One of the amazing holistic luminaries we interviewed for our Autumn 2021 issue was Yvonne Skelly. Yvonne is a healer and visionary entrepreneur who runs three wellness businesses – the newest of which is the beautiful Lake Shore Wellness Centre, located in Blessington.
We have previously had the honour of working with Anthony Monteith, owner of Jade Natural Health Clinic, in the Positive Club … and we were also pleased to interview him in our Winter 2020/21 issue, on the therapeutic practice of Tui Na.
We love the Positive Vibes section of our magazine, where we get to take a look at some of the best holistic products, events and pick-me-ups out there. This edition of Vibes is featured in our Summer 2019 issue – to read the full magazine, click here to find your nearest stockist or subscribe to have a copy delivered direct to your door.
Jovial July! We have been blessed with plenty of sunshine days this summer and we hope you are all enjoying the festivals and that beautiful feeling of being alive the sun brings! If you haven’t enjoyed a BBQ day yet, we hear there is still plenty of sunshine to come and after last weekend’s clearing full moon, we are definitely ready to enjoy it! We are bringing you some beautiful news including not one but two fantastic competitions, as well as retreats, books, supplements, event recommendations & more! Our fabulous Summer magazine edition is still out! Sign up here to get a hot copy in your postbox!
A Course on Vegetarian Cooking!
Date: July 22nd
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Mindful Health Ireland is offering an Introduction to a Vegetarian Cooking event. In it you will learn: What foods create and what foods curb the viscous inflammatory cycle; How to introduce foods that can reduce inflammation and improve conditions like cholesterol, heart health, hormonal health etc; How to make tasty & nutritious vegetarian meals, sides and snacks that the whole family can enjoy.
Thrive: Ireland’s New Wellness Event at Groove Festival!
Groove Summer Festival presents Thrive, the Festival’s all new health, fitness and wellness quarter, which offers festival goers the chance to relax, rejuvenate and reenergise the mind, body and soul through a jam-packed programme of over 35 free movement classes, wellness workshops and inspirational talks.
Our friends at Groove Festival would like to offer you all a 10% discount on tickets to Groove Festival (plus kids 12 and under go free!) Visit groovefestival.ie and enter code POSITIVELIFE. Code is valid until July 31st.
It is summer, and sharing is caring! We are also giving away two tickets for two winners each for this fantastic festival! Simply follow Positive Life on Facebook or Twitter, share this post on your Facebook or Twitter page and tag @positivelifemag so we know!
Spirit of Folks: The Gathering 2017
Location: Dunderry Park, Co. Meath, Ireland
Date: 9th – 10th September
Spirit of Folks presents the Dunderry Park Festival 20th Anniversary: The Gathering 2017. This celebration will feature some SOFF favourites with a specially curated SOFF stage and storytelling in the cairn, along with a whole host of inspiring speakers and workshops.
Progressive Workshop with Dr. Joe Dispenza
We have two tickets to give away for Dr. Joe Dispenza’s Progressive Workshop weekend event in Dublin from September 29th – October 1st, 2017. Just follow us on Facebook or Twitter, share this post and tag us to let us know!
Date: September 29- October 1st
Royal Dublin Society (RDS), Merrion Road, Ballsbridge
Dr. Joe Dispenza’s Progressive Workshop returns to Dublin in 2017 presenting a unique three day workshop where Joe will lead you through the language of science to reveal the latest research and findings of how to step into a new personal reality!
You can get tickets and learn more here!
Sun Chlorella in Ireland
Sun Chlorella is clearly today’s most praised chlorella product on the market. It is like sunshine in a glass! They bring us their new DYNO ® -Mill technology that breaks down the cell walls of the algae (without the use of heat or chemicals which can reduce the quality of the chlorella) to ensure when you use either their granules or tablets you’re getting the most nutrients possible.
The Wonderful Aloha House!
Our very own Paul recently returned from a wonderful weekend at The Aloha House in Co. Kerry and confirmed we are blessed to have an amazing Lomi Lomi massage practitioner and teacher like Louise kleu in Ireland. She rocks! Lomi Lomi is an ancient Hawaiian healing art with plenty of benefits for the mind, body & spirit such as the elimination of toxins, increase of energy and metabolism & a complete alignment of the body.
Positive Nights welcomes Sisú to our Family!
Positive Nights is happy to welcome Sisú Cold Pressed Juices as our brand new sponsor!!! SiSú is well on its way to becoming Ireland’s leading health & wellness brand. Their 100% natural juices and smoothies are healthy, delicious & refreshing! After you give it a taste at our event, you can pick up a bottle of their fruit & vegetable goodness in various shops, cafes, gyms, health shops and restaurants nationwide. Paul recently tried them in Cork and absolutely loved the taste!
Deva Premal & Miten in Concert!
We are giving away two tickets for this beautiful Concert! Simply share this post on your Facebook or Twitter page and tag @positivelifemag so we know!
Deva Premal & Miten concert
Date: September 22nd, 2017
Location: RDS, Dublin
Celebrated chant masters Deva Premal & Miten bring their Temple at Midnight Tour to Ireland. Accompanied by Nepalese bansuri maestro Manose, with Canadian Joby Baker on bass and Danish percussionist Rishi, their unique, spiritually inspired evenings of mantra, song, and chant are treasured by audiences around the planet.
By Paul Congdon
Chilling at the aloha house with the beautiful owner Louise Kleu. This place is simply amazing and needs to be seen to be believed. If you fancy a personal retreat or you are a practitioner looking for a workshop space amidst the beauty of Kerry to run your next course then this is for you. Louise runs Lomi Lomi courses and offers one on one treatments . I got a treatment as well and it’s an amazing experience .
Look out for my full article on this experience in our next issue out in September 2017.
Aloha House is based in Killorglin, County Kerry, and is the home of Lomi Lomi Ireland School of Hawaiian Healing Arts. A very short walking distance to Killorglin town with plenty of top class restaurants & pubs. Loads to see and do in the surrounding areas – for all ages.
By Jeana Iwalani Naluai
I am a Hawaiian-Irish-American. Like my ancestry, my approach to healing is multicultural. I am Western schooled in physical therapy, but I am also trained as a native Hawaiian medicine practitioner. Practising traditional physical therapy for almost a decade left me feeling disconnected, treating “knees” and “lower backs” in a compartmentalised way. I wanted to work on a deeper level and treat clients more holistically. I found all this and more returning to my roots in Lomi Lomi massage and the spiritual teachings of Ho’oponopono learned from Hawaiian masters.
Witnessing the loving and connected way Aunty Margaret Machado and Aunty Mahilani Poe Poe approached healing changed everything for me. Ho’oponopono is a practice of confl ict resolution within oneself and with others, restoring alignment and making right. Pono means to be correct, in harmony, in integrity, to be balanced, encompassing all things desirable for spiritual, mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Ho’o in front of pono suggests action or requiring action. When we are faced with challenges in our lives, including past traumas, disharmony between loved ones and such upheavals, we allow the emotions of the moment to dictate our thoughts and actions. In the Hawaiian philosophy of care, energies of anger, fear, blame, and judgement create separation between ourselves, others and the divine. Spirit prompts a shift firstly in our spiritual awareness. Even if ignored, the message nonetheless enters the mind.
Without action, discord will manifest physically in order to grab our attention. This results in trauma, injury and pain. Combining Lomi Lomi and Ho’oponopono allows me to work with the whole person, not on them. I had a client who had been in chronic pain for twenty years. He had injured his back serving in the military, a family tradition. As a young man, he had aspirations to be a healer. He chose family obligation rather than following his heart. As his treatment began, he shared the extensive list of failed therapies endured over the years. None had offered long term relief. His main concern was the fear of being hurt.
The session began with Ho’oponopono to address his fear. Was he willing to change the conversation and open to the possibility of healing? Our Hawaiian teaching of the wisdom of the bones reveals the correlation between spiritual/emotional disharmonies and physical illness. The lower back represents the family connection and support. In his case, this support was not received. In fact, for his pain, he had blamed his father for all these years. These emotions had not only created a divide in their relationship but it had perpetuated the pain in his backbone. Using the tools of Ho’oponopono, taking responsibility for shifting the story backward and forwards, he was able to recognise the destructive emotions he was carrying, release the blame and invite healing into his spirit. After the treatment, I asked him how his back was feeling. He was surprised to find his back pain free. Lomi Lomi is a therapeutic art form addressing injury and restoring physical alignment. But the Ho’oponopono is the magic that fosters transformational outcomes. By giving people empowering tools to release the pain in the emotional and spiritual body, true transformation can take place. Body. Mind. Spirit.
Jeana Iwalani Naluai is a Hawaiian Practitioner and master Teacher. Hawaiian Healing retreat – Ireland, June 1-6, 2017, killorglan, Co. kerry. hoomanaspamaui.com
Massage for female fertility and clarity
Within the natural fertility world, Fertility Massage Therapy is creating a buzz of excitement as a seemingly new treatment. However, this “new” treatment is in fact very very old and drawn from many indigenous cultures. Fertility Massage Therapy a fusion of leading edge techniques including abdominal-sacral, pulsing, Trigger point therapy, rebozo, reiki, guided visualisations and a twist of intuition that when blended together create a nurturing and sacred massage.
Unlike many massages which avoid the abdomen, the main focus of this type of massage is the Abdomen, from the pubic bone to ribs, lower lumbar and sacrum. It is deep but gentle, safe and non invasive. The idea behind it is that it helps to bring the organs within the abdominal area back into alignment, releasing tension and strengthening abdominal muscles and ligaments It also helps to break down scar tissue and loosen hardened debris that believe it or not, can be accumulating in your gut for years. It’s a natural way to encourage movement and clearing.
What are the benefits? As well as helping the body to rid itself of stagnant blood, tissues and scar tissue, it increases circulation for the digestive system, thereby enhancing immune system, promoting hormonal balance, repositioning a tilted Uterus into its natural state and bringing fresh blood to the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes.
The womb is the woman’s inner goddess, her divine feminine centre and intuition. Aiding to rebuild this connection has been seen to help women also regain clarity and vision, and emotional well being.
The Hawaiian healing art of Lomi Lomi
Lomi Lomi is one of the healing arts practiced by the kahunas of Polynesia. This transformational bodywork was designed to balance and harmonise all aspects of the self through prayer, ritual, chanting, massage and the powerful spirit of Aloha. What brought me to Lomi Lomi 15 years ago was a profound experience of the treatment on a deep, personal level. It was an altered state of awareness and a nurturing of spirit I’d never experienced before and has been the cornerstone of my life ever since.
Lomi lomi uses deep breath, rhythm and long fl owing strokes with the forearm and hands up and down, under and all around the body. It is guided by intuition which comes from the heart. It becomes an interactive dance between giver and receiver based on trust and gentleness, with powerful results.
“The dance of life and breath from the heart, Lomi Lomi is like no other massage”
Often described as “the dance of life and breath from the heart”, Lomi Lomi is like no other massage, it is an experience which overwhelms the mind with sensation, touching a deep core within with the knowingness that we are all interconnected and that the body heals itself with an activation of its own energy, mana. Your body is the home of your subconscious which contains energetic patterns of thought, complexes, belief systems and emotional memory. All this you can access through breath and bodywork. Sometimes it takes bodywork to bring into awareness these patterns and create an abundant fl ow of mana in our bodies and in our lives.
By Clare Blake
A fertility journey can be an emotional roller-coaster with a sense of losing control over your own body and feeling disconnected and many women search for a natural approach to support them and boost their chances of having a baby.
Fertility Massage Therapy™ is a nourishing blend of modalities, that when combined, bring harmony and balance to the reproductive, digestive and sacral areas. On a much deeper and probably more important level, it also reawakens and reconnects women to their bodies, especially their womb.
Womb massage has lineage dating back thousands of years. Egyptian women massaged their wombs to heal themselves, Norse traditions also mention goddesses rubbing bellies to heal. Many clients from India, Africa, Russia and China have remarked that women in their homeland perform similar womb or belly massages. By massaging directly over the lower abdomen, circulation of lymph, blood and energy is increased, helping women who experience ‘cold’ or ‘stagnant’ conditions such as painful periods, endometriosis, fibroids and constipation.
Womb massage is just a part of the therapy, also included within a session are Rebozo and Pulsing techniques. Pulsing focuses on gently rocking and releasing the physical and emotional tensions held within the body, whilst the Rebozo will be ceremonially wrapped to enable the woman to feel safe and held.
Together these all create a nourishing flow of feminine energy, leaving the client feeling whole, centred and nurtured on their fertility journey.
Clare also runs 4 day Practitioner courses, offering an intensive Practical, Theory & Spiritual course for practitioners wishing to specialise in Reproductive Health & Fertility. The next one takes place November 20-23.
- Learn how to to safely perform the womb, digestive and sacral massage on yourself and your clients. It is important that practitioners choosing to offer Fertility Massage gain a good understanding of the fertility process, common conditions presented by clients and knowledge to help clients whilst remaining within the scope of their professional training.
- Fertility Massage is an incredibly powerful and emotionally releasing therapy and should come from the practitioners womb and heart; therefore, the course commences with a womb blessing and meditation to help practitioners cleanse and connect to their own wombs.
- If you have an interest in Women’s Health, then this course is for you. With a strong focus on the physical and energetic approach to the womb, this therapy is suitable for women of all reproductive stages, regardless of whether they are trying to conceive.
- This Massage Benefits Clients with:Reproductive complaints: Irregular, Heavy, Painful Periods. Infertility, Blocked Fallopian tubes, Endometriosis, PCOS, Fibroids etc.. Digestive Complaints: IBS, Constipation, Flatulence, Bloating, Lower Back complaints, etc
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Who are you? Outside of our learned identity and societal roles, ancient wisdom offers ever-deepening perceptions of who we are as human beings. In one sense, you are the combined energy of all your experiences, sensations, impressions, thoughts, emotions, hopes and dreams — the accumulated energy of every moment you’ve ever experienced. On another level, you are the Great Mystery of Life Itself, opening its eyes to the world through your unique perceptions.
In Ancient Hawaiian Mysticism, these varying depths of seeing are called ‘Kaona’. In our lives, we inhabit many different ‘Kaona’ depending on which level of ‘reality’ we attend. We can focus on ‘the daily grind’ or we can choose to deepen our awareness into the Mystery, even in the most mundane of situations, by observing the Source from which we approach things.
All perceptions are ‘true’ and even useful, on the levels at which they exist, but in any given moment taking our attention to the rhythms of our breath, heartbeat, sensations, colours, shapes and impressions within and without, can begin to bring us into alignment with the Mystery of Life in our cells. Here, we enter the realm of the unknown, the realm of infi nite possibility. As you open this listening inside yourself, you may notice a shift in your external experience. In this profound practice, we more fully embody our essential resonance, unmasking the Mystery, which reveals itself in all that we meet.