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Holistic Therapies Course

Have you ever thought of a new extremely rewarding career as a Holistic Therapist or would you like to add on some wonderful, fully approved and recognised, holistic therapy courses to your list of treatments… The following courses can be done as a package (at a reduced rate) or studied individually. Please feel free to get in touch for more information or check out: www.holistictherapiesireland.com You’ll never regret it 

(Benefit from an amazing €125 discount off the total cost if all three courses are booked. All three together reduced to €550)

Three Day Intensive Training Course in Indian Head Massage (Champissage) with Barbara McAteer(Accredited Tutor from The London Centre of Indian Champissage Intl.)
Indian Head Massage (Champissage) includes massage of the upper back, neck, shoulders, scalp and face. The body relaxes, tension is released, aches and pains melt away – and you don’t even have to leave your chair! It improves scalp circulation, which promotes hair strength & growth. It also promotes clearer thinking and higher levels of concentration and can provide relief from headaches, migraine, sinus problems eyestrain and insomnia.
The aim of the course is to provide a comprehensive grounding in the theoretical basis and practical application of Indian Champissage (Head Massage). Students will be able to use the technique as a principal or subsidiary part of their professional practice. (Course fee: €350 plus exam fee)
One day Certified course
Hands on Training is a recognised organisation that offers courses registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association)
On this popular course you will learn a truly natural facial treatment, including cleanse, tone, warm compress, face pack and specialised face lifting massage sequence using plant based oils, creams, gels and aromatic waters. You will also learn how to formulate some wonderful all natural skincare. The products used contain no potentially harmful substances such as artificial preservatives or chemicals such as parabens or SLS and are readily available from several suppliers, or even your own kitchen (eg honey, avocado). The course fee includes a starter pack of products (some you will make on the course) so you can immediately start using your new skills. (Course fee: €175 incls. product kit)

One day Certified course
Hands on Training is a recognised organisation that offers courses registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association)
This fascinating therapy has gained popularity in recent years as we seek natural forms of healthcare. Ear Candling is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that is easy to perform and beneficial to receive. It is soothing and helpful for conditions experienced by many of us – such as headaches, compacted ear wax, sinus problems, tinnitus, pressure problems and much more. It is also a very relaxing therapy in its own right and helpful with the treatment of stress. On this wonderful course you’ll learn how to do a full ear candling session properly and also be taught a lovely sinus release face massage routine which feels wonderful after an ear candling session. (Course fee: €150)

For further Information or Booking just contact Barbara on 087 220 5656

Manual Lymphatic Drainage and how it may help you.

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is an advanced therapy in which a specifically trained therapist applies gentle, light, but precise hand movements to the skin, exerting different intensities of pressure to increase the activity of normal lymphatic vessels.

This encourages lymphatic fluid away from congested areas by bypassing ineffective or injured lymph vessels.

The treatment is very gentle and a typical session involves drainage of the neck, trunk, and the affected extremity (in that order), lasting approximately 40 to 60 minutes. The technique was pioneered by Doctor Emil Vodder in the 1930s for the treatment of chronic sinusitis and other immune disorders.

MLD benefits conditions such as:
Lymphoedema (Primary and Secondary)
Injuries, including Sport Injuries
Toxins in the body and associated inflammatory conditions e.g sinusitis, eczema, digestive issues.
Pregnancy-related Swelling
Pre- and post-surgery
Hormonal Imbalance
Lymphoedema (also Lymphedema) is a long-term (chronic) condition that causes swelling (oedema) in the body’s tissues. It can affect any part of the body but usually develops in the arms or legs. It develops when the lymphatic system cannot function normally. This may be as a result of damage to or removal of lymph nodes during treatment for cancer (Secondary Lymphoedema), or it may be
hereditary (Primary Lymphoedema).

If you are affected by this condition or are at risk of developing it due to recent cancer treatment, it is vital to keep yourself informed of potential triggers. It is recommended that you see an appropriately trained therapist as soon as possible.

Lipoedema is a long-term (chronic) condition typically involving an abnormal build-up of enlarged fat cells in the legs, thighs and buttocks. It can be recognised by the extreme sensitivity of the skin and the presence of small lumps and bumps under the skin. The condition is more common in women but can affect men.

Treatment of Injuries
MLD works directly on the lymphatic system and is an effective, fast-working and pain-free technique, which assists the body in removing oedema (swelling) from an injury site.

Applying ice to an injury can prevent oedema. However, when the oedema is already present the waiting game begins and this can slow down the healing process and delay any necessary physiotherapy or physical therapy.

MLD speeds up the healing of fractures, torn ligaments and sprains and other sports injuries reducing the associated pain and getting you back to the sports field more quickly.

The lymphatic system is essentially the engine of the immune system and when that engine becomes blocked or sluggish it can have a negative impact on the entire body, from digestive issues, to congested sinuses, skin problems and poor energy levels.

MLD enhances the flow of fluid throughout the lymphatic system and improves the body’s ability to cleanse from the inside out, which is why it is a popular treatment for those interested in maintaining good health.

Pregnancy-related swelling
Self-care is important at this special time.

Mum’s-to-be can benefit greatly from regular sessions of MLD as it is a very relaxing therapy, helping to keep stress-levels in check and it relieves fluid congestion: e.g. swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes and swollen legs.

Recommended by many surgeons, MLD effectively and painlessly reduces bruising and oedema, accelerating the healing process and reducing the risk of infection and other complications.

The lymphatic system is essentially the engine of the immune system and works hand in hand with the endocrine system (the body’s system of glands and hormones). Thus MLD, alongside other natural therapies and attention to diet and lifestyle, may assist the body to achieve balanced hormone levels, including luteinising hormone, which is responsible for ovulation.

Achieving and maintaining balance in the body can be a catalyst for conception as a lowered or impaired immune system causes the body to become prone to inflammation and disease.

The emotional impact of infertility also plays an important role. MLD gently stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which in turn calms the sympathetic nervous system, helping to reduce stress levels.

For more information you can contact Aideen directly on 0851528969.

Written by Aideen Schweppe

We are hiring


Front Desk Staff

River Holistic is a very busy Holistic Centre based in Raheny, offering a vast array of Alternative and Complementary health therapies and multiple weekly classes in yoga, pilates, meditation and Mindfulness to name a few. We are looking for someone special to join our team to run our front desk on a part time basis, approx. 11 hours a week.

Responsibilities including, but not limited to:

• Provide the highest level of customer service to all of our visitors with the goal of creating a positive and friendly experience for all of our clients.
• Engage with clients in person as well as over the phone and online
• Assist clients with appointments, information on the right therapy for them, class and workshop bookings.
• Ensure that the centre remains immaculate at  all times and that any necessary supplies are always stocked. (we do also have a cleaner so for the most part cleaning will be minimal)
• Work as a team with all of the therapists and teachers as well as providing timely feedback to the centres owner on all studio issues
• Willingness to perform all other duties assigned by the centre’s owner (which may include – book keeping, assisting with social media, general marketing…)


• Must have a broad understanding of Alternative and Complementary health.
• Customer service experience
• Be committed,  reliable and punctual
• Be friendly, enthusiastic, courteous and a team player
• Ability to multi task
• Great organisational skills and attention to detail
• Friendly and professional phone and email etiquette
• Initiate tasks and perform duties with confidence and self-motivation
• Strong computer skills

Hours (approx): 2-8.30pm Tuesday and 3-8.30pm Fridays  (with the possible option of adding more hours)

Starting: As soon as possible

To Apply: Email your CV in Word format to claire@riverholistic.ie including in your email a cover letter letting us know what makes you a great candidate for this position




I am extremely pleased to announce we have been successful in winning the award for:


The Luxury Travel Guide Awards represent the pinnacle of spa & wellness, championing the best in their respective fields; therefore to come out on top is truly an achievement you should be proud of. We are delighted to pay tribute to and commend all those who have excelled in the industry. This year has seen an unprecedented number of shortlisted companies, providing strong competition in every category.
All winners of the spa & wellness awards are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by our in-house professionals. This ensures only the most deserving companies and individuals walk away with one of these prestigious accolades.
As our achievements are client centered primarily, we would have numerous personal and professional achievements to our belt, from helping couples get pregnant, helping people get that job they wanted by teaching them stress reducing tools through hypnotherapy and counseling, helping a mother through the first couple of weeks after giving birth. As these are all a private and personal journey for our clients, it can be hard to get external recognition for our work.
So this means so much to me and everyone here River Holistic Centre.
Thank you one and all.


March Newsletter

Spring has sprung ish!

As I sit here writing this, there is a red weather warning going on outside. Definitely not the start of spring that I was expecting.
Sometimes it takes a national emergency warning to make us stop the every day hustle and bustle and go back to just being. I have had three snowball fights, copious amounts of tea, endless giggles with my kids and still managed to get the newsletter done, website updated, clients scheduled for next weeks appointments and once this is complete it will be time to light the fire and sit on the couch with my kids and my very patient husband and chill.
To me, this is not a bad start to Sping.

I hope you all have an amazing month ahead and below you will find out how we can help make that happen.


Lymphoedema and MLD

A cancer diagnosis is a difficult journey, and it’s only natural that you want to put it behind you as soon as your treatment is successfully completed, and you want to put it out of your mind until your follow-up appointment with your oncology team.

However, there is another important part of the journey and it is essential (if somewhat difficult, emotionally) to be informed about this so that you can take control of the situation.

Surgery, Radiation and Chemotherapy all take their toll on the body and it’s more important than ever to invest in self-care activities to help your mind and your body to recover.

In many cases lymph nodes may be removed or damaged during life-saving cancer treatment and the result is a change in the lymphatic system, which can become a big problem if it’s not dealt with.

Lymphatic fluid that normally flows through, and is filtered by, these missing lymph nodes suddenly runs out of road and, not having a clear path to follow, gathers in the spaces between the tissues, causing a swelling or oedema over time.

The result is a condition called Lymphoedema (also Lymphedema), which essentially means ‘lymph-swelling’.

Like any other condition, early diagnosis and management is key and this is why it is essential that patients at risk of developing the condition are informed of the condition, how to recognise it as early as possible and the do’s and don’ts to help prevent the onset of Lymphoedema for as long as possible.

Registering with an MLD (Manual Lymph Drainage) Therapist as soon as possible is the first step, but is often overlooked due to the emotional impact that cancer treatment has on the individual. It’s a difficult time, and it’s one more ‘bad-news’ story that you might prefer to avoid. However, the prognosis for those who receive Lymphoedema education and therapy as early as possible is far better than for those with severe oedema that has been untreated for a prolonged period of time.

Aideen offers consultations in a relaxed, welcoming environment and is here to help you educate yourself about Lymphoedema and MLD. Knowledge is power. When you are ready, we are here for you.

If you would like to discuss your treatment options and talk to Aideen just give her a call on 0851528969

Words written by Aideen

Brand New to the centre

We are delighted to offer you our newest product the BeWater range of beautiful BPA free, water bottles coupled with the beauty of Crystals.

There are 12 bottles in the range all striking in their own right.



Sodalite and Rock Crystal €30

Sodalite is a striking and beautiful gemstone that is long associated with clarity, awareness and truth. Supported here by gorgeous clear Rock Crystal, the Sodalite is all about strength in your own truth and convictions.

Sodalite can give you strong physical boost and replenish your natural thirst. You may experience improvements to your bladder and kidneys, fresher skin healthier eyes and better hydration, which is essential for well-being and vitality.





Amazonite and Rock Crystal  €30

Amazonite has a startlingly cool green colour and captures the energy of self-determination, inner harmony and balance in your life. Its energy is peaceful and relaxing and is also associated with trust. These properties are boosted by the magnifying effects of the Rock Crystal.

The reported benefits of these stones are broad and cover brain wellness; joint and muscle strength, liver support; hormone balance and improved metabolism. A beautifully broad approach to all over wellness.




Ocean Agate, Amethyst, Fossil Wood, Rose Quartz and Chalcedony €32

This range is a beautiful all-rounder. Each of the stones matches one of the elements used in Chinese Medicine and when all of these elements are in balance and flowing freely in your body, wellness and vitality result!

Ocean Agate is associated with hope and renewal, Rose Quartz with love. Fossil Wood offers stability through change, Amethyst brings inner peace and Chalcedony is the crystal for inner flexibility and flow. Bringing these five diverse, beautiful and powerful stones together creates gem water that is fresh and vitalising to your entire being.




Rose Quartz, Amethyst and Aventurine Quartz €30

This mixture of three powerful stones packs a punch! Rose Quartz embodies love, Amethyst inner peace and Aventurine peace and rest. This makes Glow water all about the Zen.

The health and wellbeing benefits of these three gemstones are said to include heart health, skin health (hence the Glow), relief from stress and the promotion of restful sleep. It’s the perfect combination to bring a little peace to your life and to create a little shine.




Rose Quartz and Rock Crystal €32

This mixture is all about the Rose Quartz, the gemstone of love, harmony and connection; along with Rock Crystal, which is a great distributor of energy and has strong balancing and clarity characteristics. The mixture has a type of softening energy and promotes love and harmony.

Its health and wellbeing properties are known to include support of the heart and arteries and good blood circulation throughout the body. Rock Crystal is known for promoting hydration, which is great news for the vitality of your hair, skin and nails.




Garnet and Rock Crystal €32

Few gemstones are as striking as the Garnet with its deep shades of red stirring images of passion. This gemstone embodies will power, strength, courage and hope and is tipped for good quality of life and a boost to your energy.

Garnet is believed to support good circulation, strong muscles and improved metabolism and is thought to greatly improve your immune system function. Rock Crystal is an all-round health enhancer and also magnifies the effects of the Garnet – what a great combination.




Amethyst and Rock Crystal €32

Rock Crystal is an amazing all-round hydrator and is known for amplifying the action of other gemstones. This makes the Amethyst the star of this show. Striking in its deep purple colour, Amethyst is associated with awareness, a sense of justice and inner peace.

It has a strong and still energy and on a physical level it is said to protect the brain, nerves and skin. People say that it can ease pain, swelling and bruising and relaxes tension. This makes Clarity water a powerhouse gem water!




Dumortierite and Rock Crystal €30

Dumortierite comes in varying shades of dusky blues and greys. It encompasses a host of characteristics such as clarity of thought, control, patience and wisdom. Mystics believe that it nurtures the Divine Mind.

Both Dumortierite and Rock Crystal are said to boost mental clarity, relieve headaches and improve digestion, so this combination gives you the boost of vitality you need!





Carnelian and Rock Crystal €32
Bold in orange, Carnelian is associated primarily with courage. It is also said to open your social bonds creating the will to help and to connect with others. Ancient warriors wore Carnelian around their necks for courage and physical power!
Rock Crystal, along with promoting general hydration, also strengthens the properties of the Carnelian. This mixture is all about the blood. It is believed by many to stabalise circulation and blood pressure and to help with Rheumatic complaints.




Obsidian and Rock Crystal €30
Obsidian is the stone for self-awareness, improving both your internal and external vision. Combined with Rock Crystal, which can promote awareness and understanding, this mix is designed to centre around you.
The physical strengths of Obsidian are believed to include relief from pain, tension and anxiety as well as improvements to your circulation. It is also thought to benefit the stomach, intestines and muscle tissue. With the powerful hydration effects of Rock Crystal, Liberty Water will boost your body and free your mind!





Magnesite, Red Jasper and Rock Crystal €30
Two of these stones seem to stand in stark contrast to each other. Red Jasper is associated with strength and exertion while Magnesite represents relaxing and letting go. By balancing these two dynamics in our lives we create vitality.
The physical aspects of wellbeing that this combination are believed to promote include: good circulation, healthy digestion, metabolism and detoxification. This means that the mix promotes good physical health and vitality as well as emotional balance – double goodness!





Red Jasper, Sodalite, Tiger’s Eye, Green and Yellow Aventurine €30
Magic water for kids brings both the delightful colours of five gorgeous gemstones together, as well as their vitality promoting benefits. With Red Jasper for courage, Green Aventurine for peace, Yellow Aventurine for balance, Tigers Eye for insight and Sodalite for truth, this combo has it all.
These stones have been associated with health improvements in everything from digestion and metabolism to glowing skin and healthy sleep. More than anything, the delight in drinking Magic Water will boost your child’s hydration and lift the health of their entire body!






Aromatherapy for your Memory

Aromatherapy for Waking your mind.

Modern life often overloads your mind with information and causes mental fatigue.

Refresh your cognitive faculties with stimulating aromatherapy oils.




The most common causes of mental fatigue are overwork and stress, which can make your mind feel deadened by too much stimulation.  This often results from studying for exams, working long hours, a chaotic home life, or just performing tasks.

Temporary solutions:
Apart from taking regular breaks to avoid overworking your mind, essential oils can help ensure you stay focused and do not overload yourself.  These should only be used in short term, for when you need immediate relief.  Long term, you need to consider other factors such as getting enough sleep, exercise and taking time out.  The best ways to use oils to awaken your mind are through inhalation, vaporisers and applying to pulse points.

Blending Oils for waking your mind.

All of these blends should be made using 35ml of the base oil of your choice and later dispatched into easy-to-carry bottles.

Overcoming Mental Fatigue:

2 drops Basil

2 drops peppermint

2 drops rosemary

4 drops cypress

Like everyone, you’ll experience periods in your life when you have to apply yourself to the max and your mind becomes mentally fatigued.  As work is often unavoidable, you have to take steps to keep your mind fresh and alert

1.       Steam inhalation is a good way to do this, as it invigorates you and gets the oils into your system quickly.  You’ll get the full benefits of their effects as soon as possible.

2.       When you are away from home put a few drops of the blend on a tissue or apply to your pulse pints when you need fast relief.

Revision Blend:

5 drops lime

2 drops rosemary

3 drops frankincense

Studying for exams is a very taxing process, especially as you get older and lose the habit of study.  Revision requires mental alertness and the ability to maintain focused concentration; using the revision blend while studying will help you to maintain mental alertness.

1.       A vaporiser will keep the atmosphere in your study environment fresh and its fragrance will continually stimulate your mind, encouraging you to pass your exams.

2.       On the actual day of the exam, take a small bottle of revision blend to apply to your pulse points when you start to feel tired.

Stimulating your Mind:

3 drops lemon

2 drops sage

3 drops geranium

2 drops frankincense

When you are feeling ill or overworked your mind tends to slow down and needs stimulation. By combining the ‘stimulating your mind’ blend with massage, you can make yourself feel more alert and avoid storing stress in your upper body.

1.       Massage the blend gently into your neck, shoulders and temples.  If you are at work, apply it to your pulse points at the wrists.  As you write or type the action will help the oil to circulate and stimulate your mind faster.

2.       If you have your own office space you might want to vaporiser to keep the atmosphere fresh.

Jetlag Blend:

1 drop eucalyptus

2 drops grapefruit

3 drops lemon

2 drops geranium

2 drops cypress

After a long flight you may feel mentally exhausted.  The best way to deal with this is to allow your body to rest and recover naturally.

1.       A relaxing bath is an ideal way to enjoy the beneficial effects of the essential oils.  The time out will also give your mind the opportunity to rest and clear out ‘bust thoughts’.

2.       You can use the blend as a preventative measure by applying to your pulse points while travelling, to minimise the effects of jetlag.




Your Health is your Wealth

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, according to World Health Organization (WHO). Indeed, health is wealth. Every now and then, it is important to remind ourselves that we need to take good care of ourselves. There is a reason to stay healthy. Being healthy can decrease developing medical conditions.

As the WHO defines health, remaining healthy means a holistic well-being. Caring for our minds is as important and crucial as caring for our bodies. One cannot be healthy without the other.

For this 2018, let us love ourselves more by considering these tips:

  • Visit your GP, eye doctor and dentist for regular check-ups
  • Be faithful in taking your medicines and also drink vitamins
  • Protect your skin especially from the sun
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat healthy
  • Drink more water and fewer sugary drinks
  • Get enough sleep
  • Practice safe sex
  • Don’t smoke, limit alcohol intake and avoid drugs
  • Wash your hands – viruses are spread through contact
  • Practice self-care (no need to feel guilty)
  • Love yourself more and others too
  • Be friendly and be kind
  • Listen to others
  • Talk and share your feelings
  • Say “I love you,” “Thank you,” “Please” more often
  • Have fun – relax and rest
  • Call a friend
  • Learn something a new
  • Balance your time between work and play
  • Count your blessings and be grateful
  • Ask for help when needed

Essential Oils for Hair Loss

Treating Hair Loss with Essential Oils

A recent study has revealed that Aromatherapy with essential oils can help in the treatment of hair loss, alopecia and bald spots due to hormonal issues.

Massaging in certain essential oils along with carrier oils like jojoba or grapeseed daily for 7 months showed a significant improvements.

Here is the list of essential oils that can help:

Thyme Oil:

Often added to hair care products, thyme oil is known to rejuvenate hair follicles and thus prevents hair loss.

It is also used as an excellent skin Softener

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary essential oil is on the best oils for improving hair growth.  This oil increases cellular metabolism that stimulates hair growth thereby aiding in the treatment of baldness.

Lavender Oil

When lavender oil is massaged on the scalp it improves blood circulation and thus promotes hair growth and prevents hair loss.  Moreover it also moisturizes the scalp and balances sebum.

Cedarwood Oil

Cedarwood stimulates the hair follicles by increasing circulation to the scalp when massaged everyday into the scalp.

After the birth of both of my sons, I lost a lot of my hair resulting in bald patches at the front and back of my scalp.  I used this blend in a grapeseed carrier oil and within about 7 months my hair was so much more healthier and thicker.  My scalp was flake free and a lot calmer.

How To:

  1. Add 20ml of Grapeseed into a plastic BPA Free bottle then add 3 drops of each of the above oils.
  2. Massage into scalp for at least 5 min every evening if possible, or at least twice a week.  It is easier to do it in the evening time so yo can leave it in over night.
  3. To remove, just add your shampoo ideally a sensitive scalp brand, to dry hair and massage in to break down the oils in your hair, then wash as normal.  It may take two washes to remove all oils but do try not to over wash your hair, as this may result in further damage.

Let me know how you get on.



*****Please not that if you are pregnant or breast feeding these oils are not suitable*****