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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

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

Your Health is your Wealth

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, according to World Health Organization (WHO). Indeed, health is wealth. Every now and then, it is important to remind ourselves that we need to take good care of ourselves. There is a reason to stay healthy. Being healthy can decrease developing medical conditions.

As the WHO defines health, remaining healthy means a holistic well-being. Caring for our minds is as important and crucial as caring for our bodies. One cannot be healthy without the other.

For this 2018, let us love ourselves more by considering these tips:

  • Visit your GP, eye doctor and dentist for regular check-ups
  • Be faithful in taking your medicines and also drink vitamins
  • Protect your skin especially from the sun
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat healthy
  • Drink more water and fewer sugary drinks
  • Get enough sleep
  • Practice safe sex
  • Don’t smoke, limit alcohol intake and avoid drugs
  • Wash your hands – viruses are spread through contact
  • Practice self-care (no need to feel guilty)
  • Love yourself more and others too
  • Be friendly and be kind
  • Listen to others
  • Talk and share your feelings
  • Say “I love you,” “Thank you,” “Please” more often
  • Have fun – relax and rest
  • Call a friend
  • Learn something a new
  • Balance your time between work and play
  • Count your blessings and be grateful
  • Ask for help when needed

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

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)

 

Natural Facial Course @ River Holistic Centre

Free Workshop on Bio Energy

FREE Workshop on Bio Energy Therapy

Natural Facial Course @ River Holistic Centre

Sunday 24th September 2017

11am until 12pm

River Holistic Centre, 10 Main Street, Raheny, D5

We are hosting a Workshop for those who might be interested in our Certificate and Diploma course but would like to get a sense of what it’s all about first.

At the Workshop you get the opportunity to meet the trainers, ask questions about what the course involves and see a Bio Energy session in action.

Bio Energy is a gentle healing therapy, it is easy to learn and since no special abilities or background is needed, it is accessible to everyone.

To register:

text 086 1074774

email info@betti.ie

Throughout our life we continue to evolve, grow and learn. If you are looking for something to enhance your self-development, interested in energy work or want to be more creative, healthy, positive, vibrant and enthusiastic then our course is for you!

We teach you a practical and grounded way of working with energy that can enhance your wellbeing, personal growth, self-esteem and confidence. You may choose to dip your toe in the water and undertake our Certificate course for personal and professional development. Or you may prefer to undertake our Diploma training course and become a fully qualified Bio Energy Therapist.

Bio Energy Therapy is a simple non evasive holistic therapy. It is a completely natural therapy and is safe for everyone to experience. Bio Energy Therapy is simple, easy to learn and enjoyable to do. Since no special abilities or background is needed, it is assessable to absolutely every one, of any age and capability.  Bio Energy Therapy can successfully be used with an existing therapy you may already have.

The Certificate course offers hands on experience and teaches you the basic protocols of Bio Energy Therapy. This can be used on your family and friends. Our Diploma course qualifies you to work as a fully qualified therapist. Our courses have been beautifully designed to allow students to build upon the previous month’s learning.

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The Beauty of Bio Energy and what to expect.

The Beauty of Bio Energy and what to expect in a session.

Hi my name is Mairead Flanagan, I live in Dublin, I am a Bio Energy Therapist, I qualified with a Diploma from the Bio Energy school of Ireland. I discovered Bio Energy Therapy when it was recommended to me by a friend. I started sessions and felt wonderful. Almost immediately I felt more relaxed and felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. My concentration and mood improved and I felt calmer and able to think more clearly. In fact it had such a wonderful effect on my life I decided to study to be a therapist myself, so I could share this wonderful treatment with other people.

This is some information about what to expect from a Bio Energy session from myself. One of the things I Love about giving Bio-Energy sessions, is each and every session is unique. You will experience every session differently and may have different sensations in each session. I always say to a client at their first session, there is no right or wrong way to be. The session itself lasts about 40 minutes or a little more, most of which is spent lying on the plinth after our initial chat.

There are 3 main sections to the energy session, firstly I scan the energy field or chakra system for energy blocks, which I find usually in one or more of the seven main chakras. Then I work on clearing these blocks and detoxing the body, lastly, I go about energising and balancing the chakra system and bringing in powerful earth and cosmic energy which both energise and ground my client.

When the session is finished I will give the client feedback on the session and what I felt during the session. Then you have an opportunity, if you wish to tell me about your experience of the session. I will give the client advice on how to help to continue to clear the block at the particular chakra I was working on. For example, if I was working on the root, to help to continue balance and detox I would recommend wearing the colour Red or eating red fruit or lighting a red candle, meditation or spending time in nature at the park or walking by the beach bare foot in the sand if possible are some examples of balancing the root chakra.

I have found with so many clients that they have found great clarity after a course of sessions. Which has helped them to make life changes they were struggling with, or make a decision that before seemed out of reach. I have seen clients gain confidence and experience more joy in their life. I have seen clientsstart the course they have been talking about for years or make a change in their career. A lot of clients describe it as having a heavy weight lifted off their shoulders they feel freer and lighter and able to think more clearly.

Some client feedback,

Bio energy healing with Mairead was super relaxing and found it to be highly effective for what I needed it for. It really helped shift some limiting beliefs I had about myself and for that I’m hugely grateful. Highly recommend and look forward to my next session already.

Barbara, Dalkey

 

My 6 year old son had a session recently, he thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to go back. Mairead was brilliant with him, I could see the difference in him after 1 session, would definitely recommend bio energy for children.

If you would like to contact Mairead for more information or if you would like to book a treatment follow below.

Phone: 0863296812
Email:  mfbioenergy@gmail.com.

Mairead Flannagan

Yoga for Lymphoedema

Yoga for Lymphoedema

By now, most of us are aware that Yoga is good for us. The effects of stress on the body and on mental health cannot be denied. The need for some kind of physical activity is also a given and more and more of the population are turning their back on drink-culture and exploring the world of yoga and fitness.

So why is Yoga so good for us and how can Yoga impact the lives of those living with Lymphoedema?

Well let’s start with the Lymphatic System. In lay-mans terms, the lymphatic vessels are similar to the blood vessels, and in fact they run alongside the blood vessels, collecting any waste products discarded by the blood vessels or discarded by the body tissues (muscle fibres and so on) that the blood vessels have not been able to pick up. So in a sense, the lymphatic system is a clean-up system of the body. While the blood vessels have the heart to pump blood around the body, the lymphatic vessels don’t have this. So how does it work?

The lymphatic system relies on the contracting and relaxing of the muscles in the body to act as a pump, to help move lymphatic fluid, or lymph, where it needs to go. While the rhythmic pumping of blood through the blood vessels helps a little, we really need the stronger action of the muscles to get this fluid moving.

Deep breathing also acts as a pump for the lymphatic system. The diaphragm is a large sheet of muscle that basically cuts the body into two halves. Think of this sheet of muscle just under your rib cage. When at rest, the diaphragm takes on a dome-like shape, pushing up towards the lungs. When we inhale deeply and expand the lungs, while also expanding the belly, it’s actually the diaphragm doing this. It’s stretching out flat, creating space in the chest, pulling air in to fill the lungs up. When you relax and exhale again, the diaphragm returns to it’s resting place, pushing up towards the lungs again and expelling the air from the lungs. This expansion and collapse of the chest/lungs acts as a pump for the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system has other very important functions too. The lymph nodes detect foreign invaders and instruct the body on how to respond to such threats. So you could say that the lymphatic system is the command centre of the immune system.

If the lymphatic system is running under par, then we are in trouble. The body’s ability to efficiently remove waste products and to detect and defend against infections is compromised. Fluid can build up and stagnate around the tissues causing all sorts of problems. We really don’t want this situation.

The lymphatic system can become compromised due to excess weight, illness, genetic factors and through surgery or other invasive events that damage or remove lymph vessels and lymph nodes. This can lead to oedema (swelling) in one or more areas of the body and this can have an impact on mobility, which in turn can lead to less exercise, which increases the pressure on the lymphatic system as we have no pump to help get things moving again. It’s a downward spiral!

And this is where yoga comes in…

Deep, diaphragmatic breathing is a fundamental part of yoga. And we’ve just seen how important deep breathing is for the lymphatic system. But in addition to this, the calming effects of yoga-breathing help to alleviate stress and promote a sense of wellbeing. And let’s be frank, if your body has been through the challenges of surgery, injury and/or unexplained oedema, you’re gonna need a bit of relaxation and calming of the nerves! The worry of the unexplained can take it’s toll, it’s no joke to go through all that stress. And Lymphedema often goes undiagnosed for years.

A yoga class involving gentle movements, designed for those with restricted mobility due to oedema or due to the use of compression garments, is ideal to help get the muscles working again and get the lymphatic fluid moving. Not all yoga postures and practices are going to feel safe, comfortable and, well, doable to those with restricted movement… And that’s why a class designed specifically for this purpose is ideal.

How about a yoga class taught by a professionally trained, qualified and insured MLD/Lymphoedema therapist, who is simultaneously certified and highly experienced as a yoga instructor? Someone who knows the challenges you face through direct experience in treating this condition? Well now you can…

Yoga for Lymphoedema will be coming to River Holistic in the new year. Contact me with any queries and to register your interest for classes starting in January.

Aideen Schweppe BA, MLD (Vodder), Dip. ITEC

Beautiful Life

Supporting and inspiring your to live your best life.

Ph: 085 1528969

E: aideen.schweppe@gmail.com

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