Susan O’Neill

Susan O’Neill

CEO, Neuromuscular Therapist

Susan is the owner of Sandymount Neuromuscular & Sports Injury Clinic, established in 2015. Susan is a qualified Neuromuscular Physical therapist, Rehab and Reformer/ Pilates instructor and is also qualified in Dry Needling…
Christina Captieux

Christina Captieux

Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor

Christina is a qualified Massage Therapist who specialises in remedial and deep tissue work. She is also a post-graduate Yoga Instructor and Yoga Therapist having trained for 5 years with Yoga Therapy Ireland…
Karen Watkins

Karen Watkins

Neuromuscular Therapist

Karen is a certified Neuromuscular Physical Therapist and personal trainer since 2008 with The National Training Centre completing exercise health studies and personal training EQF level 4. Karen is also a Stott Pilates instructor since 2010.
Mairead Finnegan

Mairead Finnegan

Reflexology therapist

Mairead completed her Holistic Health Studies training  gaining ITEC (International Therapy Examinations Council) diplomas in Reflexology, Swedish massage, Aromatherapy massage and Reiki in 2004. Alongside these therapies she also studied herbal medicine and naturopathy in CNM and CIT…
Ara Ramirez

Ara Ramirez

Running Coach

Ara is the running coach here in the clinic, having obtained her degree in Physical Education she has gone on to become a very experienced running coach. Ara is a competitive runner herself, she teaches from the clinic our Couch to 5k running programme, using her experience to get people inspired to get fit.

Susan O’Neill

Susan is the owner of Sandymount Neuromuscular & Sports Injury Clinic, established in 2015. Susan is a qualified Neuromuscular Physical therapist, Rehab and Reformer/ Pilates instructor and is also qualified in Dry Needling. Her knowledge and experience honed by working and studying the movements and injuries of Rugby Players, Boxers Runners and MMA Fighters. Susan has hands on experience from working with Edenderry Rugby team, elite boxers, runners, Ballet Clients and working at her private Clinic.   Susan teaches Pilates classes privately in her practice and is qualified in both Reformer and Mat work Pilates, here she works with clients with various injuries including acute and long term chronic pain. Susan herself was a Martial Arts all Ireland champion, she now has a keen interest in Triathlons. Susan volunteers her services to her new family at Smithfield Boxing club, she attends their training sessions keeping on top of their injuries.

Christina Captieux

Christina is a qualified Massage Therapist who specialises in remedial and deep tissue work. She is also a post-graduate Yoga Instructor and Yoga Therapist having trained for 5 years with Yoga Therapy Ireland. She teaches a diversity of classes from beginners and beyond, as well as regular Well-Being/Mindfulness Workshops and Programmes in the workplace. Focusing on body mechanics and postural awareness/development, she provides individually tailored programmes to alleviate musculoskeletal problems, joint, back, mobility, stress and strain injuries. She also specialise in Yoga for Sport training for amateur and professional athletes, ranging from track and field to Rugby and GAA,Christina is a Researcher at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security & Justice, at Queen’s University. She is currently studying for her PhD.

Karen Watkins

Karen is a certified Neuromuscular Physical Therapist and personal trainer since 2008 with The National Training Centre completing exercise health studies and personal training EQF level 4. Karen is also a Stott Pilates instructor since 2010. She has been helping her clients reach their health and fitness goals for the past 7 years. Her goal is to inspire and motivate people to move, bringing energy and health into all aspects of their lives. She has worked with a wide range of clients with different backgrounds and injuries. Offering rehabilitation Stott Pilates programs to clients alongside the physical therapy work. Current and past clients include members of the Irish Kayak team ,Triathletes ,Cyclists, Runners ,Rugby players and many more . She is continually taking on training, observing and thinking of ways to bring challenging, successful and invigorating workouts to all her clients. In all classes various options to modify exercises are provided to suit needs and abilities. Participants are actively encouraged to work at their most effective level. Participants are introduced to a variety of equipment to add challenge and variety e.g. flex bands, Pilates rings, foam rollers, soft foam rollers (suitable for fascial release work), toning balls and mini stability balls. In her classes you will receive the utmost of attention and find encouragement and support to help you attain your goals whether it be train for a triathlon, rehabilitation of an injury, improve your golf game, or among others, find balance and strength.

Mairead Finnegan

Mairead completed her Holistic Health Studies training  gaining ITEC (International Therapy Examinations Council) diplomas in Reflexology, Swedish massage, Aromatherapy massage and Reiki in 2004. Alongside these therapies she also studied herbal medicine and naturopathy in CNM and CIT.  Believing that our bodies are made to function efficiently and optimumly Mairead works within a wholistic framework incorporating and combining elements of reiki and aromatherpy within her reflexology treatments in order to support and maintain health and balance. Reflexology  – what is it? Reflexology can trace it’s origins back to both Asian and Egyptian roots where similar practices have been documented in the histories of China and Egypt. Reflexology is a safe complementary therapy technique which involves applying pressure to specific points mapped out on the feet which correspond to specific organs, nerves and glands in the body.  Applying pressure to these points stimulates movement or a release of energy/chi to the corresponding organ. This in turn aims to promote homoeostasis or balance within the body. Current theories and trials suggest that the effectiveness of reflexology treatment may be explained in existing scientific concepts such as peripheral vasodilatation to remove local toxin accumulation and neural pathways related to the gate theory to explain the reduction of pain perception as well as several processes including the unblocking of energy fields, the removal of toxins, the release of endorphins, increase of blood flow to organs and the alteration of electromagnetic fields.

Ara Ramirez

Ara is the running coach here in the clinic, having obtained her degree in Physical Education she has gone on to become a very experienced running coach. Ara is a competitive runner herself, she teaches from the clinic our Couch to 5k running programme, using her experience to get people inspired to get fit.

Here is what Ara believes:

Too many people have been turned off of running simply by trying to start off too fast, their bodies rebel, you should ease into your running program gradually.

The beginners’ program is less of a running regimen than a walking and jogging program. The idea is to transform you from couch potato to runner, getting you running three miles (or 5K) on a regular basis in just two months. Patience is key, let the body build up gradually, prevent injury and build up the legs for distance.