Ria Cusack is an amazing kinesiologist, postural alignment specialist and fitness practitioner, based in Greystones, Co. Wicklow. We were honoured to feature her in our recent Winter 2019/20 magazine! Read on to learn all about her work.
If you’ve ever been curious about the healing practice of kinesiology, one good place to start learning about it is this interview with seasoned practitioner Siobhán Guthrie, which was featured in our Autumn 2019 issue. She had plenty of wisdom to share!
Here is our action-packed Winter Vibes section from our new Winter 2017 issue, available in our stockists across the country now. You can also subscribe to receive this magazine – and the next three for the year ahead – direct to your door.
“Ah, World, what lessons you prepare for us, even in the leafless winter, even in the ashy city.” Mary Oliver
Be the Super You
Dr Joe Dispenza’s new, spellbinding book is just the read to transport you away from the winter gloom and into the
sublime, inner realms, where anything is possible. Becoming Supernatural guides us towards the realisation that we are naturally supernatural beings and, through wisdom ancient and cutting edge, enhances the creative and mystical capacities that make us so.
Eager to heed the call towards a more sustainable life? The Jungle Oasis of Goa awaits you; home to hands-on,
internationally renowned, certificate courses in Permaculture Design. Join individuals from all over the world this
March 2018 to build sustainability skills and learn to design according to Nature’s own principles.
Activate your grey matter through some meaningful inquiry this winter as nationwide Schools of Practical Philosophy offer introductory courses; exploring the meaning of wisdom, truth and consciousness – the most essential elements of our human being-ness. Drawing from the teachings of East and West, they offer innovative inquiry into age-old questions.
If you are a fledgling holistic business, take this winter to nest on ways to build solid foundations and sky-high visions for the business you love. Christine Judd is here to help with her new book Clarity; Create a Holistic Business You Love – providing step by step, practical guidance and the necessary skills to establish a prosperous holistic business.
Plot your Purpose
Brainchild of lead-coach James Parnell, the Well Being Gym is a virtual gym for mind, body and soul; delivering top-class navigational tools to guide you towards optimum, personal well-being and professional performance. Online and offline, you’ll find coaching, training programmes and workshops on topics such as mastering your workload,
managing your energy and activating a personal sense of happiness and meaning.
Become adept at the art of muscle testing and develop the ability to decipher vital information on the needs of the body, mind and spirit. The Academy of Systematic Kinesiology offers training courses around the country for both beginner and advanced practitioners of this wholistic healing art. Check out their website for more.
Super Immune Boost
Boasting unparalleled ‘Bioavailability’, award-winning Better You™ Turmeric oral spray is designed to deliver. Research has revealed that where digestion is impaired, spray is superior when it comes to transporting the immune-supporting superpowers of Turmeric to your body.
Smell, inhale or diffuse them – each aroma of essential oil is a mini-messenger of uplift or unwind. Karl Murray, founder of Kotanical, is Ireland’s first hand-distiller of home-grown Irish essential oils. Check out his range online, from laid-back Lavender to festive Frankincense.
Sun Chlorella has just unveiled a new supplement starlet – Sun Eleuthro. Traditionally acclaimed by its use in Chinese Medicine, this East Asian plant is now also scientifically acclaimed to be anti-aging, aphrodisiac and a strong support for the liver. Check out more of its plethora of healing powers online.
Gain and maintain a glowing complexion this winter with Wild Power Wheatgrass. This cold-pressed, organic, liquid
life-force is brimming with vitality, anti-oxidants and alkaline power to keep you shining all winter long. Available in stores in Ireland and online.
This turn of season, why not invest in lifestyle guidance to come out the other side of winter a healthier and happier
you. For motivational insights on small changes of diet and daily ritual that yield big rewards, talk to Chiara on all Matters of Nourishment.
Future of Vitamin C
Promising ‘site-specific delivery’, ultramodern Lipsomal Vitamin C is packaged and protected to bypass the digestive process and get straight to the heart of immune system cells. Give it a try and ensure your efforts to keep yourself primed against pesky winter bugs hits the high-tech mark.
Bits n’ Bobs
As foodie fate would have it, Dublin is now home to the Serendipity Vegan Café. Sit down to breakfast, brunch and lunch vegan on raw salads, nori wraps, vegan treats and what is hailed as the ‘best vegan burger ever’!
Sustainability is a Virtue
Time to rethink your toothbrush? Small steps pave the way to sustainability where “everything counts in large amounts.” Think VirtueBrush; a plastic-free, bamboo-handled, charcoal-bristled toothbrush with a conscience – this
Dublin-based company plants one tree for every VirtueBrush sold.
Yoga round the clock
YogaHub has recently sprouted a new bud, this time in Castleknock at Junction 6. From high-flying Acro to low-lying Yin yoga, there is something to suit all yogi tastes – every day of the week!
Date: Sunday 5th March Time: 1:00-5:00pm Venue: Hilton Hotel, Charlemont, D2 Price: €10 online €15 door
Come to the interactive talk on what makes a great health and how you can achieve it in 4 simple steps.
Health Can Be Simple when you understand what makes great health. Based the latest scientific research, years of learning and being on our personal healing journeys we have put together a road map to achieving great physical-mental-emotional health.
They will talk about the 4 pillars of health: physical health (nutrition), exercise&pain management; stress, sleep&emotions management; reducing toxic load in your life and how you can bring each of them into balance with simple easy to do steps you can incorporate into your everyday life and feel empowered and in control in your health and life!
More about the Speakers
Zuzana Sladeckova is a Nutritional Therapist, Energy Healing Facilitator and doTERRA Wellness Advocate with specialization in digestive, mental and women’s health. She has 10 years of knowledge and experience in the holistic health field and a common sense, simple and practical approach to health. She is passionate about inspiring and empowering people to take responsibility for their halth and life by learning how they can ne healthy, content, connected to themselves and their purpose in life.
Irina Omelkova is a mum and a grandmother of two beautiful children. She is a Nutritional Therapist, qualified from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition. Irina Specializes in weight management, stress reduction and skin health. Irina is also a doTERRA wellness advocate for the last 4 years.
Liz Svensson is a Systematic Kinesiologist, Intuitive Energy Worker and doTerra Wellness Advocate. She has extensive knowledge in the area of health and well-being on all levels and takes a very holistic approach to healing, including the whole person: Physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and energetic.
Alison Clarke is a doTERRA Wellness Advocate. Alison’s journey with doTERRA started when she was seeking natural ways to balance hormones and manage stress in her busy corporate life. A year into Alison’s journey as a doTERRA customer, she saw the opportunity in the growing natural health sector, quit her 10 year career in banking and is now a full time doTERRA Wellness Advocate.
Positive Vibes Delightful December: Feng Shui, Organic products & an Awesome Pendulum Summit Competition!
Like that old song says: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Sweet December has arrived. The city is shining with beautiful lights; there’s a buzz all around while we are busy buying presents, decorating our homes and feeling that warm desire to welcome a new year next to our family and loved ones. The air feels magical and our hearts are filled with hope for the future! In this edition we bring you plenty of ideas for out of the box gifts with events, courses, delicious organic products and a fantastic competition you wont want to miss!
Positive Nights Presents: Find Harmony through Feng Shui with Amanda Collins
Date: Thursday December 1st, 2016
Place: Powerscourt Theater, Powerscourt Centre, Dublin 2
Positive Nights is proud to bring to the stage internationally renowned Feng Shui expert Amanda Collins!
On this evening, Paul will interview Amanda on how Feng Shui allows you to harmonise and improve:
Amanda is the founder of the International Feng Shui school which is a certification training program and she will share her best tips and advice to enhance our lives. She has a regular writer with us at Positive Life. You can go here & here to read some of her incredible advice on Love, Life & Feng Shui.
Kinesiology Courses with TASK
TASK offers one of the most comprehensive Kinesiology courses available. This year they are making their courses accessible in 8 locations around Ireland. They believe everyone should have access to an integrated natural healthcare solution. They are now offering two training courses, Balanced Health and the Diploma Course which forms the full professional practitioner training.
Visit here to learn more about the courses and to sign up!
Golden Egg: Holistic Therapy Courses
Golden Egg Holistic Centre offers the very best courses on different complementary therapies for both practitioner Diploma and Post Graduate training from beginners to the experienced therapist. Golden Egg Holistic is an ITEC approved training school. ITEC is an international examination board providing high quality internationally recognised education programmes for complementary therapists.
Visit their site for the courses available to start in 2017 and for more information.
Hemp Juice for a Healthier life
Hemp Juice or Cannabidiol (CBD) is native to the human body and is part of the endocannabinoid system. CBD is rich in Omega oils, Potassium, Vitamins B1, A & C & calcium. The juice has an amazing positive effect on your health from improving digestion, increasing your energy, helping bone maintenance and plenty more.
Check more info and how to buy here.
Delicious Raw Chocolate
Iswari Raw Choco it’s fantastic chocolate! A wonderful gift for the season or to include as that special ingredient in your original recipes for the Xmas celebrations. These bars are incredibly tasty and have the great quality of all Iswari products! The Chocolate, Orange & Quinoa bar sounds perfect for a sweet snack!
Check out for more info & their different kinds of tasty choco bars here
Competition time: Pendulum Summit 2017!
Pendulum 2017 is back! This is the world’s leading business and self-empowerment summit taking place on January 11th – 12th 2017 at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Chicken Soup for the Soul founder, Jack Canfield will be amongst the many speakers this year!
We have two tickets for one lucky winner. To be entered in the draw simply share our next Positive Nights event and let us know by commenting on the event post.
For more info on Pendulum visit here
Approaches to Health as Unique & as Varied as You
Each of us is an organic, biological being. We’re also blessed with the thoughts, spirit and energies that although non-physical, affect how our organic matter reacts and functions. Empowering, holistic approaches to health develop further every day to become as unique and varied as each of our individual needs. We share the insights of some of Ireland’s leading practitioners, on avenues that have brought them and their clients that healing feeling.
Tai Chi: Awareness, Development & Integration, Master Charles Thackaberry
Tai Chi is the balance of opposites. To change, shift and create balance, the first step is to be aware and feel the different aspects we need to work with. This can range from simply coordinating the hands and feet, to balancing practical everyday life with spiritual ideals.
Balanced development is not always about working on our obvious talents. We need the strength and courage to develop our weakest links too. In modern society, we’ve focused on developing the mind and spirit and often leave the body and emotions behind. Tai chi gives the mind and spirit a way to communicate with the body and emotions, and visa versa.
The process of integration needs patience, practice and a non-judgemental approach; learning to listen, trust and allowing ourselves to experience failures as well as successes. A Tai Chi class allows us to experience and integrate different parts of ourselves without external expectations or competition.
Practice and enjoy this mind, body, breath exercise;
1. Lift arms and hands to head, breathing in. Breathe out Mind & Body Stress as hands go down.
2. Lift arms and hands to head, breathing in positive energy. Breathing out, allow this energy to flow into your Mind & Body as hands go down.
Dance: Bringing the Soul Back to Sunday, Carol McInerney
Throughout history, people have used movement to celebrate, pray, connect and heal ourselves and our communities.
Growing up in Ireland, Sunday mornings meant going to church. It was intended as a special day for people to gather in a sacred place and recognise the need to nourish our souls. With the gradual breakdown of religious systems, much of this tradition has been lost.
One of the inspirations to create ‘Soul Sunday’ came from our experiences of dancing on Sunday mornings with communities in other countries. It touches my heart to be part of a room of people moving from the inside out; to experience the magic and vulnerability of getting to know more of ourselves, and each other, through dance.
Eating together releases oxytocin, the feel-good hormone that increases trust and bonding. Sitting down to eat together after the dance gives people time to get to know each other, catch up with friends, make new ones and fosters a spirit of openness and togetherness.
Dancing nourishes and heals me. It teaches me self-acceptance, relaxes my mind, opens my heart to community and strengthens my relationship with my body. And its fun! It is all the things I searched for but never experienced in the rituals of Sundays in church. Come as you are and celebrate what is.
Shiatsu: Releasing, Relieving & Moving Forward, Rebecca Allen
I found Shiatsu when grieving the passing of my Father. I had no idea what to expect during my treatment but found myself experiencing profound relaxation and letting go of muscles I hadn’t even realised were tense. As well as the physical release, emotions moved, changed and clarified within me.
Shiatsu helped me to move forward in the complexities of the grieving process. Having supported my Father through setbacks, letting go of the trauma was difficult, even when it was safe to do so. Shiatsu allowed me to progress naturally.
It has continued to be an important and valued aid through my life journey and personal growth. I have turned to it for help with fertility, the loss of my Mother and the break up of my marriage. Over time, Shiatsu has moved me so much that I decided to become a practitioner myself. I wanted to give something back.
Now, I use Shiatsu and guided meditation to help my clients reduce and manage stress. This allows your body to focus its energies on staying healthy, enabling you to overcome illness and maintain constant repair. I have the pleasure of supporting people during illness and towards wellness, in tandem with their medical treatment. Drawing from personal experiences, I also specialise in working with recently separated or bereaved women.
Systematic Kinesiology: Revealing What Your Body Knows, Siobhan Guthrie
The holistic approach to health acknowledges all areas of life – physical, emotional, nutritional, energies and spirituality, they are all interconnected. Two key factors that that we look at are the thoughts, beliefs and interpretations you have of your world, and the daily food choices you make. Muscle testing helps us reveal what your body unconsciously says about it all too.
When it comes to your health, rather than just looking at the thing that needs fixing, we examine what might underlie the root cause. A practitioner will ask you about what you eat, how you think, feel and react. Are you a busy parent? Do you love your job or hate it? How well does your digestive system function? It’s all relevant.
If you are sensitive to wheat, you may know its immediate, physical effects on your body, but did you know it could be affecting your mood? Over 55 health issues have been linked to gluten sensitivities but many people are never diagnosed. With more gluten in wheat today than ever before, it’s worth getting tested or considering avoidance for a few weeks to see how it could be affecting you.
Instinctively, deep inside you already know what is right for you. Don’t ignore the signals your body is giving you, take a moment to listen.
Jack Canfield, known to many as the co-author of Chicken Soup For The Soul, is one of the most successful people in the world. Not surprising really when you consider the wealth of knowledge he’s collected over the course of his life. Knowledge that he happily shares with those who read his books or attend his seminars. However, as Jack himself says, knowledge is not enough, it needs to be put into action.
To illustrate this point, I’ll do what Jack often does and tell you a short story…This story is about two men who created a book they believed could make a positive difference in people’s lives. They took their book to 144 different publishers over the course of 18 months, all of whom rejected it without even turning a page. Then came the American Bookseller Association’s Convention. Consisting of 4,000 stalls in total, these two men went from booth to booth over the 3 days of the convention. Nobody showed any interest until finally, late on the 3rd day, a small publisher from Florida agreed simply to read the book. A week later, he called the men, saying that he liked it and would agree to print their book for them.
The two men in this true story are Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, and the book they believed in so much was Chicken Soup For The Soul. It was their 1st in a series of books now spanning 175 titles, in 47 languages, with over 120 million copies sold worldwide, making Mr. Canfield a multi-millionaire in the process. So, what’s the moral of this story? Well, in Jack’s own words of positive thinking, “Whatever your dream is, don’t give up on it, although you may need to alter it slightly along the way.”
I recently had the pleasure of attending one of Jack’s seminars here in Dublin, based around the teachings in his new book, The Success Principles: How To Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be. A 400 strong crowd turned up to this day long event hosted by Horizon Speakers. At a cost of €400 per ticket, we came with the promise of doubling our results (including our income), doubling our amount of free time, and having more balance and fun at work and at home. A tall order by anybody’s standards, but Jack is a man who practices the positive thinking that he preaches, who enlightens as he teaches, and who makes it very clear that the principles will only work if we work the principles.
Widely regarded as the best of the best in the Personal Development industry, and having spent decades fine-tuning his own unique style of teaching, he effortlessly inspires, entertains and impresses us, with motivating stories, inspirational quotes, hilarious slideshows and his own willingness to work. Here’s a man who puts the Law of Attraction into action, and it shows.
One philosophy he shares with us states that, “Life is like a combination lock. If you know the combination to the lock, it doesn’t matter who you are, the lock has to open.” Likewise, if you only know a few of the numbers of the combination, no matter how well you know them, the lock won’t open until you know them all. This is where The Success Principles come in. They are the combination to the lock, and Mr. C. guarantees that if you learn them and practice them everyday, you can easily achieve your heart’s desire.
Which brings me onto one of the most fascinating demonstrations of the day. A kineseology experiment using a volunteer from the audience to show how Positive Thinking really does strengthen your physical body, and how Negative Thinking really does weaken it.
The intentions of other’s thoughts towards you also have an enhancing or detrimental effect on your physiology, as does your heart’s desire. A goal, which is good for others as well as yourself, will benefit you more than a desire just to help yourself. It’s a lesson not just in how to be happy, but how to make others happy.
So, modern science is finally proving what the ancient teachings say is true, and Jack Canfield is here to spread the good news. His aim is to encourage us to develop a clarity of vision, to take 100% responsibility for our lives and to develop powerful daily success habits that will keep us on the path of personal development, ensuring physical, financial, romantic and spiritual fulfillment. What’s the catch? You’ve got to do the work. As Jack leaves us with one of his inspirational quotes, “You can’t hire other people to do your push-ups for you.”