The Novara Centre Blog

Conflict is good

Posted on February 16, 2018 by in ,

How can conflict be a good thing? Conflict situations make us uncomfortable. The vast majority of us view it as a negative thing. But I think we would all agree that it is impossible to get through life without encountering it. In fact most of us encounter a situation of conflict on a daily basis. Be it in our personal...
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Stress, the immune system and acupuncture

Posted on January 1, 2018 by in ,

Stress, the immune system and acupuncture The run-up to Christmas is hectic. We have more financial pressures, more organising and housework to do, more social commitments and, often, tighter work deadlines. In January we are facing into a New Year with positive goals and ideas for ourselves with perhaps not enough energy to realise them. The stress we were under...
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10 things you need to know about infant massage

Posted on January 1, 2018 by in ,

        If you have ever had a massage treatment you can relate to the elated feeling of well-being and complete relaxation afterwards. In Asian countries such as India, massage is an ancient art and its health benefits are widely-known among Asian traditional cultures. Today in Ireland, awareness of the benefits of infant massage is increasing with Irish...
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Could the secret to good health and happiness be linked to your ikigai! Are you living your life’s purpose?

Posted on December 31, 2017 by in ,

Could the secret to good health and happiness be linked to your ikigai! Are you living your life’s purpose? The Danish word hygge describes a feeling of coziness. In Sweden lagom means that something is ‘just right’. And have you heard about the popular Japanese concept of ikigai (prounounced ick-ee-guy)? Similar to the French phrase raison d’être meaning ‘a reason...
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What is Yin Yoga?

Posted on November 29, 2017 by in

What is Yin Yoga? Firstly, what are yin and yang? In Chinese philosophy (and traditional Chinese medicine), yin and yang are symbols which are used to describe how seemingly opposite forces may actually be complementary, interconnected and interdependent in the natural world. This concept was developed by observing the environment. ‘Yin’ originally referred to the shady side of a slope,...
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Essential oils at Christmas

Posted on November 26, 2017 by in ,

Essential oils are a lovely way to create atmosphere and to promote your health during the Christmas season. When I think of Christmas the scents that come to mind for me are that wonderful Christmas tree smell, orange, cinnamon and clove. If you are trying to capture the woody scent of a real tree make sure you buy spruce essential...
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What is Educational Psychology?

Posted on August 27, 2017 by in

Educational Psychology considers the individual student in a learning environment. We investigate many elements of learning that are not often considered when completing school tests. We look at long term memory, problem solving, verbal skills and speed. An overall level of ability is assessed. The client also completes reading, spelling and math assessments. If there is any specific learning difficulties...
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How psychotherapy can help with anxiety

Posted on August 22, 2017 by in

It’s natural to feel anxious when something unexpected or difficult is happening in our lives or to worry about significant current or future life events. However, sometimes anxiety can become overwhelming and can really impact on our daily lives and relationships. Worrying excessively about something like health, having or fearing panic attacks, finding it difficult to sleep or relax, can...
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Couples Counselling – How can it help?

Posted on June 22, 2017 by in

Couples counselling is beneficial for all kinds of relationships, not just those that are experiencing chronic difficulties. It can help to resolve a specific problem or to prevent it from escalating. Or it can provide a “check-up” for a happy couple that is going through a stressful period. It is effective in relationships that are long-established and those that are...
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The Hero and Heroine’s Writing Journeys

Posted on April 12, 2017 by in ,

The Hero and Heroine’s Writing Journeys Siofra O’Donovan’s Creative Writing Workshops at the Novara Centre are inspired by the work of Joseph Campbell, whose ‘Monomyth’ or ‘Hero’s Journey’ is a universal blueprint for all myths and stories across the world. Under their apparent diversity, the great myths of humanity present us with the same map of yearnings and fears that...
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