Welcome to Power Down Therapy
Sports & Therapeutic Massage, Reflexology, Gentle Release Therapy, Rehabilitation & Private Coaching.
'Kathy treats the whole person, mind, body and soul. All of this happens in a wonderfully calm, professional, soothing and holistic environment, and imbues a great sense of wellbeing, and being well and truly cared for.' Eithne, Celbridge
Hi, I’m Kathy O’Meara, and I have the best job in the world – connecting with people at the deepest level and empowering them to become the best and the happiest version of themselves.
I am a highly experienced and accredited sports therapist, reflexologist, yoga teacher, Gentle Release therapist and specialist personal trainer so you’re in expert, professional hands – literally!
Our bodies are complex organisms, capable of withstanding a high degree of stress, whether through illness, injury, surgery, postural difficulties, trauma, adhesions or emotional issues. This can manifest - sometimes years later - as pain, sleep deprivation and exhaustion, with low mood and energy on the floor.
You are the architect of your own health and wellbeing. I can help and support you on a number of levels with a range of services. From powering down with relaxing reflexology, or healing massage and breath work; to powering up with therapeutic sports massage, rehabilitation training – all the way to the gym floor or pool for private coaching. All treatments are bespoke - addressing the issues presenting in your body - and often intuitive, drawing on skills developed over many years of practice.
The benefits of bodywork treatment are manifest:
I work with athletes, pregnant women, people struggling with weight issues, those with chronic conditions, people with profound disabilities (wheelchair accessible), menopausal women, cancer and cardiac disease sufferers (Level 4), to name a few.
The most common injuries I treat include:
Thanks to my specialist Level 4 training in cardiac and respiratory protocols I can now offer a Wellness After Covid programme.
I also work online by appointment.
I have decades of experience helping people to reach their full potential. Read what my clients have to say here.
The Pillars of my practice are:
TOUCH: the basis of all human connection
TALK: I have created a safe and healing space to communicate freely
TIME: 60 minutes of time held sacred just for you
All of which we've been missing lately! The success of my approach lies in looking at, and listening to you as a three-dimensional and unique human being, not a set of problems to be ‘fixed’.
Here's what we do!
Whether you have a sports related injury, a chronic complaint, a pre or post-operative issue, I can help. I specialize in exercise-based rehabilitation incorporating posture analysis, resetting movement patterns, clinical massage, deep tissue massage, soft tissue release, trigger point therapy and breathing techniques.
Your work with me will incorporate treatment, rehabilitation and injury prevention information, delivering a comprehensive, bespoke treatment plan.
My aim is to get you back to full functional movement as speedily as possible. We also discuss your sleep, nutrition, movement and hydration habits where appropriate.
Reflexology is the essence of powering down. It is an ancient, non-invasive complementary health therapy that can be effective in promoting deep relaxation and overall wellbeing; by reducing the effect of the stress hormone cortisol we can help the body and mind optimize good health and build resilience for whatever life throws our way.
I work on the feet primarily, as they are the roadmaps for the whole body. By manipulating, and applying pressure to certain parts of the feet, the whole body can be ‘re-tuned’ and brought back into balance.
Lymphatic drainage is a specialist massage technique that works on the lymphatic system, stimulating it to work smoothly and efficiently.
Specific movements by the practitioner gently stimulates the blood and lymph circulation, helps tissue regeneration, works to break down any accumulated fluid build up, reduces swelling and water retention and promotes a feeling of lightness and energy throughout the body.
It is particularly effective for those suffering from odema, lymphoedema, swelling of the face, neck, upper arm, thigh, breast, trunk or groin areas.
My 12 week pregnancy programme incorporates pre and post natal exercise, healing, balance, reflexology, stress management and mother and baby massage.
It is tailored to your needs as a new or expectant mum, and I’ll be there for you every step of the way at this very special time.
My 12 week menopause programme is one of my most popular services. The menopause is a natural part of ageing that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age as oestrogen levels decline.
Many women experience some of the common symptoms:
I can provide you with personalized tools to help you navigate this powerful life stage, giving you with straightforward information, professional support and lifestyle suggestions. This will empower you to transition through all stages of menopause, to the strength and pleasure of hormonal stability beyond.
We will tackle recharging your batteries, how to keep a cool head, the best eating plan for the best you, sleeping issues, exercising optimally and stress busting. A supervised exercise plan, massage, reflexology, yoga and nutrition are all tools comprising this unique approach.
Therapeutic massage can incorporate the disciplines of deep tissue work, full body treatments, body part-specific therapy or simply relaxing and restorative massage.
The focus of this soft tissue release is to restore normal function to the body through pressure, passive / active stretching, ischemic compression and lifting and releasing of the fascia (the connective tissue that covers everything in the body).
I work on the principle that the individual is a whole organism – everything is connected and related. Shortened or knotted muscle tissue cannot function optimally, and the stimulation of touch brings about change in neuromuscular response and an improvement in the body’s range of movement and overall posture.
I started my career in health and wellbeing as a personal trainer, and sharing my experience and insights is one of my greatest joys.
Whether you’re training for a Tough Mudder or to be a tough mother, I can help you get to be your very best version of yourself.
I work on the gym floor, in the pool, in the Great Outdoors or online: whatever your preference.
Science, psychology and empathy combine to create a programme that you’ll stick with, get results from, and learn movement patterns and different ways of training that will stay with you for a lifetime.
I am a qualified and experienced Level 4 exercise instructor for those living with or beyond cancer (CanRehab), and for those with cardiac conditions (BACPR). I also work with people pre and post operatively to ensure their minds and bodies are in the best possible shape for invasive procedures.
I work actively in the arena of cancer care providing exercise support and counselling in conjunction with CanRehab and the Macmillan Trust, and I am an ambassador for the 5k Your Way programme which runs in partnership with Parkrun.
I have also worked successfully with people across a huge spectrum of conditions including Parkinson’s disease; Huntington's disease; Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes mellitus (I & II); Cauda Equina; post-partum depression and psychosis; Alzheimer’s disease; rheumatoid and osteo arthritis; eating disorders: anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa; self-harm; anxiety; fibromyalgia; sarcoidosis; ME; and autistic spectrum disorders to name a few.
It is humbling and rewarding to see positive, life-enhancing change in people, whatever their disorder, when carrying out a carefully planned, safe and fun movement programme.
All time slots are 60 minutes’ duration.
Price for an individual therapy / session.
Packages of 6 or 12 sessions are available, prices on request.
Written home care and homework exercise is included where appropriate.
Everyone is different. Your reasons for seeing me are different, the way your body and mind responds will be different, and your day-to-day demands are different. Rest assured, I shall be very clear from the get-go. My aim is to get you moving well as quickly as possible to go out and live your very best life.
All treatments last 60 minutes including initial consultation and aftercare advice, and cost 70 euro per session.
Note that if you want to cancel an appointment I require 48 hours’ notice; otherwise you will still need to pay for any sessions missed. I accept payment in cash, by Revolut or by credit card.
Therapists cannot claim to diagnose or cure, but during a treatment we get ‘feedback’ as to which parts of the body are working well and which are not.
Often during the course of a treatment I will hone in on a specific area which is struggling or working hard to maintain your wellbeing; if a particular reflex point shows blockage or congestion, for example, we can work together to allow your body the means to heal itself.
It very much depends on the treatment necessary for your particular need. I do not subscribe, however, to the theory that ‘if it’s hurting it must be working.’
Your body is far more complex than that. Intuitive touch based on a learned response to what your body is telling me is far more effective for long term neuromuscular improvement. We will work together as a dream team to get you to your optimum once again.
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