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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?

CONFIDENCE

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.

WHY TWO DAYS?

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.
  • Get CONFIDENCE.

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.

Claire

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.

 

SURVEY FOR REFRESHER REFLEXOLOGY COURSE

May Newsletter

Welcome to the May edition of our Newsletter.

Hello,

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

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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.

Probiotics

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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.

Tryptophan

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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!

Turmeric

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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.

Hello,

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

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Supporting Skin Health

Supporting Skin Health

Dietary and lifestyle approaches can be very beneficial in managing skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis, according to Nutritional Therapist, Barbara O’Keeffe.

Our skin is one of the largest organs for detoxification, heavily influenced by the brain and the gut microbiome, and can be a reflection of what is going on in the body.

Eating in a relaxed manner and chewing properly can help support proper digestion as poor digestive health is frequently associated with inflammatory skin conditions.

Consuming lots of brightly coloured vegetables, fruits, fibre, essential fats, quality protein, nuts and seeds will contain top nutrients important for skin health.

A multifaceted approach is needed, and in Nutritional Therapy it’s all about personalised nutrition and lifestyle support to optimise health and reduce symptoms of chronic illness.

To find out more on how to support skin health, come along to Barbara’s Mission Wellness Workshop on Saturday 20th May  12 -1pm at River Holistic Centre 

For More information on the upcoming workshop follow link below:

SKIN HEALTH WORKSHOP

Pregnancy Reflexology

Pregnancy Reflexology 

Written By Katie Dowling www.holisticsoul.ie

www.holisticsoul.ie/pregnancy-reflexology/

What Is Reflexology?

A therapy based on the theory that areas on the feet and hands are linked to other areas and organs of the body. Reflexology is used to treat symptoms in many parts of your body by using fingertip pressure on specific areas on your feet primarily, and sometimes on your hands as well. The idea is that this pressure allows blocked energy to flow freely, which increases blood flow to the corresponding part of your body and an uptick in the removal of toxic wastes. (Oh, and it feels good, too!)

How Can Reflexology Help During Pregnancy?

Reflexology is often used to soothe the aches and pains in your back and joints that are taking a beating from your growing bump. But that’s not all. Reflexology can also give you relief from some of your most persistent and wide-ranging woes. These may include morning sickness, heartburn, swelling in your legs (if not due to Pre-eclampsia), constipation, high blood pressure (again, as long as it appears without the other symptoms of pre-eclampsia), insomnia, bladder problems, mild cramping, and even haemorrhoids. In addition, reflexology may reduce emotional stresses, such as depression and anxiety. Reflexology may even be helpful after you give birth — some studies show it stimulates milk production. 

Some contra-indications to Reflexology in pregnancy:

* Pre-eclampsia

* Placental separation

* Unstable diabetes

* Unexplained Bleeding

* Blood Clots

Pregnant mothers are reassured to hear that some of the maternity hospitals are promoting reflexology. National Maternity hospital, Holles Street, Our Lady of Lourdes, Drogheda and MLU in Cavan are promoting Reflexology.

Katie is available Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday

Contact: 0851843002 Email: holisticsouldublin@gmail.com

Source: whattoexpect.com

10 Reasons to incorporate more massage in your life

10 reasons to incorporate massage in your life.

When you think of massage, odds are you think of an hour of relaxation – a little “me” time. Massage certainly offers a great way to escape from the stresses of our everyday lives, but more and more studies are showing that regular massage gives you so much more: a range of emotional and physical benefits. Here are the top 10 reasons to incorporate more massage in your life.

  1. Massage reduces stress – A single massage can lower your heart rate, cortisol and insulin levels, all of which are tied to how stressed you feel.
  2. Massage helps you relax – Long after your massage is over, you will still benefit from a host of brain chemistry responses that encourage feelings of relaxation, lowered stress and improved mood.
  3. Massage improves posture – Massage helps your body to reinforce healthy and natural movements, which will help correct any posture problems you may have.
  4. Massage improves circulation – The pressure from massage moves oxygen-rich blood through the body to damaged, tense muscles so they can heal, while removing lactic acid and other metabolic waste.
  5. Massage lowers blood pressure – Studies have shown that massage can lower both diastolic and systolic blood pressure.
  6. Massage relaxes muscles – Sitting causes a lot of chronic back pain and massage can help with persistent pain by relaxing those tense muscles.
  7. Massage improves flexibility – Sedimentary lifestyles and age can make joints less flexible. Massage helps improve fluidity and range of motion in your joints and connective tissues.
  8. Massage helps you breathe better – Massage can relax muscles in the upper body, which, if they become too tight, can constrict breathing.
  9. Massage relieves headaches – Regular massage reduces your chance of developing a headache in the first place by relaxing muscle spasms and trigger points. Already have a headache? It can decrease the pain.
  10. Massage strengthens the immune system – Studies have shown that regular massage can improve your body’s overall immune functioning.

 

With all of these benefits, it’s no wonder today’s client is beginning to see massage as an integral part of their well-being journey. As we all re-examine our wellness choices, massage therapy is shedding the stereotype of being an occasional indulgence. Instead, it’s become a highly integral body maintenance experience that offers any number of health benefits when consistently incorporated with other total body care actions.

Toe Story

For more than 5000 years, China and India practice foot reading. People in these countries believe the feet act as a mirror to the rest of the body.

If there are any lumps, calluses or pain in the feet, they indicate problems elsewhere. For instance, the arches are linked to the spine, meaning a fallen arch indicates a back problem. Also, it is believed the mind and body are linked and physical problems can be caused by personality.

But is it true?

Jane Sheehan, a reflexologist is certain that feet show everything about people, from their digestive system function and even the state of their relationships. By looking at your feet you can see if you are a wild and adventurous person, or desire stability, order and harmony in life.

In her guide, this reflexologist discovers what your feet say about you:

BIG TOE

People whose big toe is much longer that other toes are smart and creative. They always have a clever solution to the problems. These people see things from different perspectives, but also they may have troubles focusing and don’t see projects through.

On the other side, if your big toe is small, it means that you can do many things at the same moment.
You delegate effectively and are efficient. You use your charisma to influence others with your ideas.

SECOND TOE

People with long second toe are qualitative leaders. They are dynamic and creative, and can be bossy. However, people with smaller second toe are not a pushover, but it means they desire harmony. It is also believed that those, who have a bigger second toe have a tendency to have an upper hand in their relationship and marriage; dominance comes naturally to them.

THIRD TOE

If the third toe is relatively long, it means those people are energetic and ingenious, particularly at work. These people look for perfection and can achieve much with determination and energy. The negative thing is that their work can make them forget about love, family and fun. Moreover, people with short third toe enjoy life. They like to relax and not get worked up.

FOURTH TOE

People having long, straight fourth toe tells their family is important to them. If this toe is curled, it means you have an unhappy relationship with loved ones. These people are excellent listeners and nurturers, but will be unhappy within the family. Also, it is hard for them to cut themselves off from other people’s problems. You need to relax and don’t worry about other people’s problems. People with short fourth toe focus elsewhere and family and relationships are not that important to them.

LITTLE TOE

People with small little toes have childlike behavior. They don’t like responsibilities and can be easily bored. Thus, they look for fun distractions. Also, these people are fun, easy-going and witty. People who can wiggle their little toe separately from their fourth toe, they are impulsive, adventurous and charming. People who can’t wiggle their little toe, like routine, predictability and loyalty.

TOES THAT ARE NEATLY GRADUATE IN SIZE

If each of your toes is longer than the one before, creating a neat line, it means you are a methodical, precise and practical. You always complete what you start. Besides being a perfect employee, you are a good and loyal friend too.

WIDE FEET

People with wide feet have solid worker feet and are always on the go. They’re happiest when they are busy, but also they should try to make time for reflection, and a little peace and calm in their life.

LONG NARROW FEET

These people like to be spoiled. They don’t want to bother with all the hard work if someone else can finish the work for them. Moreover, they’ve got a strong aesthetic sense and need beauty around them. These people’s homes will be wonderful, no matter their income.

 

Source: Speekingtree.in