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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

Hatha Yoga with Brigita

Hatha Yoga with Brigita

Hi Everyone,
My name is Brigita Volkova, I am a Hatha Yoga teacher. Originally started Yoga practising since 2013. I became so passionate about Yoga so I decided to become a teacher. I understood that Yoga is everything and even more, but the most what I understood how to find the inner balance.
I would like to share my energy and knowledge with you all and help to find your own inner balance.

Hatha Yoga’s combined focus on mindfulness, breathing and physical movements brings many health benefits as:

  • Better sleep,
  • Increased energy levels,
  • Improved circulation,
  • Muscle tone,
  • Benefit heart rate & blood pressure.

My classes will include combination of different styles:

  • Stability Yoga
  • Core Yoga
  • Flow Yoga (Strong & Energetic)
  • Cardio Blast Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga (Healing and Bliss Out)
  • Joint Releasing Yoga
  • Mindfulness Meditation 
  • Breathing Meditation
  • Yoga one to one, on an on call basis

Explore All the Glorious Butterflies stored up in your body!

Classes run on Monday’s at 6.40pm to 7.40pm

4 week course – €55, or drop in €15.
Starting 11th September.

Yoga Instructor 250 Hours YTTC registered with Yoga Alliance.
Contact details: 086 169 7777
Email: brigita.volkova@gmail.com

The Face of OHSO Active Meditation

The Face of OHSO Active Meditation

Shunyatta

Most of you Know me as Anna Gale but I also have another name, a name to remind me of my inner truth. It is a name I chose on the 1st of March 2012 while in Pune OSHO Meditation resort India. My name is Shunyatta and it means ‘no thingness’. Taking a sannyasin name is a bit like giving up smoking once you tell everyone you are letting them know to support you and to encourage you to quit, with a sannyasin name you are letting everyone know that you are trying to live an authentic life with honesty, truth, awareness and consciousness. Let me tell you not always an easy thing to do. But there is one beautiful place within you that encourages you, that supports you,  and that reminds you and tells you you are loved your are love and that is your heart.

 

The OSHO Active Meditations shifted something very profound in me, I can’t describe it in words it is something that needs to be experienced from your own heart Centre.

I have trained as an OSHO meditation facilitator so I can share these meditations with you. Each meditation is so unique and have been designed so scientifically by OSHO to suit the western Man/Woman. You will experience shaking, vibrations, dancing, belly laughter, crying to pure inner silence. From Kundalini to No Dimensions there are so many, some you will love and some you will resist. The meditations are a blend of Tao, Buddhism, Sufism, paganism all the richness of a tapestry. So with all the ‘isms’ come along to experience for your self.

 

The OSHO Active Meditations are being held every Thursday evening commencing at 6.20pm and last 1 hour. As the meditation can not be interrupted being on time is crucial as the introduction is as equally important for you to understand the process.

 

The cost is €15 for wages and €10 for unwaged.

 

Contact Anna Gale (Shunyatta) 0860716674 or the River Holistic Centre 018308881

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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The Art Of Breathwork Workshop

The Art of Breathing

 

When was the last time you took a deep breath?

When was the last time you were able to let go?

When was the last time you felt free and content?

What is Breathwork?

Breathwork is a deep process of conscious connected breathing, to release and let go of negative feelings, traumas, stress and so on.

Breathwork is about utilising our breath to reach to all the unspoken and repressed issues we carry around with us, sometimes without even realising. The benefits of Breathwork are numerous, to name a few:

  • Increase your mind-body balance
  • Fill yourself with energy and motivation
  • Release trauma, anxiety, phobia
  • Clears your mind to get a good night sleep
  • Let go of stress
  • Root out patterns that keep repeating themselves and sabotage relationships, personal growth, happiness, etc.

For more information about Breathwork – click here.

Where?
River Holistic Centre, The River Room – 12 Main Street, Raheny, Dublin 5

How much?  €40

Who are we?  Ciaran & Orli – two devoted and experienced Breathwork Practitioners

You are welcome to contact us with any question:

Ciaran – 0860268509
Orli – 0831463978

 

You can book on directly through the centre on 018310888

Do you struggle to sit still in meditations?

Firstly three important questions

Q.1 Do you struggle to sit still in meditations?

Q.2 Would you like to experience meditation that involves dancing, shaking and moving the body?

Q.3 Would you like to try and experience a variety of meditations?

If YES come join me on the 6th of July 2017 at 6.15pm for a six week workshop of OSHO active meditations.

OSHO active meditations were specifically and scientifically designed for the modern man and woman who find it difficult to be in silence. These meditations are set to music and have a series of stages that will bring about an  individual transformative experience. The meditations are 1 hour in duration.

Wk.1  6th of July 2017 OSHO Kundalini. This evening meditation consists of shaking, dancing, witnessing and silence

Wk.2. 13th of July 2017 OSHO Nadabrahma. This is a humming meditation were one gives and receives energy from existences followed by silence

Wk.3.  20th of July 2017 OSHO Chakra sounds. This meditation activates all the chakras in the body through the use of sound followed by silence

Wk.4.  27th of July 2017 OSHO Mahamudra this meditation is gentle, the whole body surrenders to its organic movement through Laithan, followed by giving and receiving to the Earth to replenish the energy

Wk.5.  3rd of August 2017 OSHO No Dimensions. This is s beautiful Sufi dance meditation followed by whirling and silence

Wk.6.  10th of August 2017 OSHO Devavani. This is a gentle meditation that brings you into a childlike state followed by gentle nonsense words called Laithan of the tongue followed by Latham of the body and silence.

My Name is Ana Gale and I work as Massage Therapist / Reiki teacher and OSHO meditation facilitator within the River Holistic Centre in Raheny. It is with great excitement and passion for me to share with you the OSHO active meditations.

Venue: The River Room

Duration: 6 weeks ( Thursday evenings from the 6th of July 2017)

Cost: 80 euro (drop in are most welcome at 15 euro)

Time: 6.30pm -7.30pm

Contact: Ana gale 0860716674 or River Holistic Centre 018310887

The Essence of Home-Feng Shui Workshop

Aromatherapy for Insomnia

Aromatherapy for Insomnia and Difficulty Sleeping

Insomnia can impact our well being and the quality of our lives. The frustration of not being able to get a good night’s sleep can make the situation worse. Hectic lifestyles, stress, depression, physical illness and working unusual schedules can all be root causes for insomnia.
Aromatherapy cannot cure insomnia or its root cause, but using calming and relaxing essential oils before your intended bedtime can potentially help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep until your intended wake-up time. Of course, if you have an ongoing, serious sleep disorder, you should see your health professional to discuss your situation and gain treatment for the root cause of your insomnia.
If you suffer from occasional insomnia or sleep disturbances and want to try ideas that may help you fall asleep faster, consider the following tips:
Aromatic Cotton Ball by Bedside: Add a drop of Roman Chamomile Oil or Lavender Oil to a tissue or cotton ball and place that near your pillow at bedtime. Roman Chamomile Oil is considered a natural sedative. Another essential oil that possesses sedating properties is Clary Sage.
Bed Linen Spray: Create a calming bed linen spray and lightly spray your sheets before bedtime.
Bath time: Bathing is a wonderful way to relax, but avoid taking a bath immediately before bedtime. Hot water can increase your circulation and make it hard to fall asleep. Instead, plan to finish your bathing ritual about an hour before bed. While bathing, add a drop or two of Roman Chamomile or Lavender to your bathwater
The minerals in natural salts, especially Dead Sea salts, help to relax muscles which in turn can help you to relax overall.
Massage: Like bathing, massage is stimulating to your circulation and should generally be avoided immediately before bedtime. Prior to bedtime, however, try gently massaging your feet and legs with a calming massage oil or lotion.
Teatime: Borrowed from the field of herbalism, herbal teas using botanicals that have a natural sedative effect can be both soothing and relaxing before bedtime. Try natural chamomile tea. Teas made from passion flower and valerian are also considered to be very relaxing and help to encourage sleep, but do not have the familiar and pleasant flavour that chamomile tea offers.
Avoid Stimulating Essential Oils Before Bedtime: Some essential oils can be particularly energizing and stimulating (i.e. cypress, rosemary, grapefruit, lemon, peppermint). Avoid using these oils and products containing them before bed or they may make your insomnia worse.
The safest and most recommended course of action that you can take is to seek out the in-person guidance of a qualified Aromatherapist in your area. Your particular health situation and the root cause of your insomnia can make a difference in the most suitable recommendations for you. A qualified practitioner should conduct a case history on you and guide you based on your personal background and recommend blends suitable for you and discuss suitable dosages and methods of administration.

Other naturally based or simple ideas for helping ease sleeplessness include the following:
Exercise Regularly: Exercising right before bed isn’t a good idea, but establishing a regular exercise routine can help ease stress, eliminate toxins from your system, improve your overall health and help you to sleep better at bedtime. Of course, the disclaimer has to be mentioned that you should talk to your doctor before starting a new health or exercise program.
Avoid Eating Before Bedtime: Unless you have diabetes or a health issue that may require you to eat right before bedtime, avoid doing so. Carbohydrates, spicy foods and foodstuffs with caffeine are especially prone to making it hard to fall asleep easily.
Avoid Stressful Activities and Situations Before Bedtime: Whenever possible, spend the last hour before bedtime unwinding and doing something that you find relaxing. If scary movies or TV shows gets your adrenaline racing, consider watching comedies instead. Right before bed also isn’t the ideal time to finally work on your finances or call that relative who always upsets you.
Tuning Out Noise: If a root cause of your insomnia is due to noise or distractions, try masking the noise by playing soothing music, using a natural noise machine (the kind that plays soothing natural sounds such as ocean waves or rain) or using ear plugs. These ideas should only be tried if you are in a sleeping situation in which you don’t have to worry about masking out all noises.
Tuning Out Light: If lights make it hard for you to fall asleep or stay asleep, make sure that your window treatments mask out all light, especially if your schedule requires you to sleep at times when it is light out. Eye masks are also available that filter out light. Some work better than others, so try them on first to ensure a good fit.

 

Source: AromaWeb.

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.

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