Atlantis Éire Holistic Health & Celtic Spirit Magazine

While some people cruise through life without ever giving their spirit a second thought, the search for the meaning of life and death is a desire that some of us just can’t ignore. The process of soul searching can be a long road for some people. It can be confusing, difficult, ambiguous and very often unpredictable. But it can also be the most enlightening and rewarding experience. Finding and connecting with our own spirituality can be life changing in so many ways.

Searching for your Spiritual Path

Whether it’s an easy or difficult journey, I’m sure we all have one thing in common – we yearn to satisfy our curiosity about the spirit and our universe. Some of us will be forever curious about the mysteries of life and will spend an eternity searching for something we may never find.

We all seek different answers and explanations. What might satisfy the curiosity of one person, may not necessarily satisfy the next. There are many beliefs and ancient myths about spirituality and life & death. What we need is to be open minded about these beliefs in order to find what resonates with us. Learn from each other’s experiences and follow your own heart because it’s your spirit and your journey.

Reading is one of the most effective ways of learning. Atlantis Éire Magazine is a source of information that can help you to find your path.

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Love Your Personality & Don’t Hide it Away.

Oh dear! My alter ego, Miss Personality herself, Tasheenga, is not happy that her blog hasn’t been entered into the V by Very Blog Awards. I think she feels a little bit left out! Her blog is still a fledgeling and maybe next year she’ll get the opportunity to shine. If she behaves!

She gets very annoyed at me when I instruct her to stay calm and quieten down. Sometimes she tries to help but quite often her input can hinder a situation rather than improve it.

Occasionally I allow her to help me to write my posts on We Are Holistic, but she’s safer over on her own little blog. She can rant and rave all she wants in her own little corner of the internet. Yes, I do value her input but I can’t let her think that she can completely take over. I need to balance all the different parts of myself. Ashamedly, I have to admit, I did try to keep her a secret but by following the advice of a very wise friend, I revealed the true identity of Tasheenga. 

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Rainbow Therapies With Sharon Bingham.

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Hi everyone. My name is Sharon Bingham and I’ve been a therapist for around 10 years. I’ve been interested in complimentary therapies for a long time now and although I do believe in orthodox medicine, I will try to find a natural remedy first. 

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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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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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Homeopathy for SAD.

In a follow-up to my last post ‘You can be Happy When you Have SAD‘ Noirín Carr McGarrigle very kindly took time to share her recommendations for treating SAD with homeopathy.

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“You can be Happy When you Have SAD”.

We’re all allowed to feel gloomy or sad every now and then, regardless of what season it is, but do you find yourself struggling on a daily basis with feelings of sadness and depression as soon as the winter months arrive? Would you rather sleep than make love, only to lie awake half the night feeling anxious about everything and anything? Do you find the long dark evenings depressing?

It is possible that you may be suffering from a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder, more commonly known as SAD. Other symptoms you may experience with this condition are irritability, mood swings, difficulty getting up in the mornings and a craving for carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta. The most obvious sign that you may be suffering from SAD is that the symptoms come and go at the same time every year, more commonly during the dark winter months: December, January and February in particular. Continue reading

A Beautiful Aromatherapist!

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Have you ever had that moment in your life when you thought to yourself, ‘Dreams really can come true’? I had that moment just a couple of months ago. It was a moment when everything seemed complete and wholesome. I had just become a beautiful aromatherapist at the age of 48 and it was a wonderful feeling! I left Green Tara College after sitting my final exams and I had tears of joy and happiness in my eyes. This was everything that I had worked so hard for. Yet again I told myself, “I am strong, loving and powerful”.

Making Changes

My name is Eileen Smyth and I started my career as a bank clerk when my son was eight months old and for many years I enjoyed my work but I later found myself wishing for a new career. I longed to be in an environment where I could be myself. I wanted to explore my creative side and find out what else I was good at. It was when I reached the age of 40 I felt I had to change a lot of things in my life. Bit by bit I did make changes and I’m still making them.

When I fell into ill health as a result of a very bad back and ended up on crutches for nine months, I found myself in a situation where I had no choice but to make some major decisions. I decided that I had come to the end of my career in the bank and after eighteen years in a pensionable job, I resigned. During this time there was a lot of uncertainty in my life and I had a fear of the future, especially in terms of financial independence. Here I was, embarking on a whole new journey with no fixed agenda, except a yearning to do something with my life. Something for me!

A New Beginning

Still feeling crippled with my back problems, I began to explore ways in which I could self heal. I became interested in energy and chakra healing and I began experimenting with angel meditations. I then decided that I wanted to learn more about reiki. In April 2014 I visited Green Tara College where I met with College Director, Majella Fagan. I was immediately captured by Majella’s obvious passion for reiki healing and the peaceful and harmonious energy in the college really impressed me. And so began my journey of self healing.

I completed levels one and two in reiki and I absolutely loved it. I was enthralled by the whole holisitic approach of Green Tara College and I knew that I was on the right path. I wanted to take my holistic therapy training to the next step and with so many therapies to choose from, I couldn’t decide which one I wanted to study. Since anatomy and physiology (A&P) is a mandatory unit in the ITEC diploma courses that Green Tara has to offer, I decided to enrol in this to get a head start.

Finding my Inspiration

When I left my job in the bank I moved out of town into a lovely little cottage surrounded by beautiful fields and plenty of places to walk our dog Bruce. It is while I’m out walking in the peace and quiet that I am at my happiest and it’s a time when I like to meditate and ask for guidance about what is next for me. Throw it all out to the universe! This is also a time when I feel inspired to try new things. New ideas! I decided that I wanted to be an aromatherapist. This wasn’t exactly a new idea because aromatherapy is a subject I have always had a special interest in. Down through the years I have enjoyed making lip balms, bath salts, facial creams and blending oils for treating aches and pains. I love the synergistic effect of the oils and I enjoy experimenting with them. I have always been very much aware of the diverse effects of the individual aromas on our emotions. Many years ago I worked for a wine and spirits company and I very often nosed drinks for them. I was known as a “good nose” in the company and I really did get a kick out of this.

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As soon as I made the decision to sign up for the ITEC diploma in aromatherapy, I was very excited about it. Excited about the fact that I was now on the road to becoming a qualified aromatherapist and I will learn how to mix unique personal blends for my clients. I started in November 2014 and I was hooked from day one. When our lovely teacher Gloria, explained the concept of aromatherapy and how it works, I was intrigued. Although I had some insight into the world of essential oils, I knew I had so much to learn. I made a personal commitment there and then that I was going to become the best aromatherapist I possibly could be.

My Highs and Lows

By this stage I was half way through my A&P course and the exams were approaching, so I was a little bit stressed to say the least. I found it very factual and quite difficult. I couldn’t afford to fall behind. I learnt the importance of staying focused and sticking to a study plan. My biggest challenge was keeping my nerves and anxiety from holding me back – I get very nervous when I’m under pressure – so I had to work very hard at staying calm. I use affirmations and my favourite one during times like this is, ‘I am strong, loving and powerful’. When I got the call to tell me I had successfully passed my A&P I was absolutely thrilled. It gave me a boost in confidence and encouraged me to push forward.

The weeks flew by after this and in no time we were half way through our aromatherapy course. I absolutely loved the aromatherapy lectures and I looked forward to each class so much. The encouragement and enthusiasm of our teacher was outstanding. I loved everyone in the class and we had many laughs. We really were a great bunch of budding aromatherapists.

I am an honest person and I do not mind sharing that I did struggle enormously with learning the massage. This was my biggest fear! I did not feel good enough. From the moment we started to learn the massage routine I struggled. I felt awkward and clumsy and I found it extremely difficult with my back being so bad. Some days I was very stiff and sore and I felt like crying and running out the door. I also struggled with my self confidence. There were times when I just froze during class and wasn’t able to think – as if my mind just shut down.

I come across as being a very sociable and chatty person. I look well and can present a very positive and competent attitude, but inwardly I struggle during times like this. It brought back some sad childhood memories for me. I was bullied and picked on by a teacher when I was in primary school and it is something that I have had to come to terms with as part of my own personal healing journey. This was about me and nobody else and it was up to me to overcome it.

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Honesty

I believe what helped me the most was being honest with myself, my teacher Gloria and my class mates. I was not afraid to ask for help. One day I picked up the phone to Gloria (who I always received plenty of good advice from) and I explained how bad I was feeling.

This really helped me. During my low points, my self esteem would slip and yet what comforted me was the fact that I knew I was not giving up. I have had some low points in my life and I have had to pick myself up and carry on as best as I could. Now I had discovered in myself a new determination. What also helped me throughout many challenges in my life was my faith and spirituality. I used meditations, walks, many prayers seeking guidance and reassurance and regardless of how I felt at times, I found this to be of great benefit.

Learning to Say ‘No’

Outside of the lecture room and away from the banter of my ‘Aroma Buddies’, I threw myself into my work. I found the case studies quite challenging but I enjoyed doing the consultations for clients and making up the blends for them. It was interesting to see how they progressed from week to week. In order to keep up with the case studies I had to remain focused and firm in my decision to say ‘no’ at times to family members and friends. Although this was difficult at times, ‘no’ had to really mean ‘no’! Definitely a word we all need to learn how to use effectively.

As the exam dates approached, the pressure was on in the college. We had to start putting all our new found knowledge together like a jigsaw puzzle. Perfect our practical skills, get our timing right, display our understanding of hygiene and safety regulations and the importance of client care and communication. By now we had to be more particular about blending our oils to perfection and work hard at improving our oral skills. I was very scared by now.

A Friend in Need

I got along particularly well with one of my class mates Dawn. I teamed up with her and she came around to my house every week from March until exam day. We worked really hard together and kept each other motivated. We laughed and we cried but we stuck together because we were so committed. We made up funny poems (which I don’t think I’ll ever forget) about the chemical constituents of essential oils to help us learn them. I did this a lot to help me remember things associated with aromatherapy and A&P. I would highly recommend this as part of a study plan.

I always say that if I could put Dawn into a bottle, I would label it ‘The Best Tonic Ever’. She really kept me going at this stage of my training. She had the ability to make my world brighter and more beautiful.

Practice Really Does Make Perfect

Because of my bad back, I personally felt that I was weaker at massage than the other students. It was the thorn in my side and it meant I had to work extra hard to keep up the pace. This proved to me though, that it really is possible to achieve anything once you put the work in. Practice really does make perfect!

Dawn and I kept up the pace until the final exams on the weekend of the 6th and 7th June and along with the other students we completed our final exams. The atmosphere in the college that day was amazing. All the students were looking so well groomed and professional. I put my heart and soul into it that weekend and I felt very proud to have come so far. And even though I was nervous I kept it under control and didn’t let it show. I just kept repeating to myself, “I am strong, loving and powerful”. We all received very positive feedback from the examiner. We all did extremely well and we were so proud of ourselves. I even thought to myself, ‘What was I worrying about?’

When I left the college that day, I knew I was highly capable and yes, I had become a beautiful aromatherapist.

My Future

The experience of studying in Green Tara College as a mature student has helped me enormously. I have gained more confidence despite my inward struggles and I feel I have healed some more. I am excited about my future and I look forward to developing my skills further.

I have a fondness for the story of how French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé realized the exceptional healing qualities of lavender essential oil as far back as 1910. This piece of history along with my love for aromatherapy and the french language, prompted me to choose the words ‘J’adore L’aromathérapie’ for my business card caption. I aspire to be the best therapist I can be and take special care of my clients and it is my aim to share my new found and on-going knowledge with those who come my way.

Advice

Yes it’s a cliché, but “If I can do it, anybody can do it”. Sometimes, the first step is making the decision in the first place. Follow your heart and start as you mean to go on. When you are passionate about something, you will learn more and you will have the motivation to carry on. Draw up a study plan and stick to it. Be consistent with your studies. Keep on top of the case studies as they are very time consuming but they are a very important part of the learning process. If you are struggling, say so and confide in someone you trust in. A problem shared is a problem halved. Team up with like minded people. Remember to put yourself first and learn how to say no. It is also very important to take time out for yourself. Keep a journal of your dreams and ideas and tick them off when you complete them. Keep believing in yourself. Things are not always how we imagine or perceive them to be. You don’t know what is around the corner for you.

Thank you Green Tara College

I am grateful for what I have learned in Green Tara College. My journey with holistic therapies began here and no doubt part of it will continue here. It has been a wonderful experience for me and I will always remember the great support that I received from the college staff, my family and my friends.

Well done Eileen

Thank you so much Eileen for sharing your story. I have no doubt that you will be a very compasionate therapist and I wish you all the best for the future. You can connect with Eileen and learn more about her on Linkedin

 

 

Study More and Stress Less .

Whether you’re a teenager finding it hard to study for your secondary school exams, a young adult in college or a mature student seeking a new career, the one thing you possibly all have in common is, higher than usual stress levels. You’ve worked hard to get to this point and you want to pass with flying colours. Possibly lots of sweat and tears have been shed along the way and it’s only natural that you feel under pressure to do well. It’s not easy to fit in all the hours required to get through all your revision and studying but you owe it to yourself to take as much time and help as you need to get you through it.

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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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