My Holistic February

My Holistic February

Hello Spring and welcome to my round up of February and whats been happening with The Holistic Toolkit:

A- Z Blog

In the “A to Z Blog Series” about how Massage or Reflexology (my treatments) can help with common ailments, I blogged about the letters C and D.

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

C is for Colds

D is for Digestive Issues.

My CrossFit Goals

Back in January I stated here that one of my goals was to do at least 2 out of the 5 of the CrossFit Open workouts RX (as prescribed) and last week the first Open workout was released and I am thrilled that I completed this RX and not only that, it involved one of my newest movements – toes to bar !

Considering this time last year I had no toes to bar, I completed nearly 6 round of them.. that’s 48 reps .. I was delighted with myself. The 15kg dumbbell for the clean and jerks wasn’t easy though and I had a fine bruise on my left shoulder to prove it.

Such excitement in CrossFit Galway with both novice and more experienced members giving it a go. I really can’t wait to see what the rest of the Open workouts are now.

6 Nations Match

I experienced my first ever international rugby match in the Aviva stadium in February , the 6 nations Ireland versus Italy match with himself. As an avid GAA supporter and more used to Croke Park than the Rugby pitch it was great to feel the excitement when the whole country comes together and cheers for the same team. Of course they won too and that’s even sweeter!

Spotted on other sites:

I was delighted to be nominated for the Liebster Award by Emily from “Healthy and Golden”. The purpose of it is for bloggers to provide each other with a platform to be discovered, which hopefully allows people to find other bloggers they are interested in. I think this is such a wonderful and fun way to share the amazing bloggers out there, either just starting or building up their profile. You never know what you can learn from somebody else. I continued with this award and nominated 11 other bloggers blog.

Have a read of it here if you missed it.

National Random Act of Kindness was the 17th of the month and it was also the anniversary of when I did a blog about it for the ladies over on Count Her in.

Have a read of it here if you missed it.


This month I read:

‘Into The Water’ – Paula Hawkins

I listened to this on Borrow Box. It’s a ‘who did it suspense thriller’ from the author of The Girl on the Train. The story itself was a bit drawn out and at times unnecessary long but it kept me occupied on my commute home. I liked the fact that it was read by different people as it might of got confusing if it was all the same voice.

‘Along came a spider’ – James Patterson

Patterson is one of my favourite crime writers and never disappoints me. This is an oldie as its the first in the ‘Alex Cross series’ but it’s a good one and I really enjoyed it. It’s easy to read and follow and at the end of each chapter you are always left wanting to know more.

So that’s it, February is done and dusted, thanks for reading and  I hope you had a great one too.

Stay holistic


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 .


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



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




My Holistic August

My Holistic August

August to me was all about holidays, anniversaries and celebrations. Here are just a few of my highlights:

CrossFit Games

It started off with a trip the CrossFit Games in Madison Wisconsin in America which is a holiday of a lifetime for any Crossfitter. Imagine the All Ireland Final multiplied by 4 days of events or been a the New York fashion week for my fashion followers out there and you can get the picture. This is the biggest CrossFit event in the world where 40 individuals( both males, and female) 40 teams and 100’s of communities come together to compete for the title of the “Fittest on earth”. With over 10, 000 spectators a day, a huge vendor village, a full day time table of both indoor and outdoor events, the numerous coffee and food stalls were badly needed in this busy busy venue.

But what can I say about The CrossFit Games that hasn’t been said before, from day one, the buzz and excitement from both the athletes and the crowd was infectious that even the thunder storms and rain clouds couldn’t dampen our spirits. Even though there wasn’t any “Irish” athletes competing I stood there waving my tri-colour every time one of the many European athletes would be near by.


The days all blended into one big event, with haybales, sledge hammers, rope climbs, bar bells, burpees, running, dumbells, cycling and many many more workouts. As the events got faster and harder, these amazing athletes really showed us why they are the fittest, they didn’t seem to tire at all and it looked like they just continued to get stronger and stronger. You cant help but admire them, when fans are screaming at you from all angles and asking for selfies and autographs from the minute you leave the floor to the sheer determination and mental strength to continue each and every workout when every bit of  your body and mind must screaming at you to stop. The smiles on their faces just got bigger and brighter as the days went on.

This is amazing to watch and I have to say I was on my feet for all athletes but by the end I was definately on  ” The Toomey Train” . I can never imagine what was going through her head during that last workout and then last lunge, all I can say is my heart was in my mouth and I will  never forget that feeling when Dave Castro announced her as the overall winner. After 2 years of finishing in second place,the persistence and determination to go back and do it all again has to be admired (this lady even competed in the Rio Olympics between CrossFit Games).

I’m proud to say I had tears rolling down my face when she found out and I’m very honoured to say I was there to experience it.

Over a month later it feels some what like a dream, for those 4 days we were in a CrossFit Games bubble the Alliant centre where we mixed and mingled with other CrossFitters from around the world. The community element was alive and strong and that only made me adore it even more. A big shout out to everyone we met including some famous “athletes” parents and families (too many to mention) and to Brooke Ence who is just the warmest “American girl next door” I have ever met! Brooke if you are reading this you are welcome to CrossFit Galway when ever you are in Ireland.


Living Well with Arthritis

August 2012 was when I got my hip replaced and I cant believe its a whole 5 years on. Every day I’m so grateful that I made that hard decision back then. Thankfully it was the right one and the surgery was a success and I continue to live by the words of my consultant who said when I asked if I could exercise after my recovery , ” of course Catherine, that’s why I gave it to you, I want you to use it, its not for sitting still” and so every month I hope I continue to live by those words. I have proved to myself that I can still live well with arthritis and not be restricted by a replaced hip. Long may it last.

Happy Birthday Blog

This month also marked the second anniversary of this blog and I wrote a little blog about it. (click here if you missed it) Ive learned a lot over these 2 years and it really humbles me when people take time out of their busy lifes to read it so thank you all again.

A- Z Blog Series

The next 2 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.

Q is for Quadriceps Muscles

R is for Respiratory Issues


Featured on other sites:

I had so much fun when I took over the “Snap Chat” for French Vanoli for their CrossFit “Battle of the west” competition.  Sure who doesn’t like a camera been shown in their face once they finish a horrible workout?? lol

I also love when I spot my tweets been published in one my favourite magazine – Healthy Magazine. The next time you are in Holland and Barrett, be sure to pick up a copy. This magazine always has great articles, about healthy eating, exercise, healthy lifestyle and much more.

Mayo GAA championship.

Aww my beloved Mayo started August with a replay and ended August with a replay. The team with 9 lives for definite this summer. The never say die attitude in this team has to be admired as they enter into their 4th final in 6 years …and still await that elusive win in 66 years. Ive have many memories of Mayo football and one of my first is going to watch the ’89 defeated team fly into Knock Airport with all the other fans that were there just to catch a glimpse of their hero’s. This passion is still in Mayo and the hearts, hopes and dreams of a county (both at home and away) are with this team once again for this final so all I can do is hold my breath until the 3rd weekend in September and hopefully we will have a good result for my holistic September.

So that’s it, an extra long round up but such a great month I hope your summer was as good and busy as mine.

Till next time..stay holistic





My Holistic May 

My Holistic May 

Hi everyone…

I cant believe writing this, that we are in the 6th month of the year…where is the time going?? May was as promised a busy month for the blog and the business, see below some of  my holistic highlights from the month..


A-z Blog Series

I started a A-Z Blog series about how Massage or Reflexology  (my treatments) can help with common aliments. So far I have released 6 of these:

A is for Arthritis

B is for Backache

C is for Constipation

D is for Diabetes

E is for Endometriosis

F is for Fatigue.

Click on each of these for the full blog and do keep an eye out for another 6 in June.

Take advice from a Tree:

Anyone who follows my Instagram stories has seen almost daily snaps of my Bonsai tree. The new addition to my work desk in May. The Bonsai symbolises harmony, peace, order of thoughts, balance and all that is good in nature. All of these one needs in a busy sales environment.

Darkness into Light Walk:

I was delighted to have completed this with my sister in Banada (Sligo) for Pieta House at the beginning of the month. Such a great cause and a beautiful experience.   I especially loved the candle lit country roads and the illuminated signs of Hope, Strength and Courage along the route. Remember its good to talk and there is always someone out there that can help.


Featured on other sites:

It was a busy month for The Holistic Toolkit been featured on other sites. At the beginning of the month I was choosen for “Scale it Simple’s” Friday feature for my “Why Massage is good for your Skin” blog.
Read it here.

Then at the end of the month, I was also featured on the Irish Health Hour website for with my “Top tips for getting the most out of your holistic treatment”.

Read it here.

Also in the middle of the month, I was asked to takeover the Snapchat for CrossFit Galway’s, “Rise of the West” CrossFit competition day.  Such a great fun!


Mayo championship:

The round up of the month couldn’t be done without mentioning my beloved Mayo. First championship match and win in the bag and many more to come I hope. This day was extra special for me as I got to share it with my nieces and nephews and watch it through their excited (Sligo) eyes!

So thats it, just some of the holistic moments from May, a busy but enjoyable month!

See ya in June x

Stay holistic



My Holistic April

My Holistic April

Cliffs of Moher walk

April kicked off with a “Road trip with Rua ” .

Rua is my friends adorable dog who came with us on a CrossFit Galway’s day out to the Cliffs of Moher. We walked the beautiful walk from Doolin to the cliffs . Such a fabulous walk. It has everything you need,  blue skies, green fields, stone walls, high cliffs, views that go on for miles and of course that day we had great company so alot of belly laughs!

Good for the mind, body and soul! I definitely recommend that walk…

Black Swan:

If you live in Galway and don’t know about this beautiful black swan that arrived (from Australia!!) to the Claddagh a few weeks back, where have you been?? My day job is only around the corner from here so I had to pop down one of the days at lunchtime to steal a photo. Shes ( I think its a she) seems quiet at home there and its nice to see the other “white” ones dont seem to mind that she is the star of the show at the moment.


Easter came and went in April and myself and himself had a little road trip out Connemara way and ended up in Kylemore Abbey. A very peaceful part of the world with his mountains, lakes, woodlands and beautiful walled gardens.

Deep a bit further though and you will find wishing trees, fairy doors and trees for climbing . I even found this hand monument that I couldn’t resist taking a photo of.

There was actually a Alice in Wonderland themed party there and that brings out the child in all of us.

Get up and go!
I was very fortunate to attend the third annual “Get up and Go” event in Sligo in April. Read all about my blog here.  I’m still talking about it to who ever will listen and am currently half way through the book that was launched on the Friday night by the organisers.

It has given me that extra push that I need to keep going with my blogs and my business  plan and reach for those goals that I’ve set out for myself.

Bank Holiday

Another busy month for The Holistic Toolkit and so I was delighted to end the month with a extra long weekend and put the feet up and spend some time just Netflix and chilling. Sometimes that’s what the mind and body needs and that my friend is ok.

So many blogs and treatments booked in for May already, I’m so excited that this may be my best one yet. Stay tuned!

Stay holistic 🙂


Catherine x