EFT Tapping for food cravings

We all have them from time to time especially when you walk past the fridge or treat jar. But when you are trying to drop a few pounds or you have a more significant issue with food these cravings can become a great source of self sabotage.

In this video Samantha Mudge talks about how many issues can create these cravings and how EFT can help you to stay on track

Top 5 ways Reiki can help you

I am often asked what is Reiki and what things can it help with? so here is my top 5 list of ways reiki can help you.

  1. Reiki helps relaxation and well being
  2. It can help you recover quickly from Surgery & other medical treatments.
  3. It boost’s your bodies energy levels
  4. Its great for clearing your head and regaining focus
  5. It can be used for anyone Babies, Teens, Pregnant women, Adults, Seniors and even the family pet!!

So that is my short list but Reiki can help you in so many ways to get balance into your life and help reconnect you with your feelings. Most of all it can do you no harm so even the skeptics of you out there might gain benefit of taking an hour of “Me Time”. Go give it a try.


I know its Monday but I hope this makes you smile

Hi all I know its a Monday and sometimes you might not be in the best of emotional shape so when I came across these people over the weekend I thought “This would cheer people up I’ll post it!” So here is “Walk Off The World” Don’t forget to dance a little or even just tap your feet under the desk

Hope you like it Miriam.

4 steps to feel better about yourself

Keep Calm & Feel Better

Step 1: Identify situations that affect your self- esteem eg crises at home, challenge at work or with relationships.

Step 2: Become aware of your thoughts and your beliefs eg your self talk which might be very negative, positive, rational or irrational.

Step 3: Challenge negative thinking which might be the result of someone else’s opinion and not yours. Do you constantly put yourself down and jump to negative conclusions?

Step 4: Adjust your thoughts and beliefs. This may involve you forgiving yourself as everyone makes ‘mis’ ‘takes’ and you can always try again. Avoid ‘should’ and ‘must’ statements as they put unreasonable demands on you.

Above all, focus on the positive parts of your live and give yourself credit for making positive changes, no matter how small.

For more information contact miriam@thehealingplace.ie


Reiki Healing makes recovery from Surgery Quicker

How can Reiki help with recovery?

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Reiki treatment helps the body recover by soothing the shock on your system and activating the body’s natural healing processes. In the controlled atmosphere of a hospital where the patient can be hooked up to a range of monitoring devices the benefits of Reiki are often measurable: heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation can visibly improve both during and after Reiki Healing Therapy.

There are many reports of dramatic reduction in the need for pain medication. Patients are able to get out of bed sooner and have less post surgical complications so they can get back home sooner.

For the best results we recommend that you book a session just before you go in to hospital. This will help balance and prepare your body to deal with the shock on the system. Then book a session as soon as possible after your operation. Some hospitals will have an issue with a practitioner coming in to the ward but it does seem that there is a greater acceptance in the medical world of alternative practices once they do not interfere with the operation of the medical staff.

Remember ANY amount of Reiki healing is better than none so please get in touch with a practitioner as soon as you can.

For More Information Contact: miriam@thehealingplace.ie

Reflexology could be better pain relief than Pills

Researchers at the University of Portsmouth in the UK have found that people felt about 40 per cent less pain, and were able to stand pain for about 45 per cent longer, when they used reflexology as a method of pain relief.

In a trial carried out by Dr Carol Samuel, who is a trained reflexologist  as part of her PhD studies, said it was the first time this therapy had been scientifically tested as a treatment for acute pain.

Results indicated that reflexology could be used to complement conventional drug therapy in the treatment of conditions associated with pain such as osteoarthritis, backache and cancers.

Participants attended two sessions, in which they were asked to submerge their hand in ice water.

In one of the sessions they were given reflexology before they submerged their hand, and in the other session they believed they were receiving pain relief from a Tens machine, which was not actually switched on.

The researchers found that when the participants received reflexology prior to the session they were able to keep their hand in the ice water for longer before they felt pain, and that they could also tolerate the pain for a longer period of time.

Dr Samuel said: “As we predicted, reflexology decreased pain sensations.

“It is likely that reflexology works in a similar manner to acupuncture by causing the brain to release chemicals that lessen pain signals.”

Dr Ivor Ebenezer, co-author of the study, said: “We are pleased with these results. Although this is a small study, we hope it will be the basis for future research into the use of reflexology.”

Dr Ebenezer, from the Department of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, and Dr Samuel used a small study of 15 people to determine whether reflexology would be more effective than no pain relief at all.

Dr Ebenezer said: “Complementary and alternative therapies come in for a lot of criticism, and many have never been properly tested scientifically.

“One of the common criticisms by the scientific community is that these therapies are often not tested under properly controlled conditions.

Dr Samuel said “this is an early study, and more work will need to be done to find out about the way reflexology works. However, it looks like it may be used to complement conventional drug therapy in the treatment of conditions that are associated with pain, such as osteoarthritis, backache and cancers.”

The study has been published in the Journal of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

For More Information Contact: miriam@thehealingplace.ie

Garlic “The Wonder Plant” Can help reduce cholesterol

Grab Some Garlic to Lower Cholesterol

Garlic with doctors blood pressure gauge

Garlic can help reduce cholesterol








Garlic is one of those “wonder plants” with many restorative properties, and now a new meta-analysis (a study of several other studies) has been found that taking a garlic supplement can lower total cholesterol levels!

The analysis, published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, included data from 26 controlled trials in which garlic supplements were compared with placebo in people with high fat (lipid) levels in the blood.

Analysing the combined pool of data, the researchers found that:

  • Overall, total cholesterol and triglyceride levels decreased in people taking garlic.
  • Greater reductions were seen in people who used garlic for more than 12 weeks.
  • Garlic powder and aged garlic extract were better at lowering cholesterol and garlic oil was better at lowering triglyceride levels.

(J Sci Food Agric 2012;doi:10.1002/jsfa.5557)

Our Stress Relief top 5 Tips for Office Workers

Woman eating laptop looking stressed






Falling out of bed and into the shower, grabbing a sip of coffee and a slice of Luke warm toast as you throw the kids in the car to drop them off on the way to work. Road works, late buses, pouring rain….Arghhhhhh!

Here are a few ideas to help you manage your stressful day at the office.

1. Win the lottery – then you won’t have to work and the nanny can deal with the kids.

OK so that’s a long shot but not a bad solution!.

  • In the absence of winning a fortune, get up a bit earlier. I can hear the yelps of pain. Get out of my nice warm bed even earlier? Yes. having the time to eat a proper breakfast and wake up the brain can really help de-stress you and  improve your productivity at work. You won’t really miss those extra few minutes after a while and you may get some brownie points with the boss for your next raise.
  • Drink plenty of Water. Very few of us drink enough water. The link between water and stress reduction is well documented. All of our organs, including our brains, need water to function properly. If you’re dehydrated, your body isn’t running well — and that can lead to stress. So keep a bottle at your desk or drop over to the water fountain for a regular top up.
  • Catch some rays baby, Mother Nature may be the ultimate antidepressant. Exposure to natural light can increase levels of the mood-lifting chemical serotonin so get outside in the sunshine during your lunch break and soak up some sun! Sorry If you live in Ireland be happy with daylight that works too :-)
  • Stretch  Shrug your shoulders —  Inhale deeply and shrug your shoulders, lifting them high up to your ears. Hold. Release and drop. Repeat three times. Then Shake your head slowly, yes and no. You might as well amuse yourself while you do it to relax even further. Ask yourself silly questions: “Is your boss an idiot?” Move your head up and down, “Yes, yes, yes.” Side to side: “No. No. No.”  Remember sometimes stress relief is a mental activity too!
  • Unplug When you get home switch off the mobile for a while and leave the laptop in its bag. go out for a walk, listen to some music, talk with your partner or play with the kids. For an hour just leave the technology behind. Never check emails or schedule work calls less than an hour before you go to bed. Your brain will be too active to let you relax into a healthy sleep.

So Give these a try and see how your life will become fabulously unstressed. If you do manage to win the lottery you might remember who suggested you enter and help de-stress my life too :-)

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Salt – The effect of excessive salt in your diet – Sea Salt v Table Salt

Salt in our diet

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Excessive salt consumption has been linked with high blood pressure, stomach cancer, obesity, osteoporosis, asthma and more. It is important to understand why salt is a necessary part of our diet. Salt provides sodium, which regulates fluid balance in the body, helps with muscle contraction, digestion and regulates PH levels in the blood. Symptoms of increased salt intake include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps.

Both Table Salt & Sea Salt contain the same amounts of sodium despite advertising to the contrary. However, sea salt contains more trace minerals than table salt but according to the Mayo Clinic these levels are in insignificant amounts to affect our health.


The main issue is the amount of salt we are ingesting not whether it is Table or Sea Salt.  Monitor your daily intake of salt by reading labels carefully.  (As a guide, a high salt product would contain 1.5 g of salt (or 0.6 g of sodium) per 100g whereas a low salt product would contain around 0.3g of salt (or 0.1g sodium). A burger can have as much as 2.1g of salt.
According to Katherine Zeratsky at the Mayo clinic adults are advised to consume no more than 2.3g salt per day unless you are over 51 years. Take note of “hidden” salt in processed foods, including bread, cold meats, prepared dinners, cheese, pizza, bacon and fast foods most of which contain around 1.1g of salt per 100g.  Reduce salt in the diet by rinsing any canned foods that contain salt, choosing low salt breakfast cereals and snacks and flavour food with herbs and spices.  You might also consider removing the salt cellar from the table.

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Breathing Movement and Posture

Breathing has a fundamental effect on our posture and as a simple tool to improve our skeletal position and avoid unnecessary aches and pains it is unfortunately ignored by most people. In his TED Talk below, Dr. Eric Goodman demonstrates structural breathing and how it can help you.

Here is a Quick Summary

  • Sitting down or standing, place your thumbs at the base of your rib cage, pinkies at pointy bones at the front of your waist. Think of the space between your fingers as a measuring stick.
  • Pull your chin back so that your chest is lifting upwards and take three slow deep breaths as I instruct you below.
  • As you breathe in, the distance between your thumbs and pinkies should increase.
  • As you breathe out, tighten your abdominal muscles to prevent your torso from collapsing back down. This is the important step, do not let your torso drop back down towards the pelvis as you exhale. It should be challenging and you should feel your abdomen engage as you exhale.

When done properly, your breath will help lengthen your hip flexors, stabilize your spine, and support your core using your transverse abdominal muscles. This will strengthen your back and keep your chest high and open. Do this exercise for 30 seconds or so, then go back to your normal seated position. With time, those muscles will get stronger, and your seated posture will gradually improve. With Foundation Training you should quickly notice dramatic improvement to your daily posture.

I hope you find this useful

The Healing Place Team