The Mother of all Meditations.

How many times have you tried meditation? Are you getting better at it? Or do you feel like you will never get the hang of it? Are you easily distracted while meditating? Maybe your mind constantly wanders into yesterday or tomorrow no matter how many times the voice tells you to, ‘Bring your mind gently back if you feel it wandering.’

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I think most of us have concluded that meditation is a deeply relaxing exercise that promotes a healthy mind. It calms down our churning thoughts, giving our brain a chance to rest. But meditation doesn’t come easy to everyone, especially beginners. Well, listen up all you beginners and over-active thinkers…….. I have discovered the mother of all meditations! Sound Meditation Baths. No, it has nothing to do with having a bubbly bath with soft music playing in the background – much better than that. Oh yes!

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Why Dental Floss is my New Friend.

I didn’t know what dental floss was when I was a child. Candy floss was more prominent in my vocabulary. The importance of taking special care of our teeth wasn’t drummed into me or my brothers when we were children.  We thought it was normal to have teeth pulled when they decayed. “Sure we’ll get brand new ones like our parents did. Lovely new white straight teeth”. Did we really say that?  Yes, I’m afraid we did.

Of course we were warned many times about the dangers of eating too many sweets but it didn’t stop us munching our way through sticky toffees and sugary jellies. And who could forget the Blackjacks and Fruit Salads? About ten in a bag for 2p. And they lasted for hours. I remember being so excited if I found a halfpenny on the street. I went straight to Mrs. Fultons sweet shop for a Golfball chewing gum. It used to last me three days!  A day at school went so slow when you had a couple of pennies in your pocket to spend in Mrs. Fultons on the way home. She was every child’s most favourite woman on the planet!

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Perfect Therapist Wannabe.

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Do you ever wonder what it would be like to be perfect? To never put a foot wrong and to never say the wrong thing. Do you look at others and think that they are so perfect and they have the perfect life? Look closer and I bet you will find that they are not perfect at all and they don’t have the perfect life. Because what is that word anyway?

We all use the word ‘perfect’. We use it when we talk about the people we love. “My partner is so perfect.” “My baby is so perfect.” “My children are so perfect.” “Johnny is the perfect friend.” This is probably because we love them unconditionally and we don’t see any flaws that they may have or we simply choose to ignore them. We accept our loved ones just the way they are. In our eyes, they are indeed ‘perfect’. But what you perceive to be perfect will be quite different to what others will see.

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Yoga and Me. 12 Weeks Later.

When I say I’ve been practicing yoga for twelve weeks now, what I really mean is that it’s twelve weeks since I first started learning how to do yoga. (Read about that here) I remember writing about how great I hope be at twisting, bending and by Christmas I’ll be kissing my toes!  Continue reading

From Massage Student to Seol Beo

My guest today is Elaine Reilly from Bailieborough, Co. Cavan. 
Elaine has very kindly given up her time to share with us a little piece about herself and her work as a massage therapist. 
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My business Seol Beo, has really taken off this year and I have recently moved my practice from home into town. I now work from the Leisure Centre in Bailieborough.  My therapy room is warm and cosy and situated in a quiet private part of the leisure centre. It’s actually a wonderful place for clients to receive a treatment as they have the option of using the leisure centre facilities before their massage treatment.

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Although a massage in itself is extremely beneficial, it can be even more therapeutic when the body is exposed to other relaxing treatments such as, hot baths or ‘hot room’ sessions prior to the massage. Having a relaxing session in a sauna, steam room or a jacuzzi, is an excellent way to prepare the body for a massage. The heat relaxes and softens the muscles making them more responsive to the treatment. It improves the circulation and helps the body to detox, therefore speeding up the process during the massage. 
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Where It All Began For Me
I qualified as a Holistic Massage Therapist in June 2012. I did my training in Green Tara College in Navan. It was a one year part time course, one weekend day a month, and a couple of full weekends to squeeze in all the other good stuff. I really loved this college and the people in it were amazing – always there when you needed a hand, an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on.
Before I enrolled on the course, I went to visit the college and I remember feeling an immediate connection to the place. It was a calming and relaxed environment and It was then that I made the decision to join the course.
I had done a lot of courses over the years but this particular one just seemed to fall into place in my life at the right time and I grabbed it with both hands.
The biggest challenge for me as a student, was that I was 36 years old when I started, I was a wife, a mother to a beautiful little girl and I was holding down a part time receptionist job in the local leisure centre. But the fact that I only had to attend the college one day a month made it a bit easier for me, as it meant that I had plenty of time to get the assessment work done and handed in on time.
One compulsory and very important component of the training with Green Tara is ‘Energy Awareness’. It teaches you to protect yourself from all the stress and tension you are releasing from your clients and how not to bring it all with you when you leave your treatment rooms.
 
 
My advice to anyone who is thinking of training as a therapist is this:
  • Look into all the colleges close by. Visit them and check out all aspects. You will know which one is right for you just like I did.
  • Make sure before you take it on that you have space for it in your life. You want to be able to give it your all without burning yourself out because if that happens, you will be of little use to anyone.
  • Look after yourself mentally and physically
  • Make time for meditation, it will keep you grounded and happy.
  • You need to be caring and kind if you are considering this line of work. Sometimes when people come for a treatment, you may be the only person they have confided in about a problem. It’s important to take care with this, be gentle. Confidentiality is also important.
  • As a therapist you need to be gentle in touch but firm at the same time.
  • Your treatment room needs to reflect the need for calm and quiet.
  • All of this and more will give your client a reason to come back to you.

For anyone interested in this line of work, go for it…. I would really recommend it. I had a great time getting to know the other students on the course but I also got to know myself. It was an awakening for me in many ways!

I have lots of wonderful clients – some I see on a regular basis, some a couple of times a year. The main hassle I had was the whole male idea of what some of then thought a massage entailed. The tv programme “Love Hate” had a lot to do with this !!!!! It really annoyed me, but I soon learned to ignore them.

I really love my work as a therapist and I would like to add to my training with maybe indian head massage or reflexology. I enjoy all the different personalities that walk through my door – strangers coming for their first treatment or friends leaving after the block of treatment is finished !! One particular incident I found most amazing was when one of my clients came to me very stressed out and at the end of her tether. She didn’t have a physical ailment but found that the massage and the time out really worked for her. She comes to see me now on a regular basis. Her body and mind tell her when it is time. After a couple of sessions, it was a like a different woman coming back to see me.
I love to make a difference because I feel life is hard enough without carrying extra baggage.
 
How would I describe myself?
Well, I have been told I’m a good listener, I’m the middle child in our house so I’m the problem solver. I am a little shy and probably over think stuff A LOT !! Love to talk, dance and sing !! Sound a bit mad really ..lol
I have some business on Facebook www.facebook.com/SEOLBEO and you can reach me by email, SEOLBEO@gmail.com  

 So as they say .. That’s a wrap !!

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Elaine, thank you so much for taking time to share with us a part of your life and experience as a massage therapist. I am sure that anyone thinking about pursing a career in holistic therapies, will have lots to think about and will feel inspired and motivated by your story. 
 
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Yes. I’m as Stiff as a Poker!

wpid-2015-10-29_09.46.46.jpgAt last my first class of Ashtanga Yoga had arrived. I had been looking forward to this night for weeks and with my new yoga mat tucked under my arm, I made my way down to our local leisure centre with my daughter Gemma. I bounced in the door at 7pm with an enthusiastic grin on my face. The class had already started so I didn’t get a chance to introduce myself to the group. They all looked comfortable and relaxed stretched out in Savasana pose (also known as Corpse pose) and I couldn’t wait to join in. Gemma grabbed a spot in the far corner of the room with her sister Charlene while I stayed near the door. I spread out my yoga mat and took off my shoes and lay down like a corpse. Yes, this was lovely. Nice and relaxing.

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Yoga is so easy.

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The Reveal.

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The night we had been waiting for. The big reveal! Who was going to be crowned the 2015 winner of Come Dine With Me Please? Who was about to reap the rewards for all their hard work? There was a lot of sweat, blood and tears shed over handpicked tomatoes, cooking the perfect steak, washing blackberries one by one, melted ice-cream and empty water jugs. Not to mention the trauma over the non-existent mouse. Click here to find out what I’m talking about.

I needed to look my best for the winning photo, so I decided to steer clear of alcohol and drink sparkling water for the night. Being the sober one, I offered to taxi my friends to our chosen venue, The Wishing Well Bar & Bistro in Kingscourt – Jackie’s home town. We each invited our guests of honour to join us for our finale but my guest Mary, was partying in Manchester with my husband and Kate was off signing books somewhere. New York I think. Deirdre was free and she was more than happy to join us. 

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Come Dine With Me Please – Part Three.

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I was having a lovely lazy Saturday morning. No rush to do anything expect relax and enjoy a healthy breakfast. I was in no hurry to get dressed and I didn’t care that I looked like I’d been dragged through a hedge backwards. That was until my son alerted me that there was a strange person walking towards our back door. It’s usually only close friends and family that enter our home through the back door, but still I leapt up from the chair in a panic. I made a high-speed dash for the hall door in an attempt to escape my unexpected caller. (The way you do when you’ve just realised that the Mafia have found out where you live!)

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Ashtanga Yoga will Come to Bailieborough.

I tried to learn the practice of yoga about ten years ago but I just couldn’t get into it at the time. Since then I have made several attempts to learn it from books and videos but that didn’t work out for me at all. So I had more or less decided that yoga just wasn’t my thing.

But it has been on my mind a lot recently for many reasons: lower backache, stiff joints that need looking after, poor muscle tone and also my interest in meditation.

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Come Dine With Me Please – Part Two.

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Her house has a name. Mine does not. She sent out invitations. I didn’t! But…..I mustn’t worry myself just yet. It takes more than fancy names and invitations to win Come Dine With Me Please! Continue reading