Meditation by Soul Pamper Treatments

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years, and may still evoke images of Buddhist monks sitting at the top of a mountain. Here in the West, meditation is often referred to as ‘mindfulness’, which simply means awareness of the present moment, and can in fact be practiced anytime, anywhere.

Meditation/mindfulness has been found to alleviate stress and anxiety, improve concentration, increase self-awareness, and encourage clarity of thought leading to creative problem solving. As Deepak Chopra states “When you begin to meditate on a regular basis, you will start to notice that thoughts and feelings that may have been building up inside of you are gently released and you reach the quiet place that is there waiting for you, the place of pure awareness – it is there that you will experience peace, healing and true rejuvenation.”

As the pace of life continues to speed up, more and more people are discovering the benefits of incorporating these periods of ‘stillness’ into their life. Yet so many people struggle to ‘switch off’ from future worries or past ruminations, constantly feeling under pressure to be ‘doing’ - planning, achieving and ‘overthinking’.

For those who have tried to meditate alone without success, it can be helpful, at least initially, to participate in a guided meditation. I offer friendly group sessions of guided visualisation meditation each month.

Each session will last approximately one hour, during which I offer guided visualisation, plus discussion of various methods of meditation and mindfulness - techniques, hints and tips for practice.

It is important to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Chairs will be provided (or you may bring your own mat). You are welcome to stay for a little refreshment and chat after the session.

If you would like to come along, or you are curious to find out more, please email or call Nadia: 07543 556 101

Monthly guided meditation

For anyone trying to achieve inner balance and calm, but struggling to meditate alone, it can be helpful, at least initially, to participate in a guided meditation.  I offer friendly group sessions of guided visualisation meditation each month.

If you would like to come along, forthcoming sessions are as follows:  

Saturday 11th April 2015 - 10am at Marlowe Innovation Centre, Ramsgate

Saturday 9th May 2015 - 10am at Marlowe Innovation Centre, Ramsgate  

Saturday 13th June 2015 - 10am at Marlowe Innovation Centre, Ramsgate  

Saturday 11th July 2015 - 10am at Marlowe Innovation Centre, Ramsgate  

Saturday 8th August 2015 - 10am at Marlowe Innovation Centre, Ramsgate

Saturday 26th September 2015 - 10am at Marlowe Innovation Centre, Ramsgate                                                         

Each session will last approximately one hour, during which we'll discuss various methods of meditation, simple ways to practise mindfulness, plus a guided visualisation meditation allowing you to experience a state of relaxed awareness.

It is important to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Chairs will be provided (or you may bring your own mat). You are welcome to stay for a little refreshment and chat after the session.

For more information or bookings, please email or call Nadia: 07543 556 101

REIKI ATTUNEMENTS / WORKSHOPS

Reiki can be thought of as a healing connection to the Universal life force which flows within and around us, and every living thing. This life force energy is referred to as 'Ki' in Japan, 'Chi' in China, and 'Prana' in India.  It is NOT a religion, and everyone can access this energy and learn to use it for healing of self and others.  Healing is not just about removal of symptoms, as many people are now led to believe by conventional medicine, nor does it involve diagnosis, but is perhaps better viewed as a process of gently guiding a person toward empowerment, activating natural healing within the self.  Just as our bodies know how to absorb nutrients from food, we also have a natural ability to utilise the life force energy for healing and balancing.  This natural process can be restorative and transformative, enabling a person to release negative patterns of thinking and behaviour, allowing an altered perspective and the ability to embrace positive change.  This may then lead to better lifestyle choices, relating to work or relationships, improved health, greater vitality and general wellbeing.

Reiki tuition not only involves the passing on of knowledge, but also incorporates a series of attunements or initiations, each one raising the rate at which a person is able to vibrate, opening and aligning their energy centres.  I liken this process to opening a doorway to self-discovery and mastery at the first attunement, switching on a light that gets brighter and a connection that gets stronger with each subsequent attunement.

If you are feeling drawn to study Reiki, and would like to learn more, I will be holding Reiki workshops, with attunements to levels I and II, throughout the year. These are generally arranged to suit, according to demand. Details of upcoming dates and any spaces, will be posted on my blog regularly. Groups are small (two to four people), allowing for plenty of focused attention and discussion. The day is pretty intensive, as lots of information is covered, but includes plenty of practical and will hopefully be fun!

Forthcoming Reiki workshop dates are as follows:

PLEASE NOTE - ALL OF THESE WORKSHOPS ARE FULLY BOOKED.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND A FUTURE REIKI WORKSHOP, PLEASE CONTACT ME ON 07543 556101 FOR A FRIENDLY CHAT TO DISCUSS YOUR REQUIREMENTS.

Introduction to Reiki Workshop - REIKI I

Dates: Friday 27/03/2015  AND  Friday 15/05/2015

Location: Marlowe Innovation Centre, Ramsgate

Time: 9.30am to 3.00pm

This workshop will introduce the history of Reiki, discuss Universal energy, chakras, first degree symbols, hand positions, self-healing techniques and simple ways to harness the energy. You will also participate in a guided meditation, Reiki I attunement and practical session.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Herbal tea and water will be provided. You are welcome to bring a light lunch and a snack for mid-morning break.     

REIKI II workshop

Date: Wednesday 29/04/2015

Location: Marlowe Innovation Centre, Ramsgate

Time: 9.30am to 3.00pm

This workshop will review learning from Reiki I, and go on to explore Reiki in more depth, looking at ways to develop intuition and awareness, Chakras in more detail, also how to understand symptoms as communication.  You will learn Second degree symbols, strengthen healing of self and others, distant healing techniques, participate in a guided meditation, Reiki II attunement and practical.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Herbal tea and water will be provided. You are welcome to bring a light lunch and a snack for mid-morning break.   

Effects of stress upon the workforce

As many employers will know from experience, stress, including work related stress, can be a significant cause of illness and is known to be linked with high levels of sickness absence, staff turnover and other issues such as increased errors.

Stress can hit anyone at any level of the business and recent research shows that work related stress is widespread and is not confined to particular sectors, jobs or industries.

Stress can lead to loss of motivation, commitment and confidence, which in turn causes late arrival and absence.

Furthermore, the Government Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that signs of stress within a staff group can cause the following:

  • Disputes and disaffection within the group
  • Increase in staff turnover
  • Increase in complaints and grievances
  • Increased sickness absence
  • Increased reports of stress
  • Difficulty in attracting new staff
  • Poor performance
  • Customer dissatisfaction or complaints

A recent report (2011/12) by the HSE revealed that around 27.0 million working days were lost in total, 22.7 million due to work-related illness and 4.3 million due to workplace injuries.On average, each person suffering took around 17 days off work, 21 days for ill health and 7.3 days for injuries on average. Stress, depression or anxiety and musculoskeletal disorders accounted for the majority of days lost due to work-related ill health, 10.4 and 7.5 million days respectively.

A government review of sickness absence in the workplace (2011) states that employers pay billions each year in sick pay and associated costs, plus the additional costs of managing business while people are absent.

Many corporations and businesses are now encouraging their staff to take a twenty minute break to experience the de-stressing and energising benefits of onsite massage within the workplace – staff rewards, morale booster, stress-buster, brainstorm, energiser.

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Soul Pamper Treatments Gift Vouchers

A wide range of Gift Vouchers are available, offering a wonderful gift idea for any special occasion or simply to show someone how much they are loved and appreciated.

Vouchers may be redeemed as full payment for a specific treatment (please see prices after each treatment description) or individually tailored pamper package, also part payment toward any treatment. Prices start from as little as £5 for a 'money off' voucher, and increase by increments of £5, so you can choose £10, £15, £20 and so on, simply select how little or how much you wish to spend.

If you would like to purchase vouchers, please contact me stating clearly:

  1. Number of vouchers required and monetary value of each.
  2. Your name, address and contact details.
  3. Recipient's name and address, plus a personal message if being sent directly to an alternative address as a gift (home or workplace).
  4. Chosen payment method: card payment by phone, bacs, cheque (by post) or cash (in person).

Please note: Vouchers can be collected from me (by appointment), posted, emailed, or in some cases delivered by hand.

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Voucher terms and conditions:

  1. Vouchers are generally valid for up to three months, to the displayed expiry date. After this date the voucher will automatically expire and cannot be used. (Soul Pamper Treatments is not responsible for informing or reminding clients of expiry dates).
  2. Damaged, defaced or photocopied vouchers may NOT be used and no liability for such vouchers will be accepted.
  3. If paying by cheque, please allow time for bank clearance before despatch of voucher.
  4. Vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash.