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We would love your help

We would love it if you could take a little time out of this beautiful day to nominate us for the Irish Hair and Beauty Awards,
We would fall into a few categories:

Customer Service Salon of The Year (R)😊
Masseuse Of The Year
Best Of Dublin

As our achievements are client centered primarily, we would have numerous personal and professional achievements to our belt, from helping couples get pregnant, helping people get that job they wanted by teaching them stress reducing tools through hypnotherapy and counseling, helping a mother through the first couple of weeks after giving birth. As these are all a private and personal journey for our clients, it can be hard to get external recognition for our work.
I thank you in advance for your time and hope you are enjoying this glorious day.

Claire
xx

Just click on the below to cast your vote.

Thanks everyone.

Healing with Fennel

Cleansing with Fennel

Fennel has a strong and distinctive smell that can help to suppress your appetite and ease digestive disorders.
Warming and stimulating fennel has a long tradition as a digestive tonic. The seeds of the herb are crushed to give a strongly scented, sweet, peppery oil. Fennel has potent properties. Used sparily, it has an enlivening, energising and revitalising effect on the mind and body.
Fennel’s main action is on the digestion, where it has a regulating and ‘unblocking’ action. It is effective in relieving nausea, indigestion, constipation and flatulence.

Fennel for your Detox regime:
Use fennel to detoxify your body as it acts as a tonic for the kidneys, liver and spleen. It is also a diuretic, promoting the flow of urine and helping to reduce fluid retention in tissues – as such it is especially useful before menstruation. Fennel also regulates periods and stimulates the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers.

Circulation Stimulant:
Stimulate sluggish circulation with fennel to gain relief from the building up of toxins and fluids.
Ease swollen feet:
Cypress acts as a tonic to the circulatory system, complimenting fennel’s ‘movin’ action. Ease puffy, swollen feet and ankles with a massage blend of:
• 5 drops fennel
• 5 drops cypress
• 20ml of grapeseed oil
Relieve painful gout:
Treat gout by gently massaging the affected are with:
• 3 drops fennel
• 6 drops juniper
• 6 drops lemon
• 25mls of grapeseed
this blend stimulate circulation and helps to clear away accumulated toxins.

Detoxifying Fennel:
Make use of fennel’s diurectic action to clean your urinary system.
Water Rentention:
Relieve symptoms of bloatedness due to water retention by massaging the abdomen and lower back with a blend of:
• 3 drops fennel
• 5 drops juniper
• 10 drops lemon
• 2 drops peppermint
• 25mls of sweet almond.
A massage blend of the following oils aids lymphatic drainage of the tissues.
• 3 drops of clary sage
• 6 drops of fennel
• 2 drops of geranium
• 2 drops of rosemary
• 25mls of grapeseed.
Diurectic Bath:
Aid your body’s ability to detox by adding to your bath water:
• 2 drops of fennel
• 3 drops of lemon
• 3 drops of juniper
Digestive Aid:
Tone, soothe and regulate the body’s digestive processes with fennel.
Ease Gut Cramps:
For relief from digestive cramps, make a warm compress by soaking a flannel in a bowl of water containing:
• 3 drops fennel
• 1 drop peppermint
• 6 drops rosemary
Apply across abdomen and use a hot water bottle to retain heat.

Soothe Indigestion:
Relieve indigestion with a chest and back massage blend containing:
• 3 drops fennel
• 5 drops orange
• 3 drops sage
• 25ml grapeseed
All three of these essential oils work to calm and balance the digestion- but don’t massage immediately after eating as the massage itself can disrupt digestion.

Oestrogen substitute:
Fennel is a natural source of a plant hormone that mimics the female hormone oestrogen.
Regulate Periods:
To treat irregular periods, apply a compress containing the following oils added to a bowl of water to the abdomen.
• 2 drops basil
• 2 drops fennel
• 2 drops Melissa
As a general tonic for the female reproductive system, massage the stomach and back with
• 4 drops cypress
• 4 drops of clary sage
• 2 drops fennel
• 30ml of sweet almond
Nursing Mothers:
Promote the flow of breast milk by massaging the breasts with:
• 5 drops of fennel
• 30ml of sweet almond.
• BE SURE TO REMOVE OIL BEFORE FEEDING.

The magic of Marjoram

Healing with Marjoram.


Marjoram is a garden herb that has remained a culinary favourite for thousands of years; it has wide-ranging therapeutic properties, too.
The warm and penetrating aroma of marjoram is both relaxing and restorative.
It’s peppery and spicy fragrance has camphorous undertones that evaporate to leave a soft, sweet scent. This garden herb can also be used for a wide range of healing therapies.
Marjoram alleviates aches and pains, making it an excellent massage oil for stiff tired muscles. It can be used as a sedative to promote a restful night’s sleep, and it’s relaxing action provides a remedy for headaches.

Soothing for the stomach:

The herb aids digestion by stimulating and strengthening the muscles of the digestive tract. It relieves intestinal spasms, heartburn and flatulence. Its application in an abdominal massage eases cramps and it is valuable for treating the symptoms of PMT.

Marjoram for Menstrual issues.

Marjoram is a valuable aid to women who suffer from menstrual problems. Use the warming action of this oil to calm period pains and relieve the symptoms of PMT.
• Relax your body by stepping into a deep warm bath containing 4 drops of marjoram oil and 3 drops of chamomile oil. The synergistic blend of oils will calm uterine spasms.
• Another method of easing painful periods cramps with marjoram is to apply a hot compress made by adding 3 drops of marjoram oil and 2 drops of clary sage oil to a bowl of hot water. Soak a flannel in the dilution for a few minutes and then rest it on your stomach. Place a hot water bottle on top of the compress to retain the warmth.
• Balance mood swings and feelings of agitation associated with PMT with a full body massage. Add 4 drops each of marjoram, lavender and rose oil to 25ml of sweet almond oil.

Marjoram Oil for stiff muscles:

Massage away muscular stiffness, aches and pains and bring back movement back for stiff or rheumatic joints.
• Relax cold muscles before exercise with a brisk rub, adding 4 drops of marjoram oil and 3 drops each of basil and pine oil to 20ml of grapeseed oil.
• Alleviate muscular aches my massaging the affected area with 5 drops marjoram, 4 drops ginger and 3 drops of vetivert to 25ml of sweet almond oil. This remedy is particularly effective for treating lower back pain.
• In winter, boost circulation by relaxing in a hot bath containing a blend of warming oils: 2 drops each of marjoram, benzoin and clary sage.

Soothe the mind:

Ease anxiety and tension with marjoram’s sedative action. Its calming effect will aid relaxation and dispel tension headaches and insomnia.
• Soothe nervous tension headaches by massaging the forehead, neck and shoulders with 4 drops marjoram and 2 drops each of lavender and peppermint oil with 10ml of sweet almond oil. Both Marjoram and lavender are relaxing and the peppermint offers potent pain relief.
• Dispel insomnia by massaging the soles of the feet each night with 2 drops of marjoram and lavender to 10ml of grapeseed oil. These sedative oils are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.

April 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.

So until the next time.
See you soon

Claire xx

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage and how it may help you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information you can contact Aideen directly on 0851528969.

Written by Aideen Schweppe

WE WON

WE WON.

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

SERVICE EXCELLENCE – IRELAND

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

Claire
xxxx

March Newsletter

Spring has sprung ish!


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

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

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Lymphoedema and MLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Words written by Aideen

Brand New to the centre

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

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

 

Awareness

Sodalite and Rock Crystal €30

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

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

 

 

 

Balance

Amazonite and Rock Crystal  €30

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

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

 

 

Elements

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

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

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

 

 

Glow

Rose Quartz, Amethyst and Aventurine Quartz €30

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

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

 

 

Harmony

Rose Quartz and Rock Crystal €32

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

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

 

 

Passion

Garnet and Rock Crystal €32

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

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

 

 

Clarity

Amethyst and Rock Crystal €32

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

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

 

 

Vision

Dumortierite and Rock Crystal €30

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

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

 

 

 

Courage

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

 

 

Liberty

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

 

 

 

Vitality

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

 

 

 

Magic

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

 

 

 

 

 

Aromatherapy for your Memory

Aromatherapy for Waking your mind.

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

Refresh your cognitive faculties with stimulating aromatherapy oils.

 

 

 

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

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

Blending Oils for waking your mind.

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

Overcoming Mental Fatigue:

2 drops Basil

2 drops peppermint

2 drops rosemary

4 drops cypress

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

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

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

Revision Blend:

5 drops lime

2 drops rosemary

3 drops frankincense

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

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

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

Stimulating your Mind:

3 drops lemon

2 drops sage

3 drops geranium

2 drops frankincense

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

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

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

Jetlag Blend:

1 drop eucalyptus

2 drops grapefruit

3 drops lemon

2 drops geranium

2 drops cypress

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

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

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