We have a collective of services that you can access to support your health and wellbeing. Check out the list below and book directly with one of our practitioners.
Clinical Exercise Physiology
We all know that exercise is good for us.
But did you know that exercise can also reduce your risk of developing chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, renal disease, neural conditions such as dementia and poor mental health to name a few. It can also reduce your risk of dying early.
Exercise is medicine.
Science has proven that exercise can help reduce your risk of not only developing a chronic health condition, but also better manage these along with other injuries and/or illnesses, and prevent the onset of further health issues.
Clinical exercise physiology incorporates evidence-based-practice (using the latest research) and clinical judgement (from our years of clinical experience) to prescribe exercise and other lifestyle changes to help in the prevention and management of numerous health conditions.
Clinical exercise physiologists work along side other health professionals (such as your doctor, physio, specialist) to provide safe, effective and enjoyable exercise and lifestyle management strategies. We work with you to develop a plan that is individualised and specific to your current state of health or well-being.
Our clinical exercise physiologists have a minimum of a Masters degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (or the equivalent) and are currently registered with Clinical Exercise Physiology New Zealand.
Who should have an assessment with a Clinical Exercise Physiologist?
- Anyone living with a chronic health condition/illness or injury such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, renal conditions, arthritis, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, muscular injuries, among others.
- Anyone with a family history of chronic disease or who have been told they are at risk of developing a chronic disease.
- Anyone who would like to make sure they are on track to living their best life.
- Anyone with significant stress in their life.
Some insurance providers will provide full or partial funding for assessments and programmes with Clinical Exercise Physiologists. Contact your provider to find out if they will.
Mental and Emotional Health
Mental and Emotional Health
Our mental and emotional health can often be overlooked on our journey to better health and wellbeing. Our Integrative Health Consultation uses specific processes to facilitate change in people by addressing underlying unresolved negative emotions. It is these emotions which can keep us trapped in the limited beliefs and behaviours that often lead to poor health behaviours. This approach enables people to change formed habits, behaviours and beliefs that do not support their wellness, approaching the ‘authentic self’ who is inherently full of health and vitality and is self healing.
If you are:
- Looking for a new approach to looking after yourself
- Feeling ‘stuck’ and have tried all the conventional methods
- Finding it difficult to pinpoint where you should focus your efforts for better health and wellbeing
- Aware that you have physical symptoms that don’t seem to have a cause
The integrative health consultation takes 60 minutes and is a conversation about you and the concerns you have about your health and wellbeing. We will offer options during this conversation as well as teaching you about some of the theories about why we are the way that we are so that you can apply that knowledge to your circumstances.
Discussing our mental and emotional health can be a difficult conversation to start. For this reason, we have several different practitioners that specialise in areas of mental and emotional health. Give us a call or send us an email and we will organise a FREE 30minute initial consultation with one of our practitioners to ensure you are a right fit and comfortable with each other.
During your Integrative Health Consultations, we will talk with you about an action plan and can help you initiate and follow through with this plan during subsequent consultations. The cost of the Integrative Health Consultations are $150.
Health and Wellbeing Coaching
Health and Wellbeing Coaching
We offer health and wellbeing coaching to help you develop and sustain healthy habits to achieve your health and wellbeing goals. Everyone is different – we have different beliefs, world views, personal circumstances, genetics, preferences and tastes. This means that what works for some people, will not for others. We are here to help you create a pathway that works best for you.
Your health coach will:
- Assist you with defining goals and developing an action plan that suits your life and circumstances
- Check in with you regularly to help you keep on track
- Offer guidance and tips
- Help you navigate through any barriers or constraints that might be in your way
- Support you every step of the way
We are all unique, and so too are our health and wellbeing coaches. We offer a free 10minute initial consultation with one of our health and wellbeing coaches to ensure we have the perfect match.
We currently have 2 unique coaches to choose from:
Contact us to find out more about our health coaches and who will be your best fit.
Integrative Health Massage and Mirimiri
We have two wonderful and unique Integrative Health Massage practitioners. Each are wonderfully effective healers that have their own skill sets, backgrounds and techniques.
Integrative Health Massage with Erina
Erina combines traditional massage with techniques learnt from her training in Ortho-Bionomy, Myofascial Release and Lymphatic Enhancement Therapy. Erina has an in-depth understanding of the body, it’s mechanical structure, energy and connections.
In addition to relaxation effects, massage can also be beneficial for medical or therapeutic purposes, alleviating and reducing pain, supporting immunity, and providing comfort. During each session, Erina takes the time to listen to each individual, understanding their unique needs and intentions, and working to support them through their journey to better health.
Mirimiri with Mere
Mirimiri (massage) is a form of integrative health therapy that encompasses healing methods of holistic nurturing to restore balance between tinana (physical), wairua (spiritual), hinengaro (mental), ngakau (emotional) and whanau (collective family) well-being.
Mere has been practicing mirimiri for as long as she can remember. She has taken her passion for healing and combined it with the skills and knowledge gained through study in Reflexology, Reiki, Swedish massage, Hot Stone Massage and Spa. Her resulting practice is unique and highly effective.
Integrative Health Massage and Mirimiri are suitable for a range of clients, from children through to mature adults, athletes, people with health conditions such as cancer, heart, liver and kidney illnesses, recovering from injuries and those simply seeking to relax, unwind and still their busy mind.
Prices for sessions with Erina are:
- 30minute massage $55
- 60minute massage $85
- 90minute massage $110
Prices for sessions with Mere are:
- 30minute massage $40
- 60minute massage $70
- 90minute massage $95
- 60minute mirimiri for kids $45
Book online HERE
Sports Science Testing, Development and Conditioning for athletes
We think athletes are people who are trying to get their bodies and minds to perform at the most optimal level possible.
Efficiency is the aim of an athlete. Athletes are not necessarily Olympians (although they can be), and they are certainly not just those still blessed with youth. Athletes are people who have goals to achieve that require their bodies and minds to do what they are told, when they are told to do it. There is much science that goes into being an athlete these days. We can help you tune your body and mind so that the pathway toward your goal is smooth.
Lactate Threshold Testing
Lactate threshold testing is a key physiological test for athletes who want to ensure that they are training at the appropriate intensity to improve performance. The lactate threshold test involves performing exercise at increasing levels of intensity for about 15 minutes. We will take a small blood sample from your fingertip or earlobe at the end of each stage of the test which will be used to determine your blood lactate level at each stage.
The results of your test will be used to prescribe accurate training zones for your training programme. We can perform the lactate test in a sport specific manner for all athletes.
The cost of a lactate threshold test is $170 and the cost includes a comprehensive report. We can discuss the report with yourself and/or your coach, or work with you to implement a training plan using your results.
We can combine a lactate threshold test with a VO2max test. The cost of the combined test in $190.
Drop us a note here to book or to enquire further about a lactate threshold or combined lactate threshold and VO2max test.
A VO2max test is a measure of your aerobic capacity or fitness. We use direct gas analysis to assess the amount of oxygen your body utilises during exercise.
Measuring your VO2max gives you a fundamental measure of your bodies capacity or ability to exercise. Top level endurance athletes will have a very high VO2max as their bodies are very efficient at utilising oxygen and carbon dioxide during exercise. Whereas those who have a very low VO2max are at a greater risk of death from all causes. This is why we use VO2max testing not only in athletes, but also for those who are either living with or are at risk of developing chronic health conditions, or prior to elective surgeries.
The VO2max test involves performing exercise at increasing levels of intensity for between 8 and 12 minutes while wearing a mask that measures the oxygen and carbon dioxide ratios in the air you are breathing in and out.
The results of your test can be used to prescribe training zones to help you train more efficiently toward your goal. Repeated tests can help to determine the effectiveness of your training plan, improvements in aerobic capacity and improvements in running or cycling economy.
The cost of a VO2max test is $170 and the cost includes a comprehensive report. We can discuss the report and findings with yourself and/or your coach, or work with you to implement a training plan from the results.
We can combine a VO2max test lactate threshold test. The cost of the combined test in $190.
Drop us a note here to book or to enquire further about a lactate threshold or combined lactate threshold and VO2max test.
Sports Nutrition Consultation
Our sports nutrition consultation is for athletes (of all levels) who want to use food to their advantage. There is so much information about food available, much of which appears contradictory, that sometimes knowing what works best for you can be very difficult
The assessment takes 30 minutes and will include an assessment of your current eating pattern and content of your diet while considering your training schedule and competition calendar. You will be asked to complete a food diary prior to coming to your appointment and we will use that information as the basis for a conversation.
We will make an action plan for your nutrition which could be a structured menu plan or simply options to choose from for different meals. We will listen to your personal tastes and identify lots of options that will both be yummy and serve your health.
The cost of a nutrition consultation is $120 (which includes the 30 minute consultation and additional time spent building your meal plan and recipes) and you can book here.
We provide comprehensive training advice that can includes, periodisation, field and gym based programmes and one-on-one training sessions across all sports.
Our physical conditioning programmes are individually prescribed, and based on:
- your results from physiological testing, and;
- the specific requirements of your sport or event
We focus on performance enhancement increasing athletic ability so athletes can; throw further, jump higher, run faster and move more quickly with agility and coordination.
Injury prevention is important in any physical conditioning programme (especially for young athletes). All of our programmes include injury prevention.
Sports Specific Testing
Our services cater for athletes from elite level through to development and masters. Improved performance through the application of evidence based best practice is at the core of all our services. This means combining laboratory and field based testing. Correctly identifying and targeting the large variations in the physical requirements to compete in different sports, is the key to sport specific testing. We will interpret testing results, so that they are most meaningful to you and/or your team.
The cost of testing depends on the battery of tests required. Send us a note here to enquire about sport specific testing.
Junior Athlete Development
Teaching young athletes how to train effectively will reduce the incidence of injury and burnout while providing a stable foundation for continued sports performance into adulthood. We can provide basic seminars for young teams or a comprehensive testing and physical condition programme.
Drop us a note here to organise a time for a chat or to find out a bit more about how we can help your young athletes.
Do you need an expert to come and speak to your team? We are happy to tailor a seminar to your needs. Most seminars are between 60 and 90 minutes in duration and we can cover topics such as nutrition (training and/or competition), mindset and motivation, time management for athletes, injury prevention and much more.
Sometimes we need someone to tell us that we can, and that we are capable, even though our body might be telling our mind that it wants to give up.
Our specialised personal trainers have distinct area’s of expertise and interests from strength and conditioning, to mobility and flexibility, movement, and even dancing! Our personal trainers and clinical exercise physiologists have the knowledge and experience to ensure safe, effective and enjoyable sessions no matter where you are in your health or wellbeing journey. Whether as your regular routine, or part of your wider programme, one-on-one or small group sessions with our trainers are for:
- Anyone wanting to improve or manage their health or achieve lifestyle goals
- Anyone wanting to achieve athletic or sporting aspirations
- Anyone living with any chronic health condition or injury that requires one-on-one supervision
Has it been a battle for a while?
Or do you simply want to understand food so that you can make good choices for yourself and your loved ones?
We have a whole-of-person view about food because it’s not just about what you put into your mouth that counts.
You can book a nutrition check here or contact us to find out about our FastTrack nutrition programme which is a plant based approach to food that support sustainability of protein sources long-term, as well as supporting your health!
Did you know that your body – well your genes – have all the answers to your exercise and nutrition needs? There is a wisdom that we have innately that knows what is needed to make our bodies function to the best of their ability, and it’s in our DNA. Gene science is now at a point where we can determine, based on 8 evidence-based pieces of genetic information (called SNiPs) the best exercise for you, and the best food to eat (and what you should probably avoid eating too).
This technology is leading edge and we can offer you the opportunity to have an exercise and nutrition plan written based on this awesome wisdom that you have inside your cells. All we need is a sample of the cells on the inside your cheek. Those cells are analysed for the 8 SNiPs and we can use that analysis to write you an exercise programme and lay out a menu plan for you as well.
To find out more or to receive a cheek swab kit contact us.
Learning is a lifelong journey and we are proud to have an active research arm that supports our programmes at the Centre for Health.
We like to do research that you think is meaningful to families and communities, as opposed to research that we think is meaningful. When we have a conversation with groups about a potential research project we always ask “What does good health mean to you?” Knowing the answer to that question ensures we are focused on your view of the world, not ours.
What questions do you have about the health and wellbeing of your family or community? What do you think could be changed to enhance the lives of those around you?
We have the academic and practical skills to perform robust, high-quality research. We look forward to a conversation with you soon.
In all areas of our work we adhere to a ‘whole of person’ view of the health. A Maori model of health represents this whole of person idea really well, and then includes a cultural aspect as well, which is important.
Sir Professor Mason Durie’s model Te Whare Tapa Wha (The four-walled house) is a commonly used Maori health model in New Zealand and explains that for a person to be well, all four aspects of health (or all four walls of the house) must be strong.
Based on this model the four aspects are tinana (physical), hinengaro (mental and emotional), whanau (family) and wairua (spirituality and beliefs).
We acknowledge that a person and their family should be looked after and have services provided for them that aligns with their view of the world, therefore we provide kaupapa Maori services and research projects.
If you have another cultural context (e.g. Kiwi or Pacific) we aim to provide all our services in a culturally appropriate manner, regardless of your worldview.
Seminars / Workshops / Speaking Events
We regularly facilitate seminars and workshops in the following topics, but we can tailor a session to your needs as well:
- Kaupapa Maori approaches to health
- Engaging Communities in health and research
- Heart health
- Workplace Health and Wellbeing
- Stress management
- Benefits of exercise for body and mind
- Whole of person health
- Wairuatanga (spirituality)
- Strengthening your natural immune system
- How thoughts and feelings can cause physical symptoms
- A natural health approach to cancer and all chronic diseases
- Achieving a performance mindset
- Why do I keep doing things I know are not good for me?
- Optimising stress for health and performance
We spend a huge part of our lives at work. For us, here at the Centre for Health, we love what we do, so it’s less like work and more just what we do each day.
To be effective and efficient in any work, we need to consider our health and wellbeing. More and more, work is talked about as a part of life that needs to be balanced with other things to ensure we do not become overloaded and experience the effects of stress.
We all have stress in our lives but it’s become a bit ‘normal’ so we don’t feel the need to discuss it or even acknowledge its existence. The reality is that stress can cause physical changes in our bodies that lead to disease. Stress also has an obvious psychological component that can impact on our work and personal lives.
We offer a structured corporate health programme for workplaces that can be tailored to your organization.
We provide expertise, guidance and support on a wide range of health and wellbeing topics including:
- stress management
- connection work / life balance and workplace culture and environment
Your workplace package could be as easy as a one-off seminar or a series of seminars through to a complex package that includes clinical assessments, workshops, and use of our interactive platform so that your staff can be engaged from any location.