Thursday, 23 August 2012

In praise of the Coconut

When I think of coconut trees and coconuts, I imagine palm trees swishing in the breeze and white sandy beaches below with aquamarine water not far away.  Coconuts have been a staple food  of  the Hawaiian's for eons.  They have massaged with it, drank its juice, cooked with it, fermented it for drinks, used its flesh for edible products and generally revered it for it's wonderful nourishing qualities.  Like bananas, I think you could just about live off it for quite some time if you were stranded on a desert Island!

I remember going to the Whitsundays a few years back and on one of our strolls, found a few coconuts which we brought back and opened. Mind you it did take me about half an hour to open just one, but they were so delicious and great for exercising the teeth and gums!  Sitting on the beach watching the sun go down and enjoying that fresh taste was a magic moment.  When I think of that spot I remember the delightful coconuts we ate.

Here's a recipe which has coconut and banana, it may just take you off to the tropical islands for a bit.

COCONUT BANANA PANCAKES

1 cup coconut milk
2 eggs or replacer
1 cup flour
1/2 cup grated coconut
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspns baking owder
1/2 tspn salt
1 banana, sliced and quartered
1/2 teaspn almond or vanilla extract

In a medium bowl beat together coconut milk, eggs and extract.  In a separate bowl, mix flour, grated coconut, sugar, b powder and salt.  Combine the wet and dry mixing them.  Cut bananas into small quarters and fold into batter. Heat coconut oil in pan, drop into pan and flip when bubbles appear.
Flip.
Goes well with Coconut Sauce. (below)
1 can coconut milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornflour
1/2 teaspn imitation coconut extract (optional)
Mix together coconut milk, sugar and cornflour in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.  Mixture will thicken.  Add extract, Serve lukewarm over pancakes.
It will keep in fridge for a week.
Recipe from Coconut Lovers Cookbook, B. Fife.

Aloha.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Stress and A Way to Change it.

Transforming Stress:
Virtually everything we do causes stress and that's quite natural.  Thoughts, emotions, physical activity, food, environmental conditions, - all naturally cause stress. What isn't natural, as opposed to normal is sustained stress.  The natural flow of life is a repeating cycle of stress-tension-release-relaxation-stress and so on.  The unnatural flow is something like this:-
stress-tension-release-relaxaation
stress-tension-release-stress-tension-rel-stress-tension-stress
As the release and relaxation parts of the cycle are inhibited, the stress continues to build. When the tension=stress reaches a certain point, which varies in each individual, the body begins to break down.
Five things happen simultaneously:
1 Sugar is released in the bloodstream.
2. The thymus gland contracts.
3. Muscles tense.
4. Capillaries dilate.
5. Cells release toxins.
The effect of stress described occurs all over the body to some degree.  Since all conditions of sickness in the body are stress related, according to Hawaiian sharman teaching, knowing the source of stress will be highly useful in helping bring about healing.
The source of stress is resistance.Ku'e, meaning to stand apart.
There are 4 kinds of resistance.
Physical resistance. emotional resistance, mental resistance and spiritual resistance.
The Magic Touch:
Here is an extremely simple way for someone to feel good. It consists of lightly touching a person's body while they are standing, sitting, or lying down. When done with the right attitude,  this is a willingness, from the receiver or giver, it feels amazingly nice. Stand in front of the receiver and touch him or her with fingers of alternating hands for about the length of 2 heartbeats on the crown, throat, chest, solar plexus and navel. Then use both hands on either side of the body and touch jaws, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankles and toes. Finish by raising your arms out to your sides and above your head, and sweeping your hands palm upwards, down in front of the receiver to hip level.
Enjoy giving and receiving this way when life gets too involved and the release will keep you on track.
Excerpts from Urban Shaman - Serge Kahili King.
Aloha......

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Chakras








We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we
love.  It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.... (W Somerset Maugham).

* THE CHAKRAS*

When your chakras are open and operating in harmony you are communicating freely with your higher self.  When your heart chakra is open, you're extending your love around you.  During stressful times a chakra may close and this will open a person
to negative energies as the protection system we have is damaged. When one is deactivated this can cause the others to be affected as well.

A quick exercise  to to open each chakra, is to visualise each one
spinning and visualise the appropriate colour  for each.  Sit quietly
at the end and notice how you feel.

TOGETHER WE CAN CREATE A NEW WORLD OF LOVE....
Karen.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Summertime Bliss

Summer is here as today is the 1st December!!! Time for swimming and lazy days at the beach.  While you're busy relaxing and enjoying the longer days, remember time for yourself as well. 
The Hawaiians love the close contact of the family and regularly use Lomi Lomi for massaging each
other as a relaxation technique and stress reliever. 
Did you know that in more than 50 TRI studies have shown that massage has positive effects on conditions from colic to hyperactivity to diabetes to migraines - actually every malady TRI studied so far, massage has definitely helped.  The person breathes easier, it boosts immune function, improves autistic childrens concentration levels, lowers anxiety in depressed teenagers..... and so on.

Massage can increase the lymph flow rate and enhances immune function and lowers lovels of 2 stress hormones.

The director of TRI worries that people aren't getting enough touch.

My goal is to improve your condition through massage.  Many regular clients report improvements, often mental and spiritual as well as physical.  So prepare to relax, enjoy and experience the life changing results that a wonderful massage can bring.
Aloha.......

Sunday, 30 October 2011

KaHuna Bliss update.

Opening Hours of Ka Huna Bliss :- Mon - Fri 9 a.m - 6 p.m
Saturday- 10.30 a.m - 4 p.m
ph 0406 373773

Get blissfully massaged soon.....

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Welcome to KaHunaland~


Isn't he looking so relaxed and in  a Kahunaland state!  Yes it's my dear husband getting some massage on his poor stressed out back and neck!!!  He didn't want to get up and go back to work,,,, don't blame him really.  I had to push him off the table to get my next client in!!!  Typical husband.

 See you soon too!

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Welcome to KaHunaland~

   Tired of work ? Come to the embrace of KaHuna Bliss. KaHuna Bliss is in a BEAUTIFUL ecovillage which is surrounded by splendid mountains and meandering rivers. You can find the most delightful relaxation here.

   Kahuna Bliss is a beautiful, soft and deep tissue massage that uses a flowing style with the use of arms, forearms and hands.  It is an ancient  Hawaiian healing system which energises the whole body from head to toe.  It allows deep states of relaxation which helps the mind to completely relax and let go, reaching alpha and delta states of the mind.   Your therapist, Karen, uses this polynesian system with love and care on her clients, leaving them feeling fantastic.  Treatments last from 1 to 2 hours depending on individual needs.

   Kahuna Bliss is based at The EcoVillage, in the tranquil Currumbin Valley only minutes from the beach.  The Eco village has received much praise  for environmental development and is highly awarded. This serene base is conducive to a blissful treatment and a lovely part of the Coast to visit. 


Step into KaHunaland and get rid of all hustle and bustle :)