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Archive for May, 2013

M.E sufferer provides acupuncture treatment

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Jane Robinson, professional Acupuncturist undertook a full time degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine after being diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Fibromyalgia. She has recently taken up a new post at Brougham Hall Holistic Therapy Centre to give other sufferers of the disease a chance of benefiting from the ancient therapy.

Before discovering acupuncture, Jane was a housewife and mum struggling to manage basic daily tasks after being diagnosed with the condition. Less than three years later she completed her degree at the highly regarded Northern College of Acupuncture in York, undertaking training in Chinese Medical Theory for treatment and diagnosis, Western Medicine, Anatomy and Physiology, Massage, patient care, clinical procedures and practice.

Jane’s interest in acupuncture came about after becoming ill following a routine flu jab in 1993. Finally being diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Fibromyalgia, she tried everything medicine had to offer and many alternative remedies. However after thirteen years of struggling along, she discovered Traditional Acupuncture in 2006. Her recovery was slow after years of coping with the disease, however she felt improvements from the first treatment and found significant improvements in her quality of life. After seeing what Acupuncture could do for her, it inspired her to undertake her degree and feels passionate about helping others,

Jane Comments,

“I am constantly amazed at the effectiveness of Traditional Acupuncture and what it can do for so many conditions, especially those that don’t always respond well to conventional medicine such as stress, insomnia, migraine, fertility, anxiety, depression, muscular-skeletal conditions and lower back pain. I was so inspired by Acupuncture’s effectiveness for myself and my family too, that training to spend the rest of my life being able to share this special therapy with others was a tremendous honour.”

Jane’s special interest remains in Chronic Fatigue conditions such as M.E. and Fibromyalgia and has a great deal of understanding and empathy to offer patients to help them on their journey to wellness, whether they are bedbound with the curtains closed, or are managing to carry on working, but with their quality of life impaired. Jane is happy to visit patients at home as she personally understands how much effort it can take and recovery time needed, for some sufferers to visit a clinic.

Jane is now a member of the British Acupuncture Council, the UK’s main regulating body for Traditional Acupuncture and has recently become Brougham Hall Holistic Therapy Centre’s only therapist specialising in Traditional Acupuncture. For those who visit the Holistic Therapy Centre, the treatment room and atmosphere is holistically therapeutic in itself, offering a warm, cosy and calming environment, where patients have plenty of time to discuss their health, relax and enjoy the treatment on offer.

Treatments are available on Wednesdays, with home visits in the Penrith area on Thursdays. Appointments can be booked online at

New President brings forty years of experience to Penrith Show

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Ex Chairman of Penrith Show, Frank Mason was elected as this year’s President and brings to the table over forty years of experience of being involved in the traditional agricultural show, which takes place on 27th July.

Frank’s family have been associated with Penrith Show for many years.  Having looked through a catalogue of the Centenary Show, (August 14, 1934) his grandfather Francis Mason was a member of the Committee and a Steward for Heavy Horses and also showed four Clydesdale Horses.  Frank himself has served as Chairman of the Show (1994-1995), been involved for many years on the show committee and held the role of chief field steward. In 2012, Frank held the position of President Elect, before being nominated as President for 2013.

Frank, who lives at Kirkoswald, has spent his life working in the agriculture industry, taking over the family farm, Sickergill in Renwick at the age of 23, which is now run by his son Neil and his partner Sue. Frank is still a keen farmer and continues to plays a vital role in helping run the farm with his son and his wife, Mary. Frank also has a daughter, Claire who lives in Clifton with her husband, Andrew.

Frank comments, “To be President of Penrith Show is an honour and a pleasure. Having served on the Committee for many years, it is encouraging to see younger people taking on the prominent positions of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. The success of the Show is all down to a dedicated and hard working Committee. I am very proud of the Show; it always has a happy and friendly atmosphere.”

At this year’s Penrith Agricultural Show, Frank will be involved in presenting all the Championship trophies, judging the trade stands and various competitions during the day.

Chairman of Penrith Agricultural Show Executive Committee, Richard Gardiner comments,

“It is great to have Frank as our President. His dedication to the success of the show over the past few decades is what makes the show possible. Without his passion and that of others the show would not be as successful as it is.”

Penrith Show will take place on Saturday 27th July at Brougham show field. Enquiries and booking can now be directed to the show Secretary on For more information about the show visit

Reflecting Health event for Penrith Chamber of Trade

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

I run the Penrith Chamber of Trade events and every other month we have a B2B event, where members can show us round their business, give a presentation or tell us about what they do and industry developments. On Tuesday 7th May Jane Lumley of Reflecting Health gave a talk on keeping fit for business.

I have to say I was fascinated. Jane is engaging, informative and knowledgeable. It really made me think about alternative ways of staying healthy. She talked about all the various ways to keep healthy, but how after years of studies a lot of ailments can be down to the lack of water. I don’t drink tea or coffee and only drink water (apart from the odd glass of two of wine) so hopefully I keep myself hydrated and put this down to my good skin and healthy nails and hair.

However, Jane then went on to talk about muscle testing and this is where it got really interesting. I’d never heard of this before and it was fascinating to watch…you could see her adding up in her head and diagnosing people – whether they were dehydrated, lacking in vitamins etc. So, when she asked if anyone wanted muscle testing my hand shot up.

She asked if there were any areas I would be interested in. At the moment I am unable to exercise and waiting for an operation, so I wanted to know if there were any other ways I could compensate this. She told me that for me it was one simple word ‘movement’. She told me to sit on one of those exercise balls while I work or watch TV. You constantly move while sitting on them, but only a fraction, which can help posture. She also told me to put things up high in the kitchen, so I have to stretch to reach things.

Jane also said to everyone she would recommend we all take fish oil and vitamin D…so armed with all this new knowledge I am going to test Jane’s theories for 2 weeks and see if I feel any different. A exercise ball has been purchased, vitamins are on the list and everything in my kitchen has been moved up (my boyfriend thinks I’m nuts) Watch this space and I will report back…