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Its the 29th February 2016. A leap year and my Father’s Birthday. If he was alive he would be 100 years old !

momscan  Gosh, how time flies by! My siblings tell me that I was about two and a half years old, the day this photograph was taken. I found the monkey I am holding in this picture in a  grass ditch at the bottom of our garden. I simply refused to let it go. My mother washed as best she could, offered me substitute toys  but to no avail. This monkey was mine and that was that. Even at a young age I had a determined streak !

My Dad on the other hand, was a quiet  thoughtful man of few words and kind actions. He always remembered the little things and accepted oddities of my behavior without question.

I  dedicated a book of poetry to him. He kept it close always.

If the dedication on the inset cover bemused him, he did not say.

It went like this…

To My Father who helped me to understand the fragility of human weakness.

Love ya Dad, yesterday, today and always.

May you rest in peace

With love your daughter,

Marie T


This morning I can’t stop singing the 1970’s song ‘ Beautiful’ by Carole King. And sure isn’t it a great way to start a Monday Morning.

IMG_0086 The song goes like this…

‘You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face

and show the world all the love in your heart.

Then, People gonna treat you better.

You’re gonna find, yes, you will

that you’re as beautiful as you feel’.

Note to self

If you don’t know it just press this link  below and away you go

Have fun you guys,

Today is the  29th February on a leap year!

Hugs and Love





I have been thinking about Hand Reflexology a lot recently


baseimage - CopyWhich is interesting when you come to think about it. I am a reflexologist and you would imagine that hand reflexology occupies much of my thoughts and much of my days.The truth of the matter is this: Hand Reflexology, is often an adjunct to most reflexology courses including my own which is very unfair to the wonderful therapy.

We communicate so much through our hands.

The first time I became aware of the healing power of touch was when I was a young girl in my late teens. I went into nursing straight after school. I was seventeen years old. It was an impressionable time and the role I played as a young student nurse in the care of the sick overwhelmed me. I felt so powerless against the mighty wheels of medicine. Despite my ineptitude I believed that the most vulnerable in my care benefited from my presence and it was nothing to do with what I said. I performed no astounding surgery. I did not diagnose or prescribe medicine. What I did all day long was rub heels with an antiseptic known as Mercurochrome.

Mercurochrome is illegal now but back in the late 1970’s, it was a cure for all ailments including the prevention of bedsores! And so it feel upon the most junior member of staff, i.e. – me, to perform the heel rubbing task morning and evening. I noticed that even the most stressed poor souls would relax when we nurses massaged their heels. I was being introduced to the healing power of touch: a concept that influenced the rest of my life’s choices.

The importance of this type of contact was first identified by Charles Berner in 1965 who introduced the concept which he called ‘The Cycle of Communication’ this cycle consisted of a series of non-verbal reactions flowing backward and forward between people. A few years later Michael Argyle (1972) developed this concept into the theory of ‘Interpersonal Communication’  which highlights the importance of non verbal behavior, a skill he argues that needs to be studied carefully if we wish to incorporate it successfully into our daily lives. I considered Michael Argyle’s work on an intellectual level while I was in college studying psychology. I only put it into practice  when I started to understand the vital role reflexology plays in maintaining health and well being.

And yet despite my extensive study the truth of the matter remained my reflexology therapy focused on the feet only and that is what I taught on my courses for several years.

I felt that Hand Reflexology remained unexplored territory to be trodden on carefully and never really understood. Even the charts I used at that time were lacking. No insult to the artist the fault was all mine ‘mea culpa’.

Then, 8 years ago I became involved as a reflexologist in a baby, parent & toddler group. The aim of this group was to foster social integration among the many diverse cultures in the area in which I live. Who better to mix different classes and creeds than babies, and what better therapy than reflexology?

The group was such a success that they have several now in this area under the umbrella of the A.R.D. ( Arduan/Roscam /Dougkiska) Family Resource Center. I  gained incredible experience in Hand Reflexology during this time.  I found that babies do not like someone touching’ Mummies’ feet so all reflexology was given to the hands as the baby snuggled into Mum body during the therapy. Soon I began to realize that I was getting the same results as foot reflexology! You can imagine my surprise!

So I started to chart the hand reflexology points. They are not that dissimilar to foot reflexology, except for the thumb of course and the disorienting effect of looking at the hands as a mirror image. I think this is why I have such a problem with all the charts. Presently I  am in the process of revamping  my charts and establishing a specific  hand reflexology routine which I would love to share with you in my next CPD workshop day on 14th May 2016.

Contact details

If you would like to hear more about our upcoming CPD Hand Reflexology course in May

E mail:

With very best wishes and gratitude,

Marie Therese

Your Irish Mammy is feeling very pensive this Monday morning.

photo (10)And I am thinking what can I say to you that you have not already heard before?

There are only so many relaxation exercises and meditation tips that I can share without getting ‘twee’ or boring.

Yes I get it.

You know the drill.

Certain foods and exercises can and do, bring a feel good factor with them.

Then again, what if …..

What if I just couldn’t be bothered to make that change?

What if I just couldn’t be bothered to go that extra mile to make the world a better place?

What if I just couldn’t be bothered?

Full Stop.

I am told that on days like these I need to look out for the Angel Effect.

Simply put, the Angel Effect is when a complete stranger looks at you for no apparent reason and smiles, a deep warm meaningful smile, from their  heart to yours.

God, I love when that happens.

Dear Lord let it happen today.

Note to self  

Have a great week you guys.

Be angels out there.

Ya never know when that smile is really needed.

Hugs and love,


Welcome to No 34 ‘The Monastery’ Bansko, Bulgaria

IMG_0095Bansko Ski Resort turns into a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, interested in hill-walking, mountain bike riding fishing or just chilling in the open air, during the summer months from May to September

The Bulgarians have a love affair with food and music and on the 6th of August, the Jazz festival is in full swing and continues for one week in the medieval square in Old Bansko.


During the winter months Bansko is covered in snow and the leisurely summer pace of life is replaced by masses of people of all ages and nationalities, carrying snowboards and skis heading to and from the gondolas at the foot of the Pirin Mountains in an area known as New Bansko.


In new Bansko you are ‘spoilt’  for choice. If you do not want to ski or snowboard you can walk down the old town and search for bargains in the many varied and interesting shops along the way. The Exchange rate for the Euro and Pound is excellent against the Bulgarian Lv.

If shopping is not your thing then there are spas and health centers in almost every Hotel- of which there are many, offering various herbal treatments and massage therapies.

Also, in New Bansko there are a dazzling array of Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Bars and Hotels to choose from.



You’re Apartment: No 34. The Monastery.


No 34 is a spacious south facing, 3 bedroom apartment on the third floor of a residential secure complex in the center of New Bansko, across the road from the famous rustic ‘Tanne Hotel’ and 300 miters to the ski lifts.  Thus, once you arrive at No 34 you can walk everywhere.

The Monastery also boasts of

  • 2 spacious Bedrooms and 1 Single room. The Pirin Mountains are visible from the balconies of every room.
  • Kitchen with electric cooker and oven, microwave, coffee peculator and separate Dining Area
  • 2 separate self-contained bathrooms
  • Lounge area with  L shaped sofas.
  • Open wood burning fireplace which back boiler for extra comfort and heat
  • TV with all channels
  • Free Wi-Fi







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No 34’s unique offer

  • Private pick up service – free of charge, to and from the Airport to your apartment so you do not have to worry about getting taxis or transfers. Ivan and his team of drivers are personal friends of the owners for several years.
  • Welcome pack on your arrival
  • Discount to Ski equipment
  • Individual guide to help you settle in on your arrival

If you would like to know more please do not hesitate to contact me at

Have a great weekend you guys,

Hugs and love












Good Morning Children! Its your Irish mammy here telling you how to do the Deep Progressive Muscle Relaxation Technique.

IMG_0003Getting started:Assume a comfortable position, sitting on a soft chair or lying down. Either way, make sure your head is supported. It is a good idea to cover yourself with a warm blanket. It will help you to feel safe and secure and also keep you in a state of relaxation if your body temperature drops. This can happen when the pulse rate decreases and blood pressure falls in states of deep relaxation.

Loosen any tight garments; take off shoes, glasses, contact lenses, tight belts, and jewelry.

Decide not to worry about anything — give yourself permission to put aside the concerns of the day. If there is something bothering you, it is preferable to write it down before the relaxation exercise. It can be dealt with at a later time.

The Technique.

Start with breathing. Breathe in deeply and slowly. Imagine that you are breathing in good energy and light, which is soothing and healing to your body, and with every exhalation, you are letting go of tension tiredness and general aches and pains in your body.

When you are ready, allow yourself to concentrate on all the muscles in your body starting at your feet and moving up through your body one step at a time, each time tensing, holding and relaxing.

Bring your concentrate on your feet. Tighten your feet by curling your toes downwards. Hold for ten seconds and then quickly release and relax and on up through your body

Tighten  calf muscles hold and relax

Tighten  thighs, hold and relax

Tighten  buttocks, hold and relax

Tighten  spine, hold and relax

Next, bring your attention around to the front of your body, starting at the pelvis

Tighten  your pelvis  hold and relax

Tighten  lower abdomen hold and relax

Tighten  stomach, hold and relax

Tighten the muscles of your chest by taking in a deep breath. Hold for ten seconds and release slowly. Imagine the tension in your chest flowing away with every the exhalation you make.

Now, move your concentration to your shoulders. First, raise them as far as you can as if you were trying to touch your ears. Hold, tense, release, and relax

Move your concentration towards your arms. Draw your forearms up towards your shoulders. Hold, tense, release, and relax. Extend your arms out straight, locking both elbows. Hold, tense, release, and relax. Then, tighten your  fists, hold and relax

Move your concentration to your neck. Rotate your head to the left and then to the right

Finally, bring your attention to the head area

Tighten your  forehead hold and relax

Shut and tighten your eyes, hold and relax

Draw your lips right back over your teeth as if you are growling Tighten   hold and relax

Stick out your tongue as far as you can try and reach your chin. Tighten, hold and relax

Before finishing the progressive muscle relaxation, allow yourself time to rest as you feel your body sinking deeper and deeper into the bed or chair on which you are resting, becoming more and more relaxed.

Stay in this relaxing state for some time and when feel ready, gradually come back by stretching out like a big Lazy cat.

Then draw your knees up slowly and bend them up towards your stomach, turn on your side, place your palm the ground for support and gently raise your body into the sitting position and slowly stand upright.

Try and practice the deep muscle relaxation once or twice over the next few days.

And start thinking about the possibility of sharing the practice of progressive muscle relaxation with someone else.

Note to self

This Deep Progressive Muscle Relaxation will have you relaxed if not asleep in no time at all

Have a great week you guys.

See you next Monday.D. V

Hugs and Love


Relaxation exercises For busy people on the go.

IMG_1715Just breathe gently in and out, through your nostrils. If you can, sit down, uncross your legs , place your feet firmly on the floor with your  back straight and unsupported if possible, place your hands on your knees, with your palms facing down.

For the next few moments, permit your mind to really concentrate on  your  senses, one at a time, starting with your sense of Touch 

  • Become aware of the clothes on your body and the play of air on your face and hands.Feel your hands resting on your knees, what  sensation you are feeling: Is it warm or cold? Without any effort at all, allow your mind to focus on your hands as they rest on your knees.
  • Now turn attention to your sense of Smell. Breathe in deeply inhaling all the aromas around you, what are you smelling right now is it bitter or sweet: stale or sour? Stay there for a few moments.
  • Then, become aware of your tongue in your mouth and your sense of Taste. What taste in us your mouth right now? Stay with it
  • Next your sense of Sight, your eyes may be closed but you can become aware of your Intuitive Eye by focusing on the center of your forehead.
  • Finally the most important sense of all. Your sense of hearing. Allow yourself to focus on all the Sounds around you. Become one with sound as you merge into it. Extend your hearing out to the furthest sound and the stillness beyond all sound, beyond all doing and activity. Stay with it. Listen…. Listen…. Listen… stretching your hearing out to the furthest sound to stillness beyond all doing …beyond all activity and allow your mind rest there.
  • If your mind wanders bring it back to the listening
  • When you are ready, take a big breath:inhale deeply and extend your arms upwards.
  • Hold your breath for a moment and send salutations to the sky, thanking it for the gift of light.
  • Then turn your palms outwards and downwards and exhale deeply, as far as possible- without straining, allow all the air to empty out of your lungs.
  • Hold your breath for a moment and send salutations earth,thanking it for the gift of life.
  • Inhale and imagine roots growing from your feet,  grounding you to the rich brown earth. Stay there for a moment and then exhale
  • Inhale again become aware of your feet as you stand rooted in  Mother Earth.Stay there for a moment and then exhale
  • Imagine a beautiful blue light descending from the heavens above, bathing and energizing you . Inhale this light deep into your body and stay there.
  • You are connected to the heavens above and the earth below.
  • All is well.
  • You are at one with the universe and whether you are aware of it or not, there is a natural order to life and you are part of it.

Note to self

May the week ahead be filled with fun and laughter.

Life is  precious.

For this week lets be in awe of the wonder of it all.


Hugs and Love,


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