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The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Tattoo in Dublin

By Zuzanna Piasek August 17, 2018 (No)
Getting a first tattoo can be incredibly stressful. After all, this is something that’s going to stay on your skin and won’t be easy to remove! With the Dublin International Tattoo Convention rolling into town this weekend, we want to make sure you have everything you need to know on tattoos. It’s an important decision for a lot of people and worth doing some research. So to aid you along the journey, we’ll take a look at everything to keep in mind when getting a tattoo in Dublin. 1. Do Your Research When getting a tattoo, it’s important you plan ahead so you get the best possible result you could […]

Injury Avoidance in Rugby: Part 3 – Upper Body Injuries & Solutions

By Aidan Raftery May 20, 2018 (No)
Another weekend and another unbelievable game of rugby, this time between two old adversaries in Leinster and Munster. Congratulations to the blues and commiserations to the red army on what was a nail-biting battle. It seems like every week now Leinster are cleaning house, but they still have one more big weekend in store against the Scarlets before the season fully wraps up. Again, yesterday’s game seen a few big casualties picked up with Jack O’Donoghue sustaining a nasty looking leg injury after tackling James Ryan in a ruck. Leinster captain Isa Nacewa was forced off at the end of half time with a calf problem in his final game […]

Why Are So Many Irish People Switching To A Vegan Diet?

By Zuzanna Piasek May 16, 2018 (No)
Lately nearly everyone and their dog has been turning vegan and you may be wondering why? Is this just something that’s on trend or are there actual reasons why people are changing their eating habits? Today we are going to look at why the Vegan diet has become so popular in recent times and speak about all of the different benefits of vegan eating. What is Veganism? The vegan diet is an extension of being a vegetarian. Vegans do not consume any animal products; this includes dairy, meat and honey. Veganism has been spoken about at length over the years in documentaries such as Cowspiracy, What the Health and Forks […]

Injury Avoidance in Rugby: Part 2 – Lower Body Injuries & Solutions

By Aidan Raftery May 13, 2018 (No)
Well, that was some weekend of rugby! Leinster and Racing 92 put on a technical clinic and left absolutely nothing on the table with the boys in blue clinching the Champions Cup trophy after a late dramatic win over the French in Bilbao! As always though, there were injuries before and during the game. Maxime Machenaud picked up ligament injury in April, legendary All Black Dan Carter was ruled out of the squad after triggering a hamstring problem and then, first-choice out-half Pat Lambie went down with a knee injury after just 2 minutes of the game. These are areas which are often injured and we will look at them […]

Everything You Need To Know About Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin

By Amy Meegan May 5, 2018 (No)
Often referred to as “the sunshine vitamin”, vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that we can get from certain foods and sunlight. Vitamin D is required to help the body absorb calcium and phosphorus from the digestive system. Calcium and phosphorus are important minerals for the maintenance of normal bones and teeth. Why’s It Called The Sunshine Vitamin? Vitamin D is known as “the sunshine vitamin” because is synthesised by the body when the skin is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.  In Ireland, the sun’s rays are only strong enough from April through to September for our skin to be able to produce vitamin D. For the remaining […]

Injury Avoidance in Rugby: Part 1 – Preparation for Players, Clubs & Coaches

By Aidan Raftery April 29, 2018 (No)
There is a misconception that Rugby is a dangerous game. It is of course a physical game, but when the right skills are used properly, it is safe. With that in mind, like any other sport most players are at different stages, be it Underage, Junior, Professional, Club or International level. However, one common factor is that the vast majority will get injured at some point in their career. As a Sports Injuries Therapist, I worked with a local Rugby team in Bristol and treated various injuries when working for the club. We are going to take a detailed look at the best methods of preparation, before and after a […]

Simple Ways of Looking After Your Mental Health In 2018

By Zuzanna Piasek February 20, 2018 (No)
Whether you are a student or just starting out at a new job, life can get a little bit stressful for everyone now and then. Thankfully, there are plenty of simple ways of looking after your mental health in 2018. It is really important to treat yourself and in a world so fast paced, take a minute to slow down and take a deep breath. Reading Reading can be very relaxing, no matter what you read from fiction to reality or even just a magazine. Taking ten minutes out of your day or even on a lunch break to pull out a good book will benefit you greatly. It takes […]

6 Tech Tools to Help Kick-Start a Healthy Lifestyle

By Zuzanna Piasek February 6, 2018 (No)
Starting a new healthy routine can be awfully tough, especially after the New Years motivation starts to wear and dry January becomes a distant memory. What better way to stay focused on your health goals than by finding some new fancy fitness gadgets. With these six healthy tech tools, you will be far better equipped when kicking off a healthy lifestyle. Let’s get straight into it! 1. Powerdot This is perfect if you spend a lot of time in the gym and can’t wait to hit it again. Using electrical muscle stimulation, it activates your muscle fibres so you can get stronger and recover faster. It works via an app […]

The Best Irish Health & Wellbeing Events in 2018

By Alannah Kenny January 20, 2018 (No)
If there is one New Year’s resolution that you are guaranteed never to regret, it is looking after yourself and taking the time to maintain a healthy body and mind. We live in a world that is becoming increasingly pressurised and it’s easy to neglect our mental and physical wellbeing as a result. Thankfully there will be plenty of special events set up around the country this year that can help everyone to hone these skills. The events differ greatly to cater for everyone so there can be no excuses! Check out some of the top health and wellbeing events on offer in 2018 and make minding yourself a guilt-free […]

Finding Healthy Alternatives to Festive Coffees in Ireland

By Zuzanna Piasek November 28, 2017 (No)
Who doesn’t love to get a red Christmas cup from Starbucks and even better, to enjoy their mint or pumpkin spiced coffee? Frappuccino’s are some of the tastiest treats around but unfortunately they are also filled to the brim with calories. That doesn’t mean you have to give up on the hot stuff altogether, instead you can enjoy one of these alternatives to festive coffees. 1. Matcha Cafés in Dublin This is perfect if you are looking to lose weight and get a long lasting boost of energy that makes you feel better than coffee. Matcha tea, which was a beloved drink of samurai’s, monks and martial artists has seen […]

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