Discovering Holistic Therapy with Helen McMeel from Dublin Holistic Centre
Last week we had a lovely chat with Helen, proprietor of the Dublin Holistic Centre. She gave us the lowdown on how the Dublin Holistic Centre came to be and what holistic therapy is all about.
Holistic therapy wasn’t originally on Helen’s agenda. She initially completed a secretarial course and worked as a secretary for a number of years. She then went travelling for many years and you could say that it was then that her trajectory towards the world of holistic therapy began. While travelling in India she got a parasite in her stomach. In an effort to cure herself she tried every conventional medicine under the sun, but nothing worked. She was ill for about a year before she was referred to homeopathy. Within a week of taking a homeopathic remedy she was cured. She was astounded and intrigued. It was then she decided to complete a course in homeopathy while working in a homeopathic dispensary on Duke Street.
Once qualified, Helen took a lease on her own space on Duke Street. The business grew from strength to strength and from location to location until it hit its current location on South William Street in 2010. The Dublin Holistic Centre is now home to approximately 60 to 70 therapists. It provides a beautiful, calm space for therapists to pass on their knowledge and provide a service to their clients, clients who they have brought with them and clients who they acquire through their association with the centre.
The centre provides numerous services from massage to homeopathy to counselling to yoga, and is fully focused on providing care for the body, mind and soul. As Helen says “When you’re mentally well, you’re physically well,” the two are inextricably linked and the centre serves as a haven for both.
When an individual first approaches the centre, if he/she is not entirely sure what he/she needs, the therapist will work with the individual to ascertain the best route for the individual to take and to ensure he/she gets the most benefit from the whole experience.
The numbers of people, both men and women, gravitating towards holistic therapies are increasing every day. People are becoming more empowered and more informed when it comes to their health and as a result are seeking alternative, perhaps more appropriate ways to feel well. Helen makes it clear however, that alternative therapy doesn’t have to be used in isolation. It can work in unison with traditional forms of treatments and medicines.
The future is bright for Dublin’s Holistic Centre. Helen is all the time thinking of ways to expand and improve the business. The hope is to someday establish a massage school that will offer top class qualifications in massage, but for now the focus is on continuing to provide a top class service and to keep Dublin well.