A Unique Philosophy
Life is beautiful and should be lived to its fullest. The purpose of Freya Health is to help people achieve their happiest and healthiest version of themselves, in a sense a fresh and fertile new beginning.
In Norse mythology Freya was the Goddess of love, beauty and fertility. Friday was named after Freya, follow our social media platforms for fertility Friday resources.
The daisy was Freya’s sacred flower; thus, the daisy symbolises childbirth, motherhood and new beginnings.
Freya Health has been established to help provide support, educate and create community for women and men looking to seek a natural route to health, achieve optimal wellbeing and for many of Freya's clients the journey to hormonal harmony and building a family.
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Hi, I’m Bec. I am a qualified Clinical Nutritionist and Osteopath. I have a very keen interest in women’s health and life stage specific nutrition from puberty to menopause; as well as sports nutrition optimised for women working in conjunction with our cycles to enable your best performance. Helping women whose hormones have gone rogue gives me nothing but joy as does working with couples who may be experiencing fertility and conception issues. I believe in surrounding yourself with a team of experienced therapists and we can all work together to achieve incredible outcomes.
My biggest areas of interest include, but not limited too – hypothalamic amenorrhea, endometriosis, PCOS, infertility, recurrent miscarriage, male factor infertility, thyroid health, female athlete optimisation, acne, dysmenorrhea, menopause support, pregnancy, pelvic girdle pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, IVF support. You can read more about these topics in our blog.
I am both an Osteopath and Clinical Nutritionist with over 10years experience who has completed further professional development and courses in women’s health and fertility support. I utilise nutritional compounding, supplements, diet, lifestyle advice and osteopathy to help those with chronic pelvic pain, hormonal imbalances, hypothalamic amenorrhoea, pre-conception, pregnancy and postpartum.
I also see couples struggling with fertility concerns and work to optimise chances of conception either naturally or in conjunction with a fertility specialist to provide care throughout IVF treatment.
Another exciting area of Freya Health is the offering of individual nutrition plans for female athletes centred around their menstrual cycle to optimise performance and recovery. As a part of this service I works closely with your coach to ensure the training plan is appropriate for the individual, the menstrual phase and ensures that nutrition supports the physical and mental demands. This area is a passion of mine as many female athletes will lose their menstrual cycle and this is deemed ‘normal’ or insignificant. Hypothalamic amenorrhoea whilst common is not normal and you are not functioning at an optimal level. I have a personal background in triathlon and distance running at a competitive level and understands the demands of being an athlete. Remember if you exercise on purpose you are an athlete.
I bring a compassionate and empathetic approach to treatment and work with you to customise a realistic and achievable plan.
When not in clinic I am either lecturing at Endeavour College or volunteering for Women’s Health Queensland and QENDO working to support women with endometriosis, adenomyosis and infertility. And when not there I will either be running, at the beach with the family or walking Walter.
So how did I become so interested in women’s health and these areas in particular?
Simple, through both personal and professional struggles I have identified a gap in the market and lack of support for so many. I experienced hypothalamic amenorrhea for close to 5 years, meaning I did not have a period. Every doctors’ advice was to put me on the oral contraceptive pill to help ‘regulate’ my cycles and protect my bones. However, a pill bleed is a withdrawal bleed not a real period. No one looked at my stressed, overworked, overtrained and underweight body and mind as the potential cause. I had an OBGYN tell me at 25 I was in menopause and to come back and see him when I wanted kids.
Fast forward a few years later, I was training smarter (running, triathlon, weight-lifting) and fuelling adequately and my life was much better. I was not constantly cold, tired, sick, sore and run down with thinning hair. Trying for a family proved to be one of the hardest and most emotionally enduring periods of my life. My husband and I experienced 3 recurrent miscarriages due to a mix of male factor infertility and a shock endometriosis diagnosis, 4 years later we finally took home our baby boy in April 2020. I believe a mix of modern medicine, an incredible endometriosis excision surgeon, reduced stress and tailored adequate nutritional supplementation for both of us were all the reason we finally got to become a family of four, (can’t forget the dog).
I sadly have seen this exact situation for so many clients and they are not made aware of what options they have to help pursue health and fertility.
I aim to ensure every individual is heard and seen, each circumstance is unique and tumultuous in its own right and needs to be honoured.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopaths are government registered allied health primary care practitioners. Osteopaths are regulated by AHPRA. Osteopaths are university qualified professionals who study anatomy, physiology, pathology, general healthcare and osteopathic techniques.
As an osteopath we focus on treating your neuro-musculoskeletal system, meaning we treat the entire body as a unit, everything is interconnected – the bones, muscles, nerves, fascia, organs and every bodily system. As an osteopath we conduct musculoskeletal and nervous system assessments, use hands on manual therapy techniques, exercise and rehabilitation prescription, lifestyle, ergonomics and movement advice. Treatment may also involve stress management techniques and education to help reduce or eliminate anything that may be causing and maintaining your pain. We believe the body requires a wholistic approach to care and one part musn’t be treated without considering the impact of the rest of the body, this includes physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.
If you wish to learn more about Osteopathy in Australia you can visit the Osteopathy Australia website at www.osteopathy.org.au. If you are with a private health fund, DVA or on a CDM plan from your GP you may be eligible to receive rebates on your osteopathy treatment.
What is Nutritional Medicine?
As a Clinical Nutritionist Bec holds a degree in Health Science – Nutritional Medicine. Firstly to clarify, this is not the same as being a dietitian and is not an APD. Nutritional Medicine allows integration of traditional food as medicine principles backed with the science of nutritional biochemistry of how foods and specific nutrients interact in the body.
This means tailored individualised nutrition plans and suggestions are created and supplements may be prescribed when certain nutrients are indicated due to deficiencies or to support the bodies functioning and healing capacity. It is important to see a qualified practitioner when taking supplements as what is required is unique to your individual case and in some may even be contraindicated due to specific illnesses or medications you are currently taking.
Clinical nutritionists will not just assess your diet but also delve deeper into your lifestyle, sleep habits, stress levels, beliefs around food, physical, mental and emotional wellbeing in order to create a complete treatment plan working to meet your goals and desired outcomes.
When indicated testing may be required to ensure an appropriate treatment plan is created. This may include stool testing, blood and saliva tests for hormones, iron levels, parasitic infection, food intolerances and many more. Testing is an additional cost as these are done through laboratories.