June Newsletter 2018

June Newsletter

This month our regular champion is a determined, funny and incredible young man!

One of our newly accredited corehealth divers talks us through all the health benefits of scuba diving

Our recipe of the month is the perfect winter warmer, Laksa soup!

Contents

corehealth Monthly Special
corehealth Inspiration
Regular Champions
corehealth Health
Recipe of the Month – Laksa Soup

corehealth Monthly Special

Winter is now here! To help you warm up your feet we are selling our socks for only $10 each or $18 for two pairs! Only valid for the month of June or until stock runs out.

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corehealth Inspiration

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.”
– Chinese Proverb

corehealth Regular Champion

Client Story – Nicholas

Nicholas is a 12-year-old boy and has been attending corehealth since August of last year (2017). Since then he has become a valued client and an extremely joyful character to work with for all staff members. Nicholas first attended corehealth with his mother seeking advice and management to help improve his energy levels (particularly after school), low muscle tone and coordination. He also had difficulties with his posture, often being found sitting hunched over in a chair or drooped dragging his feet whilst walking, he preferred to be laying down over any other posture.

Nicholas is currently in grade 7 at school where he is excelling both academically and socially with his peers. He enjoys going to school with his preferred subjects being maths and history. Nicholas also has a hobby for music, taking up the saxophone as his preferred instrument. When he isn’t studying at school or putting in the hard work at corehealth Nicholas enjoys simply relaxing at home and watching his current favourite television show – The Fresh Prince of Belair. A comedic classic to match his funny personality and sense of humour.

Nicholas comes from an Italian family background so it wasn’t any surprise to find out his favourite food was gnocchi, although he also mentioned enjoying a simple Vegemite sandwich as well. We also asked Nicholas what he would like to be when he grows up in which he gave an elaborate answer how he was going to be an entrepreneur working with computer programs and parts hopefully growing into the next Microsoft. Watch out Bill Gates!

Since joining the corehealth family we have seen Nicholas make exceptional improvement all round. His mother reports that she has noticed he is standing up straighter and is less fatigued throughout the day with much longer lasting energy. After first coming to core health Nicholas disliked the idea of exercise and wasn’t to enthused to join in. Since then he has progressed from 30-minute sessions all the way to 1-hour sessions working with various staff members. He no longer dislikes the idea of exercise; but is enthusiastic during sessions, motivated to work hard and always willing to try new things. We have noticed substantial development in Nicholas’ hopping, jumping, balance and neuromuscular coordination. He often mentions appreciating our agility courses and balance work with incorporated ball throwing.

My personal favourite aspect about working with Nicholas is asking him “How was that?” after an exercise and listening to him respond “That was great!” or “That was fantastic!” and the smiles we share during sessions.

From all of us at corehealth, we would like to congratulate Nicholas on all his current achievements and hope to see many more in future!

Written by Michael Ceccarelli

corehealth Health

Health benefits of scuba diving

Celine, Lucy and I have recently completed our scuba diving course so that we can join Amir, Michelle and Sarah in the depths of the Fijian reefs during our July work trip! The 10 hours of online learning that we completed beforehand could have been enough to scare us off of diving’ altogether – the understandably safety-conscious learning material had us all believing that our lungs and/or ears would explode with just one wrong move. We have since learned that it is very simple to avoid these rare events, but nonetheless I think some more positive news on diving would be appreciated! So here are some health benefits of scuba-diving:

Strength and flexibility
Leg and core strength will benefit a lot from working against the water resistance, especially if swimming against a current. With good technique kicking using hip flexion and extension with straight knees will allow for activation of the gluteal muscles – muscles that are very commonly weak from too much sitting.

Cardiopulmonary benefits

The obvious aerobic fitness aspect of the swimming aspect of diving is accompanied by other interesting elements. Two aspects of immersion increase the exertion of the heart: the hydrostatic pressure pushes the blood from the extremities to the heart and hence the heart works harder to circulate the blood back through the body. Secondly, if the water is cold this causes constriction of the blood vessels close to the skin, creating the same increased effort for the heart to circulate blood. 
Additionally, breathing against the slight resistance of the breathing apparatus and the barometric pressure will improve the efficiency of the lungs.

Stress relief

In response to the above factors that essentially increase blood pressure, the body responds by reducing the “fight-or-flight” response to reduce heart rate and even out the blood pressure; it does this by reducing stress-related chemicals such as norepinephrine. 
Additionally the slow and deep breaths that are encouraged by diving provide a calming and meditative effect in addition to the quiet of the marine environment.

Wellbeing

You always dive with at least one “buddy” so there is always a social aspect to the diving experience. Observing the marine life offers new experiences each time you dive; stimulating memory centers in the brain and simply re-affirming the wonder in nature and our role in protecting it

References:
McQueen, D, Kent, G & Murrison, E (1994), Self-reported long-term effects of diving and decompression illness in recreational SCUBA divers.
https://www.deeperblue.com/top-10-health-benefits-of-scuba-diving
https://www.diversalertnetwork.org/health/heart/how-diving-affects-health

corehealth News

Diving Mad!

Recently a few of our staff members undertook a scuba diving course to become accredited divers!

Along with our long time diver Amir and Sarah and Michelle, Steph, Celine and Lucy are now a part of the diving craze. As most of you have heard we are jetting off to Fiji in July and what better way to enjoy it then from under the sea! Amir has taken some great photos of our underwater paradise here in Adelaide recently hat we just had to share.

 

Public Holiday reminder

Just a friendly reminder that we will be closed for the Queen’s Birthday public holiday on Monday 11th of June. Make sure you reschedule your classes and sessions if need be and have a great long weekend!

Recipe of the Month

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

400ml coconut milk

1 litre chicken stock

2 cups water

1 tablespoon fish sauce

2 kaffir lime leaves

4 x 180gm chicken breasts, trimmed

200gm cooked flat rice noodles

Coriander leaves, Thai basil leaves, scallions and sliced ling red chilli, to serve

Laksa Paste

3 cloves garlic

3cm piece ginger, peeles

2 french shallots, peeled

3 long red chillies

1 stalk lemongrass, white part only

4 Coriander roots

3cm piece fresh turmeric

1 tablespoon fish sauce

¼ cup grated palm sugar

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground cumin

Method

To make the laksa paste, chop the garlic, ginger, eschalots, chillies, lemongrass and coriander roots. Finely grate the turmeric.

Place in a small food processor. Add the fish sauce, palm sugar, ground coriander and cumin and process until the mixture forms a paste.

Heat the oil in a wok over medium heat. Add the laksa paste and cook, stirring, for 6–8 minutes or until fragrant.

Add the coconut milk, stock and water and bring to the boil. Add the fish sauce, lime leaves and chicken and cook for 8 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Carefully remove the chicken and shred using 2 forks. Divide the noodles between bowls and top with the laksa and shredded chicken. Top with the coriander, basil, onion and chilli to serve.

Serves 4–6. 

– Suggested by Marissa