The Novara Centre Blog

Posted on June 13, 2018 by in ,

The M Word

“Menopause”. There. I’ve said it. It’s a time in life that can be hard to admit, and even harder to accept. A time of change, transition and wisdom. A second Spring. All fine when you feel upbeat and full of energy. But how about the other side of menopause – hot flashes, bloating and weight gain, exhaustion, anxiety and irritability,...

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Posted on March 12, 2018 by in

Yoga – a tool for life for everyone

Yoga is accessible to anyone at any age. Despite trendy studio marketing being full of lithe bodies in pretzel-like poses, tanned and adorned in the latest NY yoga gear, the reality is that most yoga classes are comprised of people with different motivation to practice yoga ranging from: “I felt I needed to do something”, and “My doctor said it...

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Posted on February 16, 2018 by in ,

Conflict is good

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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Posted on January 1, 2018 by in ,

Stress, the immune system and acupuncture

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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Posted on January 1, 2018 by in ,

10 things you need to know about infant massage

        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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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?

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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Posted on November 29, 2017 by in

What is Yin Yoga?

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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Posted on November 26, 2017 by in ,

Essential oils at Christmas

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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