Mother’s Day: 6 Health & Wellness Gifts for Mum

Treat the special woman in your life to a Gift of Health & Wellness this Mother’s Day!
Here are six healthy ideas for Mum’s special day. 


Massage can relief stress and anxiety, stabilize moods, promote immune support, increase feel-good endorphins, and generally allow you to feel supported and connected.  We specialize in Hawaiian, Remedial, and Pregnancy Massage, and tailor the treatment to individual needs.  Remember, the gift of massage is even sweeter than a box of chocolates!  Gift Vouchers are available online here


Aromatherapy Bath Salts

It’s cooling down so Bath Salts are a wonderful gift.  Our Aromatherapy Bath Salts are homemade by us, blending DoTERRA Essential Oils, Himalayan Salts and Epsom Salts.  We have six different aromatic themes – Bliss, Joy, Aloha (Love), Restore, Sport, and Sleep.  You can purchase 330g for $10, or 850g for $20.  


Aromatherapy Diffuser

This mood-enhancing, stylish Aromatherapy Diffuser / Vaporiser efficiently diffuses 4-5 drops of essential oils through water, continuously, for almost 8 hours.  This diffuser is an air purifier, ioniser and humidifier.  It automatically switches off when water is depleted.  There is no heating element, so no messy residue.  Diffusers are $100.


DoTERRA Essential Oils

Citrus Bliss is just one of the many DoTERRA blends we have available.  This particular blend merges Wild Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Bergamot, Tangerine and Clementine essential oils with a hint of vanilla.  It cleanses and purifies the air, helps reduce stress and anxiety, and positively affects the mood with energizing and refreshing properties.  15ml Citrus Bliss is $25.

Heat Packs

These microwaveable Heat Packs are filled with lavender, rosemary and wheat.  Heat Packs can help relieve muscle and joint pain, are great for sporting injuries and soothing after a gym workout.  The aroma of lavender will relax and comfort.  2 sizes, $18 – $22.


Kansa Wands

The Kansa wand is a traditional Ayurvedic massage tool.  The Kansa wand has a bronze dome and a wooden handle, and are generally used on the face, body and feet.  When used as a massage tool, it has a relaxing, balancing effect on the body, and is particularly effective for naturally rejuvenating the skin, creating a youthful radiance, a natural face “lift”.  Other benefits: relaxes tired feet, improves blood and lymphatic circulation, enhances lower limb mobility, restores energy, and promotes sound sleep. Prices start at $60.

Call 0414 774 069 to give the gift of health and wellness this Mother’s Day.  The special woman in your life will thank you for it.

New! Online Booking for your convenience

Book Online – It’s Easy!

Aloha, my friends! I’m really enjoying my new Online Booking software, which allows you to confirm your massage appointment electronically.

Online Booking streamlines the massage booking process. There’s no need to play phone and email tag if I am unable to answer immediately. You can check my availability online and confirm a mutually convenient time, 24/7.

Click on the image, or here’s the link – Essential Bodywork Online Booking

As soon as you make a booking, it will be confirmed to you and to myself. You’ll also be sent an automatic SMS or email reminder (your choice) the business day before your booking. If you use iCal, your appointment will automatically be synced into your calendar. How good is that?  One of my clients last week said “Kimberlee I was keeping an eye on your available appointments all week, and when I saw that Saturday appointment pop up, I grabbed it! I was so excited!”

I do enjoy technology!  And serving my clients in the best possible manner.

Have a beautiful day,

Training Schedule 2013

Bianca and Junko, January 2012, Peregian Beach

 Aloha beautiful ones!

I have scheduled two Lomi Lomi Foundation training retreats for Peregian Beach, Queensland, Australia, this year.  The first retreat is in a months time, from 17th – 22nd March.  There is still a place available on this retreat, so please let me know ASAP if you want to participate!

The second training in Peregian Beach will be held from 1st – 6th December, 2013.  I love sharing the Australian beach summer experience and combining it with Hawaiian Lomi Lomi.

Awakening Wellness Centre, Victoria, BC, Canada

In July, 2013, I have scheduled a Lomi Lomi training on Vancouver Island, in Victoria.  The dates are from 20th-24th July, at the Awakening Wellness Centre, on Fisgard Street.  

All details are here: July 2013 Lomi Lomi Foundation Training – Victoria B.C. Canada

I love teaching in Canada and connecting with the extensive healing community in Victoria, B.C, where my father lives.

And, although it is a little early, I would also like to invite interest for February, 2014, in Hawaii.  🙂  Mid-winter in the northern hemisphere, wouldn’t you just love to escape to Hawaii, dive deep into the culture, and come home with continuing education skills to add to your massage repertoire? I’ll see you there.


What a Ride!


I’ve had an awesome journey teaching / traveling in Italy and Canada in the last six weeks.  I met wonderful people, had extraordinary experiences, and loved just about every minute of it.  A yoga retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii was how I grounded myself down after 5 weeks of travel.  It worked.  I’ll be blogging about my experiences over the next little while.

This is how I see our world – alive, unbounded, elemental, interconnected, and interdependent.

Thank you to all of my new and future ‘ohana (Hawaiian for extended family) for sharing my journey with me. 

A hui hou! (until next time)


P.S. Spa & Wellness Magazine have combined and published two of my blogs in their July edition – you can subscribe to this free online mazine here and read my writings here



Aloha, Teaching, & A Winter’s Tale

Aloha beautiful ones,

It has been a while since I’ve written a blog, so thanks go out to all my new subscribers and new clients.

It’s been a time of change and new perspectives, that’s for sure.  In March I did some Hawaiian Wisdom Training with Ho’okahi, wife of the late Kahu Abraham.  It was certainly an eye-opener. Ho’okahi has a clever way of re-framing words, dreams and experiences into different perspectives and more useful understandings, and using metaphor throughout her daily interaction.  That said, she does not mince words and speaks her mind and her observations without apology. I found the training extremely challenging, and I fell down in a heap after I came back.  Which is kind of what I expected. Perhaps what I needed.

I’ve come home and re-designed my house and my relationship.  And, this last month has been a complete detox from sugar, wheat, gluten, dairy and alcohol.  I’m not one for diets, but this one has been necessary.  I’ve joined in on Selfish for 27 Days, an online event focused on self care, self enquiry and self expression.  I’m focusing on my yoga, my body, my mind and especially my perspective.  It’s been a dive into a deeper articulation of what is important to me.  More to be said on that in another blog.  I’m feeling fantastic, and just as well, I have a big trip ahead of me in July and August.

In 5 weeks time I’ll be in Italy, teaching Lomi Lomi in Verona, and then to Canada, where I will be teaching in Victoria B.C. and Toronto, Ontario.  What an absolute pleasure!  I’ve found fantastic yoga teachers to complement each training. There is an opportunity available for one more student in Verona, and in Toronto.  On the way home to Oz, I will be checking out the big island of Hawaii to host one of my Lomi retreats in 2013.  And then relaxing doing a yoga retreat there for myself :).  Sounds like a lot of “retreating” but it’s really more about coming home to self.  I’ll be back in Australia on the16th August.

Well, that’s my blog for today.  Here’s a fantastic recipe to warm you up as our weather cools in the southern hemisphere.  Absolutely delicious.

Margaret Fulton’s Pea & Ham Soup


Pea & Ham Soup

Winter Warmer - Pea & Ham Soup

2 onions, sliced
300g green split peas
2.5 litres (10 cups) water (for 800g of ham)
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 
1 sprig of fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1 smoked ham hock, around 800g
2 carrots, diced
1 cup sliced celery
2 tbsp lemon juice
salt to taste
cracked black pepper to serve

My Easy Slow Cooker Method

1. Put split peas at the bottom of the Slow Cooker.

2. Add all other ingredients and cover with water.

3. Cook on low for 6-8 hrs or on high for 4-6 hours, or until meat falls off the bone easily.

4. Remove bone, discard fat & skin. Chop meat up finely, return to soup.

Margaret’s StoveTop Method

1. Put the onions, peas, water, pepper, thyme and bay leaf into a large saucepan.

2. Add the ham bone, bring slowly to the boil, reduce heat and simmer half-covered for an hour.

3. Add the carrots and celery and cook for another hour.

4. Remove thyme and bay leaf and discard.

5. Take out ham bone, cut all meat from bone removing excess fat and skin, shred and return all but half a cup of meat to the soup.  Add the salt (if required) and lemon juice just before serving.  Serve the soup topped with the remaining meat and garnish with cracked black pepper and a few thyme leaves.

Note: Add spicy smoked sausage to turn into a hearty main meal.  Serve with crusty bread, if you wish. This recipe freezes well in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Serves 4-6.

Weaving Huna, Yoga, Buddhism, Hinduism and Lomi

According to the Dalai Lama “There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.”

I read this recently on Mind Body Green and breathed a sigh of relief. I practice and teach Hawaiian Bodywork. I have been taught there is a philosophy that underlies this bodywork – a philosophy of self empowerment and personal accountability – based on The 7 Principles of Huna. These principles are, as articulated by Serge King:

1. The world is what you think it is
2. There are no limits, everything is possible
3. Energy flows where attention goes
4. Now is the moment of power
5. To love is to be happy with
6. All power comes from within
7. Effectiveness is the measure of truth

Now, these principles mean that the world we live in is one that we create. We create our own reality, experiences, and choose to manage our lives accordingly. This is a powerful framework for a system of philosophy. And not one that I disbelieve.

However, there are those that argue that Huna is not Hawaiian, and bears no resemblance to Hawaiian worldview or spiritual practice, but is instead part of the “New Age spiritual industry”.

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Summer Aloha and Banana Smoothies


Well, it’s mid February already, welcome to another fast moving year!

I had the pleasure of hosting a beautiful Lomi Lomi retreat, at the aptly named Retreat Beach Houses, in Peregian Beach in January with six gorgeous women from all around Australia. We explored Hawaiian bodywork and Huna philosophy by the beach, surrounded by coastal vegetation and some very persistent rain. Seems like water is a recurring theme for this year!

I would like to thank each of you for fully participating in this retreat – our best one yet. Thank you also to Natasha Patten of Tash Yoga, leading us in our stretches, heart and hip-opening asanas and beautifully guided meditations. Tash’s fluid yoga practice was the perfect accompaniment to our flowing bodywork.

There are soooo many similarities between yoga and Lomi Lomi, a topic I will explore in greater depth another time.

My next retreat in Peregian will be held in December, as I’ll be teaching internationally mid-year.

Here’s one of smoothies from our retreat I’m sure you’ll appreciate.

Lush Banana Smoothie  (my current favourite)


2 frozen bananas, ripe and unpeeled when frozen
1/2 litre soy, rice or almond milk
1-2 tbsp L.S.A. (ground linseed, sunflower, almond)
handful of almonds, soaked
6-8 dates, pitted
dash of honey
1 egg
sprinkle of cinnamon and freshly ground nutmeg
6 ice cubes

Blend, and serve. Fantastic in Thermomix. Enjoy!

2012 – An Exciting Year Ahead

In 2012, I am teaching far and wide. Beginning in one of my favourite places – Peregian Beach, Sunshine Coast of Queensland, in January.

In March, I am continuing my own personal Lomi Lomi training with Ho’okahi Ho’oulu, who has been wife and student of Kahu Abraham Kawai’i for 18 years. I am truly looking forward to this experience.

I will also be completing my own personal Yoga Teacher Training with My Health Yoga in 2012 – fantastic to help keep me grounded and centered amidst my travel and teaching.

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Aloha, and Namaste

Aloha and Namaste – two of my favourite words.

Aloha, I understand, literally, in Hawaiian, means the breath of God is in our presence. Every day, in every way, we are graced with the presence, and breath, of God. This thought makes me dream, and breathe, and wonder. It gives me pause, and faith. And I see the world through different eyes. Aloha means hello, goodbye, and I love you. A greeting, and declaration of love, and a farewell. Beautiful.

Namaste, is derived from Sanskrit, and literally, means “I bow to you”. Namaste is the recognition of one’s existence by another person. “I salute your presence or existence in society and the universe.” However, there are layers here also… The western yogic tradition adds another layer, – the spark, divinity, light – by saying and gesturing Namaste, we are saying “the divinity in me honours the divinity in you.”

I’ll be doing my yoga teacher training in 2012, so perhaps my understanding will evolve. 🙂

Either way, I love the recognition, appreciation, and respect these words evoke.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season,

Aloha, and Namaste


Essential Bodywork


What is Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage?

HAWAIIAN LOMI LOMI MASSAGELomi Lomi is also known as Aloha massage or Hawaiian Temple Style massage.  This sacred and unique style of bodywork incorporates the use of breath, music and long rhythmical flowing movements of the arms and hands on the body and in the aura, to connect the giver and receiver in a beautiful ‘dance’. The deep rhythmical massage works with the body’s natural flow and rhythm, combined with the positive healing energy generated, work to release tension and blockages in the body, stimulating the flow of energy to promote self healing.

The Master Healers of Hawaii knew that there were special ways to release and unblock the powers of the body so that physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing could take place more quickly and completely.

Flowing with total energy and combined with a very loving touch relaxes the entire being, initiating a ‘letting go’ of old beliefs, patterns and behaviours that no longer serve you and cause limitations. The Hawaiians follow the premise that an idea or belief can block energy flow as much as muscle tension can. So, they use body and energy work to help release the blockages, while at the same time giving the energy new direction and set new patterns. This results in mental clarity and physical release thereby allowing for powerful healing in yourself and your life, creating a new level of harmony and facilitating healing on many levels, levels we are often not aware of at the time. In this way, lomi lomi can effect great change over a period of time, on many different levels. It is not simply a massage, but an active process.

Lomi Lomi is a massage style that overwhelms the mind with sensations registered in different parts of the body at the same time and communicates an acceptance and nurturing of the inner self.  When a Lomilomi practitioner touches the body of a person, it is with total respect and love. Thus, another description for Lomi Lomi is “loving hands” massage.  According to the old kahunas (priests), being able to live the Spirit of Aloha was a way of sending and receiving positive energy, or living in harmony. In Hawaii, Aloha was and still is a way of living and treating each other with love and respect.  “Aloha” is the spirit of the Hawaiian people, the literal translation –

`Aloha’ means the Breath of God is in our Presence.”~ Harry Uhane Jim

You can see how the bodywork, the language and the Hawaiian spirit are beautifully connected.

Hawaiian Lomi Lomi is a graceful style of in-depth bodywork that is profoundly healing.

It is a pleasure to give, magical to receive and beautiful to watch.

For a Lomi Lomi demonstration on YouTube, click here