My Holistic October

My Holistic October

Here’s whats been keeping me busy for the month of October:

A- Z Blog Series
The last letters in my blog series about how Massage or Reflexology (my treatments) can help with common aliments went live. Click on the links below for each in case you missed one.

W is for … Wrist Pain

Y is for… Your Busy Mind

Z is for…Zzzzz

X is the only letter in the alphabet that I didn’t have a common aliment for but if you have any suggestions for this letter, please do drop me an email.

 

100th Blog Post

I’ve been blogging for just over 2 years and I was delighted to hit the 100 blog milestone during October. I couldn’t do it without your likes,comments,follows and encouragement so thank you so so much from the bottom of my heart. Here’s to 100 more.




Massage Therapy Awareness Week

It was Massage Therapy Awareness Week in the U.S. in October so each day for the week on Instagram I put up a post highlighting some of the numerous benefits that Massage can have on the body.  For more indepth information on the wonderful benefits of Massage, check out some of my previous blogs here .

Hygge

Have you started your Hygge season?

Read all about some of my suggestions in “My Hygge Dictionary” blog.

   

Filthy 150

I went to support “himself” at the Filthy 150 Team fitness event in Dublin during October. A great event with teams participating from all over Ireland from beginners to advanced athletes competing for the podium finishes. I had a great few days cheering people on, drinking coffee, eating muffins, fitness window shopping and of course meeting the Crossfit Games athletes that were invited along for the event.

Here i am with Kari Pearce – the fittest woman in America (and 10th in the world) and Jamie Greene, 8th fittest at the 2017 CrossFit games and Sam and Jen Dancer (Regional Athletes). Such lovely people and I wish them all the best in next years Games. Just a normal Sunday really!! lol


   

Books 

Following on from Hygge, one of my new goals is to make more time for reading this season so I will also let you know all about whats currently on my bedside table and in turn I would love if you could recommend any good books for me and my followers.

This month I read:

‘The Mystery of Mercy Close’ by Marian Keyes- a very light hearted chic lit set in Ireland. This was funny enough and you could guess the ending but still nice and easy to read.

‘Christmas Under the Stars’ by Karen Swan – a romantic novel set in the Canadian snow mountains and was quite weepy at times. I love Karens novels so highly recommended.

‘Together is Better’ by Simon Sinek – a little book of inspiration. This is a beautifully written and illustrated book full or wisdom, quotes and inspiration.

Thats it folks…hope you enjoyed my October round up.

 

Stay holistic

Catherine

 

 

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cakes

Lemon Poppy Seed Cakes

Autumn Sundays are for baking! 👍🏻 This recipe was inspired from Derval O Rourke’s one in her book “Food for the Fast Lane”.
Ingredients: 

For the cakes:

185 ml milk

40 grams of poppy seeds

185 grams of unsalted butter

220 gram caster sugar

3 eggs

300 grams of self raising flour

1 lemon zest

For the lemon icing: 

300 grams icing sugar

Juice from 1 lemon


(All of the above can be bought at your local shop, I got mine in Tesco!)

Instructions:

Heat the milk and mix the poppy seeds into it and leave to mix for 15 minutes.

Whisk the softened butter and caster sugar together.

Add the eggs in one at a time and whisk until fluffy.

Add the flour, milk mixture and lemon zest.

Whisking all the time until the batter is thicken. This will take a few minutes.


Pour the mixture into baking tins (greased and lined with parchment paper)

*I divided it here and put into 2 smaller tins as I didn’t have one large one.

Bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean on 150 degrees.

Set aside to cool while you make the lemon icing.

To make this, mix the icing sugar and lemon juice in a bowl until smooth.

Pour as required over the cakes.

*I had icing on one cake and left one without.

(Not bad for my first attempt)

Enjoy!
Stay holistic

Catherine 

My Hygge dictionary 

My Hygge dictionary 

Its Hygge time and I’m super excited! 

To me that means, early Autumn/Winter nights in, wrapped up walks out in the multi coloured country side, woolie scarves and gloves, cosy open fires , a very valid excuse for hot chocolate on a crisp fresh morning, fluffy socks and candles (plenty of candles!).

Below are some Hygge words that might help you get more Hygge yourself this season:  

1. Fredagshygge 

Having a slow day with green tea/ hot chocolate , some candles, Netflix or music, an open fire and either fluffy socks or a blanket and not moving. For me this is normally a friday evening or a Sunday morning. 

2. Hyggebusker 

That pair of pajama’s or as I call pre pajamas that are so comfortable that you melt into them the minute you get home but would never wear them outside the house. Strictly indoor use only. 

3. Hyggehkrog

The corner of your house (or room) where you can sit and have some Hygge time. For me it’s my recliner by the fire with a book or Netflix. 

4. Hyggesnak

Cosy conversation with others that doesn’t touch on controversial issues. A catch up and laugh with friends are the best ones. This can happen anytime or anyplace. 

I hope this helps you understand and experience some Hygge this season and do please share with me in the comments how you experience your Hygge. 



Stay holistic 

Catherine

Z is for….Zzzzz

Z is for….Zzzzz

After 25 letters we are on the final episode in my blog series on common aliments that Reflexology can help with and no better one to finish than with “Z is for Zzzzz’s” and how to get a good nights sleep.

Many people experience sleeping issues for a number of different reasons and like any ailments, its important to have an honest and open consultation with your reflexologist before you have any treatments so that they can identify some of the reasons why you might not be getting enough “zzzz’s”.

As a Reflexologist I will work on the individual systems that may be causing your body issues. Then I will focus on the nervous system as this will help induce relaxation and thus slow the body’s reactions to anything that may be causing it to be stressed and help with any sleeping issues.

In a session, I will pay particular attention on the head reflex, brain reflex (the big toes), spine reflex (down the inside of each foot ) and solar plexus (the centre of each foot) reflexes on the foot.

In general I recommend 4 -6 treatments for any real and long lasting effects to happen in the body.

Stay holistic

 

Catherine

My Holistic September

My Holistic September

In case you missed it here is what’s kept me busy in September.

 

A- Z Blog Series
The next 4 letters in my blog series about how Massage or Reflexology (my treatments) can help with common aliments went live. Click on the links below for each in case you missed one.


S is for… Sinus

T is for…Tennis Elbow

U is for … Urinary System 

V is for… Vertigo
World Reflexology week

It was World Reflexology week, the 18th to the 24th of the month and each day for the week on Instagram I put up a Reflexology post highlighting the numerous benefits of the treatment. I was also honored when I was named on Facebook as one of the top 20 Reflexologist blogs on the web (by blog.feedspot.com). Check it out here if you haven’t already seen it.

Crossfit goals! 

I set myself a goal after the CrossFit games of been able to climb the rope in the gym. After many (failed) attempts and watching numerous YouTube videos on the correct foot grip, I finally achieved it. The first one wasn’t pretty and I think I scared the coach (Coach B) a bit when I realized 15 foot up I hadn’t a clue how to get down!! ha ha. But I’ve done it a few times since and I actually enjoy it. That’s me sorted now if I ever need to climb my way out of a 15 foot deep well or something!! Lol

14 day meditation challenge

In September I started and completed a 14 day meditation challenge that I followed on Mind Body Green with Light Watkins and really enjoyed it. Whilst I can’t say a lot about it at the moment as I written a blog post about it for another site. I thoroughly enjoyed how I felt from during it every day and have continued my practice of it. Meditation is great for busy minds and bodies and it’s beneficial to all. I hope to be able to share my findings in it with you all shortly.

GAA championship

As we all know by now my beloved Mayo didn’t win this years All Ireland GAA football championship. While I spent it in a Dublin pub after the usual last minute ( and unsuccessful this time) scramble for a ticket I watched men and women of all ages walk away from it with saddened and sombre hearts I couldn’t help but still feel proud of a team  that brought such hope and belief into their fans lives. They did so much and brought us all together for the past few months and I know while this season is over, we will all be back again in 2018 with them to do it all again. You have heard it here first  ‘Mayo for Sam 2018’


Wild Atlantic Way

Speaking of Mayo I got to spend a beautiful weekend in a beautiful part of it at the end of the month and absolutely nothing beats the feeling you get when you are standing on the edge of Europe with the winds from the wild Atlantic way blowing through your hair. Fresh air, wild white waves and beaches that go on for miles are some of the best natural cures for most things.

Till next month! Stay holistic
Catherine x

Coconut Chocolate Macaroons 

Coconut Chocolate Macaroons 

It’s been a while since I blogged about homemade snacks here and as its Autumn and we are spending more and more time in the house I thought I’d start it up again for the next few months.

First up is a recipe given to me during the week and so below is my take on the ‘Odlums Coconut Macaroons’.

Recipe

1 tin Sweetened Condensed Milk

200g Desiccated Coconut

2 Egg Whites

Pinch of Salt

100 grams of cooking chocolate for top


Method

1. Mix the condensed milk and coconut into a bowl.

2. Seperate the egg whites and beat with a pinch of salt and beat.

3. Fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture.

4. Spoon the mixture, slightly apart, on thea grease proof  prepared baking tin.

5. Bake for about 15-20 minutes (preheated to 180) or until just golden brown, making sure to watch them as they can burn easily.

6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes on a wire tray to cool.

7. Melt the chocolate and pour/drizzle over as desired.

8. Allow to set in the fridge.

9. Eat and enjoy!

Stay holistic

Catherine x 

Y is for… Your busy mind

Y is for… Your busy mind

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Massage can help with is Y for “Your busy mind”.

If you suffer from the inability to sit down and do nothing, or cant sleep at night with all the thoughts going around your head or continuously moving on to the next task without finishing the first task you might be suffering from “busy mind syndrome” and could benefit from an Indian Head Massage.

Indian Head Massage is an excellent massage for anyone suffering with a busy mind as the therapist will work not only on the clients neck but also shoulders, face and scalp which are all connected by muscles and nerves.

In a Indian Head Massage treatment, the client will be sitting up straight and the therapist will use a mixture of gentle and deeper pressured movements to help release any tensions and stresses, working around the face and through the clients hair also.

This massage can also help with relieving fatigue, insomnia, headaches, and sinusitis. The experience is deeply calming and relaxing, leaving a feeling of increased energy, better concentration and revitalisation.

 

Stay holistic x

 

Catherine

 

 

 

 

W is for…Wrist Pain

W is for…Wrist Pain

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help with is W for Wrist Pain.
As the wrists are weight bearing joints, they can be subject to many diffferent pains, aches, sprains and strains. For example , carpel tunnel, repetitive stress or arthritis.

Research has shown that regular arm, wrist and hand massage can help with reducing pain and stiffness and once you have a honest consultation with your massage therapist about your wrist pain, they can adjust the pressure of the massage.
A good massage therapist will work on the wrist and hand muscles and will use different pressures and stokes depending on the clients own needs. This massage is a shorter massage but done regularly can have positive results in resulting wrist pain.
Stay holistic

Catherine x

V is for… Vertigo

V is for… Vertigo

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help with is V for Vertigo.

Vertigo is often caused by an inner ear problem and this can lead to a person feeling faint or dizzy, or that the world is spinning and/or feelings of been off balance.

A general Reflexology treatment to start of with, will benefit the persons whole body and will help the person relax into the session.

The Reflexologist will then focus on the reflexes of the particular area required on the foot.

The ears and the throat reflex are the initial reflexes (the bottom of the little toes and the big toe) to work on and then I would rework the head, spine and brain reflexes also. Sometimes Vertigo can lead to an upset stomach so the stomach reflex is also worked on.

As always a good honest consultation with your Reflexologist at the start will help determine the best treatment for you and your particular issue but in general I recommend 4 -6 treatments for any real and long lasting effects to happen in the body.

Please note, if you do suffer from any of the above issues, it is always recommended that you obtain medical advise before you try any reflexology treatment as while it may aid recovery, it is not to be used as a substitute.

 

Stay holistic

 

Catherine

 

U is for Urinary System 

U is for Urinary System 

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help with is U for Urinary issues. Such as Urinary Infections, Cystitis, Kidney Stones or any other inflammatory of the Urinary system you might experience.

A general Reflexology treatment to start of with, will benefit the persons whole body and will help the person relax into the session.

The Reflexologist will then focus on the reflexes of the particular area required on the foot.

The main reflexes are the Kidneys, the Ureter and the Bladder and they can be found on each of the feet. The Kidneys are half way down the foot (straight down the second toe) and the Bladder reflex on the inside of the foot just below the heel of your foot.

Like other treatments the Endocrine and the Lymphatic system is also worked on here. As always a good honest consultation with your Reflexologist at the start will help determine the best treatment for you and your particular issue but in general I recommend 4 -6 treatments for any real and long lasting effects to happen in the body.

Please note, if you do suffer from any of the above issues, it is always recommended that you obtain medical advise before you try any reflexology treatment as while it may aid recovery, it is not to be used as a substitute.

 

Stay holistic

Catherine