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Ease tense muscles with a hot stone massage

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By Jill O'Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

If you're looking for a way to totally relax, well look no further as a hot stone massage can do it so deeply with the use of the heat and the massage techniques.

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If you have never tried it, you should.

During the massage, smooth flat heated basalt stones, a type of volcanic rock that retains the heat, are used to help relax and ease the tense muscles and damaged soft tissue throughout your body. Your therapist holds the stones in her palms while using the Swedish massage techniques to ease the muscles. It combines long strokes, circular movements, vibrations, tapping and kneading.

Massage is so beneficial to everyone, young and old, male and female - especially after the last two years we have all gone through. All massage treatments are tailored towards the client's own specific ailments or preferences.

It really helps aid the circulation throughout the body, especially as we age our circulation slows down. By giving it a little help and increasing blood flow, you will really increase your feeling of well-being by sending energy to every part of the body.

The more balanced you feel overall the easier it is to handle stress and anxiety. Massage treatments can lower your stress levels as it's a type of meditation; time out for just you. It really improves cardiovascular responses to strokes. Also, if you're having trouble sleeping, massage is a proven method to promote relaxation and have a deep sleep. It will be a more restorative sleep as you will have better circulation throughout the body, bringing fresh oxygenated blood to every part. This in turn helps move blockages and speed up the endocrine system and the detoxification of the lymphatic system.

If you're looking for the feel-good factor and a boost to your immunity before heading into the winter months, regular hot stone massage is a fantastic option. It is well known for the natural reduction of blood pressure also. So really everyone can benefit from a hot stone massage. If you're experiencing tension and pain, insomnia, or stress or would like to boost your immunity coming into long dark winter months, call to book an appointment or for more information on 064 6632966.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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Know Your Rights: Parent’s Leave

What is Parent’s Leave? Parent’s Leave entitles each parent to seven weeks’ leave from work during the first two years of a child’s life, or in the case of adoption, within two years […]

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What is Parent’s Leave?

Parent’s Leave entitles each parent to seven weeks’ leave from work during the first two years of a child’s life, or in the case of adoption, within two years of the placement of the child with your family.

From 1 July 2022, Parent’s Leave increased from five weeks to seven weeks for:

* Parents of children born or adopted from 1 July 2022
* Parents of children who are under the age of two on 1 July 2022, or adoptive children who have been placed with their parents for less than two years on 1 July 2022
* Parents of children born between November 2019 and July 2020 are not eligible for the additional two weeks.

How can I get Parent’s Leave?

To get Parent’s Leave, you must:

* Be a relevant parent
* Take the leave within two years of the birth of your child or in the case of adoption, from the date your child is placed with you (the placement date)
* Give at least six-weeks’ notice to your employer
 

If you are granted Parent’s Leave, you can take this as:

One continuous period, or separate periods of not less than one week at a time

How much will I get paid during Parent’s Leave?

If you have enough PRSI contributions, you will get a weekly payment of €250 per week. Some employers will top-up this payment, but they don’t have to.

Can my employer refuse my application for Parent’s Leave?

Your employer can only refuse Parent’s Leave if you are not entitled to it. However, your employer can postpone your Parent’s Leave for up to 12 weeks, for the following reasons:

* Seasonal variations in the volume of work
* No replacement to carry out your work
* The nature of your duties
* The number of other employees also taking Parent’s Leave

If you need further information about any of the issues raised here or you have other questions, you can call a member of the local Citizens Information Service in Kerry on 0818 07 7860. They will be happy to assist you and if necessary arrange an appointment for you.

Kerry HELPLINE 0818 07 7860 Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Alternatively you can email on tralee@citinfo.ie or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie. 

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