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Naturopathy Graduate ~ Life after Study

The 3 years that our Naturopathy students spend studying for their degree – Bachelor of Naturopathic and Herbal Medicine is a journey of education and self-discovery, but this learning journey continues long after Graduation. Naturopath Christabel Ritson talked to us about what life has been like since she graduated from Wellpark College and set up her own practice The Holistic Naturopath You graduated from Wellpark College’s Bachelor of Naturopathic and Herbal Medicine Programme 6 years ago. You have since set up your own Naturopathic, Nutrition and Reiki practice, presented short courses, taught Yoga, sold wellness products on and offline and have set up a mentoring programme. What have been the biggest lessons you have learned since leaving Wellpark College and starting your career in Health and Wellbeing? “Over the last 4 years, I...

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The Thoracic Therapist – Running a successful home Massage Therapy Practice

From a career in dance to setting up and running a successful home practice, Massage Therapist and Wellpark College Graduate Shannon Leticia took time out of her busy day to talk to us about her career journey and why she loves Massage and working from home. What first attracted you to learn more about massage?  Back at Unitec where I trained in contemporary dance we were always exchanging massages as our bodies were in constant fight or flight often resulting in acute injuries training for upcoming performances. At some stage, I became “best hands” and was receiving daily lolly bribes and flat whites in exchange for lunchtime back massages. I guess a seed was planted way back then.  What made you decide to change careers and focus on getting a...

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Herb of the month – September – Sow Thistle

Sonchus oleraceus - Pūhā / Pūwhā / sow thistle A member of the Asteraceae family, this herb is one that many people consider a weed in their garden. It is flourishing at this time of year, and if you aren’t aware of its nutritional and medicinal uses, you may just pull it out (New Zealand Plant Conservation Network, 2021). Pūhā is an important plant to many Māori, while it is an introduced species to Aotearoa, it is a significant food and medicine which has been used historically. It is eaten today by many in different meals including boil-up.  Boil-up is a nourishing broth can be made from meat and bones, greens (including pūhā and watercress), kūmara and potatoes, although there are many variations (Landcare Research, 2021). Eating pūhā...

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Essential Oil for August

Lavender ~ August Essential Oil of the month. Virgo runs from 24th August to 23rd September. Virgo means a young woman; originally associated with mother-goddesses, suppliers of food and nurture. Not a surprise if Virgo is also associated with the sign of service and work as well as health and healing. Virgoans are highly organized people, precise with strong attention to details manner. They work long hours.  Many Virgoans are chronic worries and extra liable to stress, therefore, to help them re-establish their strength, it is important for Virgoans to be nurtured by others in return for their generosity to give. Lavender is a perfect signature oil for Virgoans. It is calming, soothing, antidepressant and promoting restful sleep and nurture. August Lavender Blends Rest and Relax Regular massage is beneficial for...

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Jasmine Essential oil for July

July Essential Oil of the month Leo starts from 24th July to 23rd August. The sign of performers, actors, musicians, dancers, pop stars and creative people. The signature oil for Leo is Jasmine. An essential oil with a powerful aroma. Bold, with confident energy, ready to be the centre of attention. Leo's need to find time for recreation or creative activities.  Leo's should be mindful of health issues such as high blood pressure, palpitations or heart problem. A calming and comforting environment will help to create a nurturing and caring ambience that energize their hearts. July Blends  Love me unconditionally A regular massage is beneficial for Leo’s emotional well being. Make this blend by mixing 20 or 30 ml sweet almond oil with 3 drops Jasmine, 3 drops Clary sage and...

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Kawakawa – Herb of the Month of June

Herb of the month - June Kawakawa – Macropiper excelsum This precious native from the Piperaceae family has heart shaped leaves is an important taonga in Aotearoa. It has many uses traditionally both internally and externally due to its healing actions which include anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and astringent.  For topical ailments, kawakawa is known to be used traditionally to aid toothache, cuts, wounds, boils, disorders of the skin and bruises. Kawakawa is beneficial for the digestive system and its carminative and spasmolytic actions make it an excellent digestive tonic. The orange berries are edible when ripe and make a delicious peppery snack, best covered in dark chocolate! The leaves covered in holes are the best to use as they are highest in medicinal plant chemicals. These holes are made...

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Basil Essential Oil for June

Essential Oil of the Month of June - Basil Gemini starts from 22nd May – 22nd June, Early Indian astrologers saw this sign as a Divine Lovers, symbolizing male and female. Its obvious affinities with Mercury, made Gemini people have very lively minds: quick, versatile, enquiring, sociable, chatty. They may have a higher–than–average IQ and are often brilliant speakers or writers. With so much emphasis on the mind, some Geminis become great worriers. Physically, Gemini has affinities with the arms, the lungs and the central nervous system. What Gemini needs is to learn to switch off and relax so they can sleep and rest to welcome the next morning. June Blends I relax. I rest. I sleep. Ensure you have a wind-down period before bedtime. During this winter, have a bath at least...

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Evening Primrose – Herb of the month of May

Evening Primrose -  Herb of the month of May   We have Evening Primrose growing in the College gardens and we all enjoy the cheery yellow flowers that open on overcast days, but it is the seeds, cold-pressed into oil that we have come to know this plant for. Evening Primrose oil is a common supplement sold in most pharmacies and natural health shops around the world. Originating from Mexico the Evening Primrose plant was widely used by Native Americans as a source of food as well as to treat bruises and digestive upsets. In the 17th Century, the plant was taken to Europe where it became known as "Kings Cure-All" and was used as the name suggests to treat a variety of ailments from eczema to arthritis. These...

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IMPORTANT 2020 UPDATE

IMPORTANT UPDATE for new and returning Wellpark students – welcome all   1) FREE FESTIVAL TICKETS - Free Tickets for Sacred Earth are for 6-9 February - If you have not recieved your FREE ticket to The Voices of Sacred Earth Festival and would like to join us for this amazing Event please contact Reception@wellpark.co.nz 2) RELOCATION - Classrooms (excluding Prema Clinic) are relocated across campus so please ensure you read the Wellpark Noticeboard for directions on the day. 3) ORIENTATION - Orientation day/time for Year 1 Naturopathy students is changed - please arrive at 9:00 am Monday 10 February 2020 for ID/Photo, campus tour, welcome and orientation to the Programme. 4) BNHM ASSEMBLY - Assembly for returning Year 2 & 3 Naturopathy students is changed - classes start as per...

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Prema Clinic News Semester 1 2019

Prema Clinic Update: As we near the end of semester 1/term 2 we are looking forward to the semester break. The clinic has enjoyed a productive semester 1 with Yoga clinics on Tuesday afternoon and Naturopathy clinics on Wednesday afternoon/evening. Both clinics have been busy and our student practitioners have enjoyed seeing their clients 1 on 1. As always our client feedback is very positive and highly complementary of the student practitioners at Prema Clinic. The lovely long summer and autumn has been a delight and we have all enjoyed our lovely surroundings being pleasantly shaded by the bamboo and trees around us. As winter draws ever closer and the sun sets earlier we will be keeping the clinic nice and toasty for your visits. Semester 2 will see Yoga clinics...

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