August Newsletter 2016

Attend every one of your sesisons in August and recieve 10% off your block!

This month’s success story is about a Peta who has been with us for 7 years, and we loved every moment of it!

Have you seen Amir using funny exercises lately with the blood pressue monitor? Find out why!

We have some exciting news for some of our lovely clients! We love hearing about your success!

Spring is almost around the corner, what better way to celebrate then with a healthy, no-bake carrot cake!


corehealth Monthly Special
corehealth Inspiration
Regular Champions
Let’s Talk Health – Strange Uses of a Blood Pressue Cuff
corehealth News

Recipe of the Month – Raw Carrot Cake

corehealth Monthly Special

Attend every one of your EP or GE classes in the month of August without any cancellations or changes and recieve 10% off your next block!

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corehealth Inspiration

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

    – Roald Dahl

corehealth Regular Champions

Success Story – Peta Skujins

This month we interviewed one of our longest attending clients here at corehealth, Peta who at been with us for more than 7 years and is currently working at a non-for-profit organisation as a researcher. Her partner, Damian also attends corehealth and has been one of our regular champions in a past newsletter!

Why did you start coming to corehealth? 
I started at corehealth over 7 years ago due to a shoulder injury. It had taken me over a year to get a diagnosis on a torn labrum in my shoulder and problems with my bursa. During that time I was unable to use my arm and lost my upper body strength and mobility. Even with a diagnosis I was unable to find any treatment that helped with the pain, let alone restored strength to my upper body. Corehealth was my last hope at ‘fixing’ my shoulder!

Tell us how you found out about is. 
I had been seeing a physio and doing Pilates elsewhere but hadn’t got any benefit from it. One night I was out with several friends and we walked past this very bright purple Pilates studio. It looked very promising (after a few drinks anything that bright was alluring) so I decided to give it a go. It was closer to work and home than the other studio I had been to, so it was worth giving it a try. I wasn’t going to lose anything from just trying.

What do you do for fun and has your time with us influenced this? 
I love baking (and have never felt guilty about calories) and that certainly hasn’t changed. Now I feel even less guilty because I exercise more as well! I have discovered that Amir loves gingerbread, so every time I make some I have to do a double batch and bring it in.

What does your work entail?
I am a researcher at a not-for-profit organization. There is no such thing as a day in the life of a typical researcher in our organization! There is so much variation in what we do; we are involved in all stages of research from initial conception of an idea through to publishing and running events. In the last year I have worked on large data collections, consultancy work, internal reports, event management, and we are often attending conferences or training events. Each project we work on is something new; you have to be willing to learn something new every day, curiosity is one of the key drivers in our work.

How do you feel corehealth has helped you in your everyday life?
Since starting at corehealth I am much stronger and fitter (and slightly more flexible). Although my initial dream of ‘fixing’ my shoulder will never happen, I am now at a point where I am strong enough to live normally without much pain and can use my upper body. Occasionally there are glitches to this, but whenever I injure myself again the corehealth team get me back up and going again… Once Amir has finished telling me off for being so clumsy/irresponsible to hurt myself!

Do you have a favourite exercise/service and why?
Although I love my EP sessions, my favorite session of the week has to be my GE class. I enjoy the friendly atmosphere; being able to relax and exercise wbith other people who have the same aim. Plus the 80’s music is always highly enjoyable. I find the exercises challenging, but you get a great mix of strength and flexibility through movement.

What are your health goals for the remainder of this year?
To not hurt myself again!! I injured my other/good shoulder before Christmas last year, and am still building up to my strength before that. By the end of the year I would like to be even further along from the point where I injured it. I also always have several aims on the bike: I want to break 1000 watts in my 30 second test, and I want to get good enough at the 3 minute test that I can stop training for it!

All of the staff at corehealth are incredibly proud of Peta for her achievements thus far and will be helping her every step of the way to achieve her health goals for the remainder of 2016! (However Peta, you can ALWAYS improve on the 3-minute test!)

– Written by Sarah Bernhart

Let’s Talk Health – Strange Uses of a Blood Pressure Cuff

Strange uses of a blood pressure cuff…the efficacy of blood flow restricted exercise.

Some of you have likely observed strange looking exercises I have been applying on patients recently. It looks like the patient is performing a regular exercise only even for the older / injured patients, the resistance / weight appeared very light.
Furthermore, when you looked closely you must have noticed that there is a blood pressure machine / cuff attached to the patient’s limb while they were performing the exercise. Well, no I have not started measuring blood pressure in ankles and / or thighs.

Mobility is a vital part our lives and is what makes us able to explore our environment, express our body and fulfill our needs for any type of social and / or physical interaction. To maintain and enable one’s ability to move, we have to ensure structural strength and the ability to perform daily living tasks. Furthermore, to maintain and achieve any level of sport performance, being chased by the bus or cycling over a high mountain, skeletal strength and muscular conditioning has to occur. Similarly, if you have ever heard me talking about metabolic rate and the need for increased overall body muscle strength to increase this rate in order to assist the body in reducing body fat mass, then you are aware of the need to strengthen our body constantly.

Now, any one of these patients; an elderly, frail, chronically ill or post surgery recovering athlete trying to condition their muscles with heavy weights / high intensity training or sometimes even body weight exercises is likely to be told by any specialist that it is a contraindication to their condition.

Developed by Yoshiaki Sato of Japan in the 1970’s, Blood Flow Restricted (BFR) training enables training with very light loads (below 30% of your maximum resistance ability) therefore not posing a muscular / tendon and or joint damage danger. The exercise is being performed with a certain range of pressure in the cuff (depends of the stage of recovery, age and end goal) to promote an increase of blood below the cuff and is aimed at the main muscle executing the movement. Once the dynamic movement has ended the pressure is released and the blood below the cuff is allowed to circulate back to the heart.

Studies have shown that this method of training not only increases rate and ability to increase strength yet also muscle size. This is crucial when long periods of sedentary behaviour and / or forced immobilisation has led to significant discrepancy between limbs, there is a need for and enhanced method to “catch up” to enable recovery. This is the case even more so when discussing rehabilitation of elderly individuals that are often restricted to bed. Using this method while exercising in bed will stimulate muscle development / recovery and growth in a relatively safe environment and promote return to activity faster.

‘The efficacy of blood flow restricted exercise: A systematic review & meta-analysis’, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Joshua Slysz & Jamie F Burr, 2015.

– Written by Amir Sela

corehealth News

Different type of client success…

Congratulations to Andrea!

Andrea Higgs has been a corehealth client for over five years. During that time we’ve watched her transition from a corporate management life to a new career in Interior Design. We were very excited to hear of her recent success as one of three finalists in a rug design competition and to recently find out that over the weekend, she won! Andrea also won the People’s Choice Award and recieved 42% of the overall votes! You can see her rug displayed in the Burnside Shopping Centre in the seating area to the west of Cibo. We look forward to hearing about her future endeavours and are so proud of her achievememts.

Rod’s Art Exhibition

The corehealth staff is extremely proud and would like to congratulate Rod Taylor on his new exhibition! Named “New Works” the exhibition is an intriguing collection of 3D work. Rod is a retired associate professor that is international and nationally recognised for his influential work in the arts, education and contribution to the world of art. In his “arsenal” of accolades – CEO of Central school of art incorporated which also co founded, fellowship of the Council of University Art & Design Schools (ACUADS), and in 2010, he received the award of Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
The “New Works” exhibition is displayed in the Hill Smith Gallery until the 27th August.

Recipe of the Month

Raw Carrot Cake with Macadamia Frosting


Macadamia frosting

2 cups macadamias, preferably soaked for a couple hours
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup organic maple syrup
Water, as needed (I added ¾ cup)

Carrot Cake

2 large carrots, peeled
1 1/2 cups almond meal
2 cup medjool dates, seeds removed
1/2 cup organic shredded or desiccated coconut
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


Walnuts (as many as needed)


1. To make the macadamia frosting, blend all ingredients in your blender (high speed preferably) until smooth, adding in some water as needed.

2. To make the cake, chop the carrots into small pieces and then throw into your food processor with the other cake ingredients and pulse until it’s all in really small pieces and sticks together.

3. To assemble, put half of the cake mix into the bottom of a lined spring-form cake tin and press firmly with a spoon. Then spread on about 1/3 of the macadamia frosting. Then place into the freezer until the macadamia frosting is hard.
Then put the rest of the cake mix into the cake tin and press firmly with a spoon.

4. Put the remainder of the macadamia frosting into the cake tin and place back into the freezer until the frosting is hard.
When ready to serve, take out of the freezer and decorate with walnuts.

5. Serve and enjoy

– Suggested by Marissa Carter