About Us

Introduction

Circle of Life alternative therapy centre, Athlone, Westmeath was established in 2005 by Imelda Geraghty. The ethos, as the name suggests, is to provide treatments and therapies to complement the mind, body and spirit and enhance everyday life. Highly-qualified and experienced therapists provide the best treatments using quality products and tested methods to heal ailments, relieve stress and to strengthen and invigorate the whole being. A lot of the treatments have been used for centuries across the globe—in China, India and by the Native Americans—and they can be availed of and enjoyed here in the centre. Take the time, experience the benefits.

Therapists & Practitioners

Maria Maher Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tuina (Deep Tissue Massage)

B.A. (Hons.), D.B.S., Lic. Ac, Dip. Ac., Cert. Ac. (Nanjing), Dip. Tui Na, Member of A.F.P.A. Professional Register

Acupuncture was a complete career change for me. I had a successful career in a multi-national company when I was diagnosed with a brain tumour. This led to my first experience of acupuncture because my medical team suggested I try it to relieve the negative side effects of the chemotherapy and radiotherapy I was prescribed. Following a course of treatments which worked for me I decided to study acupuncture in Ireland and, subsequently, in China. I then trained in Tui Na (Chinese medical deep tissue massage). I have a general practice treating common conditions such as back pain, sinusitis, anxiety, insomnia and stress. I also have a special interest in fertility and pregnancy and have undertaken numerous post-graduate courses in this area. I have been a Zita West affiliated acupuncturist since her network was founded in Ireland in 2009, and have also trained with other renowned fertility and pregnancy experts, including Jani White, Debra Betts, Dr. Trevor Wing and Sarah Budd. At my clinics in Ranelagh, Athlone and Bray I treat couples who are trying to conceive either naturally or with Assisted Reproductive Therapy (ie: IVF, IUI, etc), ladies who have menstrual issues (ie: endometriosis, PCOS, irregular cycles), as well as women during pregnancy, pre-labour and post-natal mothers. I am also on the Steering Committee of A.C.T. (Acupuncture Childbirth Team) Dublin. I am delighted I made this career change and am still passionate about helping others and improving quality of life for many! For more information check out: www.acuwell.ie or phone: 087 7788591.

Sandra Mulhall Neuromuscular Physical Therapist

Sandra Mulhall is a Neuromuscular Physical Therapist as well as a Holistic Therapist, she has National Qualification in Orthopaedic Sports Massage. She has been studying in the UK and Ireland and she has 10 years of experience. Holistic Therapies are designed to relax, rejuvenate and restore vitality. She will help to choose the best suited treatment for individual clients.

Physical Therapy is a holistic and patient centred approach focusing on the soft tissue-muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia. Physical therapy involves the process of manipulating (by using different techniques like soft tissue release, muscle energy technique, neuromuscular technique etc.) different body parts to decrease pain, improve mobility and function, and improve bodily strength to help the individual enjoy a better quality life. It is a primary health care profession and is established on health science principles. Physical therapy is suitable and effective for treating conditions like Back pain, Neck pain, Shoulder problems, Whiplash, Tension headaches, Tennis elbow, Muscular aches and pains and Sports injuries.

Sandra has qualifications in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy, Sports Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Thermal Auricular Therapy, Indian Head Massage, Lava Shell Massage and Reiki. She is a member of the Association of Neuromuscular Therapists. For more information phone: 086 7369484.

Catriona Hodgins Nutritional Therapist

BSc.(Hons),Dip. N.T.

Catriona Hodgins is qualified in Nutritional Therapy from the Irish Institute of Nutrition and Health with a BSc. Hons in Chemistry. She is also a busy mum of two girls so aware of trying to balance a good diet with the stresses of modern living. She has been running her own nutritional business for over 8 years and she is currently focused on running health programs in the areas of digestive health and thyroid health. Catriona is a member of Nutritional Therapists of Ireland (NTOI) and Thyroid Nutrition Ireland. As well as supporting individual clients, she is also involved in running regular seminars for GROW charity in the midlands and Dochas Cancer Support Centre in Tullamore. She is a regular contributor to Midlands Radio 103.

Her areas of focus include weight loss, diabetes and thyroid health. Recent studies include coaching and clinical applications of low carb healthy fat eating plans. Services include food intolerance testing, consultations, 6 week programs, corporate seminars. For more information check out: www.cathrionahodgins.com or phone: 087 6355643

Catriona Byrne Foot Health Practitioner

MsPract, DipChFp.

Catriona Byrne is a trained foot health practitioner. She trained with the College of Foot Health Practitioners, qualified in 2010 and has been practicing since. She am a registered member of the Alliance of Foot Health Practitioners. Her training covers all aspect of foot care including treatment of ingrown toenail conditions, wound care, verrucae, corns, callus, athletes foot and tendonitis, in addition to leg, lower back, ankle, knee and hip strain and diabetic footcare management.

In addition to training in chiropody practice, she has also undertaken training in biomechanical assessment, orthotic prescription and gait analysis. This assessment analyse walking patterns which in turn can highlight knee, hip and ankle problems. Following assessment, orthotic supports may be recommended, together with an exercise programme which can greatly assist with general foot, knee, hip and back pain. For more information phone: 087 2982214.

Lisa-Ann Roche Speech & Language Therapist

Imelda Geraghty Reflexologist