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Hatha yoga with Aoife Moore for you the Front Line Saff

Yoga with Aoife Moore is an enriching practice of ‘acceptance of self’ through Hatha yoga.

She has volunteered her time especially for you, the front line staff who have tirelessly worked around the clock to keep us safe, fed, warm and well. This class is on Sunday the 19th of July at 3pm and we would love to add your name down.

The class is less about achieving aesthetic alignment and more about connecting with your true self and focusing more on functional alignment.

In this class Aoife invites you to increase awareness in your body and breath while bringing you through mindful asana movements, progressing naturally to pranayama (yoga breathing techniques) and ending with a centering meditation.

The result is a heart-opening, body-strengthening, grounding experience.

Knowing that yoga is not what you see…yoga is what you feel.

I look forward to meeting you on the mat.

ॐ Namaste ॐ

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Feng Shui, Colour and Essential Oils

Edel has designed this two hour free workshop especially for the Front Line Staff open weekend as her Thank you to all of you. All going well this workshop will take place on Sunday the 19th of July at 10am. We are now taking names.

Home as an extension of ourselves: feng shui, colour and essential oils to clear stagnant energy, create balance and uplift and invigorate every area of our lives.

Our homes are an extension of ourselves, our surroundings are our outer skin. When we consider our internal and external worlds both are one, not separate but energetically entwined, each interconnected with the other; each breathing the energy of the other in, like an in-hale and exhale; we experience our spaces as a reflection of our inner selves.

In this presentation we will consider

  • Feng shui: a way of looking at our spaces from this energetic point of view, mirroring the dynamic ever changing balance found in nature into our built environment so that it fully supports us as we live our lives.
  • Colour colour and sound are aspects of the same vibrational world. Colour impacts us on an energetic level; physically as well as on an emotional and spiritual level. We will explore the 7 colour spectrum in both our internal and external environments, we will do a chakra balancing meditation and look at ways to support ourselves with colour in our physical environment.
  • Essential oils are our plant allies. We will look at ways to incorporate them into our daily lives in our environment to cleanse, balance and uplift our energy, filling our environment with supportive fragrant chi.

Edel Cleary

Interior designer and feng shui practitioner

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Just Breathe ~ Part 1

I have been sitting here trying to find ways to help everyone while the centre is closed and while doing this, I realised I have been doing it all along.

Breathing. The art of mindful breathing is age old but I decided to do a daily breathing technique over on my Facebook and Instagram pages over the the weeks that we were all in a cocoon during Covid-19.

This first part will introduce to 8 incredibly easy breathing techniques, you don’t need any fancy equipment and you can do most of them from you desk, couch, bed or on the yoga mat.

I hope you get something from them

Claire

1: MORNING BREATHING

  • From a standing position, bend forward from the waist with your knees bent, letting your arms dangle close to the floor.
  • As you inhale slowly and deeply, return to the standing position by rolling up slowly, lifting your head last.
  • Hold your breath for just a few seconds in this standing position.
  • Exhale slowly as you return to the original position.

2: DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATHING

  • Relax your shoulders
  • Place one hand on your chest and the other hand on your belly.
  • Inhale through your nose for about two seconds.
  • As you breathe in, your belly should move more than your chest.
  • As you breathe out slowly through pursed-lips, gently press your belly. This will push up your diaphragm to help the air out
  • Repeat.

3: ROLL BREATHING

  • Position yourself with your left hand on your stomach and place your right hand over your chest.
  • Take a deep breath from your lower lungs; breath slowly, ensuring that the hand over your chest doesn’t move as you take the breath.
  • Repeat the deep breath up to eight times. On the 9th repetition, once you have filled your lower lungs, take a breath which will move your chest up. This will fill your entire lung capacity.
  • Gently exhale through your mouth, being sure to empty your lungs as you do so. While you exhale, make a whooshing noise.
  • Practice this method between four and five minutes. When you exhale, you should be able to feel a tangible difference in your stress levels.

4: 4-7-8 BREATHING TECHNIQUE

  • Exhale completely through your mouth making a whooshing sound.
  • Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
  • Hold your breath for a count of seven.
  • Exhale completely though your mouth making a whoosh sound to the count of eight.
  • This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three times for a total of four breaths.

5: CALM BREATHING

  • Sit in an upright position.
  • Take a smooth, slow breath in through the nose, breathing into your lower belly for four seconds.
  • Hold your breath for one or two seconds.
  • Exhale slowly through the mouth for about 4 seconds.
  • Wait a few seconds before taking another breath.

6: CLEARING YOUR HEAD BREATHING TECHNIQUE

  • Begin with several very slow neck rolls. With your chin on your chest, or close to it, roll your head up and to your right, slowly inhaling until your head is leaning back and your chin is pointing towards the sky.
  • Hold your breath for just a few seconds in this position.
  • As you roll your head down the way you went up, slowly exhale until your chin is back on your chest.
  • Repeat, this time rolling your head to the left.

7: ADVANCED INHALE – HOLD – EXHALE

Find a place to do this breathing exercise for 15 to 20 minutes. Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight. You will monitor your heart beat to keep a good rhythm and do at least 10 breath cycles. Each cycle will be comprised of three stages.

  • Inhale, count 5 heartbeats.
  • Hold breath, count 7 heartbeats.
  • Exhale, count 9 heartbeats

When you breath in, make sure that you’re breathing in through your stomach first and your stomach second. The slow, managed breaths are very calming. Holding your breath also helps regain your C02 levels to reduce some of the effects of hyperventilation.

PLEASE DON’T PERFORM THIS BREATHING EXERCISE IF YOU HAVE A HEART CONDITION

8: STOP~RESET~CONTINUE

  • Stop your activity.
  • Reset by sitting down, relax your shoulders, and do pursed-lips breathing until you catch your breath.
  • Continue your activity doing pursed lips breathing as you go. Go at a slower pace if you need to.
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Our Thank you to the Front Line Staff

Sometimes all we can do is nothing and from that nothing can come something special.
As a thank you to everyone who are working tirelessly to keep us safe, warm and fed.
I would love to offer a weekend especially dedicated to you the front line staff.

I thought by putting a date to this weekend, 18th and 19th of July, it will help remind you that this will end and something kind can come out of it.
We will be offering free treatments in Reflexology, holistic massage, osteopathy, cranio-sacral therapy, facial reflexology, IET, Sports massage, Aromatherapy, Reiki, Bio Energy and Indian Head Massage to mention just a few.
On top of this we will be holding free classes in Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Meditation, Mental Health workshop, feng shui with colours and essential oils, Introduction to pilates, yoga flow classes and hopefully a lot more.
If you or someone you know is part of the amazing front line teams that are astounding me everyday and you would like to let them know that they deserve a day at our little sanctuary, then please message me here or email claire@riverholistic.ie and let me know what treatment and or class you would like to recieve.
All of my thanks and blessings.
Claire

*one treatment per person to allow as many people to receive their much deserved safe space*
*Date subject to change, but hopefully it won’t*
*Must have proof of being front line staff*

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Essential oils can boost you hair health.


Essential oils can boost your hair health and give you silky tresses
If you want to flaunt beautiful hair then you must know what oil can help you achieve this. Read on to know a few essential oils that can boost hair health.

Lavender Essential Oil

This essential oil can boost hair growth. It stimulates the growth of hair cells and reduces stress too. Besides, its anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties improve the health of your scalp. All this can give you beautiful hair. Just mix it with coconut oil and apply on your scalp. Leave it on overnight and wash off in the morning. Do this twice a week.

Peppermint Essential Oil

This oil boosts circulation and enhances the growth of your hair. It also reduces hair fall and it has also been known to increase the number of follicles and follicle depth. You have to mix this essential oil with a carrier oil before massaging it onto your scalp or hair health.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

It is good for preventing or getting rid of dandruff. But you must use this daily for at least a month for results to show. Just mix a few drops with your shampoo or conditioner and massage it into your scalp. Wash it off with warm water.

Thyme Essential Oil

This stimulates circulation in the scalp and prevents hair loss. It is also a good treatment for alopecia areata. But this is a strong oil. So use it with care. And don’t leave it on for the whole night. Wash it off in about 15 to 30 minutes.

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We are hiring

WE’RE HIRING!!!

Front Desk Staff

River Holistic is a very busy Holistic Centre based in Raheny, offering a vast array of Alternative and Complementary health therapies and multiple weekly classes in yoga, pilates, meditation and Mindfulness to name a few. We are looking for someone special to join our team to run our front desk on a part time basis, 2 to 3 week day evenings.

Responsibilities including, but not limited to:

• Provide the highest level of customer service to all of our visitors with the goal of creating a positive and friendly experience for all of our clients.
• Engage with clients in person as well as over the phone and online
• Assist clients with appointments, information on the right therapy for them, class and workshop bookings.
• Ensure that the centre remains immaculate at  all times and that any necessary supplies are always stocked. (we do also have a cleaner so for the most part cleaning will be minimal)
• Work as a team with all of the therapists and teachers as well as providing timely feedback to the centres owner on all studio issues
• Willingness to perform all other duties assigned by the centre’s owner (which will include – bookkeeping, assisting with social media, general marketing…)

Requirements

• Must have a broad understanding of Alternative and Complementary health.
• Customer service experience
• Be committed,  reliable and punctual
• Be friendly, enthusiastic, courteous and a team player
• Ability to multitask
• Great organisational skills and attention to detail
• Friendly and professional phone and email etiquette
• Initiate tasks and perform duties with confidence and self-motivation
• Strong computer skills

Starting: As soon as possible

To Apply: Email your CV in Word format to claire@riverholistic.ie including in your email a cover letter letting us know what makes you a great candidate for this position

Claire
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Zone Facelift Special

Dee from Holistic Hands Dublin has something very special for you for the coming weeks. The new Zone Facelift Massage is exactly what you have been looking for all this time for your natural beauty needs.

Take off 10 years in 12 weeks and lift your spirit for life.
A natural alternative to botox or fillers.
Dee is delighted to offer this award winning and luxurious new facial treatment that achieves immediate results, your face will be lifted sculpted and smoothed,  lines and wrinkles will be softened looking and feeling fresher and younger.
Using innovative facial massage techniques as well as ancient native American shamanic healing techniques  to dramatically improve your skin.
Ancient traditional tools like jade or rose quartz  gua sha are used to sculpt the facial contours as well as lymphatic drainage, facial reflexology, and acupressure.
Using award winning Zone Facelift Crystal infused Exlir it not only improves your skin but also smudges and protects your energy using white sage. Can be used on all skin types.


Available in 60 or 90minute treatments.

Special introductory offer 60minutes €65 usually €80

90minutes €95 usually €110

www.holistichandsdublin.com

Dee 0851281474

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Coming Soon….. The land of ZZZZ…

I am soooooo excited right now.
The lovely Harriet from spacemasks.com has confirmed my little secret stock order that will be flying its way over to the centre by the end of the month.
These amazing eye masks heat up, yes heat up, I know everyone is all about cold eye creams and cooling sheet masks, well these are all the warm hug for your tired eyes with the added bonus of the beautiful scent of Jasmine to whisk you off to a far away land.
They can help improve circulation around the eyes and aid with headaches and eye strain from being at a computer all day or even dare I say it the day after a big night out.
They are a perfect size to pop into your carry on for a long flight to help you jet off to the land of zzz..
I have already taken pre-orders for these so if you want to be one of the first to get your hands on these interstellar eye masks just give us a call or message here and we can do the rest.

They come in a pack of 5 and will retail for €19.
Claire
www.riverholistic.ie

Sapce Masks at River Holistic Dublin
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Running with Reflexology

Running is great exercise.  It is not only an intensive cardiovascular workout, but also involves other systems in the body, such as circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, muscular and lymphatic.  Whether you’re a dedicated marathon runner or someone who only has time for a short jog at the weekend (like me), we’d all like to improve our performance, maybe increase our speed, distance or stamina and we’d certainly all like to be able to recover from a run quicker, decrease the muscle stiffness and avoid injuries.

How can this be achieved in a natural way?  One answer could be Reflexology.

Reflexology uses specific techniques to pinpoint areas of stress before they manifest physically as pain or weakness and so it reduces the likelihood of injury.  It takes the holistic approach – by working the entire foot and its reflexes, it stimulates the body’s own natural healing abilities and addresses imbalances throughout the whole body.  Current research shows that Reflexology can help runners improve and stay injury-free and there are 10 important reasons why:

1.  Lymphatic drainage – research provided by Monash University in Australia shows that Reflexology removes lactic acid from the legs four times faster than a regular massage.  Lactic acid builds up during a run and it’s what causes muscle cramps, especially in longer runs such as marathons.

2. Circulation boosting – blood carries oxygen, nutrients, minerals and enzymes to all parts of the body.  Stress and tension tighten the cardiovascular system and restrict blood flow, causing it to become sluggish.  This results in the tissues becoming oxygen-deprived – the energy in the body becomes depleted, making all body systems suffer.  Reflexology can keep the body’s circulation flowing smoothly, which rejuvenates tired tissues.  It improves circulation to accelerate the healing process and reduce recovery time.  This encourages all systems to return to a state of balance and harmony.  Increased blood flow to muscle cells also increases their flexibility and so further reduces the risk of injury.

3. Reduces inflammation – Reflexology can be used to stimulate the adrenal reflexes on each foot, which in turn, encourages the body to release the hormone cortisol (a completely natural form of hydrocortisone), which has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, reducing swelling and inflammation from injuries.

4. Pain reduction – unfortunately all runners will be faced with an injury at some point and we all understand how important recovery is.  As more of us are beginning to take a holistic approach to our health, avoiding drugs for pain relief, Reflexology can be a valuable tool because it can help to manage pain and accelerate recovery.  It stimulates over 7,000 nerves in the feet and encourages the opening and clearing of neural pathways.  It interrupts these pain pathways and reduces pain from sore muscles and joints.  Reflexology also helps to stimulate endorphins, which promote our sense of wellbeing and decrease our perception of pain.

5.  Deep relaxation – exercise is a stress, a positive stress, but still a stress.  During a run, the body will trigger the production of adrenaline, which is the “fight or flight” hormone, allowing us to push ourselves.  Reflexology balances that stress with a rest, which triggers the “rest and digest” response, allowing the body to reduce the level of stress hormones and recover physically, emotionally, and mentally.  It relieves the body of tension, which promotes healing.  The emotional and psychological impact of injury should never be underestimated.  It is just as important to balance the mind as it is to balance the physical body.

6. Greater focus and concentration – Reflexology supports the central nervous system and targets specific stress reflexes on the feet to bring about a deep state of relaxation and inner calm.  Many people report that they feel more focused with greater mental clarity after a treatment.

7.  Improved sleep – healing is important after a run, no matter what the distance.  Although going to sleep feels as if we’re switching off, it is a very busy time for the body because as we sleep, our bodies actually repair and restore themselves.  While we sleep, our brains trigger the release of hormones that encourage tissue growth.  This can help us recover from sports injuries such as sore muscles and sore joints.  Reflexology can help because it increases the production of serotonin and melatonin – two important hormones that regulate sleep.

8.  Boosts immune system – as a runner, I want to stay healthy and free from illness, so that I can be at my best.  Reflexology stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps us fight infections.  It helps remove toxins and increases our immune system’s effectiveness. 

9. Lowers pulse rate – Reflexology has been shown to increase the carbon dioxide exhaled from the nose by 9%, which helps to lower pulse rate, which means the cardiovascular system is working more efficiently.  Happy days for those hill runs or for those of us trying to improve our stamina!

10.  Nurtures the feet – the force exerted on the feet during running are the equivalent of up to 10 times our body weight.  So our feet, which are a relatively small in relation to the rest of our body, are exposed to hundreds of pounds of pressure during a run.  Although the rest of the body, especially the knees, absorbs some of the impact, our feet deserve at least some attention and help.  Reflexology can help to soothe away the tension in the feet and make them feel refreshed and ready for that next challenge!

Source:  https://www.barefoot-reflexology.co.uk/blog/

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Meditation; A Home Practice

Meditation; A Home Practice

Sunday April 28th
10:00 – 17:00
The River Room, River Holistic

Price €120

In Peace and Silence the Divine manifests. Allow nothing to disturb you 
and All will manifest.

You should not put to much effort into your ‘seeking’; into what it is 
you are truly looking for. With too much effort, or ‘trying’, a veil 
develops or thickens.

It is through allowing that All Manifests.

To quietly await in total trust is the simple secret to finding the 
sweetness!

Easy for me to type, easy enough for you to read, but how, humanly how?

The only way how is to go inward.

There is a Self in you capable of so much. The outer consciousness is 
the physical consciousness tied to human mind body limits. The inner 
consciousness is where the soul is seated and moving within and allowing 
is where you will see the magic manifest.

The Upanishad says; “in men the self existent has cut the doors of 
consciousness outward, but a few turn the eye inward and it is these who 
see and know the Spirit and develop the spiritual being. Thus to look 
into ourselves and see and enter into ourselves and live within is the 
first necessity for transformation of nature and for the Divine life.”

What happens through Meditation?
Difference in Contemplation, Concentration and Meditation!
Difficulties in Meditation!
What is True Meditation?

Just some of the topics we will cover throughout this day, along with 
time together in Meditation.

Further Information:
https://www.risespiritsoul.com/events.php

Pay Deposit €20
https://www.risespiritsoul.com/Book-Here.php

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