Tuning Fork

October 7, 2015

Tuning forks, (usually C512), are used by medical practitioners to assess a patient’s hearing. This is most commonly done with two exams called the Weber test and Rinne test, respectively. Lower-pitched ones (usually C128) are also used to check vibration sense as part of the examination of the peripheral nervous system. Tuning forks also play a role in several alternative medicine modalities, such as sonopuncture and polarity therapy. Orthopaedic testing has strong support for common use of the tuning fork, smallest frequency C128, for bone fracture testing. The tuning fork is toned on the suspected bone with fracture and toned progressively closer to suspected area of fracture. If there is a fracture, the periosteum of the bone will vibrate and fire nociceptors (pain receptors) causing a local sharp pain. This is a positive indication of a fracture that the practitioner is indicated to refer for medical x-ray. On this note, any sprains will give a false positive with local sharp pain. However, it is established practice to refer for an x-ray regardless; thought to be better than missing a real fracture while ruminating on possibilities that it could instead be a sprain. A recent review (Aug 2014) in the BMJ suggests clinicians exercise caution d

October 7, 2015

Major corporations are employing the use of sound in a variety of creative ways to counter the effects of workplace stress. The California corporate headquarters of Toyota have a unique approach for overcoming stress and building morale with their ‘Toyota drum circle.’ ‘Drumming away stress’ sessions are also being offered by New York psychotherapist Robert Friedman for a range of clients including companies such as Pitney Bowe, Xerox and Time-Warner. Dr Jeffrey Thompson, Director of the Center for Neuroacoustic Research, has developed programs using sound for Nike, Cisco Systems and Mattel that enhance creativity, productivity and health and wellness. http://www.sacredwavegongimmersions.com/about-us/

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October 5, 2015

Antique Bell & Dorje Set

An image of a  beautiful Ganta & Dorje Set There are 7 petals inside the bell.  They are the principal ritual objects of Tantric Buddhism.  Traditionally, they are used together, the bell in the left hand, the dorje in the right. They represent the union of wisdom and compassion, which is enlightenment.

October 5, 2015

Energy medicine, energy therapy, energy healing, or spiritual healing are branches of alternative medicine. The most controversial claim in this general area of pseudoscience is the belief healers can channel healing energy into a patient and effect positive results. This idea itself contains several methods: hands-on hands-off and distant (or absent) where the patient and healer are in different locations. Many schools of energy healing exist using many names, for example, bio field energy healing, spiritual healing, contact healing, distant healing, therapeutic touch, Reiki or Qigong. Spiritual healing occurs largely in non-denominational and ecumenical contexts. Practitioners do not see traditional religious faith as a prerequisite for effecting cures. Faith healing, by contrast, takes place within a traditional religious context. While early reviews of the s

October 2, 2015
THE iconic Healthy Eating Pyramid has had its first makeover in nearly two decades, with sugar and junk food completely banned, and replaced with “healthy fats” and niche food items such as tofu and quinoa.

Nutrition Australia’s new pyramid will no longer spruik even a modicum of junk food: today, it is all about legumes, soy milk, soba noodles and tofu, which have never before been given a place on the previously three-tiered food pyramid. Nutrition Australia chief executive Lucinda Hancock said that the whole grains food group has been expanded to include “quinoa and soba noodles, and the dairy section includes soy milk to represent calcium-fortified dairy alternatives”.

September 21, 2015

Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP)

is a psychotherapy that recognizes and treats the somatic (physical), psychological/emotional, and spiritual nature of a human being. It is based on the premise that the body, mind, and spirit are not separate, but rather integrated parts of a whole person. Every experience has a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspect, which manifests internally within the body, and externally in relationship to others. IBP was first developed by Jack Lee Rosenberg, Ph.D starting in the late 1970s.   Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP) is a synthesis and implementation of therapies: PSYCHOLOGICAL. The psychological orientation of IBP is built on Object Relations, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioral, Gestalt, Transpersonal and others. SOMATIC. The What is a Doula?

September 20, 2015

A doula (/ˈduːlə/), also known as a birth companion and post-birth supporter, is a nonmedical person who assists a woman before, during, and/or after childbirth, as well as her spouse and/or family, by providing physical assistance and emotional support.   The provision of continuous support during labour is associated with improved maternal and fetal health and a variety of other benefits, including lower risk of induction and interventions and less need for pain relief. These benefits are particularly significant when continuous support is provided by someone who is not there as family/friend or as medical staff (i.e. a doula). Additionally, a doula is sometimes hired to work with families beyond the postpartum stages, providing continued physical and emotional support, for as long as needed (sometimes, this support can be ongoing for several years). These days most doulas will have completed some training to prepare them for the role. However, the title can be used by a

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August 25, 2015

  Avoid the hazardous essential oils For children use only one half to one percent dilution of essential oils. Keep oils away from light and heat sources Do not take orally, unless with professional supervision Dilute Take heed of oils to avoid during pregnancy. Use at one per cent (or less) dilution during pregnancy Be aware of individual sensitivities, eg high blood pressure or allergies. Do not use near eyes Do patch tests if prone to sensitivities Use extra care on broken or damaged skin Avoid phototoxic essential oils with a history of skin cancer. Use only genuine and authentic essential oils Ask for help, if in doubt Never decanter oil into plastic bottles and avoid rubber droppers as some oils will melt plastic. Keep essential oils out of reach of children   Essential Oil Companion – Tinderbox Cassandra Menard

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August 21, 2015

Here are some great tips on how to look after feet so they keeping you going for many years to come:  

  • Make a point to wash your feet (and between your toes!) with a washcloth carefully and regularly. Yes, that means bending over in the shower to soap them up; if you can’t balance safely, use a long-handled shower brush or sit on a chair outside the tub as you wash your feet under the faucets. Be sure to dry feet completely, including between the toes. This wash-and-dry system lessens problems such as athlete’s foot, odour, bacteria and fungus.


  • If you like to soak your feet, forget the Epsom salts—they’re too drying and don’t offer any medical benefit. Instead, just use warm (never hot) water and a little liquid soap, such as handwashing solution, containing skin softeners.


  • Moisturise your feet after washing. During hot summer and dry-s

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August 1, 2015

In an ever changing and innovative world of healing choices our healthcare system is becoming progressively segmented.  Each segment is evolving at such a rapid pace with technology in the forefront but we seem to be losing the connections between segments.  A little like a chain without the links. Each segment of our system, “our links” from the GP to the specialist to the surgeon seem to work wonderfully well and we are all familiar with the process until we come to the aftercare.  This is one area where our links become a little weak.  The relief of finally having that life altering surgery, followed by the frustration of the, “what now?” or the “is this it?” feeling.  Subconsciously we know that there should be something else but unsure just what it is, who to ask and where to go.  There have been many instances where the surgery was a success but because of the lack of aftercare at the onset,  for example physiotherapy, hydrotherapy or indeed any other healing options, recovery can and has been put back for many months. One of the objectives of “The Vasi Centre” is to answer the “what now” questions by providing people with healing choices.  While working with the many practitioners and healthcare providers including those from the alternative arena to ensure the “chain links” are visible, strong and varied, we at “The Vasi Centre” belie

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