December 2017 Newsletter

We can hardly believe this year is drawing to a close. It’s been a big and busy year for all of us at Kansha. New staff have joined our team and new products are on the shelf. As always the same standard of amazing service from our wonderful practitioners has been given to our beautiful Kansha clientele. As Christmas approaches we hope everybody can find some much earned down time with their loved ones. Take a moment to reflect on the year, embrace all you have achieved and celebrate new possibilities in 2018.
We wish everyone a Merry Christmas!!

The summer months represent an outward expression of energy. It is the most Yang of the seasons and is ruled by fire. It is a time for growth and expansion. Our bodies are full of energy whilst nature around us thrives and shares their abundance with us  It is time to cultivate our Yang energy whilst ensuring it does not come to excess. Eating with the seasons is paramount in Chinese Medicine. Foods are used to help cleanse the body, reduce toxins and build up the body when deficiencies are present.
Food is abundant during the summer months. Foods that are beneficial during summer tend to be cooling and help to restore moisture. Look for variety and try to eat lighter than you would in the cooler months. Eat outdoors with loved ones, put your bare feet on the Earth. Our aim is to eat foods that help to balance the heat associated with this fire ruled season. Apricots, cucumber, lemon, peach, corn, spinach, mint, mung beans, oranges, melons and strawberries are all cooling in nature. Eating foods raw will enhance their cooling effects. Meat products by nature are warming and building, they demand our bodies to create heat for digestion. Try to reduce your meat consumption if possible and take advantage of all the wonderful fresh, in season fruits and vegetables that are so abundant at this time of the year.

Every year we have a stampede of customers relying on us for special stocking stuffer goodies. We have lots of new items in stock right now. Luscious skin care from local makers Nayki and James Street Organics, Essential Oils courtesy of Young Living and beautiful, natural soaps from No Udder Soaps. All our products are available to be purchased through our little online store via our website. Visit us at to have a sneak peek. Otherwise drop past Kansha anytime. We love having our clients come in to see us! To sweeten the deal we are offering 10% off these items until Christmas Eve!!

Are you after a delicious but healthy Christmas treat? We always like to share a healthy alternative at Christmas and this one is a certain crowd pleaser (and so easy to make!!)
This Healthy Christmas Rocky Road is courtesy of the always fabulous Madeleine Shaw.

60g hazelnuts
60g pistachio nuts
100g pecan nuts
120g medjool dates
200ml coconut oil
2tbsp almond milk
45g raw cacao
50g dried cranberries (I sometimes use goji berries as an alternative)

Toast the nuts in a pan for 4 minutes until golden then leave to cool.
Blend the dates, coconut oil, milk and cacao together in a blender. Mix with the toasted nuts and dried cranberries.

Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to set. Cut into bars and serve.

Eating disorders

Article by Tamalyn Markwell

“The way we look at our bodies, is closely linked to our self worth, which in turn is linked to our confidence and resilience.”

Our personal and professional successes can be affected by these issues and our ability for happiness, stability and contentment. The pressures that we face, in terms of how we ‘should look’ has, in recent years reached saturation level. We are faced every day by the very successful marketing ploys that are designed to create an insecurity in order to create sales.

What am I going to do about myself? This question is common among everybody, male and female. To look upon advertisements, magazines, billboards and even the side of a bus is to take stock of ourselves and how we ‘look’ and ultimately if we will be ‘acceptable’ to others. Who are the authorities on how we ‘should’ look? Have a look around at advertisements, really look at them. Now that we are coming out of winter and into our more warmer months, count the number of advertisements that aim themselves at the shame of our ‘winter bodies’. Are we bikini ready?! This is just an example of the creation of an insecurity in order to create sales.

In a moment such as this, the moment when you find yourself thinking ‘am I good enough?’ ask yourself this; For what? And good enough for whom?

I am passionate about individuality and I realised at a very young age that individuality wasn’t celebrated, it was and is still looked upon as wrong or unacceptable. Sameness is celebrated and encouraged. The individuality I am talking about is our unique characteristics, skills and traits that we are born with, many people have never been aware of their amazing talents as they have never had the opportunity to find or use them. Our differences make us beautiful and our differences are there for a reason, the reason being our purpose. Knowing our purpose gives us wings. This is how I work with my clients, together, we uncover their innate talents, uniqueness and purpose and celebrate it, as it is so very worthy of it.

I have lofty ambitions, I want to see everybody celebrating their uniqueness, knowing who you really are is a way to find true and lasting success and contentment.

I will take this opportunity to talk about another aspect of my work, eating disorders. They are more common than people realise, and affects people of all ages and genders. Eating disorders can take a serious hold without anyone around them noticing. Of all the prolific myths surrounding these issues, the most worrisome is that it is a ‘girl thing’. Eating disorders can and do affect many Australians, male and female. Disordered eating and eating disorders are two very different situations. It takes specific training to recognise and work with both. I am passionate about this issue as it is something that is surrounded in stereotyping and is not as understood as it ought to be. Eating disorders and disordered eating can be turned around with commitment and space to truly be understood and respected.


“For some reason, we are truly convinced that if we criticise ourselves, the criticism will lead to change. If we are harsh, we believe that we will end up being kind. If we shame ourselves, we believe we end up loving ourselves. It has never been true, not for one moment, that shame leads to love. Only love leads to love” – Geneen Roth


Article by Kyla Holley from the Australian Centre for Eating Disorders


Balancing ACT (SALT winter 2017)

SALT MAGAZINE WINTER 2017 (Words Karina Eastway, Photos Krista Eppelstun)

I DON’T KNOW about you, but my life is pretty crazy. I race from one end of the day to the next and, consequently, each week is a blur.

The stress of it all? Reccurring shoulder and neck pain that should be treated with deep breathing, meditation, a balanced diet and plenty of sleep. But hey, to be honest, that ain’t going to happen anytime soon.

Instead, professional and holistic treatment is definitely required to restore some balance – and by holistic, I mean whole. To treat my shoulder and neck pain, I’m starting with my feet. And when it comes to holistic practices on the Sunshine Coast, Kansha Natural Therapies is top of mind. As soon as I step from the outside world into the Kansha sanctuary, I’m welcomed by an ambience more spa-like than expected: relaxing music, essential oils and complimentary Ayurvedic tea. Ahh, it’s here where the de-stress process starts and I’m only at reception.

Kansha owner Richelle Barker has 20 years’ experience in healing. A chiropractor and acupuncturist, she is a big believer in relaxation rituals to create a restorative environment, knowing that this affects the overall experience.

“We try to create an ambient space so people have a sense of relaxation, leaving the outside world behind and connecting more with themselves,” Richelle says.

The beauty of Kansha is the range of therapies and services available, with all the practitioners working together to create wellness and wellbeing for clients. “We’re not just a clinic,” says Richelle. “The idea was to have a strong, integrated team that had the client at heart. We stick to core therapies – massage, reflexology, chiropractic and acupuncture – which stem back to ancient traditions. We don’t go with trends.” 

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Genine Cullen

It is with much joy that we welcome back to Kansha, Genine Cullen.
Genine is a highly experienced Massage Therapist with over 20 years experience in massage and natural therapies. She has previously worked here at Kansha so we know a lot of you will be very excited to hear of her return.

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Healing Hands and New Skills

Healing Hands and New Skills

Our Kansha practitioners are continuing  to  enhance their skills. Margaret Thomson (remedial masseur) has been working with our Counselor Michelle Govan in the field of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how massage can benefit this  specific condition.

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kiwi herb

Kiwi Herb

As the cooler weather approaches, it is common for us to be more vulnerable to being unwell. If you have not done so already, it’s time to think about giving your immune system some extra support. Eating plenty of whole foods with an emphasis on gently warming vegetables is ideal.
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Welcome Michelle & Tamalyn

Wellbeing and healing require a holistic approach, encompassing the mind, body and the spirit. Kansha can now offer more to those who require some tools to reset their mental, emotional or spiritual compass. We are so excited to announce the new modalities available Kansha, Holistic Counselling and Life Coaching services.

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Autumn nopurishment

Autumn nourishment

As we see a seasonal shift into Autumn, our bodies are very busy preparing for the cooler months ahead. Traditionally, our bodies naturally mimic the seasons around us. Our activity levels drop with the temperature and we need to put thought into providing our bodies with substance. We want to think about supporting and building our organs, fluid and blood.

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A decade of delivering

I can not believe it has been 10 years since Kansha opened. (Thank you to In Noosa magazine for our article and the launch party.) I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all the practitioners and administration support both past and present who have been essential in the growth and evolution of this practice. My vision was to create a sustainable natural therapies business imparting quality therapeutic, heart centered healing, knowledge and skills.

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Kansha Insights Spring 2016

Welcome to Spring and the renewed zest for life it brings with it. Blessed with truly stunning days and clear blue water, we have some tips to help you eat with the season, ward off the common cold and support your detox plan. Look out for our new website to be launched in October, we have been very busy bees here at Kansha.

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Stay in balance

As part of the integrity of our approach we willingly share our knowledge to empower you to implement simple restorative practices at home. To receive tips on how our emotions, environment, seasons and diet influences our wellbeing and how you can stay in balance, please subscribe to our ‘Kansha Insights’ quarterly newsletter.