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Women, Hormones, Strength and Health – Christchurch Exclusive

November 10, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

$60 – $120

The Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand is pleased to be able to present this full-day workshop focused on female health, strength, and performance, presented by three highly-experienced practitioners in this field.

Women’s health is not just about periods and reproduction. Female hormones affect every aspect of health including insulin, muscles, and metabolism. In this one-day workshop, Kira Sutherland and Lara Briden will combine their expertise in sports nutrition and women’s health to bring you a unique look at the specific requirements and recommendations for women in sport and fitness. They’ll present new research as well as insights from their more than 40 years of combined clinical experience.  Craig Zielinski will share his practical programming experience for developing total body strength in women.

Aims and Learning Outcomes: Aimed at the professional development of practitioners and the personal development of individuals alike, participants will learn how female reproductive hormones influence general health, metabolism and sports performance. They will be presented with the latest research about exercise-induced amenorrhoea as well as strategies to help patients to eat and train according to the phase of their menstrual cycle.  Participants will also leave with a better understanding of how to programme for the development of total body strength through basic barbell training.

Kira Sutherland is an experienced Nutritionist and Naturopath that specialises in sports nutrition. With over 20 years of clinical practice Kira is passionate about working with athletes of all levels. She is the previous Department Head of Nutritional Medicine at one of Australia’s leading Naturopathic Colleges and has lectured in Natural Medicine for 15+ years both within Australia, Europe and North America. As a health educator, Kira works with: Colleges, conferences, sports teams, athletes, the media and actively mentors other practitioners in sports nutrition. She has a special interest in endurance sports and in her spare time she competes in Ironman triathlon and practices what she preaches.

Lara Briden is a naturopath with twenty years clinical experience and a passionate communicator about women’s health. She’s the author of the popular book Period Repair Manual, now in its second edition. She’s also written dozens of women’s health articles for mainstream media.  Lara qualified in 1997 from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She practiced in Canada for five years before moving to Sydney in 2002 and setting up Sensible Alternative Hormone Clinic, where she still practices. Her clinical focus includes polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), Hashimoto’s thyroid disease, perimenopause, endometriosis and coming off hormonal birth control.

Craig Zielinski is known simply as “Z” by most. A long time computer technician, who gave it all up in the blink of an eye to pursue his goal and passion of helping to troubleshoot the movement patterns and assist people in getting as strong as possible, all done with a combination of semi-intelligible Scottish babble and movie quotes. A native Glaswegian and now resident in San Diego, California, Craig coaches predominantly women in weightlifting and powerlifting at CrossFit Fortius. He has been part of the CrossFit world since 2008 having co-founded one of the first CrossFit affiliate gyms in Scotland (CrossFit Glasgow) and has picked up a fairly long list of certifications along the way, including the British Weightlifting Association Level 1 certification and the USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach Level 1 certification.


Student discount tickets available for full-time tertiary institute students who present with a valid photo ID (ticket numbers limited to 15)

Cancellations made after October 27th, 2018 will not be eligible for a refund.

The venue is the brand new Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre in the seaside village of Sumner.  There is plenty of nearby parking available, public transport direct to the venue, and plenty of cafe venues in close walking distance.

Please Note: This event will not be recorded. It will not be available as a podcast or video.


November 10, 2018
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
$60 – $120


The Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand


Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre
14-16 Wakefield Ave, Sumner
Christchurch, New Zealand
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