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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/

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

New therapy to the centre

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle hands-on therapy which originates from osteopathic medicine. It was developed by Dr. John E Upledger who was a Doctor of Osteopathy, a Professor in Biomechanics and a Researcher in Osteopathic Medicine.

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive therapy which is simple yet powerful and effective.

This gentle therapy can benefit everyone from babies, infants and children to adults and the elderly. It assesses the functioning of the body’s physiological system. Using a gentle touch it releases the body’s restrictions in the Craniosacral system.

It enhances and may help the functioning of the Central Nervous System. It is a holistic therapy which can help the client to employ their own body’s healing capabilities to bring about change, restore balance and create equilibrium within the body.

Craniosacral Therapy has been shown to benefit many conditions and systems in the body including:

  • Headaches
  • Digestive problems
  • Back problems
  • Behavioural issues
  • Learning difficulties
  • Immune
  • Hormonal and Endocrine
  • Musculoskeletal

Each 50-minute to 1 hour therapy session takes place in in a quiet, calm setting.

Foam Rolling Class

This is a one off class where you will learn all the best “do’s and don’ts” when it comes to foam rolling.

Foam Rolling is widely know to be very effective and used to prevent, treat and preempt injury related to exercise. If you run, cycle, swim, walk, gym, or go to circuit class you will inevitably carry some tightness, tension or discomfort. These distractions can be successfully compared with regular use of a Foam Roller.

In this class I will address common injuries and discomforts in the lower back, hips, thighs, and feet. At home it takes about 10-15 mins once or twice a week to keep these niggles and injury at bay. Anybody can use a Foam Roller and everybody can benefit from it’s therapeutic effect.After attending this class the person should feel they have the necessary tools and knowledge to combat their discomforts.


The class is 1.5 hours long. It will begin with an introduction to foam rolling, then an exploration of the techniques for specific areas and it will finish with a Q&A session. 

All participants need to bring a Foam Roller, some water and a work out mat. The class will be help in River Holistic on Wednesday the 20th of March from 8-9.30pm

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
healing day with angels and spirit

Healing Day with the Angels and Spirit

HEALING DAY WITH ANGELS & SPIRIT

SUNDAY APRIL 7TH
10:00 – 17:00
AT THE RIVER ROOM, RIVER HOLISTIC, RAHENY
PRICE €120

You true Self, You as Soul is there deep within, unheard, unseen, 
unfelt, buried beneath layers of veils. 

The physical body with its physical movements, the life force with its 
desires, the emotional body with its intensity of joy and pain, the 
mental body with its restless movement, all crowd around and cover this 
special naked being.

When we slow down and purposefully take time for our Healing, our 
Connection, our Devotion, sealed doors open as our Angels and Spirit 
show up to help your Soul shine through.

‘Our Angel Friends, and Spirit too, are here on earth, to grace their 
gentle touch upon you’

Throughout this High Energy Healing Day:

Soft Yin & Restorative Yoga Practice

Mantra Meditation

Past Life Regression

Calling in our Angels & Spirit Meditation

Group Healing

Spiritual Insights

Our own Light is sometimes limited by range and overshadowed by pain.  
Angelic Light and Light of Spirit is endless and is there to help us 
clear the shadows and remove the veils.  Where this Light Shines, ‘All’ 
is Lit Up!

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

Deposit of €20 to hold your space
https://www.risespiritsoul.com/Book-Here.php

Balance due on the day in cash

or by Friday April5th by Bank Transfer

New workshop for January

Aisling is back in January for another beautiful training course.
Just go to our workshop page to find out more.
🙌
Claire
New Moon amplified by a Solar Eclipse for New Energetic Beginnings on the first weekend of our Yin Yoga Teacher Training! January 5-6

The Moon Goddess is the Feminine energy of God and offers us the Divineness of unconditional Love, compassion, healing, mercy, and grace…
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She represents the Cosmic processes of procreation, conception and birth both literally and energetically, in the form of new human life, new projects and new purpose!

Starting something new whilst connecting with the Spiritual powers of the Moon, creates an ‘ideal birth process’!..
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Still space open if you’d like to join us
#bringbackbalance
#yinyogateachertraining
#notjustateachertraining
River Holistic Centre #dublin
January 5, 6, 26 & 27
More info link in bio Rise Spirit Soul

Sending Divine Feminine Light
#namaste

#yin #newmoon #energy #divinefeminine #sacred #spiritual #work #soulgroup #teacher #mother #feminine #power #divine #love #compassion #healing #mercy #grace #yoga #meditate #prayer #stillness #oneness #risespiritsoul

The therapist business workshop

I have decided to bring back my Therapist business workshop on February 10th 2019.
Come to this informal open workshop where I will answer all the questions that have been running around in your head about what is required for your soon to be thriving therapy business.

As therapists we were all trained how to be a therapist but not necessarily how to build your practice.
This one day workshop will cover all of the basic needs that any therapist either just starting out or looking to expand their business will need.
From registering your business with CRO and ROS.
Understanding how to make social media work for you not against you.
Give you some tools to help with your work life balance.
Discuss the importance of creating an active and relevant online presence.
Show you how you do no need to spend a fortune when taking the next step.
These are just a few of the topics that will be covered.
The day is for you so there will be plenty of time for questions and hopefully at the end of the day you should have most of the tools to get you loving the business side as much as you love doing your therapies.
Claire
Date : Sunday the 10th of February 2019
Time 10am to 17.00pm
Cost: €100
Contact Claire on 0879304412

Crystal Sound Bath

As the year draws to a close this Crystal Sound Bath & Intention Setting Workshop is the perfect opportunity to release 2018 and open to the year ahead. Come along and allow yourself to be bathed by the sacred sound vibrations of the quartz crystal singing bowls and tuning forks. The vibration and resonance of the combined instruments will enable you to move into a deeply meditative state through which your body can effortlessly repair and restore itself, your mind can relax and focus, and your heart can open to your souls desire for the year ahead.

Quartz crystal is known for it’s healing properties, and it’s ability to support clarity. Whilst the crystal bowls and tuning forks are made from quartz crystal they are also tuned to the frequency of the chakras, thus making them a potent companion in healing and manifesting.

Through meditation we will acknowledge the year that has been, and open to all that lies ahead in both our head and heart.

Whilst lying on a yoga mat snuggled in your blanket you will be bathed in the relaxing healing sounds of Crystal Bowls, Crystal Tuning Forks, and a variety of different sound healing instruments such as the Himalayan Singing Bowls, Gongs, Drum, Zaphir Chimes, Solfeggio Pipes to support you through this sound journey, before allowing a deep state of stillness to set in.

As each instrument is played the sound is absorbed inwards, working on the chakras, enabling the body, mind and spirit to move back into a deeper state of balance, and who doesn’t want more balance?? Through use of these sounds 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.

Contra-Indications: please note this workshop is NOT suitable for people with a pacemaker, inflammation, advanced stages of cancer, cancer tumours, metal implants, having had surgery within 3 months and in the first trimester of pregnancy.

Places for this Crystal Clear Sound Bath & Intention Setting are limited to 12 people and require pre-booking / pre-payment.

Bookings & further information can be found here: https://www.loveyourlife.ie/crystal-sound-bath

Don’t panic just colour

When life feels like it is hitting the proverbial fan then don’t loose your proverbial reach for your colouring pencils.

Sometimes I may be sitting in front of 15 tabs open on my computer and my phone binging away with emails that need to be answered all the while preparing dinner, planning my kids weekly schedule, play dates, homework projects and run my beautiful business.

Now don’t get me wrong I love everything that I do, but sometimes it all comes in on top of me.

My go to is something that I used to do as a child, colour.

I was always doodling on anything and everything growing up, maybe it was out of boredom or even defiance against my teachers (sorry by the way Mr. Quish), but now as a semi grownup I need to do it to calm my mind.

Some of the benefits of colouring are:

Your brain experiences relief by entering a meditative state

Stress and anxiety levels have the potential to be lowered

Negative thoughts are expelled as you take in positivity

Focusing on the present helps you achieve mindfulness

Colouring can be done by anyone, not just artists or creative types

It’s a hobby that can be taken with you wherever you go

It helps you unplug. The great thing about colouring books? No technology is necessary, giving you a break from the smartphone and computer.

It’s de-stressing. Colouring can be beneficial for adults because it has a de-stressing effect. The act of colouring requires repetition and attention to detail, so you are able to focus on the activity, rather than your worries

Colouring brings out our imaginations and helps us recall childhood. For a lot of people, we had less stress as children than we do now

Anyone can do it. You don’t have to be artistic to reap colouring’s benefits. Personally, I get stressed that I’m not creative enough. Colouring takes the pressure off. The lines are already there, so you really can’t mess up. Relax, lean into it and don’t worry about it being pretty or creative enough. With colouring, there is no right or wrong

It’s inexpensive. Colouring books range from €5 to €15, and a pack of gel pens or coloured pencils will only set you back about €5. (I get mine in Deals or TXMax)

So, my advice to you in take time to sit on the floor with a hundred colouring pens around you, pick a page in a colouring book, stick your tongue out the side of your mouth in concentration and just let it all go, one picture at a time.

I would love to get a colouring class up and running once a month at the centre, just come sit on the floor and relax.  Would you be interested?

I’m off to colour now but talk soon.

Claire