My last day at the West End clinic is Friday 1st May

The clinic!
Acupuncture Emporium & Natural Therapies Centre

As some of you know I have recently accepted the Chinese Medicine Senior Lecturer position at Endeavour College of Natural Health’s Gold Coast campus. This position keeps me busy four days of the week and I’ve been loving giving treatment to my patients each Friday at the lovely little West End clinic, Acupuncture Emporium and Natural Therapies Centre.

I have decided to take my own advice and reduce stress in my life while at the same time boosting my exercise. As a result, I have made the tough decision to relocate to the Gold Coast where I can cycle to the campus replacing a two hour drive each day which cuts into valuable exercise, healthy meal preparation and general fun time.

Sadly, this means I won’t be able to continue seeing my patients at West End. Some of you I have been treating since when I first graduated. I am so honoured that you have chosen me as your practitioner and also for the many friends and family that you have referred to me. I love my work as your acupuncturist and massage therapist.

I will continue to practice acupuncture and massage at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast on Fridays. More details to come shortly for those of you who frequent the Gold Coast or know a local who needs a good treatment.

The team at Acupuncture Emporium and Natural Therapies Centre led by Nicola Macdonald will look after you well. However, if you require a referral to another clinic please let me know and I will find a practitioner to suit you.

So we come to the important part, dates. My last day at Acupuncture Emporium and Natural Therapies Centre is Friday 1st May. That’s only three Fridays away!

You can make an appointment with me to discuss your health care and benefit from an acupuncture or massage treatment by calling 07 3844 2217.

I wish you all the best with your health care journey and maybe I’ll see you in the clinic soon.

For further information on Chinese Medicine contact Dr Sarah George (Acupuncture).  Sarah is a practitioner of acupuncture (AHPRA registered), massage therapy and natural health at her Broadbeach clinic and is the Chinese Medicine Senior Lecturer at the Endeavour College of Natural Health Gold Coast campus.


Celebrate the milestones in your health journey: meet Zorro

So many of you are aware I had a hip arthroscopy in April this year. Well, just over a month ago I hit a milestone in the healing journey and I thought I should share it with you as I know many of you also have challenges with injury, pain and chronic health conditions.

One of the problems with having a hip injury is that you need to avoid hip flexion to prevent aggravating and inflaming the injury again. Now hip flexion includes just about every form of cardiovascular exercise you can image including: walking, running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, karate, yoga and most ball sports (luckily I can’t catch so that’s no biggie for me). The only two things I came across that didn’t really involve hip flexion were swimming with a pull buoy between your legs (and when this was first suggested I heard it as ‘pool boy’ and I wasn’t sure how that might help) and using an arm grinder at the gym. So it’s a real bummer when karate, cycling and hiking are your favourite types of exercise.

I was over the moon one day in July when I was given approval from my hip team (the surgeon, physiotherapist and exercise physiologist) to be allowed back onto the bike. A friend remarked that my “whole face lit up” as I recounted the good news to him. I am a rather keen commuter and recreational cyclist. The bad news is that my beautiful road bike, Bluey, causes too much hip flexion and will have to be rested, for now. The good news is that I have a brand new commuter bike. Meet Zorro:

Zorro cannondale quick

Zorro was chosen because I would be seated in an upright position and have less hip flexion. There were a few modifications to the handle bars to support this position too.

If you are a keen cyclist and have injury concerns (or pain anywhere in your body from cycling) I suggest having your bike fitted out by a physiotherapist specialising in bike fitting. I went to Eric at Physiotec. He was great and used physical assessment techniques and video to make sure my bike fitted perfectly ensuring I was using the correct muscles and not aggravating my hip.

My first ride with Zorro was magic and the winter sky complied beautifully.

blue sky and sun
A winter’s day in Brisbane. It doesn’t get much better than this!

I’m now back to commuting by bike to work (here’s 5 good reasons to cycle commute) and taking a few recreational cycles too. Here’s an excellent website to help you to find the best ways to cycle around Brisbane.

bike locker
Z is for Zorro. Hooray for lockers at work!

And I’m also well supported towards my next two milestones, a return to karate training and scuba diving, by my surgeon, physio, exercise physiologist, acupuncturist and naturopath too! See, I get treatment too!

Make sure to celebrate the milestones, whether large or small in your health journey. Some health conditions and injuries can take a very long time to resolve or manage so we need to acknowledge the small achievements along the way as it is these that pave our way to the big ones! And if you like, note them down in a gratitude journal or app (here’s 50 gratitude apps).

This journey has really helped me to understand injury and chronic pain personally. I have learnt so much first hand to help my patients who are also experiencing similar problems and I apply this to my consultations and treatments.

For further information on Chinese Medicine contact Dr Sarah George (Acupuncture).  Sarah is a practitioner of acupuncture (AHPRA registered), massage therapy and natural health at her Broadbeach clinic and is the Chinese Medicine Senior Lecturer at the Endeavour College of Natural Health Gold Coast campus.


Change – The Secret Guide To Change

Join The Health & Happiness Collective for our last post on our ‘Change’ blog hop. The amazing aromatherapist and homeopath, Sandra, shares with us how to make change easily. Thanks for joining us on this blog hop – I hope you’ve got something good from our excellent bloggers.

Natures Healing

Health & Happiness Collective

What is Change?

Change Mahatma Gandhi What is Change?

Have you been saying things such as

  • why do the whales gets hunted?
  • why is there so much hunger in the world?
  • isn’t it sad to see so much war in the world?
  • isn’t it awful that those children were molested?

These questions make us dwell on what is not right in the world, or even in our world. Mahatma Ghandi stated that WE must be the change we wish to see in the world.

This is so very important when we are wishing for things to be different, we need to begin within, to make the changes we wish to see. One person can start a change.  Are you that person?

How do you begin to change?

Change Winston Churchill Quote How do you change?

Change begins one step at a time.  I have been listening to some podcasts recently, and a couple…

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crazy little thing called change

Here we have the latest post in the Change series from The Health & Happiness Collective. Jan shares with us changes from her garden. Gosh I admire people with the skills, time and space to create beautiful outdoor green spaces like this does. I also admire their gardens. Enjoy!

The Eloquent Garden

Humans seem  fascinated, sometimes obsessed with change. In the name of change, humans embark on some fabulous,  interesting, and some might say quite crazy behaviours.

I’ve just read “Maddadam’ by Margaret Atwood. Now she’s an author who’s  terrific at imagining change. She  takes our fantasies, our dreams of change and details them in dystopian comedy-dramas. “God’s Gardeners” in charge of the world. Hmm. Not so practical, it turns out. And that marvelous  fantasy that males and females have –  ‘if only we knew exactly when someone wanted to mate with us’ –  that would save us so much time and heartache we think. It’s wonderful what Atwood does with that one. I won’t spoil it for potential readers, but it does involve spontaneous colour change of body parts.

And plants and animals  change too in surprising, fascinating ways.  Convergent evolution, where two unrelated species take on the characteristics of one…

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Winds of Change and a Little Pesto on the Side

The wonderful acupuncturist and perfume creator, Margi Macdonald, has put together this great post with her thoughts on ‘change’ for The Health & Happiness Collective blog hop. How do you deal with change? Do you use ritual? And check out the nifty link she has included to change the way that you think when life is not going your way.

Margi Macdonald

Monet_Poplars_in_the_Sun This full moon just past – while making pesto – The Eloquent Gardener suggested we invoke The Winds of Change with a simple ritual. It’s amazing the flashes of inspiration which come when you’re in the kitchen!

After dinner, we headed off beneath the moon to the seaside and a fierce wind, all set with fragrant white flowers, salt, spring water and clear intentions.

We were ready to create and meet change head on.

Claude_Monet_-_Les_PeupliersIn the days which followed, I got to thinking about rituals and their role in modern life, and of change in general.

One of my recurrent observations in clinical practice, is the struggle which so many of us have with “change”.

For some, this can be grappling with the pain and incapacity of acute injury, for others it might be workplace change and stress, for others it’s the transition from one stage of life to another.

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My top tip for healthy change

The Health & Happiness Collective are hopping along and so here is the latest post on ‘Change’ from the brilliant naturopath, Kathleen Murphy. So, most of us know we need to make a few changes to our diet and lifestyle but it can all get overwhelming. Kathleen simplifies this for us with some great tips.

Your health. Your life.

Getting started on a health kick is often overwhelming, particularly if there are a lot of changes to be made or many habits that you feel need adjusting. However, as with most things in life, simplifying your approach can remove unnecessary stress and help you turn these changes into easily maintained habits.

Here is my number 1 tip on where to start.

Be honest about the quality of your diet and how it makes you feel.

What percentage of your diet is made up of processed and/or packaged foods? Does your diet feature food or drinks that leave you feeling heavy, bloated or a bit ‘off’. Do you eat because you’re hungry? Because you’re bored? Because you’re feeding mid-afternoon sugar cravings? Or, are you eating without being aware of ‘why’?

These are important questions, as they’ll help you nut out what’s driving both your healthy and unhealthy habits.

Also be honest…

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Clinic bookings open now and a photo tour

The clinic!
The clinic!

I’m writing this from the comfort of my new clinic, the Acupuncture and Natural Therapies Centre at 26 Thomas St, West End (just behind and parallel to Boundary St).

It’s my first day here and it’s a lovely place to be.

In fact, I thought I’d give you a photo tour of the clinic. Check out the photos below. What a great place for healing, hey? Did you notice the driveway? There’s a free car park for clinic patient use at the end of it.

I’ll be continuing to offer acupuncture (including point injection therapy) and Traditional Chinese Medicine remedial massage services from this clinic on:

  • Thursdays (7.30am-12.30pm)
  • Fridays (12.30pm-5.00pm)

Call reception on 07 3844 2217 to make a booking.


ANTC reception   ANTC room 1   ANTC room 2   ANTC room 3

Sarah is a practitioner of acupuncture (CMRB registered), massage therapy and natural medicine. She lectures at the Endeavour College of Natural Health.