Natural Therapy for Anxiety, Stress, PTSD & Depression

Need help with Anxiety, Stress, PTSD or Depression?

Talking Therapy hasn’t helped or not accessible?

This may assist ~

We are now offering 1 to 1 instruction in Meditation, Qi Gong, Breathing Exercises and Tension Release Exercises.


We have established a Zen Wellness Program because of the deep need we see for practical and effective intervention to help us manage our mental and emotional wellbeing. To ease the effects of stress, anxiety, trauma and depression and to empower people to take an active role in their own complete health and wellness.

With The Zen Wellness Program, we aim to provide instruction and education in simple but highly effective techniques and simple habits that, when practiced regularly, really enhance vitality, resilience and mental and emotional equilibrium.

In the Program we combine traditional interventions like acupuncture and massage with instruction in meditation, tai chi, qi gong, breathing and trauma release exercises as well as advice on diet and lifestyle.

We recognise that, although psychology and counselling are excellent and essential interventions, not everyone responds equally well to talking therapy. Just like some people say they struggle to meditate. For some of us, exercise and movement are the best forms of therapy and as such we are offering Zen Wellness to identify and meet individual needs.

Why Choose Zen Wellness

Sure, you can look up guided meditation, yoga or mindfulness on YouTube, but nothing compares to individualised instruction.

We encounter many people who say they cannot meditate but this is often due to a misunderstanding about what meditation is and how to really do it. YouTube can’t help with that, only a trained and experienced instructor can identify what you are doing and how to enhance it to improve your meditation or mindfulness practice.

We aim to tailor a wellness program to suit your individual needs, i.e., if you like movement we will provide you with instruction on Tai Chi/Qi Gong and Tension Release Exercises, if you prefer meditation we will provide you with specific meditative and mindfulness techniques ranging from practical mindfulness stress reduction or spiritual visualisation if that is your preference and for some we will explore all of our different wellbeing options to find the perfect fit.


Zen Wellness is about giving you the skills and techniques to take charge of your own wellbeing. Autonomy and self-mastery are key components to creating complete holistic wellbeing. We will provide you with the necessary skills and techniques for you to take an active role in your own health and wellbeing.


The Body Keeps the Score

This is the title of the ground-breaking book by Bessel Van Der Kolk outlines how our bodies retain the memory of stress and trauma in our tissues. Therefore, for many of us, it is essential to have a physical component to our therapeutic health interventions in order to release the physical manifestation of stress and trauma.

We seek to blend meditative and mindfulness practices with the physical practices of breathing, Qi Gong and Tension Release Exercises so as to enhance the benefits of other therapies and create the physical space for healing within.

Wanna know more about the techniques?

1. Meditation & Mindfulness

Meditation is about activating your conscious awareness. Contrary to what many believe it is not only about trying to empty your mind of thoughts.  Meditation is also to observe yourself. Your mind, body and the world around you. In fact, the word meditation comes from the Latin verb meditari which means to think.

Mindfulness is about bringing your full conscious awareness into the present moment. The here and now. By doing so we can release our attachment to the past and the future. This attachment can cause us so much stress, anxiety and regret.


Both meditation and mindfulness have incredible benefits for our health and wellbeing. There is now a multitude of scientific studies showing the benefits. They can improve physical and mental wellbeing in measurable ways. And actually stimulate brain and nerve growth. These practices can improve creativity, productivity and collaboration. Enhancing our ability to move into states of conscious flow which enhance our harmony with both our environment and those around us.


2. Breathing Exercises

Everyone knows how to breathe right? Did you know that, in a recent study, 61% of people identified as mouth breathers? Yet the nose has 1 purpose only, breathing. Nasal breathing reduces the frequency of breathing by 50%. This in turn slows our heart rate and calms our nervous system. When nasal breathing we instinctively activate the diaphragm to support the inhalation. This has numerous health benefits. Mouth breathing forces us to use our neck muscles and thus contributes to neck tension. Activating the diaphragm down regulates the nervous system and releases abdominal tension. Nasal breathing also filters pathogens and warms our breath reducing instances of cold and flu.

In addition to these and other benefits of correct breathing, we can also use our breath to calm, reduce stress, anxiety and tension. Aid sleep or even stimulate the nervous system when we need more energy and activation.

There are several exercises we can teach you to breathe properly and better.


meditation3. Qi Gong

Qi Gong roughly translates as energy work. It involves a series of movements designed to harmonise the relationship between mind and body. In Qi Gong we synchronise our breath and movement to stimulate the flow of “Qi’ or energy much like we do when we practice acupuncture. In fact, practicing Qi Gong is almost like giving yourself acupuncture as it harmonises and stimulates the flow of Qi. Removing areas of blockage or stagnation and strengthening areas of weakness or deficiency.


Qi Gong is like a meditative or mindful movement. An embodied meditative practice that brings a deep sense of calm to the mind while also strengthening the body. Qi Gong is gentle and suitable for people of any age. It is profoundly calming. Some Qi Gong exercises can have an incredibly stimulating effect and can be used to increase vitality.


4. TRE

Tension or Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) is a new term. However, it is something that is innately part of all living creatures and has likely been practiced by humans for a long time.

Stress and Trauma manifest physically in the body and is stored in our muscles. It’s no secret that when we feel stressed or anxious, we tense our muscles. Sometimes our body has difficulty releasing this tension afterwards and it remains.

TRE is a way of triggering the nervous system to produce a gentle tremor in our muscles to release tension, stress and trauma from the body. By gently fatiguing the muscles they start to shake, thus, releasing tension and subsequently downregulating the nervous system and restore us to a state of calm and relaxation. The real benefit of TRE is that it is safe, easy to do, doesn’t require any special equipment and once you know how to do it, you can do so yourself whenever you feel the need. We can teach you how.

We can teach you any of the above techniques. Work out which one is best suited to you and your situation. And help you to implement the practice into your daily life (yes, there are tips and tricks to help it all stick).

You can access any of these practices at Freedom Chinese Medicine in Ivanhoe, Melbourne or via an online video session.

You can attend any of these as a stand-alone session. You can also access them as a package to ensure you get the most benefit and save $. We’ve called them Zen sessions. Because it’s all about helping you to be more Zen!


  • Calm
  • Resilient
  • Balanced
  • Centred


Zen Foundations 


  • One hour consult; in which we listen to what’s going on for you, teach you what’s going on in your body, and advise which kind of therapy would work best for you, based on our extensive experience
  • One hour practice session: Either Meditation or Breathing exercises or Qi Gong or Tension Release Exercises
  • Instructional video to keep
  • 30 min follow up session 2 weeks later to gauge how you’re feeling, how your practice is going, what else you might need

All for $297 

. (If pay as you go, adds up to $300)

Click here to book your initial consult. Sessions are listed under Mind-Body Wellness

Deep Zen 


  • The Zen Foundations Package
  • Plus 4 weekly one hour Massage sessions
  • Or 4 weekly Acupuncture sessions
  • Or a Herbal/Nutritional consult with 4 weeks of herbal medicine or nutritional supplements to support your nervous system.
  • Includes a 15min follow up to make any adjustments to your individualised prescription

All for $697. Health Insurance Rebates available.

(if pay as you go, adds up to $720)

Click here to book your initial consult.  Sessions are listed under Mind-Body Wellness


Total Zen


  • Zen Foundations Package
  • Deep Zen Package
  • Plus 2 more sessions of Massage or Acupuncture or 2 more weeks of Herbal or Nutritional Medicine to give you more lasting change
  • Includes a 30min follow up at conclusion to assess what further care, instruction or advice you may need.

All for $947. Health Insurance Rebates available.

(if pay as you go, adds up to $970)

Click here to book your initial consult. Sessions are listed under Mind-Body Wellness

Keep Me Zen – Maintenance package

  • Monthly Acupuncture or Massage or Herbs or Nutritional Support for 3 months

All for $297 

(if pay as you go, adds up to $300)


Note: we continue to offer our low cost Express Acupuncture sessions at $30/40 for those of you who find acupuncture is sufficient.

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