What is Meditation?
I just cleaned my windows....
Why? Because I live by the sea and can't see out with the salt on the windows, or I was a cleaning maid in a past life!
No I can honestly say I clean my windows to facilitate cleansing the energy in my house and to create good energy flow. February I discovered a long time ago was not my favorite month but with the knowledge I have gained about my own energy it has now become a month that I embrace and maybe even enjoy a little more.
I am very traditional and for me February is a month for spring cleaning, so I take a little time off and recover my own energy, I can honestly say I found that this winter was seriously lacking light. My time off is intentional, I use the time to declutter my own house and move some more, and embrace daylight. This spring cleaning process helps to cleanse my mind and body in order to move out of the winter hibernation and into spring.
We also close Solace for a full day to Cleanse the space properly and this isn't about cleaning as that is a daily activity. It's about intentionally washing the energy off the walls, doors, floors, objects and opening up the space. Releasing any stagnant energy and making space for new spring energy.
With all that said we will be in spring for the next couple of months, perhaps you too can embrace with intention, cleansing the stagnation of the winter. This will look different for everyone. For some it will be exercising a little more, eating healthier, decluttering a wardrobe or in fact cleaning your windows.
" In this Moment, show patience and compassion for yourself "
By: Joyce O Sullivan
I've always been really passionate about self care and self reflection. I feel it has become increasingly more important and needs prioritising. Time has suddenly speeded up, with the world after opening up and life getting busy again. As much as people would have said to me that after the lockdown there is no way that they will get back on the treadmill of life. I have to be honest it’s hard to avoid it. This is why I feel self care needs prioritising.
As a result of multiple discussions around self care and self reflection with clients, I had a strong sense that there was more I could do to support their self care at home between appointments and so Moments of Solace Daily Guidance Oracle cards came to life. Inspired by the word Solace, I recognise that we all need Solace at times even if life is going well. Solace means to provide "comfort or consolation in a time of de-stress" and this is exactly what we offer in Solace Holistic Centre through Massage therapy and Reflexology and what I know the Oracles cards will provide for you at home.
Oracle cards can be used daily as a self care, self reflection tool. Moments of Solace Oracle cards consist of 40 cards, each with an image, a word and a quote on them. The quotes are chosen with your self care and self reflection in mind. When I was creating them I decided to break the word ' Solace' into 6 sections. These sections are Support, Observe, Listen, Accept, Change and Express. I also included a seventh section called Moments. Why seven sections? Each of the 7 sections "Solace Moments" correlates to one of your seven main Chakra’s. I have also connected to each Chakra, a healing crystal and colour for you to observe as an optional extra. Details can be found in the guidebook provided with the cards.
How to use Oracle cards:
If you are new to using oracle cards, the first step is to sit holding the deck, and when you feel ready, start shuffling them. Continue to shuffle until you feel like stopping. As you shuffle feel free to ask the deck “What do I need to know to support my self care today?”. Then with the deck face down pull a card from the top of the deck. The card picked will resonate with you and encourage you to look at an aspect of your life that needs attention in that moment.
Presented in a beautiful box the 40 cards, and guidebook have been designed with you in mind. To support you through your daily self care journey. Solace Oracle Cards will provide you with an opportunity to enhance your self care and to self reflect and observe where you are in that moment. Allowing acceptance of what the heart has to say. Supporting you through lessons learnt, and encouraging change and expression.
By: Joyce O Sullivan
In Ireland, 8 Adults out of 10 will suffer from back pain at some stage in their life.
Are you one of the 8? Some questions to ask yourself...
Is it in the lower, upper or middle of the back?
Is your posture good?
Do you do repetitive work?
Do you exercise?
How is your diet?
Is there financial worries?
Is there family worries?
Are you feeling emotional stuck or on an emotional roller-coaster?
All these questions are relevant and some may be surprising but they can all help to figure out what may be causing your back pain and even perhaps how it can be eased.
Poor posture, Repetitive strain injuries, Osteoarthritis, Slipped Discs, and Weak core muscles are among the most common reasons for back pain. In truth the list is endless and everyone's pain is relevant to them. On an emotional level, the back is out of sight and so is the perfect hiding place for
emotions and issues that one doesn't want to deal with.
We all know the saying "I feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders!".
This might be an emotional weight that has been placed on your shoulders and as a result can cause high stress and severe muscle tension. The Left shoulder in particular is related to "emotional stress", massage can help work this out and allows emotions to surface that you may not have even realised were there. This is also true for the neck or the inability to turn your neck perhaps what has happened in the past is too hard to look at and so the ability to turn your head has become restricted over time as the emotions become more locked in the neck.
The middle back allows us to bend and move in different directions. We have all heard of "Bending over Backwards to help someone". Do you find yourself constantly saying yes to those looking for help from you, maybe some resentment is building up inside you. This resentment and frustration can have a trapping affect in the mid back where the muscles can lock around the spine prevent movement in the mid section. Hard as it is at times, it is important to say "no" and looking after what feels right for you. Saying no is a skill in itself and can be learned it's us to get more comfortable with saying no!!
"Financial Strain is often linked to the lower back", this might surprise some but others may connect with this statement. The financial worries of being in debt or not having enough money to support yourself or your loved ones can sit in the lower back for years creating all sorts of lower back pain that can radiate up the back and down the legs. The lower back is what keeps you upright. if it is gets sore and you're finding it difficult to get comfortable standing or sitting, have a look inside yourself and what's going on around you and perhaps you feel you are letting someone down or trying to do too
much at the moment. It's good to ask for help and support from loved ones to give you the strength to stand upright and continue walking through tough times!!
As mentioned aside from emotions there are lots of physical reasons for having a "Bad Back".
Weak core muscles, bad posture, Osteoarthritis, are all real issues that need to be worked on in order to maintain good health in the back. There are many options out there such as: > Massage, Osteopathy, Chiropractors, Physiotherapy, Talk Therapy, Acupuncture. Find what works for you, and what works for one person may not work for another, trust your instinct on this.
Hormones are messengers that travel through our bloodstream to different organs and tissues. On a daily basis they control much of what we feel and they coordinate the body's metabolism, energy level, reproduction and growth, sleep and fluid balance. They change and fluctuate throughout our lives and play a major part in our sleep/wake cycle, monthly menstrual cycle and through the different life phases. They have an affect on brain neurotransmitters which influence mood and emotions. They influence blood sugar levels and our weight. They direct processes in our body so that things run smoothly and natural rhythms stay in sync. I have heard them being described as our 'inner compass' and I think that is a lovely description.
How do we feel if our hormones are out of balance?
We may have mood swings, have heavy or painful periods, irregular periods, fatigue, difficulty losing weight, anxiety, trouble sleeping, digestive issues, skin breakouts.
What Causes Hormone Imbalance?
Hormones are constantly interacting with our environment, both inner and outer. They respond to sunlight and darkness, how we sleep/relax, our stress levels, our gut bacteria, what we eat, how we exercise, and the life stage that we are in.
Therefore, when thinking about supporting our hormone health it is important to think of the wider picture.
Here are a few things to check in on:
What are my stress levels throughout the day?
Am I regularly getting good quality sleep?
Is my digestive system working well?
Am I supporting natural rhythms/cycles e.g sleep/wake cycle, menstrual cycle, seasonal cycles etc.
Do I experience low energy during the day?
How do I manage stress?
How can massage and reflexology help?
Both massage and reflexology calm and relax the body. They both have a significant influence on the nervous system, switching on the parasympathetic nervous system which supports relaxation, digestion, blood sugar balance, stress reduction, pain relief and repair. This in turn helps to support hormone balance.
Reflexology works on reflex points on the feet which correspond to different parts of the body. As a result the hormonal system can be supported and specific attention can be given where needed. People experience hormonal imbalance in different ways so each treatment is client specific. Some come to support fertility or to regulate their menstrual cycle, others for digestive support and stress relief.
If you would like to know more about massage or reflexology and how it may help you, please contact us on 087 9510554 or email email@example.com.
Solace Holistic Centre
10 Sand Quay Mill
Tel: 087 9510554 // 023 8859701
Located in the Old Grainstore on Clarke Street.
In between the Clona Factory and Fiddlers.