Meet Barbara

  

I was born in Berlin, Germany. In 1972 my then husband and our 5 year old daughter migrated to Australia. Eventually moving from Melbourne to Cairns where we owned and operated several restaurants. After my divorce I moved to Sydney, where I got seriously interested in health and weight training, so much so that I bought into a small all male gym. Slowly, I introduced more and more women into the gym and soon needed to look for larger premises. I became a certified fitness instructor, teaching weight training and aerobic classes. I entered several bodybuilding competitions and got 2nd place at the age of 40 years. I operated The “Manly Gym and Fitness Centre” for about 7 years.

After finishing my degree in Nutrition (“Advanced Diploma of Nutrition”) I opened my business Holistic Health (and of course I am still recommending exercise as part of a health program).

I have been working in my current practice since the beginning of 2006. At the end of 2007, my friend Judie and I created a website selling a limited range of alternative health products. www.strideintohealth.com

 

    Meet Judie

 

I lived for many years in Papua New Guinea, finally returning to Australia in 1980. In 1989 I went to college to study natural medicine and graduated in 1993. I owned and operated a natural therapy and massage clinic in Brisbane, until moving to Airlie Beach, Queensland in 2002.

 

In 2004 I was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis (MG), an autoimmune disease.  MG comes in varying forms from slight ptosis (droopiness of the eyelids) to very severe forms, affecting arm and leg muscles, breathing etc.  It took many months for me to be diagnosed and it wasn't until I choked and had to be rushed to hospital that tests revealed  MG. My speach was affected by MG (I sounded like I had too much alcohol to drink), my ability to swallow and my ability to breathe properly - all very scary, and certainly not nice for someone who loves to eat and talk!! 

I also had an unencapsulated malignant thymoma.  I spent 2004 in and out of Intensive Care, on and off Life Support and in and out of hospital. 

 

At the time I was so scared, but now I look back on that year as one of the most amazing opportunities in my entire life.  I was able (with help) to work out why I attracted the MG in the first place and have been able to work through issues - some of the issues originated from my time "in utero".

 

As a result of the Myasthenia Gravis, I was no longer able to work in the Remedial therapy arena.

It took me several years to regain my health and strength to the point where I was able to have some "normality" back in my life.  In 2007 I was well enough to join forces with my Nutritionist friend, Barbara Bourke to create Stride into Health.

After finishing my degree in Hypnotherapy and EFT (Emotional Freedom technique) I now successfully practice both modalities here at Holistic Health.

I am constantly amazed at the power of words, whether they be written or spoken.  Through hypnotherapy and the power of words I am able to work with people on a deep and profound level, and assist them to bring about the changes they desire.

My whole lifestyle, my studies and my personal experiences have always revolved around natural health and wellness, and like Barbara I am so grateful that the internet has given me the opportunity to reach out to so many people.