The Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

The Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a well established complementary health therapy which has evolved over decades. Therapy treats the symptoms of illness, injury, pain and stress and helps promote relaxation. Regular treatments can have many benefits physically and mentally on the individual. It is effective in combating many conditions not to mention stress, tiredness, fatigue and anxiety. There are different types of massage therapy namely, relaxation, sports, remedial, deep tissue, pregnancy, aromatherapy, seated chair massage and Indian head massage. Each therapy uses a specific range of massage techniques on the body such as kneading, circular movements, acupressure, cupping and tapping. While massage therapy is most recognised for it’s natural effects on the physical body, it can also have many positive effects on emotional and mental health.

As a Psychotherapist, I often refer clients suffering from stress, anxiety and low mood to have a course of massage therapy treatments. Massage therapy can help to counteract conditions which effect us emotionally and psychologically such as stress, insomnia, anxiety, hypertension, exhaustion and depression.”

The Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

  • Relieves stress, tension and tiredness
  • Encourages and promotes relaxation and reduces stress
  • Reduces muscular and physical tension by relaxing muscles
  • Has a soothing effect on the mind and body
  • Improves blood circulation thus increasing the efficiency of organs and cells
  • Stimulates the nervous system
  • Improves lymphatic drainage
  • Increases circulation and eliminates toxins from the system
  • Improves joint mobility and flexibility
  • Improves rehabilitation after injury
  • Helps improve posture
  • Helps to release trapped nervous energy and balance energy
  • Activates and enhances the bodies natural self healing abilities
  • Helps to maintain and restore overall health
  • Helps to improve sleep and reduce insomnia

Massage therapy varies in cost from around €60-€80 for a one hour treatment, while you can expect to pay around €100/€125 per hour in the top Hotels and Spas around Ireland. When booking an appointment always ensure the therapist is a qualified, certified and insured professional therapist. To book an appointment visit

Complementary Therapy Taster Morning – Kildare

Date: Friday 22nd April 2016

Time: 10am – 1pm

Location: Naas Holistic Centre, 25 North Main Street, Naas, Kildare.

Come along, enjoy a herbal tea, relax and try any 30 minute Reflexology, Massage Therapy, Aromatherapy or Reiki Treatment for just €20. Booking in advance essential by emailing me your name, address, contact details and preferred time to Find out about this event on my Facebook page Therapy For Wellness

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Complementary Therapy Taster Morning – Friday 22nd April 2016

Fertility Reflexology For Men and Women

Fertility Reflexology For Men and Women

fertility and pregnancy reflexologyFertility Reflexology is a wonderful relaxing non-evasive complementary therapy which works on the feet to treat the whole body. There are over 5,000 nerve ending in the feet which are connected to each of the body’s systems and reflexology helps to stimulate and balance each one individually. There are many natural ways we can influence our fertility and chances of conception over time for example eating healthy, regular exercise and making long-term positive lifestyle choices.

Fertility reflexology helps individuals and couples who hope to improve their fertility and overall health by balancing hormones, reducing stress and restoring balance in the body. Fertility reflexology is suitable for men and women and both partners are encouraged to attend treatments as part of an overall holistic approach to improving and promoting fertility. Many people find reflexology a therapeutic and healthy way of reducing stress and tension. When an individual or couple are experiencing ongoing problems with fertility, it can be a difficult and emotional time. Your Fertility Reflexologist is there to provide emotional support and reassurance during reflexology sessions and both men and women can benefit from the emotional support available during ongoing treatments.

Fertility reflexology is suitable for men and women and both partners are encouraged to attend treatments as part of an overall holistic approach to improving their fertility.”

The Purpose of Fertility Reflexology

  • To help reduce stress, tension and anxiety
  • Helps to calm and balance the nervous & endocrine system
  • Balance hormone levels
  • Regulate ovulation and the menstrual cycle
  • Stimulate endorphin release – the feel good hormone
  • Helps to try create a balanced environment for conception to take place
  • Helps the body to cope more effectively with stress and the effect on the body
  • Improves circulation and blood flow to the reproductive system
  • Supports men and women through their fertility journey
  • Provides general emotional support and understanding
  • A safe, relaxing and therapeutic experience
  • A treatment that couples can attend and learn together and practice at home

As fertility issues and infertility are medical conditions, Reflexologists do not claim to cure infertility or the causes of fertility issues or provide any form of medical advice or diagnosis. However, treatments can be incredibly relaxing and calming and may in turn help to balance hormones and the endocrine system which are fundamental to the body’s natural balance. Natural and conventional fertility treatments can be enhanced by a course fertility reflexology and is becoming increasingly popular. Most private Irish health care insurance providers cover Reflexology treatments which cost around €45 to €60 per one hour session. To find out more about Fertility Reflexology with Orlagh in Naas, Kildare visit

Orlagh Gahan is a qualified Reflexologist with additional training in Pregnancy and Fertility Reflexology and Sexual Health Issues. She holds a Diploma in Holistic Healing Massage, Diploma in Reflexology, Diploma in Indian Head Massage and a B.Sc. Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

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Pregnancy Reflexology – Nurturing the Nurturer During Pregnancy

Pregnancy Reflexology – Nurturing the Nurturer During Pregnancy

Pregnancy reflexologyPregnancy reflexology also know as maternity reflexology or ante-natal reflexology is a wonderful therapy which treats the whole body by working on the feet using massage, pressure and gentle movements. It is a very soothing and relaxing therapy which has many benefits throughout the course of your pregnancy. It essentially helps to bring about balance, harmony and relaxation while also helping to reduce and alleviate many symptoms experienced during each trimester.

Pregnancy reflexology essentially helps to nurture the nurturer through the many mixed emotions and changes of pregnancy.”

Your reflexologist becomes a friendly pregnancy partner who will nurture and support you all through your pregnancy. Regular treatments help the mother to cope better with pregnancy and prepares her mentally and physically for labour and motherhood. Many women will have previously attended Fertility Reflexology prior to becoming pregnant. Sessions provide a space to teach and practice simple breathing exercises and affirmations which are beneficial during the birthing process. Reflexology is recommended by the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street in Dublin 2. Pregnancy reflexology essentially helps to nurture the nurturer through the many mixed emotions and changes of pregnancy.

The Benefits of Pregnancy Reflexology

  • Helps reduce early pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness, nausea and fatigue.
  • Alleviates physical symptoms such as constipation and heartburn.
  • Promotes and aids relaxation and reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Provides a safe space to talk about any fears or anxieties that may be experienced.
  • Prepares the body for labour by balancing the bodies systems especially the endocrine system which governs the labour process.
  • Alleviates muscle and back pain.
  • Helps to boost energy levels and restore the bodies natural balance.
  • Nurtures, supports and reassures the client throughout the course of pregnancy.
  • Teaches and encourages simple breathing exercise and affirmations.

Find out more about pregnancy and fertility reflexology with Orlagh Gahan at the Naas Holistic Centre in Naas, Co Kildare at

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Seasonal Affective Disorder – Don’t Let S.A.D Get You Down This Winter

Seasonal Affective Disorder – Don’t Let S.A.D Get You Down This Winter

Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D) is a seasonal curse for many Irish people which is experienced during the late autumn and winter months when the days become shorter. It is understood that some factors which may lead to the disorder are a reduced level of daylight which interrupts the body’s biological clock and normal functioning. There is also a change in serotonin and melatonin levels, the brain chemicals which affects our mood and sleep patterns. S.A.D is a type of depression with many similar symptoms such as feeling low, tiredness, sadness, oversleeping, low energy, difficulty concentrating and hypersensitivity. It was traditionally referred to as the winter blues or winter depression and suffers often display hibernation like characteristics.

Finding what works for you to reduce your symptoms is important as there is no one single cure, rather a combination of many little daily remedies…

According to a survey in 2007, around 20% of Irish people are effected by Season Affective Disorder with women more prone than men. For someone who starts to experience low mood and negative feelings during the winter, it can be relief to understand that there is a reason for their change in mood which may in fact be associated with the shorter winter days.

Simple Ways of Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

  • Light therapy is a way of treating seasonal affective disorder using exposure to artificial light.
  • Talk therapies such as Psychotherapy can provide you with professional emotional support and understanding.
  • Managing and reducing stress is a useful preventative measure.
  • Practicing self-care by actively looking after your emotional and physical health and being sensitive to your own needs.
  • Holistic Therapies such as Reflexology, Massage and Reiki can help boost energy levels and promote relaxation.
  • Get as much sunlight or daylight as possible by spending time outdoors.
  • Daily regular exercise helps promote a healthy mind and body.
  • Sleep is important as it helps the body to recuperate if you are suffering from low energy.
  • Find the beauty in winter and connect with the positive aspects of wintertime.
  • Enjoy outdoor activities which are not overly weather dependent that you can enjoy all year round such as hill walking or running.
  • Keep a daily routine and make plans throughout the winter which you can look forward to.
  • Avoid stimulants and any mood altering substances such as alcohol can help to stabilise your mood.
  • Socialise with family and friends and surround yourself with positive people.
  • Nutritionists suggest that Vitamin D supplements and Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for S.A.D.
  • Get to know and respect your own body and find what works for you each winter.
  • Talking to your loved ones and family about your symptoms of S.A.D can ensure that you receive ongoing emotional support and reassurance.
  • Medications prescribed by a G.P are sometimes used to treat symptoms.
  • Getting away for winter holidays in bright warm sunny destinations during the winter period can help significantly lift and relieve symptoms.

Prevention is better than cure but for most suffers, managing S.A.D is far more realistic than preventive cures. You might find it useful to be mindful and sensitive to changes in your mood coming into the autumn/winter months. Finding what works for you to reduce your symptoms is important as there is no one single cure, rather a combination of many little daily remedies and I guarantee you, every single one counts. Keep reminding yourself that S.A.D is seasonal and symptoms will eventually fade as the beautiful crisp brighter spring days arrive. Speak to your doctor if you are concerned about Seasonal Affective Disorder.

10 Great Benefits of Reflexology

10 Great Benefits of Reflexology
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Reflexology continues to grow in popularity as a gentle and powerful Complementary Health Therapy as it has many great benefits. Increasingly, reflexology is being used to sooth common health problems in a safe and non-evasive way. Reflexology essentially treats the whole person, mind and body, from the inside out by using gentle massage and pressure techniques on reflex points found on both the hands and feet. Regular reflexology treatments can be used to sooth and reduce the symptoms of common complaints such as sleep problems, fertility issues, chronic illness, muscle pain, stress and anxiety. 

Reflexology essentially treats the whole person, mind and body, from the inside out. By treating the whole person on an emotional and physical level, the benefits of reflexology can be experienced long after the treatment ends.

10 Great Physical and Emotional Benefits of Reflexology; 

  1. The feet hold the reflexes to the whole body and by working on just the feet, the whole body benefits.
  2. During a treatment the feet are stimulated to relax all the muscles in the body which increases circulation and promotes relaxation.
  3. Stimulating the reflexes to troubled areas in the body will help promote healing in that specific area.
  4. Massage techniques used in reflexology have an immediate relieving and soothing effect on the mind and body.
  5. Reflexology helps to eliminate and remove waste products and toxins which build up in the body as a result of stress and food intake.
  6. Various systems such as the nervous and circulatory system are activated and stimulated during a treatment which allows energy to flow more freely around the body.
  7. Reflexology treatments stimulates and soothes around 7,000 nerves in the whole body which help activate the bodies self healing.
  8. The combination of touch and stress relief experienced during each treatment help to sooth pain and reduce mental and emotional anxiety.
  9. It is possible to reduce the symptoms of many physical problems such as back pain, period pain and digestive problems by focusing on specific reflexes.
  10. Using essential aromatherapy oils such as Lavender and Rose during reflexology can help the client to feel relaxed, energised and uplifted after each session.

Reflexology treatments typically last for 1 hour and are provided in a warm and relaxing environment.

To find out more about reflexology or to book an appointment with Orlagh Gahan in Naas Holistic Centre, Naas, Co. Kildare please click here.

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