December 2015

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Happy Holidays from Red Coral!

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T’is the season and the Red Coral team is gearing up for a little R n’ R … and we hope you all are too! As busy as this time of year can get, it is pivotal for your wellbeing to remember to pause, breathe and rejuvenate.

It’s been a crazy few months for us — a big move to a new and shiny warehouse, building new global partnerships and bringing on new team members (more on all of this below!) — and the holidays couldn’t have come at a better time. The funny thing is that often in life we feel the need to be justified for taking rest. We need to expend the most amount of energy, checking off all our to-do’s and stretching ourselves to every last inch before we feel allowed to take a pause, breathe and do nothing. For many of us (read: ME), rest feels like we’re being lazy. Cue the nagging elf on your left shoulder “why are you not keeping busy, you lazy bum!?” Oh the saga of the busy factor. We could go on and on about this one!

Taking time to rest and rejuvenate both our minds and bodies is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Think of athletes that train vigorously for their craft; they too need to make sure their muscles get a time out in order to repair themselves. Our mind is one giant muscle that we actively use at all hours of the day!

We truly value health. For all of our employees, our customers and ourselves. And the holiday season is yet another reminder for us to slow right down, pause and take it all in. As your schedules fill up with social obligations and catch ups with friends and family, we urge you as you come to the final weeks of 2015 to allow yourself some time to rest and reflect on the year.

We endeavour to enter the year ahead with a clearer vision, a rested body and a more balanced mind, and wish you the same sense of wellbeing.

In doing so, we will be closed as of December 18th. Wishing you all a wonderful and restful holiday season!

BEHIND THE SCENES with Red Coral

A sneak peek into what’s happening behind the Red Coral HQ doors! We’ve been busy bees not just in our Melbourne office, but all over the globe. From new team members (hello, Kate!) to new storage digs, we have a lot of exciting ventures along the horizon.

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Welcome, Kate!

Kate joins us as our new Communications Manager. Hailing from Canada, she is a wealth of knowledge in the holistic health field and with a background in creative communications, we couldn’t think of a better addition to the team! Reach out to Kate for any of your communication needs at kate@redcoral.com.au

We’re moving!

Not to worry, we’re not going too far! However, we’re excited to announce that Red Coral has a new storage home to fill even more orders and make even more customers happy across the globe.

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New USA Partner!

We would (excitedly) like to welcome our 2 new USA distributors: SME (Superior Medical Equipment) from N. Carolina, and Pro-med Xpress in Chicago!

We innovate based from the market needs, so when we saw the gap in the US market, we made sure to fill it! Red Coral is quickly becoming a globally recognised standard.

WALKING THE TALK with Jorgen

Jorgen Forsberg is the Director of Select Physio Australia-wide, and our main man for dry needling education! This month he shares with us a closer look into dry needle applications and the implications for clinical practice. Jorgen explains …

“This research article supports the framework we have been teaching at Select Physio for the last 11 years, Neuromuscular Dry Needling.

Trigger point needling targeting the trigger points is only one part of needling. Neuromuscular Dry Needling involves not only myofascial trigger points but also: neural, connective tissue, non-trigger points around joints.

Dry Needling has been developed for the management of pain and dysfunction in neuromusculoskeletal conditions, not just trigger points. Dry Needling is not trying to move qi or diagnosing via TCM, it is purely based on current neurophysiological research.”

Click here to read the article!

December’s Health Tips

Red Coral isn’t just focused on providing you with the best quality needles for your dry needle and acupuncture needs (although we do know that’s our #1 initiative!). It is our mission to create an even bigger health and wellness community of like-minded individuals.

We decided to kick things off this month talking about sugar and some alternative (but just as sweet) options to use in your holiday baking! Kate, gives us the low-down here:

Sugar Substitutes

If you’ve read anything on the effects of sugar, you’ll know how addictive, unknowingly common and downright ‘evil’ sugar can be. Not only is it a bunch of empty calories, it actually robs us of nutrients and has a plethora of serious health implications.

But sugar doesn’t have to be a mainstay in our everyday diet. By reducing the amount of refined sugar we consume and using natural forms instead, we can still enjoy a little sweetness in our lives — minus the health implications. That means unrefined, unprocessed sugar and no artificial sweeteners like Splenda. Do note that natural sugar substitutes are still a form of sugar – so be sure to use only in moderation!

OUR TOP NATURAL SUGAR ALTERNATIVES

  • Coconut sugar. With a minimal effect on blood sugar levels, coconut sugar is emerging as a favourite alternative. Great tasting, mineral rich and a low Glycemic Index of 35.
  • Raw Honey. One of our favourite sweeteners of choice. Be sure to choose raw organic honey. Superfoods expert David Wolfe says to look for wild honey because it is lower in fructose and higher in trace mineral content.
  • Maple Syrup. Great for baking, maple syrup is also full of beneficial minerals. However, be sure to buy authentic organic maple syrup. Don’t be tricked by maple flavoured syrups which are usually fake coloured sugar water and not at all healthy.
  • Dates. Dates are very sweet, but also packed with fibre, which helps slow the absorption of sugar. Great for baking or even on their own with some nuts if you’re craving a sweet fix! We prefer using fresh Medjool dates.
  • Rice Malt Syrup. Made from fermented cooked rice. It’s a blend of complex carbohydrates, maltose and glucose and is 100% fructose free.
  • Stevia. A plant-based sweetener. Stevia has up to three hundred times the sweetness of sugar (so you only need a little!), without having any impact on glucose levels. It’s great in recipes where you want to add a little sweetness, but avoid using it in large quantities as it can have a bitter aftertaste.
  • Lucuma. A superfood powder derived from a delicious fruit. Containing a healthy dose of beneficial fiber, vitamins and minerals and high in iron and niacin (Vitamin B3). Try adding it to your morning smoothie, chia seed pudding or healthy baked goods!

JOB ALERT!

Calling all Physiotherapists!
We’ve been informed there is a new job opening for a talented Physiotherapist in the wonderful multidisciplinary clinic in Warrnambool and Port Fairy.

All qualified and interested candidates, please see the contact details below for further information. Good Luck!

Tracy Smith, Director
Port Fairy Podiatry and From The Feet Up
T: 5568 3103
E: tracy@portfairypodiatry.com.au