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UPDATE: Asian-inspired Wellness Clinic to open in Limerick

New Wellness Clinic: A new wellness clinic is set to open, with an Asian-inspired style of open doors and low costs. Pictured: Tracy O’Donoghue, Edel Ryan, and Michelle Lane.

Asian-inspired Wellness Clinic to open in Limerick

The Community Wellness Clinic will be taking a space at the Urban co-op in Eastway Business Park to deliver heating and health treatments, starting every Wednesday, September 11 from 2-9pm. It will also operate from Southill Family Resource Centre. The clinic will be run as a not-for-profit venture

The clinic is modelled on the community clinics across Asia and aims to keep the cost of treatment low, With a cost-effective approach, clients can get regular treatments and ongoing support to address their health issues, rather than only when can be afforded, thus having to endure pain and suffering unnecessarily. 



Tracy O’Donoghue, one of the four local wellness practitioners, said, “Our mission is to getting people back to their optimal health and improving their quality of life and movement, pain-free”.

Treatments in the clinic will include Acupuncture, Physical Therapy, Tui Na Massage, Cupping, Reflexology, Diet & Nutrition, Herb Formulations, Exercise & Movement Therapy, Stress & Pain Management, and Tai Chi.

The idea originated from two unconnected trips to China and India by two Limerick ladies, where each saw different wellness clinics, offering a long-term approach to health with an open-door policy. They both thought about how things could be different- and better- in Ireland. 

Edel Ryan, a local Acupuncturist, saw the concept of community care clinics flourish in China on a trip in 2012. Edel, a local Chinese medical practitioner, has been studying many disciplines over two decades in search of the knowledge to specialize in the treatment of pain, both emotionally and physically. Edel was deeply inspired by how China’s health care system works, under the concept of community care in treatments.

Tracy O’Donoghue has been practicing and teaching Physical Therapies for many years, a trip to India and observation there of the how local community treated their sick and the use of Ayurveda changed Tracy’s path in treating clients. On return, Tracy qualified in Ayurveda as a practitioner and now treats people through food as medicine and the understanding of “the science of life”

Both Edel and Tracy noticed that the system of treating people in the East is very different and more diverse than what is practiced in the west. The Eastern clinics are based on a primary natural healthcare model that offers natural therapies to all. The drop-in clinics that are in operation in the East are based on a small fee, multi-disciplined approach on a community level. Together they have founded Community Wellness Centre, Limerick.

What was previously a spot for affordable, healthy foods, will now be transformed into a Wellness Clinic, to offer an alternative route for local people looking to relieve pain and treat ailments at affordable rates on a regular drop-in basis.

The new wellness clinic will contain couches and chairs in an open, communal space where every client that attends will receive a personalized treatment plan made just for them, drawn up by the four expert practitioners in the clinic.

The four expert practitioners are made up of Tracy O’Donoghue, Edel Ryan, Michelle Lane, and Brian Mitchell, who all have varied expertise in various treatments, such as physical therapy, reflexology, diet and nutrition, herb formulations and stress and pain management.

The main aim is to offer a sanctuary for those who are living with pain and offer affordable treatment on a regular drop-in basis and to keep the cost of treatment low, with prices starting from €15.

They are still keen to confirm an inner-city location in order to set-up programmes with organizations such as the Northstar Project, Novas and McGarry House for those in the community who are suffering from addiction and homelessness.

The community wellness clinic opening hours are as follows: The Urban Co-op, Eastway Business Park, Ballysimon Road, Wednesdays 2 pm to 9 pm and Southill Family Resource Centre, Thursdays from 3pm-6pm. They will host an information evening at 6:30 pm on Thursday, September 12 at Belltable Hub.

For more information on the Wellness Clinic, click here.

For more stories on health clinics in Limerick, click here.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.