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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.


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!

The Antidote to Fear

The Antidote to Fear

Whether you’re scared of change, success or failure… it’s worth remembering that fear is a universal experience.

The problem is that most people see fear as a sign of weakness.

Yet it’s a natural human response to pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone and trying something new (as well, of course, if your life is in danger and you’re being chased by a predator… even if you’re thinking of being chased by a predator).

There’s a belief that when you’re confident, fear will go away, However that isn’t the case.

It’s simply that your relationship with fear changes so you can handle it better.

Whenever I start a new project, teach a new group, or even sometimes when I’m seeing a new client for the first time, fear raises its head.

My fear says things like ‘Be careful… don’t go putting yourself out there! What if people don’t like what you have to say?’ or ‘Be careful… what if you can’t help this person? Maybe you’ll fail this time…’.

I tell my fear ‘Not Now!’ and return my focus back to my task.

If you’re feeling fear while you’re taking the action, use it to your advantage.

Fear can actually heighten performance as you’re more alert and focused – provided you claim power over your thoughts and drive the energy to where you need it most (not to running away and hiding from what scares you).

The antidote to fear is to see it for what it is, to recognise and acknowledge it – and move on in spite of it.

Because if you don’t take action, your fear increases and keeps you even more stuck.

So, if there’s something you want to do that you’re being held back by from fear, know that the fear will subside once you’ve taken action.

What gives fear power is you listening to it for so long!

If you would like to discuss your power to work with your fear, we have some amazing talk therapists here at the centre.

Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy for our talk therapies More

Meditation, Mindfulness and Yoga for our relaxation therapies MORE

And well we are just here to help you be the best that you can be, so you can just pop in and have achat and we can find the right approach for you.


Homeopathy for colds and flu

Homeopathy for Colds, Coughs and Flu

If you don’t fancy another few months of antibiotics and cough medicines, why not try some of the following Homeopathic remedies:

Colds and Flu

Aconite 30c – No. 1 Remedy for nipping colds in the bud. Useful in the early stages of colds, fevers, sore throats and the inflammatory stage of other illnesses. Sudden onset often after exposure to cold. Much sneezing with pain at root of nose. Dry mucous membranes. Worse: evening or night and for touch. Better: fresh air and rest.

Arsenicum Alb 30c. – Catches cold easily, burning, watery nasal discharge alternating with dryness. Frequent sneezing without relief. Very chilly and shivery. Nostrils become sore and red and nose feels blocked alternating with watery discharge. Worse: change of temperature, cold, damp and after midnight. Better: heat and warm applications, hot drinks.

Euphrasia 30c Profuse bland nasal discharge, running red eyes with burning tears and frequent sneezing. Burning sore throat and eyes sensitive to light. Worse: light, in the evening. Better: during the day when up and about.

Eupatorium perf.30c – Chill followed by heat and sweating. Intense aching of bones as if broken or bruised. Great thirst for cold drinks. Worse: movement, cold, open air. Better; Resting, warmth, sweating.

Gelsemium 30c – No 1 remedy for flu. Dull, sluggish with heavy looking eyes and dull headache usually at the back of the neck. Chills and shivering up and down the spine. Aching muscles in limbs and back. Burning throat. Colds and flu usually comes on gradually. Worse cold, damp weather. Better: after urination.

Pulsatilla 30c Chilliness even in a warm room, nasal catarrh, bland and thick. Dry mouth with no thirst. Painful headache with changing, shifting symptoms. Worse in a warm room, after lying down. Better: in the open air.

Rhus Tox 30c – Very restless with aching in all muscles and stiffness. Just cannot get comfortable. Heat alternating with chills, pain in head and eyes with red face. Worse: night, first movement. Better: warmth


Aconite 30c- Sudden onset often after exposure to cold air. Dry croupy cough with runny nose and sneezing. Irritation of respiratory tract, hoarseness/dryness of throat. Worse: cold dry winds, talking and deep breathing. Better: lying on back.

Ant Tart 30c – Noisy, rattling, loose cough as if chest full of mucus. Young children or elderly with cough too weak to expel the mucus. Worse: night, especially from 10 pm until after midnight, lying flat, eating. Better sitting up and after expectoration

Bryonia 30c – Dry hacking cough in the evening and night without sputum. Spasmodic cough shaking the whole body, pain in the head an abdomen from coughing, better for holding the painful part. Dryness of all air passages with thirst. Worse: movement, deep breathing, lying in bed. Better: fresh air and for pressure of painful part.

Drosera 30c – Spasmodic, dry irritating coughs like whooping cough. Barking cough which is dry in the evening and loose in the morning. Sputum is yellow/green, bitter or offensive, bloody or pus like. Retching after spasmodic cough. Worse: after midnight, lying down, singing, laughing and drinking. Better: holding chest.

Spongia 30c – Barking, dry croupy cough with wheezing and rasping. Great dryness of all air passages. Scanty expectoration tasting salty, looser in the morning but no mucous rattle in the chest. Cough sounds like a saw being driven through a pine board. Sensation as if had to breath through a dry sponge. Worse: warm room, talking before midnight. Better: swallowing, especially warm drinks, sitting up and bending forward.

Our Homeopath, Lee Ni Chinneide is happy to discuss with you and/or supply any of these remedies – call 086-3710187 from Mon – Fri 9am to 10am for advice or to book appointments.

Reach for the Sky

3 Easy but effective exercises to de-stress at your desk in under a minute.


Below are ways to alleviate anxiety at work—all of which are inconspicuous enough to do at your desk when you need to take a quick mindfulness break.

1. Just breathe

Just sit up tall in your desk chair and focus on your breath, counting every exhale from 1–10. When you get to 10, start over. Repeat 6 times.

2. Give yourself a reboot

Sometimes the key to reducing stress is performing a personal restart. “It’s like turning your computer off and on again.” Staring at a screen all day is tough on your eyes (and the visual processing centers of your brain). Covering them with your hands can alleviate the physical strain.

Sit with your spine tall in your chair and your shoulders melting down your back. Then close your lids and bring the heels of your palms to your eye sockets, applying gentle pressure.

“We spend most of our day reacting to things that are outside of us, especially at work. Taking a moment to put your hands over your eyes can help you get quiet enough to hear some insight,”


3. Reach for the sky

The simple act of raising your arms above your head is great for reducing tension. Just stand with your feet at hip distance and raise your arms straight out in front of you. Next, interlace your fingers and turn your palms out. Then raise your arms until your palms face the ceiling. Lift your shoulders to your ears, and let them drop down so your neck is long. Finally, lift your ribs and spine off your pelvis so that you reach your tallest height and stay in that pose for three breaths.

“If you’re holding your breath or breathing shallowly, you’re perpetuating the stress response. [By taking] bigger inhales, you get more oxygen, which is energizing,”  And yes, this works if you’re sitting at your desk—so no need to track down an empty conference room (consider it one less thing to worry about).


Source:  Stress Less –  by Kate Hanley

What’s the one thing that is stopping you from practicing in Reflexology?

What’s the one thing that is stopping you from practicing in Reflexology?


This two day Refresher Reflexology workshop is designed to give you the confidence to go out and be the therapist that you started out to be.  If like so many, life took hold and stopped you from going out and practicing, then this 2 day workshop is exactly what you need.

This Refresher Reflexology workshop is all about honing your skills, fine tuning your location of points and well, just reminding yourself that you can be the reflexologist that you wanted to be.

When studying for your qualification it was all about memorizing a routine, panicking over your case studies and probably losing sight on why you started the course in the first place.  Let me help you get back to why you chose this amazing therapy in the first place.


When I started teaching this course 4 years ago, it used to be held over one day and the feedback from most of the students was that would of loved more hands on time.

Over the course of the two days you will:

  • Work on and receive at least 4-6 full treatments without the use of notes.
  • Cover the importance of joining an organization for your clients to avail of money back from their insurance companies.
  • Obtain 100 CPD points, which will enable you to join your chosen organization.
  • Discuss business strategies to help build your business.
  • Reflexology techniques basic and advanced
  • The most common ailments/conditions and which reflexes to work.
  • Be Shown some advanced techniques to add to your treatment.
  • Revision of reading the feet, zone therapy, locating reflexes, supporting hand
  • Build a network with other therapists.
  • Have online support once you have completed the course.
  • Receive a sample of Flying Wild Reflexology Balm to add to your practice.
  • Realize that you actually have all the knowledge to be a great reflexologist.

I keep the class sizes to a maximum of 8 to assure that everyone gets the attention that they need.

Look forward to seeing you on the next course.

Please feel free to either email me on claire@riverholistic.ie or call 0879304412 if I can answer any questions that you may have.


7th and 8th of October 2017

Course Length:  2 Days (€190)

Course Dates: Saturday and Sunday  May 20th and 21st 

Investment:  €190 for 2 days.

To help us tailor this workshop for you please follow the survey link below.



May Newsletter

Welcome to the May edition of our Newsletter.


Hard to believe we are getting close to our 4th Birthday.  Some of you have been here since I had a little dream of opening a Holistic Centre, some of you I have had the pleasure working with on this incredible journey and to our amazing clients, because of you, River Holistic Centre has grown from a dream to a reality.
Being a Holistic Home to over 20+ therapists, 10+ in house teachers, 20+ guest lectures and trainers and over 1000 regular clients.
In the past 4 years we have won multiple awards in Holistic Health and customer service.
For this I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

With all of the success that is our Holistic Home, I have decided to add an extension to our bustling centre.  In the coming weeks, I will be opening a brand new space called the River Room.
The River Room will be a new home for a large selection of classes, which will include beginners Pilate’s, yoga teacher training, further education training, sound healing, drumming circles, a meeting space for people looking for head space.
If you are a teacher or trainer looking for a new space, I would love to have a chat and see if you would like to join our family.

So until the next time.
See you soon

Claire xx


So why choose us?

So Why Choose River Holistic?


River Holistic Centre thrives in the heart of Raheny village, connected by close dart and regular bus services from town and across the city.  Appointments can be made by phone with our therapists through our reception desk.  A full list of our therapies and therapists can be viewed on our website at www.riverholistic.ie/therapies

Phone: 018310888

What Is Holistic Health?


Holistic Health is an approach to life. Rather than focusing on illness or specific parts of the body, this ancient approach to well-being considers the whole person and how he or she, via their life-style, interacts with their environment. Holistic Health emphasizes the connection of mind, body, and spirit in harmony with one another.  At River Holistic Centre, you will hear us talk about holistic Health as an ongoing process – as a lifestyle, consisting of a personal commitment from you to be in continuous movement toward the “best end” of the wellness continuum.  This is the ethos which guides us here at River Holistic Centre, an oasis in one of Dublin’s oldest villages in its own harmony with the ebb and flow of commuter land.


River Holistic Centre offers a comprehensive array of Holistic Health treatments.  Our practitioners can cater for all of your Holistic Health needs.

We exist to provide the highest standards of care to all of our clients.  Personalised treatments are focused on getting you to the best of what you can achieve at any one time on the continuum of managing your well-being.

All of our therapists are highly trained and insured and work closely with the multifaceted health care system in Ireland where your insurance plan may cover some if not all of our treatments.

We offer therapies which include massage, osteopathy, chiropractic, Nutritional guidance, Reflexology, and Homeopathy.  We also offer Psychotherapy, Acupuncture, Pain Management treatments, Alternative and Complementary fertility and pregnancy treatments.


Run run weekly classes that include: Yoga, Pilates, meditation, mindfulness, Stott pilates, pregnancy yoga, yin yoga.

At various times during the year we offer courses in mindfulness and meditation and personal development, as well as CPD courses for already qualified therapists.


Welcome to your Holistic Home……..

6 Foods That Can Prevent Stress and Anxiety

6 Foods That Can Prevent Stress and Anxiety

You’re not alone. In fact, close to 30% of the population will experience an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.

But you don’t have to be diagnosed with by a doctor to experience anxiety. In all likelihood, we’ve probably all experienced unsettling anxiety at some point in our lives.

According to Big Think, humans are wired for anxiety. Thanks to evolution, it helped us respond appropriately to threats.

But too much anxiety can be quite debilitating, as many of us know.

So what are some strategies we can use to lower our anxiety so that we can experience some calm?

There are several techniques such as breathing exercises, meditation and even massages.

But today, we’re going to talk about your diet. Specifically foods that research has shown can reduce your anxiety and stress. Check them out below:

Fatty Fish

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Yes, fish is healthy for many reasons. But did you know that studies have shown that omegas can lower anxiety and anger levels? Yep, this study found that it can decrease anxiety by 20%.

However, according to the experts,  it’s better to get omegas from omega-rich foods rather than supplements.


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Probiotics can be excellent for your gut health and that’s great news considering that anxiety tends to live there! This study found that altering gut bacteria in mice also changed their moods.


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Turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan. According to Life Extension, “the amino acid tryptophan is needed to produce serotonin in the body.” Serotonin is responsible for your ‘feel good’ emotions.

Chamomile and Green Tea

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Green tea can bring balance to your mental state. The polyphenols and amino acids naturally found in green tea can increase production of stress and anxiety reducing hormones – leading to a happier, healthier state of mind!


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Turmeric is a spice that comes from a beautiful tropical plant native to India. Many people have raved on about this reducing anxiety and appears science is now backing them up. Turmeric prevents fear being stored in the brain, scientists claim.

Dark Chocolate

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I bet you’re happy to see this one on the list! Dark chocolate has been shown to boost the production of “feel-good” chemicals called endorphins.

Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110517110315.htm

Source: Hack Spirit

April Newsletter

Welcome to the April edition of our Newsletter.


We hope you all had a wonderful Easter and enjoyed the chocolate feast. If you need some detox and relaxation, you know where we are. We have so much on this April & May, I’m bursting to tell you.

It’s exam season coming up, which can be a pressurised time for both those taking exams and family members supporting them! We know, it’s like you are taking the exams too! We have lots of support to offer during much needed rest breaks, from message, reiki, reflexology to acupuncture. All available to nurture your body and soul and have you bouncing back to the study desk.

To our wonderful clients who made March a joy to be holistic therapists, we look forward to welcoming you back in April. To those who have yet to visit us, we look forward to welcoming you to your new holistic home.

For all you therapists out there who have taken a career break and want to re hone your skills, we have refresher workshops in reflexology and massage coming up in April and May.

So until the next time.
See you soon

Claire xx