In the last few months we’ve been lucky enough to get to know Maureen O’Callaghan who comes into Only Natural on a regular basis to share her knowledge of Reflexology and Mindfulness with us and with you our customers. This is Maureen’s own story of how she became involved in alternative therapies and where that road has taken her since:
“I happened upon Reflexology quite by chance in 1996 when my baby daughter had extreme eczema; having worn a path on the conventional methods of steroids and antibiotics, a chance meeting with a stranger in a shopping centre directed me towards reflexology.
What appealed to me were its non-invasive and therapeutic qualities. 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. After a few months of working with a wonderful therapist, my daughter’s symptoms improved dramatically, and I began my journey with complementary therapies.
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”.
We are truly delighted that Maureen is now bringing ‘The Artist’s Way‘ course to Only Natural. This is your chance to unlock your creativity under Maureen’s guidance with inner work based on Julia Cameron’s much loved and inspiring book ‘The Artist’s Way’. Over 10 weeks this is a unique opportunity in discovery and recovery of your creative self. Beginning on Tuesday 14th of April, the course will be held over 10 consecutive Tuesday’s from 10.30 am to 12.30. Participation will cost €180.
The course will include the self nurturing practices of Morning Pages, Artist Dates and Vision Boards in an effort to connect with the inner creative talent. With over 10 years experience Maureen’s aim is to assist students to access their own unique gift with support from the group which is fundamental to the successful completion of the course.
This is what past students have said :
” This power course, The Artist’s Way, jolts you out of your comfort zone into a place you would much rather be” T.J. Gorey
”As someone who came to this course, The Artist’s Way, as a skeptic with fixed ideas who thought I would only last 2 weeks at the most, I am now so sad that it is nearly finished. It is the best thing I have ever done in my life and it has left me for the first time with a true sense of myself. I would recommend that everyone does this course. It’s brilliant! ” B. Gorey
High praise indeed from those that Maureen has worked with in the past! Do you feel you have as yet untapped creative depths and would you like to discover them under the guidance of an experienced facilitator in a supportive small group setting? Call Only Natural today on 053 9123236 to book your place on ‘The Artist’s Way’.
Maureen left us one of her favourite quotes,
“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist.” St.Francis of Assisi