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Time to "Spring into Spring" at Norfolk Island Fitness and Health ....

  • Our 8 WEEK BODY BLITZ PROGRAM includes Personal Training and Gym Membership
  • FREE HEALTH ASSESSMENT with every new and renewing Gym Membership
  • Great variety of Group Exercise Classes with a NEW CLASS starting soon ... only $10 per class with the purchase of a Discount Pack of 10.
  •  LORNA JANE ACTIVE WEAR Spring SALE. Starts on Monday for 5 days.

Time to focus on your HEALTHY SELF ... HEAL THY SELF!!

"Excuses will always be there for you. Opportunity won't."

All Gym Inquiries to Kay 52809

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Sleep Disorders: Restless Legs & Sleep Bruxism



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Want to try a fun but effective workout to warm you up during the WINTER months.


Check out our Group Exercise Class Time table below!


The only classes that have a number restriction are the Indoor Bike classes (SPIN I.O.U.) where bookings are essential.


All classes are run by our fully qualified and competent Trainers... Kelly, Emma, Kelvin and Kay.


FITLOSOPHY: "What's good for your heart is good for your head!"


FOODLOSOPHY: "Life is too short for fake butter!"


Winter MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL continues with a FREE personalised program with 3, 6 and 12 month Memberships.


Don't forget to consider our 8 WEEK BODY BLITZ PROGRAM which is a 2 Month MEMBERSHIP with lots of "TLC"!


Finally Kelvin and I would like to wish our much loved Trainer, BRANDT McRITCHIE all the best with his business at Noosa Heads. You will be sadly missed. Thanks mate for the past 6 years!

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The Mystery of Inherited Trauma: Why Family Violence Needs to Stop


It’s still common to hear people talk about abuse or trauma in their own childhood as something that didn’t affect them, and question why there’s so much push now to stamp out “tough love”. Comments like “a good belting never did me any harm”, or “Send them off to war to toughen them up” reflect views that unfortunately are still alive and well.

So let’s consider whether the evidence to support these views stands up. Is tough love and hardship good for people?

Over the past thirty years, billions of dollars worldwide have been invested in prevention of mental health disorders. Despite public health campaigns, policy changes, and widely available services to promote recovery, the burden of mental disorders continues to grow. We’ve seen little change in the international data – roughly one in four people will suffer a mental disorder at some time during their lifetime.

And some problems are getting worse. From 2009 to 2014, the number of girls between the ages of 10 and 17 hospitalized for intentionally cutting or poisoning themselves more than doubled.

Are we missing something?

Well, the answer to this seems to be a resounding yes. Epigenetic research is opening up compelling and disconcerting evidence about the impacts of trauma on mental health.

We’re now learning that our parents’ and grandparents’ stressful and traumatic experiences change the way our own genes function. And quite literally change the way our brains function in response to stress. Their life experiences can be expressed in our lives, often without us even knowing their history.

Here’s a story that is becoming all too common in therapy these days. Sarah (not her real name) was referred for cutting. She said that in the moment when she couldn’t resist the urge to self-harm, she had an overwhelming feeling that she didn’t deserve to live. She felt flooded with guilt and shame for the pain she “knew” she was putting her family through. Yet she could not identify anything she had actually done that deserved such intense feelings. Until I asked about her family history.

The story came out that her grandfather had been killed in a motor vehicle accident before Sarah was born. Her grandmother (his wife) had been driving intoxicated when the accident happened and had been trapped in the car after he went through the windscreen. By the time Sarah was born, her grandmother had been hospitalised for many years for chronic depression. Suddenly, Sarah had a lightbulb moment and said that she could really feel the shame and guilt her grandmother must have experienced. She said that her own mother – who had only been two years old at the time of the accident - had been a drinker all her life and was never a warm, nurturing mum to Sarah.

In that moment, Sarah realised that she was experiencing those same deep painful emotions of shame, guilt, and abandonment that must have been felt by her grandmother and mother. How could this be?

Suffering adversity in childhood literally alters methylation processes in our genes through the biochemical changes we experience ourselves when faced with overwhelming stress or trauma. These changes within our own DNA are passed on to our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who are hardwired to respond with much greater sensitivity to stress. Changes are triggered in the functioning of the amygdala, hippocampus, thalamus and other areas of the brain responsible for sensitivity to stress. That is, the genetic coding changes the way the brains of subsequent generations respond to adversity.

The most common stressful experiences known to alter gene expression are child abuse (emotional, physical, or sexual), child neglect (emotional or physical), and household dysfunction (domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness or criminal activity, or parental absence). The more of these common experiences a person has in their childhood, the more likelihood that their genes will be altered and the greater the chance of their future generations inheriting these changes.

So let’s connect the dots…the only way we will seriously reduce the burden of mental disorders is to heal ourselves from the traumas passed onto us and acquired in our own lives. Our children, grandchildren and all future descendants will have their own challenges to resolve. They don’t deserve to carry ours as an added burden.

Dr Kate Lemerle, Psychologist

Chrysalis Counselling & Coaching, Norfolk Island

WEB: www.chrysaliswellnessservices.com

TEL: 52112 or email drkate@iinet.net.au

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FITLOSOPHY: "Motivate the mind and the body will follow!"

FOODLOSOPHY: "Cooking well doesn't mean cooking fancy. Eat food that's as close as possible to how nature made it."

Some places still left in our Spin Classes (Indoor Bikes) ... a great 35 min workout for the whole body.

Norfolk Fitness T Shirt sale continues for another week.

All shirts $10.

LORNA JANE ACTIVE WEAR SALE ... All tights and long pants $60

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