Glo Health & Wellbeing Clinic
Located upstairs at the Glo store, our Wellbeing Clinic is a vibrant, holistic health centre featuring a team of dedicated practitioners ready to assist you with every aspect of your Health and Wellness.
Asako Ford – Manual Lymphatic Drainage & Oncology Massage
Asako has 8 years’ experience in soft tissue therapy. She completed a Diploma of Remedial Massage in 2012 and has been providing services around pregnancy massage, sports massage, deep tissue and remedial massage.
Asako first started treating oncology patients from 2013, after completing Oncology Massage Training Modules 1 and 2. She recently completed Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy – Casley Smith Method in 2016.
Asako specialises in Lymphoedema treatments including scar tissue management.
Her practice includes nursing home visits, palliative care patient visits and also treating patients at her private clinic in Elsternwick and Southern Breast Oncology in Bentleigh East.
She found her patients are happy to undergo treatment at the clinic which helps to alleviate uncomfortable side effects from their cancer treatment.
Asako is very passionate about the care and treatment for those suffering from lymphatic or oncological illnesses.
Asako is also familiar with Ayurveda which is an ancient Indian medical system.
She enjoys Yoga practice in her spare time.
- Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy
- Oncology Massage Training Module 1 & 2
- Diploma of Remedial Massage
- Massage & Myotherapy Australia
- Australasian Lymphology Association.
Glenn Polley – Shiatsu
I have been studying and practicing shiatsu since 1994 with a deep fascination in how the sum of all our life experiences express itself in our physical body. I have experience in working with a wide spectrum of clients, having worked with the chronically ill, with pregnancy through to people in good health wanting to stay healthy. I also teach post-graduate shiatsu workshops in Australia and New Zealand.
“My interest in health was awakened by my own health crisis. This eventually led me to both shiatsu and qigong in the early 90’s after firstly spending time studying both food energetics and macrobiotics. Part of the journey also included dance and voice work before in an enlightening moment I realised that my innate talent lay in my hands and that shiatsu was to be my path.”
In addition to my formal studies, I have been fortunate enough to attend very regular workshops with some of the leading shiatsu teachers in the UK which has been profoundly helpful in ‘finding’ my style and way of working. From 1997 to 2000 I repeated the entire diploma with the British School of Shiatsu-Do as a teaching assistant which really helped consolidate my learning. Alongside my shiatsu training and practice I studied and practiced Qigong with one of the UK’s leading exponents – Zhixing Wang. I aspire to integrate qigong into my daily practice and in living a full life.
Perhaps the best teachers I have had have been all my clients over my years in clinical practice who have shared so openly and honestly and demonstrated a willingness to explore the deeper meaning to how their life’s have led them to where they are at. They are the ones who have taught me what the essence of a good therapist is.
I have also spent time involved in cancer support, from running support groups to a telephone help line worker for the Lymphoma Association in the UK. I moved to Australia in 2005 with my family to set up life and practice. I was part of the National Council of the Shiatsu Therapy Association of Australia from 2006 -2013 and hold a passion and vision to raise the public profile of this amazing therapy as well as to build a strong and healthy shiatsu community that fosters the growth and development of its practitioners.
- Diploma of Shiatsu – British School of Shiatsu-Do, London (UK) – 1994-1998
- Post Graduate Diploma – Mi Zai Shiatsu Institute, Asti (Italy) – 1998-2000
- Diploma of Shiatsu & Oriental Therapies HLT50207 – East West College, Melbourne (Australia) – 2012
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAA40104 – 2011; upgraded to TAE40110 in 2015
Nathan Burns – Acupuncture & Massage
Nathan Burns has more than ten years of clinical practice experience. Nathan graduated from the Traditional Chinese Medicine course offered at Victoria University of Technology and has a passion for helping people regain control of their lives.
Nathan’s motto is to “Own Life!” This can be interpreted in many ways; however, the central idea is that his clients become empowered to fulfil their potential.
This can be achieved through the reduction of pain – physical, emotional or both.
Physical and emotional pain
Nathan treats physical and emotional aspects of pain at the same time. This is a corner stone of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and something that was refined in Nathan’s treatments during a year-long study trip to Xian, China.
- Back pain and sciatica
- Back pain and especially management of sciatica-like symptoms is an area where Nathan is well-regarded.
- Neck and shoulder pain
Similarly, neck and shoulder problems can also cause acute and chronic pain and stress. Keyboard posture is a major culprit in this epidemic of muscle tightness and pain. A few carefully placed acupuncture needles may be able to provide some patients with relief. Posture and exercise form part of an ongoing management strategy to help people enjoy their lives more fully.
Headaches and migraines
Headaches and migraines usually have a muscular component. Nathan will identify and treat muscle tightness and spasm, which may be able to improve the frequency and severity of painful episodes in some patients.
Nathan is a nationally registered Chinese Medicine Professional.
Felicity Kerr – Naturopath
Felicity combines traditional remedies with current evidence-based medicine & modern science to rectify this disturbance & restore the natural balance of one’s health. Treatments are non-evasive & help the body rectify the disturbance, not just mask the symptoms.
Jeanette – Holistic Counsellor/Coach, Reiki, Crystal Healer, Colour Therapist, Meditation Facilitator, & Angel Practitioner
The basis of the name, ‘Wombat Hollow,’ came to our principal practitioner, Jeanette, when she was just a little girl, visiting the zoo with her grandmother. She had never seen a wombat before, but immediately resonated with this round sturdy animal. The fact that she could reach over and just manage to touch this beautiful animal sealed what was to be a lifelong affection.
Many years later, when it came to acquire a business name, the result was self-evident. Yes, ‘Wombat Hollow’ sounded appealing, but more than that, it echoed Jeanette’s intention of what this holistic practice now offers.
The meaning for ‘wombat’ as a totem animal reflects the meaning of standing your ground when needed, determination, and confidence in one’s abilities. These have all been actions she follows but has had to work hard over time to achieve – just as you, our clients, will come to our practice presenting with areas requiring support to grow.
In Scott Alexander King’s “Animal Messenger” he speaks of the wombat ‘walking her talk’ and that ‘to treat others as you would be treated yourself is the golden rule of wombat dreaming.’ This meaning is a philosophy with which Jeanette strongly resonates. It is the intention of this practice to support you always with this philosophy in mind.
The word ‘hollow’ was chosen to imply a place of comfort and caring, a cosy private hollow or safe place, where one can be one’s self and be able to speak freely and with trust. We hope this image is also realised for you when you choose to use our services.
Charli Harding – Hahnemann Healing, Refloxology, Life & Health Coaching
Chali created Cocoon Wellness knowing that we all have within us a fragility. Our fragile self can manifest as anxiety, depression, self doubt, loneliness, stress, fear, grief or exhaustion. With that fragility comes the need for us to be nurtured and nourished in our body and mind, emotionally and spiritually. We are not always very good at putting ourselves first and calling time-out for some self nourishment.
Hahnemann Healing is a form of spiritual healing that deals with emotions that may be causing the person to feel stuck in their life. It deals with the emotions behind illness; that is, the negative feelings we have had towards events that have happened in our lives that have preceded illnesses.
A light touch therapy that works deeply within the nervous system and is gentle, uplifting and nurturing.
Lucinda Pyman – Medium, Hahnemann Healing, Spiritual Counselling
Lucinda Pyman has been a certified practitioner in emotional healing for over nine years as well as a certified massage therapist for over 16 years.
Lucinda is passionate about helping people find their purpose and unlocking their potential through healing the mind, body and spirit.
Lucinda has trained under the guidance of Ian and Pearl Rogers of the Sphinx Spiritual School of Learning. She is an accredited Medium an accredited Hahnemann Healer and Trainer, Concomitant Healer and Parenting Coach and Spiritual Counsellor.
Mediumship is an art and a skill that has been practiced for centuries. A medium communicates with their guides existing in the spirit world to deliver accurate information about how to resolve problems and gain a deeper understanding of the client’s life including their career and relationships to help them grow, move forward and achieve.
Hahnemann Healing is a powerful method of dealing with emotions, which often lie behind illness. These emotions occur as a result of negative thoughts and feelings towards events that have happened in a person’s life. Healing rejuvenates and reinvigorates the spirit and can assist with things such as loss and grief, behavioural problems with children, physical pain, anger and depression.
Spiritual Counselling intercedes into our thought process and offers a different belief system by adding a dimension of understanding to the origins of our actions and reactions. It takes the client beyond the immediacy of their mind to help them see their own contributions and solutions to their issues giving them a joy and a freedom to live a different way.
Juliana Brennan – Midwife
It was towards the end of my Bachelor of Nursing in 1993 that I realized my calling was to work more closely with women. In 1995 I studied for my Graduate Diploma in Midwifery, and I never looked back on this decision.
In 2011 I was one of the first midwives in Victoria and Australia to obtain my Medicare Eligibility, and in 2012, I was the first Midwife in Australia to get my Prescribing Rights and be an endorsed and notated Midwife with AHPRA. Mamatoto Midwives was launched and is rocketing into the future!
I completed my Master’s Degree in Midwifery in 2002 and my major area of study was Post Term Pregnancy. I published a comprehensive literature review on “The Risks associated with Post Term Pregnancy” in 2005 in ‘Women and Birth’. It is my long-term goal to teach Midwifery in Third World Countries such as Africa…where I’ve already been lucky enough to travel to!
I am married to Tim and we have three beautiful children, all of whom were born in Birth Centres where we were supported by known Midwives. Harry, my eldest son is 19yo, Grace is 17 and Riley, my youngest son is 14yo. I had very positive birth experiences for all three of my children, Grace and Riley were Water Birth babies!
My special interests in Midwifery are protecting the first birth, Vaginal Birth after Caesarean (VBAC), and working with women who have experienced abuse and trauma.
I believe that every woman should have a known Midwife for her pregnancy, birth and early parenting and I support the research evidence that shows that continuity of midwifery carer improves outcomes for women by working as a Private Midwife and Director of “Mamatoto Midwives”.