Carers UK is a charity to make life better for carers. There are 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK, these carers are holding families together yet they often have to battle for the help and support they need. Carers UK give expert advice, information and support. They connect carers so no one has to care alone. They campaign together for lasting change. They innovate to find new ways to reach and support carers.
This year is Carers UK’s 50th Anniversary year. Sarpenela is running an exciting raffle to raise money and awareness to support this invaluable organisation.
The tickets are being sold at Sarpenela, for £5 a book or £1 a ticket. Prizes for the winning tickets are as follows:
Hot Stone Massage
Remedial Massage or Acupuncture
The raffle will continue until June and winners will be revealed at our open day on the 7th June.
Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is one of the most important monasteries in Central Tibet besides being the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama.
After the Tibetan national uprising that took place in 1959, a handful of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery monks along with many thousands of Tibetans escaped into India. The Monastery was then subsequently re-established in Bylakuppe in Karnataka State, India. With the induction of new recruits over the years, the Monastery today has about 250 monks. Most of our major monasteries are thriving, but Tashi Lhunpo is still facing difficulties.
Through the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery UK Trust’s educational and cultural exchanges, including chanting and cham performances, the monks share our unique Tibetan culture and their special monastic tradition with people in Europe and other parts of the world. The Trust also supports the Monastery’s work in India. Any assistance extended to the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery will be much appreciated. As Patron of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery UK Trust and because of my unique relationship with the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery I support the work of the Trust and wish it success in its attempt to help the Monastery here in India.
With the increasing population of young monks at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery the need to support starts with the ceremonial giving of their robes, which signifies their new monastic life has begun. The youngest monks are just 5 years old, many being orphans and starting a fresh start with a future that will educate and support them throughout their lives. A new set of robes are like a uniform they signify so much and each young monk should have their own set not ‘hand me downs as’ a key part of their initiation. There are 3 parts to a monks robes,The Shantab, The Tongka and the Sen. The Shantab is the part worn below the waist, the Tongka, the shirt, the Sen being the shawl. With the numbers of monks the funding for these becomes ever more of a strain on the monastery budgets.
At Sarpenela, we support the efforts and actions of the Tashi Llunpo Monks and believe their cause and Tibet should not be forgotten.
To become a Master in your field, it is wise to acknowledge the gift of time. Time brings a deeper understanding and awareness.
To become a teacher you need to have been taught the subject well enough to have lived in it’s unfathomable mystery.
To stay on your path takes a lifetime.
When the weather is cold, windy and wet, all most of us seem to want to do is to curl up under a duvet with a hot drink. Here at Sarpenela, the thing that is tempting me most on the wild November morning is a purely indulgent Hot Stone Massage.
Hot Stone Therapy is the perfect treatment for achieving Mental, Physical and Emotional wellness.
Through out time, heat has been used in combination with massage to intensify and deepen the experience. Heated and wrapped stones have in fact been in use since 1500 B.C by Native Americans, Chinese and European cultures.
In a Hot Stone Massage, basalt stones are heated and placed along pressure points to help melt away tension. On a physical level the heat of the stones penetrates muscles to enable them to relax, helps to release toxins and reduce pain. It is said to be particularly good for treating arthritis.
Hot Stone Massage has been said to evoke kundalini energy and it is certainly a calming and spiritual experience. As the warm stones relax the body, the mind is calmed retreating into a deep meditative state. In this meditative state your body becomes re-energized. The soothing heat therapy promotes a positive energy flow giving a sense of harmony and balance helping you to feel at peace. For these reasons, depression and insomnia can often be eased.
It really is the most beneficial and indulgent treatment which leaves you on a completely seperate plane, the energy of the stones is grounding and old and the combination of the massage is just perfect!
Fully qualified and experienced therapist Susan will be visiting Sarpenela for the first time on the 20th November to offer semi-permanent make-up.
Sarpenela’s belief in a truly holistic approach has been expanded after meeting Susan and realising the potential in healing from within from a cosmetic make over.
Having watched my mother lose all her hair through chemotherapy and seeing Susan’s caring and delicate approach and transforming my mother back to a visible sense of wellbeing has opened my eyes to the huge benefits that New Lines can offer.
Susan specialises in Alopecia and Chemotherapy clients but is also well versed in the field of beauty enhancement to bring wellbeing. So whether you’re looking for a purely csometic enhancement or a process to help you on the road to recovery, Susan is the therapist for you.
Tonight the November full moon signifies control on our path. Is it worth striving to compose our life and to know in advance where the journey will take us? Or is it the uncertainty that enriches our life? Is it better to simply allow the course of events or to create the layout?
It is in these conflicting poles of those questions, where astounding insights can be found …
In a previous post I introduced the wonderful gift of Reiki brought to us by Dr Usui. Today I wanted to share with you how expansive and extensive a gift Reiki really is. When I qualified as a Reiki practitioner, I remember Sarah saying ‘Play with Reiki, it’s a gift!’ and how right she was. The amazing thing is, you can use Reiki in every single situation through out your day, whether for protection, relaxation, purification, nurture or energy. Below we’ve shared some of our favourite daily Reiki uses:
Protection and intent
As I’ve already mentioned, Reiki can be used as a great source of protection on all levels. The simplest way to access this is to ground yourself and surround yourself with Reiki by imaging you’re wrapping yourself up in a shimmering blanket or stepping into a pink ball.
Using Reiki on food is a wonderful way to boost the nutritious value and help o protect against toxins. Simply hold your hands over whatever you’re about to eat with the intention of channelling Reiki for the higher good. This application can also be used for boosting the benefits of medication.
The combination of Reiki and Water is really beautiful and can be a very tactile experience. Charging drinking water with energy (for human, pet and plant consumption) is again a great way of boosting the benefits and increasing the energy absorption. I find water amplifies the healing energy in an amazing way so what better way to make the most of this property than running a hot bath at the end of the day, infusing the water with Reiki and relaxing in an energy charged bath for a cleansing and healing experience for mind, body and spirit.
Animals and Plants
All living things benefit from Reiki so take time to treat your pets and plants. Animals respond so well to energy treatments and often tell you which points need more by moving into your hands or moving away when they’ve had enough Make Reiki a daily treat for them too!
Most importantly experiment, explore and enjoy!
Reflexology is an ancient healing method used in the East thousands of years ago. The treatment has a holistic approach to encourage healing and well-being. Points on the feet relate to parts of the body and are worked on by applying pressure with the thumbs and fingers.
Reflexology works on the principle that the sole of the foot is a map of the body so specific points can be directly worked upon, via the feet. The eastern traditions also work upon the energy lines, or meridians, which run through the body and the feet. Reflexology works with this subtle energy flow, revitalising the body so the natural healing methods can do their own work.
Sarah has been working with Reflexology for many years and has experienced success with conditions such as stress and tension, digestive disorders, skin conditions, PMT, muscular prblems and in particular, fertility.
Reflexology helps address the non-physical causes of infertility, in its essence, it is a beautifully relaxing treatment which naturally alleviates stress, the released energy from certain points gently stimulates the reproductive organs. Refloxology is very beneficial during pregnancy on all levels of mind, body and emotions and has been found to be particularly helpful with morning sickness.
As Reiki practitioners and Master Teachers we are often asked, ‘but what IS Reiki?’ and with so many combinations, offshoots and strands of Reiki out there it is easy to see why people may be confused as to what Reiki really is.
The ironic thing here is that Reiki is so simple.
Reiki is an ancient hands on healing technique where Universal Life Energy (Literally ‘Rei-ki’), is channelled for healing through one person to another.
This Universal Life Energy surrounds us and flows through all living beings, channelling this energy is the most natural and pure method of healing. It works effectively on the energetic, emotional, physical and mental bodies. It can resolve blockages, issues and pain on all levels… and the best part is; anyone can learn Reiki.
Although there are many combinations of Reiki and healing techniques in practice today, there is only one form of pure Reiki – Usui Reiki. Usui Reiki is known as such as it was discovered by Dr Mikao Usui, at the end of the 19th century. Dr Usui, the grand Reiki Master, devoted his life to studying and perfecting this amazing healing art.
Believe it or not, hair loss through chemotherapy is one of the most distressing side effects of the treatment and one which is seldom talked about or appropriately addressed.
Last week Sarah and her mum met Chris, the inspirational woman behind Wispers, an award winning salon, specialising in Wig consultancy.
From the personal approach and aim ‘to help you feel like you’ it was clear that this was a subject that was close to Chris’s heart. Chris has personally experienced hair loss following Chemotherapy.
“I feel very passionately about my wig consultancy as I am going through the same thing as my VIP clients. With over 30 years in the hair industry, I know how important it is for your self confidence to find a wig that’s right for you. I really enjoy talking to my clients about their experiences and it is incredibly rewarding knowing that they leave feeling good and looking great
As this is something that is affecting her family personally Sarah felt that she wanted to share this with as many people as possible. Her mother also took the plunge and got her eyebrows tattooed this week as well, she looks amazing! We feel increased an increased sense of self-worth, self-confidence and self-esteem during a difficult and challenging time which will only help to boost the healing process.
A massive thanks to Chris at www.wispers.co.uk and Susan at www.newlines.me.uk