The Whisperings of Nature. Book Review.

Tranquility in Poetry & Nature!

‘The Whisperings of Nature’ is an endearing little poetry book written by Caroline Cunningham. This is Caroline’s first published book of poetry and it represents her ‘stepping into the light’ with her written work.

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Seaweed Bath – Home or Away!

Seaweed baths

My first experience of a seaweed bath was about ten years ago in Enniscrone. After a long walk on the fabulous sandy beach, my husband took me along to Kilcullen’s Seaweed Baths. Although Stephen had been raving about these baths for quite some time, he didn’t give away too much detail so I was a little bit unsure of what to expect. As I am a lover of the sea and all that goes with it, Stephen was quite certain that I would fall in love instantly with the seaweed baths. And he was right – I did fall in love with them!

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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.’


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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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
I have some business on Facebook and you can reach me by email,  

 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.


Yoga is so easy.

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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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“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

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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From Hectic Days to Fragrant Ways.

Another hectic day in the life of you! Wouldn’t it be great if you could just toddle off to a luxurious spa every time your mind silently screams, ‘My God, I think I’m going crazy!’

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Family life can be extremely stressful and as much as you love your demanding little tots and your hormonal moody teenagers, it’s great to escape now and again. Okay, so it’s not practical or affordable for you to book a spa break at the drop of a hat, but with a little bit of imagination, careful planning, and a little aromatherapy, you can reduce your stress levels while at the same time creating a calming and relaxing atmosphere in your home. Continue reading