Frequently Asked Questions
Is Rhythm Health just for women?
Our Northcote location is open to all people regardless of gender, while our practice within Eve Studio is a part of the Eve Studio Wellness Collective and as such is for women only.
If you are attending our Eve Studio location, please make sure you familiarise yourself with the inclusion policy detailed below.
Eve is a women-only space. We believe in the very best of sisterhood, recognising the powerful support women can be for one another, and we seek to harness this quality at Eve. We offer services that support women’s wellness, including some instruction and services specific to the cisgendered female anatomy and/or experience.
Don’t get us wrong - we like guys! But many women find that they prefer to exercise in a space without men. For some of our members, the fact that they attend a ‘women-only’ studio is merely incidental. For others, it’s important. Whether that’s driven by a need to feel safe, or a desire for training and instruction specific to the female body, or the appeal of making positive connections with other women, it’s something that many value.
What about trans / non-binary people?
Recognising that, as a society, our understanding of gender is evolving and expanding, Eve Studio welcomes anyone who identifies as a woman. This includes cisgendered, trans and non-binary women. We use gendered language and pronouns in our communications, reflecting our identity as a women-only space. If you identify as a woman, but prefer non-gendered pronouns, please feel free to let us know and we will seek to use your preferred terminology. We are continuously learning, and we are open to ongoing, respectful conversation around our approach.
We recognise that some non-binary and trans people may not feel comfortable in a gender-specific space. Indeed, neither do some cis-gendered people. As such, Eve Studio is not always going to be the best fit for everyone. However, we are committed to ensuring that non-binary, trans and cis-gendered women feel accepted, comfortable, and completely welcome here at Eve.
Fundamentally, we are not here to assess ‘who’s in and who’s out’. That’s just not our vibe. If Eve, as a women-only space, feels like home to you, then it probably is.
Some terminology used in the above statement
We recognise that some of this terminology is fluid or used differently by different groups or people. Here is what we mean by the following terms…
Someone whose sense of identity does not correspond with the sex assigned at birth. A transgender woman is someone who was assigned male sex at birth, but now identifies as a woman.
Someone who does not fully identify with either the male or female gender. A non-binary woman may have been assigned either male or female sex at birth, and now identifies to some extent as a woman. This may be fluid (eg. they identify as woman sometimes, but not always).
Someone whose sense of identity corresponds with the sex assigned at birth. The term is helpful as it acknowledges diversity, and removes the idea that only one kind of gender identity is ‘normal’.
Gender-specific language / pronouns ‘Women / ladies / girls’ and ‘she / her’, etc.
What do I need to bring?
Bring along any X-rays, scans or test results that you may have. If possible, wear something comfy to your appointment so you can move around freely. Depending on the area of your body requiring examination, your osteopath may ask you to undress to your underwear. It is important that you feel comfortable, so you may want to bring a pair of stretchy gym shorts to change into but we always have some spares available too. Your Osteopath will ensure you feel completely comfortable during your treatment. Plan to attend along with your child if your child is the patient.
Your private health care card if you have EXTRAS cover, so you can claim your private health insurance. We have HICAPS so you can claim on the spot just bring your card along for your rebate, then pay the gap.
Your First Consultation
Before the consultation
It is advisable to arrive a few minutes early for your first appointment, as you will need to fill out some paperwork.
You will be asked to sign a general consent form, but you will have the opportunity to consider and consent (or not) to specific treatment in the consultation.
During the consultation
Your osteopath will ask questions about your problem and symptoms. They may also ask about your health history, any medications you are taking, as well as factors that may not appear to be directly related to your problem. If your health condition changes between osteopathic consultations you should tell your osteopath at your next consultation.
Your osteopath will conduct a full osteopathic assessment involving clinical tests. This may involve diagnostic, orthopaedic or neurological tests, postural assessments, movement and functional assessments. Some assessments involve the osteopath observing you while you undertake an activity or perform a sequence of movements. Assessments may also include passive and active movements - where the osteopath manually lifts your arms or legs or applies resistance while you perform a stretch or movement.
Osteopathy takes a holistic approach to treatment, so your practitioner may look at other parts of your body, as well as the area that is troubling you. For example, if you have a sore knee, your osteopath may also look at your ankle, pelvis and back.
Your osteopath may also provide education and advice to help you manage your condition between appointments. This may include giving you exercises to do at home or work.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
Many patients are referred to osteopaths by their doctors, other health practitioners or personal trainers. However, as osteopaths are primary care practitioners, you can make an appointment directly without a referral.
Is osteopathic treatment painful?
Osteopathy combines hands on manual therapy with exercise programming, dry needling, other interventions like equipment prescription and movement advice when clinically indicated. Hands-on treatment may include massage, stretching, repetitive movements, mobilisation and/or manipulation. If your injuries require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, your osteopath will exercise care to make you as comfortable as possible.
Some people experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise. If this soreness persists or increases, call your osteopath to discuss your concerns.
- Initial Consultation
- $130 — 60 minutes
- Standard Consultation
- $90 — 30-45 minutes
- HICAPS is available on site. Private health rebates available for extras cover.
- 10% off for Eve Studio members for appointments at our Eve Studio location.