My Holistic Year 2018

My Holistic Year 2018

What a year it has been for me, so many adventures had, holistic blogs written , books read, places visited, work outs completed, goals accomplished and love and laugher shared.

From the bottom of my heart, to the tips of my toes to the top of my head I want to thank each and everyone one of you that has stayed on this ‘holistic’ journey with me.

In case you missed any of my round up holistic months blogs during the year, just click on each months link and sit back and enjoy the highlights.

January – ✨Word Of The Year✨

February – ✨CrossFit Open✨

March – ✨New York City✨

April – ✨WellGood Challenge✨

May – ✨ WellFest✨

June – ✨ Featured on other sites✨

July – ✨ Powerscourt Estate and Gardens✨

August – ✨ CrossFit Goals✨

September – ✨ Soul Space✨

October – ✨ Guided Meditation✨

November – ✨DoTerra On Tour✨

December – ✨Hot Chocolate Season✨

I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings but for now I’m wishing you all a year full of promise, opportunities, love, laughter, health, wealth ,happiness, magic dust, kindness and holistic happiness.

Stay holistic x

Catherine

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My Holistic December

My Holistic December

Welcome back!

Here’s how December went for me:

A- Z Blog:

In the “A to Z Blog Series” about how my treatments can help with common ailments, I blogged about the letters W, Y and Z.

W is for Wrist Pain

Y is for Your Busy Mind

Z is for Zzzzzz

Click on the links above for each in case you missed one.

Friendsgiving:

At the first weekend in December, I got to experience my very first ‘Friendsgiving’, which was a gathering of friends (both old and new ones) and enjoyed a ‘Thanksgiving’ meal with them . It was such a great evening of gratitude, fun, chat, laughter, eating food , making new friends and of course an hilarious game of heads up. I love this idea and will definitely be doing it again.

Hot Chocolate Season:

As the days are getting shorter and my hands are getting colder, nothing beats holding something warm in them so for the next few months I will taste (for my own personal satisfaction and not an ad for anyone else) a different hot chocolate each week and here are the four I had in December.

-Le Petit Delice – Galway City

-Insomnia ‘on the go’ – Ballindine

-Le Fournil Hot Chocolate Kit Sligo Town.

-Costa – Oranmore

Winter Solstice:

On the 21st of December, we celebrated the shortest day of the year here in the northern hemisphere, another nice gentle reminder from nature to appreciate the time to reflect and rest during the darkening days after Samhain. Reflect on 2018 and write some new and exciting goals, dreams and ambitions for 2019.

Wren Run:

On St. Stephens Day we we took a spin out to Woodford, County Galway and took part in the ‘Wren run’ in aid of Pieta House. This is their third year organising this and it’s no easy job, organising 2 different routes (3km and 6km) tons of sponsors, wonderful prizes, musicians along both tracks and before and after , wren dancers ,the mildest St. Stephens day I’ve seen in years and of course loads of dogs (to entertain me) . Hundreds of people ran, jogged or walked it (I walked and talked all the way around ha ha!) But as ‘blow in’s’ we were very grateful for the warm welcome and wonderful hospitality that everyone had to offer. A beautiful way to get moving after the Christmas feed and such a great cause. Keep an eye out for this next year, it promises only to get better.

Books:

This month I read:

The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas – John Boyne

Oh my God, what can I say about this book that hasn’t been said before only, what took me so long to read it. I know it’s a children’s book but it’s definitely worth a read (or re read) for anyone of any age. But be warned, have the Kleenex at the ready for that ending.

The 5 people you meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom

This was a re read for me. I first found this book about 10 years ago and re read it every couple of years. It’s a simple but nice fictional story about how everyone we meet along our paths in life have some effect on it and vice versa and while you might never know why, it’s important to remember it. It’s kinda reminds me of the Christmas movie ‘it’s a wonderful life’ in a little way. A great little read.

Christmas :

As I’m writing this I’m thoroughly enjoying a beautiful Christmas with familt and friends both in Oranmore,Mayo and Sligo.I hope you are happy, healthy and holistic this holidays wherever you are and whoever you are with.

Stay holistic

Catherine xx

My Holistic November

My Holistic November

Welcome back!

Here’s how November went for me:

A- Z Blog:

In the “A to Z Blog Series” about how my treatments can help with common ailments, I blogged about the letters U and V.

Click on the links below for each in case you missed one

U is for Urinary Systems.

V is for Vertigo

World Kindness Day

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind”.

How did you celebrate World Kindness Day on the 13th of November?

DoTerra On Tour

Had a great evening at the DoTERRA Europe on Tour event.

A sold out night full of inspirational speakers ,tons of knowledge and of course fabulous essential oils.. I even got my hands on the ‘Emotional Oils Kit’:

✨Motivate

✨ Cheer

✨ Passion

✨Forgive

✨Console

✨ Peace

As well as a roll on ‘Beautiful’ and a ‘Green Mandarin’. They all smell absolutely divine and all have such amazing qualities and benefits what’s not to love?

CrossFit Bingo Challenge

I loved the ‘CrossFit Galway Bingo Challenge’ that I took part in, in November. The aim was to complete as many boxes as possible and when you fill a line you get to shout ‘Bingo!’ and enter into the draw at the end of the month. Such a great idea and I pushed myself into doing (or atleast trying new workouts). In the end I got 4 lines complete which I was delighted with . I didn’t manage the personal goal I set (5 strict unbroken pull-ups!) so I’ll continue to work on that and hopefully will have it by the end of the year. Catch all the ones I did complete on the stories on my Instagram profile.

Celtic Series Qualifiers

I was convinced to sign up for the Celtic Series team competition in January so I had to complete the 2 qualifier workouts with these two messers . Here are the before and after team photos but don’t let the smiles fool you though, these workouts are tough ones too.. my grip was fried. But we got through to the finals and will be competing in the ‘fitness’ section so watch this space for January’s update to see how we got on.

Hot Chocolate Season

As the days are getting shorter and my hands are getting colder, nothing beats holding something warm in them so for the next few months I will taste (for my own personal satisfaction and not an ad for anyone else) a different hot chocolate each week and here are the four I had in November.

Mocha Beans – Cross St. Galway

Clayton Crown Hotel – London

Insomnia – Headford Rd. Shopping Centre- Galway

Starbucks – Galway Train Station.

Flu Season:

It’s that nasty time of the year again when all colds,flu’s and bugs are going around.

Have a look at this blog for some tips and hints on how to cope with this time of year.

Books:

This month I read

West Cork – Audible Original

Everyone in Ireland knows this story of the unsolved murder in West Cork in the 90’s and while I didn’t follow the case at the time. This excellent podcast series gives all the details of what happened from all the different sides and really really makes you think twice about everyone involved and how it’s taken the garda and all involved so long to solve it. Honestly I don’t know if ‘he’ did it or not, but I’ll be keeping a close eye on any updates in the future.

The Woman on the Window – A.J. Finn

From the author of ‘The girl on the train’, this psychological thriller is about a lady who from the window of her house sees a crime, or does she. It’s a very good book that I couldn’t put down and really messes with your mind. Definitely worth a read over the holidays.

Happy Christmas:

I know this is the November wrap up but as its December as I type this and we are all in the madness of Christmas parties and present buying, I want to take this time to wish you all a happy, holistic and joyful Christmas season for you and your loved ones.

Stay holistic

Catherine x

My Holistic October

My Holistic October

Hello and welcome back to my monthly round up. I hope you all had a spooky Halloween and are all getting ready for the Christmas season?.

October is one of my favourite months, primarily because it’s my birthday but also what’s not to love about cozy autumnal colours, crispy leafs falling all around, a valid excuse to put some Hygge back into your evenings (and life’s) and of course the beginning of ‘hot chocolate’ season.

Here are the highlights:

A- Z Blog:

In the “A to Z Blog Series” about how my treatments can help with common ailments, I blogged about the letters S and T.

Click on the links below for each in case you missed one.

S is for Sinus

T is for Tennis Elbow

Guided meditation:

At the beginning of October I had a beautiful Guided Meditation with Janine from Gentle Warrior Healing at Fitt Train in Craughwell. This was a free Shamanic Journey to meet your spirit guide or guardian angel . While I’ve never meditated with drums before, Janine explained that it is a simple, ancient practice of meditation and finding answers. It feels more powerful than just a normal meditation because it is a journey and you can feel yourself move into it, and back, and often get lessons or visions during it. It is a way you can connect with your highest self and your guides. I really enjoyed it as I generally prefer guided meditations than silent ones and really felt myself letting go and letting the world outside melt away for the hour. Its definitely something that I will go to again .

World Arthritis Day:

The 12th was World Arthritis Day.

Did you know? Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that causes pain and immobility, ranging from mild to severe.

Did you know? In Ireland around 915,000 people, including 1 in every 1,200 children, are living with arthritis, making it the single biggest cause of disability. (I am one of them).

Did you know? There are over 100 types of arthritis but the most common forms are Osteoarthritis(OA), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (also known as rheumatic arthritis) and Fibromyalgia. Although many symptoms of arthritis are shared across the conditions, like pain, fatigue and inflammation, there are many unique to each disease too.(I have OA).

Did you know? People of all ages are living with arthritis, not just the elderly – the average age of diagnosis for people with RA is 35. (I was 29!).

Did you know? No arthritis cure exists at present and it is not known what causes it. However, there are many medical and non-medical arthritis treatments available that can help you to control your arthritis symptoms. (I got my hip replaced 6 years ago and currently).

Weekend of Crossfit:

We went on a road trip around the country to watch some of the best of Ireland’s CrossFit competitors compete.

First was ‘The Filthy 150’ in Weston Airport (that’s right an actually airport hanger!) and we watched one of the largest Irish CrossFit competitions run through 3 separate hangers, a class set up watching athletes from all levels from beginners to RX competitors and I even got to meet one of my idols.. 2013 CrossFit games champions winner Sam Briggs!

That Sunday we then travelled to Navan to watch the Celtic Box Cup where athletes here competed both indoors and outdoors through tricky workouts.

Well done to both of our teams (from CrossFit Galway) that competed on both days, none of these work outs were easy and yet the team work showed between them is inspiring and it’s days like this that remind me why I love the CrossFit community.

Hot Chocolate Season

As the days are getting shorter and my hands are getting colder, nothing beats holding something warm in them so for the next few months I will taste (for my own personal satisfaction and not an ad for anyone else) a different hot chocolate each week and here are the three I had in October.

-Mint Hot Chocolate in Cafe Temple.

-Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows in Poppyseed.

-Hot Chocolate in Brazco Coffee Academy

Drop me a line if there is a Hot Chocolate that I need to taste nearby and I’ll do my best to get it.

Dublin City Marathon:

October marked the 10 year anniversary since I ran my Marathon and so I went to Dublin to watch my sister and brother run it. This is not a easy feat for anyone and I take my hat off to each and everyone that day and any day that does it. Be Proud of yourself people!

Books:

This book I have read this month,

A Ladder To The Sky – John Boyne

I have to say I’ve really enjoyed any of Boynes other books that I’ve read (favourite was The Hearts Invisible Furies) and I wasn’t disappointed by this one either. Its split into three main sections and tells the tale of a wannabe writer – Maurice Swift and how he will do anything to get an idea for his own books. I won’t spoil it for you but needless to say I didn’t put it down until I was finished and would highly recommend it.

Belle – Lesley Pearse

This fiction book tells the story of a young English teenager who after witnessing a murder is kidnapped and shipped off to a brothel in 1920s New Orleans and it brings us with her on her journey to getting back to her London family. It’s a detailed and some times graphic historical tale who’s author I hadn’t read before but I learned after that’s it’s only the beginning of this characters story and there are other books in the series. It’s nice to know and I can see myself returning to ‘Belle’ again from time to time.

So that’s it a busy October, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Stay holistic

Catherine x

My Holistic October

My Holistic October

Hello and welcome back to my monthly round up. I hope you all had a spooky Halloween and are all getting ready for the Christmas season?.

October is one of my favourite months, primarily because it’s my birthday but also what’s not to love about cozy autumnal colours, crispy leafs falling all around, a valid excuse to put some Hygge back into your evenings (and life’s) and of course the beginning of ‘hot chocolate’ season.

Here are the highlights:

A- Z Blog:

In the “A to Z Blog Series” about how my treatments can help with common ailments, I blogged about the letters S and T.

Click on the links below for each in case you missed one.

S is for Sinus

T is for Tennis Elbow

Guided meditation:

At the beginning of October I had a beautiful Guided Meditation with Janine from Gentle Warrior Healing at Fitt Train in Craughwell. This was a free Shamanic Journey to meet your spirit guide or guardian angel . While I’ve never meditated with drums before, Janine explained that it is a simple, ancient practice of meditation and finding answers. It feels more powerful than just a normal meditation because it is a journey and you can feel yourself move into it, and back, and often get lessons or visions during it. It is a way you can connect with your highest self and your guides. I really enjoyed it as I generally prefer guided meditations than silent ones and really felt myself letting go and letting the world outside melt away for the hour. Its definitely something that I will go to again .

World Arthritis Day:

The 12th was World Arthritis Day.

Did you know? Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that causes pain and immobility, ranging from mild to severe.

Did you know? In Ireland around 915,000 people, including 1 in every 1,200 children, are living with arthritis, making it the single biggest cause of disability. (I am one of them).

Did you know? There are over 100 types of arthritis but the most common forms are Osteoarthritis(OA), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (also known as rheumatic arthritis) and Fibromyalgia. Although many symptoms of arthritis are shared across the conditions, like pain, fatigue and inflammation, there are many unique to each disease too.(I have OA).

Did you know? People of all ages are living with arthritis, not just the elderly – the average age of diagnosis for people with RA is 35. (I was 29!).

Did you know? No arthritis cure exists at present and it is not known what causes it. However, there are many medical and non-medical arthritis treatments available that can help you to control your arthritis symptoms. (I got my hip replaced 6 years ago and currently).

Weekend of Crossfit:

We went on a road trip around the country to watch some of the best of Ireland’s CrossFit competitors compete.

First was ‘The Filthy 150’ in Weston Airport (that’s right an actually airport hanger!) and we watched one of the largest Irish CrossFit competitions run through 3 separate hangers, a class set up watching athletes from all levels from beginners to RX competitors and I even got to meet one of my idols.. 2013 CrossFit games champions winner Sam Briggs!

That Sunday we then travelled to Navan to watch the Celtic Box Cup where athletes here competed both indoors and outdoors through tricky workouts.

Well done to both of our teams (from CrossFit Galway) that competed on both days, none of these work outs were easy and yet the team work showed between them is inspiring and it’s days like this that remind me why I love the CrossFit community.

Hot Chocolate Season

As the days are getting shorter and my hands are getting colder, nothing beats holding something warm in them so for the next few months I will taste (for my own personal satisfaction and not an ad for anyone else) a different hot chocolate each week and here are the three I had in October.

-Mint Hot Chocolate in Cafe Temple.

-Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows in Poppyseed.

-Hot Chocolate in Brazco Coffee Academy

Drop me a line if there is a Hot Chocolate that I need to taste nearby and I’ll do my best to get it.

Dublin City Marathon:

October marked the 10 year anniversary since I ran my Marathon and so I went to Dublin to watch my sister and brother run it. This is not a easy feat for anyone and I take my hat off to each and everyone that day and any day that does it. Be Proud of yourself people!

Books:

This book I have read this month,

A Ladder To The Sky – John Boyne

I have to say I’ve really enjoyed any of Boynes other books that I’ve read (favourite was The Hearts Invisible Furies) and I wasn’t disappointed by this one either. Its split into three main sections and tells the tale of a wannabe writer – Maurice Swift and how he will do anything to get an idea for his own books. I won’t spoil it for you but needless to say I didn’t put it down until I was finished and would highly recommend it.

Belle – Lesley Pearse

This fiction book tells the story of a young English teenager who after witnessing a murder is kidnapped and shipped off to a brothel in 1920s New Orleans and it brings us with her on her journey to getting back to her London family. It’s a detailed and some times graphic historical tale who’s author I hadn’t read before but I learned after that’s it’s only the beginning of this characters story and there are other books in the series. It’s nice to know and I can see myself returning to ‘Belle’ again from time to time.

So that’s it a busy October, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Stay holistic

Catherine x

T is for… Tennis Elbow

T is for… Tennis Elbow

The Holistic Toolkit

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Massage or Reflexology can help with is T for Tennis Elbow.

Tennis Elbow is a strain caused by repetition arm movement and overstretching of the muscles and tendons of the forearm on the outside of the elbow. The pain is felt when you grip with the hand or when the arm is used to lift something. This can be a travelling pain that can be felt moving up and down the arm anywhere from the shoulder to the wrist.

An arm massage is very helpful in loosening these tightened and maybe even inflamed muscles and tendons in the sore arm. It will also help with blood flow and allow more oxygen to be directed into the area, thus allowing it to heal more quickly.

Careful and gentle massage around the elbow and hand joints can also bring relief and comfort…

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S is for… Sinus 

S is for… Sinus 

The Holistic Toolkit

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Reflexology can help with is S for Sinus Issues.

Sinusitis is an infection or inflammation of the sinuses which may cause headaches, a itchy or blocked nose and/or feelings of having a heavy or full head.

Like other aliments I recommend a general Reflexology treatment to start of with which will benefit the persons whole body and will help the person relax into the session.

The Reflexologist will then focus on the sinus reflexes (the tips of each of the toes) and will also rework on the head, the face and the eye reflexes. (all around the toes).


As the sinus issue is also connected to the immune system,  rework of the lungs, the spleen and the lymphatic system reflexes is also recommended to help support a healthier immune system and help fight any infection or issue from becoming worse.

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My Holistic September

My Holistic September

Happy Autumn.. Can you believe we only have 3 months left of 2018?!?

September was a nice relaxing month for me as we had a few days off from the busy work life that we have and took a few days staycation (see below).

Here are the highlights:

A- Z Blog:

In the “A to Z Blog Series” about how my treatments can help with common ailments, I blogged about the letters Q and R.

Click on the links below for each in case you missed one.

Q is for Quadriceps Muscles

R is for Relief from Pain

Kerry and Cork Favourites:

We went to Blarney in Cork and Killarney in Kerry for a few days ‘off’ in September and below is a list of my favourite’s.

⭐️Chocolate shop: Blarney Chocolate Factory.

They have the most amazing selection of ‘mind meltingly wonderful handcrafted chocolate’ and fudge…Devine!!

⭐️Breakfast: Blarney Old Post

Amazing waffles (with Nutella!)

⭐️Wildlife Park – Fota Wildlife Animal Park

A beautiful location and we spent the day walking around the park amongst all the animals. I couldn’t believe how close you can get to them and to be honest I wanted to bring each of them home with me. This is a place for adults and children a like with loads to do and see for the whole family.

⭐️ Waterfall – Torc Waterfall

At the base of Torc Mountain , this can be seen while walking and rambling through the beautiful Killarney National Park.

⭐️ House and Gardens –

Killarney House and Gardens is stunning and located in the centre of the town. It is a complete sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the town. It has history of the town and the house, stunning gardens, beautiful trees and views and cute little cafe shop with the most amazing home made cakes.

⭐️ Walk – Gap of Dunloe

There was too many to choose from here as both places are very ‘walker’ friendly and offer stunning countryside and views but this walk offer stunning views of both Killarney lakes and the MacGillycuddy Reeks.

Soul Space

They wanted to ‘Energise the body, awaken the mind and inspire the spirit’ and Gerry and Miriam (the organisers of Soul Space) surely did that and so much more. Based in the beautiful setting of the Claregalway castle they started with setting some positive morning intentions in the Soul Arena. They had a jam packed timetable planned for the rest of the day and I intended to dip in and out of as many talks as I could.

In the morning , I did some Yin Yoga with ‘ Dublin Yoga. I listened and learned from the stories of Brent Pope and Jessie Barr to name only two of the amazing speakers there.

While in the afternoon I joined the fabulous Sharon for her mindful meditation.

I even became all shy upon meeting Kathryn Thomas and Sile Seoige. These two inspirational ladies that spoke so well on their daily struggles with life, motherhood and working full time jobs.

I said it at the time and I’ll repeat it here. Well done Soul Space, your goal was achieved, I haven’t stopped talking about it since and I can’t wait for next years one already.

World Reflexology Week

Every year in the last week of September reflexologists around the world organise events to celebrate World Reflexology Week, to promote awareness of our wonderful therapy.

For the week I shared links to my blogs on some of the popular benefits of Reflexology on the body.

Click on the word for more information

👣Reflexology and Sinusitis Issues

👣 Reflexology and Insomnia

👣 Reflexology and Headaches

👣Reflexology and The Urinary System

Books

Jojo Moyes – Still Me

If you liked her other books ‘Me Before you’ and ‘After you’..(which I did) you will enjoy this highly-anticipated latest chapter in the life of quirky, lovable Louisa Clark. I read this on holidays and it’s very easy to read and at times laugh out loud. I enjoyed it and was delighted with how the character has grown but I’m happy to say goodbye to her now if that makes sense.

Mary Higgins – I’ve got my eyes on you.

I’ve never read of this authors books before but when I saw she was an New York Times best seller I thought I’d give it a go. This suspense thriller was set in an American house after a murder has taken place. It’s only ok as I guessed too early on ‘who did it’ and I didn’t really care for the characters after that. I don’t think I’ll been reaching for her books again. Sorry

David Mithie – The Dalai Lamas Cat

I listened to this on Audiobook and it’s a charming little tale as seen through the eyes of a little rescue kitten who lives with the house of the Dalai Lama. It explains in lay mans terms (or cat terms) the teachings of Buddhism, the benefits of mediation, mindfulness, kindness, humanity and so much more. I enjoyed this and will look for other books by the author.

Stay holistic

Catherine x

S is for Stress

S is for Stress

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Reflexology can help with is S is for Stress .

While we all know that a certain level of stress, worrying and apprehension is normal in today’s ever changing and busy world.  But if you are getting feelings of anxiety and over stressed on a regular basis it actually may be putting your physical and mental health at risk.

Reflexology aims to clear out the effects of stress while it helps the body to reach a place of deep relaxation where it can balance the body systems.

Two good reflexes for Reflexology and dealing with Stress are as follows:

– The Solar Plexus (Diaphragm Release) is the main area in the body which stores our stress and tension. Applying pressure in this area (the middle of each foot, along the line of the second toe) encourages a state of relaxation and also helps with the breathing to deepen and slow down.

– The Endocrine System controls the bodies hormones and so how this is working will have a positive or negative effect on the body. In a Reflexology treatment particular attention will be paid on the Pituitary Gland (at the top of the big toe) which controls all the hormone activity and this helps restore balance to the body.

When you go for a Reflexology treatment, the Reflexologist will start with a general consultation about you and your lifestyle. It’s very important to be honest with the therapist as this will help you get the best out of the treatment.

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

Stay holistic

Catherine

R is for Relief from pain

R is for Relief from pain

Continuing on with my blog series on common issues that Reflexology can help with is R is for Relief from pain .

Ok ok I know that pain in the body isn’t just caused by one issue but if you have been following this series you will know by now that honestly there isn’t many issues that having a reflexology treatment can not help with.

Pain comes in all shapes and sizes and strengths and volumes but I think the one thing we can all agree is that Relief from it (from which ever form is always welcome) and that’s where a session of Reflexology comes in.

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

After an honest consultation with questions about the clients overall health, their lifestyles, diet, sleep patterns etc. The reflexologist will then work on the reflexes that the pain is most affecting. A good open honest conversation is always important here as the reflexologist uses this information to work on the correct reflexes that will help ease the pain.

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

Stay holistic

Catherine