A Healer Working in The NHS! Wendy’s Story.

Hello everyone,

My name is Wendy and I’m here to tell you about how I went from being a cynical non-believer, to an accredited healer working in the NHS. I hope you enjoy my story and most of all, I hope some of you feel inspired by it.

My Story.

Thirty six years ago my dearest friend Elaine lost her husband while he was carrying out his duties as a fireman. Rescuing a cat from a tree, would appear to be one of the easiest and straight forward tasks expected from a fireman, so it’s hard to imagine how it can result in him losing his life.

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Angels Dancing with Andrew.

A big hello to you all and a special thank you to Gloria for inviting me as a guest blogger. I’m bowled over by the kindness and support I’ve received from people in the Holistic field.

I’ve certainly had an adventurous life so far – it’s been anything but boring, something I appreciate, as I dislike drudgery or monotony.

The angels have always figured in my life since I was a child. I was fascinated by their otherworldliness, gentleness, kindness and sense of humour. 

wp-1479468927426.jpgHowever, it was as an adult that things began to take off. I had the odd experience of them when I was in the Franciscans for several years. One time I awoke to see two pillars of light at the bottom of my bed. They were both golden or yellow in colour but one was thicker than the other. I instinctively knew they were my angels and said hello to them before falling back to sleep.

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Soulful, Meaningful & Practical Connection.

It is through my sheer willingness to embrace and encompass all of my spiritual gifts.  This is proof of my commitment to my life’s journey as my soul directs.

It brings me great joy to be in a position to provide clients with my unique coaching style conversation that goes deeper, provides more insight and clarity and creates the space and the way for clients to move forward with greater ease.

But I am also conscious of our perception of science and spirituality. Therefore, I have invested time and energy to train in modalities, some of which are more scientific in nature, others more about healing and are spiritually inclined.

It is a significant part of my mission and purpose.  That of being the tangible link that is the holy triad of Body, Mind & Spirit.  I will compassionately work towards bridging that gap between science and spirituality.  I will be a prodigy of the new edge and the intuitive mapping and spiritual guided approach to life.

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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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From 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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The Caring Touch From Denise O’Connell.

When I ask holistic therapists what they like most about their job, I get mixed answers. But the one thing that is common with most is that they find their job very rewarding. They like to help people and they get pleasure in knowing that they helped to improve the quality of another person’s life.

Some therapists are natural carers and good listeners. Some have to work at improving their skills and that’s good. We can never know enough and there’s always room for improvement. A holistic therapist has certain characteristics, (which you can read about here) many of which are important qualities to have when working with sick or vulnerable people. This is an area that many therapists are naturally drawn to while others may not feel so confident and choose to work within their comfort zone.

Following on from a post I published recently about holistic care of the elderly, Denise O’Connell kindly got in touch to share with us some advice and information about working in a care environment.

Denise from Co. Kilkenny is a qualified complementary therapist with over 15 years of clinical experience, mainly in the field of aromatherapy massage and reflexology. She is particularly drawn to pre and post natal care, cancer care and end of life care. Denise is the co-founder of Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre, which is affiliated with the Irish Cancer Society. She offers complementary therapies in two district hospitals in her locality – mainly hand massage, back massage and limited reflexology.

Being very much aware of the importance of maintaining skin integrity in older people, Denise takes great care by using her own homemade skin creams and balms, myskin.ie. Her products are certified, contain only natural ingredients, and they’re not tested on animals, an aspect which I am always in favour of.

The treatment times vary between 5-20 minutes per client. Cancer patients who receive treatments from Denise are funded through a local cancer support charity and non-cancer patients pay for the service themselves. To enhance her work Denise has done further education in clinical aromatherapy, courses in death and dying and palliative care.

Of course, working with the elderly does not necessarily mean that you will be dealing with death and dying, but as long as you work in this environment, there is an increased chance that someday you will find yourself faced with this prospect. If you feel drawn to working with the elderly or terminally ill patients, you would benefit greatly from doing some training around issues that carers deal with while tending to very sick patients. Open University offers distance learning courses in death and dying/palliative care. By doing a course such as this, you would learn how to deal with many issues that surround death. Your caring skills will be enhanced as you learn how to best deal with grief and bereavement.

The provision of complementary therapies is now quite often a part of individual care plans in many eldercare facilities. Find out if your local hospital, hospice, care home or retirement centre offers these therapies. You could pay them a visit and introduce yourself or simply drop in your CV. Bear in mind that in order to work in a care environment, you must have Garda vetting, a tax clearance certificate and suitable insurance cover.

Denise highly recommends ‘From the Heart Through the Hands: The Power of Touch in Caregiving’ by Dawn Nelson. This book offers invaluable advice and information to anyone wishing to improve their communication skills through touch. It explains how the power of practiced and skilled touch can benefit sick and elderly people.

Connect with Denise on her myskin.ie Facebook page and Twitter

 Thank you very much Denise for getting in touch with We are Holistic. You are always welcome to stop by and share with us any advice and inspiration that will benefit therapists in all areas of the profession.

Holistic Care of the Elderly.

Age is a question of mind over matter

Old age creeps up pretty quickly and that’s for sure. My 10 year old grandson said to me recently, ‘Nanny, you’re not very old, you’re just old and granda’s not very very old, he’s just very old’. That’s my father he’s talking about there, who is only in his 70s, which is not even considered elderly in some countries. But in the eyes of a 10 year old, a 47 year old woman is old! Not good news for us that have been told that life begins at 40! My grandson and I need to have a very serious talk.

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