Hormones ‘n Harmony Workshop

Hormones ‘n Harmony

Who is this workshop for?

If you are affected by any of these health issues you may benefit from knowing and implementing the information provided at the workshop  [PMS, PCOS, Endometriosis, Menopause symptoms, Fertility issues, Recurring Thrush, Cystitis] [Low mood, Insomnia, Anxiety, Fatigue, Poor Concentration] [Weight gain/inability to lose weight, sugar or salt cravings, low or high blood sugar levels, diabetes]

    • Where:   An Solas Beag Therapy Rooms, Bushido Martial Arts Centre,  Watery  Lane, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 
    • When:     Sunday 21st July, 2019   11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Cost:        €60      See link below to book your place!


Anne O’Sullivan, Nutritional Therapist, mNTOI – {Nutritional Therapy}

Carmel Coleman, Holistic Therapist – {Reiki Master Teacher, Shamanic Counselor, Reflexology/Massage, Integrated Energy Therapy}


Lunch is not provided but healthy snacks and drinks are included at break time

Workshop Content:

It is said that “you can’t balance your hormones without balancing your life”!  You will discover why this may be true and learn ways to achieve that balance.  But, what are the signs of hormone imbalance anyway?   And, are you thinking of hormones only in terms of ‘female reproduction’?   It is certainly connected but there is much more involved.  Hormones affect our moods, mental and physical well being, energy, appetite, sleep, concentration, ability to cope with stress, resilience to life’s up and down, weight management…. etc. for both men and women.   

Stress is a major contributing factor to hormone imbalance.  I’ve engaged the expert help of ‘Carmel’  to manage this side of the workshop.   You will learn some easy and effective techniques that you can use to manage and dial down the stress response that causes the body to produce excess amounts of disruptive stress hormones.

Nutrition and lifestyle habits can have an impact on hormone balance both positive and negative.  You will learn which dietary and lifestyle practices may have a negative impact and those that support a return to hormonal harmony!  Both Nutritional Therapy and Functional Medicine use current research and an evidence based approach that empowers you to take control of your own health by natural means.

We have no ‘magic pill’ on offer, but you will come away with a greater insight into how to support your body to work at it’s best for you, in a Five Step Approach to balancing hormones.

*What is Medicine? *Basic Nutrition *Conscious relaxation *Mindful eating *Break *What are Hormones and Neurotransmitters? *Get to know your Hormones  *A Five Step Approach to Balancing your Hormones 
*Mindful Breathing *A Deeper relaxation

Contact:  Carmel  086 1948706 or me Anne here to reserve your place.  A €20 deposit in advance is required.   Or, just book your place in full at the link below.

Hormones n’ Harmony:   EventBrite ticket

Santa, You Better Watch Out

When Santa got stuck up the chimney he began to shout … “you girls and boys won’t get any toys if you don’t pull me out”!  How, how, how… did Santa get stuck up there?  Hmmm.. it looks like he could have Syndrome X.

All grown up now, I can take an objective view of this Jolly ol’ fella who may have added some magic to my childhood memories.  Although I sometimes wonder at the scale of psychological damage inflicted in the name of Santa, on the innocent, who offer only pure belief and love in return.  I know that my own mother made a conscious effort to play down the character of ‘Santa’ with us kids because she was so devastated to find out in her own childhood that he wasn’t real.  And, at our office Christmas celebrations one year, a colleague recalled how, at age 12 and being the oldest child in her family, she got ‘the truth’ along with her Christmas present.  In one swift and traumatic moment she was handed a new pair of gloves and leveled with an instruction to grow up, as she watched her younger siblings open their Christmas toys.  “You better watch out, you better not cry”, even though you’ve been snookered by a lie!   I thank my mother for having the wisdom to save us from at least falling hook, line and sinker for the phantom that is Santa.  Anyway, I digress!

What is Syndrome X ?

There is no direct connection between Syndrome X and Santa or Xmas, the season of stress and over-indulgence, but indirectly it seems like the perfect occasion to talk about this health condition.  Syndrome X is also called ‘Metabolic Syndrome’ [MetS].  MetS is a metabolic imbalance.  This means that how your body metabolizes and stores energy is off balance.  The physical manifestation of MetS is ‘fat around the middle’, also called visceral fat.   Scientists now know that storing fat around the middle of your body rather than anywhere else, has major health implications, and studies show that it increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and cancer.  But, you don’t even have to be overweight to carry fat around the middle.  And, it’s not only about what you eat, your diet is just one contributing factor.

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