Reflexology is the technique of applying gentle pressure to reflex areas on the feet to bring about a state of deep relaxation and to stimulate the body's own healing processes. The theory underlying reflexology is that the organs, nerves, glands and other parts of the body are connected to reflex areas on the feet. By stimulating these areas using special techniques a reflexologist can create a direct response in a related body area.
The roots of reflexology date back to ancient Egypt where early paintings depicting reflexology were found in the tomb of the ancient Egyptian physician Ankmahor.
Dr. William Fitzgerald was one of the pioneers of modern reflexology who undertook extensive research in to the effects of stimulation of the sensory pathways on the rest of the body. He developed 'Zone Therapy' on which the modern form of reflexology was subsequently based. In the 1930s Eunice Ingham the 'mother of reflexology' developed techniques and devised reflexology maps which form the basis for the way in which most reflexology is practised around the world today.
What are the benefits of reflexology?
Reflexology stimulates the body's own healing capabilities by restoring natural balance. It does this through working on the nervous system, improving circulation, improving energy, and supporting the organs and their functions. Reflexology can be beneficial for digestive health, female health and hormones, stress relief, pain relief, migraine/headache relief, and overall health and wellbeing.
What can I expect from a reflexology treatment?
Reflexology is a deeply relaxing treatment. The feet are warmed up and then pressure is used on reflex points throughout the feet. By stimulating these areas using a compression technique a direct response in the related body area is created. Clients generally feel very relaxed during and after the treatment.
To find out more or to book a reflexology treatment -
call or text Solace Holistic Centre on 087 9510554.
Sarah Forristal, Nutritional & Massage Therapist at Solace Holistic Centre.
It can be confusing to navigate through all the conflicting information about what is healthy these days. Is fat healthy? Should we be cutting down on carbs? Is sugar the enemy? What does 'gut health' actually mean?
While it is great that there has been a surge of interest in healthy eating recently, it can be difficult to know 'what is the best for me?'
As a nutritional therapist I see clients for many different reasons, from digestive difficulties to skin health, and from lack of energy to autoimmunity to hormonal imbalance. Each person has had their own set of circumstances that have brought them to where they are today. Through the client's past history we figure out the triggers to the health concerns they have at present. Each client then gets a plan to follow which can be easily implemented because it is specific to their needs. Change can be challenging so I work with each person to support them as much as they need. From my experience, small changes if done consistently, can mean huge benefits to someone's health.
We have the opportunity to support our health and wellbeing through everything we do. The food we eat, the work we do, the environment we are in, the thoughts we think all contribute positively or negatively to how we feel. Nutritional therapy provides a plan which encompasses all of these aspects with food being an integral part. Supplements are also recommended, if needed.
What health concerns will benefit from Nutritional Therapy?
• Digestive Problems (Constipation, Diarrhoea, bloating, IBS, Reflux, Food allergies/Intolerances, diverticulitis)
• Weight problems (Weight gain/inability to lose weight, sugar cravings, blood sugar imbalances, diabetes)
• Cardio-Vascular Health (Raised cholesterol, high blood pressure, Metabolic Syndrome)
• Hormonal Imbalances/Women’s Health (infertility, PMS, PCOS, Endometriosis, Menopause symptoms, Recurring Thrush, Cystitis.)
• Skin Conditions (Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea)
• Mental health & General Wellbeing (Low mood, Anxiety, Fatigue, Poor Concentration)
• Autoimmune conditions ( such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, that often do not respond to conventional medicine)
If you would like more information or to book an appointment contact email@example.com or call/text 0876080103.
January can bring with it a lot of motivation to do lots more new things and take a lot more risks. This is neither a good thing or bad thing, more a seasonal event that occurs every year at the same time in the New Year. How ever there is one thing in particular that we should be aware of and that is the risk of running into this new year with much gusto and enthusiasm to finally do all the things you said you were going to do last year but will definitely do this year!
Honestly lets be present and more realistic about what can be achieved as in reality there may be many reasons as to why you didn’t do what you thought you were going to do last year. But let’s not get overwhelmed and try and do all those things as well as a multitude of other new things. Do we really need to be setting a whole load of new goals, hobbies, tasks, you name it lets do it? No I genuinely don’t believe that we do, as long as we are doing what makes us happy and are open to possibilities of new things.
So this may be where we need to take a reality check, and instead of becoming overwhelmed and throwing our hands in the air and doing nothing because there’s too much to do anyway, instead lets have a look at some steps that can move you forward and help you achieve what you would like to do in 2019 rather than what you feel you need or should be doing.
Moving forward into 2019:
> Be present with where you are right now.
> Be thankful for all that you have done and then look at what you might want to continue to do
> Look at what you may be able to let go of at this stage.
> Be realistic, look at your diary see what time you have available and where can you create more time.
> Without becoming overwhelmed pick one new thing to achieve this coming year.
> Set a realistic time frame, and be sure its something that you really want to do rather than needing to do it.
> If you have time later in the year pick another thing you want to do
This one new thing will be a ‘present’ to yourself which will keep you focused in the New Year you are in. This present will help you to be present and feel more fulfilled that you are focusing a little bit of time on you. After all at this stage you may have given presents to everyone else so lets give a present to yourself and do something you want to do. It doesn’t matter how big or small the present is as long as it makes you happy, brings out the inner smile, feeds your soul whatever way you want to look at it. In reality we need to “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being excited about what could go right”.
For more details and Holistic support contact us in Solace Holistic Centre on 08795105454 or visit our website www.solaceholisticcentre.com
Christmas can be a magical time of year but it can also be busy and hectic for a lot of people. And yet, if we look at nature everything is slowing down in order to conserve energy. The trees lose their leaves and go back down in to their roots, animals hibernate so that they will have energy again in spring-time. Sometimes we try to maintain the same momentum throughout the year even though we may not have the energy for it. We end up feeling worn out physically and emotionally.
If we think of winter as a natural time of hibernation we can be a little bit kinder to ourselves. We may need to prioritise rest over pushing ourselves to get everything on our to-do list done. Listen to your body if it is showing signs of fatigue, pain, low mood or stress. Recharging our batteries now will benefit our health in the new year. Slow down where possible and create time for yourself to do things that are restorative - a yoga class, a massage, a walk in nature are a few examples. Massage therapy specifically works on the central nervous system to calm and restore the body.
We also have a natural tendency to go inward at this time of year. Self reflection as the year comes to a close gives us the opportunity to check in with ourselves on how we are doing in all the different areas of our lives. Have a notebook at hand and jot down ideas and thoughts that come in to your head. Getting our thoughts down on paper can be a great way to clear our busy heads. Meditation works for a lot of people but for others the idea of sitting in quietness doesn't appeal! Keep in mind that movement can also be meditative. Being present in any activity you are doing is a form of meditation.
The amount of sunlight we are exposed to is very little at this time of year. As we know, we need sun on our skin to make vitamin D - a vital nutrient for our bone health and immune system. A lack of vitamin D has also been linked with depression. Our skin needs to be exposed to direct sunlight for around 10 minutes per day in order to make Vitamin D. Our bodies can store vitamin D for a short period of time, so the fact that we had a great summer is beneficial, but remember that the use of sunscreen blocks our bodies ability to make vitamin D. Supplementing Vitamin D is easy and supplements in the form of sprays or tablets can be bought at health shops or pharmacies.
Take time for yourself at this time of year and focus on what restores you. At the end of a busy year it is important to touch in with how you are feeling physically and emotionally. The new year will bring more challenges and experiences so taking care of recharging and restoring ourselves during the winter months will support our health and wellbeing in 2019.
Sarah Forristal www.vitalise.ie
As the days shorten and the weather gets a bit colder we think of warm winter
clothes, cosy fires, but do we think about the effect this can have on mind and body.
It can bring about a sluggish system, aches and pains and a low mood due to lack of
natural light. What can help combat this is self care. It comes in many forms and one in particular is massage therapy. There are many benefits of massage therapy,
how it can be nurtured from the inside. The Autumn brings colder weather,
and so our bodies call more for warming comfort food. During the heat of the
summer raw foods can be tolerated but as the temperature drops we need to adapt
our diet to include foods which soothe our digestive system and warm the body.
Here are some tips from Sarah Forristal, (www.vitalise.ie)
Nutritional & Massage Therapist in Solace that will help us transition in to Autumn
mind and body are feeling and notice what you can do for you. Observe if mind or
body is lacking something in particular. There are a number of therapeutic options
in Solace Holistic Centre, which hosts a wide range of therapists. Therapies available include, Nutrition, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Counselling, Coaching, Murad Facials,Microblading, Aura Soma therapy, Massage & Reflexology.
More details on www.solaceholisticcentre.com or buzz us on 087 9510554, 023885970
Warm Regards, Joyce.
What is Colour Therapy?
In 1983 the Aura-Soma®Colour Care System was created by Vicky Wall, a practising chiropodist, pharmacist and herbalist. She was 66 years old at the time and clinically blind. She had no idea what she was doing when she found herself one night in her laboratory formulating a mixture comprising different layers and colours of natural ingredients. Yet over the following years thousands of people were attracted to the dual coloured bottles she created which allowed her to arrive at a formal body of solidly researched scientific knowledge on colour. Why did people choose certain coloured bottles as their favourites? What effect did the bottles have on their lives? What were the individual's life dynamics before and after exposure to or use of the bottles? Over a period of a few short years, Vicky was able to say with absolute certainty:
"Colour speaks a language of its own".
Aura-Soma is now based on more than 100 vibrant dual coloured bottles. It is a non-intrusive colour care system which offers the opportunity for awareness and transformation. It invites clients to work from the deepest level of their being, empowering them to help themselves. I as a trained practitioner will help you interpret the meaning of the colours you choose in relation to deep emotional, mental, physical and spiritual issues. Through your colour preferences, Aura-Soma brings consciousness and insight from a deep inner level to your everyday life. During the consultation you will gain insight into your current situation and the larger pattern of your life story. Your colour choice reveals your gifts, challenges and opportunities.
Aura Soma is not fortune telling. In making a selection of preferences it is as if something deep inside responds and knows exactly what is going on in the your life."You are the colours you choose and these reflect your beings' needs" said Vicky. If the cause of dis-ease is forgetting who we are, Aura-Soma helps to remember. Colour both opens the doors to hidden rooms within and is a means of healing what is found there. Aura-Soma is especially suited for those who wish to come to a new focus in their life and/or who wish to develop themselves.
Aura-Soma is not a therapy in the traditional sense since it makes no claims to heal medical conditions. What it does do is address the whole question of what lies behind dis-ease. Aura-Soma is about what is right with you, not what is wrong with you. It supports you to come to a greater ease within yourself.
Ear candling is said to date back thousands of years and the use of 'cleansing cones' have been used in many cultures around the globe.
Ear candles are hollow tubes made from cotton and pure beeswax. One candle is placed gently in to the ear while the person lies on their side, and the part furthest from the ear is lit. This creates a chimney-like effect which has a warming and softening effect.
While the candle burns down a relaxing pressure point massage is done on the shoulders, neck, face and head. This aids in clearing the sinuses and relieving tension in this area. The person then turns over and a second candle is used on the other ear.
Many clients report a state of complete mental, physical and emotional relaxation, some even fall asleep. Many often comment on feeling a soothing, liberating, light sensation in the ear and head areas.
Ear Candling is said to relieve pressure and pain, mainly in the ear and head area. It works on the ear, nose and throat and is most helpful in alleviating blockage in the sinus passages. It may help to relieve headaches & migraines and to loosen compacted earwax.
Some people have seen improvements in the following:
For more information or to book an appointment call or text 087 9510554.
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy gardening, when the sun is shining and everything is in bloom. Spending time in nature has many benefits and gardening is one way of getting outdoors and reaping these positive effects.
Many people think of massage as a luxury or an indulgence, a treat that we allow ourselves on occasion. Massage therapy is a deeply relaxing treatment, perfect for someone who wants time out for themselves. But, the long-term benefits of regular massage treatments can have a profound effect on a person’s health and well-being.
Living with pain in the body is a reality for a lot of people, for many different reasons. Pain can be severe and chronic, or it can be mild most of the time with occasional flare-ups. Some people have pain that they grow accustomed to and live with despite the restriction in movement it causes. Many clients will know exactly where in their body they hold tension, the shoulders and neck being very common areas. The relief that is felt after a massage therapy session is immediately evident. While one session is beneficial, the body does take time to let go of tension that has built up over time. Regular sessions every two or three weeks in the short term are recommended in this case with quantifiable benefits experienced such as having unrestricted movement and being pain-free as examples. Regular monthly sessions are then recommended as maintenance to ensure that pain doesn’t build up in the body as before.
What about the emotional benefits of regular massage treatments? As we know, the body and mind are inextricably linked, they are not separate from each other. When we work on the body we also work on the mind. Massage therapy works on the central nervous system in the body to reduce cortisol - our stress hormone, to increase serotonin and dopamine - our ‘happy’ and calming hormones and to increase endorphins which gives us an overall sense of well-being. Stress is one of the major contributors to chronic disease and while we can’t remove stress completely from our lives we can manage our stress effectively. Regular massage treatments have been shown to reduce depression and anxiety, to aid restful sleep and to calm the nervous system. The reality is that clients just feel better in themselves, which then benefits all aspects of their lives.
At Solace Holistic Centre we tailor our treatments to suit each client. Life is full of ups & downs and each day brings new challenges. Whatever we go through on a daily basis is reflected in the body. The benefits of massage therapy are cumulative and much more effective when received regularly. The more consistent you receive a massage the better you will feel. It is something that is well worth investing in for a healthy future.
For more information on any of our treatments call or text us on
087 9510554 or 023 8859701.
Sherna Malone, CIBATC qualified Aesthetician, former owner of the Bronwyn
Conroy Beauty School Dublin is looking forward to bringing you on the journey
to healthy beautiful skin with her bespoke range of facial treatments.
Murad Method™ facials are an entirely personalised concept in high performance professional skincare from internationally renowned skincare brand
Murad. The groundbreaking, dermatologist developed combinations and techniques
are designed to make skin as healthy as it can be, giving noticeable results and
leaving skin looking beautiful.
Traditional facials are developed to address a single skin concern, such as lack of
firmness, antiaging or blemished skin. Murad Method™ facial is customised to you,
instead of staying within a set protocol for one skin type, it concentrates on more
than one concern.
During your facial, Sherna will spend time analysing your specific skin type before
designing a personalised facial to address multiple skin concerns and then your
facial journey begins. The facial also includes touchpoint massage techniques to help relieve stress for ultimate relaxation and mindfulness. Skin will be left noticeably
healthier and more beautiful. Murad Skincare Products will also be available to
Murad Method Facial (available at Solace Holistic Centre)
60 minutes – €90
Special Introductory Offer for the month of June – €80
Murad Advanced Method Facial (for those requiring a more intensive facial)
75 minutes – €110
Special Introductory Offer for the month of June – €100
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