Changes to Health Fund Rebates

Written by Emma Tommasini


The Good News! Recent private health insurance reforms from the Australian Government did not impact health fund rebates for Remedial Massage Therapy. You can continue to claim on massage treatments from our talented team of therapists as per usual. 

The not so good news.... As of April 1st 2019 Naturopathy will no longer be covered under private health insurance policies. Appointments with our Naturopath Emma Tommasini will no longer be eligible for health fund rebates.

Emma would like to offer her regular massage clients who usually claim with their health fund a $10 discount on future 1 hour massage treatments. 

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The Detox Box: Combating Modern Health Ailments

Written by Megan Colwell


I want to delve into some of the reasons we have ended up where we have with our health. This will give you some insight into why we Australians are amongst the unhealthiest in the world.

So why are people using Far Infrared saunas?

They need help with chronic pain; they need some time to themselves. They want to feel the way they used to. Not feel niggly and uncomfortable in their body that has perhaps started to show them signs that it's turning on them; that it's getting old and they're not doing something right. The majority of people who use far-infrared saunas are people who need help and have lost touch with their body.

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New Service Alert!

Written by Emma Tommasini

First Things First is excited to introduce a new Body Waxing Service to it's treatment menu. Our Therapist Marrisa is kind and highly experienced to give you smooth results. Arms/ Legs/ Brazilian/ Bikini/ G-String/ Underarms/ Chest waxing availiable.  Male & Females Welcome.   

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Congratulations Sheridan & Gracie!

Written by Emma Tommasini

A huge congratulations to these two amazing ladies from First Things First Wellness Centre for both becoming recipients of the Townsville Women's Business Circle BOQ Castletown Education Bursary on Tuesday night.

We are so proud of you and love that you both add so much value to our team. We wish you all the best for your future education and excited to see the knowledge you will gain.

LEFT: Sheridan Duff- In House Nutritionist and Wellness Consultant 

RIGHT: Gracie Dale-Make-Up Artist, Brow and Lash Artist

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Revitalise your face with an 'Acupuncture Facelift'.

Written by Wendy Carter

Revitalise your face with an 'Acupuncture Facelift'. A consultation is done first with our In house Acupuncturist Wendy Carter. This includes the ancient art of pulse taking, the tongue is observed as well as the colour of the face.

Our face sags and wrinkles in accordance with our imbalances within. For example horizontal lines on the forehead (worry lines) indicate spleen deficiency. Frown lines indicate liver disharmony.

The internal balance is treated as well as the facial points. Lines soften out, facial muscles relax and facial tone improves. The face is flooded with qi (vital energy), blood, oxygen and nutrients. A course of treatment gives the best results.

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Valentine's Day 2019.. Supporting Those Affected by the Floods

Written by Megan Colwell

What a week, we have all just endured at the hands of Mother Nature. Not only that, we have a big job ahead of us. We believe in Karma and Putting Good into the world and seeing it return in ways we never expected. So even though we are down, we are not out. Being at our lowest has shown us the importance of being there for each other and this is why we want to help. We want to make Valentines Day about More than “love”. We want it to be about, Gratitude, Heartfelt Thanks, Support, Just Plain appreciation for what we have and who we have in our lives. So we have decided, although it’s a small gesture, it's meaningful and every little bit counts. We wish to donate Money from our Valentine’s Day Gift Vouchers to flood victims.   We have decided that 15% of our proceeds of our Valentines Day Gift Vouchers will be donated to GIVIT donations for the purchase of essential items for our flood victims, this is all about supporting the community and keeping the money in our community.   As a small business affected by the floods, consider a Massage or some time out to those in need from a local business to get us all back on our feet sooner.   Stay Dry and Keep Smiling, Love Megan   Purchase Online Here:  

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Recipe of The Week: Roasted Leek & Cauliflower Soup

Written by Emma Tommasini


Carbohydrates: 5.25g, Protein: 0


320g leek, sliced
200g cauliflower broken into small florets
600ml water
1 vegetable stock cube
60g cream
Pinch lite salt and ground black pepper

Vietnamese mint
Optional spice – garam masala, adds smokey flavour


  1. Pre-heat oven 180c
  2. Spray leeks and cauliflower with cooking oil, place in roasting dish in oven for approximately 15 minutes or until slightly brown.
  3. Place in saucepan, cold water, stock cube and vegetables. When soup is boiling turn down and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Blend vegetables and remaining liquid until smooth, stir in cream and heat through, do not boil.
  5. Garnish with Vietnamese mint.

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Text Neck: The Modern Phenomena

Written by Emma Tommasini

Text neck is the term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your mobile phone, tablet  or laptop too frequently and for too long. Using a mobile device often can lead to poor posture and symptoms of text neck. And it seems increasingly common

Our lifestyles today are really not in favor of treating our neck well. A recent survey states that the average mobile phone user spends 3 hours per day surfing the net or scrolling social media platforms. No wonder we are getting frequent headaches or feeling cloudy and tired all the time.

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The Stretches You Must Know For a Tension Free Body

Written by Emma Tommasini

Mark has been a remedial massage therapist at First Things First Wellness Centre for 2 years with over 20 years of previous experience. During this time he has come across certain areas of the body that are commonly in pain.

Today Mark is showing us some simple but crucial stretches to help alleviate tension, stress and soreness in these common areas.

Self Maintenance is just as important as your massage so making sure these stretches are done regularly will help to lengthen the time needed between your massage treatments. Please be aware that all stretches should only be to the point of resistance rather than to pain.

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