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7 WAYS TO BREAK-UP WITH YOUR TOXIC JOB

7 WAYS TO BREAK-UP WITH YOUR TOXIC JOB

Posted September 23, 2013

I’m so thrilled to share with you this follow-up guest post from Kacey Crawford. Not so long ago Kacey wrote a post here called “Is your job making you sick?” And yep, it was HUGELY popular, to say the least. Kacey is now here to offer up some advice to those that were screaming YES upon reading that very first post.And she knows what she’s talking about – as an inspired Career + Life Coach, Kacey is all over it! In Kacey’s words: If you’re ready to ditch the job that’s dictating your social conversations and robbing you of health and happiness, then this is your much-needed what next. 1. Clarify your reasons for moving on. This step serves several important purposes. First, identifying what’s made you unhappy means you can look out for (and avoid) it in future job choices. For instance, if it’s unreasonable working hours, excessive workload or unrealistic deadlines that are stressing you out, you’ll want to target organisations that offer flexible work and employee wellbeing perks – and steer clear of high-pressure or commission-based jobs. This exercise will also help alleviate any guilt or disloyalty that may surface when it comes time to bid farewell. While the job itself may suck, you could be leaving behind a great group of colleagues, clients or a boss who is powerless to improve things for you. Seeing your reasons written down will reaffirm why you’re making this choice and help you stand your ground. And finally, this step will ensure you have a polished, diplomatic response to the inevitable interview question about why you’re moving on. 2. Get the practical stuff sorted. First cab off the rank is to brush up your resume, then put your referees on notice that you’ll be job-seeking soon. Check they’re still happy to vouch for you and help them understand what you’ve been doing so they can talk about you with confidence. I’ve written a handy guide on resume writing, interview skills and cover letters that you can get right here, and it includes handy tips on how to get the most from your referees. Sign up for email alerts on the major job-seeking search engines. Update your LinkedIn profile to reflect your most recent experience, not forgetting any qualifications, training or achievements that should be included. And if you’re on a performance-based bonus or incentive scheme at work, check when your payment is due and know what the eligibility rules are. You don’t want to rule yourself out of the running with an ill-timed resignation. Now is also the time to reconnect with your mentors and contacts and start networking. 3. Start to dial it down so you can recharge. While it’s important not to check out of your job entirely before you leave (I’m a big believer in not burning bridges), you also need to preserve your energy for your job search – and the learning curve involved with starting a new role. In a perfect world you’d have at least two weeks between leaving your role and starting the next one, but we all know that often doesn’t happen. Stay professional, maintain your integrity and aim to wrap up any substantial pieces of existing work, but now isn’t the time to be taking on anything new. 4. Put a transition plan in place. If you have clients, manage people or work in a specialist/technical role, it’s important that you start thinking about how you’ll hand over your responsibilities once you leave. Depending on the severity of your situation it can be hard to think this way, but it’s a simple and often overlooked way of upholding your professional image – not to mention just plain old good karma. Use this time to tie up loose ends, bed down any processes or important information that’s living inside your head, and do an email and hard drive clean out (which may provide helpful fodder for your resume too). 5. Decide how you’ll leave. For most people, financial responsibilities will require you to give the proper period of notice and wait it out to maintain salary continuity between roles. If you can afford to take leave without pay – and only you can be the judge of that – or exhaust the rest of your annual leave as part of your notice period (which some organisations allow), then go for it. You may even want to take a career break if your organisation offers them – but consider what impact this will have on your benefits and entitlements, including access to paid parental leave. Now is also a good time to decide if you’ll raise any issues or grievances in your exit interview. It’s a personal choice as to whether you do this, but remember to keep your comments professional and gracious. Think about whether your feedback is likely to have an impact and what the future repercussions could be for you personally (especially if you work in a small industry). Think self-preservation as opposed to short-term gratification. 6. Get some clear direction. When you’re seriously unhappy at work, your desperation to escape can easily lead you to bounce unintentionally from one dissatisfying role to another. Use this opportunity to get clear on exactly what you want to do next (given that you’ve now discovered what you don’t want). If you’ve been thinking about a career change or starting up a business, then now could be the perfect time. Most people contemplating career change will start by thinking “what could I do”, which leads them down a narrow path that includes only their skills and experience. Try a different approach: imagine the lifestyle you want and then identify careers that will allow you to have it. What specific types of roles and organisations match your vision? How can you make sure you target them in your job search? What types of questions might you need to ask in job interviews to ensure your next job really stacks up? Remember your next role […] Read more

8 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR ‘OTHER BRAIN’

8 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR ‘OTHER BRAIN’

Posted August 26, 2013

This is the first of the amazing guest posts that will be appearing on the blog while I’m away at the ONE Infinite Training Retreat. Please welcome Lee Holmes.  Lee recently won the BupaBlogAwards and rightly so. The work she does over at Supercharged Food is incredible. __________________________________________________________________________ I’m so excited at being asked by Claire to be a guest blogger for The Wellness Project. I love Claire’s blog  and find It full of rich content and inspiration. I’ve known Claire for a few years now and we both share a passion for wellness with deeply aligned philosophies when it comes to holistic health.  My book and blog, Supercharged Food helps people to make nutritious food and lifestyle choices; if you take a visit you’ll find healthy recipes, a shopping list, meal planner, cooking tips and wellness information. I hope you come and take a look and try out some of the recipes, here’s the address www.superchargedfood.com What I’d like to chat about this week is something that was at the very heart of my own healing from an auto-immune condition and a key aspect of my overall wellbeing.The importance of a healthy digestive system or “The other brain” as it is often referred to is the central point for effective functioning of other body systems. Did you know that serotonin is manufactured in the gut? And our enteric nervous system in our bellies goes far beyond just processing the food we eat. I would love to share with you my eight simple ways to improve your digestion and absorption. Not only is it important to eat healthy foods full of vitamins and minerals, but it’s also important to ensure your digestive system is able to take advantage of these foods through proper absorption. If you suffer from any kind of digestion stress – diarrhea, constipation, IBS, acid reflux or other disorders – you might want to try these tips to get yourself on the way to maintaining a healthy digestion. 1. Take probiotics Probiotics are a live microorganism that improve the balance of flora in the digestive system. For a healthy digestion these friendly bacteria are essential. They help prevent the overgrowth of bad bacteria and are often depleted if you’ve been taking antibiotics or if you’ve had gastro. Probiotics can be found in some yogurts (check there is no added sugar), or taken as supplements. 2. Use more coconut products Coconut oil contains lauric acid – a proven antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal agent that is easily digested and absorbed. The antifungal aspect helps kill candida in the gut, which is a common problem for people with digestive stress. Plus, coconut helps absorb beneficial nutrients from our food. 3. Soak your nuts and grains When you soak your nuts and grains you are reducing toxic substances and inhibitors that occur naturally within the grain. For example, phytic acid (found in most nuts, seeds and grains), will combine with minerals such as calcium, zinc and magnesium and prevent them from being absorbed during digestion. Soaking neutralises this natural inhibitor. 4. Do an elimination diet If you find you experience adverse affects after eating a particular food, it might be worthwhile trying an elimination diet. Remove the suspected food or food group from your diet for anywhere between two weeks and two months and see if symptoms resolve. 5. Try bone broth Your digestive lining is supposed to be permeable to absorb nutrients. But for some people it can become too porous and let too much “leak” through without absorbing it properly. When this happens, your body can react, attacking the foods you eat. This can create IBS and other gut problems, even some autoimmune disorders. Bone broth contains gelatin which helps reinforce the lining of the gut and soothe digestive distress. 6. Drink less with meals Drinking a lot of fluid (even water) while you eat can dilute the level of hydrochloric acid (HCL) in your stomach. This acid is needed to help kill bacteria and digest your foods. It’s best to minimise the fluid you drink while eat and for at least an hour after you finish your meal. 7. Drink warm water and lemon Along with a delicious breakfast, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of starting the day with a cup of warm water with lemon. This alkaline drink will help jump start your metabolism and get your digestion moving. 8. Chew your food If you’re a mum or dad, you probably tell your kids this all the time: chew your food! Chewing is the first step in food digestion. Try not to rush through your meal, but allow yourself plenty of time to chew, chew, chew before you swallow. Hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for having me! Happy Cooking Lee xo Find Lee here: share: www.superchargedfood.com like: www.facebook.com/superchargedfood tweet: www.twitter.com/LeeSupercharged blog: supercharged1.wordpress.com link: www.linkedin.com/in/leesupercharged watch: www.youtube.com/leeholmes67 Read more

5 REASONS YOU SHOULD BOUNCE FOR HEALTH

5 REASONS YOU SHOULD BOUNCE FOR HEALTH

Posted May 02, 2013

I’m always, ALWAYS, up for trying new things that are going to bring more wellness into my life. I go through phases where I’m content to stick with whatever I’ve got going on, but right now I’m in a trial phase – you might have noticed this from my post on EFT Tapping and I’ll be blogging soon on my new MoveBetterRoller. Check out the EFT VLOG HERE if you missed it, it’s one I know you’ll love. I’m in a phase where NEW stuff is calling out to me… look at me, look at me! Let me explain. It’s not that I’m looking for anything new and different, it just COMES to me. The other week I was with a client who had just done Anthony Robbin’s 4-day workshop. She particularly liked the day on health and wellness where Anthony flagged REBOUNDING as a must-do health practice. Honestly, rebounding was one of those things I’d loosely heard about over the years but had filed it away in my “not-right-now” brain. This happens to me alot. I actually see it as divine guidance. Something in me chooses to pay attention or to disregard and then one day, BAM! I’m hit with an influx of information around whatever it was I filed and I’m certain, in that moment, I have to respond. This is how I came to study Yoga, Health Coaching and bSchool… They just present themselves. It’s nice. Comforting almost. Well, that very day after meeting with my client – I read about or someone mentioned rebounding THREE separate times. Holy Batman, you can be sure I paid attention then! Years ago Sarah Wilson mentioned in one of her posts that when she hears/sees/learns of something three times she sits up and pays attention. I do the same thing. I used to ignore it, but now, I sit up straight and tall… intrigued, willing, able. Not one to mess about, instantly I bought a rebounder online and it arrived the other day! Let me just say this WOOOOOHOOOO! Ridiculously fun stuff. My inner child has unleashed. A mini-trampoline to bounce on. Umm… why wasn’t I doing this years ago?I started doing some research and found out all the cool-kids are doing it. Seriously, it looks a little like an 80s flashback – bouncing on a trampoline in tights – but it’s fun, fun, fun! Now, beside the fact this is just pure fun (which releases endorphins – our feel good hormones) this actually has a loooooong list of health benefits. Otherwise I wouldn’t be writing about it! Hey, you know me, I’m all about efficiency, so I’m just going to give you the top 5. 5 Reasons to get your BOUNCE on 1) Stimulates the Lymphatic System – increases the amount of waste and toxins the body can flush out which means greater ability for the immune system to fight and prevent major and minor illness and disease (and cellulite!) Interesting fact: 2/3 of your white blood cells (the ones that eat bacteria, viruses, cancer cells and other baddies) are found in your lymphatic fluid! 2) Rebounding circulates more oxygen to the tissues and cells – more oxygen means more life and health to your body and less disease Interesting fact: Rebounding alternates between weightlessness and double gravity which basically creates a pump-like action that DETOXES and pulls waste out of cells whilst injecting oxygen and nutrition into the blood. 3) Low-impact cardio exercise to lose weight and increase muscle tone – a stronger effect than running or jogging. Interesting fact: Many cardio forms of exercise such as running/jogging cause alot of stress of the feet, ankles, knees, hips, back. Which is why I don’t do them – too much impact for me. But rebounding decreases this stress by 95% whilst providing a more thorough cardio work-out. 4) Fights fatigue and manages stress – strengthens the glandular system to increase the thyroid, pituitary and adrenal glans Interesting fact: Rebounding increases endorphin output, which in turn encourages your rest + restore or parasympathetic nervous system to kick in and stabilise 5) Improves digestion and elimination by increasing metabolism Interesting fact: This type of movement can relieve constipation and promote regular and more efficient bowel movements. BONUS reasons (in case they weren’t enough!) Increases the performance of the heart and circulatory system – which means slowing down the ageing process! Energetically helps to shift stuck energy, energise the mind and encourage relaxation Strengthens and protects the joints whilst strengthening the musculo-skeletal system (If you’ve had an injury and can’t run/jog anymore, this is perfect for you!) Improves resting metabolic rate – this basically means that you keep burning after you’ve finished exercising! Encourages better sleep – almost all exercise will help you rest better Helps relieve menstrual pain You can do it anywhere, anytime – not weather dependent! How to bounce: Mostly, I just jump… I’m enjoying it as a way to shake off my day, or break up a long working day! Music. Bouncing = clear head and a rush of those feel-good endorphins! Here are a few (more serious) suggestions. Light Jogging on the spot Knee lifts – bring your knees up to your chest and alternate to the opposite elbow High Jumps – heels to bum! Side and Front Kicks Arm lifts – synchronized with your jumping/kicking movements (if you want to get fancy, some people use weights here) Now, I want to hear from YOU. Have you ever heard of rebounding? Have you tried it? What do you think! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Get sharing below in the comments. Thanks for reading. Love + light (and lots of bounce) to you. Cx Read more

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH JORDAN DAVID THACKRAY

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH JORDAN DAVID THACKRAY

Posted March 04, 2013

Hey peeps. Welcome to another instalment of The Inspiration Corner. So, I’ve tweaked the format slightly to include a Q&A style. That doesn’t mean you won’t finish this post feeling inspired and motivated. Oh no… especially not with this awesome yogi. Let me introduce Jordan David Thackray. We first crossed paths teaching together at Yoga Village and now his yoga business FLY – Finding Lotus Yoga – is hugely popular and one to check out. I have total asana envy – this boy can do things with his body I will only every dream of. Follow him on instagram – it’s worth it. Or stay connected on Twitter of Facebook. Jordan is 30, is a fellow “slashie” – creator / artist / yoga instructor and is here to talk all things inspiration, health and happiness. **************** Hello I’m Jordan, I get out of bed every day and do the best I can, that’s all my mum ever wanted from me. I teach yoga and I’m kind. I have big dreams and I work hard at achieving them. What INSPIRES you? I find people being honest, good and creative most inspiring. I love to see people finding a truthful voice, even better when it’s against the odds. I love an underdog because aren’t we all battling on some level. Inspiration really shows when we are doing what we love because we do it well. So seeing people actively pursuing truthful creativity that inspires me. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? I source inspiration through my actions, my work, my dedication to the practice of yoga and the people I get to meet daily. I do look to the universe and it always comes up with the goods. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? I use inspiration to make a ‘work of art’ out of my life, this to me is my life’s purpose and its an endless task and has so far been a very windy road. With this purpose, through my action, I hope to give back by inspiring others to seek their own truthful creation. When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? Feeling good is very important to me, being able to sit in stillness is key to my wellness. Observing my health through yoga and non-attachment has allowed me to become stronger in mind and body, and overcome ailments that have inhibited creativity and confidence with me in the past. So in referring back to myself USING inspiration, to inspire others, this is important to me because I want share what I have learnt and am learning with others, so that others may not suffer. We live in a very superficial time where money, ego and illusion play a very big role in confusing people, when it come to health and wellness I want people to know what I think I know. What’s your routine? My routine is simple, and is anchored by my dedication to the practice of yoga. But it is not rigid; like in yoga I need strength through dedication and flexibility through being honest. So that when circumstances change and they always do! I can adapt but not feel out of routine. How do you find balance + happiness? I find balance and happiness with my self. I simply I hope it reflects into hearts of the people I meet. That sounds naff, but happiness to me is simply being in a place where we are open to see our true self, so that we can express it honestly and be a blessing to those we encounter and surround ourselves with. How do you practice self-love? I allow myself to be perfectly flawed and imperfect. (Awesome! – Claire) What’s your favourite healthy recipe? I made a mango salad the other day it was the bomb!! I’m not much of a baker but I love making salads it was: Mango, cherry tomato, cucumber, rocket, cashews sprinkled with a few chai seeds! For dressing I just massaged the rocket with a tiny bit of olive oil before putting it all together. What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle (food, diet, exercise etc) For me it’s all negotiable. I cannot be attached to anything, and things change so I guess what’s not negotiable is that I don’t punish my self and only practice self love. (However that’s the ideal but I’m human so I do beat myself up from time to time) How do you deal with those moments/days when you are lacking in motivation? Try to meditate, look outward to the universe, for lessons and things to inspire me. It’s a constant, ‘fill the well’, ‘empty the well’ situation. Motivation comes and goes with me, like the weather. I find being helpful to others is a great motivator.   What’s one thing you wish you could pass onto friends and family about health and wellness? That they are perfect and they already have the answers they seek. They just have to enquire within and then put the answers into truthful, joyful action.  **************** A big thank you to Jordan. I never realised how much I would learn from The Inspiration Corner, but I’m hugely grateful for the ‘sharing’ that these segments provide. I hope you enjoyed Jordan’s post as much as I did! Saha to you, Cx Read more

THE ‘I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT REAL’ RAW CHOC MOUSSE

THE ‘I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT REAL’ RAW CHOC MOUSSE

Posted December 24, 2012

Yep, the title of this post says it all. Raw, creamy, moorish, delicious, indulgent chocolate mousse that is so far from the real (naughty, sugar-laden, unhealthy) version they may as well be from different planets. It’s good. And not in that ‘if you frown and purse your lips it almost tastes good’ kind of way that some raw foods claim their fame. This is good enough to fool my partner, who is my measuring stick… If he loves it then I know you amazing foodies will swoon over it. You’d think I have a really insane sweet tooth but I mostly enjoy the experience of enjoying a treat that is so good for me. I feel like I have a little secret, I almost feel smug. So here it is. You want chocolate, you want mousse, you want delicious, mostly you want healthy? I bring you this: RAW CACAO & AVOCADO MOUSSE Ingredients: 1.5-2 Ripe Hass Avocaodos 3 heaped tbls of cacao 2-3 heaped tbls of coconut cream (take from the top of a can of coconut cream after its been in the fridge) 1 tbls vanilla powder/vanilla bean/pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon stevia or 1-2 tbls of raw honey Blend until you have a glossy, thick, firm mousse. Refrigerate immediately. When ready serve with fresh fruit, crushed nuts or enjoy on its own. This is such a lovely treat to enjoy for Christmas with a bowl of cherries to dip in with. Not to mention how super impressed your family and friends will be. I promise, with the right ratio of ingredients the avocado is undetectable. So play around with the balance if you need to but up the vanilla, cacao and coconut before the honey. The less sugar the better. Enjoy. Saha to you, CX Read more

MAKE THIS: COCO-NUTTY BROWNIE

MAKE THIS: COCO-NUTTY BROWNIE

Posted November 28, 2012

So, I was getting a little sick of bliss balls… but I wanted something for those sweet-tooth moments or a little something easy I could snack on for a little extra energy. I played around with the bliss ball recipe and a few others I saw online and the end results was this: A dense, super-chocolatey, coconut infused nut brownie. Delicious! No added sugar. Gluten, dairy + yeast free. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 tbls tahini 3 dates (pre-soaked to rehydrate) 2 tbls of the date juice (from soaking) 1 cup of mixed activated nuts 1/2 cup of coconut flakes 3 tbls cold-pressed organic coconut oil (melted) 3 heaped tbls of cacao Cinnamon to taste What to do: Blend the nuts, dates, date juice and oil first until a nice. One by one add in the cacao, then the coconut flakes (use only 1/4), tahini and cinnamon. You should have a thick consistency that can easily be formed into a firm shape. Add in anything else you want – get fancy if you like (I sometimes add in goji berries, maca or spirulina). Take the rest of the coconut flakes and whizz in the blender until really fine (you might need to clean the blender first) and then sprinkle onto baking paper lining a low tupperware container or dish. Press the mixture into the container/ dish lined and sprinkle on some more coconut flakes and cinnamon. Voila! Enjoy with coconut cream + berries as a dessert. Have as a breakfast on-to-go brownie or afternoon snack with some chai tea. YUM. Saha to you and enjoy! Cx Read more

EAT THIS: CHIA COCONUT + MANGO PUDDING

EAT THIS: CHIA COCONUT + MANGO PUDDING

Posted November 19, 2012

It’s summer, oh yeah! Hands up who wants something chilled, nourishing and stupidly easy to make? I know I do. How about a chilled chia pudding? Rather than rehash old information here’s a previous blog post I did on why Chia seeds are so good for you. Oh and it includes a bliss ball recipe too – bonus! Now, it took me a while to progress from basic chia user (adding to my smoothies) to a full-blown chia fan – mostly I was just lazy to try yet another thing. But I am SO glad that I eventually took the leap because as I sit here munching on this pudding all I can think is “chia, I love you”. So, enough from me and onto the recipe! What you’ll need: 2 tbls chia seeds 3 dates 1/2 cup coconut milk 1/4 cup activated nuts of your choice (I like walnuts, almonds, cashews – whatever I have) 1/2 of a mango cheek Cinnamon 2 tbls of finely ground coconut flakes or even the flesh 1 teaspoon coconut oil Water or coconut water – amount depends on consistency What to do: In a food processor/blender whiz up the dates, nuts, coconut oil, mango and cinnamon. Little by little add in the coconut milk and perhaps if it’s too think add in some water. Pour this runny liquid into a container and then mix in your chia seeds. You want the mixture to start to thicken up. Pop this into the fridge so the chia seeds can soak it all up. Overnight is best, or give it at least 30 minutes. When you are ready to eat then it sit out of the fridge for around 10 minutes to soften slightly. Serve with slices of mango and more cinnamon. If you liked that try some of these other recipes I posted a while back. Enjoy and saha to you! Claire x Read more

eCourse: RENEW YOURSELF WELLNESS PROJECT

eCourse: RENEW YOURSELF WELLNESS PROJECT

Posted November 12, 2012

The RENEW YOURSELF WELLNESS PROJECT A go-at-your-own-pace e-Course where you various wellness topics all designed to leave you feeling Renewed. The 8-week e-Course designed to help you cultivate balance, true happiness and perfect health. ************ You’ve heard it. That call to make a change. That niggling feeling that there is more to life than just getting by, feeling ‘OK’. You know, in your heart of hearts that you deserve to feel alive – really, truly alive. Buzzing with energy, creativity, health… happiness. Do you want to feel 100% healthy,  switched on and switched into life?  Do you want to nourish your body with everything it needs? Is it important to you, now, in this moment, to be the best that you can be? Well then, look no further. The Renew Yourself e-Course is here to support you in getting a good grip on the life you want. A life you love. ************ I’ve really enjoyed the course. Claire’s material has been so user friendly and interesting (loved the Ayurveda info) and even though I eat well generally it has really widened my knowledge of new foods and lifestyle choices. Compared to how I was feeling before the course in December (sluggish, stressed and distracted) I am feeling lots better and your course has been a great guide for me. I think I will be dipping in and out of the material for a long time to come. Jayne Van Cauwelaert ************  Let me tell you what the e-course has to offer. It is an 8-week program – learn how to safely, effectively and profoundly improve your time on this earth Each week you will be sent information via email relating to a different health and wellness topics – structured information to guide you through your very own wellness project, including focus work Go at your own pace – do the work week-by-week or whenever you are ready Do the work in the comfort of your home (or in the park, at work, anywhere!) Dip into a heap of relevant health, lifestyle and wellness content to read up on, consider and apply – information sheets, homework tasks, yoga sequences, meditation recordings, recipes and more. Experiment with different wellness ideas, apply them into your life and watch the positive changes unfold You will have my support and guidance along the way but ultimately responsibility is on you to take the information at hand and make a difference in your life – you get back what you put in! Start ANY time. That’s the beauty of an e-course! What are you waiting for? Click here to find out how you can kick-start your own personal wellness project. Read more

EXPERIMENT IN SURRENDER PT 4 – KA HUNA MASSAGE

EXPERIMENT IN SURRENDER PT 4 – KA HUNA MASSAGE

Posted November 12, 2012

Recently, despite making huge progress in my healing I felt my injuries (although very different to how they were before) play up a little.  As I was scanning through my body, trying to feel what it needed, Ka Huna massage popped into my mind. I immediately got in touch with the Sydney Ka Huna centre and booked in a session. My first experience of Ka Huna massage was a few years back at a yoga retreat and then again during my days in PR where I was researching ‘calming’ experiences for an event! Both experiences were incredibly different but powerful. One time I spent the majority of the massage sobbing. Yep, not just weeping or crying softly, but sobbing like a child from some deep place within. I spoke to Nemara, the founder of Ka Huna massage and a women very passionate about this modality. She was able to give me further insights into Ka Huna. So, what exactly is Ka Huna? First off, we all know the phrase, ‘The Big Ka-Huna’. Ka Huna in the Hawaiian culture references someone that is a master in whichever field – counselling, coaching, teaching, engineering, sales etc. It is someone that is able to impart MORE than just the necessary information and experience. Now, apply this to what Ka Huna means – Ka – The Light and Huna – Secrets. This basically means shedding light or wisdom. Or as the Sydney Ka Huna centre puts it: “the knowledge and wisdom that is beyond what we can see in our everyday lives”. Ka Huna is a massage technique that is truly holistic. With long-flowing movements that replicate the ocean, deep breathing techniques and hula dance movements, you won’t just be kneading and pummeled. You will be loved and you will feel true presence in mind, body and breath. What is it about? Well, the Ka Huna was designed to impart deeply loving and healing touch. It is as much about personal development and healing as it is about the physical massage. Different to other massage techniques, Ka Huna is a holistic healing modality working with the whole person and all their layers. Ka Huna taps into something called Aloha Energy or Love Energy. Which is the unconditional, infinite love that we all have within us – where we come from and what are all part of. The therapist is trained to come from a place of non-judgement, moving from their heart and embracing the beauty of each person. This allows them to connect on a ‘truth’ level and not just a physical plane. You’ll notice that the therapist seems energised at the end of the massage, not depleted or drained – that’s because they are tapping into that energy as you are too. To move even deeper into it, Ka Huna is threaded through universal principles that transcend time and culture. These are not ‘Hawaiian’ philosophies, they are just in Hawaiian words: KE (ee-kay) The world is what you think it is Be Aware KALA (kah-lah) There are no limits Be Free MAKIA (mah-kee-ah) Energy flows where attention goes Be Focused MANAWA (mah-nah-wah) Now is the moment of power Be Here ALOHA (ah-lo-hah) To love is to be happy (the joyful sharing of Love energy in the present) Be Happy MANA (mah-nah) All power comes from within Be Confident PONO (poh-noh) Effectiveness is the measure of truth Be Positive Follow this link to delve further into understanding these 7 principles of Ka Huna. What is involved in the massage? I was going to leave this part out, and hopefully just encourage you to try it for yourself. The less expectations you have the better.  But for the purpose of education I’m going to give you some detail. Be open-minded and let go of your pre-conceived ideas about massage before you read on! Depending on the practitioner you might start with a quick chat about how you are feeling physically/mentally and emotionally. You may pull a tarot card even or just have a few moments of silence on your own. Next, you will lie on your belly on an unclothed massage table, totally nude but covered by a sarong. Your therapist will quietly enter the room and may begin a deep breathing technique that sounds like the wind, ocean or a deep sigh. There might even be chanting. Next, whilst still covered the therapist will slowly warm your body up – stretch out your arms and legs so you are pretty much spread-eagled on the bed. The sarong will be folded up to cover your private parts below, but that’s it, you are essentially naked – this is such a lovely feeling; liberated, raw, vulnerable but safe and comfortable. The massage will involve long sweeping strokes that might move from your feet, up your legs, under your belly and over your shoulders. I describe this as a big, warm, oily hug. Your body will literally be lathered in oil as the therapist uses their elbows, arms, forearms, and hands to manipulate, soothe and caress you. It’s surprisingly strong but never painful. Eventually you’ll turn over and the process will continue on your front side. Often the therapists hands will come up underneath your spine to create a deep yet gentle back-bend which feels amazing or give you a thorough head massage. All the while still breathing deeply. Your torso might be stretched to hang over the sides of the massage bed whilst the therapist supports your body – massaging your belly, head, neck, face. You might sense (unless you open your eyes) that the therapist is performing dance movements around you – these are hula movements. To finish, you’ll be wrapped up with warmed blankets, heat packs and left to slowly come back to reality. I cannot actually describe this properly. However the key elements are to TRUST, LET GO, BREATH deeply and in harmony with your therapist and OPEN yourself up. It’s an incredibly intimate and very, very loving experience if you allow it to […] Read more


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