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It’s good to talk

written by: Claire Kenny 06/09/2018

Since opening the centre, now over 5 years ago, I have been asked countless times “why don’t I incorporate an online booking system to make life faster and easier for the clients and students that we have the pleasure of looking after.”

There is no doubt that these new systems have increased efficiency by leaps and bounds, but what has been sacrificed is human interaction and a direct connection to the exchange of value.

Have you ever booked online for a yoga class and arrived with your new mat and baggy tracksuit bottoms, as you are a complete beginner, and been met with a packed studio of twenty somethings in very tight Lycra doing handstands against the wall jammed in like sardines?  I have and boy did I hot foot it out of there and vowed that I would never try Yoga again. Don’t worry I have since.

Have you ever booked online for a massage as a treat after a really hard long week to be met by a deep tissue therapist, who yes is amazing at what they do but you feel like you have been beaten up with a baseball bat and all you wanted was sounds of whales in the background, candles lighting and a little hug of a massage?  I have, and was left disappointed, not by the therapist, but by the system and not being able to ask for a relaxing light massage and sip of herbal tea afterwards.

Now I do understand that life is so fast paced and there is an app for everything to make life simpler, but at what cost?

If time is so precious; then what if you do make that mistake of booking in for the wrong class or with the wrong therapist?  If you take the time to make a 2 minute call to us here at the centre, we will know exactly what you need and what would suit you best.  So rather than make that mistake that will cost you an hour or more from your already busy life, give us a call as we like to talk here at the centre.

For the full list of classes that are all starting new terms this week and next just click the following links:

www.riverholsitic.ie/classes

For a full list of therapies that you would like to try but may not know what exactly is involved use the link below:

www.riverholistic.ie/therapies

Then you guessed it, just give us a call and let us help you make the right choice the first time.

 

Claire

 

 

 

 

Natural ways to treat head lice

Tis the season to see these oh so common bugs in our little darlings hair.
With the schools now open for business this is the busiest time for there pesky pests.
It can be so hard to get rid of them once they have made your little ones head its home.
Below you are going to find different options that can work with curbing the itch and constant battle to rid them from your home.
I would always recommend as a prevention to work with the other parents of the children in your child’s class.
What I do for both my sons classes is to ask all the parents to use a fine tooth comb every Sunday without fail, it only takes about 10-20 min depending on hair length. If everyone were to do this you can honestly stop the constant letters coming home in your child’s schoolbag.
I also add about 15 drops tea tree oil to all of our shampoo’s to help with prevention.

Luckily, these natural remedy treatment can help eliminate even the most stubborn lice:

1. Almond Oil or Olive Oil

Both almond oil and olive oil are effective home remedies for lice, as they work to smother or suffocate lice, slowing them down to make them easier to remove with a comb. Coat the hair with oil after separating the hair into several small sections, keeping them separate with clips. Work under good lighting so you can see clearly, and be sure to frequently rinse the comb with hot running water. After combing through the hair, shampoo and rinse twice, then thoroughly clean the towel and comb. Use this remedy every day for one week.

2. Essential Oils

Several essential oils have been proven to help eliminate lice with the help of combing, including nutmeg, peppermint, red thyme, cinnamon, eucalyptus, clove, neem and lavender. Always check for allergies before using a new essential oil. Add between 3 and 10 drops of essential oil to 2 oz of olive oil, then let it sit on the scalp overnight, for a minimum of 12 hours. Comb everything out then shampoo twice.

3. Neem Oil

Neem oil is a natural insecticide. It can help get rid of lice safely and effectively. Buy a shampoo that contains neem oil, or add several teaspoons of neem oil to your own shampoo, and use it regularly.

4. Garlic and Lime Juice (very smelly, but very effective)

Garlic’s strong fragrance can suffocate lice. Make a paste by grinding 8-10 garlic cloves and mixing them with 2-3 teaspoons of lime juice. Apply the mixture to the scalp and let it sit for 30 minutes before thoroughly rinsing it with warm water.

5. Mayonnaise or Coconut Oil

Use mayonnaise or coconut oil to saturate the scalp and hair, then cover the head with a shower cap for 12-24 hours. Heat the shower cap, then shampoo the hair without getting it wet. Cover scalp again for 30 minutes to allow the oil to break down, then thoroughly rinse the hair and comb through it. Go through the hair section by section with the comb, and be sure to rinse it regularly with hot water. Shampoo hair with no water once more, and wear a shower cap overnight to prevent lice from returning.

6. Nit Comb

For children under two years old, comb wet hair using a fine-toothed nit comb. For best results, comb while the hair is wet and contains conditioner. Comb out the hair two times each session for 3-4 days.

8. Treat the Home

To help prevent a re-infestation, try these steps:
Wash their coats as the hoods and collars will always have eggs left.
Wash brushes and combs daily in hot water to dislodge lice.
Seal items that are non-washable and touched the head, in a plastic bag for 2 weeks.
Change towels, pajamas, sheets and pillowcases daily.
Vacuum the part of a child’s car seat cover that touches the child’s head daily.

We are hiring

WE’RE HIRING!!!

POSITION FILLED

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. 17 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 – bookkeeping, assisting with social media, general marketing…)

Requirements

• 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 multitask
• 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 Monday and 3-8.30pm Wednesday and Thursday  (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

Claire

A journey of self-awareness

A Mindful Journey of Self Awareness

The journey comprises of Hypno-Meditations to increase awareness and facilitate the process of unfolding the ‘Self’. The purpose of which is to enable a you to step forward along a path towards wholeness. As we learn to Witness and be Mindful our awareness increases, this frees us from being stuck in a reactive mode and allows us to cut through the veils of illusion that keeps us from achieving wholeness. The path of Hypno-Meditation utilising Mindfulness, enables a you to raise your awareness and individuate along the path of wholeness.

Along any path of understanding “Who am I” and of integration towards authenticity and individuation, the first step is to increase AWARENESS at both levels; conscious and subconscious.

Vispassana (Mindfulness) mediation is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation, a process of Self-transformation through mindful self observation (builds awareness). It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.  Life becomes characterised by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace.

Hypno-meditation is a unique combination of hypnosis and meditation which enables self awareness and a vehicle to heal the mindbody as well as to achieve goals through reflection and choice. A natural powerful tool, which enables benevolent and sustainable changes. The more you practice hypno-meditation, the more you speak directly and align with Mind as a whole, building new neural pathways via the conscious and subconscious. Thus enabling you to make empowered choices, growing as an individual in mind, body and soul, creating a state of healthy mind and body.

Develop awareness through the breath.

Body Scan / Progressive Relaxation (relaxation response)

Mindfulness of the senses

Witnessing Thoughts

Removing Obstacles…. Planting Seeds

Connecting with your Inner Adviser

When : Thursday the 16th of August 2018 8 – 10 pm

Where : River Holistic Centre, 10 Main street Raheny Dublin 5

Cost : €45

Includes a collection of Hypno-Meditations to help you on your journey.

https://www.ruthallen.ie/mindful-journey-self-awareness

Why athletes should include massage into their fitness regimen

Why add massage into your fitness training regimen.

By: Claire Kenny 23/07/18

 

The overexertion of muscles through rigorous physical training and exercise can affect athletes’ performance and increase their risk for injury. In between those strenuous workouts, the body could use some pampering.

Regular massage supports the relaxation and recovery process after workouts, helping to prevent injuries; reduce swelling, muscle stiffness and fatigue; and achieve peak performance. And there are numerous other potential benefits that are conducive to your overall health and well-being.

Massage therapy helps improve muscle flexibility (which helps prevent injuries like muscle pulls and tears) and shorten recovery time as well as relieve muscle tension and pain, a remedy for common issues like delayed-onset muscle soreness.

But massage can benefit more than muscles, some research suggests that massage may also help:

  • Lower anxiety
  • Increase range of motion
  • Improve your mood
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Enhance blood flow and alertness

Massage is good for the body either before, during or after athletic events. Sports massage incorporates Swedish (for improved circulation) and deep tissue techniques, among others. Athletes, or anyone who does strenuous exercises on a regular basis, should speak with a massage therapist about specific needs and concerns in order to determine how often massages are necessary and which techniques are most appropriate.

Your injury or needs will determine the focus of the therapy.  Often times, an athlete has a specific area in which they are experiencing pain, limited range of motion, etc. That area, in addition to the supporting muscles and connective tissue, is addressed.

A full body massage at another time, maybe within a week or two, is also very helpful for the whole body compensates for an injury, and an injury heals more quickly when the rest of the body is free of limitations.

 

Setting goals for your future

Setting Goals

By Claire Kenny 17/07/2018

You probably have a good idea of how you would like your life to run and imagine it could only be a dream – but by setting a few goals it doesn’t have to be.

Setting goals is harder than it sounds. There are so many areas of your life where you could start: your job, family, relationships, health and fitness, and further education. Everyone has dreams and attempting to realise them can be incredibly stressful.  Sometimes the pressure to succeed can build a brick wall that prevents you from getting where you want to go.

Changing the way you think about goals can affect the end result.  It is much better to say to yourself “I will execute this task well” than “I must not make that mistake again”.  Positive thinking can make setting a goal easier than berating yourself with negative thoughts.

Personal planning:

Write down your goals as short, concise sentences.  This will focus your mind and help you gain knowledge about them.  You decide what it is you want to achieve and construct a step-by-step plan on how to get there.

Don’t be discouraged if you can’t turn everything around at once.  Start by setting small targets and you’ll be surprised how much of a difference they will make.

Looking ahead

What kind of goals do you want to set?  You may find that you have some lifetime ambitions like taking early retirement or starting a family; or more short-term goals like taking a course that will enhance your personal development.  Breaking your ideas down in this way will help clarify your needs and enable you to structure the plans you have.

Define your ambition

If you are finding it difficult to make a decision about where to start, begin with writing a goal down on paper and then list the benefits and advantages of achieving that goal.  Once you have about 25 or more items on your list, you are half way towards defining the meaning and value of your dreams.  Everyone thinks of things they would like to do, but they rarely take the time to list the advantages in this way.  Doing so will make the goal seem worthier to you.

Stay Grounded

When you come to set your goals be sure that they are realistic.  There is nothing wrong with being ambitious but take care not to overstretch yourself, because, equally, there is nothing more disheartening than failing to reach a goal.  Be specific and make sure that your goals are your own. You need to ask yourself honestly whether they are your dreams or have you been influenced by your family, friends, the media or society, no matter how well-meaning such advice might be.  Do what is right for you and believe in the choices you have made.

Take the challenge

On the other hand, it is important not to set your goals too low.  A bit of a challenge in your life is a good thing.  It can be easy to take the simpler route as the fear and failure can loom heavy in your mind.  Setting goals that you are guaranteed to reach will dispel your fears, but where is the achievement in that?

See your goals

Visualise a clear mental image of the end result of your goal and keep it in the forefront of your mind.  Play it over and over again until it is sharply focused.  If you want to get that promotion, start your own business, loose a bit of weight, just imagine yourself sitting at that desk, being successful in your new career, create a mood board, fitting into those favourite jeans you haven’t worn in years.  Many people find visual stimulus more motivating than writing lists, so this technique will help keep you motivated.

Positive thinking

Stay positive, keep on track and keep moving forward, no matter what setbacks you might come across.  Having a positive attitude in the face of whatever life throws at you is the key to your success.

 

 

 

 

 

How massage can affect your overall health

How massage therapy can improve your overall health

By Claire Kenny 17/07/2018

 

Some people still believe massage therapy is an indulgence purely for relaxation. The health benefits of massage, however, have proven otherwise.

Today we know that our mind-body connection means excessive stress brings on or exacerbates illness by reducing our own natural immunity to disease. People who value their health know that, like a healthy diet and exercise, regular massage treatments are a valuable part of a stress-reduction plan.

Anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions can be better managed with massage therapy, according an article on the Mayo Clinic website (mayoclinic.org). In addition, massage helps reduce or alleviate headaches, joint pain, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia and much more.

Massage therapy has many forms, applied according to a therapist’s training and a client’s ailments. Some commonly known techniques are Swedish, hot stone, deep tissue, prenatal, and sports massage.

Holistic massage is a combination of various movements used to manipulate muscles through the application of pressure to either soothe or stimulate the whole body. It aims to balance the “whole” person and the effects will vary with each individual.

This therapy helps in the relief of a wide range of problems physiologically and psychologically, they include:

Relaxation of the whole body, reducing stress and anxiety

Gives a “lift” to the emotions and increases positive feelings

Encourages deeper and therefore more efficient and relaxed breathing

Relieves muscle fatigue, soreness and stiffness

Encourages sleep

It promotes suppleness of the muscles, improves circulation and reduces stress.

Balances digestion and waste removal.

With regular Holistic Massages you will find that you have increased energy levels as there is less energy spent in holding the body in a state of tension and strain. In this fast moving world, shouldn’t we all have some real time out!

Hot Stone massage involves the use of water-heated basalt stones of varying sizes in combination with Swedish massage techniques. The heat of the stones helps muscles relax more quickly than in traditional massage, allowing manipulation of a greater intensity.

The benefits of Hot stone massage

Muscular aches, pains, sprains and strains.

Poor circulation

Rheumatic and arthritic conditions

Back pain

Stress, anxiety and tension

The term deep tissue massage refers to increased pressure applied by a therapist aiming to alleviate chronic pain and increase range of motion. This type of massage can be painful. Although some call it a “good pain,” any massage therapy should be done only to the client’s tolerance.

Deep tissue massage is a specialized massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscles. This massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as adhesions).

PREGNANCY MASSAGE can help alleviate many of the symptoms and conditions associated with pregnancy. During this amazing time of physical and emotional change, pregnancy massage can be of enormous benefit to both the mother and baby.

Amoungst many benefits, massage during pregnancy has been found to help alleviate the following complaints:

Muscle tension,

Muscle spasm & cramping,

Sciatic pain ,

Swelling oedema

Back, neck and shoulder discomfort caused by hormonal and postural changes.

Improve quality of sleep

Reduce headaches

Relieve heartburn

Balance mood-swings and help depression.

It reduces stress and allows the mother to relax, both important for during the pregnancy and labour.

The health of the baby is enhanced by the pregnancy massage through increasing blood circulation, lymph circulation, reducing oedema and increasing cellular respiration. Massage helps the mother to feel nurtured and pampered and this can then be passed onto the baby.  Pregnancy massage assists in reducing tension in the weight bearing joints and other bone and muscle structures.

It also helps maximize breathing capacity which is needed during labor and delivery.

Sports massage can help relieve soft-tissue aches and muscle stiffness to prepare for events or recover from exercise. This type of massage isn’t just for sports injuries though. It can be beneficial to anyone who engages in repetitive physical activity, which is hard on the body.

It’s always best to check with your doctor before starting any new health regimen, including massage therapy.

Massage therapy is good for almost anyone, whether they are active or sedentary. So the next time you’re stressed, overwhelmed or in pain, consider getting a massage. It may help your overall health to massage that issue out of your tissue

www.riverholistic.ie/therapies

Scalp relaxation techniques

Relaxation is something most of us don’t really know of, specifically because of the fast-paced lives we lead. Try out these relaxation techniques for yourself and see how it leaves you feeling great in almost no time at all.

SIDE SCALP MANEUVER

Relax your scalp by doing a side scalp laxity exercise, this is a great way to rid yourself of all that stress. Sit upright in a chair and place your hands on the sides of your head such that each palm is above each ear. Straighten your fingers, but make sure you do not clasp them together. Slowly begin moving your scalp up and down, keeping in mind not to move your fingers. Move your scalp for about two minutes before removing your hands. Relax for about 10 seconds before repeat this exercise for about 10 times.

HEAD KNOCK MASSAGE

Massaging your scalp helps to increase the blood circulation to your hair follicles. This helps in the prevention of hair loss while improving your overall hair health. Try the head knock massage, which is an ancient Indonesian technique. Stand straight with your feet about shoulder-width apart and be sure to continue breathing normally throughout this exercise. Begin lowering your upper body by bending ever so slightly at the waist, allowing your spine to or curve. Bend up till the point where you find your head slightly below your waist level. Remember to position your legs straight and curve your fingers to the knuckle. Use the knuckle of your index finger to gently tap your scalp with your knuckle. Use your other knuckles as well. Now, cover as much of your scalp as you can – the front, back, sides and lobe area of your scalp, while gently tapping the hair area. Perform this knuckle massage for about 30 seconds. Stop and return your body to the standing position. Relax for about 10 seconds before repeating this scalp massage exercise while standing up.

CIRCULAR MASSAGE

Say goodbye to hair loss with this circular massage exercise. Start in an upright position seated comfortably and pour in a few drops of rosemary essential oil onto your scalp. You may also use vitamin E oil. Now, use the tips of your fingers to massage your scalp. Start on the right side of your scalp. Be sure to work small sections of your scalp and use circular motions for the first three to five minutes. Reverse this direction and work in counter-clockwise circular motions for the next two minutes. Be sure to massage your entire scalp area up to the hairline. Try not to use your fingernails as this is likely to damage your scalp. Massage your scalp for five minutes daily.

INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE

This treatment focuses on the blood circulation in the head, neck, and shoulders. A great deal of pressure is used in this technique, but it isn’t painful at all. This massage is best carried out by a professional. So give us a call at 018310888 or email info@riverholistic.ie and we can help ease all of the daily tension away.

It’s okay you got this

Going through fertility treatment can be a challenging experience both physically and emotionally. All matter of scenarios might be running through your head, with so many questions, what ifs and more. You might be researching the topic or constantly wanting to think about it.

Some days you may feel completely overwhelmed with the process, so it is important to put some strategies in place early, to help you cope during these times.

 

#1 Be kind to yourself

Fertility treatment can be an emotional rollercoaster; it is normal to find you cope well some days and others your emotions are a little overwhelming. On those tougher days, consider taking time out for yourself to engage in whatever self-care works best for you – it may be having a good cry, time alone, time with friends or family, doing something you enjoy.

 

#2 Develop and maintain good self-care practices

Make these part of your daily or weekly routine and use them regularly; prioritise these to assist with your well-being. Self-care is very personal but could include things such as reading, music, exercise, time with family or friends, soak in a bath, fresh flowers, meditation, engaging with spirituality etc.

#3 Focus on the things that you can control

By doing this you can be proactive and channel your energy into things you have the ability to influence which many people find empowering. Things you can control include diet, exercise, sleep, self-care etc. but be balanced in this and don’t be too restrictive.

#4 Consider limiting the amount of time spent focussing on infertility

You could set a daily time limit (e.g. 30 minutes) or a specific number of times per week. During this time give yourself permission to think about, talk about, research infertility and treatment as much as you like, but once the time is over try to set it aside until the same time the next day/occasion. Although difficult, it is important not to let fertility treatment consume you.

 #5 Try to live in the moment

It is easy for your mind to wander too far ahead worrying about all the what ifs. Try to deal with each moment or difficulty as it arises. Mindfulness can be very helpful in allowing us to stay more in the present moment.

#6 Keep the lines of communication open

It is important to talk with others, particularly your partner about your thoughts and feelings.

 #7 Prioritise reconnecting with your partner and rejuvenating your relationship

Fertility treatment can take a toll on your relationship. Try to do things that help to put the fun and spontaneity back into your relationship. Reconnect with all the things about each other that drew you together in the first place.

#8 Consider keeping a gratitude journal

Noting down three things a day that you are grateful/thankful for. These could be related to fertility or could be completely separate. Even in tough times, if we look hard enough there are often other little things in our life that give us hope and lead us to feel thankful.

 #9 Ask for help if needed

If your feelings seem to be increasing in intensity or lasting more than a few days please seek professional support through your specialist.

We are always here to help with your journey through IVF, ART, pregnancy and all that comes with it.

We have a full list of therapies that would include body treatments, talk therapies and classes.

Just call us on 018310888 or email info@riverholistic.ie

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CLAIRE

FACT Mindfulness Skills Course

FACT Mindfulness Skills Course 

Mindfulness is an awareness process that involves the ability to pay attention with flexibility, openness and curiosity to life as it arises at any given moment. It is a practice when cultivated, that enables people to interact with themselves and others through awareness and compassion, handling life’s stresses and challenges with more ease and resilience. Ultimately, it teaches us to accept and respond, instead of react to life.

Aim
The aim of this six week course is to introduce clients to the practice of mindfulness in their everyday lives while simultaneously being held within a psychotherapeutic space. This one-to-one experience fosters a tailored and unique mindful environment.

Week 1: – Introduction to course and exploration of relevant life issues and expectations
Week 2: – Stopping, calming, resting and healing
Week 3: – Nourishing happiness and sustaining mindfulness
Week 4: – Understanding and transforming ingrained habits
Week 5: – Developing conscious awareness and maintaining happiness
Week 6: – Establishing mindfulness practice in daily life.

Psychotherapeutic Approach
Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT) is a progressive evidence based psychotherapeutic behavioural intervention designed specifically for brief therapy. FACT encourages psychological flexibility in clients and integrates mindfulness in its approach.

Outcome
At the end of this course clients will be able to understand how to recognise and handle difficult thoughts and strong emotions within themselves related to stress, pain (including physical), anxiety, fear, sadness and anger etc. They will have developed awareness on the factors that influence and perpetuate much of the patterns of suffering within their lives and have gained the knowledge and skills necessary to make alternate and more life affirming choices within their respective environments.

For further information:

To make an appointment with Niamh, please contact her directly on the information below.

Niamh is available for appointments here at the centre on Monday’s from 11am to 3pm 

MINDFUL MEASURES

087-9828707