Maureen O’ Callaghan
Maureen O’Callaghan comes into us in Only Natural on a regular basis to share her knowledge of Reflexology and Mindfulness with us and with you our customers. Her interest in alternative therapies and reflexology in particular began back in 1996. What appealed to her were the non-invasive and therapeutic qualities of reflexology. Being an ancient art it reveals how the feet are full of acupressure and reflexology points or nerve endings which are linked to every organ and system in the body. When pressure is put on these points through skillful manipulation it can help to unblock the flow of energy in organs and rebalance entire systems.
I trained in 1999; Reflexology is now being recognised as a powerful yet gentle form of therapy. I became a registered tutor in teaching the Reflexology Diploma Course in 2013. There is a general acceptance that illness and disease do not occur ‘out of the blue’ nor can they be solely attributed to a virus or bacteria. When our immune system is depleted below the level of resistance required to successfully fight a disease then we succumb and become ill.
Reflexology can help with anxiety, asthma, cancer treatment, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, headaches, maternity and fertility issues and many more ailments.
Reflexology is growing increasingly popular across Europe as both a complement to other treatments and as a preventive measure. One example is Denmark, where various municipalities and companies have employed reflexologists since the early ’90s. According to several studies, this practice in Denmark has resulted in reduced sick leave and absenteeism (and significant economic savings for the employers). Employees have consistently reported complete or partial improvement in conditions where they sought reflexologists’ help and even relief for additional problems related to stress. In one municipal district, almost one-third of the employees reported greater satisfaction with their jobs after completing six sessions with a reflexologist.
I also became a Reiki Master, and facilitate a Creative Course called ‘Unlock your Creativity with The Artist’s Way’ an empowering spiritual journey towards unleashing the hidden potential within us. Over the years I have witnessed students finding their hidden talents, and having the confidence to share them and sometimes even changing career to incorporate them into their lives”.