JASMINE PLACE: Therapists Raelene Blyth, Charlotte Simmons and Cathie Barnes.
JASMINE PLACE: Therapists Raelene Blyth, Charlotte Simmons and Cathie Barnes. Chris Ison Rokcjasmine

Vision for Jasmine Place to be place of community connection

EMU PARK'S Raelene Blyth has always believed in the power of alternative medicine.

Which is why the local acupuncture and Chinese medicine specialist decided to start her career in the health industry after years of being a disability carer.

Raelene, 40, said she had been a therapist for eight years and had always been passionate about alternative medicine.

"I used to be a disability carer but a few years ago I felt that I needed a career change and I'd always been interested in the use of alternative medicine, as my mother was a big believer in it when I was a child," she said.

"I completed a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in acupuncture and also completed an internship in China where I worked with professors in Chinese medicine in different hospitals and clinics.

"It was such a valuable experience being in a place like China where they live and breathe the powers of alternative treatments.

"I just love everything regarding the power of the human body and I'm amazed at how well the body can heal itself.

"It's amazing to see the kind of results you achieve with certain types of traditional therapies compared to western medicine, which in my opinion only treats the symptoms not the cause.

"One of my clients no longer needs a pacemaker after extensive acupuncture sessions. We've managed to save him from needing that device, which is pretty amazing."

Raelene is one of the new therapists recently starting at Yeppoon's health and well-being centre, Jasmine Place.

Jasmine Place owner Charlotte Simmons, a psychologist and yoga instructor, opened the centre in April last year and said she had noticed a huge demand in Yeppoon for the services it offered.

"My vision is for Jasmine Place to be a place of community connection and well-being and I think we're well on the way to achieving that," she said.

"At the time of its establishment there wasn't a well-being centre in Yeppoon and I just felt the community was going to really benefit from having one.

"Since opening last year the response we've received has been overwhelmingly supportive, with appointments being booked out months in advance and full attendance at the yoga classes, which is amazing."

Jasmine Place is open 9am to 7.30pm five days a week and offers health, meditation and alternative treatment services.



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