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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

Essential Oils for Hair Loss

Treating Hair Loss with Essential Oils

A recent study has revealed that Aromatherapy with essential oils can help in the treatment of hair loss, alopecia and bald spots due to hormonal issues.

Massaging in certain essential oils along with carrier oils like jojoba or grapeseed daily for 7 months showed a significant improvements.

Here is the list of essential oils that can help:

Thyme Oil:

Often added to hair care products, thyme oil is known to rejuvenate hair follicles and thus prevents hair loss.

It is also used as an excellent skin Softener

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary essential oil is on the best oils for improving hair growth.  This oil increases cellular metabolism that stimulates hair growth thereby aiding in the treatment of baldness.

Lavender Oil

When lavender oil is massaged on the scalp it improves blood circulation and thus promotes hair growth and prevents hair loss.  Moreover it also moisturizes the scalp and balances sebum.

Cedarwood Oil

Cedarwood stimulates the hair follicles by increasing circulation to the scalp when massaged everyday into the scalp.

After the birth of both of my sons, I lost a lot of my hair resulting in bald patches at the front and back of my scalp.  I used this blend in a grapeseed carrier oil and within about 7 months my hair was so much more healthier and thicker.  My scalp was flake free and a lot calmer.

How To:

  1. Add 20ml of Grapeseed into a plastic BPA Free bottle then add 3 drops of each of the above oils.
  2. Massage into scalp for at least 5 min every evening if possible, or at least twice a week.  It is easier to do it in the evening time so yo can leave it in over night.
  3. To remove, just add your shampoo ideally a sensitive scalp brand, to dry hair and massage in to break down the oils in your hair, then wash as normal.  It may take two washes to remove all oils but do try not to over wash your hair, as this may result in further damage.

Let me know how you get on.

Claire

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*****Please not that if you are pregnant or breast feeding these oils are not suitable*****

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

The hidden meaning of our new Logo

People have been asking why I have chosen the humble Dandelion has part of the new logo and website design.
I think below explains beautifully what we, at River Holistic believe and strive for, for all of our clients.

What Does the Dandelion Flower Mean?
The common and humble Dandelion has a surprising amount of different meanings. The Dandelion means:

Healing from emotional pain and physical injury alike.
Intelligence, especially in an emotional and spiritual sense.
The warmth and power of the rising sun.
Surviving through all challenges and difficulties.
Long lasting happiness and youthful joy.
Getting your wish fulfilled.
Since the Dandelion can thrive in difficult conditions, it is no wonder that people say the flower symbolizes the ability to rise above life’s challenges.
Xxxx
Claire

December Newsletter

HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM US TO YOU!

We can not believe that the big man with the bright red suit will be visiting soon, it has been another amazing year here at the centre.
We had our open day on Saturday, it was such a lovely day meeting new people and showing them around their new Holistic Home.
Our opening hours for the Christmas season are:
Open as normal until Christmas Eve were we will close at 3pm 🙂 ,  then we are off with our loved ones until 10am on Tuesday the 2nd of January.

Finding imaginative gifts that express sincere caring for friends and loved ones is always challenging. The gift of rest, relaxation, health and restoration are what our Gift Vouchers and products available at River Holistic can mean to someone.
All of our gift vouchers are redeemable against any of our therapies, classes and workshops.
We would be happy to help you choose the right gift for your loved one, so just call in and we can make it even more special.
We only have a limited number of Salt Lamps left in stock in our little shop, so let us know if you would like us to pre order one for you.
We are now proud to be stocking the MyMood USB diffusers which are amazing little stocking fillers, and perfect for that friend who you never know what to get.

SO HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM EVERYONE HERE AND WE WILL SEE YOU ALL REAL SOON,
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CLAIRE

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OPEN DAY

Tis the season to open our doors once again to all of you lovely people.
On saturday the 2nd of December from 2pm to 5.30pm we will be holding our annual Open day.
We will have all of our amazing therapists here to have a chat with about all of your Holistic and Health needs.
We will have some free taster yoga, sound healing, pilates, meditation and many more classes on offer for you.
There will be a raffle for one of beautiful salt lamps and maybe a voucher or two.
The kettle will be on, the heat turned up high, the smiles on our faces and vouchers available to buy all in this very special day.

 


If you would like to put your name down on the invite list just email info@riverholistic.ie and we may just have a little something special for you on arrival.
See you soon,
Claire 

Kinesio-taping – why you need this in your life!

So you may be wondering, ‘what is this Kinesio-taping thing all about’?

 

Well, put in simple terms, Kinesio-taping is the application of a specific form of tape/sports tape in order to facilitate the body’s natural healing process, providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion.

 

The tape is applied to the skin by a specifically trained therapist, usually in conjunction with another therapy, massage for example.

The beauty of Kinesio-tape is it’s versatility. It is safe for all ages and can be left on the skin for several days.

It can be applied to enhance your Lymphatic Drainage treatment, whether you are having MLD (Manual Lymph Drainage) for treatment of Lymphedema, sports injuries or swollen ankles during pregnancy.

It’s also very beneficial for treating repetitive strain injuries, in conjunction with deep tissue massage.

And for pain management it can provide instant relief in many cases, a wonderful alternative to pain killers and anti-inflammatories (where appropriate).

 

As a therapist with many years experience in massage, MLD, yoga and nutrition, I am always learning and adding to my skill-set in order to provide the very best care for my clients. So it is my pleasure to be able to add this very effective technique to the list. On a case-by-case basis I can asses which combination of the above therapies is most suitable for your injury/ongoing issue.

 

All too often we ignore our aches and pains because we can’t quite put our finger on the cause, or indeed the most suitable solution. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away!

 

Come and see me so we can talk about your treatment options. Call reception on 01 8310888

Aideen Schweppe (BA, Dip ITEC, MLD Vodder)

October Newsletter

The trees are in their autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry, Under the October twilight the water Mirrors a still sky.

William Butler Yeats

River Holistic October Newsletter

Wow… this has to be one of my favorite months.  It’s a time for change and beauty, which is so fitting for us here at River Holistic.  We have transformed our centre into a beautiful tranquil space just for you.  We closed our doors for a week at the beginning of September to let our new chapter here at the Centre unfold.  We can’t wait for you to come in and experience the transformation.
We will be holding an open evening next month, so you can come in and meet the amazing team of therapists and teachers who I have the honour of calling my Holistic Family.  If you are interested in getting an exclusive invite to this then please give us a call and we will put your name down on the VIP list.  All will be revealed soon.
As always, I am so grateful to everyone for making this Centre the tranquil space it is today.
Look forward to seeing you all real soon,
Claire
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Stress Test: How stressed are you?

Stress test:

How stressed are you?

If you are used to experiencing stress then the chances are you don’t  realise the effect it’s having on you.  Use this simple test to see if you are all stressed out.

Sometimes it’s very difficult to work out whether you are suffering from the effects of stress.  If you experience the symptoms frequently enough then you’ll eventually convince yourself that all these are normal feelings, which is dangerous because you will be less likely to deal with them if you don’t see them as harmful.

Monitoring your stress:

A good way to gauge your personal stress levels is to take the test below.  If your results prove positive, however, then the last thing you should do is stress about it!  Now you realise what you’re suffering from you can now works out a plan to address the problem and look forward to a stress-free lifestyle.

Here are some initial tips on how to maintain stress-free living:

  • Manage your time better
  • Improve your communication skills so that you can express what you feel
  • Learn to say “NO”

Do you know how stressed you are?

Take this quick stress test, and check your scores below.

Responses

1: Never        2: Sometimes      3: Often      4: Always

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember this is not to increase your stress levels.  This exercise is to make you aware of what you are coping with and what you need to work on.

We have many therapies and classes either here at the centre of if you can find them somewhere close to you, do.

Some Stress relievers can be:

Mindfulness and or Meditation:

By meditating, you focus your mind on one relaxing thought for a period of time.  You can focus on your own breathing, an object such as a candle flame, a sound you make or a pleasant you conjure in your mind.  Sit or lie in a quiet place in order to meditate properly.

We have a vast array of different modalities that incorporate meditation and mindfulness techniques:

Mindful Yoga  Mindfulness Meditation Yoga Nidra Kundalini Yoga Breathwork Workshops Zen Drumming Circles SoundBaths Dru Yoga Yin Yoga

For further information on timetables just click on CLASSES or WORKSHOPS to find out more.

We have a multi-disciplinary team here at River Holistic Centre to suit everyone’s stress levels these include talk therapies such as Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy, and hands on therapies such as Reflexology, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Bio Energy, Massage, Aromatherapy, Reiki, Osteopathy.  This is but a few of what we have to offerat the centre to get the full list of therapies available click here: THERAPIES.

Remember we all need a bit of stress in our lives, it is what gives us the drive and determination to achieve the success we all deserve.  As long as you are in control of your stress then you are on the winning side.

Please don’t hesitate in contact us at the centre and let us help you find the right path to becoming stress free.

Claire (slightly stressed but in control)

 

August Newsletter

Hello August

Hope everyone is enjoying the Summer so far.  July was one of our busiest months to date, so thank you to all our new clients and students who we have loved getting to know and as always are trusted regulars for brightening up the centre.
So what’s new with us………
For the rest of August most of our classes have drop in spaces available, which is perfect way to find the right class for when the September terms begin.
So if you haven’t tried Yoga, Meditation, Pilate’s or OSHO Active Meditation before; why not try out all of our styles and find your new favorite passion.
We have welcomed some amazing new teachers, trainers and therapists since our last update with you, so below you will find out a bit more about them and how they can help you.
Until the next installment; I will say thank you, be good, be kind and just be you.
xxxx
Claire

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