Phoebe Ackland is one of our naturopaths at our Bondi infrared sauna studio. She utilises herbal, nutritional and energetic medicine to aid the body’s innate self-healing mechanism, helping to guide you gently back to a state of wellness and restore equilibrium between the mind, body and soul. We chat with Phoebe about the essence of naturopathic medicine and her own daily health practices.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A NATUROPATH?
When I was a teenager I dealt with challenging period and skin issues. I wish that I had have had the support of a naturopath to guide me through these hormonal transitions and to teach me how to properly take care of myself. To be able to do that for women now fills me with joy and purpose every day. I love seeing my patients radiating with good health from the inside out. I have also always felt a strong connection to nature, so to be able to bridge the gap between my patients and nature’s medicine is the calling of my soul.
WHAT DOES THE TERM NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE MEAN TO YOU?
I believe that the body has an innate ability to heal itself. By using the gifts of the earth, such as herbs and food as medicine, a naturopath can gently assist one’s life force (or energy) to re-calibrate and bring about true healing and harmony to the mind, body and soul.
DO YOU HAVE ANY DAILY HEALTH PRACTICES? IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY?
My morning ritual always helps me to start the day blissfully. I’m a super early riser (4.30am!) so I get to enjoy the world when it’s still dark and before the hustle and bustle of the morning begins. This is when I find the most peace within myself. I go to the gym, make a warm cacao and write in my journal which includes a gratitude list, goals and affirmations. This has truly been a transformative addition to my life ~ I couldn’t recommend it enough.
HAVE YOU FACED ANY CHALLENGES REGARDING YOUR OWN HEALTH AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
One challenge for me being a pescotarian, is protein intake. Adequate protein in our diet is so important, especially for a very active person like myself. Protein gives our body the building blocks it needs to produce our ‘feel-good’ and calming neurotransmitters. To overcome this, I now ask myself “where is my protein?” at every meal to ensure I’m consuming enough to fuel my body.
WHAT KEEPS YOU FEELING GROUNDED?
I make it a priority to do some earthing every few days; going for a gentle walk, lying on the grass or walking barefoot on the sand as I’m lucky to live close to the beach. I’ve always been an over-thinker and a little prone to anxiety, so smelling the earthy perfume of fresh grass, feeling warm sun on my skin and soft sand between my toes, helps me to get out of my mind and into my body.
Phoebe Ackland, naturopath ~ @phoebeackland_naturopath
You can find Phoebe at our Bondi infrared sauna studio; Bondi Practitioners — Nimbus & Co. (nimbusco.com.au)
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