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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

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……..

April Newsletter

Welcome to the April edition of our Newsletter.


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

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

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

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

So until the next time.
See you soon

Claire xx


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:


Pregnancy Reflexology

Pregnancy Reflexology 

Written By Katie Dowling www.holisticsoul.ie


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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


Just in time for the Big Day

Do you have a special day coming up soon?

Looking to look photo ready?

Then this one day workshop could just be what you are looking for.

One Day Workshop in Facial Fitness and Natural Facelift Self Massage

  • Do you want to learn how to look after your skin naturally?
  • Do you want to improve the look and feel of your face naturally?
  • Do you want to tighten your facial contours naturally?

With this workshop you learn to do the above and much more.

It is designed for anyone who wants to improve their face themselves, you don’t have to be a therapist; you will learn how to exercise your facial muscles just like you exercise your body’s muscles, combined with self facial massage to increase blood flow and circulation to the skin, delivering better nutrients and oxygen thus improving the look of the skin.

Using an all natural proven method of Natural Facelift self massage and Eva Frasers level 1  facial fitness exercises to help to tone sagging, improve texture, increase and lift muscle tone and improve the condition of your face and neck, reduce wrinkles, fine lines and puffiness.

You will leave this day feeling and looking relaxed and rested, with the tools  and confidence to look after your own skin, with a daily 10 minute routine to follow and watch your skin improve day by day.

What is covered on the day:


Food for the skin

Eva Fraser level 1 Facial Fitness

Natural Facelift massage techniques

Daily Routine

Sunday April 29th 10-5pm

A relaxation CD will be provided as well as an Ayurvedic facial oil.

Contact Dee 0851281474  or Elaine  0868431723

Making the lonely road, less lonely.

Being a mother to two healthy, beautiful, crazy boys, I am so lucky, but there was a hidden journey for me getting to have both of them.

Having suffered a few miscarriages along the way, I know how hard and lonely it can be to have the family that you dream about.

That is why I decided to specialize in Fertility Reflexology, trying to be the shoulder to cry on, the ears to listen and the hand to hold when things were not going to plan.

My mother was all of these things to me after my second miscarriage, as she was also a reflexologist, she helped me through the physical and emotional reactions to a miscarriage, the hormones, the slightly larger belly that constantly reminded me of what I lost and the dreaded wait for the first period, again another reminder of what was not to be.

I became pregnant with Flynn in August 2010, 6 months later.  If, for any of you who have gotten pregnant after a loss, you know this is the scariest part of becoming a mam.  Constantly going to the toilet to make sure there is no bleeding. Peeing on a stick on a regular basis, to make sure those two lines are still there.   The list is endless and somewhat exhausting.

Again with the help of my beautiful mother she helped me through all of the fear and anxiety, and made me realise it wouldn’t go away but with help I could do it.

So thank you mammy, for helping me become the mother I am today, and showing me how to help other women, hopefully become what they dream.

It is a lonely road, but I try and make it a less bumpy one.





Open Evening


We at River Holistic will be opening our doors to everyone on the 9th of December at 7pm.
Come on in and meet the team, have a chat with the instructors about our new classes starting in the new year, talk to some of our therapists to help you find the right treatment for you.
Have a peak at our treatment rooms.
Maybe buy a voucher or two to get the x-mas shopping out of the way.
There will be plenty to see and do and we will be holding a very special raffle with some amazing prizes on the night.
If you would like to come along just let us know and we will make sure that we will have something nice for you on arrival.