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									Mindful living A new approach
As the world continues advancing,                                                               Health issues are often the motivator
both technologically and economically,                                                          which leads people to consider an
our lifestyles are becoming even more                                                           alternative approach to their lifestyles.
fast paced. Sometimes we’re so busy                                                             In this case it has also been the
it’s difficult to appreciate the essential                                                      motivation for a new business. Over the
things in life.                                                                                 past decade both Cheryl Manion and
                                                                                                her husband Paul have been diagnosed
We move automatically and unconsciously                                                         with potentially life threatening conditions.
through our ‘day to day’ activities, reacting                                                   Together with their adult children, Kate
to people and situations around us in a                                                         and Brett, they have researched a variety
mindless rather than mindful state. We                                                          of alternative approaches to dealing with
mindlessly rush through meals, whittle                                                          the related issues.
away hours at the television or computer
and engage in unrewarding behaviours,                                                           As Brett Manion explained, “When
such as brooding over problems and              our lives, but we are usually powerless to      someone becomes ill they are forced
overspending on material possessions.           change them at this stage. By learning          to take on a very personal challenge to
Mindless habits such as these can lead us       to be more mindful, we can develop              fight for their own survival. Initially we felt
adrift on our path to health and happiness.     new habits to weaken old irrational and         helpless but then we began searching for
                                                unhelpful automatic thinking habits.            more information on alternative therapies”.
Practicing mindfulness can assist in
                                                                                                                                                  Kate, who currently runs both areas of
easing the pressure of a fast paced             At the Positive Psychology Wellness             Cheryl’s work in the medical equipment
                                                                                                                                                  the centre said, “Both methods have
life and provide relief from some of            Centre we believe mindfulness is                field had taken her around the world
                                                                                                                                                  been used very successfully overseas
the symptoms of stress and negative             something everyone should practice. A           attending conferences and trade shows.
                                                                                                                                                  and we are thrilled to be able to offer it
thinking. Mindfulness is a form of self         vital step in assisting people to break free    She realised there were technologically
                                                                                                                                                  to our clients. Mentamove helps train the
awareness training adapted from Buddhist        of unhelpful habits which are preventing        advanced medical devices being used to
                                                                                                                                                  intact areas of the brain to restore lost
mindfulness meditation. It refers to a          positive action. As Budda said, “If you let     successfully treat illnesses overseas which
                                                                                                                                                  function of damaged areas while Matrix
state of being completely in touch with,        cloudy water settle, it will become clear. If   were not available in our country.
                                                                                                                                                  Rhythm Therapy works against pain and
and aware of, the present moment, and           you let your upset mind settle, your course
                                                                                                This led to the family establishing               restricted mobility.”
accepting things for what they are.             will also become clear”.
                                                                                                Australia’s first MyPainAway Therapy
                                                                                                                                                  For more information on Seaford Holistic
Mindfulness interventions have been             By Peter Kyriakoulis.                           Centre as part of the Seaford Holistic
                                                                                                                                                  Centre and Day Spa (incorporating
demonstrated to be beneficial for a             Peter is the Director of the Positive           Centre and Day Spa which they took
                                                                                                                                                  Australia’s first MyPainAway Therapy
number of psychological and physical            Psychology Wellness Centre,                     over earlier this year. Based on the
                                                                                                                                                  Centre) see,
conditions including chronic pain,              1 Ross Street, Mornington.                      German therapy centre, PainGoAway,
                                                                                                                                                  call 9786 8863 or drop into 1/131 Nepean
depression, and anxiety. Upon reflection,       For further information see                     it offers advanced drug free therapies
                                                                                                                                                  Hwy, Seaford.
and often in psychotherapy, we can notice                   using Mentamove and Matrix Rhythm
certain destructive repeating patterns in       or call: 5976 8443.                             Therapy technology.                                                An Alternative Voice

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