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Meditation is good for your heart health

In the immensely stressful lives that we are living in the present times, it becomes imperative to include practices such as meditation and yoga in our lifestyle. Apart from reducing stress and generating immense positivity, meditation helps in keeping our heart healthy as well. People who meditate regularly are lesser prone to risks of heart attack and stroke. Meditation can produce changes in the brain activity and can also control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate and release of cortisol hormone in response to stress.

What is meditation?
Meditation means awareness. Anything which is done with awareness is meditation. It is not a technique but a way of life. Meditation is referred to a stage of consciousness when the mind is free of scattered thoughts and ideas. It is considered as a practice which transforms the mind. It helps in improving concentration, helps in getting more clarity, provides emotional positivity and helps a person have a calm way of looking at the nature of things.

Engaging in meditation enables a person to learn about his/her patterns and habits of mind. It helps a person cultivate new and more positive ways of living. A nourished and positive thinking mind can further transform into extremely peaceful and energised state of mind. Inculcating the habit of meditation in your lifestyle can make you a more enlightened person personally and publically.

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Regular meditation can make you a more enlightened person

There are various kinds of meditation which provides several physiological benefits. Mindful meditation helps you focus efficiently in the present and accept it without any judgement. Guided meditation, for instance, a kind of meditation which uses mental images, helps you relax and calm down. Transcendental medication is a kind of meditation which uses repeated sounds and phrases in order to clear your mind.

These meditations need to be done for at least 10 minutes in a day in order to get physiological benefits from them.

How meditation helps your heart?
The National Institute of Mental Health states that around 19% adults experience anxiety within the past year. Around 31% adults were reported to suffer from anxiety disorder at some point in their lifetime. We all experience stress in one way or the other. Excessive stress can contribute to high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, overeating and physical inactivity. All these factors contribute to increased risks of stroke and heart disease.

Mindful meditation helps in reducing both stress and anxiety. Meditating regularly gives a boost to the immunity, eases inflammation in chronic conditions and reduces pain. Those who meditate regularly experience increase in gray matter in the brain, have improved levels of focus and concentration, reduced levels of stress and more will power.

Mindful meditation, when combined with cognitive behavioral therapy can thus be considered as an effective treatment for anxiety.

We have a number of one to one therapies here at the centre from Psychotherapy , HypnotherapyAcupuncture  to name but a few.

We also a number of classes that are a perfect introduction to meditation and mindfulness along with weekly Yoga,

For a full list of our weekly classes just follow HERE… 

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Simple ways to de-stress at work

Simple ways to de-stress at work

Even if you love your job, it can still leave you feeling stressed. Many causes of work related stress can be anticipated however, enabling you to enjoy a more relaxed day.

Stress in the office builds up when you have a heavy workload, long hours and tight deadlines, conflict with colleagues or your boss, or a lack of support or advice. Unpleasant working conditions such as crowding, constant interruptions, noise pollution or not enough natural sunlight, may also contribute to work-related stress.

Recognising the problem:

It’s often hard to accept that your own attitudes contribute to stress at work. If you are an over-achiever, you may have a calendar crammed far too full of activities. If you find it hard to say “no”, you may be over-extended and overwhelmed. If you are perfectionist you may find it hard to delegate work to other people. These sources of stress can be overcome by managing your time better, being more assertive and improving your communication skills.

Planning your stress-free work day

1. Have a stress free start:

Make sure you start the day in the right frame of mind. Get up early to give yourself plenty of time to get ready. Running for a bus at the last minute, trying to do your hair, find your right shoe that’s always never beside the left one and arriving 30 seconds before that vital meeting starts, are all sure-fire ways to begin the day feeling flustered.

2. Keep your tasks in perspective:

Break your day into a series of manageable tasks. Instead of thinking of the day as a whole, look at it as 10 separate tasks, and place them in the order of importance. If you complete nine of them, not having time to complete the last one, probably won’t matter.

3. Be honest of your capabilities:

Learn to say “no”. Be assertive about your needs, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Your colleagues may not realise how much work you have – if you don’t have time to take on another task, they will understand. Don’t be afraid to delegate if you don’t have time to deal with it yourself.

4. Make sure you take your breaks:

Have a proper lunch break – away from the desk. Eating healthy food rather than just snacks will help to keep your stress levels down. Also, taking a break allows you to step back from your problems and will perhaps enable you see a new way of dealing with them.

5. Admit your mistakes:

Take responsibility for your errors and admit to them as soon as they happen. There is nothing more stressful than worrying about when your boss is going to find out about your slip up. Mistakes happen; being honest about it will go a long way to making amends.

6. Tidy your desk:

At the end of each day, take 5 minutes to tidy your desk. That way, you will know exactly where everything is in the morning and won’t waste time trying to remember where you left that memo or file.

7. Take credit when it’s due:

You have the right to feel happy and proud of yourself. Stressed people often don’t take the time to feel pride and pleasure in their own achievements. Tell your colleagues when you’re proud of yourself, and invite them to celebrate.

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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Holistic Therapies Course

Have you ever thought of a new extremely rewarding career as a Holistic Therapist or would you like to add on some wonderful, fully approved and recognised, holistic therapy courses to your list of treatments… The following courses can be done as a package (at a reduced rate) or studied individually. Please feel free to get in touch for more information or check out: www.holistictherapiesireland.com You’ll never regret it 

(Benefit from an amazing €125 discount off the total cost if all three courses are booked. All three together reduced to €550)

DIPLOMA IN INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE
Three Day Intensive Training Course in Indian Head Massage (Champissage) with Barbara McAteer(Accredited Tutor from The London Centre of Indian Champissage Intl.)
Indian Head Massage (Champissage) includes massage of the upper back, neck, shoulders, scalp and face. The body relaxes, tension is released, aches and pains melt away – and you don’t even have to leave your chair! It improves scalp circulation, which promotes hair strength & growth. It also promotes clearer thinking and higher levels of concentration and can provide relief from headaches, migraine, sinus problems eyestrain and insomnia.
The aim of the course is to provide a comprehensive grounding in the theoretical basis and practical application of Indian Champissage (Head Massage). Students will be able to use the technique as a principal or subsidiary part of their professional practice. (Course fee: €350 plus exam fee)
NATURAL FACIAL
One day Certified course
Hands on Training is a recognised organisation that offers courses registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association)
On this popular course you will learn a truly natural facial treatment, including cleanse, tone, warm compress, face pack and specialised face lifting massage sequence using plant based oils, creams, gels and aromatic waters. You will also learn how to formulate some wonderful all natural skincare. The products used contain no potentially harmful substances such as artificial preservatives or chemicals such as parabens or SLS and are readily available from several suppliers, or even your own kitchen (eg honey, avocado). The course fee includes a starter pack of products (some you will make on the course) so you can immediately start using your new skills. (Course fee: €175 incls. product kit)

EAR CANDLING
One day Certified course
Hands on Training is a recognised organisation that offers courses registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association)
This fascinating therapy has gained popularity in recent years as we seek natural forms of healthcare. Ear Candling is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that is easy to perform and beneficial to receive. It is soothing and helpful for conditions experienced by many of us – such as headaches, compacted ear wax, sinus problems, tinnitus, pressure problems and much more. It is also a very relaxing therapy in its own right and helpful with the treatment of stress. On this wonderful course you’ll learn how to do a full ear candling session properly and also be taught a lovely sinus release face massage routine which feels wonderful after an ear candling session. (Course fee: €150)

For further Information or Booking just contact Barbara on 087 220 5656

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.

 

 

 

It’ time to look after yourself

One of my favorite parts of New Years is throwing away the old calendar and getting to start anew. All the hopes, dreams, and fantasies of a new life seem so tangible at New Years, don’t they?

Well, have I got news for you.

According to a survey by Reuters only a measly 3% of people actually follow through with their big New Year’s resolutions. And psychologists believe that this failure to follow through on bold and brilliant New Year’s resolutions by 97% of us can actually lead to diminished self esteem and lack of motivation in the months to come.

Does this mean that the remaining 97% of us who threw ideas in the till for positive change are all losers who cannot commit to anything? Absolutely not! 

One of the reasons I ceased making resolutions is quite simply because I don’t believe that there is one specific day so enlightened that you can change your entire world in the blink of an eye. I don’t believe that putting all your eggs in the New Year’s basket is necessarily the best way to make changes in your life. Truth is, you can blow in the winds of change any day of week, any month of the year, any hour of the day – if you so choose.

I DO believe that New Years should be a time of reflection. What was the last year like for me? What are the things I did right? What are the things I did wrong? Where is there room for improvement and positive change? What are some of the things I would like to continue to do? What am I proud of, and what do I wish I could change? Am I living the best life possible, and if not – what are three simple changes I could make to head in that direction?

To me, the New Year is about taking inventory and making a plan. Not just a firm resolution which you are certain to break; that you will never again sink your teeth into a sugary donut, or guzzle down an ice-cold Coca Cola on a hot summer day – but a plan that you will eat two less donuts per week, and only enjoy one soda every other day.

Why set yourself up to fail? The last thing you want to do is to feel like a deflated balloon.

Instead, start slowly by asking yourself the questions above. Write down your answers and take baby steps toward achieving your goals. The expression “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” rings true when it comes to the beginning of the New Year – and nothing in your life should be all or nothing. If it is, chances are you are setting yourself up to feel guilty or bad down the road.

So in light of this we are sharing everything we have on offer for you at the centre, we have drop in classes if you feel like you can’t commit to one of our full time classes and we have weekend workshops that I am sure you will find is calling out to you.
Just follow the links below for our workshops and classes and start with baby steps on the right path for you.
www.riverholistic.ie/classes
www.riverholistic.ie/workshops

5 Small Steps for Improving Your Self Esteem

Five Small Steps For Improving Your Self Esteem

 

Your self-esteem is a delicate creature. It can be damaged by many things – a break up of a relationship, a change in life or work circumstances – any dent in your sense of identity can leave you feeling less yourself and cause you to suffer a loss of self confidence.

Some people are naturally more self-confident than others, and for some, like myself, it doesn’t take much at all to leave you questioning yourself and your life choices.

When your confidence is at an all time low, it can be difficult to think of practical steps to make you feel better. The natural reaction to pain is for you to withdraw to protect yourself, and so you may begin to pull away from socialising or situations that put you at risk from feeling even worse. When you’re feeling at your lowest and most delicate, it’s all about taking small steps to make an overall big difference.

The WORST thing you can do is to push yourself too hard, and try to make big changes all at once. When you’re delicate, any knock is going to be felt even more acutely, sending you flying back in the opposite direction.

Start small by trying some of the following things.

1. Try Something New

It may seem like the opposite of what you want to do when you’re not feeling good about yourself, but gaining knowledge or learning a new skill can actually make us feel a lot better about ourselves. Learning new things has been found to be a core need for psychological wellbeing. This doesn’t necessarily mean throwing yourself in the deep end and learning something like kite surfing or mountaineering – even something like an online course, or local exercise class can make you feel better about yourself, and introduce you to new people you wouldn’t have met otherwise.

  1. Positive Self-Talk

We are generally not very good at talking ourselves up. We feel embarrassed to admit that we’re any good at anything, and yet we know that we are our own worst enemy.

So, just for a minute, leave the modesty at the gate, and try this psychiatry endorsed “brainwashing” technique to see if it makes a difference. Making a list of 5 things that you love about yourself and reviewing this list daily for one month, has been proven to have a positive effect on self image and self esteem.

 

  1. Take Care of Yourself

When you’re thinking negatively about yourself, it can be easy to fall into a pattern of self- neglect. Taking care of your physical self is the first step to repairing your mental wellbeing. Try simple things such as making yourself healthy, delicious dinners, or making sure that you go out for a long walk every day. Exercise has also been consistently found to improve mood, and your overall self- confidence.  Make taking care of yourself a priority rather than an afterthought

  1. Be Kind to Yourself – Spend time doing things you enjoy.

Think about what you would do for a friend if they were feeling down. Would you force them to start on their to-do list, or tell them they need to ‘pull themselves together and sort themselves out!’. No – of course you wouldn’t! You’d spend some time with them, listening and doing something that they wanted to do, like go for a coffee, or a walk, or to the cinema. Treat yourself like you would treat a friend. Allowing ourselves time to do the things we enjoy is another important act of self-love, it signals that we respect ourselves enough to allow ourselves happiness. Once our mind is clearer, we can concentrate on the more ‘pressing issues’ of the day.

  1. Help Others

The Dali Lama was certainly on the right track when he said “Our prime purpose in life is to help others”.

Sometimes when we are thinking negatively about ourselves, it can help to focus our attention outward by helping other people. Not only does this distract us from the negative self-talk in our heads, but as a result of helping others, our own self-esteem increases. Psychologists have discovered a direct link between volunteering and levels of self esteem. I’m not talking about saving the world, but a few hours spent a week volunteering for a charity, or even popping round to see an elderly neighbour can have huge mutually beneficial benefits!

We have some amazing talk therapists in house if you feel like you need someone to talk to.

Dr. Zuleika Daly

Tomas West

Grainne Jordan

 

 

 

Source: Huffington Post UK

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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Exam Stress and how to help.

Exam Stress and how to help.

 

With exam season around the corner, help-lines, psychologists and psychiatrists have seen a rise in students battling exam-related stress disorders. It is observed that many children go into a panic mode during examinations and suddenly find that they can’t recall the information that they have learned, or suffer from “brain block”. During exam time, it may be impossible to avoid stress altogether, however there are several things you can do to help alleviate as much stress as possible. For instance, boosting children’s confidence and self-belief, helping them let go of anxiety over things they have no control over, and helping them take some time to relax!

The examination season is marked with sky-high stress levels, anxiety, pressure and tension on part of both the students as well as the parents. Parents often feel like it is them who are appearing for examination instead of the child. Lives begin to revolve around a flurry of tuition’s and tuition teachers, strict time-tables and academics. We as parents believe examinations to be the most important aspect of a child’s life to the exclusion of everything else and pass this message along with the tension to our wards as well.

Some of the symptoms, such as depression, not interacting with others, decrease in sleep and appetite, fatigue and lack of concentration, are indications that a person may need some external help. It is a difficult task for a parent to convey to their children the importance of exams while making sure that they do not add to their children’s stress and at the same time handle their own personal anxiety as well.

Parents have a huge role to play in managing exam stress in children, especially in today’s world of cut-throat competition and pressure on children to perform. It is natural for a parent to expect his/her child to achieve good results and perform better. They also become anxious about their child’s performance in examinations for getting admission into that elusive college/university. However, one of the most important lessons we need our children to learn is that success is a process, not a destination and that it has many definitions, academic results is just one of many definitions of it.

A few options that are available for both you and your children are at the centre are:

 

  • We have a Mindfulness for Teens class starting on Thursday the 27th of April, which runs for 6 weeks.
  • Drop in Mindfulness and Meditation for adults, both morning and evening options available.
  • Reflexology sessions, for both Parent and Child
  • Hypnotherapy (Once Child is over 16)
  • Talk therapy

 

New Hatha Yoga Class.

We are very excited to now be offering Hatha Yoga at the Centre.  This new class will be starting on the Monday the 27th of April and it may be just what you were looking for.

Hatha yoga refers to the joining and harmonising of the two main energies within us- the masculine or sun energy and the feminine or moon energy.  It is essential to understand and flow with these energies as we find a balance between doing (masculine) and allowing or receiving (feminine). Within this class we will draw upon the practice of asana (postures), pranayama (breath work) and shavasana (deep relaxation), whilst accessing the subtle energies of the chakra system.

This Hatha yoga class will focus on increasing flexibility and strength, whilst enabling the body to soften, open and relax.  The word yoga itself refers to the oneness or union of our being, and the practice in this class will focus upon creating a greater sense of harmony between the physical body, the emotions, thoughts and energetic layers of our being.

As we move through asana (postures) we invoke the power of the breath and activate the chakras to enable us to grow and evolve in our daily life, learning tools and techniques to bring us back into a deeper place of balance, both on and off the mat.

This class is appropriate for complete beginners to more advanced students, as modifications will be incorporated to enable each student to practice at their own unique level.

Places will be limited to 8 people, and must be pre-booked / pre-paid with either a deposit or full payment.

New 4 class term: Monday from 6 – 7.15pm (75 minutes) on the 24th of April, 8th, 15th & 22nd of May- 4 weeks (no class May 1st).

4 class term costs €55, or drop in classes are €16 (space dependent).

www.riverholistic.ie/classes 

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