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Adrenal Glands & Fatigue .

The Adrenals sit like little caps on top of each kidney. They are so closely connected with and related to the kidney that it is near impossible to determine a difference between the reflex to the kidney and that of the Adrenal gland.
One cannot be stimulated without helping the other. 
It is the Adrenal secretion that stimulates the heart . The emotion of fear plays a big role on the Adrenals. Strength is hidden within these organs which activates in times of immediate fear.
Healthy Adrenals gives us courage and strength to cope with emergencies in life.

I am coming across exhaustion now a lot in my work
 Signs and symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue may include:
  • Mild depression or anxiety.
  • Multiple food and or inhalant allergies.
  • Lethargy and lack of energy.
  • Increased effort to perform daily tasks.
  • Decreased ability to handle stress.
  • Dry and thin skin.
  • Low blood sugar.
  • Low body temperature.
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Low blood pressure
  • Lightheadedness
  • Loss of body hair
  • Skin discoloration (hyperpigmentation)

What is Adrenal Exhaustion /Adrenal fatigue is a term applied to a collection of nonspecific symptoms, such as body aches, fatigue, nervousness, sleep disturbances and digestive problems. ... Your adrenal glands produce a variety of hormones that are essential to life.

I believe "'Adrenal fatigue' is not a real medical condition. There are no scientific facts to support the theory that long-term mental, emotional, or physical stress drains the adrenal glands and causes many common symptoms.

Adrenal insufficiency can be diagnosed by blood tests and special stimulation tests that show inadequate levels of adrenal hormones.
Adrenal fatigue diagnosis claim this is a mild form of adrenal insufficiency caused by chronic stress. The unproven theory behind adrenal fatigue is that your adrenal glands are unable to keep pace with the demands of perpetual fight-or-flight arousal. As a result, they can't produce quite enough of the hormones you need to feel good.
Unproven remedies for so-called adrenal fatigue may leave you feeling sicker, while the real cause — such as depression or fibromyalgia — continues to take its toll.

If you wake up extremely tired even after a long night sleep, feel your energy levels are just at a permanently lower level than they used to be, find that the slightest amount of stress leaves you feeling overwhelmed or crave for salt food then you may suffer from adrenal fatigue. 
Reflexology MAY help you take the steps to support the adrenals and other endocrine glands affected by stress.
Reflexology treatment may help improve your energy, quality of sleep and your ability to focus and concentrate as well as help avoid adrenal fatigue and other problems that can arise .

Stress is part of everyday life. Everyone is affected by stress. Some stress can be motivated by challenging ourselves and being stimulating by accomplishing a project that is due. People react differently to stressful situations according to their personality, life experience and environment. When it makes you feel bad, and has an effect on your health and balance, something has to be done.

Stress makes our body use glucose by secreting cortisol and adrenalin, the stress hormones. It prepares us for the “Fight or Flight” response. Our body gets ready for action. Blood goes to areas that need the most and can result in higher heart rates, eye dilation and muscle tense up. Chronic and long term stress, can compromise the ability of our body to heal and lowers our immune system which can make us more susceptible to get sick and to trigger allergy and skin reactions. It also creates hormonal imbalance.

In my experience if your adrenal glands are fatigued, you can strengthen and increase the ENERGY  flowing through your adrenals by doing reflexology
This can help to rebalance the flow of energy through your adrenals. When the energy is in harmony, this promotes healing in your physical body.

To book a treatment 
Call 087 9671511 to book your appointment or
Keep your receipt and claim it back against your health insurance,

I am somewhere between hell and pleasure

Food containing sugar is everywhere . 
Sugar has range of ill-effects on the body including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, tooth decay and possible cancer, according to experts Consuming refined sugar can impact mood, decision making and memory.. Refined sugar—which is found in most sweets, sodas, white breads, and pastas,fat free" and "low fat" snacks, fruit juices, yogurts, energy drinks, sauces ketchup, BBQ sauces, mayo, pasta sauces .gravy, and other packaged foods is i am convenienced made me cranky
"EVERY SINGLE BOX OF CEREAL IN MY LOCAL GROCERY STORE HAD SOME FORM OF SUGAR IN IT—CANE SUGAR, SYRUPS WITH NAMES I COULDN'T PRONOUNCE, BROWN SUGAR, YOU NAME IT." In fact once you head into the middle aisles of your local supermarket then you are going in to the sugar caves i believe. Shop on the outside lane of the supermarket to avoid temptation.

Giving up sugar is not practical i think?  WHY? Because it is everywhere.
My refined-sugar-free diet  consisted of only fresh foods: vegetables, fish, chicken, and meat, and whole-grain pasta and rice.. I decided to give up dairy also.
I would eat those foods nearly daily but along side refined sugars.
I did give all sugar including natural sugar in week 1.
In week 2 i allowed myself a pear and an apple but only if i got a mental craving.
Some research shows without the consumption of natural sugars, the body would not have enough fuel to survive for long. 
For me i did have energy and my energy rose each day . I found in the first week the only thing that did push the sugar craving out of my head was a walk or the gym session.

I was getting too much refined sugar in my diet.Until i sat down and wrote down my sugar intake i was totally unaware of how much sugar i was consuming unintentionally

Day 1
Giving up sugar.......... hell or pleasure?
Day 9 and counting.
Not pleasure by no means. 
Sugar is delicious tempting and I would say comforting..
Hell???? i cant say its hell yet. Taking one day at a time. Even thou i am waiting from the crash which i am expecting.
I threw out every biscuit and emptied out a box of roses into the bin once i made the decision to do this. I really had visions of me scouting around the bin looking for the sweets. 
Its not about just giving up sugar in your tea/coffee
Its absolutely everywhere. Even crisps .Some crisps contain 2% of your daily allowance of sugar. 
Mayonnaise. Ketchup. Gravy etc

(I endlessly fantasized about a can of full-sugar Coca-Cola”yesterday)  As i was not feeding my addiction,my brain was shouting out to have sugar to satisfy its cravings.
Felt like I had been hit by a truck. I felt foggy and pain in my eyes The fogginess and lack of focus at one point got so bad, found it hard  to concentrate.
Bouts of being irritable/ cranky /sharp and quick tempered has shown its ugly head.. Not nice. Best stay indoors. Mix with no one is one option i guess. 
Dead heavy tiredness for about 2 hours yesterday.
Pains in my knees today but passing as the days is going on.
The amount of mucus coming up my throat and down my nose is unbelievable. Goodness a cleansing going on.
I find once i eat a lot of the symptoms of pain go away go away. Also once i am hungry now i have to eat otherwise i turn into a she wolf.

A lot of studies show headaches as being high up there with withdrawal but i have experienced none so far. Smiley face

Did you know that sugar ages you? I did.
Simple carbohydrates, like refined sugar, white bread and soda, cause your insulin levels to spike, which leads to what Dr. Nicolas Perricone describes as “a burst of inflammation throughout the body.”

Besides damaging collagen, a high-sugar diet also affects what type of collagen you have—another factor in how resistant skin is to wrinkling. Sugar suppresses the activity of our white blood cells. This makes us more susceptible to infectious disease. 

In a process known as glycation, sugar attaches to the collagen in our skin and other parts of the body. This causes inflammation and reduces the effectiveness of both collagen and elastin, the proteins in our skin that help it stay youthful. When these don’t work so well, your skin no longer looks supple and youthful. Instead it begins to look dull, dry and…old! While glycation can not be completely stopped, it can be slowed down. And you guessed it, quitting sugar is one of the best ways to do this.

So i am studying my wrinkles every day to see an improvement You don't have to take my word for it . A study with over 600 men and women those with high blood sugar levels consistently looked older than those with lower blood sugars.I am hoping for me in 3 weeks my cravings and withdrawal with be gone. 

Day 9

Waking up this morning and feeling dread .Today i eat boring broccoli AND KALE .How bloody exciting. My life is over  not really ..my brain is playing tricks with me at moment.
How easy is it to give it up?
Its extremely difficult. I personally think a family could not give up sugar. The temptation is too much and sugar is everywhere.
Your body is programmed to get energy from sugar, and it takes time to get used to getting it from a different source. It almost feels like a hangover as your body is getting used to the withdrawal of sugar."

Did i make the wrong new year resolution?? Have feelings of thinking my life is boring and so over. 
God what i would give to have a kitkat. Off course i can but i have started this mission so i will finish.

Foods that contain carbohdyrates are converted into sugars during the digestion process and cause your blood sugar levels to increase shortly after your meal.Starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn and green peas, can raise your blood sugar levels. The starches found in starchy vegetables are quickly digested and converted into sugars by the enzymes found in your gastrointestinal tract.

All types of breads, such as bagels, sliced breads, rolls and English muffins, as well as rice, pasta, noodles, crackers and baked goods are all converted to sugars after being eaten and can contribute to raising your blood sugar levels in the minutes and hours following your meals.A slice of whole wheat bread contains close to 4 tsp. of sugar, while a large bagel contains the equivalent of over 17 tsp. of sugar

Goodness when i read this research i was taking a lot off sugar a day..
Jams, syrups, table sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and brown sugar are all converted to simple sugar in your body, just like sweeteners that are perceived as being more natural, such as honey, maple syrup and agave nectar.Fruits contain natural sugars, they can significantly influence your blood sugar levels. Fresh fruits, canned fruits, frozen fruits, dried fruits and fruit juices all contribute to raising your blood sugar levels. A medium apple has the equivalent of 4 tsp. of sugar, while a 16-oz. glass of unsweetened orange juice has over 13 tsp. of natural sugar provided by the oranges.Milk, yogurt and some fresh cheese contain small amounts of carbohydrates that can be converted into sugar in your body. If you choose chocolate milk and sweetened yogurts, the amount of sugar that your body can obtain from the digestion of these foods is even higher and consuming these foods can cause a larger increase in your blood sugar levels. Aged cheese, butter and cream are not converted into sugars because they do not contain enough carbohydrates per serving.

How on earth can  families give up sugar. Its EVERYWHERE. Moderation keeps coming to mind. Have i done the right thing?

Day 15
Well what a transformation. I have lost the bones of 1 stone in weight. This has not surprised me BUT it is not the reason why i decided to give up sugar. It was just been curious and an experiment..Eating more protein, fiber, fruit, and vegetables increases your metabolism, and your body burns it off more efficient
The fogginess began to disappear . I am engaging a lot more in things around me and i am so motivated. My taste buds have changed. I am eating much slower and feel i want to taste every bit of food in my mouth. I believe this is my body healing and finally maybe the addiction is leaving me.

My sleep has really got much better and i feel more refreshed.upon waking. Your insulin levels are regulated when your blood sugars are balanced promoting good sleep patterns and gives you consistent energy, which also reduces fatigue and means you can focus more. 
Sleep is a critical part of mental health. Not only does it give the conscious mind respite from the day’s activities, it helps flush out toxins from the brain. 

What is helping me without a shadow of a doubt is the walks and the sessions in the gym

Are you motivated to give up sugar for Lent? 
Not sure how sugary something is. Divide the grams of sugar in an item and divide by 4. That gives you the the amount in teaspoons.
And yes u can do it. Even if u cut down or make yourself aware of how much sugar is in the food u eat..You might wonder how long it will take until you’re free of cravings and side-effects, but there’s no answer – everyone is different i would believe.
I prefer to go ‘cold turkey’ when it comes to things like this but you need to figure out what works best for you – there’s no hard and fast rule.

The World Health Organisation recommends that we get just 5% of our daily calorie intake from sugar.

There are natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables that should be our only source of sugar. These foods are high in anti-inflammatory anti-oxidants, help stabilize blood sugar, and nutrients that promote beautiful skin and a healthy body.

TO DATE My hunger has changed.  I still get hungry—just nowhere near as often. Eating a diet free from refined sugars fills me up and keeps me full for seven or eight hours
i AM BRIGHTER AND FEEL SO MUCH LIGHTER. When I now see chocolate-coated refined sugar bars and tonnes of different chocolate brands at the checks outs, i have no desire to eat them. I feel i have control over my brain. Its not my body that wants this sugar now.

Tomorrow is another day
To be continued; 

The difference is in the TOUCH.

. Facial rejuvenation

A CHEMICAL MILK peel restores skins radiance. Stimulates the epidermis. Improves loss of skin tone while having a smooth effect on the skin
Gentle Finger tip FACIAL REFLEXOLOGY for deep relaxation and facial rejuvenation.
The skin is a good reflection of the overall health of the body.
Changes in your skin could be indicative of something as innocent as needing more sleep or an indicator that stress is taking its toll on the internal organs.
Facial Reflexology can detect imbalances in the body through very gentle finger tip Acupressure and Zone therapy. A holistic treatment is applied to reduce the stress hormone 'cortisol' rebalancing and rejuvenating the skin.The treatment together tones the skin. Softens tension lines reduces puffiness .Works to firm the facial muscles. Increase circulation and activate lymphatic drainage
1.5 hrs.
Contact 087 9671511 / mcdonnellkay@gmail.com

Muscle ache and Reflexology

Reflexology for Muscle Pain
The muscles can act as a biofeedback system to identify the source of blockages in the body via the nervous system. The flow of energy within the body that relates to muscles, also relate to the energy of our vital organs.

When our bodies are stressed, we produce adrenaline which sends blood and energy to our vital organs to protect them.  In this process, our muscles can become deprived of energy which will temporarily weaken them.  You know the expression, “weak in the knees.”
In reflexology, when pressure is applied to nerve endings in the feet, hands, and face, a nerve impulse is generated that follows a nerve pathway to the spine, then to the brain, and back to the corresponding organ, gland, or other part of the body. This brings about a normalizing effect to that area of the body being stimulated, by increasing blood and lymph flow, and opening up the meridian pathways.

The muscles corresponding to the stomach/spleen meridians are:
Anterior Neck Flexors, Brachioradialis, Pectoralis Major Clavicular, Levator Scapulae, Spenius Capitis, Triceps, Extensor Longus, Trapezius, and Latissimus Dorsi.
Stimulating the reflex areas for the muscles and their corresponding organs by using hand and finger techniques particular to reflexology, creates a change in nervous processes, breaks up acidic crystals, and helps restore unimpeded flow to the energy pathways.
With many of my clients, I find that the areas with the most congestion are the stomach and spleen.  Autoimmune disorders and digestive challenges are very common.  A sluggish digestive system compromises the entire body.  I find that when clients come to me with digestion challenges, they often have sore neck muscles, traps, and even extensor longus.  By stimulating the organ and muscle reflexes on the feet belonging to the stomach/spleen meridian system, the meridian pathways begin to unblock, alleviating pain as well as improving digestion and overall health.
Endorphins are neurotransmitters. So if you are suffering from a painful condition, reflexology can reduce the pain symptoms by stimulating this natural painkiller. Endorphins are produced the by pituitary gland and are known to be 10 times more powerful than morphine for pain.

Reflexology Can Reveal The State Of Our Health. And Often The Problems, We Experience In Our Feet Will Relate To The Problems Of Our Body!
Its stated that the “state of our health lies in the feet” tense, tight feet could mean that we are holding stress and tension in our body and a limp, while weak feet could mean a loss of muscle tone in our body and poor posture. Reflexology works on your emotional, mental and physical being. Take caring of your feet means good health, if you have not had a foot massage or reflexology session, you are missing out!

Contact me; 087 9671511 / mcdonnellkay@gmail.com

Face rejuvenation chemical milk peel

Milk Peel (50% Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, pH1.7)
A milky textured professional peel given its names from its lactic acid content. It is used for fine line reduction, skin lightening, sebum (oil) regulation and as a spot treatment. Our milk peel facial treatment restores skin radiance and stimulates the epidermis, improving loss of skin tone whilst having a smoothing softening effect on the skin. It is also excellent for boosting the actions of your daily cosmetics. Recommended for skin with fine lines & wrinkles and dull/tired complexions.

Milk Treatment is an exfoliant system designed to improve the appearance of skin’s tone and texture. It lightly exfoliates while hydrating to deliver smoother, softer skin.

Why It’s Unique:Milk Treatment is a gentle, convenient in-office (<15 min) skin rejuvenation treatment that delivers visible results without social downtime or unwanted side effects
It is combined with a simple home care system to enhance in-office treatment results
Delivers visible results with minimal irritation

Why you’ll love it:–  Improves the appearance of skin tone and texture
–  Helps reduce the appearance of large pores
–  Diminishes appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
–  Gives skin a more radiant-looking glow
–  Delivers softer feeling skin in as little as

Each peel treatment: €75 x4 €260
Four peel treatments are ususally recommended
CONTACT me mcdonnellkay@gmail.com / 087 9671511

Reflexology for winter blues


Depression proof your winter with the healing powers of reflexology
Massaging these pressure points will put you one step closer to a happier winter
Reflexology stimulates reflexes on the feet and hands to provoke beneficial effects on body parts, organs, and generate balance.

“Melatonin and serotonin regulate balance and mood
The pineal gland regulates melatonin 
The treatment stimulates circulation throughout the body, generating warmth – particularly good for those with cold hands and feet. Achy muscles and joints will benefit too as sluggish blood flows improves.
Arthritis sufferers, who generally feel an increase in symptoms during the colder months, will also benefit from the warming effects of improved circulation. Reflexology may further assist by lowering inflammation and assisting with pain management of achy joints.
For those who suffer from yearly colds or flu, the immune system may need a boost. Reflexology helps with this by stimulating the lymphatic system, which carries infection-fighting white blood cells throughout the body and clears away waste and toxins. With regular treatment, reflexology may act as a preventative measure keeping those coughs and colds away.
So instead of giving in to the winter blues, try reflexology to give yourself an all-round boost. Even your mood will improve, as reflexology treatments can be deeply relaxing; and besides, having your feet pampered is a very effective antidote to gloomy moods. With regular treatment feelings of wellbeing will increase, and who knows? Maybe you can kiss those winter blues goodbye.
Contact me; 087 9671511 / mcdonnellkay@gmail.com

Does stress destroy your health

Four ways that stress destroys your health

We're all under stress from time to time, but when the stress becomes ongoing and chronic, it can get to the point where it threatens your health or even you’re LIFE.

So it's nothing to take lightly.

Here are four of the most serious physical prices of chronic stress, as well as ways you can fight back and minimize its harmful and deadly effects:

Adrenal burnout (aka adrenal fatigue)
When your body gears up to deal with stress, your adrenal glands produce the hormones adrenaline and cortisol.

Adrenaline increases your heart rate, blood pressure, cardiac output and carbohydrate metabolism, and cortisol directs the necessary energy to your brain and muscles that they need to respond to the stress.

Once the stress passes, your adrenaline level drops quickly, but cortisol remains high to refuel your body and bring it back to balance—and it does so by increasing your appetite.

When your stress is temporary and short-lived, this is fine, but the problem arises when you have chronic stress because cortisol levels stay high.

This can cause you to "stress eat"—especially sugars and refined carbs—because the cortisol is repeatedly signaling you to refuel.  That means you pack on the pounds.

Elevated cortisol can also lead to depressed immune function, low thyroid function, problems with blood sugar control (increasing your risk of Type 2 diabetes) and eventually adrenal burnout.

Signs of adrenal burnout include loss of sleep, dark under eye circles, menstrual problems, feelings of grogginess, extreme exhaustion after exercise, and joint and muscle stiffness and achiness.

Chronic stress can also lead to an inflammation of the stomach called gastritis.
Its symptoms are similar to acid reflux or an ulcer and can include:
  • Burning or ache in your stomach
  • Bloating; Belching
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dark stools
  • Inadequate digestion and poor absorption of nutrients
  • Feeling of extreme fullness after just a small amount of food
Gut problems and impaired immune function
The "brain-gut axis" is a network of chemical and electrical signals that continuously pass between the central nervous system (the brain) and the digestive system.  Since there's such a profound, close relationship between the two, chronic psychological stress can make you physically sick.

For example, stress is a major factor in IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) symptoms and can worsen the symptoms of colitis and Crohn's disease. 

Stress also causes your gut to become hypersensitive, which can trigger food allergies and sensitivities.
In addition, stress causes the protective mucosal barrier inside your intestines to become less effective at defending your body against dangerous bacteria and pathogens.

So you are much more susceptible to catching viruses and infections when under chronic stress.

Stress can trigger inflammation, which is a leading factor behind many chronic conditions, including high blood pressure, arthritis, chronic back pain, premature aging, and our two main killers--heart disease and cancer.

How to fight back
First and foremost, it's important to reduce and eliminate as much stress from your life as you can.  Regular exercise, meditation, yoga, massage, counseling, prayer, and even adopting a pet can help. 

But since stress will always be a part of our lives, it's essential to give your body the support it needs too!
Here's how:

1- Get your Zzzzz's
Make sure you are getting at least 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night.  Proper rest is crucial for your mind and body to regenerate. 

Even if you're very stressed out and can't fall asleep right away, just lying in your bed in a dark room is helpful and encourages melatonin production.

2- Support sound digestion
Efficient digestion is vital for proper nutrient absorption and can help eradicate the symptoms of stress-induced gastritis and other GI problems. 

Unfortunately, many stressed people are eating on the go—lots of nutrient-poor, fast and processed foods.  Plus our typical meal combinations are very taxing on our bodies, and roll out the red carpet for indigestion and gut aches!

Step one is to avoid fast foods and processed junk, and instead, make the time to cook real foods.  It's just as easy to sauté a chicken breast and dump a bagged salad into a bowl as it is to cook a frozen pizza. 

Make the effort—your health and life are worth it.

And to make your meals easier on your system, avoid combining animal proteins (like meat) and starches (like potatoes, rice or pasta) in the same meal.  Instead pair meats OR starches with vegetables and tossed salads. 
I guarantee you'll be shocked at the difference in your digestion.

3- Support your friendly gut flora 
Stress takes a tremendous toll on your gut microbes, so it's essential to help repopulate your supply of beneficial, illness-fighting bacteria with a top-quality probiotic

4- Keep inflammation low
One of the best ways to keep inflammation low is to embrace the power of Nature's own anti-inflammatory—Omega-3 essential fatty acids.
And an outstanding fish oil formula  can provide a health-supporting dose of these crucial nutrients.
Stress is all around us and it's not going away anytime soon.

But when you support your body and help it fight the effects of stress, you are taking giant steps toward maintaining a strong state of health into your golden years. 

PPS; please do not make any changes to your diet or take supplements before you discuss with your Doctor.
Contact mw; 087 9671511 E; mcdonnellkay@gmail.com

Living with pain is not an option.

Treatment for lower back pain depends upon the patient's history and the type and severity of pain. 
First and foremost. Get this pain checked out by your Doctor.
Massage therapy may provide substantial healing and pain relief for people suffering from low back pain caused by muscle tension and strain, if the correct muscles are targeted.

Unfortunately, there is no instruction manual for living a life with chronic illness and for facing the limitations and challenges ahead. For most people, their past experience of illness, surgery or injury has been that pain has faded away once they have recovered from the illness or the wound healed. For other individuals, there has been no preceding disease or injury leading to chronic pain. The pain has just appeared and is ongoing. 
Living with pain, i believe is not an option.

No one chooses to have chronic pain. Having to accept physical limitations is not easy to do. It is difficult to accept a body that is not functioning as it should.
Contact me; Kay McDonnell
087 9671511 / E;mcdonnellkay@gmail.com

16 years in Business Massage Therapy & Advanced Reflexology Co Kerry

16 years ago this month I studied the art of Reflexology and Massage Therapy.

First my clients feel better, then they feel well, then they stay well,.


The aim of REFLEXOLOGY is to “create homeostasis, which means that the organs in the body are all working together and at their best.”

The aim of MASSAGE THERAPY is TO deliver AND to improve the flow of blood and lymph (fluid in lymph glands, part of immune system), to reduce muscular tension or flaccidity, to affect the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and to enhance tissue healing. Therapeutic massage may be recommended for children and adults.In my experience my treatments concentrate on boosting relaxation and reducing stress. They may help to calm your emotions, relieve anxiety, and increase your general sense of health and well being.

Treating babies/toddlers/teenagers/Male & Female

THANK YOU for your continued support .

Kick Your Feet Up and Get Healthy!

Spring clean your skin 2016 with Combined facial therapy Co Kerry

Spring cleaning for your skin 2016

As we leave behind a depressing wet winter and start looking forward to an enjoyable spring, our skin's needs change as well.

Want Younger looking Skin want ??? 

For maximum Skin Rejuvenation results we recommend combining IPL treatment with Chemical milk Peels.
Dermaceutra Milk Peel Treatment
A Dermaceutic rejuvenation milk peel is a simple procedure with a very low downtime. It is recommended for advanced signs of sun damage and ageing of the skin such as loss of elasticity, scars, wrinkles and a smoker's complexion. It is also advised for the treatment of actinic skins and stretch marks.

Restores a Radiant complexion 
Stimulates the epidermis 
and dilated Regulates Oily Skin Pores 
Improves Fine Lines and wrinkles 
Evens Skin tone 
Boosts Action of the Daily Cosmetics

Photo rejuvenation is able to Treat Skin Conditions All of this and the collagen Structure at the Same time.
IPL Skin rejuvenation is Used to Treat Sun Damaged Skin. It Also Used to diffuse redness (High Colouring) and Pigmented Lesions SUCH as age spots, Sunspots , freckles and uneven pigmentation patches on common areas such as the face, neck, chest and backs of the hands.

Maintain your results, it's super-important to protect your skin from the sun by staying in the shade and wearing SPF 30/50 always!

Combined Facial Therapy (Cft) Using Laser For Younger Skin 

 A Helping to hold back in time and Promote Skin Health


IPL Laser for face/neck/ chest and hand pigmentation Co Kerry

IPL Treatment For Skin Pigmentation

The colour of our skin, hair and iris of the eyes is due to melanin -. A brown or black pigment produced by special cells called melanocytes Melanin production is hereditary but increases with exposure to sunlight Skin that has been exposed to UV light can produce. irregular or abnormal pigment production in the form sun, age, or liver spots (solar lentigos) and freckles (ephelides). Skin looks patchy and uneven in tone and texture.
Pigmentation treatment uses Intense Pulsed Light which can effectively treat certain pigment problems by breaking down the pigmentation into smaller particles, which are then eliminated by the body's own immune system.

Treating face / Neck / Chest and Backs of the Hands
Contact for FREE Consultation 068 23574/087 9671511
Kay McDonnell Advanced Massage Therapy and Reflexology Co Kerry



The old regime of having a monthly facial has become so out dated with the recent technological advances in peels. Instead of enhancing the appearance of old dead skin, which is what cosmetic facials do, a peel will focus on working on a cellular level within the skin. AHAs and BHAs dissolve the keratin bonds that keep dead skin attached to the surface layers, which lead to lines, wrinkles, dehydration and obvious pigment marks. By dissolving the bonds, the skin naturally falls away and stimulates new skin cells to replace those that were lost.

To PREVENT the acceleration of aging here are some key tips:
- In the morning give your skin a good boost of anti-oxidants (C25 Cream)
- Before you put on make-up apply a SPF (Sun Ceutic)
- At night use Retinol 0.5%
- For your monthly treatment have a Milk Peel

For your appointment Text or call me on 087 9671511 / 068 23574

ITEC Diploma in Reflexology and Massage Therapy


Course Accreditation
International Theory Examination Council.

ITEC is one of the world’s leading awarding bodies specialising in the fields of Sport and Fitness, Beauty, Complementary Therapy, Hairdressing and Customer Service.

An ITEC qualification can give you that extra feature that will be sure to catch an employer’s attention. As these qualifications are internationally recognised; Completing an ITEC training course could also be the perfect passport for working abroad.

If the student holds an ITEC qualification in Anatomy & Physiology may be exempted from this [part of the course and /or exam

Open to Male & Female Persons

Option 1. ITEC Diploma in Reflexology and Massage therapy
Date; February 2016
Times; Weekend and Evenings; (Time to be arranged)
Venue;  http://www.sanctuarybeautyacademy.com
Fee €3100 - Less 10% €2790 if paid in full on booking. (Exam fee not included)
Booking deposit ; Deposit €500 by January 20th
Balance €2600 can be divided into 4 payments of €650 to be paid the last Friday of each month,
Friday Feb 26th
Fri March 25th
Fri April 29th  
Last payment Friday 27th May 2016

Option 2. ITEC Diploma in Reflexology
Date; February 2016
Times; Weekend and Evenings. ( Time to be arranged )
Venue;  http://www.sanctuarybeautyacademy.com
Fee; €2000; Less 10% €1800 If paid in full by January 20th
Booking Deposit; €400 by January 20th
Balance €1600 can be divided into 4 payments of €400 to be paid the last friday of each month. Last payment  27th May 2016
( Exam fee not included)
The course can be divided into 4 payments to be paid the last Friday of each month
Four payments of €400
Friday Feb 26th
Fri March 25th
Fri April 29th  
Last payment Friday 27th May 2016

Option 3. ITEC Diploma in Massage Therapy
Date; February 2016
Times; Weekend and Evenings. ( Time to be arranged )
Venue; http://www.sanctuarybeautyacademy.com
Fee; €2000; Less 10% €1800 If paid in full by January 20th
Booking Deposit; €400 by January 20th
Balance €1600 can be divided into 4 payments of €400 to be paid the last friday of each month. Last payment  27th May 2016
( Exam fee not included)
The course can be divided into 4 payments to be paid the last Friday of each month
Four payments of €400
Friday Feb 26th
Fri March 25th
Fri April 29th  
Last payment Friday 27th May 2016

Exam Fees are paid separately. The College will inform you when this payment needs paying.

What is Reflexology

Reflexology is a complementary therapy, that is, it is used in conjunction with conventional medicine to assist in the body’s recovery from certain diseases and illnesses. It does not diagnose or cure. 
It is particularly useful for stress related conditions as it helps to discharge the negative effects of stress and stimulate the body’s own healing.

Reflexology is a renewal and maintenance programme for the body. It not only aids recovery but helps the body to maintain health. It is not necessary to have a ‘symptom’ to benefit from reflexology.  

Reflexology has many benefits. It can be used to help prevent illness, restore balance, relax the body mind and spirit.

Learners will acquire knowledge of the structure and function of the human body
Recognize the human body as an entity
Gain an understanding of the relationship between the systems of the body
You will learn a comprehensive range of techniques, these will include
A full therapeutic sequence
A deep tissue sequence for physical ailments
A soft tissue sequence for easing emotional discomfort

You will also learn the protocol and procedures for
Working with clients with serious illness such as cancer
Working with pregnant clients
Working with elderly clients

Reflexology Theory and Practice
History of reflexology
Reflex points of the feet
Contra Actions
Keeping records
Client care
Code of Ethics
Code of practice
Case Studies
Anatomy and Physiology for full body
Topics include:
Skeletal and muscular system
Respiratory system
Circulatory and Lymphatic systems
Digestive system
Nervous and Endocrine systems
Reproductive system
Urinary system

Recognize the human body as an entity
A full therapeutic sequence
A soft tissue sequence for easing emotional discomfort
You will also learn the protocol and procedures for
Working with pregnant clients

History of reflexology
Keeping records
Code of Ethics
Case Studies
Topics include:
Respiratory system
Digestive system
Reproductive system

Practical Work
Locations of reflexes on the feet
Common complaints – how to help and prevent them.
Equipment needed for both Massage and Reflexology
2 pillows
Large ring bound folder to hold A4 Sheets
Coloured highlighter pens
Professional Therapist uniform Black tunic with black trouser and black shoes, hair tied up, short nails free from nail varnish. No jewellery except wedding ring. (Practical work only)
Your own email address.

Locations of reflexes on the feet
Observations and assessment of feet
Common complaints – how to help and prevent them.

Equipment needed for both Massage and Reflexology Course
2 large bath towels or fleece blanket plus 2 hand towels
2 pillows
Wipes and Antibacterial wipes
Large ring bound folder to hold A4 sheets
Clip board
Coloured highlighter pens
Massage table cover
Professional Therapist uniform Black tunic with black trouser and black shoes, hair tied up, short nails free from nail varnish. 
No jewellery except wedding ring. (Practical work only)
No chewing gum
Your own email address.

About Massage therapy Course

The best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.

Learners will acquire knowledge of the structure and function of the human body
Recognize the human body as an entity
Gain an understanding of the relationship between the systems of the body
Massage has been used for thousands of years as a simple and effective method of attaining & maintaining good health. Massage has been incorporated into many health systems and is the basis and foundation skills of any massage therapist.

Massage course will give you all of the classical massage movements and also the underpinning knowledge of Anatomy & Physiology.
If you are interested in becoming an Alternative or Complementary Therapist then we recommend that you commence with this course as it is often used as a prerequisite for many of the other complementary therapies such as aromatherapy, stone therapy & sports massage.
During the training the students will learn how to give a wonderful ,relaxing and therapeutic massage.

You will learn a comprehensive range of techniques, these will include

You will also learn the protocol and procedures for
Working with clients with serious illness such as cancer
Working with pregnant clients
Working with elderly clients

Massage Theory
Body analysis
Vegetables oils
Consultation techniques

The Anatomy and Physiology of the full body. The Anatomy & Physiology section of this course gives you the underpinning knowledge for all further learning in the various therapies and includes the four major & four minor systems of the body
Topics include:
Skeletal and muscular system
Respiratory system
Circulatory and Lymphatic systems
Digestive system
Nervous and Endocrine systems
Reproductive system
Urinary system

You will find out about the physiological & psychological effects of massage whilst learning how to select the correct medium and treatment plan for a client

Massage Theory
Recognize the human body as an entity
Vegetables oils

The Anatomy and Physiology of the full body. 
Topics include:
Respiratory system
Digestive system
Reproductive system
You will find out about the physiological & psychological effects of massage whilst learning how to select the correct medium and treatment plan for a client
Course Fee details as above
Reflexology Practical  
Massage Practical 

Option 1. Course can be booked and paid in full on line
Option 2. Course can be paid by paying deposit and 4 monthly installments on line 
Option 3. Course can be paid by Ringing  http://www.sanctuarybeautyacademy.com/ Tralee 066 7119755 with your Debit / Visa card details.
Contact Kay 087 9671511 / 068 23574 
W; kaymcdonnell.com

Final Result; Congratulations

The Power Facial Co Kerry

Combined Facial Therapy
My Power facial

Don’t you sometimes wish you could just peel off the dead and old looking skin to reveal a younger you? 
Well, science has now made it possible with IPL laser and chemical peel.
Rosacea /thread /spider facial veins large open pores,age and sun spots
Fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of ageing
Peel off years from your face and look younger with laser and chemical peel.

Using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) in a treatment combined with quality products, we achieve some fantastic results. During this treatment, we combine a Dermaceutra mild milk Peel with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to maximise the benefits of both.
Designed to improve Photo damage. Pigmentation. Sun and age spots.Fine lines and wrinkles.The texture tone and radiance of the skin will be boosted.
Dermaceutra skincare is given to prepare the skin and to boost and maintain results.

Contact 087 9671511. E;kay@kaymcdonnell.com

Anti Aging Chemical peel and face Rejuvenation Co Kerry

Combined Facial Therapy
My Power facial

Using high grade Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) in a treatment combined with quality products, we achieve some fantastic results. During this treatment, we combine a mild milk Peel with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or Laser systems to maximise the benefits of both.
Designed to improve Photo damage. Pigmentation. Sun and age spots.Fine lines and wrinkles.The texture tone and radiance of the skin will be boosted.
Dermaceutra skincare is given to prepare the skin and to boost and maintain results.
Contact me 
Tel;  087 9671511

IPL Laser Therapy Co Kerry

For that Feminine Look You Always Wanted.

Half price FOR 1 DAY. Tomorrow Sat.
Our power facial. 
The Milk chemical peel followed by IPL laser face rejuvenation.
Designed to lift your skin and your mood. 
€100 (normally €200)
Contact me..
087 9671511

Reflexology for Anxiety and Stress Co Kerry

Reflexology and Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety in different ways. Some of the most common symptoms include:
  • Constant and obsessive worrying

  • Feeling overwhelmed and wanting to cry all the time

  • Obsessive and repetitive thoughts

  • Wildly fluctuating emotions

  • Difficulty concentrating, becoming easily distracted

  • Difficulty learning or remembering things

  • Insomnia

  • Being unable to relax

  • A loss of libido

  • Changes to appetite – including craving sweets, losing your appetite, increased nausea and/or vomiting, changes in weight
Anxiety develops when we are first faced with a stressful situation – moving house, a big event, redundancies, bereavement or something as simple as a caffeine overload. These feelings of anxiety are the body’s early warning system. Your body recognises that some form of danger is near, so you are kept alert in order to cope with what your body perceives as a potentially life-threatening event. In healthy individuals, the difficult situation is met, overcome and we move on. For some people, it isn’t so simple. When anxiety symptoms prevent you from coping with everyday life, then you may have developed an anxiety disorder.

Why Reflexology for Anxiety?
Reflexology has that track record in anxiety management. A study carried out at the University of Canberra in 2000 indicated that reflexology was extremely effectiveness in relieving anxiety, nausea and pain in cancer patients. Other studies carried out in Europe, show reflexology to be very useful in treating stress-related anxiety (and reducing staff sick days by 25% over 3 years), and managing both pain and anxiety during labour and childbirth (and reducing the length of time in all stages of labour in the process).

Reflexology is a great way of relaxing and learning to manage your stress levels and anxiety symptoms. As well as the profoundly relaxing experience of having a treatment from a professional reflexologist, you can also use hand reflexology in between sessions in order to manage your response to your anxiety symptoms yourself. One technique that many find useful is to develop the habit of working the solar plexus point on the hands from the moment you start to feel anxious. This point is easy to find (ask your reflexologist) and subtle to work – someone watching you is unlikely to notice what you are doing; it just looks like you have your hands folded over each other.

Stress Relief
In reflexology, the body and soul are divided into the four elements of earth, water, fire and air, with each element related to a specific part of the foot. The ball of the foot is associated with fire, which controls emotions such as fear and anger; reflexologists will typically focus on this area when attempting to alleviate stress. Reflexologists believe long-term stress is damaging to the body's endocrine system, which includes the pancreas, pineal gland and adrenal gland. The adrenal gland, which is triggered during the "fight or flight" response to danger, is associated with a small pea-shaped area beneath the ball of the foot, directly under the big toe. If you're not under much stress, this "pea" will feel like a small bag of sand; if you're under heavy stress, however, it may feel like a hard lump. If you are under a great deal of stress, you may find that manipulation of this area can be quite painful.

Reflexology may work very specifically to help the body heal itself and clients will often seek a reflexologist for help with common ailments such musculo-skeletal pain, insomnia, hormonal or digestive issues. In many cases they may see their symptoms improve or disappear but, by then, they have discovered how deeply relaxing reflexology can be to their whole being which results in better sleep, peace of mind and less anxiety. Reflexology appeals to many people because it is non-invasive; the only clothes to be removed are shoes and socks. The hands, as well as the feet, can be worked and this allows discrete self-help relaxing techniques to be applied at any time.

Reflexology may help balance the mind and body and to maintain this state of homeostasis the body needs to run smoothly. When there is a malfunction in the body it is thrown off balance. Reflexology helps to sustain a natural equilibrium in every gland, organ, muscle, tissue and cell in the body through stimulation of pressure points, called reflexes on the hands and feet. 

Stress is a normal physical response to events when a person feels threatened, upset or their equilibrium is threatened in some way. At this point, the body's defences kick into a rapid, automatic process known as the fight-or-flight reaction, or the stress response. When there is a perceived threat, the nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones rouse the body for emergency action and the blood pressure rises, the heart beats faster, senses become sharper and, for a brief period, stamina and strength can increase. These reactions are life preserving but many people live at this heightened state of anxiety all the time and that can take a physical, chemical and psychological toll on a person that impinges on every aspect of their life.

Fertility Reflexology Co Kerry Ireland

Fertility Reflexology

Did you know that reflexology can be used to help with fertility problems?
I can now offer Fertility Reflexology in my practice.
Reflexology has been known to aid in certain conditions such as PCOS, endometriosis, irregular periods or ovulation and stress related fertility issues to name but a few.

Many parts of the body must be running smoothly to conceive a baby. The man must be producing healthy, motile sperm in large enough quantities to fertilise an ovum. The womans’ cervical mucus must be at the right pH and consistency. The ovaries must release healthy eggs and the fallopian tubes must be free of blockages. The uterine environment must be suitable for the implantation of the fertislised egg. And finally the endocrine system must be secreting hormones in the right sequence and at the proper levels for pregnancy to happen. 

EMOTIONAL ASPECTS OF INFERTILITY Braun (2006) discusses that infertility can have a significant impact on a couple life’s. Facing infertility in itself can be a stressor making it more difficult for a couple to conceive. Infertility in women can trigger feelings such as anger, resentment and/or guilt at not getting pregnant and/or using contraception for years, terminating previous pregnancy etc. This may be augmented by feelings of hatred or disgust towards their own bodies, which can impact the woman’s sexual identity. In men infertility can result in feelings of isolation as impotency may impact the mans’ sense of masculinity.
In addition trying to start a pregnancy can interfere with a couple’s normal sex life where sex becomes a chore. The lack of spontaneity and sometimes enjoyment may lead to erectile problems in men and vaginal dryness in women.  

In summary though the figures throughout literature vary, it can be concluded that infertility problems can be split evenly between women and men at approximately 40% each. The causing factors in the remaining 20% of cases are often unknown. In cases where the reason for infertility is purely medical, there are many clinics offering solutions to couples in what has now become a multi million-dollar industry. For cases where the causes of low fertility are not clear much evidence is now showing that if lifestyle and environmental factors are addressed successful outcomes do occur. 
Contact me Kay 087 9671511 to arrange appointment for your fertility reflexology

ITEC Diploma in Reflexology and Massage therapy Kerry Ireland

ITEC Diploma Reflexology & Massage Therapy Courses

If you are intending to becoming a Reflexologist and Massage therapist and you are looking for professional training.
I will be running the ITEC Accredited Diploma Course this Autumn.
ITEC is a leading international specialist examination board, providing quality qualifications in Complementary Therapies, Sports & Fitness Training. It is approved as an Awarding Organisation (AO) in the UK and Ireland .As such all QCF qualifications are approved on the Qualifications Credit Framework.The aim of both courses is to train you to a very high level. The course will cover all aspects of Reflexology & Massage therapy.
No experience is required. The course is open to experienced complimentary therapist, Nurses, health practitioners or complete beginners.
It will provide a stepping stone for people wanting to move into the growing field of complimentary therapy and health.Join IRI (Irish Relexologist Institute)
NRRI ( National Register Reflexologists Ireland ) upon successfully completion of course.

Contact me Kay 087 967155

Diarrhea and your body


People say love is the best feeling, but I think finding a toilet when you are having diarrhea is better.
Laughter is the best medicine…except for treating diarrhea.

Yes, diarrhea is certainly the subject of many jokes, but the truth is, when you’ve got it, it’s no laughing matter.

Now, occasional diarrhea is one thing—it usually clears up in a day or two.  But it’s quite another when diarrhea becomes a regular thing for you, as in chronic diarrhea.

Let's take a little closer look at this often joked-about but potentially serious condition. 

It keeps you running
Diarrhea is simply your body’s way of saying, "Get this out of me NOW!"

With diarrhea, your wastes move through your colon way too fast.  Since the colon is where the excess water in your feces is absorbed, when everything flies through at the speed of light, the colon doesn't have a chance to do its job...
And you get the classic loose, watery stools known as diarrhea. 
Oh, and sense of urgency like nothing else on earth. 

But wait! There’s more
With diarrhea, having to sprint to a toilet on a moment's notice is not the only problem.

Because when your wastes rocket through the intestinal tract, chances are excellent that you are not properly absorbing the nutrients from your foods as they fly on by.

This can lead to nutritional deficiencies over time and underweight.  (Sadly, that's why some people have resorted to abusing laxatives to induce diarrhea as a way to lose weight—with little regard for what it’s doing to their body in the long run.) 

But the flip side can also be true.  Lacking nutrients can also lead to feelings of constant hunger since your inner dinner bell rings when you need nutrients.

Constantly feeling hungry leads to overeating...and you know what THAT means.  That scale number creeps up, Up, UP. 

Plus diarrhea is an excellent way to get irritation in your “exit ramp”--otherwise known as hemorrhoids or anal fissures.

Lastly, since your body isn't absorbing the fluids from your wastes like it should, you're at risk for dehydration.  (This is especially dangerous for small children and the elderly.)     

What it is and isn't
Now, diarrhea is not a disease in and of itself, but rather a symptom of something else.

That something else can be any number of things like:
Crohn's disease
Ulcerative colitis
IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
Celiac disease/gluten sensitivity
Food allergies and sensitivities
An excess of Vitamin C or magnesium
The sugars found in dietetic candies--sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol
Viral or bacterial infection
Food poisoning
Laxative abuse
Colon cancer
Fructose or lactose intolerance

What to do to stop running to the loo
If you have acute diarrhea (diarrhea that's related to a bug, virus, something you ate, etc.), although you may feel lousy, chances are it will resolve itself within a few days.  Just make sure you stay hydrated.

But chronic, long-term diarrhea is a different story.

First and foremost it's important to see a doctor to rule out anything serious.

But in the absence of a specific underlying condition, chronic diarrhea is most commonly the result of the foods you eat and how efficient your digestion is.

When you eat processed foods and meal combinations that are hard to digest, you put your entire GI tract into a stressed state. 

Your stomach can churn and repeatedly secrete acid trying to break down what you've just eaten.  This can go on for as long as 8-10 hours or more. 

Eventually the stomach passes the "mess" on to your small intestine as if to say, "I've had enough--you deal with it now!"

Then your small intestine tries like heck to finish the job, but it can only do so much—it was not designed to do its work AND finish up the stomach’s job too.
By the time this mess reaches the colon, heaven help you.  If your foods are not broken down properly, this can stress the colon, and in a stressed state it may not properly absorb the water it should to make your bowel movement "solid."

And you fly like a jet plane to the toilet. 

Put an end to the explosions
To help keep things running smoothly at the "bottom," you have to start at the TOP (what you put in your mouth).

If you want to get rid of chronic diarrhea, you must eat foods that are nourishing to your body, and make sure that your meals pair foods that break down better together in your system.
When you eat meals that are easier for your system to break down, your stomach and intestines literally shout out, "Thank you!" and your digestive problems (including diarrhea) can begin to disappear FAST.

There are just a few easy-to-understand guidelines that explain how and why eating this way works so well for everyone, no matter how badly you've eaten before or how long diarrhea has been your companion.

Put your army to work too
Your intestinal flora also helps break down your foods and encourages normal bowel movements. 
Problem is, thanks to the typical diets most people have, their intestinal flora balance is the complete opposite of what it should be, and they instead have an environment that favors harmful bacteria.  This is an open invitation for diarrhea or other digestive problems.

But a potent, high-quality probiotic supplement may help turn that around for you fast, and help you maintain a proper flora balance each and every day.

The probiotic strains Bifidobacteria Infantis, Bifidobacteria Longum, Lactobacillus Casei and Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, all of which have been shown to help counteract diarrhea and improve digestion!
They go to work immediately in your gut, beefing up your population of beneficial, disease-fighting bacteria, helping to strengthen your gut wall, enhancing digestion and crowding out harmful pathogens. 
Don't think for one minute longer that your only solutions to chronic diarrhea are anti-diarrhea medications or eating lots of bananas!

Experience the power of the right diet and a healthy flora balance, and I'm sure you'll be able to say goodbye to chronic diarrhea and hello to more normal bowel movements very soon!

Contact me;
Church Street Listowel
Tel 068 23574
W; kaymcdonnell.com


Winter best time to do hair removal

Winter best time to do Laser hair removal

Now is the time for Laser Hair Removal
Been thinking about laser hair removal for a while now? Did you know that winter is the best time to start treatments.
Though we traditionally don’t worry about hair removal so much in the winter, it’s actually the perfect time to start a Laser Hair Removal course. Imagine starting next summer silky, smooth and beach ready!
By the time your treatments have been completed, bikini season will be rolling around again, but you’ll be fluff-free without any of the hassle!  Once you see the benefits of laser hair removal, you’ll never go back to waxing or shaving!
Your Skin is Paler;
Laser hair removal works best on dark hair and pale skin. During the summer time, where your skin gets more sun, the contrast between hair color and skin color is less obvious. The therapist performing the treatments will have a much easier time identifying the unwanted hair when it is visually more apparent.
Less Interruptions.
During winter, your will hopefully have more time to devote to your laser hair removal sessions. Your kids are in school so you are not forced to be at their heels every day. Summer holidays and family barbeques have concluded for the year so you are less likely to attend cookouts and be doing holiday travel. This is a good time of the year to get into a routine that you can really stick to.
Perfect Prep for Bikini Season
We all want to be smooth in time for summertime. So why not get your laser hair removal sessions during a season when no one will be privy of your progress? It would be much easier to keep things under wraps during the winter. Newer unprotected skin is also more likely to burn after your laser treatments and the winter provides your skin time to recover.
Virtually Painless
The laser hair removal process is virtually painless when done at anytime but there can be a reddening of the treated area and the younger skin does need time to heal. In fact, many patients liken the feeling of getting the treatment to a light pinching or snapping. Patients who get the treatment are generally comfortable and calm, compared to the agonizing process of tweezing, waxing and shaving.
Saves You Money
Speaking of traditional hair removal practices, consider the costs of tweezers, wax strips, razors, shaving cream and the like. You constantly have to replace them, so the whole hair removal process is a costly, ongoing practice. Once you have gone through the right number of laser hair removal sessions, re-growth is minimal.

Treating; Full leg. Half Leg. Full Arm. Half Arm. Bikini Standard. Brazilian. Californian and Hollywood. All facial hair. Treating Male & Female Clients
Testimonials are available for you to read from happy clients.
Up to 80% off Laser Hair removal course of 6 treatments
Get underarm half price with every half leg upper / lower
Get your extended bikini treated and FREE underarm

A course of 4 chemical peels was €320. Now €250
Chemical peel = With a Dermaceutic rejuvenation peel, you will improve the texture and luminescence of your skin as well as stimulate cell renewal, reduce lines and wrinkles and delay skin ageing. All this thanks to a simple procedure with very low down-time! Treating Melasma.
Laser Ipl Face Rejuvenation was €900 x6 Now €450 x6
Face Rejuvenation =
Treat broken veins and capillaries
Reduce Redness caused by broken capillaries and Rosacea
Eliminate Spider Veins
Treat imperfections from sun damage and photo-ageing age spots
Even out skin colour for a more youthful rejuvenated look
Decrease fine lines and wrinkles
Treat enlarged pores and Acne and Acne Scarring
Treating very successfully Face/Neck /Hands for sun damaged pigmentation.

 Smiles Kay McDonnell


Tips for weight loss & great health

Tips for weight loss & Great health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), currently about 66% of people (two out of three) are overweight, and 35% (more than one in three!) are obese.
Seven out of 10 of us take at least one prescription medication each day, and half of us take at least two medications per day.
Chronic disease rates continue to go through the roof, and they’re affecting younger and younger people.  No longer are conditions like heart disease, cancer and arthritis limited to adults and the elderly.
80 different autoimmune conditions (where an overactive immune system attacks your body) have been identified so far, with more likely on the horizon.
Now, the begging question here is: What on earth is going ON?
Why at a time in our existence when we are making tremendous scientific advances in disease detection, surgical procedures and drug research are we also at our absolute SICKEST?
Well, many factors contribute to our poor state of health including:
Lack of exercise
Recreational drug use
Excessive alcohol consumption
Chronic high levels of stress
Toxins in our environment and the workplace
Lack of sleep
Your DIET. 
That’s right. 
As a nation we are overfed and undernourished—so it’s no wonder that we’re paying the price from head to toe, and getting fatter and fatter as the days go by.
Let’s take a closer look at just how powerful food is, and explore some simple yet very effective strategies to use food to help create a slimmer, healthier YOU!
Food—so much more than nutrients
First and foremost, food is nutrients.  Your body has a wide variety of needs for the 2,000+ nutrients in existence, and although some of them may be obtained with supplementation, food must be your primary source.
But food is also information for your body. 
You see, food interacts with your genes, regulating (or in some cases disrupting) your biological pathways. 
Every time you eat your body produces neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) that regulate your mood and behaviour. 
Polyphenols (helpful compounds in plants) send messages to your immune system and tell it when it should calm down.
Other chemical messengers in food talk to your cells and tell them when to replicate, when they should accept nutrients, and when they should excrete wastes.
So when you have a diet of nutrient-dense, health-supporting foods, the messages your body gets are healthful and appropriate.
On the other hand, when you eat chemically-laden, sugar-loaded, trans-fat stuffed processed foods and fast food, you’re not giving your cells the right messages.  Instead you’re mixing up your body’s messages, confusing your cells and encouraging disease and inflammation.
And since foods like this are calorie-high and nutrient-poor, you’re widening your backside with every bite you take in addition to rolling out the red carpet for disease to waltz in.
Diet—it’s not just for a month or two!
The word diet comes from the Greeks and means “a way of life” or “a manner of living.”
But the good news is, it’s easier than you think to make a healthful diet work for you…and will you ever LOVE the results!
Here are tips for…
Making your diet work for YOU
Variety is the spice of life; Your body needs a variety of nutrients, so it’s crucial to eat a wide range of nourishing foods to give your body all it needs.
Chill out
Eating is a parasympathetic process, so it’s best to eat when you’re relaxed and not concentrating on something else (like driving, watching TV, etc.). 
On the other hand, eating on the run, while you’re driving, when you’re stressed and inhaling your meals is a recipe for digestive disaster and can hamper nutrient absorption too.
Eat local foods in season & go organic as much as possible
Locally grown foods in season are far more nutritious than those you find in the grocery store from halfway across the world that were picked long before they were ripe and gassed along the way to preserve them.
Plus organic foods create higher levels of antioxidants and protective polyphenols, and don’t contain the dangerous herbicides and pesticides found in traditional produce. 
And here’s a really important point:  Eating organic is the ONLY way to avoid the genetically engineered ingredients founds in over 80% of packaged foods.
Get enough water
Your body is 70% water.  And if you don’t hydrate your cells, they absolutely cannot function properly (so neither can you).
Plus fluids help sweet away inflammation-causing wastes from your body too. 
Studies have shown good hydration can help with a number of health challenges including gout, asthma, arthritis, back pain, dry skin, fatigue and even ulcers.
Look to drink at least 6 to 8 8-oz. glasses of water a day.
Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full
This should be obvious, but that’s not always the case.
Instead people eat for other reasons such as when they’re stressed, need emotional comfort, are bored or even thirsty!  (Thirst can be mistaken for hunger.)
Plus others are so programmed to finish everything on their plate, even if they were actually full several bites ago.
Make it a point to eat only when you are hungry and put down your fork when you sense you are getting full.
Yes, you read that right.
Indulge now and then
Give yourself a little treat now and then, such as a piece of cake at a birthday party or an ice cream cone on a hot day.
Help your body make the most of your healthy diet with the proper supplements
This involves giving your body a little help with digestive supplements like probiotics and/or digestive enzymes. Help break down certain foods, enhance nutrient absorption, curb gas, strengthen your intestinal wall and sharpen your immune system. Help break down your foods if you are enzyme-challenged.  This includes people who take antacids, have had gallbladder surgery or stomach surgery, have lactose intolerance or are elderly (since we run low in enzymes as we age).
As much as I would like to say otherwise, ours is a very sickly society, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change drastically any time soon.
But when you take the bull by the horns and do what you can to help create a healthier you by starting with the most important factor—your diet—you can make a tremendous difference in your level of health (and your weight!) well into your golden years. 
PPPS:  Always be sure to let your doctor or healthcare provider know what supplements you are taking or before you make any changes to your diet.

 Smiles Kay McDonnell

Give a pampering Voucher this christmas

Take care of one your largest vital organ

Take care of one your largest vital organ
I think it’s a pretty fair statement to say that most of us want our organs to work right.
After all, where would you be without organs like your heart, your brain, your lungs or your liver?
Permanently horizontal, there’s where.
But there’s another “organ” that’s a part of you that most people don’t think about…but it can even be said that it’s your “largest” organ!
And its job description includes fighting diseases like cancer, producing vitamins and even helping to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, plus much more.
“It” is your microbiome—in other words, your body’s population of friendly, helpful bacteria.
Although your microbiome inhabitants can’t be seen with the naked eye (they’re microscopic), they outnumber ALL of your other cells by 10 to 1!
That’s right.
You have about 10 trillion human cells that make up YOU, but about 100 trillion bacterium—10 times as many!
And although the vast majority of them live in your intestinal tract, they also live in your skin (both the inner and outer layers) in your mouth, in your saliva and more.
When most people think about their friendly flora, they think “gas and constipation relief.”
Yes, that’s true—having a strong population of beneficial inhabitants can help keep your bowel movements regular and curb gas, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Hold on to your hat because here are some of its other impressive, crucial functions:
Optimal nutrition
Having a healthy balance of intestinal flora helps to enhance your absorption of nutrients from your food and vitamin and mineral supplements.
Plus these hard-working little guys also help produce vitamins for you as well!
Your gut flora are directly involved in the production of Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, D and K.
Ulcer prevention
Certain beneficial bacterial strains have been shown to be helpful in fighting and preventing ulcers.
Studies have established that the Lactobacillus strains L. acidophilus, L. salivarius and L. casei can slow and even help kill H. pylori (the bacteria that causes most ulcers).
One study was conducted with a group of mice where they were given L. salivarius for a few days, then they were fed H. pylori. The researchers noted that the mice were completely protected from H. pylori infection!
Further studies were done with mice already infected with H. pylori. Feeding them L. salivarius after infection reduced the presence of H. pylori bacteria by more than 99%.
Similar exciting results have been seen in human studies:
In a study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers took a group of 70 adults who tested positive for H. pylori, but had no ulcer symptoms.
For a six-week period, 59 of the 70 adults were given yogurt to which effective doses of L. acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis were added, and the other 11 just drank ordinary milk.
After the 6 weeks the H. pylori levels in the probiotic-laced yogurt group were lowered significantly, whereas the milk drinkers saw no change.
Two months after the study, after the yogurt group stopped taking the probiotics, their H. pylori levels had again increased.
Lower blood cholesterol
Beneficial bacteria can help reduce blood cholesterol by creating acids that counter cholesterol production.
Plus they break down bile acids so your liver has to use up excess cholesterol is used up to make more.  And certain bacterial strains have been shown to even “eat” excess cholesterol!
In addition, your friendly flora help to keep your bowel movements smooth and regular, which helps your body eliminate old- worn out cholesterol from the intestinal tract (instead of risking reabsorption of the cholesterol into your bloodstream).
Protection from radiation damage
Friendly bacteria can protect your stomach from radiation damage too.
Scientists from Washington University conducted a study comparing radiation effects on mice by giving a group of them probiotics before and after exposure. To their surprise, the probiotic group was protected against radioactive damage in their intestines.
Typically, cancer patients receiving radiation treatment experience intestinal damage because radiation destroys both healthy and cancerous cells. When probiotics were introduced into the protocol, however, the damage appears to have been dramatically reduced!
Healthy gut, happy mind
Bacteria have also been identified as major players in the regulation of your mood and memory.
Scientists have long studied what is called the brain-gut axis.  The brain and the gut are definitely connected and the health of one in turn affects the health of the other. 
Research has shown that problems in your gut can directly impact your mental health, eventually leading to issues like anxiety and depression.
But the flip side can also be true—better, healthier bacteria can help encourage better mental health!
According to an article published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, the authors suggested that even severe and chronic mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), might be eliminated through the use of probiotics!
Here are some common symptoms associated with imbalanced flora--see how many apply to you:
Frequent tiredness and/or fatigue
Frequent constipation and/or diarrhea
Repeated infections, including UTIs, vaginal yeast infections, bronchitis, upper respiratory infections, sinus infections, etc.
Gas and bloating
Memory problems, anxiety or depression
Catching more than one cold per year
High cholesterol
Skin breakouts, cold sores
Vague aches and pains that can't otherwise be explained
All of these are indicative of having dysbiosis--in other words, harmful bacteria have taken over and outnumbered the good guys.
And if you have been formally diagnosed with any of these conditions, imbalanced flora is practically a given:
IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
IBD (Crohn's and ulcerative colitis)
Allergies and asthma
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Eczema and psoriasis
Acne and skin rashes
Autoimmune conditions
Restore your bacterial health with the "4 R's"
The good news is you can help restore the health of YOUR body's microbiome by using the "4 R" approach: 
This involves removal and avoidance of things that can greatly harm your friendly flora.  These can include, but are not limited to:
Foods that you are sensitive or allergic to
Cigarette smoke
Excessive alcohol (especially beer)
Refined carbs--including sugar, flour, donuts, bagels, hamburger and hot dog buns, white rice, cookies, pastries, cakes, snack chips, pretzels, candy, etc.
Acid reducing medications (both OTC and prescription)
Regularly lacking adequate sleep
Step 2 is to help reverse dysbiosis by replacing and rebuilding your supply of beneficial bacteria, and this is done with a probiotic supplement
Reinforcing a healthy flora balance means nourishing your friendly bacteria (while starving the bad guys!) and having smooth digestion to help keep your intestinal tract squeaky clean and avoid waste and harmful bacteria build up. This involves eating foods that naturally feed your friendly flora like fresh vegetables and whole grains, plus keeping ALL of your meals easy to digest.
The final step of the 4 R approach to a healthy microbiome is to help repair any intestinal damage that you may have from harmful bacteria and medications. 
In addition to a healthy diet like I mentioned in number 3 above, Omega-3 essential fatty acids have been shown to help enhance intestinal health.
Omega-3 EFAs are abundant in fatty fish, but since many people are not fish fans, and still many more are concerned about pollution and contamination, fish oil supplements are a convenient way to get the Omega-3 EFAs you want
Studies show Omega-3 EFAs are also helpful against joint aches and pains, brain health and even high blood pressure! 
Remember, your microbiome is arguably your largest, most vital organ.  If you don't have a healthy population of beneficial bacteria, it's only a matter of time before the rest of your health can start to crumble!
Taking good care of your microbiome will help keep the rest of YOU feeling good for years to come!

PS:  Always be sure to let your doctor or healthcare provider know what supplements you are taking. 

Banish those bad skin days

 Banish those bad skin days
Everyone wants to have younger looking skin. Unfortunately, even the most effective face creams can't turn back the years, despite 'reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles'

There are a number of things that determine how quickly our skin ages, including genetic factors such as your natural skin type, environmental factors such as exposure to sunlight and external factors such as whether or not you smoke.
In general, pale skins wrinkle faster than darker skins that are protected by increased amounts of pigment and lipids.
Age is another vital factor: your skin is very different at 20 to how it is at 70.

Your 20s is a great time for your skin. You've left behind the spots of adolescence, but your skin retains a youthful glow and the epidermis is still plump and dewy.
That said, skin cell renewal plummets by up to 28 per cent. Dead skin cells are shed less well, leading to slightly duller-looking skin.
My Tip; Wear a spf Spring, Summer Autumn Winter.
Your 30s skin cell renewal slows further, while damage from pollution, smoke and sunlight begins to take its toll on the dermis. This causes collagen fibres to loosen so the skin starts to sag.
When you smile, subcutaneous fat forms ridges that refuse to bounce back as readily as they once did. Your first wrinkles may start to appear.
My Tip. Use a vitamin-packed night cream. Research indicates that the temperature of skin rises at night, so nutrients are better absorbed.

Your 40s. Sebum (oil) production plummets in your 40s, which is great if you have oily skin, but also means you'll need a good moisturiser to replenish moisture loss. Even so, avoid petroleum-based products that clog the pores.
Loss of fat in the subcutaneous layer leaves your skin more fragile, and the dermis continues to lose its elasticity.
The stratum corneum starts to become even thicker, because dead skin cells hang around for longer.
My Tip; Exfoliation. Do mild chemical peels and IPL laser therapy
Your 50s and upwards. Pigment cells (melamolytes), though fewer in number, often clump together to form brown age spots.
Sebum (oil) production shrinks further, the stratum corneum continues to thicken and collagen gets more fibrous.
Decreased oestrogen levels after the menopause mean that skin loses its plumpness and tone, which can leave it dry, itchy and more sensitive to allergens.
Mature skin is not only more fragile, it's physically less sensitive too, and so more vulnerable to bruising and tearing. On top of this, it takes far longer to heal itself.
Blood vessels are easily broken, and warts and other skin growths become more prevalent in your 50s.

My Tip; Use a good moisturiser with a built-in SPF, and keep out of the sun. Invest in Ipl laser for facial rejuvenation, broken facial veins, sun spots, age spots and pigmentation.

The good and bad fats

The Good & Bad Fats
"Fat in food is equated to fat on hips—but it's not the same! Our bodies need certain fats.
There is one you should keep as an enemy: man-made Trans fats, which have been shown to raise bad (LDL) cholesterol and lower good (HDL) cholesterol. Unlike other unsaturated fats, which tend to have health benefits, these have been chemically altered through a process called hydrogenation to make the product they are in easier to sell (for example, some foods contain hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats to make them last longer on store shelves).
Unfortunately, you may not even be aware they're in a product; thanks to tricky labelling laws that allow manufacturers to list zero grams of Trans fat as long as a serving contains less than 0.5 grams. To avoid them, stay away from food whose ingredients panel lists hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.
So get into the habit of reading the labels on the food that you buy. You have only one body where else will you live when you become ill.
Note; Many food manufacturers and fast-food chains are claiming they have removed or reduced Tran’s fat. But it still lurks in many foods.
Choosing Healthy Fats
As we now know, fats are not always bad things. Just as there are bad fats that contribute to heart disease, cancer, and other maladies, there are good fats that fight those things by lowering LDL (bad cholesterol) and raising HDL (good cholesterol), reducing inflammation, and providing cancer-preventive antioxidants
The best fats are those high in heart-healthy monounsaturated and other important nutrients such as oleic acids and omega-3 fatty acids. But you can't use the healthiest oils for every purpose...
Eating fat can be heart-healthy if you pick the right kind. Eating lots of refined carbs—like white bread and white rice—can increase triglyceride levels according to research, which can contribute to heart and blood vessel disease.
Polyunsaturated fats
Goal: Get more!
You can find polyunsaturated fats in nuts, seeds, vegetable oils such as corn and safflower oil, and fatty fish. This category encompasses omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are known as essential fatty acids because our bodies don’t make them—we have to get them from food.
Polyunsaturated fats can help lower your total cholesterol level
Saturated fat
Goal: Limit
Saturated fat increases total cholesterol and LDL, and may boost your type 2 diabetes risk. Meat, seafood, and dairy products are sources of saturated fat. Some plant foods, like palm and coconut oil, also contain it. Animal or vegetable, saturated fat carries the same risks.
Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products to get their key nutrients while cutting saturated fat.
Unsaturated fat
Goal: Get more!
Unsaturated fats are mostly good guys—although trans fat is technically an unsaturated fat. However, healthy unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature, while trans and saturated fats are solid.
To increase your unsaturated fat, replace solids, like butter, with olive and vegetable oils, and swap red meat for seafood or unsalted nuts. (Seafood and nuts also contain saturated fat, but usually less than red meat.)
Monounsaturated fats
Goal: Get more!
Monounsaturated fats raise HDL (good cholesterol) and lower LDL. Canola oil, olive oil, peanut oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados are good sources.
Trade sour cream dip for hummus (which is rich in olive oil) or guacamole; use veggies or whole-wheat chips to dip. Try peanut oil in a stir-fry to jazz up your diet while helping your heart. (Avoid peanut if are allergic)
Omega-3 fatty acids
Goal: Get more!
In the world of good fats, omega-3s are superstars. They fight inflammation, help control blood clotting, and lower blood pressure and triglycerides.
Fatty fish like albacore tuna, salmon, mackerel, and sardines are good sources, Greaves says. You don’t have to break the bank to get them; canned Alaskan salmon and canned sardines are okay too.
Vegetable sources include soy, walnuts, and some vegetable oils. 
Trans fat
Goal: Limit or eliminate
Trans fats are liquid oils bombarded with hydrogen so they stay solid at room temperature. They’re found in many processed and fried foods.
Trans fats increase total cholesterol and LDL, or bad cholesterol, and lower HDL, the good cholesterol.
Why choose Healthy Fats?
They provide antioxidants. Research shows diets that include healthy fats can have a beneficial effect on cholesterol and may be helpful in the prevention and treatment of many diseases because of the anti-inflammatories properties.
Add Avocados to your diet. Mix some flaxseed to baked potatoes, cooked grains and cooked vegetables. Include walnuts and olives to your salads.
Foods made up mostly of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature, such as olive oil, safflower oil, peanut oil and corn oil. Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, sardines and herring. Plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids include flaxseed (ground), oils (canola, flaxseed, soybean), and nuts and other seeds (walnuts, butternuts and sunflower).
Most foods contain several different kinds of fat, and some are better for your health than others. You don't need to completely eliminate all fat from your diet. In fact, some fats actually help promote good health. But it's wise to choose the healthier types of dietary fat and then enjoy them — in moderation.
Note; Consult your Dr before making any changes to your diet.


Hair removal in the winter


The winter months

There’s a reason why kick starting your laser hair removal in the winter offers better results.
Take advantage of cool weather to keep skin protected from sun damage during a treatment. 
Your skin is paler. Ideal preparation for bikini season 2015. Less Interruptions (kids are at school)
It Saves You Money. Speaking of those traditional hair removal practices, consider the costs of shaving cream, razors, wax strips, tweezers and the like. You’re constantly having to replace them, therefore, the whole hair removal process is an ongoing money-draining practice. Once you have undergone the appropriate number of laser hair removal sessions, you can do away with buying any of the above mentioned items again.

Stress Eating from Massage Kerry


Stress eating takes its toll on your health in many ways, the most obvious being in your girth.
Since many stress eaters reach for refined carbohydrates (which turn to sugar in your body), this can cause repeated influxes of glucose into your bloodstream and eventually make you a candidate for insulin resistance and eventually Type 2 diabetes.
In addition, the sugar from refined carbs feeds the harmful bacteria in your intestinal tract.  This can lead to digestive problems like IBS symptoms, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea and leaky gut.   
Now, stress eaters KNOW that they should stop this cycle, but that's easier said than done for most. Some may desperately try to resist the beckoning of the refrigerator, pantry or vending machine, but then break down in that moment of weakness and give in.
You CAN break free of stress eating.
Be aware.
The first step in breaking free from any negative pattern is to simply be aware that it exists. When we learn to cultivate awareness around what we do and how we do it, we are connecting with our inner guide, higher power, and spirit. When we bring conscious awareness to all the little things, everything will fall into place.
Be positive.
Positive thoughts lead to positive actions. Ask yourself, "How do I WANT to feel?" If you want to feel good then think good thoughts. When you put positive thoughts into the universe and follow through with positive actions you will see positive results. Begin each day with a loving positive thought about yourself and your life! “I accept myself and create peace in my mind and heart.”
Tune in.
Tune in with your body, listen to what it tells you! Once you learn how to tune in with what your body wants, not your mind, you will be better able to understand how to cultivate nourishment for yourself and slowly break free from emotional eating.
Nourish yourself.
Make a list of all the things that nourish you and start to do them. This can be the food you eat, the relationships you have, or the work that you do. The more you add nourishment into your life from sources other then food, the more likely you are not to turn to food for comfort.
It’s all in your hormones
Uur bodies would gear up to deal with the stress by releasing two hormones (adrenaline and cortisol). These hormones would raise the heart rate, dilate the blood vessels and mobilize fat and carbohydrates stored in the body for quick energy for the "fight or flight" reaction.
That's what helped give ancestors the fuel they needed to fight off the attacker or run at the speed of light.
Once the stress was over, adrenaline would subside pretty quickly, but cortisol would hang around for a while to help refuel the body and bring it back to balance.
One of the ways cortisol does this is by giving you a voracious appetite that drives you to replace the carbs and fats you used up in the process of fighting or fleeing.
Now, our modern day stresses are much different--we're not running from tigers anymore. Our stresses are more emotional and psychological. But your body's hormonal reaction to those stresses is the SAME.
So sugar comes to the rescue
The effects of chronic stress
When you're under longstanding chronic stress, your cortisol levels are raised and remain high. This creates a buildup of abdominal fat (our primitive emergency energy supply)—so that’s when you see the emergence of a spare tire or muffin top.
It also leads to depressed immune function, low thyroid function, problems with controlling blood sugar, impaired memory and concentration, adrenal fatigue ("burnout") and eventually, chronic illness.
With continual stress (and high cortisol levels) you are susceptible to conditions i believe like diabetes ,plus high blood pressure, stroke, blood clots and colon cancer.
Break the stress eating cycle
Wait 10 minutes before giving in to a craving
If you can distract yourself by answering an email, doing a load of laundry, making a phone call, feeding the cat or running an errand, you may forget about your craving!
NEVER go hungry or skip meals
Hunger can trigger intense cravings for sugar, so be sure to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. If you are busy and miss a meal, snack on protein foods like leftover beef, chicken or fish or a handful of nuts.
Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
Fresh produce is full of antioxidants and phytochemicals that eliminate the free radicals caused by stress.
Drink green tea
Not only is green tea alkaline (which is good for a healthy pH), but it contains the amino acid theanine, which relaxes your brain and helps control cortisol levels.
Turn off the TV and computer
TV and computer ads expose you to endless numbers of food commercials that are specifically designed to trigger cravings so the fast and processed food companies can expand their bottom lines while your bottom side grows.
Get enough Zzzz’s
Fatigue and sleep deprivation lead to carb cravings because glucose is our primary source of energy, and carbs are converted rapidly to glucose. 
The average adult needs between 7-9 hours of sleep per night, so if you’re getting less than that, it’s time to turn in earlier. 
Move your body—more than to the refrigerator and back
Exercise counteracts stress and cravings by releasing endorphins, the hormones that produce calm, feel-good feelings.
It's not necessary to join a gym or buy expensive equipment.  Even brisk walking is fine, and nearly everyone can do that.
Drink enough water
Every system of your body depends on water to remove wastes, bring nutrients and oxygen to the cells, aid in digestion and maintain normal metabolism. In addition, many people mistake thirst for hunger, so what may seem like a craving to you could be your body telling you to drink more water.
You should aim to drink at least 8 glasses water a day.  And note that water means water and not sports drinks, soda, coffee, alcohol or juice. 
Eat foods with anti-stress vitamins and minerals
These include foods with Vitamins A, B6, C and E as well as potassium, magnesium, calcium and zinc. Here are some good sources of each:
  • Vitamin A: Carrots, sweet potatoes, greens, bell peppers
  • Vitamin B6: Bananas, salmon, potatoes, chicken, turkey and spinach
  • Vitamin C: Strawberries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, oranges, cauliflower
  • Vitamin E: Sunflower seeds, almonds, olives, spinach, blueberries, greens
  • Potassium: Yams, spinach, avocado, lentils, winter squash, bananas
  • Magnesium: Black beans, navy beans, salmon, spinach, sesame seeds, halibut
  • Calcium: Greens, sesame seeds, dairy
  • Zinc: Lean beef or lamb, turkey, green peas, shrimp, sesame seeds
10) And the ALL IMPORTANT number 10:
**Make sure your digestion is top-notch**
All the healthy food in the world will do you and your stress levels no good if your digestion is incomplete and inefficient.
Poor digestion not only worsens stress-related problems like acid reflux, gas, bloating and constipation, but it also reduces your ability to absorb stress-reducing nutrients from your foods.
So the stress hunger bell will continue to ring for you!
Not only does stress cause cravings, but it also throws your intestinal flora balance completely out of whack and compromises your immune system. This makes you susceptible to every bug, cold, virus or infection around.
It's essential to make sure your body has the levels of beneficial bacteria that it needs to counteract the effects of stress and keep you healthy.

Do you find yourself eating when you're not really hungry? Do you use food as a source of comfort when you're feeling sad, anxious, or bored? Although emotional eating has become an all-too-common problem, many of us don't realize the extent to which our feelings can impact our eating habits. The occasional binge may seem harmless, but emotional eating can escalate into something more serious and difficult to control.

Emotional hunger can be powerful. As a result, it’s easy to mistake it for physical hunger. But there are clues you can look for that can help you tell physical and emotional hunger apart.
  • Emotional hunger comes on suddenly. It hits you in an instant and feels overwhelming and urgent.Physical hunger, on the other hand, comes on more gradually. The urge to eat doesn’t feel as dire or demand instant satisfaction (unless you haven’t eaten for a very long time).
  • Emotional hunger craves specific comfort foods. When you’re physically hungry, almost anything sounds good—including healthy stuff like vegetables. But emotional hunger craves fatty foods or sugary snacks that provide an instant rush. You feel like you need cheesecake or pizza, and nothing else will do.
  • Emotional hunger often leads to mindless eating. Before you know it, you’ve eaten a whole bag of chips or an entire pint of ice cream without really paying attention or fully enjoying it. When you’re eating in response to physical hunger, you’re typically more aware of what you’re doing.
  • Emotional hunger isn’t satisfied once you’re full. You keep wanting more and more, often eating until you’re uncomfortably stuffed. Physical hunger, on the other hand, doesn't need to be stuffed. You feel satisfied when your stomach is full.
  • Emotional hunger isn’t located in the stomach. Rather than a growling belly or a pang in your stomach, you feel your hunger as a craving you can’t get out of your head. You’re focused on 
  • specific textures, tastes, and smells.
  • Emotional hunger often leads to regret, guilt, or shame. When you eat to satisfy physical hunger, you’re unlikely to feel guilty or ashamed because you’re simply giving your body what it needs. If you feel guilty after you eat, it's likely because you know deep down that you’re not eating for nutritional reasons.

PS:  Always be sure to let your doctor or healthcare provider know what supplements you are taking and before you make any changes to your diet.
Contact me; Kay Mcdonnell 068 23574 E; kay@kaymcdonnell.com

Sugar linked to Dementia

Sugar now linked to dementia
According to German author and neurologist Dr. Agnes Floel, elevated blood sugar levels (from regularly eating high-carb, high-sugar foods) are fast becoming significant markers forcognitive decline and dementia.
In a recent study of 141 participants performed at Charite University Medicine in Berlin, researchers measured and compared sugar levels in 2 test groups—one had normal sugar levels and those in the other group were elevated.
After a series of testing which included an MRI scan and a word test, the researchers noted that the higher blood sugar participants consistently did worse during the memory assessments than the normal blood sugar group! 
The reason why this happens is because sugar clogs the nutrient channels in all of your cells.  Not only can this weaken your bones and muscles, but it can slow down communication between your nerve cells--which can lead to mood swings, memory problems and eventually dementia.
It encourages insulin resistance
Sugar binds to the hormone receptors in your cells, jamming them up making them insensitive to the hormone insulin. 
Once you're insulin resistant, you have opened the door for Type 2 diabetes, more weight gain and even sexual dysfunction!
It ages you
Sugar stiffens the collagen in your tendons, joints and skin, which can lead to arthritis and premature wrinkling.
At the same time it interferes with the production of NEW collagen throughout your entire body, so you get a double whammy here.
It impairs your immune system functioning
Sugar alters the "sensors" that your white blood cells need in order to be able to distinguish normal, healthy tissues and cells from dangerous invaders. 
This opens up the door for infections and viruses of all kinds to flourish as well as the development of cancer.
In addition, sugar also weakens your immune system by “slowing down” your white blood cells too.
You see, white blood cells travel through your blood vessels "patrolling" and waiting for an SOS from a tissue that's injured or inflamed. 
Once they sense that their protective services are needed to help you heal and prevent infection, they wiggle out of your blood stream through little spaces between your cells (called the “matrix”) and go to the troubled area to begin their work.  
But sugar can react with proteins in your body and "close off" these tiny crawl spaces, thereby preventing your white blood cells from getting where they need to go to protect you. 
So the more of these "sugar blockages" you have, the more your immune function is impaired.
It interferes with your circulation
Your circulation and your red blood cells are affected by sugar too.
Your red blood cells sop up sugar like a sponge in your bloodstream and in doing so, they grow old, stiff and bloated. 
Now, normally your spleen can filter out these worn-out red blood cells by passing them through a series of corridors—and any that are too “puffed up with sugar” get removed from circulation. 
But when your blood is consistently overloaded with sugar, your spleen can't keep up with its fast-growing filtering job.  Eventually, the puffy red blood cells can build up and clog your capillaries. 
This is part of what's happening when diabetics go blind and develop numbness in their feet and gangrenous infections.
It can cause Dysbiosis (harmful bacteria overgrowth),
Sugar also harms the important little inhabitants in your gut, and this is another sugar double whammy.
About 70% of your immune system resides in the beneficial bacteria (AKA friendly flora) in your gut. 
Also residing in your gut are "bad guys"--harmful bacteria and yeasts--that you can get from your food and the environment.
In order to have a strong flora balance (and hence an effective immune system), many experts recommend that you strive to have at least 85% friendly bacteria in your gut and no more than 15% harmful.
Your friendly flora is nourished by things like vegetables and fermented foods. 
The harmful bacteria, on the other hand, LOVE sugar.
So when you give your body a regular onslaught of sugar not only are you starving your beneficial bacteria, but you're feeding the dangerous ones. 
This can cause dysbiosis which can not only make your immune system practically non-existent, but it also can hamper your digestion causing gas, bloating and anything-but-normal BMs.
What to do
If you suspect you are suffering the health effects of too much sugar, in addition to seeing your doctor to rule out Type 2 diabetes (among other things), it's absolutely VITAL to change your diet to replace most of the refined sugar with healthy, complex carbs.
Note; Always be sure to let your doctor or healthcare provider know what supplements you are taking or before you make any changes to your diet. 
If you've been a sugar-holic for a while, chances are excellent that you may have some serious harmful bacteria overgrowth going on inside of you like I described above. 
Trust me, if you get lots of gas and bloating, it's practically a given!
Now, having a more healthy diet can certainly help reverse your flora balance into the more healthy range, but for many people it's not enough.
This is especially true if you take medications of any kind (particularly antibiotics or acid reducers), are under a fair amount of stress, drink tap water or are exposed to pollutants in the environment or on your job.  All of these factors can also upset your flora balance.
Should you wish to contact me about a health issue or concern.
Kay McDonnell Listowel
068 23574 E;kay@kaymcdonnell.com W;kaymcdonnell.com  Find me on facebook


How to Eat Properly

How to eat properly.
You always hear people talking about eating properly and eating better, but how exactly do you do that?
Eat a balanced diet.
Include a healthy balance of nutrient-rich carbohydrates, protein, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. This will help make sure your body gets the right balance of the vital vitamins and minerals it needs in order to keep you strong and healthy. Try to eat a diet of 30% vegetables, 20% fruit, 20% carbohydrates (starches like wheat, rice, and corn), 20% protein (which is found in meat, beans, and legumes), and 10% dairy products.
We really are creatures of habit and tend to put the same items into our shopping bags. There is a huge variety of exotic fruits available now in the supermarkets. So do not be afraid to add different fruits to your diet.
Don't skip meals. 
Definitely eat breakfast, as this starts your metabolism going early in the morning (since it slows down at night because you haven't eaten anything for awhile). You will also want to make sure to eat at regular intervals, to help make sure your body has the fuel it needs to run all day.
Don't waste calories on drinks 
It is a good idea to drink only water or calorie-free drinks such as tea or black coffee whenever possible. Sugary drinks and juices may have hundreds of calories, and they don't make you feel any fuller. In essence, drinking them does nothing for you except quench your thirst and add calories to your count for the day. Drinks like fresh-squeezed juice are fine, however If you want to still drink fruit juices but want to lessen the amount of sugar you are getting, water the juice down by at least 30%. You can increase this over time as you become accustomed to the taste.
Eat fewer unhealthy fats and empty calories. 
Generally reduce the amount of unhealthy saturated and trans fats in your diet. These are found in foods like chips, margarine, and many boxed or frozen foods. You’ll also want to cut out foods with empty calories, or ones which give you calories without giving you a proportional amount of nutrients (think white bread, chips, and candy). Both can lead you to gain weight or minimize the amount of healthy food you do eat. Fresh is best.
Eat more nutrient rich foods. 
Try to focus on eating foods which deliver lots of vital nutrients to your body. These are foods rich in vitamins and minerals. You can try citrus fruits, dark greens like kale and spinach, grains like brown rice and quinoa, lean proteins like lentils and chicken, and calcium rich dairy products like low-fat cottage cheese.
Eat only when you’re hungry. 
Many people seem to think that people get hungry at about 9 AM, 12 noon, and again at 6 PM. While this may be a generally good schedule for eating, remember that you don't have to eat at meal time if you're not hungry yet. Also, if you are hungry between meals go ahead and have a healthy snack. It's not good to starve yourself between meals: if you allow yourself to become too hungry, you'll just overeat when the meal comes.
Know what hungry feels like. Don't eat just because you're bored! Know that being hungry is a feeling of needing food, any food, in the pit of your stomach.
Stop eating when you’re satisfied, not when you’re full. After you're done eating, your stomach should not feel empty, but also not completely full. If you feel stuffed, you ate too much food. Acquire the habit of eating slowly so you can stop when you are satisfied, not full; the brain needs about 20 minutes to get the "Not hungry anymore" signal.
Eat better portion sizes. 
Remember that your stomach is about the size of your fist. Don't expect to stuff 10 times that amount of food into it without negative consequences. Something many people don't realize is that your stomach will stretch when you're used to eating a lot. If you only eat small amounts of food at a time, your stomach won't stretch out so much. With a smaller stomach, it won't take as much to make you feel full.
Calorie counting may make portion control easier. The average adult needs 2000 calories a day.
Don’t worry about how many calories you’re eating in a particular meal. The calories only matter over the course of the entire day. You can break up your calories into many smaller meals, two large ones, or anything in between. It’s up to you. Breaking up your meals may be better for your metabolism.
Calories are our body’s fuel. If you eat too many, your body will save up some of the extra (for a rainy day) and this is what makes us gain too much weight. Try counting your daily calories to make sure you aren’t exceeding the limit necessary to maintain your weight. If you’re eating way too many, or you want to lose weight, try cutting down your daily caloric intake to a reasonable amount and pair this with exercise.
Determine your BMI (Body Mass Index) .Your Doctor should be able to confirm this for you.
Seek approval from a health care professional before starting a weight-loss or exercise plan. It is not worth jeopardizing your health with a crash diet. For most people, a healthy amount of weight to lose is 1 to 2 pounds per week.
We always hear about the dangers of being obese, but this type of information is also helpful to letting someone know when they are dangerously underweight. Being well underweight is a health hazard and using the BMI can let you know how much you would need to gain to return to a normal and healthy weight.
NOTE; ask your Doctor what is the correct BMI for you.
Give yourself smart treats. 
You can treat yourself to tasty food without having to eat cake or cookies. There are plenty of healthy alternatives that are just as good. Try freezing low-fat Greek yogurt for an alternative to ice cream. Strawberries are a good alternative to candies. A peanut butter and banana sandwich is a good replacement for a sweet craving.
Save your sweet-eating opportunities. 
You know that you're going to eat some sweets at some point: your neighbour’s birthday cake, Christmas dessert at your grandma's house, the chocolate your boyfriend got you, or the cookies that your kid made you. And, of course, everyone wants to indulge and splurge every once in awhile. The key is to allow you sweets at only these special times. It's a mistake to eat sweets regularly so that when you do reach these must-eat sweet times you've over-indulged.
Watch what you eat when you go out. 
It’s very reasonable to want to eat a delicious meal at a restaurant, especially if you aren’t a very good cook. But understand that restaurant meals are often way too big. You shouldn’t eat that much food in one sitting! Instead, eat only half the meal and save the rest for lunch the next day. You can also order an appetizer, rather than a full meal if you know those portions may be better


Countdown to perfect skin.

Start the Countdown with your skin.
Your Your skin is your largest organ and a vital barrier that protects you from your environment. As your primary defense shield, skin absorbs a tremendous amount of abuse. It guards your innards from the sun's harmful rays, extreme hot and cold temperatures, and water -- not to mention a multitude of aggressive bacteria and viruses that might otherwise make you very sick.
On top of all that abuse, your skin must repair itself when it endures harm. It's continually healing little scratches and scrapes and bruises. Ironically, the size and familiarity of your skin makes it easy to take for granted. And many people do.
No matter how careful you might be, the effects of aging always take an inevitable toll, manifested in sags, wrinkles, discoloration and other blemishes that many people wish would never appear.

Some skin experts divide skin aging into two categories: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic aging refers to the effects your genetic makeup has on your aging process. Much as some people develop gray hair in their 20s, others are prone to earlier evidence of skin aging.

Extrinsic aging refers to external environmental factors, such as sun exposure, smoking and even habitual muscle movements (most noticeable in the face), that play a major role in the wear and tear on your skin. These are the conditions that, in some cases, you can actually control through your own behavior.
Of course, no amount of care can prevent the inexorable toll that aging takes on your fleshy exterior. As your skin slowly weakens, some predictable physical effects become more and more obvious. 
As you get older, your skin will likely become drier. You may see more skin flakes that detach and fall from your skin, too. That dryness may result in a lot of uncomfortable itchiness.
This dryness happens because as your skin ages, it produces fewer natural moisturizing oils, in part due to a decrease in hormone production. In addition, seasonal changes exacerbate your body's physical transformation -- very cold and windy weather tax your skin's moisture levels and may leave your flesh feeling chapped and raw.
The good news is that although this is a very common problem for older adults, there are numerous ways to combat dryness. A good-quality moisturizer goes a long way towards relieving dryness, and by applying a healthy layer of lotion right after a bath, you'll seal in moisture.
You may need to experiment with various types of moisturizers to find one that works best for your skin type. Some experts recommend a lotion made with petrolatum or lanolin. Products containing chemicals such as lactic acid, urea, alpha hydroxy acids or ammonium lactate may irritate sensitive skin.

Collagen is a fibrous protein that helps maintain skin firmness. A diet high in vitamin A (this includes more oranges, carrots, eggs and other foods loaded with vitamin A) may also help, and doctors say increasing intake of antioxidants and omega-3 and omega-6 foods helps, too.
In some cases, skin becomes so dry that it cracks visibly. If your skin experiences this extreme level of dryness, be sure to visit a dermatologist for professional care.

You may have noticed that some older people have skin so thin that it almost appears translucent. It's not just your imagination. As you age, your skin really does become thinner, revealing more blood vessels and other internal structures that younger, thicker skin conceals.
In some communities, evidence of very thin skin is easy to spot. If you've ever visited a nursing home, you may have observed a high number of residents sporting bandages to cover healing sores. In many older people, skin becomes extremely thin, to the point where it actually seems fragile and almost papery. It's as delicate as it looks.
Thinning occurs partly because your skin loses some of the fatty layer that lies below the epidermis, which is the outermost layer of skin. Less fat means less cushioning, and thus, your skin breaks and bruises more easily. Slower skin cell regeneration is another major cause of thinning.
Some people seem to have a genetic predisposition to especially thin skin. Other people experience health problems specific to the skin that leave it thinner than normal. And medications, especially certain corticosteriods applied over long periods of time, can result in weaker, less durable skin, too.
Sun exposure, which is the cause of many skin issues, breaks down collagen and elastin fibers in your skin.
Elastin is a protein found in connective tissues that lets skin and muscles regain their original form after you move. With less of these supportive components, your skin becomes more fragile and loses its elasticity. Routinely using a sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 15 will help maintain overall skin health. Applying skin moisturizer regularly will also help keep your skin healthy and may help reduce thinning.
As we grow from childhood to adulthood, we get taller and bigger. But bit by bit, the law of gravity eventually takes hold, pulling us back downward. Perhaps nowhere is this more obvious than in the way our skin begins to sag, creating hanging jowls and drooping noses.

This sagging is partly due to the aforementioned thinning of the skin that takes place during the aging process. Decreasing levels of skin fat, collagen and elastin mean sagging skin becomes more prominent all over the body. However, these changes are especially evident in facial features, which dangle and wiggle more than they did when you were younger.
There are plenty of causes for sagging skin. For example, if you've experienced significant weight changes during your life, your skin loses its elasticity sooner and shows more stretch marks and drooping.
Also, as you age, lymphatic drainage (which rids your body of toxins) decreases, resulting in breakdown of support structures that keep skin firm. In women, estrogen production decreases; the hormone helps keep the skin tight. And of course, smoking is an all-around unhealthy habit that also happens to degrade collagen and dehydrate the deeper layers of your skin.
The best way to slow the saggy face effect is simply to take good care of your skin when you're younger. If you're really concerned about sagging facial skin, you can visit my clinic where my Doctor , may inject an inert filler that rounds out some of your features. These kinds of treatments can be very expensive, however, and may not be covered by your health insurance.

As you enter your 40s and 50s, there's a good chance that you'll see new patches of pigmentation appear on your skin. These are usually called age spots, but are also known as liver spots or solar lentigines. However, it might be more appropriate to simply call them sun spots.
That's because these masses of pigmentation appear on skin that gets the most exposure to sunlight. Age spots are caused by damaging ultraviolet light (UV) from the sun. UV accelerates the production of a dark pigment called melanin. Age spots are actually a defensive reaction from your skin as it attempts to protect deeper layers of flesh. Tanning beds often accelerate the development of age spots.
Age spots are flat, not raised, and can be brown, black or gray in color. They're usually oval in shape and simply look like excessive pigmentation. Most age spots appear on the backs of hands and feet, upper back and shoulders, and face, and they're typically the size of freckles, but often appear in clusters, and thus, seem much larger.
Age spots are harmless. However, they are somewhat similar in appearance to the beginning stages of some skin cancers. If you see a very dark age spot (or one mottled with several colors) with an irregular border or that is getting bigger at a noticeable rate, see a doctor.
As with many skin issues, some people have genetic predisposition to age spots. If you have fair or light skin, or a history of sun burns, you're at a greater risk of developing a lot of noticeable age spots.
Once age spots appear, there are a few ways you can treat them. Bleaching creams can reduce the darkness of the spots, as can laser therapy, chemical peels,

Each decade of aging brings new changes to your skin. And all of us will develop the most telling evidence of age -- wrinkles.

Using moisturizers that get progressively thicker and richer will help keep your skin hydrated and slow wrinkling as you age. Filler injections and Botox will also reduce creases. The sooner you start these treatments, the less you'll need as you get older. You can apply retinol-based creams to increase the rate at which your skin cells regenerate, and increase collagen, too.
Of course, some people avoid all of the fuss regarding signs of skin aging, and especially wrinkles. They say that wrinkles add character to your physical appearance, and that it's better to simply accept skin deterioration and grow old gracefully.
Regardless of your take on that philosophy, your skin condition is a good indicator of your overall physical health. Better skin might mean a longer, happier life - and keeping wrinkles at bay for a few more years might just be a nice perk.


 IPL is an innovative skin treatment. It uses multiple laser wavelengths to reduce and even get rid of extra pigmentation, small broken blood vessels, and wrinkles. It also improves facial toning. It is most often done on the face and neck, but the chest and hands can also be done.

IPL is ideal for eliminating a variety of cosmetic problems including:
Hair Reduction (fantastic for those who are tormented from in growing hair)
Small broken blood vessels
Fine lines and wrinkles.
 Acne / Rosacea
Age Spots/Sun Spots
Large Pores
Pigmentation Variances
Spider Veins
Laser light is absorbed by pigmented areas. There, the light is changed to heat. This causes the pigment to break up. For small broken vessels and spider veins, the laser light is absorbed by the pigment in the blood. This shrinks the unwanted vein. For wrinkles and skin toning, the laser promotes collagen growth. This makes the skin more supple.
Diffuse redness is a skin issue that IPL Laser can treat. This is when the face has a red look—rosy cheeks are a good example. It is caused when the small blood vessels under the surface dilate. This causes redness to occur. (It differs from spider veins; with spider veins the vein can be seen beneath the skin. With diffuse redness, there is a general look of red skin). It happens on the nose, forehead, and cheeks the most. It also may be related to rosacea, which can be inherited.
You will see subtle yet steady results after each treatment. It does not cause harmful side effects such as bruising or extreme skin irritation. Your therapy can be done in a relaxed, comfortable way without the need for numbing agents.
Skin rejuvenation results in your skin having a smoother and more youthful appearance. It can be achieved through two of types of procedures, ranging from laser treatments to chemical peels. Botox & Fillers are performed by resident doctor.
I used the Dermaceutic skincare range. Dermaceutic was one of the first lines to introduce into its formulas what have become essential skincare ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, stabilised vitamin C, and glycolic acid. Dermaceutic offers a scientifically proven, highly efficient range of products, and an unrivalled concentration of active ingredients in its formulas. They carefully formulate their products to preserve all the benefits of each active ingredient.

Treatments are suitable for the Male/Female client.
Contact me Kay on 068 23574. E;kay@kaymcdonnell.com
Consultations are FREE . Appointments to see my Resident Dr are strictly private and confidental

Does healthy eating make you tired?

One of the most common complaints people have when they see me is that they lack energy.
Carbohydrates are far and away the most misunderstood type of food.
People say they're going "carb-free" when in reality if you actually did that, you would die...and most assuredly have very low energy before you keeled over.
Fact is, carbohydrates provide glucose which is needed by your body to create energy.  So you MUST have them to survive.
The key is to be carb-savvy and know the good from the bad. 
Bad carbs include any type of refined carb (white flour, white sugar and all products made with them like white bread, rolls, pasta, pastries, cakes and cookies) and anything made with high fructose corn syrup
Good carbs include fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes and whole grains.
Don't swear off carbs--just choose them wisely and see your energy skyrocket.

Red meat has taken a bad rap over the last several years because it contains saturated fat, and saturated fat has been implicated in the development of atherosclerosis and heart disease.
But it's important to realize that all saturated fats are not created equal!
Saturated fats are needed by your body to make hormones, cushion your nerves and even support your heart (how's that for a kicker?).
The truly deadly type of saturated fat is trans-fats--they are the bad guys that cause inflammation and gum up your arteries.  Trans-fats are found in margarine, shortening, commercial baked goods and anything made with hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. 
Red meat in moderation is actually a good guy because it is a great source of iron and Vitamin B12--and being deficient in either of those nutrients can cause your energy to plummet.
So enjoying that occasional steak can help you avoid iron and B12 deficiency and keep your energy level high!
Now, if you're vegetarian then being low in B12 may be an issue for you.  This is also true of people who use acid reducers (since stomach acid is needed for proper B12 absorption), the elderly and people who have had gastric surgery.
If you have B12 concerns, you can have your doctor do a simple test to see if you’re low.  If you are and you can’t get enough from your diet, supplementation can help make sure you're getting what you need.

Many people are under the mistaken impression that all fats are bad and avoid them like the plague.
But what they don't realize is that fats create energy!  They're a crucial player in your body's ability to create adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is your main form of energy.   
Again, what matters is to know the good from the bad. 
Bad fats include all sources of trans-fats (like I mentioned in #2 above), other fake fats like Olestra, and highly refined oils.
Good fat sources include real butter, olive oil, meat, eggs and dairy (preferably organic), fish (preferably wild-caught) and unrefined oils.   
Give your body the good fats it needs to keep your energy production strong.

You may be thinking you're doing the right thing by sticking to 3 meals a day--breakfast, lunch and dinner.
But your body may be thinking otherwise.
Fact is, some people experience a drop in blood sugar within 2 hours after eating and if you don't replenish your supply (by having a snack), that can cause your energy to drop through the floor. 
Now, this isn't a green light to attack the vending machine every few hours for chips or candy!  Choose wise (not the brand name “Wise” but smart!) snacks like fresh fruit, vegetables, a small chunk of cheese, a handful of nuts, a hard-boiled egg or a small piece of leftover meat, chicken or fish.

There's no doubt that salad can be a very healthy food choice.
But some people overdo it--to the point where they are lacking other essential nutrients (especially proteins).
And proteins...you guessed it...are needed for energy production too!
If you love your salads, great, but just be sure to make them as nutritious as possible to ensure your body is getting what it needs to keep YOU going.
Smart, tasty additions to salads include:
  • Sliced cooked chicken or beef
  • Cooked shrimp
  • Cheese
  • Chopped almonds or walnuts
  • A wider variety of vegetables (venture out beyond the lettuce, cucumber, tomato routine)
  • Hard-boiled egg slices
  • Chick peas
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Artichokes
This is far and away the biggest energy zapper.
The typical meals that most people eat (made up of every type of food known to man) can be VERY difficult for your body to break down efficiently.
Now, what most people don't realize is that nothing the human body does demands more energy than digestion. 
So when you consistently eat meals that are harder for your system to digest, your poor body needs every ounce of energy it can get just to try to break down what you've eaten!
And when all of your energy is being used up for digestion, guess what--there's none left for YOU. 
That's a primary reason why you may find yourself getting groggy after lunch and need coffee to stay awake at your desk, or you fall asleep 10 minutes into a movie that you wanted to watch on TV in the evening.
But when you eat combinations of foods that can be broken down more efficiently by your stomach and intestines, your system doesn't NEED to use up all your energy for digestion.
That means more energy for everything else you want to do!

Healthy snacks; 
An apple and skim milk
"Almost any fruit is going to make a great snack, but you usually want to pair it with a bit of protein to make it more satisfying,unlike carbohydrates, which get used up relatively quickly, protein will help sustain your energy and hunger levels for a couple of hours." 

Our pick for a protein-fruit pairing: one large apple and one cup of skim milk. This duo will give you 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber for just over 200 calories.

Cottage cheese-filled avocado
Here's another fruit and diary combo, this one for when you're craving something rich, creamy, and a bit savory. Remove the pit from one half of an avocado and fill the space with 2 ounces of 1% cottage cheese. For 200 calories, you'll get 9 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber—and no dirty dishes!

Canned tuna on whole-wheat crackers
If you don't want to incorporate dairy into every snack, a can of tuna (packaged in water) is another great source of lean protein plus healthy Omega 3's.. For about 200 calories, you can enjoy 3 ounces of light tuna and 6 whole-wheat crackers—complete with 3 grams of fiber and 20 grams of protein.

Shrimp stack
You may not think of shellfish as a grab-and-go snack food, but you can put this tasty treat together in a flash if you keep pre-cooked shrimp on hand. With Greek yogurt and avocado, it's a protein powerhouse with 9 grams per serving (and 4 g fiber), for only 129 calories. 

Power berry smoothie
This recipe, which calls for soy protein powder and low-fat plain yogurt, contains 9 grams of protein; swap in Greek yogurt to add even more. Frozen berries add fiber (4 grams total), and honey provides sweetness. All this for only 139 calories! 

Warm pear with cinnamon ricotta
Ricotta cheese is rich in protein, and pears are a good source of fiber. Together with a teaspoon of cinnamon, they make a delicious snack for any time of day. Each serving contains 8 g protein, 5 g fiber, and 170 calories. 

Chicken pita sandwich (half)
There's no reason you can't have smaller portions of "real" food as snacks, "Oftentimes, the healthiest and most balanced snacks are the ones that start as full meals—like a half a sandwich, or a plate of leftovers put together from dinner the night before,

Whip up this chicken and veggie pita in the morning, and split it in half for two snacks throughout the day. Each half contains 200 calories, 3 grams of fiber, and more than 20 grams of protein

Asparagus and hard-boiled egg
It's no wonder this classic combo goes so well together: Fiber-rich asparagus balances out eggs' natural protein. Thanks to its folate and vitamins B6 and E levels. Talk about fun ways to burn fat!) 

Pair 15 asparagus spears (cooked or raw) with one hard-boiled egg for a 126-calorie snack, complete with 11 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.

After you eat a meal or snack, your blood sugar levels rise and then decrease. You can start to feel tired if your blood sugar levels get too low. Snacks can prevent your blood sugar levels from dropping too much between meals. While sugary snacks can lead to sugar highs and subsequent energy crashes, healthy snacks promote more sustained blood sugar levels and energy. High-fiber, high-protein snacks, such as carrots with bean dip, are slow to digest so your blood sugar levels do not fluctuate much.
Whole fruit, cut vegetables, cottage cheese and whole-grain pretzels are examples of easy snacks to have on hand. Even healthy snacks can lead to weight gain if you eat too much of them, so monitoring your portions should become a habit when you serve yourself snacks.
Note; Always discuss with your Doctor before you make any changes to your diet.

For more information; Contact me on 068 23574; Email; kay@kaymcdonnell.com

Happy Mothers Day

Let her know that her sacrifices have not gone wasted, and you cherish every little thing she did for you.
By giving her a gift Voucher

Let me pamper her

Choose from;

Hot stone Massage
  • Lymphatic drainage and cleansing
  • Decongestion of the liver by relaxing ducts
  • Relaxes colon for better elimination
  • Detoxifies blood with sweating much the same as a sauna
  • Helps with hydrating and flushing cells
  • Improves circulation
  • Relaxes muscles, soothes aches
  • Increases range of motion in joint movement
  • Relieves stress

  • Relieves a tight area within muscle tissue causing pain in other areas of body
  • Uses cycles of isolated pressure and release
  • Helps naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries

  • Light to medium pressure
  • Promotes circulation and lymph movement
  • Good for stress-related conditions and chronic pain

  • Releases muscle tension
  • Provides deep pain relief
  • Loosens scar tissue and lengthens muscles
  • Good for chronic and overuse injuries

Advanced Reflexology
  • Restorative relaxation
  • Decreases stress and anxiety
  • Relieves toe and ankle pain, arch pain, plantar fasciitis and common forms of arthritis

  • Relieves headaches
  • Alleviates backaches
  • Enhances sleep
  • Reduces fatigue

Geriatric Massage /Reflexology
  • Encourages circulation
  • Improves balance and flexibility
  • Reduces pain and anxiety
  • Increases joint movement

Benefits of Massage Therapy /Advanced Reflexology
  • Relieves stress
  • Encourages relaxation
  • Helps manage pain
  • Relaxes muscles and body
  • Improves flexibility and range of motion

Contact; 068 23574 Email; Kay@kaymcdonnell.com

Valentine's Day February 14th

Valentine's Day
The day to express love

Gifting is always special. You need to put effort into it when the day comes.
Picking the right gift for her or him is special.
Make the day extra special with a pampering gift Voucher

Choose from;

Hot stone Massage
  • Lymphatic drainage and cleansing
  • Decongestion of the liver by relaxing ducts
  • Relaxes colon for better elimination
  • Detoxifies blood with sweating much the same as a sauna
  • Helps with hydrating and flushing cells
  • Improves circulation
  • Relaxes muscles, soothes aches
  • Increases range of motion in joint movement
  • Relieves stress

  • Relieves a tight area within muscle tissue causing pain in other areas of body
  • Uses cycles of isolated pressure and release
  • Helps naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries

  • Light to medium pressure
  • Promotes circulation and lymph movement
  • Good for stress-related conditions and chronic pain

  • Releases muscle tension
  • Provides deep pain relief
  • Loosens scar tissue and lengthens muscles
  • Good for chronic and overuse injuries

Advanced Reflexology
  • Restorative relaxation
  • Decreases stress and anxiety
  • Relieves toe and ankle pain, arch pain, plantar fasciitis and common forms of arthritis

  • Relieves headaches
  • Alleviates backaches
  • Enhances sleep
  • Reduces fatigue

Geriatric Massage /Reflexology
  • Encourages circulation
  • Improves balance and flexibility
  • Reduces pain and anxiety
  • Increases joint movement

Benefits of Massage Therapy /Advanced Reflexology
  • Relieves stress
  • Encourages relaxation
  • Helps manage pain
  • Relaxes muscles and body
  • Improves flexibility and range of motion

Contact; 068 23574 Email; Kay@kaymcdonnell.com

Fibromyalgia amd Massage Kerry

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

Recent medical research indicates that many cases of fibromyalgia may be caused by an underactive thyroid gland, a condition which is frequently missed by routine medical tests because doctors will usually ignore a "borderline" case. I recommend that everyone with fibromyalgia be evaluated for underactive thyroid, and if found, be treated for that condition first.
What Fibromyalgia Feels Like
People with fibromyalgia often describe their symptoms as a flu-like infection that doesn’t go away. It leaves you exhausted and unable to think or find the right words (symptoms of fibro fog). With fibromyalgia, you have trouble sleeping and wake up stiff and achy. Your symptoms can be debilitating and you probably feel as though you have to push yourself to get anything done
Most Common Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fatigue – Exhaustion can be one of the most incapacitating fibromyalgia symptoms. You may feel as though your arms and legs are weighted down by concrete blocks and your body may be so drained of energy that every task requires great effort.
Brain Fog – Trouble concentrating, retaining new information, and word-finding are common fibromyalgia symptoms that seriously interfere with daily functioning. You may be easily distracted and this symptom appears to correspond to the severity of pain (as though the brain is consumed by the pain, limiting your ability to perform cognitive tasks).
Muscle Knots, Cramping, Weakness – No matter how much you try to relax your muscles, they may feel tense. Many contain rope-like knots called myofascial trigger points, making you more susceptible to muscle cramping and weakness. The pain of fibromyalgia may also be a source of muscle weakness.
Headaches/Migraines – Recurrent tension headaches or migraines are present in 50 to 70% of fibromyalgia patients.Headache symptoms are usually rated as severe, occur at least two times per week, and often have a migraine component. This head pain is partly due to trigger points in the shoulder, neck, and head muscles.
Itchy/Burning Skin – Your skin may look normal or it may have itchy red bumps similar to hives. Burning pain, similar to a bad sunburn, is also common in fibromyalgia patients.
Signs of an impending flare-up include:
The right type of massage or energy technique can produce the relaxation and therapeutic results needed during a flare-up. Either during the onset or active phase of a flare-up, cranial-sacral or myofascial release may be the most effective therapies to restore musculoskeletal balance. Energy techniques can always be safely included in a massage to dissolve blockages, induce relaxation and harmonize the body.
Fibromyalgia is most common among women aged 20 to 50 years. Pain is the main symptom. It may be mild to severe and may feel like a deep ache, or a shooting, burning pain. Sufferers tend to wake up with body aches and stiffness. For some, pain improves during the day and gets worse at night. Some patients have pain all day.
Pain may get worse with activity, cold or damp weather, anxiety, and stress. Fatigue, depressed mood, and sleep problems are seen in many patients with fibromyalgia. Many say that they cannot get to sleep or stay asleep and they feel tired when they wake up. Other symptoms may include irritable bowel syndrome, memory and concentration problems, numbness and tingling in hands and feet, palpitations, reduced ability to exercise and tension or migraine headaches.
From my experience; 

Another problem that fibromyalgia sufferers experience is a stiffening of the fascia, the connective tissues immediately beneath the skin, which there is actually a special massage technique to assist with (myofascial release). I do myofascial release, and it is a gentle, relaxing technique, one that is so helpful.   
A good massage therapist will know that treating fibromyalgia requires discussion with that individual patient to see what their complaints are, first, and second, a gentle and firm pressure, not deep massage, which can actually increase the pain of fibromyalgia..
Always drink a lot of water prior to and after receiving a massage, as the water will help flush the toxins that the massage pushes from your muscles, and plan to rest for a while after your massage (generally recommended to be at least the duration of your massage), followed by gentle yoga stretches to maintain your flexibility


REFLEXOLOGY can have many medicinal values for numerous illnesses and conditions. With its chronic symptoms, overall pain factor, and relentless fatigue, fibromyalgia is one condition that can greatly benefit from reflexology. Here are a few benefits to using reflexology to treat Fibromyalgia.

There are foods you can eat that will help fibromyalgia, and foods you can eat that will aggravate the condition. Foods that are high in fats, such as fried foods, "junk foods," most processed foods including refined carbohydrates (sugar and flour products), and many meats and dairy products, have a tendency to increase pain; while foods that are high in vitamins and antioxidants, like fruits and vegetables, have the opposite effect. Plant enzymes also help reduce pain and inflammation.
Most people need to eat far more fruits and vegetables and fewer high-fat foods and refined carbohydrates (bakery goods made with refined "enriched" flour and products containing sugar.) It will also be a great help if you will get into the habit of choosing healthier snacks. Instead of the usual cookies or chips, choose raw carrots or celery instead; or have an apple instead of the dessert before bedtime.
Food additives and chemicals should be avoided. 
Eliminate caffeine, tobacco and alcohol. Herbal teas that contain no caffeine are fine. As much as possible avoid sugar, refined and processed foods. Instead of coffee, caffeine teas, and carbonated beverages, drink eight to ten glasses of purified water (with the chlorine removed) every day flavored with a little liquid Chlorophyll for its pleasing taste and alkalizing effect. Consumption of red meat and dairy products should be reduced or eliminated. Eat chicken or turkey (without the skin) and fish instead. Your diet should consist mostly of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and raw (not roasted or salted) nuts.

I am an experienced Massage /Advanced Reflexologist. Contact 068 23574. Email; kay@kaymcdonnell.com

Happy new year

MAY the coming year brings more happiness to you all  .. MAY you have an amazing year 

From men to women, from children to the elderly, bodywork provides the healthful, nurturing touch so often lacking in our sense-deprived society.
Massage & Advanced Reflexology can help to relieve muscular pain and tension, increase blood and lymphatic circulation, reduce stress and anxiety, improve energy levels, promote better sleep, and increase total body awareness.
Massage Kerry and Advanced Reflexology causes the release of bodily endorphins, neurotransmitters in the blood that are tied, chemically speaking, to morphine and other euphoric painkillers. A localized release of endorphins resulting from massage therapy may minimize pain, while the release of these biochemicals into the bloodstream may promote a general sense of well-being in the brain.
Pain can seriously affect people’s lives in many different areas. Emotional symptoms are depressed mood, a reduction in energy level or fatigue, decreased activity level and decrease in libido, along with coping styles related to excessive use of drugs and alcohol to manage the pain.  What helps is for people to try to keep areas of their life in balance. In order to cope, people need to realize that pain causes emotional distress. In most situations pain sufferers can overcome the anxiety and fear that is brought about by chronic pain.
Attempt to Focus on Positive Thinking
Pain, as indicated, affects not only memory, but how people think and feel about life in general. It is understandable that the more suffering people feel the more cynical, angry and negative people become.   Try to realize that you are not feeling well and then attempt to discover new ways to self sooth and comfort yourself.  
Prioritise what is important in your day and then break the task down into its component parts so that it can be performed in small bites. At first this might be as simple as making a meal and it may take much of the day to complete. Let other things wait. Much of what we want to get done can be delayed. Try and achieve one thing a day which is important. During the evening recognize and celebrate each accomplished task, no matter how small. The amount you achieve will grow over the coming months and years and you may feel justifiably proud of how much you have learned and come.
The body is very wise.  We need to honor this wisdom because sometimes pain can be a signal that we need to change something in our diet, environment, lifestyle or our relationships.  In this way, pain can be a great motivator.  If we listen closely to our pain and pay attention to our body and our states of mind, our discoveries may guide us to what we need to do to reduce our pain. 
Making the necessary changes in diet and lifestyle are still crucial for your health, because nothing else you do is likely to be very effective if you do not have this basic foundation in place; and at the very least, you can almost always make some very significant improvements and increase your quality of life. However, they may not be enough for a full recovery. 

Obtaining and holding on to good health is very difficult in this day and age because there are so many factors that are out of our control. Our immune system, brain, endocrine system, nervous system, etc. are bombarded with toxins, electrosmog, stress, pathogens with biofilms, and much more on a daily basis. We literally have grenades coming at us from every direction. Yes, if you are eating a crap diet, not living environmentally friendly, not managing stress and getting adequate sleep or physical activity, then it may be your fault that you are not healing.
Do not keep your focus on your symptoms or how bad things are, this only perpetuates the stress response system and lowers your quality of life. Whatever you put your focus on becomes bigger and more powerful. So, if all your focus is on your symptoms, pain, complaining, etc. then it will become worse. Focus on what you do have rather than what you don’t have.  If you focus on the good things in your life, then you are happier and less symptomatic.
If things are getting on your nerves or that one certain individual is driving you mad then 
you may need to express these feelings from time to time, but don’t allow yourself to wallow there indefinitely. Get it off your chest now and then, and get back to focusing on the good things in your life. The neat thing is that the less you focus on the bad things, the less you will feel the need to vent.
Don’t surround yourself with other people who are completely focused on their symptoms and suffering either, as this will drag you down.
Don’t be afraid.
Fear will take you out. Fear wants to take you out. We all have fear. Mostly, we fear pain, and given that most of us are safe in our daily lives, our fear is usually of psychological pain. We fear embarrassment, disruption, and change. We fear losing love or gaining weight. We fear pimples and empty bank accounts. We fear so much. If you stop allowing fear to dictate who you can and cannot be, you become far braver day by day. Learn to accept that pain is just another experience in life, and stop allowing fear of it to rule your behavior. You will become so much more connected to your true essence in this journey.
MAYBE Accept that some things will work out on their own.
You cannot control how it’s all going to work out; you can simply accept that it will. Let go of the need to know the details. Let go and just believe. Believe that everything is going to be OK. Because it is. Everything is going to be exactly as it should be. Because it will.
Put your best foot forward, be in gratitude, release the fear and decide to make this your very best year.
Smiles. Kay McDonnell


I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful new year

Happy Christmas and have a fantastic new year to all my customers.
Thanks for your continues support in 2013
Thanks for all your  blog posts in 2013. Hope to get to write a lot more for you in 2014! 
NEW and exciting things for me in 2014.I will share with you in the new year.

Kay McDonnell

Abdominal fat and what to do.

Visceral FatDefinition: Fat located in the peritoneal cavity (abdominal area) that surrounds the body's internal organs.
Though the term might sound dated, “middle-age spread” is a greater concern than ever. As people go through their middle years, their proportion of fat to body weight tends to increase — more so in women than men. Extra pounds tend to park themselves around the midsection.
Visceral fat has been linked to metabolic disturbances and increased risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. In women, it is also associated with breast cancer and the need for gallbladder surgery.
Fat accumulated in the lower body (the pear shape) is subcutaneous, while fat in the abdominal area (the apple shape) is largely visceral. Where fat ends up is influenced by several factors, including heredity and hormones. As the evidence against abdominal fat mounts, researchers and clinicians are trying to measure it, correlate it with health risks, and monitor changes that occur with age and overall weight gain or loss. 

Visceral fat is the internal fatty tissue that wraps itself around the heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas, and streaks through muscles. Scientists don't know exactly what causes people to lay down visceral fat, although it has been linked to a high-fat diet. But they do know it behaves differently from the largely benign fat that lies just below the skin (the sort you can pinch between your fingers).
Basically it is toxic.
Research even suggests that visceral fat affects mood by increasing production of the stress hormone, cortisol, and reducing levels of feel-good endorphins. So, along with killing you, visceral fat, it seems, can make you feel low.
People store most of their fat in two ways – one you can see and one you can't.
The fat you can see is just under the skin in the thighs, hips, buttocks, and abdomen. That's called subcutaneous (under the skin) fat.
The fat you can't see is deeper inside, around the vital organs (heart, lungs, digestive tract, liver, and so on) in the chest, abdomen, and pelvis. 
When a body's obese, it can run out of safe places to store fat and begin storing it in and around the organs, such as around the heart and the liver.

Research suggests that fat cells — particularly abdominal fat cells — are biologically active. It’s appropriate to think of fat as an endocrine organ or gland, producing hormones and other substances that can profoundly affect our health. Although scientists are still deciphering the roles of individual hormones, it’s becoming clear that excess body fat, especially abdominal fat, disrupts the normal balance and functioning of these hormones.
Scientists are also learning that visceral fat pumps out immune system chemicals called cytokines — for example, tumor necrosis factor and interleukin-6 — that can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. These and other biochemicals are thought to have deleterious effects on cells’ sensitivity to insulin, blood pressure, and blood clotting.
One reason excess visceral fat is so harmful could be its location near the portal vein, which carries blood from the intestinal area to the liver. Substances released by visceral fat, including free fatty acids, enter the portal vein and travel to the liver, where they can influence the production of blood lipids. Visceral fat is directly linked with higher total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower HDL (good) cholesterol, and insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance means that your body’s muscle and liver cells don’t respond adequately to normal levels of insulin, the pancreatic hormone that carries glucose into the body’s cells. Glucose levels in the blood rise, heightening the risk for diabetes. .

Checking Your Risk
The most precise way to determine how much visceral fat you have is to get a CT scan or MRI. But you don't need to go that far to get a sense of whether or not the fat inside you is putting your health at risk.
Get a measuring tape, wrap it around your waist, and check your girth. Do it while you're standing up, and make sure the tape measure is level.
For the minimal effect on your health, you want your waist size to be less than 35 inches if you're a woman and less than 40 inches if you're a man.
Having a "pear shape" -- fatter hips and thighs -- is considered safer than an "apple shape," which describes a wider waistline.
“What we’re really pointing to with the apple versus pear.  Is that, if you have more abdominal fat, it’s probably an indicator that you have more visceral fat."

So what can we do about tubby tummies? 
A lot, it turns out. The starting point for bringing weight under control, in general, and combating abdominal fat, in particular, is regular moderate-intensity physical activity — at least 30 minutes per day (and perhaps up to 60 minutes per day) to control weight. Strength training (exercising with weights) may also help fight abdominal fat. Spot exercising, such as doing sit-ups, can tighten abdominal muscles, but it won’t get at visceral fat.
Diet is very important 
There are four keys to controlling belly fat: exercise, diet, sleep, and stress management.
Pay attention to portion size, and emphasize complex carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) and lean protein over simple carbohydrates such as white bread, refined-grain pasta, and sugary drinks. Replacing saturated fats and trans fats with polyunsaturated fats can also help.

Getting the right amount of shut eye helps. In one study, people who got six to seven hours of sleep per night gained less visceral fat over 5 years compared to those who slept five or fewer hours per night or eight or more hours per night. Sleep may not have been the only thing that mattered -- but it was part of the picture.

Cortisol is a hormone that is produced when you are under stress; cortisol fat is simply fat produced as a result of stress. Obesity and other diseases of modern civilization are due to an outpouring of adrenaline, cortisol and other stress hormones. When levels are constantly elevated it results in fat storage, which is difficult for the body to burn off. To get rid of the body fat caused by cortisol overload, it will take changing your eating habits, taking particular supplements, exercising and eliminating stress in your life.

Stabilize blood sugar levels. Going too long between meals will slow your metabolism and can make your blood sugar dip extremely low. To avoid these effects, eat approximately every three hours. Protein will raise your metabolism by 25 percent; therefore balance each meal with protein, fat and complex carbohydrates. Eating every three hours will also slowly raise the blood sugar, thus reducing the levels of insulin and cortisol excreted by the body.

Add beneficial foods, fats and fiber into your diet. This includes broccoli, kale, lemon, garlic, onions, lean proteins, omega 3-rich flaxseed oil and avocados as well as thermogenic spices like cinnamon and cayenne pepper.

Add supplements to reduce body fat.Replenishing vitamins and minerals that may be deficient for someone under stress. These include vitamins C and B-complex, magnesium and zinc, among others. "The supplements" "have the ability to make your body less insulin resistant, calm your adrenal glands and help your body remove glucose from the blood."

Reduce or eliminate stress in your life"Stress is the pressures of life and how one perceives, believes, reacts and copes with these pressures." Take a warm bath with lavender oil, go for a power walk, write in a journal and/or take a yoga class to learn relaxation techniques.Have a massage or Advanced Reflexology.I am a complimentary therapist with 14 years experience in Co. Kerry.

  • Check with your doctor before adding supplements to your diet that may interact with any medications you are taking. If stress is constant in your life, get your blood pressure taken regularly.
  • Tips
    • Clean out your pantry and refrigerator of foods that are full of sugar, white flour and lack nutrition.
    • Plan a weekly menu of balanced meals, and fill your kitchen with foods that will benefit your fat-burning goals.
    • Find exercises that you enjoy and put them on your calendar so they become part of your regular routine.
    • Eliminate caffeine, and drink a cup of hot Valerian root tea in the evenings to help you sleep better.
  • Contact Kay Massage /Advanced Therapist in Co Kerry with 14 years. 
  • 068 23574
  • Email; kay@kaymcdonnell.com

Arthritis and Massage Therapy

The two types of Arthritis.
There are actually 2 types of osteoarthritis—primary and secondary.
Primary osteoarthritis is the more common one and is basically the result of wear and tear of daily life.  At the years tick by, we incur degenerative changes in our joints and damage to our cartilage. 
Eventually the cartilage gets very hard and bone spurs form which causes the typical joint deformities.  This leads to increasing levels of pain as well as restrictions in your activities and mobility.
With secondary osteoarthritis, there is a precipitating factor that triggers the degenerative changes like a fracture, trauma or surgery.
Once you have been given a diagnosis of osteoarthritis, the typical medical treatments are aimed at the reduction of symptoms—in other words, pain relievers (NSAIDs) including aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen. 
Unfortunately, although medications can help ease the pain in the short term, over time the drugs can cause side effects and even end up making the condition WORSE!

The first obvious side effects that are seen from NSAIDs are usually tinnitus (ringing in the ears), stomach irritation and bleeding in the GI tract, headaches and dizziness.
A number of studies have shown that both aspirin and the other NSAIDs inhibit your body’s ability to synthesize collagen, and they actually accelerate cartilage destruction.

Stop eating for pain and inflammation
The sad truth is that many people have a diet that encourages pain and inflammation
And when you have already got degenerative changes going on, this means you are practically putting out The typical diet is loaded with hard to digest meals, fast food, soda, coffee and processed/packaged "foods"--ALL things that create acid waste accumulation in your body and lead to inflammation everywhere--your joints included.
But just as you can create inflammation with your diet, you can also just as easily help curb it!
You simply need to balance the acid and alkaline foods in your diet, plus eat easy to digest meals that don't create a lot of inflammation-causing acid wastes.

Get enough of Nature’s anti-inflammatory—Omega-3 EFAs
An imbalance of Omega-6 and 3 essential fatty acids is also a major source of inflammation in your body.
Here's what's happening:
Your body's healing mechanism is dependent on the actions of Omega-6 and Omega-3 EFAs.  Omega-6 EFAs stir up inflammation (such as when you get injured), and then Omega-3s come and calm everything down. 
However, when you have too many inflammation-causing Omega-6 EFAs and not enough cooling-down Omega-3s, you can induce chronic inflammation...and osteoarthritis can come knocking on your door.
Now, back in the good old days when our meals didn't come with a bar code and the animals raised for our consumption were allowed to graze as Nature intended, we got the proper amounts of these essential nutrients from our diets.
But things have changed dramatically.
Now we have a heavy reliance on packaged foods, which have not only “processed out” the naturally occurring Omega-3 fatty acids that were originally in the foods, but they have been chemically altered into disease-causing trans-fats!
Get enough Vitamin C
Vitamin C is probably best known for “cold prevention” but its resume goes WAY beyond that.
Because it can also reduce the risk of cartilage loss by repairing damaged connective tissue and improving collagen synthesis too!
Natural sources of Vitamin C include: Tomatoes, peppers, citrus fruits, strawberries, cauliflower, romaine lettuce, green beans, celery, spinach, asparagus, broccoli and pineapple.
Food sources of nutrients are always best, but if you wish to supplement, most experts recommend a dose of 1,000 – 3,000 mg of Vitamin C per day. (Note; Always consult your Gp before taking any vitamins) 

MOVE away from osteoarthritis!
Exercise is crucial in halting and preventing osteoarthritis.
Strength training (weights), stretching and water workouts (swimming or water aerobics) all provide unique anti-arthritis benefits.  

The reason is simple--the stronger the muscles are around your joints, the more pressure they take off your joints.
Gentle stretching and yoga can improve flexibility and increase range of motion.
And water activities can take stress off your joints, block some of the pain sensation, loosen stiff joints and strengthen muscles and massage.
Consider glucosamine sulfate supplements
Glucosamine is a compound that stimulates your cartilage cells to produce glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which hold your joint tissues together.
Plus as its name suggests, glucosamine sulfate also provides atoms of sulfur which makes collagen stickier and can in turn make your joints stronger.
As we age, our bodies are less able to manufacture enough glucosamine--that can be a reason why, over time, our cartilage becomes less flexible and more rigid.
Many people have gotten significant relief from glucosamine sulfate supplementation, to the point where the relief was as good as or better than using NSAIDS (without the scary side effects to boot)!
If glucosamine supplementation sounds good to you, be sure to look for glucosamine sulfate to ensure you're getting the benefit of the sulfur like I mentioned above.  1,500 mg. a day divided into 3 doses is what is recommended by many experts.
Note that a very popular trend in joint support supplement pairs glucosamine with chondroitin--another cartilage building compound. 
However, studies have shown that chondroitin is far less effective than glucosamine and is not absorbed by your body as well. (Note discuss with your Gp the best brand for you)

Massage therapy in Kerry
Regular massage of muscles and joints, whether by a licensed therapist at a spa or by self-massage at home, can lead to a significant reduction in pain for people with arthritis, according to Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, who’s conducted a number of studies on the benefits of massage, including on people with arthritis. In Field’s research and other recent studies on the effects of massage for arthritis symptoms, regular use of the simple therapy led to improvements in pain, stiffness, range of motion, hand grip strength and overall function of the joints.

How Does Massage Work?
While some studies show that massage can reduce pain and anxiety for people with arthritis, how exactly does massage make these results happen? Research has shown that massage can lower the body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol, and boost production of serotonin, which, in turn, can improve mood. Additionally, massage can lower production of the neurotransmitter substance P, often linked to pain, and improve sleep as a result.
In 2010, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine and the nearby Cedars-Sinai Medical Center studied 53 healthy adults receiving just one Swedish massage therapy session and found that the participants’ levels of key hormones and white blood cells were positively affected. For example, the hormone arginine-vasopressin, which may lower blood pressure, was decreased, along with some inflammatory cytokines like IL-4 and IL-10. Cortisol levels were reduced by massage in this study as well, although not significantly.

Your goals for massage may vary. You may be interested in relieving anxiety and stress caused by dealing with arthritis, or you may be seeking relief for pain and stiffness in a specific area of your body. Talk openly  with me about your goals for the session so I can adjust my technique accordingly. There is no set way to perform a massage; I would be flexible to your needs.
Most importantly, massage should make your arthritis pain and stiffness feel better, not worse, says Veena Ranganath, MD, a rheumatologist at the University of California, Los Angeles Department of Medicine.

Contact; Kay 068 23574 . Email; Kay@kaymcdonnell.com
Kay is a qualified and experienced Massage & Advanced therapist with 14 years experience.

Reflexology Massage therapy Kerry

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Benefits of Reflexology…Stress Reduction
When we are stressed our body's defences break down and we become more susceptible to illness and disease. Reflexology reduces stress by generating deep tranquil relaxation, helping the body balance itself and allowing healing energy to flow.
Improved Circulation
Blood needs to flow freely throughout the body carrying oxygen and nutrients to all the cells and removing the waste products of metabolism and other toxins. By reducing stress and tension, reflexology allows the cardiovascular vessels to conduct the flow of blood naturally and easily.
Stimulated Nerve Function
By stimulating more than 7,000 nerves in the feet, reflexology encourages the opening and clearing of neural pathways. It interrupts pain pathways, reducing pain.
Improved Immune System
Reflexology stimulates the lymphatic system thus reducing risk of infection. It cleanses the body of toxins and impurities and also stimulates the production of endorphins leading to an improved immune system and sense of well-being.
Increased Energy
Reflexology revitalises energy throughout the body by relaxing and opening up energy pathways.
Reflexology can assist in conditions such as:
* Allergies
* Arthritis
* Asthma
* Back Problems
* Blood Pressure
* Bowel Disorders
* Constipation
* Eczema
* Frozen Shoulder
* Gynecological Disorders
* Hay Fever
* Insomnia
* Knee Problems
* Multiple Sclerosis
* Muscle Tension
* Neck Problems
* PMS/Hormonal Problems
* Respiratory Problems
* Sinusitis
* Stress Disorders
* Thyroid Imbalance

Your treat begins with having your feet soaked in a foot bath with aromatherapy oils, commencing the relaxation procedure.

This is followed by a blissful hour of pampering in peaceful beautiful surroundings.
The whole experience results in:
  • Deep relaxation
  • Stress relief
  • Improved circulation
  • Revitalised energy
  • Stimulation of creativity
  • Improved gait and posture achieved from the deep relaxation
This natural healing process has many proven benefits. As a preventative therapy, reflexology works on the thousands of nerve endings in the feet, thereby stimulating the central nervous system.
Treatment can result in:
  • Improved sleep
  • Total relaxation of the body and mind, which promotes healing.
  • Cleansing the body of calcium deposits and toxins.
  • Stimulating energy flow throughout the body.
  • Balancing the whole system. For the body to be healthy, everything must work together.
Contact; 068 23574
Email; kay@kaymcdonnell.com
  • I am an experienced Massage and Advanced Reflexologist with 15 years experience.

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One & half hours 
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This is a real treat for the senses.The pampering starts with a foot soak. Followed by my deeply relaxing signature Massage. This will leave your mind relaxed. Then to quieten the brain and ground you. A facial reflexology using a warm rose balm.
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Contact; 068 23574
Email; Kay@kaymcdonnell.com

Co Kerry Massage Therapy: Optimum Relief, Healing & Balance

Are you running low in energy? Do you suffer from body aches and pain? Massage Therapy is the perfect antidote to stress. It calms the mind, settles the emotions, rejuvenates muscles and brings comfort.
Stress has been shown to be very harmful to our health, therefore it is important that the body's functions return to a state of balance following a stressful event.

Do you know that a weekly massage actually speeds up the natural healing process of the body, gives the body a chance to return to normal and avoid a situation of chronic stress.
My treatments will help:
  • soothe nerves
  • reduce stress
  • loosen stiff muscles,
  • relieve pain

On a Physical level
  • It helps the flow of blood and lymph to eliminate toxins
  • It soothes nerves
  • Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
  • Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion, reducing pain and swelling
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Firms the skin
  • Improves posture
  • Eliminates the waste products of nutrition and fatigue
  • Helps reduce cellulite

On an Emotional and Mental level
  • Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation
  • Settles the emotion
  • Reduces levels of anxiety
  • Alleviates depression
  • Improves connection to inner self
  • Enhances attentiveness
  • Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
  • Creates body awareness
  • Full fills the need for touch and communication
  • Leads to a positive state of mind and spiritual awareness

As  a massage therapist in Co Kerry I am able to quite quickly assess an individual’s posture by observing skeletal alignment against an “ideal” alignment, palpating muscles for areas of hypertonicity or hypotonicity together with general tissue health, and testing range of movement actively and passively to identify muscles that are too tight or too slack. I  will then take into account any medical issues or contraindications together with the client’s wishes, and develop a massage treatment plan tailored to correct the individual’s postural problems.


Contact Kay 068 23574  Email; kay@kaymcdonnell.com 

Facial Reflexology in Kerry Ireland

What is Facial Reflexology?

Facial Reflexology involves the use of hands and fingers to manipulate the facial muscles, stimulate the nerve points, and re-invigorate to open up the energy (Chinese Meridian) system throughout the body.  Sharing the same principles as Foot Reflexology, Facial Reflexology works to identify your root cause in your body system, trace the connection between the root and current symptoms, then treat it.

Facial Reflexology, we will identify the source of the imbalance which causes the blockage, treat the root problem and then realign your overall energy.  Your body will use this balanced energy to repair where it needs to.

The entire body can be worked just on the nose alone. Every organ and anatomical feature can be found down the bridge and the sides of the nose. Another microsystem incorporates the whole face for placement of the same anatomy. As an example in this system, the back begins just in front of the ear and runs down the jaw line.

Facial stimulation is powerful because it has the shortest pathways for the nerve cells connect to the brain and it releases chemicals called endorphins.  Endorphins ensure your mind is in a stable happy place.  The Sorensensistem™ Facial Reflexology works to send a message to the Central Nervous System (CNS) to direct the energy to specific organs and glands to regulate your blood, hormones, and most importantly, boost your immune system.  It is also an essential workout for the face to get a younger and healthier looking.
The Benefits of Facial Reflexology 

Based on my experience, Facial Reflexology  is the most effective approach in treating ailments related to stress, as well as the brain and hormonal issues.  This can include:
  • Instant relief of tension on the face, neck, scalp and brain
  • Working with the entire body system to address specific issues
  • Works to firm the facial muscles, reduces and/or prevent fine lines and wrinkles
  • Stimulation to increase the blood circulation, and activate  lymphatic drainage to achieve a naturally glowing complexion..

In my opinion this truly is an amazing treatment.
Its effectiveness is found in its ability to encourage the individual’s natural healing processes to help maintain the health and balance of the whole body. 
Beneficial for deep relaxation as each treatment can release endorphins that promote and calm the mind thus inducing a deep state of relaxation helping to relieve many of the symptoms of stress and fatigue.
Feel Great & Look Fabulous with Facial Reflexology Kerry
Facial Reflexology combines looking good with feeling good. The entire surface of the face (except the eyelids) is stimulated so:-
  • Blood flow improves
  • Muscle tone improves
  • Nerve function improves
  • Lymphatic drainage improves; and the end result? A fresh and glowing complexion
Who is the Treatment Suitable For?
The treatment is suitable for all ages and most condition as there are very few contra-indications. The benefits can usually be seen for several days, but as with all holistic therapies, the best results occur when a course of treatments are taken.

 Finally, just to assure men – Facial Reflexology  is an ideal natural holistic therapy for men – especially for stress issues. There are no messy products; I just use beautiful natural rose oil – 

Please be Aware Prior to Treatment
  • The treatment will remove any make-up so please bring supplies with you if you want to reapply cosmetics.
  • You will be supplied with a hairband to keep your hair off your face during the treatment, but a drop or two of oil may find its way into your hair.

For more information; Contact Kay 068 23574. Email;kay@kaymcdonnell.com
Kay is experienced in Reflexology / Massage therapy Kerry and IPL Laser therapy

Massage for Tension Headaches

Research has shown that in respect to tension headaches massage can:*
  • reduce depression and/or anxiety
  • decrease perceived pain
  • decrease anger status
  • decrease tension
  • reduce frequency
  • reduce intensity
  • reduce duration
  • decrease medication usage
  • increase range of cervical motion

Tension headaches are the most common type of headaches among adults. They are commonly referred to as stress headaches.
A tension headache may appear periodically ("episodic," less than 15 days per month) or daily. An episodic tension headache may be described as a mild to moderate constant band-like pain, tightness, or pressure around the forehead or back of the head and neck.
These headaches may last from 30 minutes to several days. Episodic tension headaches usually begin gradually, and often occur in the middle of the day.
The "severity" of a tension headache increases significantly with its frequency. Chronic tension headaches come and go over a prolonged period of time. The pain is usually throbbing and affects the front, top, or sides of the head. Although the pain may vary in intensity throughout the day, the pain is almost always present. Chronic tension headaches do not affect vision, balance, or strength.
Tension headaches usually don't keep a person from performing daily tasks.

What Causes Tension Headaches?
There is no single cause for tension headaches. This type of headache is not an inherited trait that runs in families. In some people, tension headaches are caused by tightened muscles in the back of the neck and scalp. This muscle tension may be caused by:
  • Inadequate rest
  • Poor posture
  • Emotional or mental stress, including depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Hunger
  • Overexertion
In others, tightened muscles are not part of tension headaches, and the cause is unknown.
Tension headaches are usually triggered by some type of environmental or internal stress. The most common sources of stress include family, social relationships, friends, work, and school.

In my clinic Massage Kerry I do a lot of massage for tension. and find.
Massage has two roles when it comes to treating migraines and tension related headaches:
In a proactive role, massage treatments are performed on a regular basis to help the body maintain an optimal level of relaxation and stress-relief. This approach reduces the chances of migraine attacks and tension headaches significantly by relaxing muscle spasms and trigger points.

In a comfort role, massage is done to ease the pressure brought on during a migraine or tension related headache. By focusing on the neck, shoulders, and head, massage can decrease the pain and discomfort brought on by migraine or tension headaches.

Benefits of Relieving Tension-Related Headaches
  • Decreases occurrences of tension headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms
  • Allows one to maintain a level of relaxation and stress-relief, reducing the chances of stress induced migraines
  • Massage for headaches can also reduce muscle spasms and trigger points

Massage Therapy Encourages Relaxation

The body can produce an unhealthy buildup of hormones when we're stuck in traffic or meeting a work deadline. Pent-up levels of the "stress hormone" cortisol can lead to sleeplessness, headaches and even digestive problems.
I offer a variety of relaxing massage therapy styles and techniques to help kick start the relaxation process. If you enjoy relaxing massage therapy,. In addition to encouraging relaxation, ongoing massage therapy can reduce pain, increase energy levels and improve overall physical and mental performance. I customize every massage session to address your individual needs.
  • Improves mental outlook
  • Allows for better handling of pressure
  • Reinforces positive attitude
  • Promotes relaxed states of mental alertness
  • Enhances calm and creative thinking
I am an experienced Massage therapist in Kerry with 14 years. For more information on massage treatments, call in to our shop in Listowel, Co. Kerry or please contact Kay on 068-23574 or kay@kaymcdonnell.com

IP Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal KerryLaser hair removal is a rapid, yet gentle way of removing unwanted hair, proven to give you permanent hair reduction!

  • Hair reduction Face or Body;
  • No more waxing.
  • No more Shaving.
  • No more Bleaching.
  • No more ingrowing hair.

Laser Hair Removal is provided at Listowel Therapy Centre, Co. Kerry for both men & women.

For Women:
  • Bikini ( Bikini hair removal options:)
  • Hollywood Bikini – no hair at all!
  • Brazilian Bikini – only a small patch on top!
  • Normal Bikini – neat and natural!
  • Extended Bikini – less natural, more removed from sides!
  • Underarm / full arm/ half arm
  • Leg / full or half
  • Face (chin / upper lip /eyebrows / sideburns /beard area)
For Men:
  • Back
  • Neck
  • Shoulders and Chest

For more information on our Laser Hair Removal treatments, check out our 'Frequently Asked Questions' post HERE, read about Laser Hair Removal for ladies with PCOS HERE and/or please contact Kay on 068-23574 or kay@kaymcdonnell.com

Deep Tissue (Myofascial Release) Massage

(Kay is a highly experienced Massage Therapist in Listowel, Co. Kerry)

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.

If an area of a muscle is simply tender but does not have the other characteristics of trigger points, then the area is just a “tender point”. These tender points are areas of congestion, where tissue may be ischemic (lacking blood flow), fibrotic, or there may be a lot of scar tissue matted down in the particular area of stress.Trigger points can also be found in muscles that are under chronic contraction.

1 hr €60,  
½ hr €40,
(course of 4 €200)

To see a full list of our Massage Therapy services, click HERE

For more information on our massage treatments, call in to our shop in Listowel, Co. Kerry or please contact Kay on 068-23574 or kay@kaymcdonnell.com

Abdominal-Sacral Massage Therapy

(Kay is a highly experienced Massage Therapist in Listowel, Co. Kerry)

Abdominal-Sacral Massage Therapy brings together many healing techniques to address common complaints such as lower back pain, bloating, constipation, painful/irregular periods, ovulation problems and cystitis, to name a few. Deep-Sacral massage can help to alleviate lower back pain and other problems associated with the muscles around the lower part of the spine.

In some circumstances it may be necessary to obtain consent from your GP, or any other specialists you are receiving care from, before receiving any deep tissue massage treatment.

Conditions such as Colitis and Crohn's disease can cause acute inflammation and whilst direct abdominal massage is inappropriate during acute phases, it is still possible to provide massage to the back, neck, shoulders and legs which will aid the circulation and provide relaxation - this is beneficial as these conditions are often exacerbated.

30 minutes; €40  (Course of 4 €140)

You can view a full list of our massage services HEREFor more information on our massage treatments, call in to our shop in Listowel, Co. Kerry or please contact Kay on 068-23574 or kay@kaymcdonnell.com

Soft Tissue Massage/Swedish Massage Therapy

(Kay is a highly experienced Massage Therapist in Listowel, Co. Kerry.)

Soft Tissue Massage/Swedish Massage Therapy enables the body to absorb more oxygen, thereby rejuvenating the body, while also detoxifying the body by increasing the speed by which the cells of the body eliminate their waste materials. Swedish massage can help to relax, rejuvenate and nurture your mind and body and it improves circulation.

Swedish massage can be a method for both relaxation and improving your health. 

  • It relieves mental stress levels (due to nervous system being calmed producing centering/balancing effect)
  • Provides soothing and comforting mental health alternative 
  • Generates confidence and feeling of well-being
  • Satisfies need for caring and nourishing touch
  • Eases emotional trauma (through relaxation)
  • Increases awareness of mind-body connection!
  • Reduces insomnia (by improving sleep patterns)

60 minutes: €60
30 minutes: €40

You can read about our other massage treatments HERE. For more information on massage treatments, call in to our shop in Listowel, Co. Kerry or please contact Kay on 068-23574 or kay@kaymcdonnell.com

Stress and the Benefits of Human Touch (Massage)

Kay is a Massage Therapist in Listowel, Co. Kerry.

What is stress?

When we find ourselves under some kind of pressure, our bodies respond automatically by releasing adrenaline to ensure we are prepared for action and able to meet the challenge before us.

Some symptoms of stress include
  • Muscles becomes tense 
  • Breathing becomes faster and shallower in an effort to get more air into the body
  • Our hearts race, pumping faster 
  • We feel like we might want to run, yet our legs turn to jelly 
  • Our mind is racing and we may feel dizzy and light-headed
  • We may have difficulty swallowing 
  • We may feel sick or have a lack of appetite
  • We shiver or sweat more than usual 

Flight or Fight
This automatic response to a threatening situation is known as the 'fight or flight' response. The body produces hormones, including one called adrenaline, which helps prepare our bodies either to run away or poised and ready to react. These changes are short-lived and die away when the pressure or threat stops.This pressure can focus our attention, fire us up and can be helpful in coping with pressure. However, too much pressure, can make us less productive and often lead to health problems.
Stress affects people of all ages and from all walks of life.
What stress does to the body.?
ENDOCRINE: Stress hormones trigger the liver to produce more blood sugar, to give you that kick of energy in the moment of perceived danger. But if the "danger" you're concerned with is a long-term dilemma and you're already at risk for type 2 diabetes, bad news: Elevated glucose levels may turn you into a card-carrying diabetic.

RESPIRATORY: At high-stress moments, you may find yourself breathing faster, feeling short of breath, or even hyperventilating. Over the long term, this strain on the system can make you more susceptible to upper-respiratory infections (so if you're considering a career in air-traffic control, you might want to stock up on Emergen-C)

CARDIOVASCULAR: Momentary, acute stress, like, say, when you're walking down the aisle to get married, will make your heart beat faster and blood pressure rise. Long-term stress, like unwelcome pressure from the folks to produce offspring, can cause narrowing of the arteries and elevate cholesterol levels, upping your chances of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

REPRODUCTIVE: Stress can lengthen or shorten your menstrual cycle, stop it altogether, or make your periods more painful. High levels of stress make bacterial vaginosis (BV) more likely and, during pregnancy, may increase the chance of your baby's developing asthma or allergies later in life. 

IMMUNE: Short-term stress can actually boost the immune system, helping your body fight infection. Ongoing stress, however, turns things in the other direction, possibly slowing wound healing, leaving you more susceptible to infection, and worsening skin conditions such as eczema, hives, and yes — acne.

DIGESTIVE: Extreme stress isn't unlike the morning after a bender. It can cause dry mouth, indigestion, nausea, and gas, and it stimulates the muscles of the intestines, possibly causing diarrhea or constipation. Have these symptoms chronically, and you may increase your risk for irritable bowel syndrome, severe heartburn, and ulcers.

MUSCULOSKELETAL: Muscles tense to deal with what your body perceives as danger. No one who's pulled an all-nighter with only PowerPoint for company will be surprised that constantly tight muscles can cause headaches and neck, shoulder, and back pain. Chronic stress may also increase your likelihood of developing osteoporosis.

Massage produces a deep form of relaxation enabling our bodies and minds to forget about everything and let go of life’s daily stresses. But massage is not only about relaxation. As one of the oldest and simplest forms of healthcare, massage also increases circulation, stimulates the lymph system, relaxes injured or overused muscles and releases endorphins (the body’s natural painkiller).

As I have experienced, massage is more than an indulgence—it can relieve pain. This gentle therapy has been around since the dawn of time. Hipprocrates, the father of medicine advocated massage. When combined with medical attention, it helps heal certain conditions and prevents their return.

By dispersing fluids, massage can ease the inflammation that follows sprains and other injuries, although it shouldn't be used the first day or two afterwards.                                                                                        
  • improves healing time of strained ligaments and muscular tissues
  • reduces inflammation in joints improves range of motion increases joint flexibility
  • reduces the heart rate increases endorphins, which is the body's way of reducing pain
  • strengthens the immune system decreases spasms
  • reduces or eliminates pain
  • enhances nourishment to all cells requiring improved oxygen transfer
  • helps relieve muscle tension
The reason you feel different after a massage is because it is healing and invigorating tired, aching or injured muscles. Massage increases blood and lymph circulation. Lymph is a fluid that rids body tissues of waste and is dependent on the squeezing effect of muscles. An active person has better lymph flow than an inactive person. However, stimulation from vigorous activity can lead to increased waste, which can negate the benefit. This is where massage has a huge advantage.

Whatever the type of massage therapy style you choose, there are huge benefits to be gained.


Achy shoulders, neck, and back? 
 Swedish massage, Soft tissue release work wonders!
Mild/uncomfortable pain? 
Try Indian head/scalp / Swedish massage or Advanced Reflexology  to relieve tension.
Relieved by Advanced Reflexology, Swedish massage, Foot & Scalp Massage
Carpal Tunnel?
Sooth aches with Swedish and/or Advanced Reflexology.
Sore/achy/tired feet? 
 Deep Tissue massage
Sore legs and/or calves?
Deep tissue /soft tissue or swedish massage
Constipation /IBS or any Digestive problems
Deep Abdominal / Advanced Reflexology

For more information on our massage treatments, call in to our shop in Listowel, Co. Kerry or please contact Kay on 068-23574 or kay@kaymcdonnell.com

The benefits of Complementary Therapy

What are Complementary Therapies? 

Complementary therapies are alternative therapies that can be used along with medical treatment to help the patient feel better. No one should begin a complementary therapy without speaking with his or her physician.

I take a holistic view of health (i.e. viewing the whole person, not just a particular part of them, as often happens in mainstream medicine) taking into account all symptoms, individual preferences, lifestyle and family history. 

Many people who have tried my therapies find that complementary therapies are very helpful to them in a number of ways. People feel more positive about themselves and about their illness. They may be able to cope better with physical symptoms and side effects of treatment, and with the complex and often distressing emotions that a serious illness can bring.

I am very supportive of my clients choices and always recommend if they are unsure about anything we discuss to speak to there own Doctor.

I always discuss the treatment at the end of the session and often the client will relax and lie quietly and thoughtfully through the treatment and chat at the end.

Please ask as many questions as you like, when you like.

For more information, call in to our shop or please contact Kay on 068-23574 or kay@kaymcdonnell.com
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