Happy Holidays from Essential Bodywork

Yes we are open over the holidays & yes we have Gift Vouchers, Bath Salts, and 2017 Calendars for you!

It’s that time of year again!  There have been some massive changes for all of us.

Highlights this year for Essential Bodywork:

– I’ve moved my business into a lovely commercial premises at 1/33 Thomas Street, Noosaville;

– HICAPS and immediate health fund rebates are now available, and;



– There are now 2 therapists available, as the wonderful S’raya Rahmat has joined me here for half the week

S’raya is skilled in Hawaiian Bodywork, Remedial Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Lymphatic Drainage and Bowen. You can Book Online to see S’raya here.


IMG_4112On a creative level, I’ve createdimg_2215
some divine Aromatherapy Bath
Salts for clients, beautifully packaged, and also using my photography, created some wonderful 2017 Desk & Wall Calendars, framing the Sunshine Coast, Naturally.


As therapists we are keenly aware of the energy of Christmas.  We work hard to keep ourselves grounded to give you the best possible support at this time.  Time in nature, on the beach, in the ocean, massage, vital foods, gardening – just a few of the tools we use.

We are wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

Kimberlee & S’raya

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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 is your word for 2013?

Frangipanis in my garden, summer 2013

Frangipanis in my garden, summer 2013

I was speaking to a client this week and she has a yearly practice which she, and many of her friends, have adopted.  Instead of sitting down at the beginning of a New Year to make a list of Resolutions, she chooses one word which she would like to have to describe her year ahead. 

This word could be “Truth”   “Engage”   “Strength”   “Perspective”   “Silence” – anything, really, that you choose.

This one word may describe something you may wish to address regularly.  It could be something you find challenging, or elusive.  In yoga, we call this a sankalpa (in sanskrit), We regularly choose one word at the beginning of each yoga practice, a word to return to in all circumstances. We may choose to keep this to ourselves.  Or not.  It is a precise declaration of good intention, that motivates you and aligns with your core.

My word this year is “Action“.  I have chosen to meditate on this, for various reasons.  My husband, James, has chosen “Opportunity“. 🙂

If you share your word with you friends and family, this will also make you accountable.  They will remind you of your word, when they notice your patterns (that you have consciously chosen to address) emerging.  Text your word as a New Year greeting!  Don’t you love this idea?

What is your word for 2013?  I’d love to share my practice with you.


Welcome Sunshine!

Aloha,Hibiscus bloom I photographed on the way to the beach

Welcome to to all of my new subscribers!  I’ve been a little quiet on the email front, but far from quiet in my everyday life.  New clients, yoga teacher training studies, yoga classes, and welcoming Tourism Noosa volunteers to my clinic for a famil this week – it’s all happening.  I am loving my studies and classes with Yoga NRG, and next weekend take my husband on retreat with them to Stradbroke Island.

I’m putting scheduling for 2013 retreats on hold until I complete my yoga teacher training, thank you for your patience.  Be assured that I will be definitely be teaching in Canada and overseas next year.  I plan to teach Lomi Lomi on the West Coast of Canada in August, and then go to Wanderlust Whistler 2013.  It’s going to be awesome!

There are some awesome testimonials from my recent Lomi Lomi trainings held in Canada and Italy this year – Click Here.

Meanwhile, it’s sunny here on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland and we are having a stellar beginning to summer.

Many blessings,

P.S. here’s a Spicy Detox Tea recipe, for those who need a little immune boost in the changing of the seasons.  I found this on Mind Body Green and I love it!

Spicy Detox Tea
Knob of fresh ginger, grated
Juice of one whole lemon
Fresh turmeric root, grated, or 1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp clove powder
1-2 tbsp raw honey
pinch of cayenne

Method- steep everything in hot water and sip throughout the day. Yum!



Beauty in Small Things


I’m on my way.  6 weeks global roaming overseas.

Whenever I step onto a plane, I feel like I am stepping off in time.

I am free, fully present, there is no past, and no future.

Just now.

I took this picture recently on Peregian Beach.  One of my favourite places. 

Wherever I go, I want to leave a reminder of my presence , whether it be in the hearts or minds of the people I have met, or a simple collection of stone and natural objects left behind.

First Nations people used this kind of stone configuration to show where they had journeyed, to direct others, to mark the way to water, food & shelter.

I am committed to looking for, and seeing the beauty in small things.  Every day of my journey.

Nourishing my soul and feeding my spirit.

Tell me, how do you do this for yourself? 




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.

Koru unfurling…

Well, new horizons beckon, both physically and geographically.

This Sunday 25th March I begin yoga teacher training in Brisbane with My Health Yoga.  Why yoga?  Why now?  Because my heart yearns for it.  And why not?  Yoga and Lomi Lomi work together beautifully.

After this, I am doing a week of Hawaiian wisdom and Lomi training with Ho’okahi.  I’m looking to stoke the burning ember of my inspiration into a flame once more.

Returning to Peregian, I’ll be available for appointments from 2nd April – 14th April.

Then, I am off to New Zealand to visit Gisborne, stay at Morere Hot Springs, soak in thermal pools, rejuvenate at a beautiful virgin forest scenic reserve,  and meet new friends. I’ll be connecting with Nancy Kahalewai, author of “Lomi Lomi – Big Island Massage” and learning Hot Stone Massage, ‘opu huli on the abdomen, and some deep tissue Lomi techniques.  Ahhhhhh. 

I’m back on deck again on the 24th April.  I am loving following my heart and creating space for learning and new growth.

Tell me, how do you allow your koru to unfurl?

Aloha, Kimberlee

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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