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Bergamot your new BFF

Healing with Bergamot

Bergamot is valued for its uplifting aroma and stimulating properties.

Refreshing Bergamot oil is extracted from the almost ripe citrus fruit of the bergamot tree.  It’s fruity, citrus scent with delicate, woody undertones has made it a valued oil through the ages.

Bergamot is refreshingly uplifting and stimulating.  It acts on the central nervous system and is a good tonic for treating symptoms of stress, tension and anxiety.  It is invigorating but not over-stimulating, helping the mind to achieve balance.

Using Bergamot Oil

Holiday survival
  • Apply a few drops of bergamot and lavender oil to some lengths of ribbon or string.  Hang these on your balcony at night to keep the dreaded mosquitoes away while you sleep like a baby.
  • Ease travel sickness and feelings of nausea with a cold compress of bergamot.
Cleanse the skin

To eliminate pimples:

Dilute 2 drops of bergamot and 2 drops of thyme in a tablespoon of grapeseed oil.  Massage into the skin daily to clear the skin of blemishes.

A cooling body oil:

Add 5 drops each of bergamot and lemon, 3 drops of neroli and 1 drop of rosemary to 50ml of sweet almond oil and apply when needed.

For Oily Skin:

Mix 25mls of witch hazel, 75ml of distilled water and 15ml of glycerine.  Add 5 drops of bergamot,geranium and 3 drops of sandalwood.  This makes a beautiful soap for the face and the entire body.

Boost Concentration

This invigorating oil improves concentration by awakening the mind and promoting clearer thinking.  Keep it close when you need an extra boost.

  • Sail through that exam or interview with a fragrant and confidence-boosting blend of bergamot, lavender and grapefruit oil.  Apply a few drops onto a handkerchief and place were its handy.
  • Computer screens bombard the body with positive ions.  In the office, home, desk, restore the natural balance of your body’s energy with a refreshing room spray of negatively-charged bergamot.
  • Fight drivers Fatigue by adding a few drops of bergamot to a cotton ball and place near an air vent.
Mood Lifting

Use Bergamot’s invigorating properties to treat tiredness, anxiety and stress.

  • If you have trouble getting up in the mornings start the day with a refreshing and uplifting shower using the soap mix from above.  You will have a new spring in your step and smell like summer.  Win Win.
  • Soothe feelings of agitation and anxiety by using calming bergamot in a room vapouriser or oil burner.
  • To alleviate tension headaches, try a firm neck and shoulder massage by adding a few drops of bergamot and neroli to grapseed oil.

 

The Essence of Home-Feng Shui Workshop

The Essence of Home

The Essence of Home

THE ESSENCE OF HOME –

Feng shui, space clearing and essential oils to cleanse and uplift the energy of your home.
1st July 2017


The essence of feng shui is in creating a sense of connection to your living space, giving it a greater sense of “home”, a space of nurturing, enveloping and supportive energy.

Alongside the principles of feng shui, we also use space clearing, creating sacred space and the use of essential oils in the environment to cleanse, uplift and enliven our homes and workplaces.

In this workshop we will explore the essential alchemy of feng shui

First creating space. Through clearing out what is no longer supporting your true self, then cleansing and blessing the energy of your home, you create the space to draw in your pure potential.

Building on the foundations of feng shui, the alchemy of clutter clearing and the essential elements of space clearing, we explore the importance of creating space, opening a portal for what you wish to draw in.

Experience the use of sound, blessing herbs and essential oils to cleanse, bless and enrich your environment – your outer skin.

Explore the importance of the “gap”, that sacred space between outbreath and in-breath, taking time to set your intention. This is the key, the central core of feng shui.

We will explore the use of essential oils in space clearing and to enhance the feng shui of your space. One essential oil which is wonderful to invigorate this energy in your home is Eucalyptus which “brings us a degree of expansion and considerable peace…. brings us back to sound values, is lively and original” …“very useful for recentering a scattered person”…and “helps us to reveal the best of ourselves” … “disperses negative feelings and gives us room to breathe” changes an atmosphere of “suffocation into one of expansive renewal”

In this workshop we will be delving a little more deeply, with 9 essential oils and their healing energy which can clear space and enrich and balance our energy and that of each area of our lives.

Allow yourself this time to pause, take stock and clear out fully. In order to embrace your space and ignite the spark of pure potential.

Embrace the Space for Pure potential – Exploring the essence of feng shui, creating the space for your life to unfold.
When: 1st July 2017 10am to 5pm
Where:- River Holistic centre, Raheny
Your investment: €90
Booking essential – contact edel@fengshuidesign.ie for further information

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

Pregnancy Yoga With Sarah

My Classes always start with a 5-8 minute Pranayama exercise focusing on connecting with their bodies, their babies.

  • Three part breath
  • Straw breath
  • Alternative Nostril Breath
  • Square Breath
  • Cooling Breath etc.

Asana

I would usually finish the Pranayama section while still cross legged and move onto some cross legged over arm stretches, neck rolls, wrist rolls etc.I focus a lot on getting to know the pelvis and explaining the mechanism of labour and how different positions can assist getting an optimal birthing position.I focus on hip circles, pelvic tilts, pelvic alignment etc.

Seeing as the pelvic floor and jaw have such a huge connection a lot of my classes we do a lot of breathwork during our asanas to promote jaw relaxation and relaxing the pelvic floor for birth.

I focus on getting to know the pelvic floor and pelvic floor exercises – particularly with breathwork. E.G Cat/Cow – Inhaling and contracting the pelvic floor while arching back, exhaling – letting pelvic floor relax while coming to flat back position.

I like to also focus on breathing through challenging positions E.G Lunge/Deep Squat, and focusing on breath for average length of a contraction and then resting for 2 minutes in child’s pose. This works very well as when it comes to time of birth when surges are coming they can relate back.

I do a lot of focusing on a Drishti Point during a pose that requires balance e.g Tree pose. The feedback from women is that this was the most beneficial practice to have for labour.

I do a lot of educating women about different positions to labour in with Electronic Monitoring, with an Epidural or any other intervention.

It is inevitable that some women will have these interventions and I completely support their choices and I always like them to feel prepared for what can be optimum for them.

E.G with an epidural lying Left Lateral with a Peanut Ball.

  • Many women have reported back they felt in control of their labour even with these interventions.
  • I provide everyone with a booklet to go home with. This contains a brief summary of labour and the hormones involved. How we can affect our hormones and decrease adrenaline, different positions that they can bring to the hospital with them. Different acupressure points for pain relief, and some birth and pregnancy affirmations to focus on.

The Best Part –  Relaxation

I do a 15 minute guided meditation at the end in a lying down position – usually on their left lateral supported with pillows, blankets, bolsters.

I sometimes focus on baby and connecting with baby and sending love and light, sometimes I just focus on mum and filling her with energy and strength, I do a lot of healing and fear releasing meditations and sometimes I just do a good old Yoga Nidra.

Every woman leaves on a high and has a great night sleep!

When: 6:30 – 7:30pm Tuesday 11th July – 15th August
Investment:
6 Weeks €80
Drop in €17 Unwaged €10

Contact

Sarah Richardson

0851699679

Sarah.reiki.yoga@gmail.com

Pregnancy Yoga with Sarah – Facebook.

The Art Of Breathwork Workshop

The Art of Breathing

 

When was the last time you took a deep breath?

When was the last time you were able to let go?

When was the last time you felt free and content?

What is Breathwork?

Breathwork is a deep process of conscious connected breathing, to release and let go of negative feelings, traumas, stress and so on.

Breathwork is about utilising our breath to reach to all the unspoken and repressed issues we carry around with us, sometimes without even realising. The benefits of Breathwork are numerous, to name a few:

  • Increase your mind-body balance
  • Fill yourself with energy and motivation
  • Release trauma, anxiety, phobia
  • Clears your mind to get a good night sleep
  • Let go of stress
  • Root out patterns that keep repeating themselves and sabotage relationships, personal growth, happiness, etc.

For more information about Breathwork – click here.

When?
Saturday, 12th August, from 11:00 to 14:00

Where?
River Holistic Centre, The River Room – 12 Main Street, Raheny, Dublin 5

How much?  €40

Who are we?  Ciaran & Orli – two devoted and experienced Breathwork Practitioners

You are welcome to contact us with any question:

Ciaran – 0860268509
Orli – 0831463978

 sign up and secure your place in this special event!

June Newsletter

Hello June

 

How excited are we at River Holistic………..June has most certainly arrived in all it’s glory. It feels like a re-birth for our amazing clinic. We are going to open the doors to our new space, The River Room, which means the arrival of new therapists and lots of new classes to choose from. Don’t fret, we still have all of our existing amazing therapists onsite to help make this your holistic home.

If you are in the holiday frame of mind, why not relax and unwind with Dee’s full holistic facial special offer. If you are looking for some headspace, we have kundalini yoga and sound yoga starting in June. Have you got a health concern you have been ignoring, why not book in with Emma to see how acupuncture can help you. I can go on, we have homeopathy, holistic massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, hypnotherapy. We have therapies to suit your every need, why not just give us a call and we can can help you out.

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Do you struggle to sit still in meditations?

Firstly three important questions

Q.1 Do you struggle to sit still in meditations?

Q.2 Would you like to experience meditation that involves dancing, shaking and moving the body?

Q.3 Would you like to try and experience a variety of meditations?

If YES come join me on the 6th of July 2017 at 6.15pm for a six week workshop of OSHO active meditations.

OSHO active meditations were specifically and scientifically designed for the modern man and woman who find it difficult to be in silence. These meditations are set to music and have a series of stages that will bring about an  individual transformative experience. The meditations are 1 hour in duration.

Wk.1  6th of July 2017 OSHO Kundalini. This evening meditation consists of shaking, dancing, witnessing and silence

Wk.2. 13th of July 2017 OSHO Nadabrahma. This is a humming meditation were one gives and receives energy from existences followed by silence

Wk.3.  20th of July 2017 OSHO Chakra sounds. This meditation activates all the chakras in the body through the use of sound followed by silence

Wk.4.  27th of July 2017 OSHO Mahamudra this meditation is gentle, the whole body surrenders to its organic movement through Laithan, followed by giving and receiving to the Earth to replenish the energy

Wk.5.  3rd of August 2017 OSHO No Dimensions. This is s beautiful Sufi dance meditation followed by whirling and silence

Wk.6.  10th of August 2017 OSHO Devavani. This is a gentle meditation that brings you into a childlike state followed by gentle nonsense words called Laithan of the tongue followed by Latham of the body and silence.

My Name is Ana Gale and I work as Massage Therapist / Reiki teacher and OSHO meditation facilitator within the River Holistic Centre in Raheny. It is with great excitement and passion for me to share with you the OSHO active meditations.

Venue: The River Room

Duration: 6 weeks ( Thursday evenings from the 6th of July 2017)

Cost: 80 euro (drop in are most welcome at 15 euro)

Time: 6.30pm -7.30pm

Contact: Ana gale 0860716674 or River Holistic Centre 018310887

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga is a yoga practice different from a regular flow class and most other styles of yoga. There are specific sets of exercises within the practice that work on moving and harnessing the energy within the body. To do this we use a combination of physical exercises (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), mudra (hand postures), meditation, chanting and relaxation to bring about a total balance in the body and mind. The specific set of exercises work on strengthening the nervous system, balancing the glandular system, purifying the body and calming the mind. Also within the practice are built-in moments of stillness where we sit quietly and awaken to our Self.  When we apply the technology of Kundalini Yoga to our bodies and minds it has the effect of uplifting us. It builds physical vitality and brings about an overall feeling of well being. The dynamics of Kundalini Yoga is what make it so enjoyable and fun but it will also add depth to an existing practice and to your life.

 

These classes are beneficial for beginners with no previous yoga experience and those with an already existing practice.

When: Thursday 6th of July from 10:30am – 11:30am

Cost: 6 week course for €80.

Possibility of drop in spaces depending on spaces available €15

 

For more information please contact

Email:  jen@meditate.ie

Website: www.meditate.ie

Aspects of Hypnoanalysis

Aspects of Hypnoanalysis

Hypnoanalysis is a regression therapy. The idea is that we seek to find and remove the root cause of the anxiety or emotional state associated with a traumatic event from the past – usually from childhood. When found the root cause of a problem or symptom can then be resolved in the mind. The main difference between Hypnoanalysis  and other forms of talk therapy, is conventional therapies usually only deals with the presenting problem and do not get to the root of the problem.

Two of the most commonly used techniques in Hypnoanalysis.

One of the most powerful methods is Free Association pioneered by Sigmund Freud.The other Pin Point analysis which as the name suggests  is a direct route to the issue buried in the subconscious mind.

Free Association.

Free association works by allowing one memory to lead into another without any logical thought, interpretation, or intervention. Just allowing thoughts to drift along from one concept to another without attempting to make any sense of it whatsoever.  When working with issues that upset us the subconscious mind will do it’s best to protect us from those memories and will form a resistance towards the therapy. The hypnotherapist’s job is to help the client through that resistance to the truth. It sounds easy, and with the right client/therapist combination, it is easy and one of the most powerful forms of therapy.

Pin Point Analysis

Pin Point Analysis seeks the same end result but get’s there via a more direct route.  The hypnotherapist will use various techniques designed to access the originating cause, or at least a much earlier memory. From that memory, they go back further still, then further still, until the initial event has been accessed. Once there the event can be worked through until an understanding and enlightenment it reached.

Each method has its own particular strengths and weaknesses and a professional hypnotherapist should be familiar, practiced, and confident with both, and easily able to decide what is the best for any individual client.

Whichever method or a combination of both is used the concept is bring you to the Initial Sensitising Event. Usual this event has occurred in childhood. With these cases we are talking about a complete and lasting release by finding and removing originating causes.

Hypnoanalysis can be used to treat a wide range of conditions. The emotional material that comes up can be difficult to deal with. Some people are immensely resistant to the treatment as they feel vulnerable. A good hypnotherapist will be able to help you deal whatever arises.

Usually if anxiety is present it will be recommended that you go through the hypnoanalytical process. If together with your therapist you decide that there is a need to discover the underlying cause of the presenting problem and it is in your best interests, then know this… the results of Hypnoanalysis can often be profound and long lasting.

Ruth is our Resident Hypnotherapist.  If you would like to find out more about her therapy can help you with, just call 0861634460

Source: https://www.ruthallen.ie/aspects-of-hypnoanalysis/

Yoga and Sacred Sound

Yoga and Sacred Sound

This class will be a unique fusion of gentle yoga and sacred sound to support you in raising your vibrational energy, whilst nurturing and enabling your unique healing process.  When we work with chanting mantras, singing bowls, solfeggio tones and gongs the resonance absorbs inwards supporting our cells to reprogram and remember their innate vibration.

Through use of sacred sound and movement we begin to shed the dense heavier energy of daily life, thus rising our vibrational energy, allowing us to effortlessly attract higher frequency people and experiences into our lives.

This combination of sacred practices have the potential to support you in making transformational change, in a gentle sustainable way.

Each class is unique but will include a combination of yogic movement and sacred sound- chanting of sacred mantras with harmonium (kirtan), sound baths with singing bowls, solfeggio tones and gongs.  Classes will finish with a deep relaxation to support your healing process, and encourage your physical, energetic, emotional, thought and subconscious layers to move back into a deeper space of harmony within.

No experience of music or sound is required to participate in this class, just an open heart.

When: Wednesdays from 6 – 7.15pm. Next 4 week term 14th, 21st, 28th of June & 5th of July 2017.

Where: River Holistic Raheny

Cost: €55 per 4 week term or €16 drop in (space dependent)

Bookingshttps://www.innercalmyoga.ie/sacred-sound or info@innercalmyoga.ie or 085 8225450

Places will be limited to 8 people and must be pre-booked / pre-paid

 

5 easy and effective ways to know your most fertile days in the month

5 easy and effective ways to know your most fertile days in the month

 

If you’re trying to conceive, knowing when you are most fertile during the month is something all women should know.

I have spent a lot of time studying the best times to get pregnant. I’ve also experienced how other women feel when we want to conceive but have to wait for their little miracle to finally arrive. One of the things that helped me manage my anxiety and wait for nature to take its course was to study my own body. With these methods, you’ll understand your body’s signs.

According to the experts, here’s how to know when you are the most fertile:

  1. Counting the days

Periods are usually repeated every 28 days. On the first day of your period, you’ll notice a significant blood flow, not just a few drops. It is important that you understand when your period actually starts because you may start counting the days too early, which could mean missing your fertility window.

In a 28-day cycle, your most fertile days are days 12, 13 and 14. Remember, the ‘fertile window’ is the six days leading up to and including ovulation, experts at Your Fertility point out.

Your body will presumably release the mature egg on the 14th day of your cycle, however, there are exceptions to this rule. Your body can ovulate twice in a month or it can ovulate much earlier or much later. Figuring out your individual cycle will help you know when your fertility window is.

  1. Change in vaginal discharge

Paying attention to changes in vaginal discharge is one of the most accurate ways to know if you’re at a fertile time of the month.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, as you approach ovulation, your body starts to produce more estrogen, which also produces a more fertile mucus. Just before the estrogen reaches its peak, your flow will look like a transparent and viscous substance (like an egg white). This is the most fertile flow, and the one that tells you that your body is about to release the egg.

  1. Basal temperature

According to WebMD, the temperature of your body rises slightly as the egg is released. Tracking your temperature (known as your basal body temperature) can help you know when your most fertile days.

Take your temperature with a thermometer under your armpit every morning before getting out of bed, then write it down on a chart every day so you know when it rises. It’s recommended that you do this every day for several months so you can find out when ovulation will occur.

  1. Using tests to detect ovulation

You can buy these tests at any pharmacy or large supermarket. They are one of the most accurate methods, but are also more expensive. Ovulation tests work by analyzing and measuring the amount of the luteinizing hormone (HL) in the urine. This hormone rises between 24 and 36 hours before ovulation occurs, giving you a head’s up to when your fertility window is approaching.  These kits come with several tests so you can get tested several days before you think you are going to ovulate.

  1. A pain in one of the ovaries

That little pain that you feel in the middle of your cycle can indicate that ovulation has already occurred. If you wait until this moment, chances are you will not get pregnant because your “fertile window” has already closed.

Remember:

Specialists recommend having intimacy at least every other day, especially in the days before ovulation. Your “most fertile window” is just before you ovulate, not the day you ovulated or after. While you may get pregnant if you have intimacy the day you ovulate, your chances increase if you do it earlier. Hopefully these tips can help you get to know your body better and help you and your partner expect your own bundle of joy sooner!