Health Tips Blog

tonika health is not just a clinic. We also provide valuable reading and practical resources i.e. our blog that provides valuable health tips for our community in Sydney and Surry hills. Our blog and our newsletter contain tips, tricks and information about how to get well and stay well. We use Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, Therapeutic Massage and Diet as our main methodologies. To know more about our blog, please feel free to click the links below.

We’re all learning to adapt to the current environment. Amidst everything that’s going on, we believe that physical and mental wellbeing is more important than ever. We’re so glad that we can continue to stand by your side and support you during these times and through this blog.

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Renee Zamel / 04.09.2021

Anti-AgeingMany people assume that the best anti-ageing products contain scientifically advanced formulas that stand at the forefront of anti-ageing technology. Little do they know that nature has provided us with some of the most effective ingredients to fight the ageing process and promote longevity. 

The role of organic foods in the anti-ageing process 

Ageing is a process that occurs within all of us. There are, however, steps we can take to fight degeneration, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet that provides us with the right sources of nutrition to help our bodies heal themselves and age well.

tonika health / 16.08.2021

With many of us spending more time indoors than we are used to, it is becoming more common to see the musculoskeletal effects that sitting for large spans of time is having on the people in our community. In fact, many people are complaining about back pain from sitting too long!

Times where we would usually be moving about to get to work have been replaced with simply walking to the home office and sitting down. While we’re sure many of you relish not having a daily commute to and from work, prolonged sitting at home is becoming more and more the new normal these days.

Peter Scarsellettti, Renee Zamel / 03.08.2021

Mental wellbeing with the inner smileHow the inner smile is good for your health & mental wellbeing!

The smile is one of the most powerful energies of personal power. The true inner smile is the smile of total happiness and mental wellbeing. It is not a social smile, but one that rises from deep within the cells and organs of the body.

According to certain Daoist self-cultivation masters, it is said that when you smile, your organs release beneficial secretions, which nourish the whole body and can make a difference to your mental wellbeing.

Renee Zamel / 26.04.2021

Shiatsu MassageHi all! Renee here, your friendly shiatsu massage therapist at tonika health. We all know that modern life is stressful. Our demanding daily lives, the fast paced and overwhelming urban environments we live in, the widespread insecurities of the covid pandemic. These things can unsurprisingly throw us out of balance, create high stress levels that build up over time, and eventually cause disharmony or 'dis-ease'. Stress does creeps up on us over time, often manifesting in minor symptoms like fatigue, racing thoughts at night and digestive discomfort. But it can also develop into more serious chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, anxiety, migraines, insomnia and immune issues.
Eiko Oki / 01.03.2021

Therapeutic massageNever had therapeutic massage before? Think it's just a way to pamper yourself?

Hi, I'm Eiko, the newest remedial massage therapist at tonika health. Lovely to meet you all (albeit virtually!). This is my 'first massage' story...one where I had an 'aha' moment and realised that therapeutic massage is about needs, not just wants. This is a big misconception that I often hear about massage - that it's a nice way to pamper yourself and relax if you want to...but that it's not something that you actually need or something that will result in tangible and significant changes.
Daniela Osiander / 30.06.2020

DanielaThis time it is Daniela writing to you from tonika health. I hope you are doing well and are finding your (new?) routine in this changing world. Personally, I have certainly done a lot of thinking over the last few weeks and months. So today I have an announcement: As of the end of this financial year, I will resign as the manager of tonika health and officially hand over the reins of the business to our acupuncturist Peter, who has been working as part of our team for a year and a half already. I will still be looking after my existing patients – so I am definitely not out of the world! But running the business is quite a separate, big job and it is time for me to create head space to focus on other projects now.
Peter Scarsellettti / 09.06.2020

winter health care Hi there, it's Peter, tonika health's acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner. I hope you're all well and warm during this chilly weather in Sydney at the moment. As we head into the coldest part of the year, I want to chat to you about the best winter health care, including how to improve your overall immunity. There are many things you can do to support yourself and make the most of the season.
tonika health / 09.03.2020

clarity healthIt seems almost everybody is an expert on something these days, especially health & wellbeing, and almost anything can be found on the internet. So we thought we'd share some insights (personal and professional) about how to gain clarity, purpose and direction with your health...the sort of thing you can't find on the internet.
Peter Scarsellettti, tonika health / 03.02.2020

grassA big hello to all for the new year even though we are in February already, but also Happy Chinese Lunar New Year (Year of the Rat) from tonika health's acupuncturist, Peter Scarselletti. For the first time in all my years as an acupuncturist, it's with sadness that I write about the fire element from Chinese medicine 5 Element philosophy, due to the extremely difficult situation that has gripped Australia over the last months in our peak bushfire season. My sincere blessings go out to those who have been affected by the fires, or whose families and friends have also been affected at this time, as well as all of the countless animals that have lost their lives, or are fighting for survival at this time. It's my sincere hope that our precious Australian bushland that has been burned, now has a chance to regenerate itself.
tonika health / 02.12.2019

PositionsDo you suffer from aches and pains? Perhaps pesky neck or back pain? Is your posture to blame? Most of our patients come to us with chronic neck or back pain...and it's often due to hours upon hours of sitting every single day in sedentary office jobs or the like. These pains come from hunching forward at the desk, from sitting and not activating certain muscles properly. If you don’t use it, you lose it...literally!