What is Shiatsu?

The Japanese word ‘Shiatsu’ means‘finger pressure’. Shiatsu is a form of hands-on bodywork that restores energy & balance throughout the body focusing on meridians and acupressure points. Shiatsu combines different techniques of pressures and assisted stretches designed to activate the body’s natural healing system.

Shiatsu is conducted with the client fully clothed lying on a futon mattress. So please wear loose comfortable clothing.

A comprehensive treatment usually lasts 1 to 1½ hours, and leaves you with a feeling of relief and relaxation.

Therapeutic exercises may be prescribed to assist you further. Simple dietary and lifestyle advice may also be given.

What to Expect

Each treatment is especially designed to meet your individual needs, taking into consideration your state of health, and any symptoms you may be experiencing.

Treatment will consist of a variety of shiatsu techniques using thumbs on acupressure points, palms of the hands, elbows and knees along with yoga-like stretches.  Moxa, cupping or spooning may also be used if required.

Benefits include:

Improved circulation
Sense of wellbeing
Increased energy
Improved sleep
Emotional stability
A profound effect on posture
Better digestive function

For Relief of

Neck & shoulder tension
Back pain
Headaches and migraines
Tiredness & fatigue
Mental health issues
Women’s health
Menstrual irregularities
Digestive difficulties Hypertension

By working on the meridians & acupuncture points using a variety
of techniques, balance is restored to
your body, mind & spirit, giving you a feeling of peace and relaxation.

Shiatsu available on Tuesdays & Thursdays at Freedom Chinese Medicine. $20 off Shiatsu Massage sessions with Andrew in April! Not available with any other offer.

Call 9486 5966 or click here to book:

Cosmetic Acupuncture

The Natural Link To Beauty!

If you are looking to enhance your looks with a natural and holistic approach, cosmetic acupuncture is for you.

Cosmetic Acupuncture Elle MacPhersonWhether you’re looking for improved complexion, smoothened facial lines, or healed scars and blemishes, cosmetic acupuncture lets you bring out the best in yourself, quickly and naturally.

Cosmetic Acupuncture is a holistic, natural, gentle way to rejuvenate your skin. Cosmetic acupuncture enhances your health and radiance by boosting the circulation of blood and lymph to the skin, face, and muscle, leaving you looking and feeling refreshed. It can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve the moisture, elasticity and tone of the skin and muscle.

More and more people are turning to acupuncture for rejuvenation techniques, to look and feel well, inside and out.

Cosmetic acupuncture is a fantastic way to rejuvenate and refresh your skin, face and body naturally. This wholistic anti-ageing therapy helps to improve beauty and radiance by addressing your inner and outer health. It was once employed by the ancient Chinese royalty to prolong youthfulness. It can now be used to compliment any modern beauty and anti-ageing regime.

Ageing can occur when the circulation of blood and lymph to the skin decreases, allowing the skin surface and underlying muscle to become deprived of essential nourishment. In turn the skin and muscle loses its moisture, firmness, elasticity and tone.

The Natural Choice for a Beauty Lift

Our focus is to look after you and your skin so you feel your best inside and out. Services are created for every one of all ages and all skin types. We achieve results by designing our treatments to suit your needs whilst soothing your mind, body and soul.

Cosmetic AcupunctureWhat is Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Also known as an acupuncture facelift, Cosmetic Acupuncture or Mai Zen, which means “beautiful person”, has been used for thousands of years by China’s powerful and wealthy.

Cosmetic acupuncture is the use of oriental techniques to improve the beauty and vitality of the face and body. It is more than a cosmetic procedure, rather it is a rejuvenation therapy designed to help the face and body look and feel younger. Cosmetic acupuncture is based on the philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Renew Skin, Restore Health, and Boost Confidence

Your skin will improve in texture, softness, clarity and firmness to reveal a healthier, more vibrant you.

Cosmetic Acupuncture is beneficial for:

– wrinkles – shadows
– fine lines – scarring
– discolouration – tone
– complexion – wellbeing
– blemishes – anti-ageing
– puffines

Cosmetic Acupuncture addresses the underlying physiological changes that lead to ageing. It promotes circulation, bringing blood and oxygen to the skin, muscles and underlying tissue. Thus facilitating healing, rejuvenation and replenishment.

Once a thorough understanding of your health status is made, a cosmetic acupuncture program is established to begin your journey of healing and rejuvenation.A combination of ancient and modern techniques may be used. Extremely tiny needles are inserted into the superficial layer of the skin to stimulate your own body to produce collagen and elastin, which are the key factors to filling in those fine lines, leveling out those wrinkles. Organic rose hip oil is then applied to your face to enhance the benefits of the treatment and to leave your skin fresh, hydrated and silky smooth.

All treatments are tailored to your needs on the day.

It involves no injections, chemicals or pain.

Cosmetic acupuncture is a less invasive, less risky and less costly alternative to many other rejuvenation techniques.

With this acupuncture, there’s no risk of scarring, no pain involved, no recovery time and in fact, you will leave feeling better than when you came in!

The length of time the results lasts is specific to each individual, their lifestyle and the problem treated. Your practitioner will be able to advise during your initial session.

How long has cosmetic acupuncture been used?

Thousands of years!

Can cosmetic acupuncture be combined with other products and procedures?

Yes. Just tell your acupuncturist which products or procedures you are using so that they can tailor your treatment for the best combined results.

Are there any side effects?

No adverse lasting side effects! Mild bruising or bleeding can occur during a treatment. Most people feel an intense sense of relaxation and well-being!

We have an excellent practitioner experienced in the art of Cosmetic Acupuncture, Dr. Daniel Gibbs.

All services are designed to provide maximum results in a minimum amount of time.

For best results we recommend a series of ten treatments.

Monthly maintenance sessions are highly recommended for longer lasting results, to keep you looking and feeling your best.

Initial session:

Includes full health history, diagnosis, goal setting, cosmetic acupuncture and holistic acupuncture, herbal prescription if required, diet and lifestyle guidance.

Investment: $135 Summer special 20% off* until Feb 28th 2017 only. Spaces limited so call us on 03 9486 5966 to book today.

*Not available with any other offer or package discount.

Subsequent sessions:

Includes cosmetic acupuncture and holistic acupuncture

Investment: $135 (on a casual basis) Summer special 20% off in December 2016 only. Spaces limited so call us on 03 9486 5966 to book today.

Introduction Course

Sample the experience and benefits at a discount! Includes 5 Cosmetic Acupuncture sessions with holistic acupuncture, herbal, diet and lifestyle advice if required.

Investment: $600

Rejuvenation Program

Includes 10 cosmetic acupuncture sessions with holistic acupuncture, herbal*, diet and lifestyle guidance. Essential for best results.

Investment: $1000 ($100/session for 10 sessions)

* Note: Herbal products, if required, are an additional small cost.

Maintenance Program*

Includes five monthly cosmetic acupuncture sessions, holistic acupuncture, modified herbal prescription if necessary, diet and lifestyle guidance.

Investment: $600

*Only available to those who have completed the Rejuvenation Program

Health rebates apply (if you’re covered for acupuncture).  Yes we have HICAPS! Please call us on 03 9486 5966 or if you want to book online, please click the Book Now below.

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Sugary food labels

Do you want to limit the amount of sugar in your family’s diet but get totally confused when looking at food products and labels at the supermarket?
Sugar comes in many disguises – there are 40+ names for different types of sugar that can be found in our food products – no wonder we are confused!

Some of the more common ones you will see are:
• Dextrose
• Fructose
• Sucrose
• Glucose
• Golden Syrup
• Maple Syrup
• Honey
• Malt
• Maltose
• Lactose
• Sugar
• Brown sugar
• Caster sugar
• Raw sugar

While some of these will be sugars that are found naturally in whole foods such as lactose in milk or fructose in whole fruits, others will have been added to the product by the manufacturer. Keep in mind that Lactose and fructose can also be added extras as well. AAAAARRRRHHHH

Food label guidelines do not enforce that added or natural sugars be listed separately although some manufacturers will clarify this information willingly.

Following are some tips to help identify the amount and type of sugar in a food:

1. Read the nutrition panel to identify the amount of sugar – does it meet the daily recommendations?

2. If the amount of sugar per 100g is more than 15g check the ingredients for what is natural from a whole food and what is added.

3. If a product states that it is all natural sugar – check the ingredients to see if it is from a whole food such as fruit or just fructose for example.

4. Natural sugar products can still exceed the recommended intakes.

5. To check similar items for one with less sugar – compare the 100g column on the nutrition panels for amount and then check the ingredients list for whole foods
Whole foods are whole fruits, vegetables, grains etc. A label may state that fructose from whole fruit or just the fruit. If it states fructose from fruit juice it will most likely be high in sugar.

If an ingredient is listed as just fructose or glucose it will most likely be added sugars.

This guide will help you to decipher labels while shopping.









For more clarification on food labels or most things health related, come and see our Naturopath Andrea Mallet. Call 9486 5966 to enquire or book.

Morning Cleansing Juice

Green JuiceIngredients

1 green apple (cored)
3 to 4 stalks of kale (or equivalent in spinach)
2 stalks Swiss chard
1/2 to 1 lemon (yellow rind removed)


1. Process everything through your juicer.
2. If using this juice as part a cleanse, strain this juice and dilute with equal parts of filtered water.
3.  If not juice fasting, you can consume this juice unstrained.