Article Category - "Healthy Lifestyle Choices"

4 Things I’ve Learned As A Reflexologist

4 Things I’ve Learned As A Reflexologist

This year sees the 15th anniversary of me qualifying as a Reflexologist, the time has flown past and has allowed me to meet and spend time with an amazing array of wonderful clients.

Clients who have come in with complex medical problems (Cystic Fibrosis, M.S, M.E, chronic migraine, cancer, depression, sub-fertility, pregnancy) and those who just needed a little treat.

I’ve had the privilege of studying with the most amazing teachers, Carol Donnelly, Geraldine Giles and Inge Dougans.… Read more

Posted on August 14, 2016

How Can Psychotherapy Help?

How Can Psychotherapy Help?

This week we’ll be introducing you to our resident psychotherapist Fran Buckley.

Fran Buckley qualified as a psychotherapist from Tivoli Institute of Psychotherapy in Dun Laoghaire and is a pre-accredited member of the IACP. She has worked with people with a wide range of issues such as depression, low self-esteem, bereavement, anxiety, relationship difficulties and abuse.

Fran feels it is a privilege to join a person on their therapeutic journey. She has considerable experience in the caring profession and her wish is to provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space where people can explore their thoughts, feelings and emotions.Read more

Posted on August 11, 2016

Rolfing – The Posture of Motherhood

Rolfing – The Posture of Motherhood

It all begins with a positive pregnancy test which brings sheer joy and delight. Then the body begins a 10 month marathon of building and supporting this new, precious life.

The emotional and physical demands of nurturing a new life takes its toll on the mothers body. This can often be attributed to a shortening from ribs to pelvis which is literally pulled down by the weight of the bump.… Read more

Posted on July 29, 2016

Family Food: Sweet Potato Nuggets

Family Food: Sweet Potato Nuggets Sweet Potato Falafel Nuggets with Sesame Dressing

This is a lovely one from the Happy Pear boys!  This makes a lovely lunch in a pitta or serve with oven baked wedges for a healthy alternative to chicken nuggets and chips.


  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 400g tin of chick peas
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tbsp of tamari
  • coriander paprika salt and cayenne (tsp of each)
  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 tbs cumin seed
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 bunch of coriander
  • 1 bunch of flat parsley

Sesame dressing:

  • 4 tbs tahini
  • juice of half a lime
  • 8 tbs water
  • 1 tbs honey (or maple syrup if for a baby under 12 months)
  • handful of mint leaves finely chopped
  • pinch of salt (optional)

Chop and boil sweet potato – no need to peel, just trim any dodgy bits

Tin of chick peas drained and rinsed bung in a bowl with finely chopped garlic, lemon juice, tamari, spices (hold the cayenne pepper and salt if you are feeding babies!)

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Posted on July 29, 2016

The Importance of Self-Compassion

The Importance of Self-Compassion What is self-compassion?

It can be good to be kind and gentle with oneself when we encounter pain and personal shortcomings, rather than being hurtful, ignoring things or self-criticism. Self compassion is where our negative thoughts and emotions can be observed with an openness. A non-judgemental space within us where we don’t have to suppress or deny our thoughts or feelings. To accept where you are without judgement or negative self-take.… Read more

Posted on July 7, 2016

How Can Psychotherapy Help?

How Can Psychotherapy Help?

This week we’ll be introducing you to our resident Psychotherapist Mary Barrett BA. Rel. Sc. and Education, BA Psychology, MA Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dip. Special Ed., Cert. Mindfulness, PSI. We will give you an insight into how Mary works and how she may be able to help you.

Mary has had the opportunity to work with people exploring and understanding depression, anxiety, addiction, homelessness, grief, relationship breakdown, anger issues, self-harm, coping with disability, loneliness, abuse (physical, sexual and emotional) as well as a number of other concerns.… Read more

Posted on May 26, 2016