The first Natural Therapist I consulted was right in Surfers Paradise, at the Trust House - Gold Coast Highway, his name was Garry O .....
Having studied various Natural Therapies back in Germany, I wanted to get in contact with an Iridologist who used an Iris Camera. That was in 1979, just a year later, as far as I can remember, I continued my Natural Therapies studies with the Academy of Natural Therapies, which just had opened at the same place... the Trust House in Surfers Paradise. The first floor was all Healing: Chiropractic, Natural Therapies Clinic and the College, all opened and owned by Dr. Peter Pedersen.
Peter now operates a clinic in Nerang, called > Your Health Matters
Unfortunately I have no pictures, why is that?
Don't forget, we are talking 1980, no digital cameras for a quick picture, no mobile phones and no computers, how could we have ever existed?
The Academy of Natural Therapies, went very well and resulted in great Natural Therapists of various modalities. As this page is dedicated to Massage, it must be said, that Peter Pedersen taught and trained his students to become some of the best Massage practitioners around.
I continued at the Trust House, together with Keith C. opening our own section, practicing Therapeutic Massage, Natural Therapies, Iridology, Herbal Medcine and Homeopathy.
( left pic. : Dennis and Keith - right pic. Dennis )
Herbalism and Homeopathy was taught at the Academy by Dennis Stuart, (see pictures above). I think he always came once a month for a whole weekend, teaching one day Herbalism the other day Homeopathy, something like that.
I have to check some dates, anyhow Keith and myself moved out to have our own Clinic at the Ferry Road Shopping Centre. At that time, my clinic name was Luske Herbal Clinic, and I manufactured all our own Herbal tinctures at our Canungra property, now the Head Office of useNature.com.
After a few years I stopped manufacturing Herbal Tinctures, mainly because of new TGA regulation, and I didn't wanted to go into the high cost of establishing a professional laboratory.
I continued working mainly as a Naturopath and Counseller. Somewhere in the 1990, I closed my clinic, lease problems, and rented a room at the East West Clinic at 100 Bundall Road, owned by Diane Burke. And finally for a year or 2, I moved to Crombie Avenue, great clinic location, it was a whole house, perfect for a few practitioners. We, Linda, Joan and myself rented that house, and practiced there for a while as multi modality clinic. It now is a Colonic irrigation place - Taringa Health.
I basically stopped practicing in 2000, and concentrating fully on the useNature.com Health and Lifestyle Directory.
What has all this to do with massage?
That's how it all started, my first work was as Therapeutic Massage Practitioner, and I always liked massage, and the "real" and quick way one could cause beneficial changes in a patient.
Many of my patients came back regularly over many years. I have one client, which over the years has become a good friend, who is still coming once a month, we promised to keep it going. He first came in 1980, maybe we make it into the Guinness Book of Records for the longest ongoing massage consultation ever... :-)
Here is one picture, I will try to find some more ....
East West Clinic
100 Bundall Road