Gary Kiernan – Ashtanga Yoga

Gary started his yoga journey in 2012 to help combat his       mental health issues, mainly anxiety and depression. Having tried the usual approach visiting doctors and counsellors for a period of time, Gary decided to look into more holistic methods for dealing with and coping with his issues.

After attending 1 yoga class a week for 2 years in his local community and visiting his local kinesiologist for work on his energies, Gary could really see the benefit of taking the holistic approach.

So, after the 2 years something had changed both mentally and physically for him and he was ready for a new direction within his yoga journey. And after a chat with his yoga teacher at the time, he was told about the Ashtanga practice [which he knew nothing about].

And that was the start of it all for him, he attended a few more regular local classes but soon stopped so he could start delving into the Ashtanga system whole heartedly.

Having been giving ‘David Swenson’s – Ashtanga Yoga Practice Manual’ by his former teacher Gary started his Mysore style practice at home with the help of the ‘Practice Manual’ [which I now call my yoga bible]

So for the next few years Gary practised on his own learning so much about himself and his body. Eventually telling his friends about it all and encouraging some of them to start a yoga practice too. Which some have done. In June of 2015 Gary along with his close friend Stacey decided to travel to Mysore, India the home of Ashtanga yoga, they both attended and achieved certification in a teacher training program, which was very intense indeed but totally enjoyable at the same time.

After returning home from India, Gary returned to work in his 9-5. But the dream of spreading and teaching the Ashtanga yoga method was at the forefront of his mind everyday.
Slowly but surely and after some pressure from his friends Gary started teaching 1 class week, as he said ‘it took me a while to build up the courage to start teaching, but some peer pressure and a burning desire to spread the Ashtanga method, were the 2 main factors’

1 class led to 2, 2 to 3, 3 to 4 and so on, Gary eventually finished is 9-5 job to teach full-time, he currently teaches 6 classes a week in his local community.

His yoga studio Annalee Ashtanga has a regular program of classes from Monday to Friday, and a small group of people committed to a regular yoga practice.

In his own words, ‘I feel very fortunate to be able to teach this practice to the people in my community and to see and hear how it has affected or changed their minds, bodies and spirits’

Niamh O’Brien – Pilates

Niamh O’Brien graduated from UCD in 1999 with a B. Physio (1st Hons). She worked in St.Vincents University Hospital before travelling to Australia and working in a rehabilitation hospital there. On her return she worked in Tullamore General Hospital in outpatients before entering private practice. She gained considerable experience in musculoskeletal conditions and occupational health over the five years there. She completed her MSC (Hons) in Musculoskeletal Medicine in RCSI in 2005.

Niamh then worked for eight years as senior Out-patient physiotherapist in Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown working solely in musculoskeletal area and was appointed as the occupational physiotherapist for the HSE Dublin North East region. She is also placed on the HSE Clinical Specialist panel. Now currently practicing in Carolan Physiotherapy, Virginia, Co. Cavan

Niamh has completed certification in spinal manual therapy, dry needling and Neurostructural Integration Technique (NST) among numerous other courses as part of continuous professional development requirements of the physiotherapy governing body CORU, of which she is on the registrar.

Niamh has been a qualified Level 3 Body Control Pilates Matwork Instructor since 2003 with special interest in clinical Pilates and antenatal /postnatal Pilates. As part of continuous professional training she has undertaken many courses in Pilates with osteoporosis, pregnancy, movement, small equipment, and running along with many more. Niamh first taught Pilates classes in Lucan Cityphysio in 2003 and stayed teaching there until 2018. She also setup Clinical rehabilitative Pilates classes in Connolly Hospital before moving her Pilates business to Cavan region. She currently has classes in Maudabawn, Virginia and in the Holistic Gardens in Shercock. With sixteen years of Pilates teaching, she has developed her own particular style of teaching and people near and far have become very loyal clients throughout the years.

Donal Mc Carron – Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

My name is Donal Mc Carron, I trained with the Clifton Practice and have a Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, this training school provides the Gold Standard in Modern Therapeutic Techniques, this approach to therapy includes elements of NLP, CBT, Neuroscience and of course Hypnosis.

I aim to make SFH an enjoyable experience which means we don’t need to revisit past memories, instead focusing on the changes we want to make in the present to help us move towards where we want to be in our lives.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help with, depression, anxiety, managing stress, fears and phobias, smoking cessation and much more.

I’ve helped using techniques which are based on evidence from research. Each session is tailored to meet your particular needs and we work together to find solutions to move you towards your goals.

I believe that Clinical Hypnotherapy and Solution Focused Therapy is the perfect way to change unwanted behaviour.

I have attended many additional courses to keep up to date with modern thinking on how the brain works. Outcomes can never be guaranteed, but I have a very good success rate in helping people achieve their objectives, whether that’s with their personal, sports or professional lives. If you would like to find out more about what I do and how I can help you please contact me

You can’t change the past, but you can change the way you feel about tomorrow.

I am a member of 2 Professional Organisations: 1) The NCH, which is the UK’s leading not-for-profit hypnotherapy professional association that ensures all practising members are fully qualified and insured. And 2) The AfSFH which supports Solution Focused Hypnotherapists across the world. Not only do I comply with the codes of ethics of these Organisations I exceed their recommendations for Continual Professional Development (CPD).

Irene McCabe – Systematic Kinesiology

Kinesiology (Kin-easy-ology) is a healing modality that makes use of mu from the Greek work muscle testing to bring about swift, effective relief for a patients mental, emotional and physical health issues. The word Kinesiology comes from the Greek word Kinesis, meaning movement “Systematic Kinesiology” is a powerful system for treating the body holistically, taking into account each person’s unique circumstances.

Dr. George Goodheart was the first to formulate a recognised therapy around this practice during the late 1960s. He named this system “Applied Kinesiology”. Kinesiology was first introduced to Europe through the pioneering work of Brian Butler, who set up The Academy of Systematic Kinesiology in the UK in 1982, before going on to teach a course in Ireland in 1995.

By making use of muscle testing methodologies (muscle responses form the body’s own innate biofeedback tool), the practitioner can identify what is stressing the body. The skilled practitioner then can interpret their patient’s muscle responses and assess which corrections are needed (and in what order) to bring the person back to balance. Several procedures are used to identify imbalances. These imbalances may be nutritional, structural, emotional, or be rooted in our energy pathways. Therefore, the assessment may focus on more than one realm and more than likely treatment will be a combination all.”

Because of this unique whole person perspective, patients often find themselves entering treatment for one specific health issue (for example a back problem), but discovering that the key factor of their healing process lies in altering another area of their life, such as releasing a current or past emotion, or identifying a food sensitivity.

It uses both your left brain and right brain qualities!

Sharon Mundy – Yoga & Gong Therapy 

 Sharon Mundy professionally trained in Yoga and Meditation in India and has been teaching yoga for 6 years. She is also a Mother and a Professional Artist who channels her paintings.  Through her work in yoga and meditation she discovered Energy work and how to work with the Quantum field. She trained in Breath work and found that it is one of the fastest ways to clear out the unconscious programs so we can start to live as our true selves and access our potential and therefore our dream life.

Celia Richard – Art for Health & Well-being

I am a visual artist who has been working in the field of mental wellbeing since 2009 (St Patrick Mental Health Services, Dublin) as well as dealing with health conditions brought on by trauma. I also teach yoga and visualization which I find helpful for gaining insight into ‘what ails’ and ‘what helps’.

I love using collage and mixed media techniques to convey the richness of human experience, akin to layers of bits and pieces coalescing to form a complex picture. 

My work has been exhibited in Ireland and France.

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Roswitha Brink-Reynolds – Polarity Therapist

In 1997 I came to Ireland from Germany where I worked as a nurse in hospital that applied Holistic Therapies alongside Conventional medicine. In Ireland I first studied Holistic Massage Therapy, and then later I became a Polarity Practioner.

Polarity Therapy is a truly Holistic therapy that works with the Human Energy Field. It incorporates body work, self-awareness,  diet and yoga exercises which in turn allows me to tailor the treatment to meet the individual needs of the client and to address any physical, mental and emotional imbalances in a safe and supportive environment. This empowers you in your own healing process.

A Polarity session results in a deep relaxation allowing for the release of tension and pain and often shows a visible re-alignment of the body.

I am also a Baby Massage Instructor and I teach parents and guardians to massage their babies. This I can do in a group or in a one to one environment,

As I am still working part time as a nurse I have an understanding of medical conditions and treatments that you may experience. Polarity Therapy can complement conventional medicine and at times can be a real alternative healing with no side effects.

Aoife Ward – Quantum Thinking Technologies (QTT)

I am a qualified Guidance Counsellor who has worked with people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds in the public and private sector for the last 15 years. Over the last number of years, I have studied various courses, tools and techniques to help students focus on and develop their strengths so they can work towards achieving their goals and their full potential. Increasingly I was meeting students who were lacking in confidence or motivation and were experiencing overwhelm, procrastination and anxiety about the future and/ or their ability to succeed.

I attended a QTT weekend for my own personal development in early 2018 and was immediately blown away by the potential it would offer to my clients, helping them to identify and remove limiting patterns, behaviours and beliefs.  The QTT process is gentle yet very powerful, the results are instant and long lasting, and it works from the space that each person has everything they need within themselves to heal. By releasing negative behaviours and patterns that are no longer serving them, the person can move forward to live the life that they want and deserve. I have used these techniques with both teenagers and young adults empowering them to let go of negative patterns and beliefs that have been holding them back and keeping them stuck and giving them the confidence to choose and work towards following their true path in life without self-doubt, fear or procrastination. I have also used QTT techniques to support and empower women who have been feeling stuck or overwhelmed and want to make positive changes to their lives. QTT has helped them to release feelings of stress, self-doubt, anxiety and self-sabotage and instead of living from a place of fear they are able to align themselves and start living from a more relaxed place of love, confidence and enjoyment.

I am passionate and amazed by the results I have seen using these techniques. I have experienced the positive changes myself and have seen how QTT has helped my clients in the most profound ways. I am looking forward to sharing these tools with other women who need it and with the amazing young people that I work with every day. If there is something not working in your life or you feel blocked or stuck and you would like to use QTT to facilitate positive change in your life please contact me for further information.

Christine Keighery – Kinetic Chain Release (KCR)

I am an ex local journalist who has had a complete career u-turn in setting up my own Holistic Therapies business and I am just so excited to be finally doing something I love. I’ve realised the absolute importance of touch in helping to bring bodies back into balance to achieve optimum health and wellbeing and I love being able to do it for people!

Having experienced the healing health benefits of KCR myself I’m really trying to make everyone aware of how effective it is – for everything from chronic pain, fybromyalgia, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, IBS, respiratory difficulties, bloating, teeth clenching and more to joint, muscle and back pain and injuries. It’s basically a series of joint mobilisations and stretches which help to bring the body physically back into alignment, which has a knock-on effect on everything else. With the skeleton realigned and the connective tissue released the body’s organs also realign and function more effectively, improving hormone regulation, stress responses, both physical and emotional.