Hello. A place to start is to connect. Let me start by sharing a little bit about myself.
I’m Jess, occupational therapist + integrative wellness practitioner passionate about making a difference in the way people engage with life. As a holistic therapist with over 15 years experience in the health industry I love helping people step into new ways of thinking, doing and being to achieve greater health and wellness, and do more of the things they love.
What began as a journey to discovering my own path to better health and vitality has evolved into my own holistic wellbeing practice, the development of my integrated Whole Life Wellness model, and an online space to connect, learn, share and feel inspired. Welcome to Mind Body Living.
I am a registered Occupational Therapist, mindfulness meditation teacher and certified yoga instructor excited about helping people engage with more of the good stuff.
I connect with people from all walks of life helping them find greater mental-emotional wellness, and inspiring them to do more of the things they love.
My mission became clear
After working in the mainstream medical industry for over a decade, treating thousands of patients in large private hospitals, I started noticing some common patterns among my clients. I became acutely aware that there were patients who would get better and recover very quickly, and there were others who would stay sick, or get progressively worse.
I became deeply curious into the hows and whys of health and disease. I discovered there is so much more than meets the eye.
And when I myself started experiencing a cascade of health problems that lingered for several years, my fate was set.
I became particularly fascinated with how our environment, the food we eat, and the social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of our inner and outer world affect our overall health.
Fed up with my own daily health struggles that had lingered for most of my young adult life, I buried my head in the research, dug deep, pawed through the literature, and took a very deep personal journey into the depths of what it means to truly be well.
Along this fascinating (and often challenging) journey of mine, I discovered a whole new perspective on health, wellness, and the mind-body connection. You can read more about my story here.
I have created my online space, my holistic wellbeing practise, my blog, and the Mind Body Living Centre as a vessel to explore the mind-body connection, to explore and unveil the truths and origins of health & happiness, and ultimately provide momentum for inspired change.
I am now following my heartfelt desires, and it is my wish for you to follow yours.
I am a writer, wellness program designer and meditation-yoga teacher. I am also an on the ground clinician and love working with people one-to- one.
I develop programs, contribute to health and wellbeing publications, and teach others to inspire change and open minds to new ideas on health and wellness.
Please don’t hesitate to email me with questions, enquiries or just an opportunity to connect firstname.lastname@example.org
“Do what you love, and love what you do”
Harnessing the power of meaningful and purposeful action is my passion. I truly believe that what we do, helps mould who we are, and gives us the meaning, drive and purpose to live an enjoyable rewarding life.
My mantra is…
“Let occupation be thy medicine, and medicine be thy occupation”.
In other words, do what you love, and love what you do! And, I’m not talking about the 9-5 daily grind type of stuff. I’m talking about the types of activities, connections and experiences that make you feel deeply alive and engaged with life.
The experiences that anchor you to the present moment and feed your deepest desires with nourishing goodness. The ‘stuff’ that matters to you; the stuff that stirs your creativity and makes you feel enlivened, and bursting with life. The tasks, activities and pursuits that help centre your being, give your heart meaning and allow your inner essence to shine through.
Some of us are lucky enough to experience this in our 9-5 work day. Some of us have to work a little harder to bring this into our life in other ways.
It doesn’t matter how you bring meaningful and purposeful activity and experiences into your life; what matters is that you get to know what it feels like to occupy more of your time doing what you love.
Your mind, your body and your inner spirit will thank you for it!
My personal world
My family are my essence. I love my work, but first and foremost, I am a Mum. I am a Mum to two beautiful little girls, and it is my connection to my life-partner and my family, that feeds my inspiration to live wholeheartedly and in touch with the things that matter. They are my constant inspiration for maintaining vibrant health, happiness and vitality.
I believe optimal wellbeing is about living a conscious life, deeply connected with our hearts desires and those around us.
It’s about living authentically, enjoying a balance of meaningful physical activity, mind-body movement, fresh air, sunshine, time in the great outdoors, and plenty of pure clean water.
It is about nourishing the body with wholesome nutritious food, and nourishing our brain with nurturing goodness, meaningful moments and life inspiring wisdom.
I love yoga, natural clean living, adventure, travel, inner discovery and being in nature as much as I can. I believe the simple things in life are often the best.
Oh, and I love to cook! I love creating unique, simple, healthy, and wholesomely nutritious recipes by experimenting in the kitchen with my daughters. Cooking and sharing food is what brings people together.
I am a firm believer that a focus on digestive health and optimising nutritional intake is critical for boosting our wellbeing and aiding the recovery from chronic illness, disease and poor health.
I personally follow a wholefoods nutritious lifestyle; nourishing my body with beautiful fresh produce, loaded up with plenty of colourful fruits, greens and vegetables.
I choose to eat food that is nutrient dense, colourful and as close to the way nature intended. I feel at my best and most consistently vibrant when I follow a more natural, wholesome eating lifestyle.
NOTE: If you or someone you know would like to know more about looking after their digestive or nutritional health – please seek the advice of a qualified professional (registered Dietician or Nutritionist) who can give you the right advice. Don’t attempt to try any radical dietary changes without the advice of a professional.
“Changing my ‘nutritious lifestyle’ and restoring my digestive health played a huge role in regaining my health, optimising my wellbeing and accelerating recovery”
I think our external environment, both what we can see and what we can not, has more influence on our health than we dare think about. I believe that respecting and nurturing the precious eco-environment that surrounds us, is just as important for sustainable wellbeing as nurturing ourselves. We are all interconnected, and our connection with the natural world, the earth, the oceans, the trees and the mountains and rivers is a critical facet of our health & wellbeing. We need to care for our natural surroundings as if it is the only home we have (because it is!). Looking after our precious natural environment is a critical key to overall health and happiness!
Symptoms as messages
I believe we need to start viewing ‘symptoms’ such as pain, ill-health, mental unrest, emotional burden and physical disease, as our body’s internal dialogue.
Symptoms are our body’s unique form of communication that needs to be listened to, with sensitivity, compassion and gentle curiosity.
Symptoms are part of our natural primal survival drive giving us subtle clues, or big bold messages to sit up and listen; sometimes literally yelling at us to, “take better care of yourself”, “do something different please!”, or “it’s time to take your life in another direction!”.
We need to learn how to tune into this, rather than tune out.
When we attempt to numb, mask or avoid our symptoms through constant distraction, workaholism, drugs, alcohol, over-medication, denial, suppression, or addictive behaviours; it’s like taking a panadol, while standing on a tack.
To truly restore health, find more meaning and purpose, and recover from the inside out, we need to take a closer, more holistic look at ALL the possible contributors that might be feeding into our stress, unhappiness or unpleasant symptoms.
Mindfulness and values-based living are what drive my professional approach and my personal way of life; gently pushing myself and others to connect with their deepest heartfelt desires, and to live a life that is rich, and full and meaningful. I believe in the importance of engaging a mindful life, noticing the little things, and enjoying being connected with the present moment.
Meditation, breathing and mindfulness form a regular part of my routine (when I’m not too busy!…haha), and has been a huge key to re-balancing & restoring my Whole Life wellbeing. No, in all seriousness – it really SHOULD form a part of all of our daily routines…mostly…always…well as much as possible!
I am intuitive, sensitive, compassionate, wholehearted, passionate, curious and genuinely interested in others. I am in introvert by nature but love connecting on a deep level with people from all walks of life, and love spending time with those that bring out the best in me. I am scientifically minded, heart-centred, and philosophical in my approach.
I LOVE empowering people to harness more balance in with their emotional and mental wellbeing, step into their wellness potential, and support them to experience all facets of life, with openness and curiousity.
My WHOLE LIFE approach is simple:
Self care Do something you love Connect
I believe if we can focus on these three things every day; the rest will take care of itself.
Start connecting today…
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Disclaimer All the material on this website is solely intended for educational purposes and is my personal opinion which may not be shared by other medical or health care professionals. The information on this website is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any specific disease / illness. It is your responsibility to seek the advice of a qualified health professional before undertaking any diet, exercise, health program, nutritional or environmental intervention, or any other procedure described on this site. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your health care provider promptly. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking professional advice for any reason.