Olivia Newton-John is passionate about life, wellness and helping others.
I love how you’ve really created a gorgeous spa with Gaia Retreat and worked on helping other achieve wellness in their lives. You’ve had a full life and an incredible career, what you’ve achieved with Gaia Spa and the Cancer and Wellness Centre is amazing.
How did the idea for a health retreat come about?
It actually happened because of mum – in a way. She had always loved the Hinterlands of Byron Bay and after she had passed away, my friend Gregg Cave and I were driving through the area and we found the property. We took a look at it and that night we both had dreams that we turned it into a place for our friends to all come to as a retreat. With wellness always being something I was passionate about, Gregg and I decided to turn the property into a place where people can come to relax and replenish the soul. I’m really proud to say it’s become an award winning retreat and spa – in fact, we just won the World Spa Award for “World’s Best Day Spa”!
We took a look at it and that night we both had dreams that we turned it into a place for our friends to all come to as a retreat.
Have you always been interested in health and looking after yourself?
I have always been very aware of the importance of health and wellness. My mum taught me at a very young age about eating well and taking care of myself. I am always very aware of what I am eating or drinking and even putting on my body because of the habits she taught me as a young girl.
What does your wellness routine look like now?
Well, it’s pretty much the same throughout my life. I try to do something outside in nature every day, whether it’s going for a long walk through the gardens or, hiking with my husband and dog. I love to feel the sun on my face for at least 10 minute every day (great source of Vitamin D). I also try to eat organic and lots of greens!
How did you make changes to your life post cancer?
I think the biggest change was taking the time to do things for ‘me’. As women I think we are naturally nurturers – taking care of our families, husbands, partners and children so we typically focus our energies on others. After my cancer journey, I just make sure to do something for myself every day – whether it’s going for a walk, enjoying a sunset or cup of tea – or anything that really centers my soul. I also still follow the routines of eating well and exercising every day and, taking wonderful herbs that my now husband (he wasn’t my husband then) gave to me back in 1992 – to help heal the whole person, body, mind and spirit.
I just make sure to do something for myself every day – whether it’s going for a walk, enjoying a sunset or cup of tea – or anything that really centers my soul.
Are there any major events or charities you get involved with during breast cancer awareness month?
I try to help anywhere I can but, I actually spent more than 10 years helping to raise funds and build the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in my hometown of Melbourne, Australia. The events don’t just focus on breast cancer month as we treat all cancers and, I am happy to say that the Wellness Centre, my “baby” is such a huge success. It’s a place right there on the grounds of the Cancer Centre for patients and families going through the cancer journey to have access to adjunctive therapies to complement their treatments. We provide music and art therapies, acupuncture, massage and, just so many wonderful programs to help those going through cancer a little easier. The feedback we are getting is wonderful but, the Wellness Programs are not funded by the government so, we do charitable events all year. The major ones are typically this time of year – in fact the annual ONJ Gala was just held in Melbourne and Barry Gibb performed and helped raise lots of funds. On October 4 we will do our third Wellness Walk which is a wonderful community event where people can work for, or in memory of, someone who has had their own cancer journey. It’s a really wonderful event and I’m excited to see it grow more and more each year! (OliviaAppeal.com
Is there a small action step can anyone take each day to move closer to wellness?
Probably the best advice is to be aware of your own health and listen to your body. Eat well, exercise and try to eat organic if you can. Most importantly though is what you think! A positive attitude is so important for health and healing.
What is your favourite treatment at Gaia?
I love them all! But must say I love a healing massage with the use of hot rocks. Our therapists are amongst the best in the world – and I have been all over the world! But I hang out for Gaia’s treatments!
Explain to us what do you do daily to stay on your wellness path?
I start each day with just being grateful for being here!! Then I usually have a cup of tea and make breakfast for me and my gorgeous husband. We try to eat organically and we eat lots of herbage and supplements daily. Mostly from my husband’s Amazon Herb products – as he is an expert on Amazonian plants and their healing benefits.
I don’t really see it as a wellness path – it’s just what we do and we just try to mark smart choices every day – know what I am putting in my body and doing things that are good for the mind and body. Having a good laugh every day is also great for wellness in my book!!
I start each day with just being grateful for being here!!
What product is always in your bathroom?
My favorite right now is our new certified Organic range of Gaia Retreatment facial products that I love!!
We developed them here on the North Coast of Australia using many Australian rich plant oils and essences like Kakadu and Davidson plum. Our team sought out the finest organic ingredients to create the purest Skincare so you can take the Gaia experience home with you!! I am so proud of these products!
Thank you for your time, I know a lot is happening at the moment. We can’t wait to join you on Sunday 4th of October for the Wellness Walk in Melbourne! For all the details click here
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