Gillian McIlroy BSc
is an independent massage therapist with a holistic perspective on health and well being.
She is present in Dervish Massage Co-op all day each Wednesday, or you can visit her website for information about treatments on other days. www.GillianMcilroy.com
Therapies available on Wednesdays with Gillian:
After graduating in 2004 from the University of St Andrews, BSc Psychology, Gillian traveled to live and work in Mexico City. There she quickly fell in love with the culture, the people, the climate and the vast and varied landscapes.
Gillian trained for her Diploma in Massage therapy at the Centro Holisico Latinoamericano where the course included Holistic massage, Swedish masage, Tui-na, Shiatsu, anatomy and physiology. She was examined and certified as a Shiastu Practicioner by the SEP, the Mexican Education Authority. She also obtained certificates in Reflexology, Mayan Shawl Massage, Reductive Massage and Chocolate Therapy. She studied ancestral shamanistic healing techniques and cleansing rites that are still used today in Mexico. She became a Reiki Channel Master and likes to bring this healing energy to all her massages. Her last job in Mexico was near the ancient Mayan ruins at Cobá, Yucatan, where she managed a Spa in Coqui Coqui, an exclusive small hotel in a beautiful jungle village.
Upon returning to Ireland in 2010 Gillian set up practice in Dalkey Natural health Clinic, in Dalkey, Co Dublin. As well as her regular treatment Gillian enjoys working in the Body and Soul Healing Area at festivals such as Electric Picnic and can be called upon to treat musicians before a gig.
Gillian always found working on pregnant ladies very rewarding as they are so sensitive and receptive to the treatments. To deepen her knowledge and skills she went to Edinburgh to do a postgraduate workshop in pregnancy massage with Onie Talbot and gained a specialist certification that is recognised by the Royal Society of Midwives in Scotland.
In 2013 Gillian moved to Cork city and began working out of the lovely setting of Dervish Holistic Center in Cornmarket Street and there, in 2014, she helped to found the Dervish Massage Co-op!