Wellness wins and woes
Michelle Mae, 33, works as a make-up artist in Sydney and is studying nutritional medicine. She wants to help her clients look good while teaching them to look after their bodies too.
“I got interested in wellness after seeing a doctor about an allergy on my eye. He gave me medication and said diet definitely wouldn’t affect my eye. I accepted that at first, but later went to see a naturopath who took me off certain foods and it went away.
“I’m definitely happier now, and I’ve overcome hard experiences in my life by seeking healers and natural therapists. I went through a divorce, which was pretty traumatic, and I turned inwards to heal. I really went into the experience, talked to people and read all the things I could to find out why I was feeling the way I was.
“It was an emotional clearing. It really helped, whether or not that was psychosomatic, I definitely felt better. If I was physically sick I would go to a doctor, but there’s no reason why you can’t do both at the same time.”
Holistic hocus pocus
Margaret Frappell, 30, works 12-hour days as a theatre set designer in Sydney. She’s tried yoga, personal training, detoxes, wellness retreats and meditation, but says she always ends up more tired than she was to begin with.
“I’ve tried every wellness and health remedy under the sun, but I haven’t found one that works for me.
“A few years ago I got really into health detoxing and personal training, but I was absolutely shattered by the end of it and started falling asleep in the car driving to work.
“I’d have all the green juices my trainer suggested, but I work long hours and you have to be strong and physically fit. Sometimes I’d grab a couple of chocolate bars and a packet of chips for lunch, then I’d feel really bad and compensate with more juices, and by the time I got home I’d be so hungry I’d grab an Indian takeaway.
“I tried hot power yoga for a while, but I totally overdid that and ended up throwing up all night.
“I don’t put too much pressure on myself any more; I try to leave work on time so I can make an evening yoga class and if I can’t, I don’t beat myself up about it. It’s a nice balance and seems to be working.”