Im done with Groupon’s coupons & Pigsback, Wowcha vouchers

carry on

I’m always tempted when I see a massage for cut-price value – oooooh I think, nice, something for me ……… but I have decided I am worth more.  Too many disappointed, wasted afternoons spent on uncomfortable plinths feeling like I was being pummelled by a few feathers instead of receiving a deep tissue massage.  It’s always a sinking feeling when I turn up and its a beauty parlor.  I know this is not the massage that satisfies me. I want connection and deep holding, not product and generic strokes.

Today was the final straw when my therapist said that arms were not included in a full body massage.  Really!! You would think after the time I turned up for a Thai massage and the therapist opened the door wearing 3-inch heels with leather trousers I would have stopped buying massage deals promising all the extras, but no I carried on.  I had 1.5-hour treatments where they cut the treatment to an hour without explanation, another where the masseuse opened the door and had a conversation with her landlord as I lay naked on the plinth behind her. No one asks me if I have any injuries or what I would like.  I just get what I’m given. So enough is enough, I’m standing up, I’m being seen, I’m recognizing my worth………… I know what a good treatment is because I give them.  They are a held contained space, safe and warm where the client can enter deep states of relaxation.  Where their body is encouraged to start its own healing process.  Where I connect and talk to their body via the energy flow in the meridians;  I hear what it’s saying and my hands engage in a dialogue with their bodies present vitality.  Each treatment is different, unique and individual, just like the client on the mat.

I am grateful for all the mediocre treatments and even the downright awful ones because I now value my own healing Shiatsu treatments and I value the skill in the other Shiatsu practitioners that I will be visiting in the future.

So don’t sell yourself short – Have a Shiatsu.  Make sure you receive my next blog  “How to find a good practitioner” by entering your email on the homepage – they say teach what you need to learn 🙂



Wheat & Gluten Free Cooking Day for Lung and Large Intestine Health


Shiitake Mushroom Risotto

Saturday 29th October 2016

The lung and large intestine are responsible for physical vitality and immunity. They take in essential oxygen and eliminate waste whilst maintaining a necessary physical, mental and emotional protective boundary. At this time of year the lung (including the skin as the third lung) and the large intestine are under great pressure, through the cold and damp, to repel invading viruses and maintain healthy boundaries. Come and find out how to support these systems, emotionally and physically by learning easy to cook, vegetarian recipes.

On the menu:

  • Shitake Mushroom risotto (reducing cholesterol and increasing good bacteria in the Intestine)
  • Hunky, chunky warming mixed bean and lentil stew (increase colon health by increasing fiber)
  • Kimchi (perfect for protection and expelling unwanted parasites & toxins)
  • Poached ginger and cinnamon pears (addressing and discussing candida)    
  • Wheat free Caraway Drop Scones (moving stagnant energy)
  • Almond and Chilli Relish (build up boundaries and immunity)
  • Fresh Tumeric anti Inflamatory tea (relax those irritable bowels)

The cost of the day is €75 – couple booking €140 and includes all food cooked and eaten on the day

The day will run from 11 am til 3.30 pm and is hosted in the light and bright kitchen at the Hunky Chunk House. There is plenty of parking and the Bayside Dart station is a 2 minute walk away. There is space for only 6 participants per day so book early to avoid disappointment.

To book a place simply call 086 607 0432

Easy Evening & Day Cooking Classes for Health & Well Being

“How we feel and the food we choose”

Baldoyle Community Centre 

Tuesday Eve’s 7-9pm – Oct & Nov (dates below)


Wednesday Morn’s 10am-12pm- Oct & Nov (dates below)

6 weeks- €60 including all the food we eat

Have you ever wanted all the answers ……. what will stop this headache? Why can’t I fall sleep? Why do I crave chocolate? Shiatsu & the Art of Conscious Cooking can help you answer many of the other questions linked to how we are feeling and the food we eat. 

quiche1Find out, what to eat to help you sleep, build strong bones, reduce blood sugars and cholesterol.  Lower high blood pressure and remain calm in stressfull situations so you can  live a long happy healthy life,

for more information or to book a place call me on 086 607 0432 or Baldoyle Community Centre on 01-839 5338 

Eve -11th Oct   Day – 12th Oct      Healthy Immune System & Reducing Cholesterol 

Recipes – Onion Biryani & Baked spiced cauliflower
Eve -18th Oct   Day – 19th Oct     Regulating hormones & maintaining strong bones

Recipes – Feta, Seaweed and Roasted Onion Quiche, Humms with mixed seaweeds & Green Bean and Sesame Salad

Eve-8th Nov   Day-9th Nov     Improve flexibility and joints and learn to detox effortlessly 

Recipes – Shaved Fennel Salad, Hot & Sour Soup & Anti Inflammatory Tea

Eve – 15th Nov   Day 16th Nov        Healthy Heart reducing  stress and anxiety

Recipes – coconut Pancakes, roasted Brussed Sprouts with Lemon & Insomniac’s Tea

Eve 22nd Nov    Day 23rd Nov        Healthy alternatives  to stop sweet cravings

Recipes – Sweet Bread with Carrot & Courgette – Pomegranate and Caramelised Onion Bulghar wheat

Eve 29th Nov   Day 30th Nov     Balance in the body for harmony and health

Recipes – Sundried tomato Spelt loaf, Onion Miso Soup & raw Chocolate & Seed Bites

Thank you, thank you, thank you


They say you teach what you need to learn …. in two weeks I will be teaching and cooking for a weekend retreat on Stomach & Spleen in Chinese Medicine.  I know one of my habits can be to see the things I didn’t do or didn’t get right.  I may have cooked for a group of 30 people all week but focus on not having made one salad quite as I liked.  I may have played games with the kids, baked cakes but still gone to bed feeling like a bad mum because maybe I gave out to them.  Sometimes enough is never enough for me.  I focus on the one little bit thats missing rather than seeing how fantastic the bigger picture is.  So Im grateful to write this blog,  to remind myself that gratitude is the key.  If Im not thankful for what I have, Im like an empty hole which will never be filled and I’ll never be satisfied.  As I type I can feel deep gratitude welling up and expanding out.  So thankful for all I have and all I am.  I want to snog the face off life and embrace it all……..  mouth & lips & flesh -all directly linked to the Stomach/Spleen meridian.


It can be difficult to ask for support in our lives and sometimes just as hard to receive it. Even if someone has cleaned the house for you, peeled the potatoes, mowed the lawn or made you a cup of tea, maybe its not done quite the way you like it. The world with all its gifts isnt meeting our needs in exactly as we expect. So instead of generating a feeling of gratitude for the care given with the thoughtful cuppa, we reject it along with the person who made it. We miss an opportunity to deepen our understanding of what we want by experiencing what we don’t want and then communicating that need or desire. By communicating our needs we are more likely to have them met but to communicate means making ourselves open and vulnerable. We are out on a limb by really saying what we want because perhaps we will be rejected or judged. Sometimes its more comfortable to become a victim, a “poor me” – unsupported, isolated and misunderstood. These feelings can often be more manageable than the imagined abandonment by another if we show them who we are and what we really need. Ships operate constantly on feedback loops. Their course is never the same every day. They constantly change direction to compensate for tides and currents. They have a fixed destination but to reach it they must constantly change direction. Our journey throughout life is the same. We may have a fixed goal such as peace, happiness or love but how we get there will change due to outside experiences and internal perceptions. Enjoy the ride, keep talking, keep communicating, especially with yourself. Observe your process and ask for what you need, then have faith that your are completely loveable and fantastic enough to receive it.

Sometimes low self esteem can mean that we find it increasingly difficult to receive. We are not worthy, we don’t deserve of the gifts or compliments given to us. Perhaps the culturally induced idea that nothing comes for free means that openhearted receiving can be difficult. The idea that giving and receiving is conditional upon effort or worthiness is often deeply culturally ingrained.   However it’s possible to break these patterns by understanding the Stomach & Spleen in Chinese medicine.

The Stomach/Spleen in Chinese Medicine is at the time of transformation when summer is turning to autumn. The berries are ripe and the earth is fruitful. In a Christian tradition this would be celebrated as Harvest festival when we give thanks to Mother Earth for her bounty. It is a similar energy in Chinese medicine. The stomach spleen is all about the bond between mother and child. It’s how we cherish our bodies and nuture it as a mother would with deeply loving touch and embrace. Stomach/Spleen is in charge of the flesh of the body, it’s tone and texture, it loves to be touched, to be hugged, to be stroked, to be held. The flavour for Stomach/Spleen is sweet but instead of reaching straight for the chocolate bar which may give momentary satisfaction, rather feed yourself with wholesome sweet flavours within grains such as millet or rice. Mix them with starchy root roasted vegetables such as carrot, butternut squash and sweet potato. There are many ways in which to support the stomach & spleen so when we learn to connect with the abundance of the earth and our own wisdom to discerne what we want from it then we can feel truly satisfied and loved.

Due to a cancellation there is one place available on the Asking & Receiving Retreat – 

A weekend Health Retreat focusing on Satisfaction & Cravings – Using Tai Chi, Chinese Medicine & Healthy Cooking 

27-29th May 2016  –  Bobbio Centre, Co Wicklow

to book a place call me on 086607 0432 or for more info click here Asking and Receiving

baked peaches




Asking and Receiving

   A weekend Health Retreat focusing on Satisfaction & Cravings – Using Tai Chi, Chinese Medicine & Healthy Cooking 


27-29th May 2016  –  Bobbio Centre, Co Wicklow

Do you strive to eat healthily but get lost in cravings or habitual eating patterns?  Is there a sense of lack that cannot be satisfied in your life?  In Chinese medicine this suggests your stomach and spleen energy is out    of balance.  Energetically these are the meridians of the nourishing  mother earth element and their flavour is sweet.  This weekend aims to bring an awareness of the body’s emotional and physical needs.            

How to satisfy with mindful thought, movement and sweet soul food

The weekend includes

  • Conscious Cooking Classes focusing on recipes for a healthy heart and managing sugar cravings
  • Amazing Vegetarian Meals
  • Tai Chi & Chi Gong sessions focusing on calming the mind bringing peace and satisfaction to the body
  • Loving Kindness Meditation & Mantra
  • Time to rest and walk in the stunning grounds and secluded beach in North Wicklow


We are naturally happy beings so take an opportunity to return to this state by unloading the mental stresses and physically strains at this wonderfully unique retreat

Joanne-150x150   Joanne Faulkner is a Shiatsu Practitioner specialising in the energy of food in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Author of “Shiatsu & the Art of Conscious Cooking” she operates a Shiatsu Clinic in Dublin. She also runs cookery classes, health retreats, and caters holistic events.                    086 607 0432

Conscious Cooking Class with Jo

Using principles of Chinese Medicine and the 5 elements, we will discuss specific foods and preparations which help with stomach/spleen, cravings, addictions, weight management and satisfaction. Some of the dishes include

  • Carrot and Corguette Sweet Bread
  • Red date, pear and ginger tea
  • Fennel Paella
  • Turkish Lentil Soup
  • Sweet Orange Vinagrette
  • Roasted Balsamic Strawberries plus Coconut & Maple Macaroons
  • Special Spinach & Kale with a Tahini dressing
  • Caramalized onion, quionoa, carrot and coriander salad

fatima   Fatima Lucia  has 17 years experience in various styles of Tai Chi and Qigong. She is a fully qualified instructor through the Chinese International Tai Chi and Qigong Association.  Her life long studies include many different forms of body awareness disciplines as well as Flamenco dance, which she has performed and taught for over 20 years.

Tai Chi Session with Fatima

Through the practice of Tai Chi and Qigong we cultivate our awareness, sensitivity and balance, which transforms the way we move, stand and interact in all aspects of our life. As we develop and refine these, we can create a state of aliveness – physically, energetically and spiritually.

As you begin to understand Tai Chi, the differences between various forms and movements become merely external. The principles remain the same. Understand this and everything you do becomes Tai Chi. In this way Tai Chi can begin to have a profound effect on every aspect of life.

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Cost: €295    There are a number of single rooms which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. This workshop is for 14 participants max.

Price includes all food, accommodation & tuition. For a full schedule outline including menu and booking form contact:
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Cuffe Street Cooking Classes

Kimchi-II-1024x539We are back for another term of fun and food, just off Stephens Green in Dublin’s City Centre.  No need just drop in any Thursday listed below 10.30-12.30.  This term theres a mix of regular Western recipes and ingredients that are used as medicinal cures in Traditional Chinese Medicine such as Black fungus and Dang gui

Find out, what to eat to help you sleep, build healthy bonesmaintain good blood pressure, to remain calm in stressful situations and to live a happy lifefull of joy 

Have fun and try new food – Thursday 10.30-12.30 – Greenside Hse, Cuffe St

Date               Topic   
28th Jan       Healthy Immune System & Reducing Cholesterol      

  • Sweet Bread with Carrot and Courgette
  •  Onion & Miso Soup

4th Feb     Regulating hormones & maintaining strong bones

  • Oat and Walnut Muffins
  • Corn and Seaweed Chowder

11th Feb     Improve flexibility and joints & learn to detox effortlessly

  • Korean Style Bean Sprouts
  • Babaganoush
  • Chrysanthemum Tea

MIDTERM BREAK 18th February – Shiatsu Treatments @ Dervish 

25th Feb        Healthy Heart reducing stress and anxiety

  • Sprout and Black Wood Ear Salad
  • Coconut Pancakes
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts with lemon

pumpkin3st March          Healthy alternatives to stop sweet cravings

  • Special Spinach
  • Butternut Squash and Red Date Soup
  • Red Date, Ginger and Pear Tea

10TH March           Balance in the body for harmony and health

  • Stuffed Squash
  • Naturally fermented Kimchi

For any questions or directions call me on 086 607 0432.



Extra Date Added

Cooking for Sweet Cravings – Sunday 26th July  12-4.30

The first course was booked up in a day and this extra date only has 3 places remaining so give me a ring to book your place.

Do you strive to eat healthily but get lost in cravings or habitual eating patterns?  Do you eat plenty and still feel low in energy? Is there a sense of lack that cannot be satisfied in your life? In Chinese medicine this would suggest your stomach and spleen energy is out of balance.  Energetically these are the meridians of the nourishing mother earth element, they are the time of harvest and abundance and their flavour is sweet.

Learning these easy to cook recipes specifically for the Stomach and Spleen is a great way to connect with the body and soul’s need for sweet and comforting food without submitting to cravings for refined sugars and starches such as chocolate and bread.
On the menu is:

  • tea[1]Fennel and Pea Paella
  • Goji Berry and Mint leaf tea
  • Light and Lemony Turkish Lentil Soup
  • Sugar Free Millet Muffins
  • Sweet Potato, Feta and Coriander Snack Patties with Sweet Orange/Tarragon dressing
  • Herby Millet
  • Fennel seed Tea and a Licorice Stick to take home

The cost of the day is €65, concession €50.  This includes all food cooked and eaten 🙂
The day will run from 12 am til 4.30 pm and will be hosted in the light and bright kitchen at the Hunky Chunk House:  Easy parking and the Bayside Dart station is a 2 minute walk away. There is space for 6 participants so book early to avoid disappointment.
Bring a tupperware to take home your supper 🙂
To book a place simply call 086 607 0432 or email me at