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10 Reasons to Incorporate massage into your life

10 Reasons to Incorporate massage into 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. It 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. Improves posture – Massage helps your body to reinforce healthy and natural movements, which will help correct any posture problems you may have.
  4. 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. Lowers blood pressure – Studies have shown that massage can lower both diastolic and systolic blood pressure.
  6. It relaxes muscles – Sitting causes a lot of chronic back pain and massage can help with persistent pain by relaxing those tense muscles.
  7. Improves flexibility – Sedimentary lifestyles and age can make joints less flexible.
  8. Massage helps improve fluidity and range of motion in your joints and connective tissues.
  9. Massage helps you breathe better – Massage can relax muscles in the upper body, which, if they become too tight, can constrict breathing.
  10. 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.


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.

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.

Mission Wellness Workshop

Would you like to:

 Improve energy levels and ‘getup & go’?

  • Reduce sugar cravings?
  • Improve sleep quality?
  • Balance hormones?
  • Boost mood?
  •  Feel Well?


Come along to a Mission Wellness Workshop where Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach-Barbara O’Keeffe-will host a Balance BlooSugarBoost Energy’ one hour talk in a relaxing and friendly environment.

Barbara’s mission is to support you to make gradual, positive changes in your life to feel WELL.

Workshop content will include:

☺ How and what to eat to sustain energy levels throughout the day

☺  Tips to optimise digestion and elimination for maximum absorption of nutrients

☺  Practical and simple ideas for healthy cooking, food storage and shopping lists

☺   Factsheets,mealideasandrecipestotakeaway

☺ Enjoy some tasty food samples!


Where:     River Holistic Centre, 10 Main Street, Raheny, Dublin 5.

When:       Friday 14th October 2016-10.30am to 11.30am.

Investment:     €15

This workshop is limited to only 8 spaces so reserve your place by contacting Barbara on 0868239894 or email:barbara@missionwellness.ie



BarbaraO’Keeffe is a qualified  Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach and will graduate as a Nutritional Therapist in April 2017 from the Institute of Health Sciences. She is a member of the Nutritional Therapists Association of Ireland (NTOI).For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/Missionwellnessireland/

Stressed about being stressed – The two week wait


The Two Week Wait and Stress

As a fertility and pregnancy reflexologist,  the most common question I get asked from client’s trying to conceive is, “Does stress cause infertility?” Everyone wants to know the answer to this question, but as a therapist, there’s no easy way to respond:

I can’t say yes or no,  but I  can answer, “MAYBE, there is some biologic plausibility to considering a link between stress and reproduction. When we are stressed, we release cortisol and other “fight or flight” hormones that shift our bodies’ goals away from reproduction and toward survival mode. Everyday stressors are not usually sending people into full “fight or flight mode,” but we cannot ignore a possible causal link.

Trying to conceive in general is going to be one of the most stressful things both you as an individual and as a couple will face. It is one of the most isolating times in your life, with people asking; so any news, oh you’re not drinking wink wink, sure you’re married for over a year now, and you’re not getting any younger and so on.  Infertility can be devastating, can lead to self-doubt, can strain relationships, and often has no clear explanation. Infertility is just plain stressful. It does not really matter if stress is the chicken or the egg of infertility – what matters is that client’s have access to and awareness of the care they need.

But regardless, we can all work on better ways to deal with stress.” Whether or not stress causes infertility, what matters is that anyone struggling to conceive can benefit from stress management tools. We cannot control what happens to us, but we can work on ways to help ourselves deal with what happens to us. Self-care is essential in all aspects of health, but especially when it comes to infertility.

Every person is different and has different needs. In River Holistic Centre we review a variety of support and wellness options for clients with fertility and subfertility issues, including individual counselling, reflexology, massage, hypnosis, acupuncture, yoga and meditation classes to name a few.

We may not have a definitive answer to the question, “Does stress cause infertility?,” but it’s nothing to get stressed about. Instead, shift your focus toward looking for ways to get the support you need on your journey to adding to your family. Stress is unavoidable and there are many other factors that cause infertility. In the meantime: take time for yourself, try reflexology, remember to talk to one another, know that what you are feeling is completely normal for what you are going through, and always have someone to talk to, this is vital, just know that you are not alone on this journey.

Claire Kenny ABC Dip, ITEC Dip, Dip Ed. Fertility and Pregnancy Reflexologist. Sept 24th 2016




Weekend Wind-Down

wind down weekend

Ever feel like you spend your weekend recovering from a busy week, only to go back to work on Monday and repeat the cycle?

This Weekend Wind-Down Workshop aims to restore you on Friday evening, so you can start your weekend fresh and filled up with vitality.

In this two hour yoga workshop we will flow through an energy block release sequence to help you to release any stress on a physical, emotional, energetic and thought process level.

Working with grounding postures, sequences and pranayama (breath work) we will activate the parasympathetic nervous system to enable your body to begin to relax and restore itself at a deep level, before finishing with a deep relaxation.


This workshop will combine the flowing movements of DRU yoga with the restorative elements of yin yoga to replenish and balance your energy in preparation for your weekend.

Places will be limited to 8 people and must be booked in advance.

When: Friday the 9th of September from 7-9pm.

Cost: €30.

For further information and booking follow link below