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Massage and physiotherapy among services being offered to Apollo House residents

Apollo House wellness room
Apollo House wellness room
Apollo House wellness room
Apollo House wellness room
Inside Apollo House
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Homeless campaigners who have taken over Apollo House have set up a therapy room and a wellness area for residents.

Home Sweet Home, the campaign group behind the impromptu homeless hostel, has formed a team of physiotherapists, physical therapists, and massage therapists to aid residents that would otherwise be sleeping rough.

One of the wellness team, called Beverly, said a number of services are being offered by volunteers in the office building which is to be used by the group until January 11.

"We're here to support the residents. A lot of them have been sleeping rough or going from hostel to hostel, and they're in a state of overwhelm, so just to kind of allow them time to relax and unwind.

"Lorna is doing foot massages; I'm doing activation techniques, which is helping their muscles to release their tension, and helping them to breath better," she said.

"We've also got a massage therapist coming in. And I'm also here to support the volunteer staff, who are here working really really long hours; to help them get through the days and nights.

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“When you're faced with every single morning you get up, if you're a homeless person in Dublin, or in Ireland at the moment, you're faced with the task of finding another bed. You're not allocated a bed for a few days, or even a few weeks. You have to get up and your job is then to find – you get a freephone number, and you have to phone this number and try to get a bed.

"All the good places go quickly, and then you're faced with a yoga mat on a floor in a night cafe, which, you know, isn't ideal. Sleeping on the floor, your body is wrecked," she added.

“I just think, if I can do one little thing, if I can help their bodies to unwind, or teach them, or get them to breath better so they can face these horrible things coming at them, then it's a small thing, you know. And I'm happy to be able to help.”

Other services being provided by volunteers in Apollo House include a pool table and hairdressing.

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