Jean McDonald -BA MOD HONS Craniosacral Therapy -T Pediatrics IYA Dip
Being curious about the body design, energy and how we connect to life force set me on a road of appreciation and discovery. This interest prompted reading Psychology as part of a degree course.
Writers who I find give credence to our spiritual evolution include Carl Jung, Piaget and Deepak Chopra.
Dance led to yoga, experiencing more subtle flows of energy encouraged me to train to become a yoga teacher. While training, craniosacral therapy was a wonderful support and I had to find out more!
Craniosacral therapy is a modality which is sensitive to the subtle energy with the added advantage of energy matching which permits tissue memory to release – this very potent approach adds to understanding and healing.
Lesley MNRRI, specialises in Holistic and Deep Tissue Massage, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology including prenatal and postnatal.
From an early age, I have been interested in natural ways to increase energy levels, stay healthy and manage stress through dance, yoga, nutrition, massage and meditation.
Every person is unique and my experience in a wide variety of Massage therapies allows me to tailor treatments individually to client’s specific needs. My passion is helping people to de-stress, restore and overall develop a much better sense of health and wellbeing.
I have treated a range of clients from elderly to drug rehabilitation participants and travelled through many different countries in the world learning new techniques along the way. I am a registered member of the Irish Therapists Association (ARCHTI) and the National Register of Reflexologists Ireland (NRRI).
The cost of Reflexology can be claimed back from some private health insurance companies.
Ciarán Aherne BSc, BA, MIAPT completed his BSc in physical therapy in the Institute of Physical Therapy in Milltown, Dublin. He is a member of the Irish Association of Physical Therapists and has a certificate in massage therapy.
Ciarán uses a range of manual techniques and “hands-on” therapy to assist rehabilitation from musculoskeletal injuries, back and neck pain, postural problems, sprains/strains and sports injuries among other issues. Treatments are individually tailored and can include; myofascial trigger-point release, deep tissue massage, mobilisation of the spine and specific exercise prescription. Ciarán has treated people from a variety of sporting backgrounds such as basketball, soccer, Gaelic football and hockey.
Prior to his physical therapy studies, Ciarán completed a degree in Leisure and Recreation Management and has worked extensively with athletes involved in the Special Olympics.
Mary Barrett BA. Rel. Sc. and Education, BA Psychology, MA Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dip. Special Ed., Cert. Mindfulness, PSI
“If you allow yourself to be the person you are then everything else will come into rhythm” John O’Donoghue
I have always had an interest in how people think, feel, behave and learn. This drew me towards the area of psychology, which in turn drew me towards counselling and psychotherapy.
My experience has taught me of the importance of viewing each person as an individual despite their presenting issue. I use an integrative approach drawing on a variety of theories and techniques including person centred, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and psychodynamic techniques.
I believe counselling to be a treatment where each counselling session is a safe and regular space for a person to think and talk about themselves and the world they live in.
We are all capable of solving our own problems and finding our own peace of mind. Sometimes we need to understand why we are feeling, thinking or behaving in a certain way. Life can throw situations our way which may seem unmanageable; my aim as a counsellor is to support each person as they gain an insight and understanding into these difficulties, while also supporting them as they make any changes needed to make themselves feel better. It is a privilege to be present in a process where people bring about real changes in their lives.
Counselling can provide support for a wide variety of issues including;
- Postnatal Depression
- Anxiety/Panic Attacks
- Grief, bereavement and loss
- Relationship difficulties/breakdown
- Self harm
- Abuse – sexual, physical, emotional
- Coping with disability
- Post – traumatic stress and trauma
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything” George Bernard Shaw
David Corbally B.Sc Curr Occ, Dip.Acu, M.A.F.P.A is a highly qualified and experienced health care professional. He graduated with B.Sc (Hons) from the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin and holds qualifications in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from Lansdowne College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taiwan International Healthcare Training Centre.
Caitriona Foley (B.A.),(DB.A),(JEB), Certified Rolfer from the European Rolfing Association
Caitriona has over 6 years Rolfing experience in a clinical practice. She has extensive technical expertise in anatomy, physiology, psychology, movement practice and postural realignment.
Caitriona treats a wide variety of musculoskeletal complaints including backache, neck pain, pregnancy related pains, all types of joint or muscle injuries alongside sporting injuries. She has worked with clients to address issues related to trauma, car accidents, post – operative pain, sports injuries repetitive strain injury and habitual bad posture.
I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1987 and some years later I took a sideways move into Social Work where I was employed as Operations Manager and a Practice Teacher for Social Work Students. In the summer of 1999, a conversation over a pizza and a beer brought about an incredible life change that wasn’t exactly planned, I left my career and moved to Amsterdam, opened a company, BLP Wellness Consultancy. I taught yoga and fitness classes, designed and delivered in-house training and education for a chain of gyms and eventually went on to open Amstel Yoga Lounge. In 2014 I trained in a concept called Be Activated Techniques, Designed by South African Physiotherapist, Douglas Heel.
After struggling with a long term hip and shoulder injury, ‘Being Activated’ made a massive shift in my wellbeing. I learned how my body had been compensating for my injury and how that in turn had led to more problems. Be Activated literally reset my nervous system and awakened my kinetic chain and my spirit. I use Be Activated in a clinical practice and also in group settings and I teach people how to do it on themselves. Self Activation is an empowering tool for managing your own health.
In addition to the above, I’m studying Neuromuscular Therapy. I’m a yoga teacher, a writer and I truly love my work.
Sam Taylor is a fully qualified Chinese medical practitioner using acupuncture, Chinese herbs, cupping, moxa and reiki as a form of natural medicine and healing. She is registered with the ACOI and abides by their strict code of ethics
The first session with Sam will involve a thorough consultation process where she will ask questions about the clients’ symptoms, lifestyle, digestion, sleep, emotions and much more. She will read your pulse and view your tongue to help confirm her diagnosis. From this, she will evaluate a treatment plan and discuss lifestyle choices so the client can contribute to the healing process and start to improve their quality of life immediately.
Sam likes to treat the whole person, physically, mentally and emotionally. Her treatments are very effective for a wide range of conditions, from anxiety and depression to skin conditions or autoimmune diseases.
Jonathan Wills. M.Ost, ND, DO is one of the few osteopaths in Ireland with a masters in osteopathic medicine.
He studied at the world renowned British College of Osteopathic Medicine which takes a naturopathic, whole-body approach to osteopathy. In this course, he also studied visceral osteopathy which aims to treat the viscera/organs of the body via an osteopathic approach. This is an area of medicine which is gaining more and more popularity as people realise that the body has to work as a whole unit and that all the body’s systems are interconnected.
Jonathan’s career in health started in his training as a gym instructor, then as a personal trainer, then as a sports therapist prior to studying osteopathic medicine. He has taught fitness classes around Dublin and has been recruited several times to teach the Joseph System of Foot Mobilisation to podiatrist and chiropodists directly working with Brian Joseph.
Jonathan uses a combination of soft-tissue techniques, myofascial work, joint manipulations and mobilisations, visceral techniques and much more to get your body functioning normally again.
‘A personable approach, empathy for his patients and a proven track record of patient improvement’ ensures that you are in good hands with Jonathan.
I left the corporate world in a blaze of glory 15 years ago after reading the idiots guide to managing stress. Idea Number 32 said – if everything else fails run away. And that is what I did. After being a director of marketing strategy for one of Irelands most profitable start up tech businesses, I ran away to teach yoga in the Bahamas.
Now I am a mum to Tuilelaith and Sean first and foremost. They are my pride and joy. I do however love working. And I love The elbowroom. I am very proud of what my amazing team have accomplished over the years and wish to share that with you.
My speciality is working with families. Through pregnancy, birth and child development. Using yoga, workshops and individual therapies I have worked with hundreds of families over the last 13 years.
The rest of my time is spent mothering 40 plus staff and teachers, being a yoga teacher, Pilates teacher, Cranio sacral therapist, Pregnancy yoga teacher, Teacher Trainer, Doula, Crochet Queen and playing the cello …badly.
Lee Ní Chinneide
Lee Ni Chinneide graduated from the Irish School of Homeopathy in 2005 with a licentiate of Homeopathy and a diploma in Anatomy and Physiology and Pathology and Disease.
She has run a busy practice – starting in the Elbowroom when it first opened in 2004 as a student homeopath, and now based in Galway and Dublin. Lee is also the 2nd year tutor for the Irish School of Homeopathy and lectures on Gynaecology, Obstetrics, paediatrics and philosophy. She also acts as a mentor for Graduate Homeopaths and is a supervisor for student Homeopaths. As a busy mother of 4, Lee is no stranger to pregnancy, labour, post natal issues and childhood illnesses and aside from a busy general practice, Lee specialises in these areas.
Lee is hugely passionate about healthy living, positive mental health and homeopathy. Her approach to her practice is empowering to her patients – helping to gently guide them to make changes in their lifestyle and attitude to achieve the best outcome regardless of the presenting complaint.
The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.