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Why athletes should include massage into their fitness regimen

Why add massage into your fitness training regimen.

By: Claire Kenny 23/07/18

 

The overexertion of muscles through rigorous physical training and exercise can affect athletes’ performance and increase their risk for injury. In between those strenuous workouts, the body could use some pampering.

Regular massage supports the relaxation and recovery process after workouts, helping to prevent injuries; reduce swelling, muscle stiffness and fatigue; and achieve peak performance. And there are numerous other potential benefits that are conducive to your overall health and well-being.

Massage therapy helps improve muscle flexibility (which helps prevent injuries like muscle pulls and tears) and shorten recovery time as well as relieve muscle tension and pain, a remedy for common issues like delayed-onset muscle soreness.

But massage can benefit more than muscles, some research suggests that massage may also help:

  • Lower anxiety
  • Increase range of motion
  • Improve your mood
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Enhance blood flow and alertness

Massage is good for the body either before, during or after athletic events. Sports massage incorporates Swedish (for improved circulation) and deep tissue techniques, among others. Athletes, or anyone who does strenuous exercises on a regular basis, should speak with a massage therapist about specific needs and concerns in order to determine how often massages are necessary and which techniques are most appropriate.

Your injury or needs will determine the focus of the therapy.  Often times, an athlete has a specific area in which they are experiencing pain, limited range of motion, etc. That area, in addition to the supporting muscles and connective tissue, is addressed.

A full body massage at another time, maybe within a week or two, is also very helpful for the whole body compensates for an injury, and an injury heals more quickly when the rest of the body is free of limitations.

 

Not just an extra pair of hands

More than just an extra pair of hands

When I was a kid, the role of the father was always that of the bread-winner, the person who you saw late at night or on the weekends and sometimes the threat that our mothers always used; “wait till your father gets home”. This was just how it was. As I have grown older and have had children myself, I see it was much more than this.
Our fathers taught us the importance of a strong work ethic, responsibility, compassion and respect. Considering that their fathers possibly had even less interaction with them, these things are invaluable.

My relationship with my father has never been stronger than it is today. He is someone I can go to for advice on my business, a pillar of strength if I need help emotionally and an amazing grandfather to my two boys. He is continuing to teach my boys all of these vital tools while enjoying not having to be the bad cop anymore, just the jelly bean supplier.

My father taught me that I am worth respect and kindness, that I can do anything I put my mind to and if doesn’t work out at least I tried.

If mothers are the heroes of child rearing, significance of a father in the development and emotional well-being of a child is no less. But over the decades, a lot has changed. It is often said that daughters are closer to their father because they are the first ideal man in their life. On the other hand, for sons, father is an idol and the strongest man they aspire to emulate.

With the growth of nuclear families and both parents working, fathers do not shy away from taking care of their children. From changing nappies to putting their children to sleep, no task is difficult for modern-day fathers. This cultural change is helping in strengthening father-child relationship and consequently in emotional development of a child and building of stronger family bonds.

Often, contribution of a father in their children’s lives is overshadowed by that of the mothers. They are not given the due credits for their participation in the development and upbringing of their children. Fathers are equally important like mothers and play a significant role.

So, to the fathers in our lives, I personally want to thank you for not just being another set of hands. But standing side by side with your partners and showing our future generation that a man can be strong, caring, nurturing, approachable and an invaluable role model.
Happy Father’s Day for June 17th.
Xxxx
Claire

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

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 

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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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

Put the pep back in your step

Put the pep back in your step with Peppermint.

 

Peppermint oil has been used as a tonic for centuries, and its fresh aroma is evident in toothpastes and mouthwashes today.

Peppermint is a powerful digestive stimulant; it aids the digestion of fats and strengthens liver function.  This makes it an excellent oil for relieving indigestion and treating gastric fevers and diarrhoea.

Decongestant properties

Peppermint stimulates the circulation, reviving aching muscles and joints.  It is also a powerful decongestant  and can be used to help with fevers and respiratory infections.  Additionally, it acts as a good deodorant.

Peppermint complements other decongestant oils, especially eucalyptus and thyme, which work to boost the body’s immune system.  Its aroma can also help to cool feelings of anger, hysteria or emotional burnout.

Focus your mind with Peppermint

Refreshing Peppermint oil invigorates the mind, acting as a nerve tonic and stimulant.

~ To sharpen concentration and alertness, simple combine 5 drops each of peppermint and basil oil with 10 drops of lemon in a room vaporizer.

~ To fight mental fatigue and emotional burnout with a stimulating whole body massage.  Add 50ml sweet almond oil to 4 drops each of peppermint and geranium and 10 drops rosemary.

~ Clear headaches with a soothing neck massage using peppermint and lavender oils.

Digestive Disorders

Use Peppermint’s digestive and antiseptic properties to help with common digestive disorders.

~ For relief from constipation, dilute 3 drops of peppermint, 5 drops lemon and 7 drops rosemary in 25ml  of grapeseed oil.  Massage gently over the abdomen in clockwise, circular movements every couple of hours.

~ Help with diarrhoea with an aromatic compress.  Mix 5 drops each of peppermint, ginger and marjoram in hot water.  Soak a facecloth in this, wring and apply to the abdomen.

Revive tired feet

Just what the doctor ordered after a long day on your feet.

~Relieve aching feet in an invigorating foot spa that contains 4 drops each of peppermint and geranium along with 3 tablespoons of Epsom Salts.

~Combine 3 drops each of peppermint, rosemary and lavender with 25ml of grapeseed oil for a invigorating foot massage.  Firm, brisk strokes will increase circulation.

~ Make your own antiseptic foot powder to treat athletes foot.  Simply add 5 drops lavender and 3 drops                                                                                         peppermint to 2 tablespoons or corn flower.

Cold and flu remedies

~ Add 2 drops each of peppermint, rosemary and lavender to boiling water.

Place towel over your head and inhale steam for 5 minutes.

~ Treat feverish colds by putting a few drops of peppermint, eucalyptus and pine in a room diffuser or oil burner.

 

 

We have some amazing Aromatherapists available at the centre or just pop in to buy this astounding oil.

 

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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July Newsletter

Hello July

The sun is definitely shining in River Holistic………..July is all about getting your chill on here at the Centre.  With the schools now closed for the summer you may be wondering what can you do for yourself once the little ones have gone off to camp during the mornings or when they have headed off to dreamland in the evening.

Well we may have the perfect classes and treatments for you.  Lets face it, the summer months can be a bit draining for all of us mams and dads, between working with taking time off, trying to keep the kids occupied and well not quite having your own space, let us help you with that.

We have the honour of welcoming some amazing new teachers to the River Room, their classes which include pregnancy yoga, pilates, yoga for sports, kundalini yoga, hatha yoga and Vinyasa yoga.
Sure if you have no idea idea about which style may suit you, they have drop in spaces available throughout the summer for you to try before you buy.
Below you will find out more details of who these teachers are and what their classes can add to your life.
So until we meet again, I hope you’re happy, I wish you well and just keep swimming.
Claire

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Yoga and Sacred Sound

Yoga and Sacred Sound

This class will be a unique fusion of gentle yoga and sacred sound to support you in raising your vibrational energy, whilst nurturing and enabling your unique healing process.  When we work with chanting mantras, singing bowls, solfeggio tones and gongs the resonance absorbs inwards supporting our cells to reprogram and remember their innate vibration.

Through use of sacred sound and movement we begin to shed the dense heavier energy of daily life, thus rising our vibrational energy, allowing us to effortlessly attract higher frequency people and experiences into our lives.

This combination of sacred practices have the potential to support you in making transformational change, in a gentle sustainable way.

Each class is unique but will include a combination of yogic movement and sacred sound- chanting of sacred mantras with harmonium (kirtan), sound baths with singing bowls, solfeggio tones and gongs.  Classes will finish with a deep relaxation to support your healing process, and encourage your physical, energetic, emotional, thought and subconscious layers to move back into a deeper space of harmony within.

No experience of music or sound is required to participate in this class, just an open heart.

When: Wednesdays from 6 – 7.15pm. Next 4 week term 14th, 21st, 28th of June & 5th of July 2017.

Where: River Holistic Raheny

Cost: €55 per 4 week term or €16 drop in (space dependent)

Bookingshttps://www.innercalmyoga.ie/sacred-sound or info@innercalmyoga.ie or 085 8225450

Places will be limited to 8 people and must be pre-booked / pre-paid

 

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