals Series – Georgia Tzanavaras

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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