August Newsletter – Spring Wellness at Wellpark College
August got off to a flying start at Wellpark College, with signs of Spring all across the campus gardens and our new cohort of July Massage students finding their feet as their 1 year Diploma Programme got underway. Of course like the rest of New Zealand we had 24 hours to revert to online learning as the country entered Level 4 Covid restrictions. With the experience of past lockdowns to work, from our amazing management and IT team were able to switch quickly to Zoom classrooms and remote learning, even our Prema Clinic appointments have been rescheduled as Zoom calls.
Luckily the annual NMHNZ Conference and HeartKids parents support day went ahead before Lockdown started and Wellpark Students and tutors were able to be involved.
Welcome to our new Massage Diploma Students.
It was lovely to welcome our July 2021 intake of Massage Students, joining us from all over New Zealand and different walks of life. We wish this new cohort the best of luck for their year with us at Wellpark College and we look forward to seeing you graduate next year as a fully qualified Massage Therapists.
Massage Students help out at HeartKids Charity Event.
Our Massage Diploma Students were invited to be a part of HeartKids August family support event. A day for the parents of children with heart conditions to be pampered and looked after.
Our Massage students were on hand to provide relaxing seated massages.
Thanks, Heart Kids for involving Wellpark College students, our team really enjoyed their placement at such a worthwhile charity event.
Many of our Tutors and Graduates attended the annual Naturopaths and Medical Herbalists New Zealand Conference in early August. The theme of this years conference was “Reflect on the past, visions of the future” and saw key note speakers present on a variety of subjects from fertility to technology, the Keto Diet to Medical Cannabis. One of the highlights of the conference was Leah Hechtmann’s presentation on reproductive health. Leah exemplified how evidence can inform confident and successful practice.
We encourage all graduates of the Bachelor of Naturopathic and Herbal Medicine programme to join the association and attend future conferences. Conferences allow you to get involved with current affairs / trends and critical discussion within the profession.
Wellpark Students are back to learning remotely. Luckily the online learning options are in place and classes can continue while we wait for the New Zealand to go back onto Level 2 and our campus to reopen.
Open Day Postponed
Due to the current Covid 19 restrictions we have postponed Open Day on Saturday 11 September. We will let you know the new date as soon as we can.
Essential Oil for August ~ Lavender
Lavender oil is used by Practioners for a number of purposes, from bug stings to relaxation.
Lavender essential oil is produced through the process of steam distillation. During distillation, steam and pressure are used to release the oil from the Lavender flowers. Once the hot Lavender vapor condenses it can be separated from the water and collected as essential oil.
Herb of the month ~ Thymus vulgaris – Thyme
Thyme can be used to flavour dishes, but is also widely used by Naturopathic Practitioners to assist with health concerns from immunity and respiratory issues to digestion concerns and eye infections.
Book of the month for August.
Sonya, Wellpark College’s Librarian shares her Book of the Month. Highlighting some of the books that are not as often noticed as the required and recommended texts, but brilliant all the same.
For August, Sonya has reviewed
Ayurveda Beginner’s Guide by Susan Weis-Bohlen
This is a favorite read of mine. A guide into the 5000-year-old Indian system of ancient healing, sometimes known as the first ever established in medicine. I am personally reading this book and enjoying its inspirations of living in balance through breathing fully, exercising, reducing stress, eating healthy and sleeping well. The Wellpark library boasts a huge collection of Ayurvedic resources, a beautiful addition to any personal or professional studies in wellness.
Our People August – Denise Cowen – Prema Clinic Administrator
Denise has been with Wellpark College for a number of years and has helped and supported many students through the clinical components of their courses. All Wellpark College students spend time seeing members of the public in our training clinic, the Prema Clinic. Denise is involved with our students from their very first day on campus ensuring that they are aware of all the health & safety protocols required when running a health clinic and supervising them as they learn and become confident with reception and administration duties.
“I love the close interaction with all these amazing people and I am privileged to be a part of the journey our students take during their time in Prema Clinic.”
Introduction to Relaxation Massage September
We have not changed the date of the next weekend Massage course. If it is safe to do so and we are back to Level 1 the course will run 25 / 26 September.
Should the date have to be changed we will notify everyone registered and if you are unable to attend at a later date we will of course give you a full refund,
Nutrition Course – Early Summer
Over 3 Saturdays you will cover
- Day 1 – What is holistic nutrition? & healthy habits.
- Looking at how food affects stress levels, hormones and sleep patterns.
- Covering water consumption and chemicals in foods, organics v. non-organic.
- Healthy eating to prepare for the pre-Christmas silly season.
- Day 2 – Micro & Macronutrients
- Understanding what roles vitamins & minerals play in our health & wellbeing.
- Eating to help boost your immune system
- Learn why and in what amounts the body needs proteins, healthy fats, carbohydrates and sugar
- Day 3 – The gut microbiome & common diets
- Discover why and how you can look after your gut health and digestion, understand the importance of probiotics and fibre in your diet.
- Take a look at the pros and cons of common diets.