Life-enhancing Blog Posts from Expect Me Wellness Hub for rural and country families

Wellness Insights – Podcast

Expect Me Wellness Insights is our way of bringing the Expect Me Directory to LIFE, with a new Podcast series!

Tune in every Tuesday morning at 10.00AM on Facebook to hear live person-to-person interviews between host Jacqui Herrmann and a wide selection of local, trusted, and experienced wellness practitioners on Expect Me Wellness Hub.

This interview is directly available on Expect Me on Facebook – follow link HERE

Then it will be broadcast across a wide range of medias, including:

Listen to Wellness Insights – No 1HERE  Scientific Hand Analysis – with Rachael Huntly.

Rachael is a ‘life purpose’ reader, which she gets from the fingerprints in your hand. “It’s a blue-print as to how we think and feel”, says Rachael. Rachael describes how an appointment works, what is involved, and what you’ll receive to enhance your wellness journey. See more about Rachael Huntly, Scientific Hand Analyst on Expect Me HERE

Listen to Wellness Insights – No 2HERE Kez Phillips, Anavah Mindfulness and Meditation, Wagga Wagga

Kez describes the correlation between Anavah, and the inner peace and calm derived from meditation and mindfulness. Also addressed is the holistic health and wellness services provided in clinic, with Remind Therapies: Hynotherapy, Time Line Therapy and more!

Listen to Wellness Insights – No 3 – HERE Lou Lugsdin, My-Y Counselling and Coaching, Wangaratta

Lou introduces the importance of understanding what motivates you to create a live you love.

Listen to Wellness Insights – No 4 – HERE Gen Lai, Soul Anchorage, Canberra

Gen describes how we use our 5 senses and personal experience to filter communication and choose an empowered response. Gen explores NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), Time Line Therapy, and Hypnotherapy and how we can live the life we want by learning these concepts. See more about Gen Lai, Soul Anchorage on Expect Me HERE

Listen to Wellness Insights – No 5HERE Fiona Carthew, Mind Your Matter Healing, Coolamon/Wagga Wagga

Fiona shares the importance of the breath, and it’s impact on stress, and the fright/flight response. Understanding how to empower yourself in times of need with simple self-help strategies such as being aware, raising your vibration, and allowing rest.

To see more Wellness Insights, click HERE

3 Reasons Telehealth is Wellness for Rural Families

Telehealth is a convenient, timely and personal way to look after the health and wellness for rural families just like yours.

It’s what makes connecting to a health care professional easier for people on farms, small business owners, mothers house-bound with toddlers, or families unable to get to service centres due to Covid-restrictions, long distances or muddy roads.

Telehealth is described by the Australian government as the ‘use of telecommunication techniques for the purpose of providing telemedicine, medical education, and health education over a distance’, while drawing a distinction between this and telemedicine, which is defined as the ‘use of advanced telecommunication technologies to exchange health information and provide health care services across geographic, time, social and cultural barriers’.

Here at Expect Me, our practitioners offer online ‘meet and greet’ services, online consultations and conversations to help you get the best way forward in your health and wellness journey. See who offers free online consultations on Expect Me HERE

1. Convenient

Telehealth gives you the convenience of a scheduled connection with a wellness practitioner on the phone, or online via meeting platforms such as Zoom or Messenger, and include video links to YouTube and Vimeo. You use your phone, device or laptop, so you can say goodbye to waiting rooms and long car trips, when you can conveniently connect online or on your mobile phone.

2. Timely

We understand that ‘time is money’ and Expect Me wants to save you time, so you can get on with the things that matter. So connecting with your practitioner on the phone or online gives you the flexibility to access our services when you want it. No need to leave your post, or organise baby sitter services. Simply access healthy choices, and quality information when it suits you. Visit the Directory HERE

3.  Personal

Our practitioners want to connect with you personally. They want to know if they’re a suitable ‘fit’ to achieve your health and wellness goals, and once you’ve made that commitment to each other, the journey is designed with your personal circumstances in mind. Our practitioners are small business managers with worldly experience and expertise to suit you where you’re at, and what you need now. Their strategies and programs for better health are tailored to suit you and your needs, so let them know what’s happening so they’re prepared as well.

Be sure to make it clear with your Telehealth professional when you don’t understand their comments or instructions. And be aware that some Telehealth professionals have been known to prescribe medications and order them for you to collect – so be sure when you finish with the conversation on the phone or online, that you are clear if there are any prescriptions, how much they will cost, and what they are meant to do for you.

If you have existing medications, then you’ll also need to declare them to the Telehealth professional. We don’t want your existing health plan to be put at risk by assuming the Telehealth professional knows what your health plan is – make it clear and ask questions when you’re not sure.

The best thing you can do is take ownership of your health, so that the benefits of convenience, timeliness and personal care are realised.

To see who offers free online consultations with our practitioners, click HERE or to visit our ‘meet and greet’ program to choose from 21 practitioner sessions sampler in the Holistic Health Summit, click HERE

Not sure where to start? Then Get Started, by sharing with us where you’re at, and we’ll give you a call to sort out your next step. Click HERE to Get Started.

Become Healthy Wealth and Wise – Holistic Health Summit

Who are you becoming? Our team is looking for men and women in rural and regional NSW and ACT who are ready to transform for the better, in the Holistic Health Summit.

We bring you 17 of the best health and wellness practitioners to give you life-enhancing tools for immediate improvement to become healthy, wealthy and wise. Visit the Summit – click HERE

The Summit is 7 min sessions addressing three key areas of your life:
1. Empower, Renew, Life’s Purpose and Thrive – for women (includes NLP)
2. Better Relationships, More Energy and Drive – for men (incl. session from Dr Michael Carr-Gregg adolescent psychologist), and
3. Nourishing Soul Vitality for Women (includes Kinesiology)

We know you’re ready for change, and becoming a better person. This is not about getting into The Good Place, with maximum life points! This is about you, now!

With your own kids getting older and more independent, you know you’ll have more time for personal development and self-awareness. So how do you want to start this next phase in your life?

This Summit brings together local, trusted and experienced practitioners to help you take the first step – the context around planning for grand children and active retirement, understanding your whole financial team for successful transition, some better parenting and grand-parenting advice, and some stability and clarity along the way.

We’ll introduce you to the next step in hormonal balance, hydration and calm – with meditation techniques too! Conveniently all here in the Summit. Just one click to a treasure trove of knowledge for you, right now – a 24/7 Summit conveniently on your device, anytime and anywhere you are. Visit the Summit now – click HERE

10 Free Offers from Expect Me Health and Wellness

Here are 10 FREE Offers to help you get started on your wellness journey.

Let’s CONNECT with our practitioners – and see what Free Things they have to offer you as part of their service to better understand how they can help you and your family’s health and wellness (Wagga Wagga, Moama, Wangaratta, Leeton and Griffith NSW)

Let’s ENGAGE in the activities they offer us at no cost.

Let’s TRY new experiences, look at our lives with new eyes.

Let’s LEARN about what we need, how to get it, and who can help us reach our goals.

Let’s FIND the best service for us, right now.

Let’s GROW on our journey with support from local practitioners with expertise in each chosen modality.

Let’s INTEGRATE what we know into our lives, everyday.

Let’s GET STARTED – here are our local practitioners and their offers, with their compliments:

  • Free online Meditation Classes, with Bronwyn Buller at Relaxation and Meditation Hub:
    • Zoom ‘live’ experience
    • 30 mins
    • Beginners to Advanced – highly flexible delivery
    • no experience required – Call Bronwyn to find out days and session times on 0474 146582


  • FREE online Wellness Coaching – Come and Try days with Amanda Mannes, Accept Health
    • Click JOIN to get involved now
    • Concludes end of June 2020 – ask Amanda Mannes about her nutrition coaching too.
    • Call Amanda today to achieve your goals – phone 0417 228 295


  • Lou Lugsdin, My-Y Counselling and Coaching, offers a FREE download:
    • Wheel of Life Personal Development Tool – when you subscribe to her My-Y Community. See details HERE


  • Amy Lauren’s Fitness offers a FREE Consultation to find the best place for you to start:
    • “Drop a Dress Size” program
    • Personal Goals & Motivations
    • Fitness Classes -1:1 Instruction
    • Call Amy today! 0421 765 885


    1. Release barriers to happiness
    2. Reduce stress around money
    3. Improve confidence
    4. Phone Katie Luca on 0407 198 460 for a FREE consultation


  • Free Consultation! Rachael Huntly Scientific Hand Analyst will help identify:
    • your ‘soul’s blueprint’,
    • what REALLY makes you content, and
    • who you are meant to become in this lifetime.
      If you’re curious about what your hands tell about YOU, call Rachael today on 0410 025 253.


  • FREE Diffuser Trial and Personal Care Package with Essential Oils for the whole family. Ideal for:
    • Work and Study spaces
    • Bedrooms and Quiet areas
      Wellness at Ten Park Avenue, with Sue Gavel, call 0427 533 863  –  Start your FREE Trial today!


  • Anavah Mindfulness and Mediation offer FREE Meet and Greet! Chat with Kez about using techniques such as:
    • Yoga and Breath Work,
    • NLP & Timeline Therapy,
    • Mindfulness
    • Meditation 1:1 or classes
    • Create peace, calm, flow – Call Kez Phillips on 0420 282 69


  • Soul Vibe Kinesiology, – Call for a FREE 15min Consultation, to decide on the best way your body wants to release:
    • Stress, pain, tension,
    • Out of date belief systems,
    • Identify and release sabotages
    • Reduce sensitivities
      All of this released through Vibrational Kinesiology (such as healing frequencies from Tibetan Bowls, Tuning Forks, Tibetan Bells, Tintures, Dawson Program combined sounds, Crystals, Colour Therapy) with Jacqui Herrmann – call 0427 552 369 today!


  • Optim-M Health & Life with Christine McCarron, offers a FREE consultation to discuss any health concerns, such as:
    • lacking energy,
    • mood – feeling flat or emotional,
    • trouble sleeping,
    • hot flushes,
    • immune boosting and more. Call Christine Wednesday to Saturday on 0427 001 271

We’ve made it easy for you to choose a suitable practitioner in health and wellness.

There’s a world of local wellness expertise to choose from! Visit full Directory

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The Future Journey – Hope, Habits & Action!

It’s time to create a new ‘normal’, and Expect Me has local and trusted practitioners with years of experience in Counselling to get you there.  (See below for a list)

Recent relaxing of social distancing rules has created a light of hope for ‘life to return to normal’. The old normal wasn’t ideal and we’ve reflected on that during ‘lock down’. It’s blaringly obvious now that we want to get our lives in alignment with our true compass; our soul’s purpose.

This calls for us to install mental triggers for action, to ensure we grow out of our old habits (smoking, sleeping in, limiting beliefs, over-eating, drinking, self-worth, lacking etc etc etc).

Counselling services are available now, over the phone and the internet:

Wagga Wagga

  • Anavah Mindfulness and Meditation, Kez Phillips, Wagga Wagga Click HERE
  • Health Retreat at Home, Emma McAuliffe, Wagga Wagga  HERE
  • Tomorrow Man, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Programs HERE

Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, Narrandera to Hillston

  • Country Holistic Counselling, Fiona Hart, Hillston HERE
  • Griffith Counselling, Donna Piromalli, Griffith NSW HERE
  • Rachael Huntly, Hand Analyst, Griffith NSW HERE
  • Amy Lauren Demarzo, Leeton HERE
  • DEW – Deral Essential Wellness, Leeton HERE
  • Coaching with Katie, RTT, Riverina NSW HERE
  • Emma Kelly, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Leeton HERE


  • Soul Anchorage, Genevieve Lai, Canberra ACT HERE
  • ACT Academy for Mindfulness, Natalie Crabtree, ACT  HERE
  • Emotional Health Counselling, Canberra ACT HERE

Murray Region

  • Relaxation and Meditation Hub, Echuca Moama HERE
  • Peris Cardiac and Wellness Centre, Berrigan HERE
  • My-Y, Louise Lugsdin, Wangaratta HERE
  • Essential Difference, Rosetta Holmes, Wangaratta HERE

This new start inspires hope in the possibilities of change for the better. “Just do it” (Nike)!

A word of advice – no matter how motivated you are, unless you get up and do something about, as in “The 5 Second Rule”, you’ll lack the ability to enact upon your instincts.

When the alarm goes off, get up!

When you think of someone, call.

When you pour your second drink, STOP!

When you want to go for a walk, get your shoes on, and GO!

You’re wired to have instincts that work in your favour. So respond to them, within 5 seconds. Count “5, 4, 3, 2, 1,…go!”

You may have set some new goals, or need help setting goals to recover from our recent Covid-19 ‘lock down’, and Expect Me is here to help. We want you to have the best in the business right here at your fingertips.

If you missed that opportunity to ‘do something’ to help you benefit yourself personally, here is your second chance. Directory of practitioners offering guidance on mental health, new habits and making goals for myself, click HERE

So the road to change is here. This is how it works:

It may begin as a pathway, or as the Brownies/Guides call stage 1 in their Journey Challenge: Footpath. The myelin sheaths in your brain endorse behaviour, creating a track or pathway of thought that works towards a goal. You’ve been inspired, and you took action, and now you want to do it again.

You’re moving on to stage 2: Road. Your body believes you now. You’ve tried it and it worked, and you’ve got confidence. You still must keep mindful of your choices, careful and aware that you are following instincts that work in your favour. New habits are forming.

Your brain likes you for it, and creates stage 3: Highway. This is now the new you! Be aware, use your indicators, check your mirrors, and see that this is getting you to where you want to go – who you want to be – how you want to live.

Pilates founder, Joseph Pilates was famous for this quote, “You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions.” You’ve got to get out and do it! Trigger the body to move and change, make the motion of movement and your brain re-wires. The path becomes a road, the road a highway – your journey to better health. Get it?

Need help getting started? Expect Me offers you a FREE 15 minute session to understand your needs and who best to help get you on your path to healthy choices, everyday. Get Started HERE.

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Hand Analysis – Your Unique Blueprint Revealed

Your personal blueprint is literally in your hands – are you ready to discover yours?

With the scientific analysis of your fingerprints and the lines on your hands, hand analysts identify four key pieces of information that will help you answer these questions:

  • Why do I feel like there’s something more for me?  If there is, then what is it?
  • What is my life’s purpose? I feel lost at the moment and want answers.
  • I want to discover my inherited gifts, but I don’t know what they are?

Expect Me Connect recently interviewed Rachael Huntly, Hand Analyst, who introduces Hand Analysis for us – interpreting your unique and personal blueprint to how you think and feel:

Rachael reveals how your life’s experiences are reflected in the lines on your hands. Not only are you born with a blueprint, but the lines in your hands can show your personality traits and what has happened to you over the years. By comparing your life’s journey with your life’s purpose, Rachael interprets how best to guide you to happier, more content and fulfilling days ahead.

View video here:

We ask Rachael the difference between Hand Analysis and palm reading here, with two distinct differences:

  • Palm reading is about the future and predictions (where you’re going); whereas
  • Hand Analysis is a scientific approach to your innate nature and your life’s purpose (who you’ve been, and who you are)

You can also understand Hand Analysis through your fingerprints. Your fingerprints determine your “Life School”, which is a way of putting into categories the analysis for you:

  • life lesson (lowest ranked print),
  • your gift markings (the lines on your hands),
  • your life purpose (highest finger prints)

So as you can see, there is a lot more to Hand Analysis that you can learn here in one reading. We suggest you contact Rachael to get started on your road to discovery. Rachael offers a FREE Initial Consultation to see that her services are a ‘fit’ for your goals.

Contact Rachael, call her today HERE to find out how to give yourself permission to have the life that was intended for you.

If you’re not sure where to begin with your wellness journey, Get Started HERE and our Expect Me Wellness team will contact you directly to work out your next step forward.

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Adapt to Change, Good for your Brain

Brain elasticity is improving as we adapt to the recent Covid-19 upheaval.

‘Brain Elasticity’ is our ability to create new pathways of thinking. “In response to stimuli, the brain remodels itself by reorganising existing neurological circuits, by generating new neurological circuits, and by dendritic growth”*.

We’ve had to:

  • remodel our lifestyles,
  • reorganise our schedules,
  • generate new habits,
  • find ourselves working in new directions, with new technology, and
  • branch out into new networks (dendritic growth).

Our pathways in the brain are being reformed to include this unprecedented experience for many. The most common reference point has been the “Spanish Flu” over a century ago.

We’re now in uncertain times, and our brain is working hard to keep us alive; thrive, survive.

We’ve seen the flight/fright response in impulse buying in supermarkets, and the unfortunate increase in anxiety due to the uncertainty of the impact the virus has on our lifestyle, school, events and employment.

This ‘survival mode’ response by our body and mind, also impacts our spiritual wellbeing. We have seen on social media supportive evidence that ‘we’re all in this together’ which is helpful in times like this knowing we’re not alone and we have a Tribe to which we belong.

Perhaps our day of judgement has arrived? This form of Armageddon is an adjustment to our lives. It’s revealing the truth of our existence, who we are, where we belong and what matters to us. And this is where I’d like to pause for a moment………

Herein lies the gem. The pearl of wisdom. The seed of innovation, adaptation and survival.

“Adapt and thrive” is a concept that leaders across the world instill in their plans for sustainability and future success.  Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin identified the adaptation of the species essential for the evolution of the animal and plant world **

Nowdays, we offer a Wellness Coach or Personal Trainer to help support you through the process of change; essential for your personal evolution and survival.

Get Started with Expect Me Wellness NOW

For a supportive program to get you through this challenging time, Get Started here on Expect Me. We’ll connect you with a wealth of local, personal expertise in holistic health and wellness, each step of the way.

We can help you with installing helpful patterns for you: body, mind and spirit, such as:

  • better breathing techniques with Online Yoga and Meditation (Physical, Energy)
  • energetic re-balancing using the subtle energy of Reiki, Kinesiology and Neuro-Linguistic Programming and ThetaHealing (Energy)
  • improve the availability of nourishment and energy from your food and diet with a Naturopath or Dietitian (Nutrition)
  • positive mindset and movement with Personal Trainers and Wellness Coaches (Physical, Relationships)

Choose to Get started with expertise from Expect Me practitioners HERE

As you continue to adapt and thrive, your brain with thank you. It takes perseverance and commitment to make changes until they become the ‘new normal’ and Expect Me Wellness Hub is here to guide your transition into and through to the new era.

*Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nursing; a Biopsychsocial Foundation for Practice, by  Eris F Perese.

**Wallace, Darwin and the Origin of Species



Top 5 tools to reduce stress amid COVID-19

We need calm, empowerment and planning to manage in these uncertain times.

As you well know, the Covid-19 virus, known also as coronavirus, is creating a world-wide change in our attitudes, our lifestyles, and our ability to manage the everyday living needs during this time. It has adverse effects on every part of our life.

Amidst the changes around us causing adverse effects on our lives, we are also challenged to expose our vulnerabilities – personal, social, technological, technical and more! This is a time for ‘community’, wellness and support.

So what can you do to manage your levels of stress and anxiety?

Our 5 top suggestions are:

  1. Physical Distancing alongside Social Connection – Follow the Australian Health Department’s guide – wash your hands, good hygiene, social distancing and avoid large crowds – but also stay connected with your loved ones – give them a call, say ‘hi’, share your story with someone who cares.
  2. Contact one of our local counselling services (see list below)
  3. Hear what the professionals are saying to you, your kids, your community (Special report on schoolTV, Unicef advice for parents)
  4. Read widely, and breath deeply – your survival response is being triggered, so calmly get context around your thoughts.
  5. Use technology wisely to inform you, but not absorb you to a point of distress. Turn off your tv if necessary, and limit the time you spend watching or hearing news television or social media news.

Local counselling services providers here on Expect Me Wellness Hub include:

If you would like to connect with local counselling, psychology or social worker services for you, your family or friend, GET STARTED with Expect Me and we’ll help put you in touch with the right people to help. We offer a FREE 15 minute consultation to hear you.

If you’re a parent or carer wondering how to manage your child or teenager’s stress and anxiety on this topic, we suggest schooltv’s Special Report HERE, with one of Australia’s leading adolescent psychologists, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg.

The Australian Government health department has an official response HERE suggesting how we can protect ourselves and others from spreading germs, with some simple guidelines. These include good hygiene, social distancing, and avoiding public gatherings. Some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are HERE on the department’s website.

Emergency Mental Health Contacts for our region are HERE when you need them.

Remember, we’re all in this together, and Expect Me brings you the best in the business to help you and your family. HOME