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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

Bergamot your new BFF

Healing with Bergamot

Bergamot is valued for its uplifting aroma and stimulating properties.

Refreshing Bergamot oil is extracted from the almost ripe citrus fruit of the bergamot tree.  It’s fruity, citrus scent with delicate, woody undertones has made it a valued oil through the ages.

Bergamot is refreshingly uplifting and stimulating.  It acts on the central nervous system and is a good tonic for treating symptoms of stress, tension and anxiety.  It is invigorating but not over-stimulating, helping the mind to achieve balance.

Using Bergamot Oil

Holiday survival
  • Apply a few drops of bergamot and lavender oil to some lengths of ribbon or string.  Hang these on your balcony at night to keep the dreaded mosquitoes away while you sleep like a baby.
  • Ease travel sickness and feelings of nausea with a cold compress of bergamot.
Cleanse the skin

To eliminate pimples:

Dilute 2 drops of bergamot and 2 drops of thyme in a tablespoon of grapeseed oil.  Massage into the skin daily to clear the skin of blemishes.

A cooling body oil:

Add 5 drops each of bergamot and lemon, 3 drops of neroli and 1 drop of rosemary to 50ml of sweet almond oil and apply when needed.

For Oily Skin:

Mix 25mls of witch hazel, 75ml of distilled water and 15ml of glycerine.  Add 5 drops of bergamot,geranium and 3 drops of sandalwood.  This makes a beautiful soap for the face and the entire body.

Boost Concentration

This invigorating oil improves concentration by awakening the mind and promoting clearer thinking.  Keep it close when you need an extra boost.

  • Sail through that exam or interview with a fragrant and confidence-boosting blend of bergamot, lavender and grapefruit oil.  Apply a few drops onto a handkerchief and place were its handy.
  • Computer screens bombard the body with positive ions.  In the office, home, desk, restore the natural balance of your body’s energy with a refreshing room spray of negatively-charged bergamot.
  • Fight drivers Fatigue by adding a few drops of bergamot to a cotton ball and place near an air vent.
Mood Lifting

Use Bergamot’s invigorating properties to treat tiredness, anxiety and stress.

  • If you have trouble getting up in the mornings start the day with a refreshing and uplifting shower using the soap mix from above.  You will have a new spring in your step and smell like summer.  Win Win.
  • Soothe feelings of agitation and anxiety by using calming bergamot in a room vapouriser or oil burner.
  • To alleviate tension headaches, try a firm neck and shoulder massage by adding a few drops of bergamot and neroli to grapseed oil.

 

June Newsletter

Hello June

 

How excited are we at River Holistic………..June has most certainly arrived in all it’s glory. It feels like a re-birth for our amazing clinic. We are going to open the doors to our new space, The River Room, which means the arrival of new therapists and lots of new classes to choose from. Don’t fret, we still have all of our existing amazing therapists onsite to help make this your holistic home.

If you are in the holiday frame of mind, why not relax and unwind with Dee’s full holistic facial special offer. If you are looking for some headspace, we have kundalini yoga and sound yoga starting in June. Have you got a health concern you have been ignoring, why not book in with Emma to see how acupuncture can help you. I can go on, we have homeopathy, holistic massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, hypnotherapy. We have therapies to suit your every need, why not just give us a call and we can can help you out.

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Homeopathy for colds and flu

Homeopathy for Colds, Coughs and Flu

If you don’t fancy another few months of antibiotics and cough medicines, why not try some of the following Homeopathic remedies:

Colds and Flu

Aconite 30c – No. 1 Remedy for nipping colds in the bud. Useful in the early stages of colds, fevers, sore throats and the inflammatory stage of other illnesses. Sudden onset often after exposure to cold. Much sneezing with pain at root of nose. Dry mucous membranes. Worse: evening or night and for touch. Better: fresh air and rest.

Arsenicum Alb 30c. – Catches cold easily, burning, watery nasal discharge alternating with dryness. Frequent sneezing without relief. Very chilly and shivery. Nostrils become sore and red and nose feels blocked alternating with watery discharge. Worse: change of temperature, cold, damp and after midnight. Better: heat and warm applications, hot drinks.

Euphrasia 30c Profuse bland nasal discharge, running red eyes with burning tears and frequent sneezing. Burning sore throat and eyes sensitive to light. Worse: light, in the evening. Better: during the day when up and about.

Eupatorium perf.30c – Chill followed by heat and sweating. Intense aching of bones as if broken or bruised. Great thirst for cold drinks. Worse: movement, cold, open air. Better; Resting, warmth, sweating.

Gelsemium 30c – No 1 remedy for flu. Dull, sluggish with heavy looking eyes and dull headache usually at the back of the neck. Chills and shivering up and down the spine. Aching muscles in limbs and back. Burning throat. Colds and flu usually comes on gradually. Worse cold, damp weather. Better: after urination.

Pulsatilla 30c Chilliness even in a warm room, nasal catarrh, bland and thick. Dry mouth with no thirst. Painful headache with changing, shifting symptoms. Worse in a warm room, after lying down. Better: in the open air.

Rhus Tox 30c – Very restless with aching in all muscles and stiffness. Just cannot get comfortable. Heat alternating with chills, pain in head and eyes with red face. Worse: night, first movement. Better: warmth

COUGHS

Aconite 30c- Sudden onset often after exposure to cold air. Dry croupy cough with runny nose and sneezing. Irritation of respiratory tract, hoarseness/dryness of throat. Worse: cold dry winds, talking and deep breathing. Better: lying on back.

Ant Tart 30c – Noisy, rattling, loose cough as if chest full of mucus. Young children or elderly with cough too weak to expel the mucus. Worse: night, especially from 10 pm until after midnight, lying flat, eating. Better sitting up and after expectoration

Bryonia 30c – Dry hacking cough in the evening and night without sputum. Spasmodic cough shaking the whole body, pain in the head an abdomen from coughing, better for holding the painful part. Dryness of all air passages with thirst. Worse: movement, deep breathing, lying in bed. Better: fresh air and for pressure of painful part.

Drosera 30c – Spasmodic, dry irritating coughs like whooping cough. Barking cough which is dry in the evening and loose in the morning. Sputum is yellow/green, bitter or offensive, bloody or pus like. Retching after spasmodic cough. Worse: after midnight, lying down, singing, laughing and drinking. Better: holding chest.

Spongia 30c – Barking, dry croupy cough with wheezing and rasping. Great dryness of all air passages. Scanty expectoration tasting salty, looser in the morning but no mucous rattle in the chest. Cough sounds like a saw being driven through a pine board. Sensation as if had to breath through a dry sponge. Worse: warm room, talking before midnight. Better: swallowing, especially warm drinks, sitting up and bending forward.

Our Homeopath, Lee Ni Chinneide is happy to discuss with you and/or supply any of these remedies – call 086-3710187 from Mon – Fri 9am to 10am for advice or to book appointments.

April Newsletter

Welcome to the April edition of our Newsletter.

Hello,

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

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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:

SKIN HEALTH WORKSHOP

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:

BIG TOE

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.

SECOND TOE

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.

THIRD TOE

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.

FOURTH TOE

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.

LITTLE TOE

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.

TOES THAT ARE NEATLY GRADUATE IN SIZE

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.

WIDE FEET

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.

LONG NARROW FEET

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

 

Have a herbal Detox this spring

Have a herbal detox this spring. 

Feel like a deep spring clean of your body?

Cleavers (Galium aparine) could really help you. You might know this innocent looking plant as sticky-back, goosegrass or catchweed. All of these names are fitting, as it sticks to your clothes when you walk through long grass. Remember it now?

Cleavers helps the body to eliminate uric acid and it cleanses the lymph glands, reducing inflammation and detoxing as it goes, and in this way it has many knock-on benefits for the body. This amazing little plant may even be growing in your back garden.

Why not try a bit of DIY cleansing this spring? This is one of the few plants that does not need to be infused in hot water or extracted in alcohol. Clean (filtered or distilled), cold water is all you need.

  1. Source this plant growing in a clean environment away from roads and free from any sprays (April-May is the best time, before it has begun to flower)
  2. Pick a generous amount of leaves and stem
  3. Macerate it so that the outer layer has been broken
  4. Put it in a pot and cover with water, and put the lid on
  5. Leave in the fridge or cool place overnight
  6. Strain it the next day
  7. Drink a glass of this liquid three times a day for five days every few weeks in  spring to give your body a boost

 

Mission Wellness Workshop

 mission-wellness
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/

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