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.
Emily McElarney is a mum of 3. She has been teaching hynobirthing for the past 3 years and also teaches prenatal and Mum & Baby yoga through her business naturalbirth.ie She is co-founder of Positive Birth Movement Dublin.
A former journalist, Emily writes on the subject of birth and post natal life here at the elbowroom and for various blogs and media outlets.
Emily also teaches yoga to children in playschools, creches and national schools around Dublin.
Melissa has been teaching women yoga for over 14 years and and is a Mother to 3 children. Having started yoga in her 20’s in San Francisco, Melissa’s yoga journey has been fairly colourful. She is a fully trained Bikram, Hatha, Pre and Postnatal Yoga teacher, Kids yoga teacher, Infant Massage Instructor, Cuidiu breastfeeding counsellor and recently completed level 1 Yin Yoga Training with Josh Summers.
Melissa is very passionate about birth which led her to start facilitating birth preparation classes, complete a doula and postnatal doula training and most recently has completed a Well Woman/Womb Yoga training with the well known women’s health advocate, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli.
Melissa’s passion for women’s health is obvious in her classes due to her nurturing approach and being able to respond to the needs of women’s health issues. Whether in or out of the yoga room and knowing well how challenging life can be, Melissa loves to empower and support women from all walks of life.
Liz Walsh trained as a Pre-Natal Yoga Teacher here at The Elbowroom. She has worked as an Art Teacher for many years, teaching both children and adults.
Aoife Donnelly has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and teaching for 7 years. In 2007 she completed her Pre/post natal teacher training at the elbowroom under the guidance of Melissa Curtis and Lisa Wilkinson. In 2008 she completed the 250 hour yoga foundation teacher training with Veronica Larsson, Debbie Corradino, Marianne Jacuzzi, Anthony Sharkey, Karen Ward and Susan Church.
Her style of teaching is a dynamic Hatha flow. Pregnancy yoga has always been a great love of hers. As a mother of three children, she used yoga extensively as a birth preparation and loves to pass on her knowledge to empower the new mothers in her classes. As her children grew so did her interest in kids yoga. In 2011 she completed the Rainbow kids teacher training and then went on to complete The elbowroom’s childrens yoga teacher training in 2013.
Aoife continues to develop her yoga practice with a variety of workshops and courses most recent of which, was an advanced yoga immersion training with James Higgins, Yin yoga teacher training with Josh Summers and she is currently studying on the 300 hour Advanced teacher training in The elbowroom.
Martha Bredin is a Mezzo Soprano from Glasnevin, Dublin. She a music Degree from University College Dublin and a Masters in Performance from the Conservatoire of Music and Drama. She has performed in London as a professional opera singer for the past eight years, most recently in the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In addition to performing, Martha teaches singing and violin to children of all ages and has been involved in various music workshops in primary schools around the country. Since returning to Ireland she has focused on children’s musical education and particularly the importance of rhythmic song and dance with regard to a child’s development.
Bridget Sheeran SRN, RM, MSc , LCH, MCH has a background in nursing and midwifery in hospitals and the community. Bridget has four sons, three of them born at home, and one waterbirth. She has been an Independent midwife in London, Dublin, Wicklow and Cork
She has a MSc in Midwifery from Trinity College and Bridget founded the Community Midwives Association in Ireland (recognised by Dail Eirean as a group representing the interests of Midwives practising outside hospitals and supporting women’s choice in maternity care services).
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.
Hailing from the Real capital, Cork City, Aideen enjoys teaching Pilates in a good humoured & relaxed way. Following a life long love of massage, she began her journey with an intensive 2 years of training in holistic therapies in 2001. This included Anatomy & Physiology, Holistic Massage, Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage & Reflexology.
In 2006 she started an apprenticeship in Pilates with Susan Church of Pilates Teacher Training Ireland (PTTI) & qualified as an instructor In 2007.
In 2013 Aideen completed her 250hr Yoga Teacher Training with the Elbowroom, studying again under Susan Church, Tanya Fitzpatrick & Marianne Jacuzzi.
Her fascination with the body & how we move continues to grow. She is committed to developing her knowledge & to date has attended many workshops with internationally acclaimed Pilates teachers including first generation Pilates Master Teacher Lolita San Miguel, Anthony Lett & Rebecca Leone. And within the yoga world has attended yoga intensive workshops with James Higgins & Granville Cousins.
In 2015 she began assisting on the PTTI Pilates teacher trainings.
Disciplines: Pilates(including post-natal), Yoga
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.