Well­ness cen­tre of­fers health over­haul

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The main­stream health­care sys­tem doesn’t de­liver for many pa­tients be­cause it is re­duc­tion­ist by na­ture, says med­i­cal herbal­ist Ange Palmer.

Palmer, also a yoga teacher, has founded the ‘‘Well­ness Move­ment’’ in Nel­son with former phys­io­ther­a­pist, Penny Olsen, to help peo­ple at­tune their mind, body and spirit.

The pair are among 15 health prac­ti­tion­ers, of­fer­ing ser­vices from dance to coun­selling and natur­opa­thy, who have come to­gether in the city cen­tre to pro­vide ’’a new model of health­care.’’

The Well­ness cen­tre is based in the An­stice’s build­ing on the cor­ner of Trafal­gar and New St, and opened its doors in Au­gust.

Olsen and Palmer wanted to pro­vide some­where for peo­ple to go as much to pre­vent ill­ness, as to deal with ail­ments.

‘‘The cur­rent med­i­cal sys­tem is re­ally stretched and it’s just deal­ing in that acute phase, and we’re of­fer­ing the be­fore and after sup­port for that broader well­ness,’’ move­ment teacher Olsen said.

‘‘The main­stream sys­tem is lim­ited by time and re­sources, so it’s of­fer­ing a whole bunch of ex­tra tools for peo­ple to be em­pow­ered within their own health,’’ said Olsen, who teaches restora­tive ex­er­cise; ‘‘a new look on ex­er­cise and move­ment.’’

‘‘We all know that we need to move more, but it’s not lim­ited to that one hour that you do in an ex­er­cise class.

‘‘I teach a sys­tem of un­der­stand­ing the body and how body parts move, and how you can start to ad­dress some of the weak bits to build a re­silient body’’’ she said.

Many of us had lost sight of how se­den­tary our lives had be­come, ac­cord­ing to Olsen.

‘‘The va­ri­ety of move­ment that we get in our day is very lim­ited. So from my per­spec­tive it’s about find­ing those parts of you that aren’t mov­ing and get­ting them mov­ing again so that you can age well.’’

The cen­tre’s prac­ti­tion­ers were try­ing to em­brace a prin­ci­ple of ‘holism’, said Palmer.

‘‘It’s not about one symp­tom or one health is­sue, it’s the big pic­ture, and a big part of that is about move­ment.’’

‘‘We’ve both worked at Nel­son hospi­tal and seen peo­ple who’ve come through op­er­a­tions, par­tic­u­larly hip and knee re­place­ments, and there’s a very clear dif­fer­ence be­tween peo­ple who have kept them­selves mov­ing well and how they re­cover from a ma­jor joint re­place­ment op­er­a­tion, and those who haven’t kept that up,’’ she said.

As a herbal­ist for the past 15 years, Palmer says herbal medicine, a tra­di­tion dat­ing back hun­dreds of years, was in­creas­ingly backed up by re­search and sci­ence.

‘‘We use a num­ber of dif­fer­ent plants to ad­dress the whole per­son rather than a cer­tain health is­sue.’’

‘‘So if a woman came to see me be­cause she had painful pe­ri­ods, I might be ad­dress­ing her cir­cu­la­tion, to get more blood­flow into the uterus, I might be ad­dress­ing her hor­mone bal­ance, work­ing with her liver, which is about get­ting hor­mones through the blood­stream more ef­fi­ciently.

‘‘It might be that she’s stressed and tired and that she needs herbs that can help with that.’’

More in­for­ma­tion can be found about Nel­son’s Well­ness move­ment at http:/ /www.well­ness­move­ment.nz/

Founders of Nel­son’s Well­ness cen­tre, Ange Palmer, left, Penny Olsen.

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