NATUROPATHY (Herbal//Nutritional Medicine) & LIFESTYLE COACHING, ENERGY KINESIOLOGY, REIKI
After growing up exploring a variety of Eastern philosophies and spiritual practices, Jo stepped into the wellness industry in 1997, initially as a Reiki practitioner (she is now a Master Teacher in the traditional Usui system). Since then her journey has been one of ongoing personal development and formal study, global travel and professional practice, bringing all that she has learnt along the way to her clients in an ever-evolving holistic practice.
Currently, Jo draws upon a wealth of knowledge including naturopathic, herbal, nutritional and energetic medicine, coupled with arts psychotherapy, kinesiology, wellness coaching and mind-body skills training. Using this bio-psycho-social-spiritual treatment model, Jo collaborates with her clients to first gain further insight into their areas of concern and imbalance, before implementing personalised, achievable solutions to improve their sense of wellbeing once more. With due respect given to traditional medicine systems, Jo is also informed by contemporary functional and lifestyle medicine so may also use select functional laboratory testing if required.
A specific interest of Jo’s is the mind-body connection and how wellbeing and vitality are founded upon making ongoing conscious choices that can continue to be improved upon through life. Ultimately, Jo encourages clients to keep it simple and practical – to address the areas of their life where they are living out of balance first; her professional mantra being "you cannot supplement yourself out of a poor lifestyle".
Whilst this concept of living and choosing well forms the foundations of ancient naturopathic and Ayurvedic philosophy, the advance of genetic science now agrees — with epigenetics showing that living in alignment with your unique genetic make-up is fundamental to wellbeing. This begins with what you eat, the exercise you take regularly, how well you rest, your interaction with your environment, and how resilient you are to any stresses placed upon you. Of equal importance is how nourished your spirit is, as this has a subtle influence on your overall energy levels and sense of wellbeing.
With a lifelong interest in all aspects of the human experience and wellbeing, Jo has been driven to continually learn and experience all that can be shared with others to empower, inform, inspire and motivate. This has led her to obtain professional qualifications covering the mind and spirit, as well as the body. These include a Certificate in Indian Head Massage and Diploma of Massage (UK), Certificate IV Aromatherapy (AUS), Professional Meditation Facilitators Certification (AUS), Diploma of Holistic (Energetic) Kinesiology (AUS), Reiki Master Teacher certification (UK/AUS), Advanced Energy Healing Level II (US/AUS) and a Diploma of Yogic Nutrition, amongst several others.
In 2011 she completed a BHSc (Naturopathy) from Australia’s oldest naturopathic school, the Southern School of Natural Therapies, majoring in herbal (botanical) medicine and clinical nutrition. She graduated as DUX of her year with the Most Outstanding Graduating Student award and the Excellence in Naturopathy award. Since then, she has been a full professional and practising member of the Naturopaths & Herbalists Association of Australia.
With an awareness of the importance of understanding the mental-emotional aspects of wellbeing, Jo also obtained a Graduate Diploma in Arts Psychotherapy, has a Certificate in Nutrition Psychology and upskilled herself in change-facilitation with Wellness Coach certification. These have informed and fine-tuned her approach to client-based, solution focussed care, as well as specific strategies she uses, such as food coaching, where she has developed a healthy and sustainable naturopathic keto-style weight loss method for those wishing to improve their body composition.
Because the learning never ends, Jo’s current studies in 2020 include a spiritual life coaching certification and exploring the science of happiness.
Jo strives to follow her own advice and is therefore mindful of how she eats, moves, thinks and interacts with her environment. She is committed to real work-life balance, is an everyday yogini, regularly hikes Hong Kong’s beautiful trails, uses food as medicine and transitioned to a fully plant-based diet to optimise her health and longevity, as well due to becoming more conscious of sustainability concerns. In addition, she practises regular reflection and mindful living. Her personal paradigm is one that acknowledges that both herself and others are an integrated whole of body-mind-spirit-environment, therefore, approaches all aspects of her work and life accordingly.