New Aquanatal Venue!! GymPlus Swords!

Great news!  Monday October15th 7-8pm 2018 sees a new Eureka Aquanatal splash happening for all of North County Dublin.  We’ll be welcoming Mums-To-Be from Swords, Skerries, Santry, Rush, Lusk, Portrane, Donabate and surrounding areas for some physio-led fitness and fun in the pool, a powerful preparation for birth and beyond!

Eureka has a new Aquanatal  (antenatal water exercise class) starting in GymPlus Swords, right in the heart of Applewood Village.  Its a lovely bright and warm pool with newly refurbished changing areas and showers.  Aileen Convery, chartered physiotherapist, and mum of 4, is leading the class which has developed over the past 15 years while helping over 3000 pregnant women exercise in an almost weightless state in water!

You won’t believe how great you’ll feel in the water, and its great to still catch that fitness buzz after your workout. People also say that they have their best nights sleep of the week after the Aquanatal session.  Mums-to-Be with pelvic and back pain can still exercise with Eureka, the class is modified to accommodate any difficulties.

Come join us!   Book your class here

Baby Massage Classes for 2018

All Baby Massage classes are for 4 weeks.   4 babies need to be booked for class to run.

Look on calendar for starting day of course and you can book in, or email me.

Can’t wait to see all you marvellous Mommas and beautiful babas!

Carpenterstown D15   Fridays 9:30-11:00 Jan 19th, Jan 26th, Feb 2nd, Feb 9th

Clonskeagh, D14         Saturdays 11:30-1pm  Jan 20th, Jan 27th, Feb 3rd, Feb10th

Carpenterstown D15  Thursdays 9:30-11:00  March 1st, March 8th, March 15th, March 22nd

Clonskeagh D14          Fridays 10:30-12:00  March 2nd, March 9th, March 16th, March 23rd

Carpenterstown D15  Fridays 9:30-11:00  May 18th, May 25th, June 1st, June 8th

Clonskeagh D14          Saturdays 11:30-1:00 May 19th, May 26th, none June 2nd, June 9th, 16th

Carpenterstown D15  Fridays 9:30-11:00  Sept 7th, Sept 14th, Sept 21st, Sept 28th

Clonskeagh, D14         Saturdays 11:30-1:00 Sept 8th, Sept 15th, Sept 22nd, Sept 29th

Carpenterstown D15  Fridays 9:30-11:00 Nov 2nd, Nov 9th, Nov 16th, Nov 23rd

Clonskeagh, D14         Saturday 11:30-1:00 Nov 3rd, Nov 10th, Nov 17th, Nov 24th


Spring 2017 Baby Massage and Postnatal Aqua Schedule

These are the new Add Ons in chronological Order for Spring 2017.
4week Eureka Baby Massage in PhysioFusion studio Ranelagh
Saturdays 11.30-1.00 Feb 4th,11th,18th, 25th.  Mums, Dads and babies all encouraged to attend!
Only a few places left, text or email me please ASAP.
5week Eureka Postnatal Aqua in Butterfield
Saturdays 8.45-9.30am Feb 11th,18th,25th,March 4th,11th
Body beautiful by Paddys Day!
5week Eureka Postnatal Aqua in NAC Blanchardstown
Wednesdays 8-8.45pm Feb 8th, 15th, 22nd, March 1st, 8th.
Hopefully Dad home, great bonding time for them while you’re exercising!
4week Eureka Baby Massage in Clonskeagh, Dublin 14
Thursdays 10-11.30am March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd.
4week Eureka Baby Massage in Carpenterstown, Dublin 15
Thursdays 2-3.30 March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd.
You can book for these on the start date on the website or contact me directly, either is okay.
Baby Massage is priced at €100, generally all redeemable from your health insurance.  Start anytime from about 4 weeks on.
Postnatal is €75 for the 5 weeks payable at the beginning.  You need to have cleared your 6 week check before beginning, but even if your baby is walking you are still welcome in this class!!
I’m really looking forward to seeing and working with you again on ‘the other side’ of the natal journey!!

Keep Calm and Start Baby Massage!

So, you exercised, you prepared and you’ve just been through, probably (!), one of the most earth shattering, gobsmacking and elemental experiences of your life…….giving birth!

So now you’re getting used to minding your little bundle on the outside, how about learning a little more about them through the medium of touch?  Baby Massage classes give you a beautiful time to look, really look, feel and bond with your baby.  The skin is the largest and finest sense organ in the body.  Wouldn’t it be lovely for us Mums to have a massage every day? Imagine what it would be like feeling loving, warm touch all over your body for the first time?

Learn Baby Massage

Book your Baby massage class,


Come join me for Baby Massage Classes, where you’ll learn all the strokes and techniques passed down through the centuries to help soothe and help your baby adapt to this new world.  Plenty of support and chat offered too, along with exceedingly good homemade cakes!



Call/Text 0876798470 or email: to register

Autumn/Winter schedule 2016.  All course 4 weeks consecutively

Start Dates                               Time                              Venue       

Thursday October 27th        10.30-12noon               Clonskea, D14

Thursday October 27th        2.00-3.30pm                 Carpenterstown, D15

Saturday November 19th     11.30-1.00pm               Ranelagh, D6

Baby Massage Classes with Eureka!

I’ve just completed my Baby Massage Instructors Course and need some babies to teach!          As part of my exam I have to teach a 5 week Baby Massage Course, and its free!                                                                                                       Having met you with bump, I’d love to also see your beautiful babies, and baby massage is simply gorgeous bonding time for you, or equally you could send your partner!  Me time!

WHEN:  The course starts this Saturday August 15th and will run for five consecutive    Saturdays until Saturday September 12th. My friend and fellow physio Audrey will teach one of the classes too.

TIME: Two classes 10.00-11.30am and 11.30-1.00pm

VENUE: Physio Fusion, 16 Warners Lane, Dartmouth Road, Ranelagh, D4

Your baby can be any age from 6weeks to 6-9months, ideally pre-crawlers.  You can have completed a course before.  You can just want an excuse to have a mooch around Ranelagh Market afterwards or have an exceptionally brewed cup of something either!

Please contact me by text, phone or email with the following info:

Your name, your baby’s name+DOB, which class time you prefer and email/phone contact.

First twelve to register win!  I will be adding classes to the timetable shortly.

Thanks, see you soon!  Aileen


New site launched

Antenatal Session in full swing

Aquanatal exercise improves birth outcomes at time of delivery.

As Eureka Hydrotherapy approaches it’s twelfth year (yes I know!) we feel that it’s beyond time to relaunch our website.

We’ll be keeping you up to date on developments in hydrotherapy, antenatal health and fitness, early motherhood, baby swimming, changes to class times, and new additions to our schedule.

 Please let us know by leaving a reply (see link above) if there is any other topic you would like us to feature here on the blog.

What to do between your Antenatal Aqua classes

Aileen Convery

Aileen Convery

Aileen shares her tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and building stamina during your pregnancy between your Antenatal Aqua classes.

Labour and early motherhood is really all about stamina! I encourage all my Mums-to-be to keep walking every day to help build this stamina. If you are not having significant problems with your pelvis, walking is a terrific way of keeping active. I generally think little and often is better, so 20 minutes at lunchtime and another twenty minutes in the evening once dinner/dishes done either by yourself for some headspace or with a chatting buddy really does make the time fly. Saving yourself for a three hour marathon in the Dundrum Centre is just not going to do it!

I think the activeness of Aquanatal complements Yoga or Pilates very well where postures are more static and slow.

But, you really can’t beat the water for easy three dimensional movement. You can kid yourself into feeling not pregnant at all! Going to your local pool in between classes and doing some of your favourite bits from the class will keep your stamina building too. If you want me to run through anything with you, just ask at your next class.

Summer shoes – toes out!

Image copyright Courtney Boyd Myers via Flickr

Image copyright Courtney Boyd Myers via Flickr

Now that the summer is coming, once we get through the snow this week, May eek!, it’s important to spend some time thinking about shoes.

As your body grows and blossoms with your pregnancy, your weight increases.  The arch of your foot is the structure that supports this weight and naturally flattens a little bit with the extra loading. This makes your foot temporarily bigger.  Towards the end of your pregnancy you may take up to a whole size bigger.

When considering your summer shoe purchase, things like ‘easy on and off’ are of course important, (gladiator sandals just won’t figure this summer!)  but also, a shoe/sandal that will accommodate your foot in its skinniness in the morning and possibly a bit puffier come evening is needed.

Supporting the arch is probably the most important thing to protect your footshape and keep pain at bay.  Very flat shoes put a little more stress on the arch, particularly if you have tightish calves or are used to wearing heels at work.  Up to an inch of heel is considered good, but it needs to be a broad heel to help with balance and ankle stability.  No stilettos!

No one shoe fits all, let alone suits all styles so there is no perfect answer. Things like Birkenstock and crocs score high on arch support, but are quite flat.  Fitflops generally have some arch support and some pitch in the heel too.  Teva-type walking sandals generally have good support and pitch but are disastrous in the fashion stakes.  Sometimes a compromise can be reached with things like converse/vans by adding an off the shelf arch support but again you’ll need to keep stretching out your calves.

Let comfort be your guide, but spare a thought for your arches!

Equipment & maternity swimwear for antenatal swimming classes

Class gets ready to use floats

Class gets ready to use floats

One of the questions I am often asked by those starting our aquanatal classes is whether they need to bring any special equipment or maternity swimwear and the answer is no, none at all! We provide floats and supports for all attending classes. However a few tips:

  • Most pools prefer patrons to wear hats so make sure you get one that you are comfortable wearing before the class. You can buy them at reception in the National Aquatic Centre.
  • As we do move about a fair bit in the class most of the women find one piece swimwear more comfortable. However specialised maternity swimwear is not essential. You might even find shopping for regular swimwear in a larger size gives you more choice and more value. Some women will add a black bra under their swimsuit for added support.
  • It is highly recommended that you wear flip flops to classes. While pools do their very best to ensure non-slip surfaces, they cannot guarantee it. With the added bump, your balance is constantly changing and it can be difficult to adjust. A pair of flip flops will help you to keep your footing.
Your maternity swimwear should be comfortable for you as you move about

Your maternity swimwear should be comfortable for you as you move about

As I research and develop my swimming classes I do introduce new aids which you may find particularly useful or therapeutic. I am, of course, happy to let you know where I source these aids – just ask at class or leave a comment below.

If a pool where our antenatal classes take place has some special requirement for equipment I will let you know by email when you register for this class.

Lastly the most important thing anyone can bring to a class is themselves! I know sometimes on a rainy evening in November the last thing you want to do is haul yourself back out to a swimming pool. But I guarantee that you will leave the class feeling energised and positive no matter what equipment we use or which swimwear you have on!