What I offer
I am a Reflexologist affiliated with the Irish Reflexologist's Institute (IRIL) and the Association of Reproductive Reflexology.
I specialize in, Fertility Reflexology, Antenatal (Maternity) Reflexology and Perimenopause and Menopause Reflexology.
I am also a trained Mindfulness coach accredited by the Irish Mindfulness academy. I offer courses in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)/Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). I am a trained Buteyko Breathwork Practitioner having trained with Patrick McKeown
Healing of the body and mind
Reflexology is an ancient holistic therapy which promotes wellness within an individual. It helps naturally create balance (homeostasis). It involves applying firm but gentle pressure to points on the feet or hands that correspond to organs and systems of the body. It promotes a state of relaxation within the individual which is optimal for healing of the body and mind.
See below for information on Reflexology for Fertility, Antenatal and Perimenopause/Menopause
Mindfulness and Meditation
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment - Buddha
Mindfulness is practice of awareness of the present moment, it is intentionally noticing thoughts and emotions as they arise, non-judgementally. By living in the present moment we avoid getting sucked into negative thinking patterns caused by dwelling in the past or worrying about the future. Mindfulness incorporates the formal practice of meditation and the informal practice of awareness of your thoughts and emotions as they arise from moment to moment.
Neurons that fire together wire together - What you focus on grows
Positive Psychology helps us rewire our brains to focus more on the positive things in our lives and therefore helps us to thrive which in turn makes us more resilient in times of stress. It's primary focus is to help the individual become happier and more fulfilled. It involves making individuals aware of all they currently have to be grateful for without having to seek happiness outside of themselves.
Breathing in life
Buteyko breathing method uses nasal breathing, breath control and breath-holding exercises to treat a wide range of health conditions, including Asthma and Sleep Apnea. The Buteyko breathing techniques have been shown to improve stress, anxiety and general health
Reproflexology™, Antenatal Reflexology, Perimenopause and Menopause Reflexology
Reproductive/ Fertility Reflexology
Reproflexology™ (Reproductive Reflexology) is the study of and treatment of male and female reproductive conditions and fertility issues using reflexology.
Reproductive Reflexology (or Reproflexology™) can be used as a stand-alone treatment to enhance your natural fertility, or with all forms of assisted conception including Clomid, IUI, IVF and ICSI. It can also be used to support individuals and couples using surrogacy or donors in IVF cycles.
Treatment involves using structured and prescriptive treatment protocols, to support couples through all phases of their assisted conception programme.
Regular reflexology during pregnancy relaxes the mother-to-be's mind and body; it consequently facilitates and eases the birth process.
The benefits of Antenatal reflexology include;
Perimenopause and Menopause
Going through 'the change' can be a very challenging time for women. Reflexology can help women to cope with the changes that are happening within their bodies and their minds during this transition.
Perimenopause means 'around menopause' the time leading up to menopause. Its onset will vary from person to person but its symptoms can least for a least a decade.
Women are born with every egg they will ever have. The speed at which the reserve declines increases after the age 35. This decline in ovarian reserve can fluctuate. It isn’t a steady reduction in the number of eggs available, so symptoms and menstrual cycle function will fluctuate alongside this hence why it can last for a decade.
As the number of follicles available decrease we start to see some changes;
Mindfulness and You
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction/ Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Mindfulness in the classroom
I provide an 4 week mindfulness course to national and secondary school students
Mindfulness in the workplace
I provide half day and full day courses for businesses
Mindfulness for families/groups
I provide weekend courses for families
- 2 x 4hr days over two days.
I provide an 8 week course for groups
-8 x 1.5hr sessions one evening a week over 8 weeks.
Louise provided mindfulness classes in our school and the feedback from all members of the school community was overwhelming positive. The pupils really enjoyed it, the teachers learned from it and the parents were really happy with it. We look forward to having further sessions with Louise in the future and I would recommend her to any school.
James Feeney, School Principal
Louise provided mindfulness classes in our school this year. Each session was so informative and Louise educated the children about how the brain works at their level. She provided the children with numerous tools and strategies for coping with worry and anxiety. Louise's sessions had fun, visual, tactile and creative activities to help the children relax and concentrate. Each session was accompanied by handouts to enable the children to practise at home. We have all drawn on Louise's activities for the children to practise mindfulness during the lockdown.
Celine McCole 3rd & 4th Class Teacher
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