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Dream big for beauty’s sake

Sleeping Beauty was put under a sleeping spell for 100 years, but it begs the question: was it really a curse or a blessing? Catching those Zs is a science-backed way to achieve an inner and outer glow, and here’s three ways to do just that.

Beauty sleep
“You look tired” are three words no one wants to hear. Dr Shelby Harris, a New York-based behavioural sleep-medicine specialist says sleep helps repair muscle damage and cell regrowth, improves brain function and regulates your mood. The key? Consistently having between seven- and eight-hours (and no, playing catch up at the weekend doesn’t count).

Princess and the pea
We’re recommending against putting your vegetables underneath your mattress, but we do suggest putting them into your body. So does registered dietitian and founder of wellness education studio, Nutritious Life, Keri Glassman. She says a well-balanced diet combined with at least 20-minutes of cardio exercise each day optimises your sleep – and therefore its benefits.

Screen queens
The one-more-episode mentality is a dangerous game to play before bed. Bingeing on streaming services or having one last scroll through social media keeps your brain active – resulting in a greater struggle falling asleep once you put your device down. The solution? Scientific studies suggest avoiding screens one to two hours before bed.


The breast care possible: Pacific Radiology

Breast health is important. At Canterbury Breastcare, women and men’s breast healthcare – from diagnosis to recovery – is taken care of under one very supportive roof by specialist health professionals.



Canterbury Breastcare is kitted out with state-of-the-art equipment to offer full-field digital mammography.
Home of national breast screening programme, Screen South, Breastcare also administers the Canterbury DHB’s diagnostic imaging, as well as providing a private service.

The multi-disciplinary team of radiologists, surgeons, oncologists, pathologists, breast nurse specialists and mammographers can diagnose and provide treatment options like surgery or on-going surveillance and clinical management.
Canterbury Breastcare has four very experienced surgeons who specialise in breast surgery and are available to diagnose and treat a wide range of breast diseases, including breast cancer. Six breast nurse specialists work closely with consultants to offer outstanding patient care, including information regarding treatments, practical advice, psychological support, coordinating care pathways and being a pivotal point of contact for patients and their whānau.

Two yearly mammograms are provided by Screen South free of charge, for women aged between 45- and 69-years-old.
If you have noticed any changes in your breasts see your GP before attending a screening mammogram.
When you turn 45-years-old you should have been invited through your GP to enrol in this programme. You can also enrol by calling 0800 270 200.
If you are younger than 45-years-old or older than 69-years-old, and haven’t observed changes to your breast, you can book a self-funded service.

If you notice any changes in your breasts, or have a family history of breast cancer, see your GP. Your GP can refer you to Canterbury Breastcare for breast imaging and surgical consultation. Some of these services are funded by public health services and private health insurance. Self-funded options are available too.


A balanced approach: Christchurch Boutique Dental

At one Christchurch dental clinic, dentistry has evolved to a technology-driven art from. Metropol catches up with trailblazing holistic dentist Dr David Kao from Christchurch Boutique Dental about his craft.

“Holistic dentistry is how I describe our philosophy. It’s a balanced approach, we consider the whole form and function of a client’s teeth, jaw and face to inform what we do.
“Not only do we apply our knowledge of the medical science behind dentistry, but we use cutting-edge technology and our specialist expertise so our work not only improves oral health, but it gives clients a precise and natural cosmetic result, too.”

“We use cutting-edge microscopic technology to deliver design-guided, natural results. The microscope allows us to create results 20 times more precise than the naked human eye can register, whether that’s sealing a root canal, perfecting a crown, bridge or veneer, or grafting tissue.
“We also use digital photo and video scanning and modelling technology for everything from modelling tooth implants to cosmetic smile design.”

“We know the connection between facial aesthetics and dentistry performance is important. So, as well as a full range of dental procedures – fillings, crowns, bridges, periodontal, root canals, gum and oral surgery, and implants – we also offer cosmetic dentistry including Invisalign, digital smile design, teeth whitening, veneers, dermal fillers and Botox.”

Find Christchurch Boutique Dental at 105 Wainui Street, Riccarton Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm. Phone (03) 925 9929.


Why a full body health check? Marvel Health

At Marvel Health, your healthcare starts with a full-body screening. The screening examines the whole body to detect possible diseases and the likely causes. Marvel Health Co-Founder Tiamara Williams explains.


“Our understanding of healthcare is that we need to discover in detail the causes of an illness before it can be adequately treated. And because the human body is one whole system and not compartmentalised into separate areas, we understand that a symptom presenting in an area of the body may not necessarily arise from that area.
“For example, a complaint of chest pain may not originate from the heart. The pain could be from a lung infection or acid reflux caused by a hyper acidic stomach. It could also be from chest muscle pain. The best way to detect the actual cause without guesswork is from a comprehensive diagnostic scan of the entire body.”

“The Marvel Health Scan reads and interprets bio magnetic signals from human cells to reveal the ongoing problems occurring and future complications. With this information, doctors can now plan a targeted regenerative and preventive healthcare program.
“After the scan, you will have a 30-minute consultation with a Marvel Health doctor to explain your report and make recommendations for your therapy. Our doctors recommend science-based natural medicines. These are natural compounds that are backed by peer-reviewed scientific and clinical studies.”

“A remarkable aspect of the Marvel Health Scan is that it presents in the report the weakest or most dysfunctional three systems in the body. And our protocol is to recommend the essential compounds that target these systems.
“The scan organises the human body into nine systems, and the three weakest systems identified are strong pointers to the regions of the body that require support.
“And the support from Marvel will be in the form of recommended supplements and personalised lifestyle advice.”

“In addition to the 30-minute consultation with a doctor, our patients have a 30-minute Lifestyle Review consultation with a Marvel Health Specialist.
“The consultation aims to explore the factors in your environment that may be contributing to your current health state or even cause illnesses in future.
“During the consultation, you will answer a comprehensive questionnaire about your lifestyle, including your exposure to toxins in your home or work, your diet and nutrition, and electromagnetic influences from your environment.”

“We care for our patients, and we encourage you to stay in touch with us until you feel better. Our doctors and specialists also keep in touch with you through a six week follow-up call and a call from a Marvel Specialist to ensure that you have the support you require while you heal.”


The Influencers: Antonia Riordan

Compliance Partners Occupational Health Nurse

Spring is almost here, so time for a health spring clean for yourself or your workplace. If you’ve deferred some wellness practices in pursuit of staying in and warm over winter, here’s nine simple strategies for a healthier spring you.

Remember this? 30 minutes a day, five days a week, add in two days of muscle-strengthening activities and you have an exercise routine. Simple! How’s the diet? Practice five plus a day, include whole grains, some lean meat and low-fat dairy or vegetarian/vegan alternatives. There complete.

Rethink your drink. Make it water and reduce sugary drinks and alcohol. Both are full of empty calories and over-consumption can lead to long term health-risk.

Getting enough sleep? Aim for seven hours a night and if you aren’t hitting the mark, set strategies to work towards it.

Quit smoking! Any time’s a good time. It’s not just your health but that of whānau and friends.

Stay covered in the sun and include a good SPF. No need to be dowdy, sun safe can be chic, as can having beautiful skin later in life.

Add dental hygiene to your spring clean. While we are brushing, flossing and probably gargling when was the last time you had a check-up? If it’s over a year, it’s time to book.

And remember, prevention is better than cure. Maintain your health checks, utilise health-screening services and as we are products of our genealogy, learn and share your family history.


Laser focus on summer feet: Foot Print Podiatry

Cutting edge laser beam technology is cutting feet issues for Cantabrians – just in time for open-toe shoe season.

Footprints Podiatry’s Lunula Laser uses a double cold beam to ensure no pain – or even sensation – for patients, and Senior Podiatrist Howard Nicholas tells us more about the leading fungal nail treatment.

What is Lunula Laser? The Lunula Laser is the newest standard in treating fungal nail infections. It had been used extensively worldwide with impressive results – and that convinced me to invest in the technology. The great aspect for patients is that it uses two cold laser beams, which means no heat or pain. Once patients have their foot inside, they actually have no sensation that anything is happening at all.

When is the best time to get these treatments? The process of treatment starts with four sessions about a week to 10 days apart. Each foot is exposed to the laser beams for 12 minutes. There may be further sessions depending on the severity of the fungal infection. Winter is the perfect time to have this treatment in readiness for summer and your favourite pair of open-toed shoes.

What are the results? We introduced it last year, and I was over the moon with the results immediately. The level of improvement is amazing. We’re seeing better nail growth and appearance, as well as improvement in the tone and condition of the skin around the nail.

Call Footprint Podiatry on 03 332 9792 to book an appointment in Barrington, Ilam, or Shirley.


The breast option: Encore Cosmetic Clinic

Like many things, when it comes to breast reduction, there are numerous options, each with its own list of pros and cons. Much like breast size itself, there’s no one size fits all – it’s about finding the perfect fit for you.


Metropol catches up with Dr. Grant Bellaney from Encore Cosmetic Clinic, to discuss breast reduction by Tumescent Liposuction.

What are the ‘breast’ reduction options?

1. Breast Reduction by Tumescent Liposuction (BRTL) performed by Dermatological surgeons such as Dr Bellaney. For before and after photos visit

2. Breast reduction by surgery (SBR) typically performed by general or plastic surgeons.

Why opt for the alternative (BRTL) option over surgery?

It is able to give a significant reduction and comes with a much lower complication rate than traditional SBR. It’s also a form of keyhole surgery so leaves very little visible scars.

Is there an age restriction?

Over the age of 40 most women will have at least 40 to 60 percent or more of their breast tissue composed of fat and significant reduction by BRTL is almost always possible. That said, clinicians have found younger women’s breasts are still able to be reduced by BRTL but the technique’s success is definitely less predictable in women under 40.

What is the recovery time like?

Apart from heavy lifting, most normal duties can be resumed within a week for most people. There is usually a bruise-like discomfort for 2 to 3 weeks after the procedure and temporary lumpiness of the breast can persist for 2 to 3 months. Other side effects are either mild or rare and will be discussed during any consultation.

For more information, consult the table on the Encore Health website (link below). Contact the day surgery clinic at 248 Papanui Road in Merivale, phone 03 356 0214.


Beauty from the outside in: Beauty Progress

The French know beauty and how beautiful skin is the outer reflection of inner health.


Wendy Barker travelled to a renowned skincare house in southwest France to meet the man who created GERnetic skincare – the highly effective range chosen for facials and treatments at her Christchurch salon, Beauty Progress.

During his seminar at the Laboratoire Gernetic Synthese at the Chateau d’ Ensoules in Beraut, Albert Laporte explained how the skin reflects what is happening inside the body.

Through the understanding of cellular biology, his products penetrate the skin so the digestive system can effectively synthesise the active elements.

“You will find all the active vitamins, amino acids and oligo elements are in the exact dosage necessary for the body’s daily needs,” Laporte explained to a group of professionals from around the globe.

These are delivered directly to organs such as the liver and can help counteract imbalances in the diet or nutrient absorption.

“It is not always possible to get the right nutrients from what we digest. When these creams are applied with effleurage (circular) movements, the fatty molecules – which are two-and-a-half times larger than a pore – remain on the skin, while the smaller molecules go deeper, entering the blood circulation, to be absorbed by the body.”

Working in tandem with a healthy diet, scientific developments in cosmeceutical products are now providing amazing results, he says – not to mention the pampering.

Find about the GERnetic skincare treatments at Beauty Progress on their website.


Eating your way to wellbeing

University of Canterbury Clinical Psychologist Prof Julia Rucklidge has long recognised the critical role of nutrition in mental health. She has spent more than a decade building a case for revolutionising the way we treat mental illness.



Later this month she is joining Sam Johnson and Ben Warren for ‘Building Blocks for Resilience’, a seminar which looks to share strategies to increase your personal resilience and manage stress.

Metropol caught up with Prof Rucklidge about supporting our mental wellbeing through nutrition.

How did you first become interested in the link between nutrition and mental wellbeing?

In short, it was because my PhD supervisor in Southern Alberta, Canada in the early 1990s was approached by some families who suggested we could treat very serious psychiatric disorders through nutrition. As a scientist, even if an idea seems wild and wacky and contravenes popular belief, then it’s our duty to explore whether there is any scientific validity and the fact is, not enough people are getting well with current treatments.

How critical is this connection?

What the research reveals is that we should all care about having a good nutritional foundation and if we can ensure everyone has a good nutritional foundation, some mental health struggles would probably disappear.

While poor nutrition is not the only cause of mental illness, it is a pretty big risk factor. Research points to a strong link between good nutrition and good brain health, and suggests some people are not getting enough nutrients from their food alone.

The ‘why’ is a complex issue, but one of the easiest things to point to is that our diet has changed massively in a short period of time and now consists of many ultra-processed foods which are calorie-rich but nutrient-poor.

About two-thirds of the supermarket products are ultra-processed foods which are simply not good for our health – physically or mentally.

What are some practical ways we can support our mental health through nutrition?

I think it’s fairly simple – eat whole foods; foods your grandma would recognise; fruit and vegetables; healthy fats; fish is definitely up there once or twice a week; eating grains; complex carbs – so things like black beans, lentils, quinoa; ensuring you get nuts, which are a very nutrient-dense food; so ensuring most of your diet is coming from these types of food, alongside reducing your consumption of ultra-processed foods, so potato chips, corn chips, processed cereals and some takeaways.

For some people however, all this is simply not adequate enough to provide for the nutrient needs of the brain, so supplementation can play a role.

Research is pretty clear on B vitamins; this is a simple way to become more resilient to chronic stress.

Stress is a nutrient depleter, so your need for nutrients goes up in times of stress and you need to match that with your intake of nutrients from food. Sleeping well, exercising, meditation, mindfulness, breathing – these types of things can also be really useful.

While medication can be beneficial for some people, we need to move away from it being the typical go-to.

The Building Blocks for Resilience will be held at the Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret’s College, 12 Winchester Street, on Thursday 27 August, 7-9pm. Proceeds go towards supporting Prof Rucklidge’s lab, Te Puna Toiora, the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group.


Winter Skin School: Face Value

Winter is arguably the worst time of year for our skin; the combination of central heating plus the harsh weather conditions makes for dull, dry complexions. But it’s not all bad news – winter is the best time of year to try non-invasive skin treatments.



Face Value clients love the latest addition to the suite of services on offer; the Aquapure hydrafacial. A non-invasive dermabrasion treatment that delivers clearer, more hydrated, refreshed and younger-looking skin, Aquapure is ideal for all skin types as it targets uneven skin tone, oily/congested pores, dehydrated and dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles, and is the perfect companion treatment for other skin therapies.

Winter is also an ideal time to treat yourself to IPL and facial peels.

The reduced risk of sun exposure before and after such treatments optimises the outcome and is the perfect time to tackle pigment, tone and texture changes associated with sun damage.

Winter skin can look dull, so a professional treatment every three to four weeks is ideal – that’s how long it takes the skin to move through the full cycle of cell growth.

A superficial peel or exfoliating treatment will clear away dead skin and enable better absorption of active topical skincare. Regular facials will help to keep your skin clean, clear and hydrated.

Your everyday skincare regime may need tweaking during winter as the skin becomes drier and more sensitive.

Face Value offers a complementary skin consultation with a skin therapist to make sure you are doing all you can to achieve perfect skin health.

Book your complementary consultation now, phone 03 363 8810.