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From figures to fitness


Super sporty but also great with numbers, a young accountant’s dream of running a fitness business proves living your true passion, really does add up.

 

“I always wanted to have a job that felt more like a hobby and never really saw my future as sitting at a desk all day,” says Olivia, a qualified Reformer Pilates instructor.

At the start of the year, the 28-year-old said goodbye to her corporate career and launched Grounded Pilates, upstairs in the lofty light-filled studio at 150 Office Road in Merivale.

A friend thought up the befitting name of Grounded Pilates, using Olivia’s unique surname Groundwater, which hails from Scotland’s Orkney Isles.

“I fell in love with pilates in 2017 when I was an Accountant at Covent Garden in London for a global media company. The highlight of my day was running across the street at lunchtime for a Reformer Pilates session. I just loved the atmosphere and the workout.”

Olivia then returned to Auckland from London. While continuing to work in the finance industry she also completed the STOTT Reformer Pilates course and frequented pilates studios.

Determined not to postpone her dream life, she hunted for the perfect space back in her hometown of Christchurch.

She grew up near Dunsandel, then as boarder at Christchurch Girls High, she played netball for Canterbury and loved volleyball, basketball and everything health and fitness.

“I always enjoyed the business side of things as well. My partner is a banker, so starting my own fitness business seemed right, and combines everything I know and love, and I hope to expand in the future. I’ve noticed since the rebuild, everyone is open to trying out new things here in Christchurch.”

She says Reformer Pilates is popular overseas and is gaining traction in Canterbury. Reformer Pilates helps us build a stronger core, improves posture, mood, body shape, muscle tone and increases flexibility. “It’s strength building of lean muscle with a workout that doesn’t leave you exhausted. It really works your core strength.”

Olivia has invested in high-quality machines made in USA and says they are amazing to work with.Pilates was founded by German physical trainer Joseph Pilates in the 1920s and incorporates the mind as well as the body.

“Your mind has to be fully engaged throughout the whole workout. It’s great for the brain and body co-ordination, and for all ages. So far the youngest is 18 and the oldest in her 70s.

“We spend so much time hunched over our phones, laptops and steering wheels these days; pilates is the perfect antidote to help us correct our postures and put our shoulders back!”

The upstairs studio is everything she envisioned – high ceilings, exposed beams, light painted brick, and fresh air, and a separate changing room.

“The regular class sizes are small, just six people. Classes are all run by me at this stage, so I am able to give them all my personal attention. Everyone has been so friendly – it really doesn’t feel like I’m at work!“

Metropol has five Grounded Pilates sessions to give away to a lucky reader. To enter head to the Metropol Facebook page.


 

Beauty from the inside, out


For the longest time, we’ve thought beauty was something we created externally. From lotions to potions, we would put it all on our skin in the hunt for that beautiful glow.

But local company QT is revolutionising the cosmetics industry; QT is about beauty from the inside, out. Welcome to the world of internal cosmetics, for both him and her.

Each of the innovative products has been developed with the perfect mix of world-class research, technological innovations, dedication, persistence, passion, family and commitment.

They utilise only the finest ingredients, that are 100 percent natural, ethically sourced and GMO Free – synergistically engineered for the most effective absorption into the body to deliver optimum results.

With QT, you can experience the magical transformation of a youthful, even skin tone. Restore elasticity, heal imperfections, and holistically support your metabolism and digestion, so you feel more energised with every scoop.

It’s youthful, flawless skin naturally.


 

Cosmetic tattooing: a beauty must have


Cosmetic tattooing has come a long way in technology and technique – it’s now the must-have beauty boost of the future.

 

Angela Millar has a rewarding career in micropigmentation, framing faces with youthful semi-permanent eyebrows and eyeliner.

Feathered, powdered or a combination of the two they are now more natural and flattering than ever before.

“They don’t look like they’re tattooed at all,” says Angela, who has 30 years in the beauty industry.

“They used to be quite heavily applied with ink. Now the treatment sits a lot higher on the skin, and looks more natural. They just fade beautifully over time, lasting from one to three years.

“No micro-blading is involved, just a superfine nano needle barely scratching the skin’s top layer in the gentlest way, I pre-map and draw them on first, and take time talking things through. Eye liner can be either fine or dramatic, it’s up to each client.”

Angela is part of the KM Surgical and Dermatology specialist medical facility in The Avenue Health building on Bealey Avenue, with the advantage of working in a day-stay accredited facility.

Scrupulous in her pre-consolation, she travels regularly to the latest training and conferences, and has invested in quality machines from America and Germany.

“After the first treatment, they only need to be refreshed. I love a day doing this, as everyone always walks in smiling! You wake up in the morning, exercise or swim and still look great with no makeup. And it really does make you look younger.”


 

Safeguarding oral health


An open letter to dental patients: You see a hygienist regularly and have a dentist check your teeth. Perhaps you’ve just had a filling, a crown, veneer, or even a root canal. You’re on the right track for dental health.

 

 

The restoration that’s just been placed in your mouth should be looking good and functioning comfortably for years or decades. It’s now part of your body – 24/7.

That foreign-to-the-body material will now be subject to extremes of heat, cold, abrasion, acid, bacteria and digestive enzymes from saliva.

New evidence shows filling materials of nearly any type can slowly break down, releasing minute amounts of the filling/restorative material/cement into the mouth over time.

Amalgam contains approximately 50 percent mercury by weight, along with silver and other metals.

Most composites and some cements used to fix crowns to teeth contain chemicals such as BPA, TEGDMA, HEMA, phthalates and sometimes titanium dioxide.

All or any of these chemicals can cause health concerns.

Biologic Dentistry seeks to use materials that are safe as possible while still allowing for excellent clinical results.

Swiss dental materials manufacturer Saremco is a manufacturing company with the same goal.

Its restorative system is reported to be the only one where every component is free of HEMA and TEGDMA (as well as above-listed chemicals) and very recently designed to resist enzymatic dissolution.

It is available to all New Zealand dentists through Bioholistic New Zealand Ltd – www.bioholistic.co.nz.

Why not choose the healthier alternative, as the team at Dentistry on Merivale has? Phone 03 355 8297.


 

Put your back into it!


Approaching life with a back that lets you do what you want, when you want to, is something none of us can take for granted. In fact, up to 80 percent of us will suffer from back pain at some points and it affects not just mobility, but also mood.

 

A Muscle People Physiotherapist demonstrates some of the Dynamic Spines exercises

 

Luckily, the team at Muscle People understands how core strength is a foundation stone of fitness without injury and a pain-free back.

To strengthen the core which, in turn, supports the strength and healing of the spine, the team of physiotherapists at Muscle People has developed a programme of therapeutic exercise classes called Dynamic Spines.

The classes are now available at all Muscle People clinic, including Wigram Skies.

Each course consists of eight one-hour sessions, including exercises to take home and complete to get the most out of the programme.

As well as the medical and wellbeing benefits there is an enjoyable social aspect to Dynamic Spines.

Limited numbers mean you receive higher one-on-one attention from your physiotherapist instructor within each class as you work to your individual diagnosis and ability, but you also get to share the challenges and fun within a group setting.

The Dynamic Spine classes are run at two levels: the first level is about learning to locate and strengthen your core through dynamic and functional exercises, while the second level progresses these skills further.

Before enrolling in a Dynamic Spines course, clients are assessed by one of the team to ensure the classes are going to be the best approach for their issues.

“Our team wants to know that participants will see real results from the classes, before they make the commitment to the programme,” Laurie Moore, Director and Physiotherapist at Muscle People says.

Each course begins with low impact exercises which gradually build in intensity as participants progress.

Classes can include pilates-focused exercises and working out on the Oov – a fun, odd looking piece of equipment that activates core stabilising muscles while gently extending the spine.

“People enrol in our courses through a number of routes,” Laurie says.

“Because Dynamic Spine courses are designed and instructed by physiotherapists, they are available as treatment through the ACC system. We receive referrals from back specialists when clients need to strengthen their core before treatment, or post-surgical clients and, of course, we have private clients who want to address back pain, mobility and reverse a gradual decline in core strength.”

To find out more about Dynamic Spines, phone Muscle People on 0800 027 194.


 

Age-defying treatments


The Skin Rejuvenation Clinic has seen a growing demand for safe and effective treatments to help maintain a youthful appearance, that also fit in with a busy work and social calendar. People want to see fabulous results with little to no down time. That’s where radiofrequency 3DEEP® Technology fits in!

 

 

Over time our skin is exposed to environmental factors such as sun, pollution and smoke which cause the skin to gradually lose its firm, youthful look by affecting the quantity, strength and elasticity of the collagen fibres.

It is the degradation of these collagen fibres that cause the wrinkles and sagging of the face and skin all over the body.

Radiofrequency is an advanced technology that heats the collagen deep in the skin by safely delivering controlled heat deep into the skin while preserving the overlying superficial skin.

The treatment is relaxing, pain free and has no side effects or down-time.

A treatment takes 30 to 45 minutes and you can immediately resume your normal activities.

3DEEP face and neck tightening and contouring treatment is designed for anti-wrinkle and skin tightening of the face and neck, which includes hard to treat areas such as cheeks, jaw-line and under chin areas.

Normally a face and neck treatment costs $350 but this month the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic has a package deal where you pay $250 per treatment and you receive a fifth treatment for free!

Call now as there are limited places for this amazing deal, 03 351 3241.


 

That winning smile


It’s an all too common misapprehension that those with dentures have an easier time of it than those with natural teeth. This is because they look just as good as natural teeth and because they generally last around five to ten years. This leads to a “wear ‘em and forget about ‘em” belief around dentures that, however good it sounds, is not the reality.

 

Just like natural teeth, dentures come with problems too and these can only be picked up by maintaining regular denture check-ups.

Dentures Plus owner Ryan Carlton recommends at least every two years, but if there are natural teeth as well, then every year.

A regular denture problem can be ill-fitting dentures, which can cause soreness and ulcers, and make eating difficult.

Visual checks for possible oral cancers and other abnormalities are also carried out in check-ups.

As with natural teeth, the cleaner the denture is, the easier it is to maintain oral health.

Dentures need to be cleaned daily with a denture toothpaste and brush to help reduce bacteria in the mouth, as well as to tackle stains, plaque and tartar that can accumulate on dentures.

Caldent Denture Cleaner can effectively remove years of stains and built up plaque and tartar deposits.

It’s very popular with Dentures Plus clientele, with beneficial results showing in a few days, Dentures Plus are highly experienced dental professionals committed to providing the best quality service in dentures maintenance and oral health.

Find Dentures Plus at 396 Innes Road, phone 03 385 5517.


 

Super Supplements: Hair Art & Beauty


For our hair and skin to be in the best condition possible, there are certain nutrients we need. Many factors in today’s modern lifestyle contribute to a nutritional deficiency – stress, environmental pollution, pregnancy hormones, poor sleep, lifestyle choices and diet all cause various nutrients to degrade quickly within our bodies. On top of this, some vitamins and trace minerals are unable to be stored in the body and must be consumed regularly, so getting the correct balance through diet alone can be difficult.

 

That’s where the La Biosthetique Fanelan Synergie nutritional supplements come in!

The Fanelan Synergie capsules contain a balanced blend of trace elements and vitamins which the body needs to create new, healthy hair growth and prevent hair loss.

They also increase the amount of collagen the body naturally produces, minimising the visible signs of aging.

Taken regularly for general wellness, they improve the quality of the hair, skin and nails, as well as having an overall positive effect on the body.

They are also incredibly effective at treating thinning hair and hair loss when used in combination with the Methode Regenerante Ergines Plus Vital ampoules – treating the problem both internally and externally.

The Fanelan Synergie tablets are 100 percent vegan, cruelty-free and safe for pregnant and nursing mothers.

If you have any worries about hair loss or the general health of your hair, chat to the H&B team who can recommend the best action for you!

Pop in and see the team at 96 Cranford Street, visit www.hairart.co.nz, phone 03 381 8939 or email info@hairart.co.nz.


 

Nature knows best


For 25 years, Canterbury born and bred Linden Leaves has been transforming New Zealand’s natural plant-based goodness into goodness for our skin. We caught up with founder Brigit Blair about why we should nurture beautiful.

Brigit Blair with daughter Juliet Blair, photo by BeautyEQ

Can you tell us about how the Linden Leaves story came about?
It came from a mother desperate to help two of her children who had endless days and nights of being uncomfortable with allergies, rashes, eczema, asthma and extremely sensitive skin.

I thought a lot about the huge use of steroid creams and highly chemical prescriptive medicines they were using on a daily basis. It inspired me to think back to my granny, who was born and raised on the Chathams with no doctor and a healthy, natural lifestyle.

I thought how nature often knows best and how we have lost that deep connection to simplicity, a more gentle way of caring for ourselves and a healthier way of living.

I became interested in plant-based ingredients and the natural goodness when oils and extracts are taken from them carefully.

Plants also have a natural beauty and often a delightful fragrance – so different from the acrid smell of coal tar cream!

I wanted to develop the beneficial feeling that I find in beautiful nature and fragrance, and our freeze dried botanicals and bespoke fragrances add to the sensory experience of our products.

While not being a miracle cure, my children’s skin improved and the use of synthetic, chemical ingredients was drastically reduced, making me feel much more comfortable as a mother.

Over time the story has continued to evolve.

My daughter Juliet joined me in the business along the way and she has now taken the reins, driving the creative direction of the company and our beautiful new branding and new product ranges.

A passion for natural products, strong ethics, pride in New Zealand and a nurturing family-oriented approach have remained our guiding values.


You’re celebrating an incredible 25 years this year! Why do you think people have connected so strongly with Linden Leaves and your products?
I think many people believe in our quality ingredients and their benefits, in our integrity and honesty and in our story of caring not only for the skin, health and welfare of our customers and our team, but also for our planet.

We are staunchly Kiwi-made and have upheld our principles; we have not put profit before standing against animal testing, microbead use, mineral oils and plastic wrap.

We use recyclable containers and packaging and embrace a no waste and no excess philosophy.

I cherish the holistic approach of our company, creating a lifetime of value, care, respect and gratitude.


Your skin looks incredible! What does your beauty regime look like and what are your own favourite products?
Oh thank you! I think I am like all mothers and grandmothers – too busy and time poor! I think a beauty regime has to have simplicity and flexibility otherwise it will not work.

That’s the philosophy I had in mind when creating our natural skincare range – I wanted something simple to use that women could tailor to their age and skin type.

For my face and neck, I make a custom blend of essential facial moisture, miraculous facial oil and porcelain brightening serum, depending how dry, thirsty or nourished my skin is – every day can be different.

At night, I cleanse with the skin refining cream cleanser and use our beautiful marshmallow regenerating night cream.

As for my body, I have been using the same daily routine for 25 years – applying Linden Leaves natural body oil after my shower!

My skin has always stayed hydrated until the next morning.


What does 2020 have in store for Linden Leaves?
To celebrate 25 years we are rolling out a fresh new look for the brand with beautiful crisp navy, white and rose gold accents.

We have always used the best quality natural ingredients, but as the choices in this area explode, we are slowly but surely moving all our products to be 100 percent natural, which is why we had to say goodbye to our much loved Bathtime range.

Our Miraculous Facial Oil was the first New Zealand made NATRUE certified organic cosmetic last year and our skincare range is 100 percent certified NATRUE natural.

What’s more we launched two 100 percent natural home fragrance ranges this Christmas.

We want to provide women with a luxurious yet natural choice of lifestyle and skincare products.

I believe beauty comes from within, so it’s important we present a positive approach to beauty.

We have introduced the strapline ‘Nurture Beautiful’ representing caring for yourself, one another and the environment.


 

Groundbreaking health screening


The year 2020 is already being touted as the year of health and wellness, with our cravings for self-care reaching epic levels.

 

 

Many of us are still on the New Year’s resolutions bandwagon, we’re increasingly turning vegan, we’re ramping up our exercise and we’re throwing back the kombucha.

And that’s a great thing, right?

When it comes to your health, there’s no shortage of products on the market, from lotions and potions to vitamins and supplements.

Some make us feel good but most make little to no difference. So what’s working and what’s not… or more importantly, how will we ever know?

After all, many dietary deficiencies don’t become evident until the damage is done.

Well, a groundbreaking new start-up in New Zealand may actually have the answer!

Marvel Health’s revolutionary body scanner can actually pinpoint with scientific accuracy exactly what is going on in your body.

“Smart health and tele-medicine are some of the hottest buzz words out there right now,” Marvel Health Co-Founder Tiamara Williams explains.

“But we’re actually leading real-world change in this field.”

A smart health screening and monitoring system designed for preventative and regenerative medicine, Marvel Health uses advanced, non-invasive diagnostic technology to provide state of the art analysis and reporting on every aspect of your health.

After an extensive total body scan, a full report is put together, outlining any areas of concern from all the systems in the body, including cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, nervous system, endocrine system, blood and lymph, urogenital, respiratory, skeletal, immune and sensory.

It not only checks the state of every organ in the body, but it also checks for the presence of disease and pre-disease indicators, picks up more than 150 microbes (such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites and worms), identifies 19 of the most toxic environmental contaminants and provides an extensive allergy profile.

A follow up consultation with their doctor or naturopath, will provide a full explanation of the report, with a recommended therapy plan to address the identified issues
“GPS are under increasing pressure to make a diagnosis within a 15-minute consultation, based on one symptom,” says Co-Founder Dr Machi Mannu, who has been running a similar model in Spain for seven years, before starting up in New Zealand.

Vitamin D is vital for bone and muscle function. Many of our aging population are prescribed this essential vitamin.

However, to achieve optimum function of vitamin D, you need selenium which is lacking in New Zealand soil.

In the absence of adequate selenium, vitamin D encourages absorption of toxic heavy metals such as mercury.

The scan can identify not only selenium and other essential micronutrients but also toxic metals present.

Already they are finding many New Zealanders have just that. That’s just one example of how the scanner can prevent deficiencies and ensure you are getting exactly what you need to get healthy and stay healthy.

A three-month follow up can track your progress, presenting you with a real-time report of your percentage improvement.

“We pinpoint exactly what’s wrong or what’s required and, from there, we recommend the use of compounds, minerals and enzymes etc which are all naturally found in the body or natural substances which are backed up by extensive clinical and scientific research,” Dr Mannu explains.

“We’re taking the guesswork out of medicine.”