Our practice

Welcome to Menssana Mindbody Medicine, formerly known as Ballarat Mind-Body Medicine. Our clinic was established in late 2005 by the late Dr Chris Millar in its current location and has always promoted complementing traditional medicine with innovative science.

At Menssana Mindbody Medicine we employ brainwave biofeedback, low level laser therapy, nutritional medicine,  the Tomatis® Method and other modalities to promote positive health outcomes.

Biofeedback techniques and nutritional regulation are essentially stress-reduction strategies for improving performance, both mental and physical.

Performance is a psychological as well as a physiological process, affecting our mental, emotional and physical health. By reducing sources of stress — internal and external, current and past — we can improve our performance: mental, emotional and physical.

As stress reduces, performance improves.

We offer a range of non-invasive, drug-free modalities for improved brain and body function:

  • brainwave biofeedback
  • heart rate variability training (HRV)
  • low-level laser therapy (LLLT)
  • microcurrent cranial stimulation
  • Tomatis® Method.

We aim to provide a friendly, welcoming and supportive environment for our patients.

What is mind-body medicine?

Mind-body medicine is an established medical field of study with extensive scientific validation. Mind-body medicine describes techniques designed to enhance the mind's capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms. Medical Observer, 7 November 2008

Mind-body medicine focuses on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behaviour, and the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioural factors can directly affect health. It regards as fundamental an approach that respects and enhances each person’s capacity for self-knowledge and self-care, and it emphasises techniques that are grounded in this approach.
Mind-body medicine typically focuses on intervention strategies that are thought to promote health, such as relaxation, hypnosis, visual imagery, meditation, yoga, biofeedback, tai chi, qi gong, cognitive-behavioural therapies, group support, autogenic training, and spirituality. The field views illness as an opportunity for personal growth and transformation, and health care providers as catalysts and guides in this process. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the act of paying attention to our actions and reality in the present moment. When attention strays, mindfulness involves bringing our attention back to the present moment.

By being mindful we become aware of the full range of experiences we have, including sensations, thoughts, images,  emotions, urges and impulses. We can become aware of our mind itself – whether the mind is calm and clear,  excited or agitated, or dull and foggy.

Mindfulness also involves being non-judgmental. If we do not judge the content or the processes of our mind, we become free to observe reality without identifying with the contents of our thoughts. It is as if we are watching the stream of consciousness rather than swimming in it and being buffeted by its eddies and currents.

For more information on mindfulness see: www.mindfulness.org.au

What is neuroplasticity?

Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity, refers to the brain's ability to change and adapt as a result of experience and learning. Up until the 1960s, researchers believed that changes in the brain could only happen during infancy and childhood. It was commonly believed that by early adulthood the brain's physical structure had formed in a permanent pattern. Contemporary research has demonstrated that the brain continues to find new neural pathways and alter existing ones in order to adapt to new experiences, learn new information and create new memories. This ability of the brain to create new pathways is also called cortical remapping and plays a role in healing.