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Kahuna philosophy

Continuing the theme of last weeks newsletter I’m going to introduce some of the important wellbeing courses that I’ve been on over the last thirteen years.

This week I’m going to introduce Kahuna philosophy and bodywork.  Kahuna was one of the first types of bodywork that I learnt back in Sydney (some 13 years ago).  The course was run by an amazing Irish woman, Nemara Hennigan and the training venue was in the beautiful South National park in Sydney.  As we were taught we could see the Pacific glinting, the sandy beaches and hear cockatoos and kookaburras playing.

Ka huna literally means light and wisdom.  It is the beautiful marriage of positive intention and knowledge and echoes the core teaching of Buddhism and Hinduism – that at our core, each of us is already perfect and all we need to do is develop practices that allow this beauty and radiance to shine through.

On day one of our training we spent many hours sitting on a beach doing a mindfulness exercise which involved brushing sand into piles and then brushing the sand apart.  We learnt to focus our attention and made our hands move with the action of a wave and gentle caress.  This brought to mind some key aspects of kahuna which have proved valuable in all areas of my life:

– When you do something put all your energy and attention into it at that moment

– Healing is soft and gentle –  it should cleanse and caress you like a wave

– As you brush the sand you stay connected at all times, your hands move in one direction and then turn without loosing contact.  This taught me many things.  In bodywork I approach the person gently and stay connected.  In positive psychology coaching and in my friendships I try to engage, listen and be dependable and supportive

The Kahuna centre in Sydney has explained the philosophies seven key principals in a beautiful way.  Over the years I’ve tried to bring each of these into my own life and into the way that work at Breathe London.  They also formed part of the basis of my interest in Positive Psychology.  Take a look at each of these and see if you can build these principals into your relationships and work.

IKE (ee-kay) – The world is what you think it is

Our thoughts make us who and what we are. If you want to change your situation, all you have to do is change your thoughts! Your body and your life will follow! Alter the way you see reality and you WILL alter reality.

KALA (kah-lah) – There are no limits – Be Free

Following on from Ike – ensure that when you think, you think without limitation! Don’t think about the things that you are “allowed” to have, or the things you believe are “just possible”. The most successful people think without limitations. Be free in your thinking! Whatever the mind of a person can conceive and believe, it can achieve! So THINK BIG.

MAKIA (mah-kee-ah) – Energy flows where attention goes – Be Focused

Have you ever noticed that the more interested you are in something the more likely you are to do something about it? Whatever holds your interest will also tend to attract your emotional and physical energy. The more successful a person is, the more you will find that they direct and hold their energy on something by conscious choice. They don’t wait for something to catch their attention; they go out and catch something with their attention. A person at all times has a choice as what to focus their attention on – so be focused on what you want at all times.

MANAWA (mah-nah-wah) – Now is the moment of power – Be Here

The past or future does not have any power because you can’t touch it, taste it, smell it, feel it or react to it in any way. For all practical purposes it doesn’t even exist! All we have right now is the memory of things, skills, pains, and experiences. It’s the memories that we respond to now – not the past itself. The memories exist in the present moment and you can alter your relationship to them – change your thinking about them and thereby change the effect on your life.

As for the future, no one knows what is going to happen. We can make logical or intuitive guesses but we don’t really know. However if we think of the future as a blank slate (rather than fixed or predestined) then we give ourselves permission to try anything.

ALOHA (ah-lo-hah) –  Be Happy

Aloha means many things, but in one word perhaps it’s best described as “love”. Love is happiness. Aloha is a caring for others as well as or as much as for your own self. Australians say, “no worries” – the Hawaiians use the idea of Aloha to define their society, their relationship with each other and their philosophy of life. It is with “aloha spirit” that all things are done. Not meant to harm and not meant to cause unhappiness to others.

MANA (mah-nah) – All power comes from within – Be Confident

Mana is power or energy. All power comes from within. Hawaiian belief is that Mana is the name for the one source of all the power that exists in the universe. This power is universal and flows through not only us, but through animals and plants, the foundation of the earth, the skies and planets, and everything that we know exists. It’s a life energy so to speak. This Mana flows through us and gives us the power to do what we believe we can do. The power to do anything that we decide to do and that we take action towards.

PONO (poh-noh) – Effectiveness is the measure of truth – Be Positive

Effectiveness is the measure of truth. A method, a plan, certain actions, when put in motion may work. If they work, that is all you need to be concerned with. There are many ways to do most things. Don’t pigeon-hole yourself into thinking that you can only accomplish something in one way or that there is only one truth. For instance, how many ways are there that someone could find happiness? A million? How many ways could someone cook a fish? Create a pyramid? Make money to buy a car? Because you see someone accomplish something using one method, do not believe that there is just that one method. There are likely many more ways to go about it. That there are always alternatives to what you’re doing is the crux of “Pono” – do what feels right for you.

I hope you found this useful

Love Andy

Thank you Nemara  for being such a wonderful inspiration . For anyone going on holiday check out her centre in Paddington http://www.sydneykahuna.com.au/

Our next relaxation and energy course is Sat 28th January http://breathe-london.com/relaxationworkshop

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We also have a wide range of stress busting relaxing massages, Rolfing, Reiki, Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Aromatherapy Massage, Pregnancy massage, Myofascial release, Reflexology, Lomi Lomi massage and One to one Tai Chi and Yoga.

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Massage Gift Vouchers

It’s easy to buy gift vouchers for a loved one or colleague through the Breathe website.

To order your voucher, or a series of vouchers for a course of treatments, simply purchase from our online Massage catalogue.

You can either pick the vouchers up from the centre or we will post them to you. Vouchers can be used for massage or acupuncture treatments. If possible, please let us know who the vouchers are for in the “Order Comments” field during the checkout process.

To read more about our range of treatments including Sports, Deep Tissue, Thai, Swedish, Reiki, Reflexology and Rolfing, go to the Massage treatments details page.


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£10 off weekend massage treatments

Due to demand our Saturday clinic will be open from 10.30am to 5.00pm.  For the next few weekends all treatments will be £10 off our normal rates.  This week Claudia is offering Sports & Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish massage, Thai massage and Lymphatic drainage.  Our normal rates are £30 for 30 minutes and £50 for 1 hour.  Next weekend Andy will be offering Deep Tissue massage, Swedish massage, Lomi Lomi massage and Reiki.  To book either mail us back or call the Colombo Centre on 0207 261 1658

To buy Christmas gift vouchers or courses of massage for a friend go to

Breathe Massage Courses . You can share courses with friends and colleagues and save up to 35% off our standard prices

 

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Weekend therapies – £10 off

From this Saturday Claudia is starting a Saturday clinic from 10.30am to 2.30pm.  She will be working alternate Saturdays with other therapists.  This week she is offering Sports & Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish massage, Thai massage and Lymphatic drainage all for £40 for a one hour session.  To book either mail us back or call the Colombo Centre on 0207 261 1658

Also check out our new Thursday Rolfing therapy with Keith.  At Breathe we focus on therapies that make a profound difference to your wellbeing and are tried and tested. To read more about Rolfing and how to book a session go to Rolfing at Breathe
Because of our strong belief of the connection between mind and body our business is a combination of physical therapies, western psychology and yoga.  Ida Rolf developed rolfing in the 1950s. She believed that transformation of the mind and body went hand in hand. “Do we run because we are scared or are we scared because we run”

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We are also keeping the prices of our massage courses the same. Details of how to buy courses using our easy to use shopping trolley are at Breathe Massage Courses . You can share courses with friends and colleagues. For example you can buy a course of ten thirty-minute massages for just £22 per massage, a saving of over 35%.

 

 
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New physical therapies at Breathe

We are pleased to announce that Keith is joining the physical therapies team at the Colombo Centre on Thursdays between 10am and 7pm
Keith is an expert Rolfer with many years experience. Rolfing is the most powerful bodywork technique that we have ever experienced. Over the course of ten, one hour sessions, the fascia is worked on and complete re-alignment of the body occurs.

At Breathe we focus on therapies that make a profound difference to your wellbeing and are tried and tested. To read more about Rolfing and how to book a session go to Rolfing at Breathe
Because of our strong belief of the connection between mind and body our business is a combination of physical therapies, western psychology and yoga.  Ida Rolf developed rolfing in the 1950s. She believed that transformation of the mind and body went hand in hand. “Do we run because we are scared or are we scared because we run”

To get our latest offers follow us on Facebook and Twitter

We are also keeping the prices of our massage courses the same. Details of how to buy courses using our easy to use shopping trolley are at Breathe Massage Courses . You can share courses with friends and colleagues. For example you can buy a course of ten thirty-minute massages for just £22 per massage, a saving of over 35%.

 

 

 

New prices and special offers for massage

In order to help promote wellbeing in the community we are introducing a smart new pricing structure. To reflect the fact that our nearest competitor charges £70 for a one hour massage we have decided to increase our prices for the first time in seven years. From the15th October a drop in 30 minute massage will be £35, a 60 minute £55 and a 90 minute £75. 
 
However there are many times during the day when our therapists are not busy, for example between 10am and 12pm and 3pm to 5pm . From now on we will be advertising large discounts at short notice. For example, if we have capacity we will notify our customers that we have off peak availability. An example of one our offers will be as follows:
 
“Call the Colombo Centre on 0207 261 1658 and book a one hour sports massage today for just £30 – valid for Tuesday and Wednesday this week”
 
In order to notify you of these offers we will communicate via the Breathe Facebook and Twitter pages. To sign up simply click on the attached
 
 
 
We are also keeping the prices of our massage courses the same. Details of how to buy courses using our easy to use shopping trolley are at Breathe Massage Courses . You can share courses with friends and colleagues. For example you can buy a course of ten thirty-minute massages for just £22 per massage, a saving of over 35%.
 

Massage sale at Colombo

To introduce our new online massage courses, we are offering an additional 30 minute gift voucher, worth £30, for Sports & Deep Tissue massage, Reiki massage, Acupuncture or Hypnotherapy. Simply buy a course of massages online and you will also receive a gift voucher to give to a friend or loved one.

In addition to this, if you purchase a course of either five or ten, 60 minute or 90 minute treatments we will also give you a one to 40 minute Remedial Yoga session. Many of our clients have found that a combination of deep tissue massage and focussed yoga exercises has significantly improved their posture and reduced levels of discomfort in the body. You can either use this Yoga Voucher, worth £40, yourself or give it to a friend.

Buying a course online is easy. Simply use our online payment service and you will be emailed a receipt of your course details plus booking instructions. When you make payment please request which of our gift vouchers you would like to receive and we will then send you a 30 minute treatment voucher (plus yoga voucher if you bought five or more one hour courses).  To buy just click here

Five, 30 minute treatments £130 (saving £20)
Ten, 30 minute treatments £220 (saving £80) (NEW)
Five, 60 minute treatments £220 (saving £30)
Ten, 60 minute treatments £400 (saving £100)
Five, 90 minute treatments £300 (saving £50) (NEW)
Ten, 90 minute treatments £550 (saving £150) (NEW)

Therapist details:
We now have nine massage, acupuncture, hypnotherapy and life coaches at the Colombo Centre. To read more about our therapists, treatments and timetable go to therapist details

The team at Breathe London

Breathe is a London based wellbeing business specialising in the fusion of ideas from Positive Psychology, Yoga and Massage Therapies. Our physical therapy centre is based on the London’s South Bank and we run Business Psychology and Personal Development courses throughout the UK and online.


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New therapies at Breathe London – Osteopathy

New therapies at the Colombo Centre We welcome Michael to Breathe-London’s physical therapies team.

Osteopathy: Michael has many years experience in Osteopathy and Cranial Osteopathy and will be working at the centre on Wednesdays between 3pm and 8pm. To read more about the benefits of Osteopathy go to www.breathe-london.com/osteopathy

Holistic massage on Friday evenings: For gentle Holistic treatments Anita works on Fridays between 4pm and 8pm.

Reflexology: Katherine brings her years of experience of Reflexology to the centre on Saturdays between 10.30 and 2.30. To read more go to www.breathe-london.com/reflexology

The team at Breathe London

Breathe is a London based wellbeing business specialising in the fusion of ideas from Positive Psychology, Yoga and Massage Therapies. Our physical therapy centre is based on the London’s South Bank and we run Business Psychology and Personal Development courses throughout the UK and online.


Other lifestyle benefits can be found at http://www.bprlondon.com

New Events at Breathe London – March 2010

Sports massage and physiotherapy:

We’re sad to say that Adelle is leaving us after two years. She’s heading back to Wales to set up her own business and we wish her lots of love.

Claudia and Stan are specialist Sports Massage Therapists and are extending their hours to cover Adelle’s time.

In addition Andy, Stan and Claudia also provide Deep Tissue Massage throughout the week.   This means we offer Sports or Deep Tissue Massage Therapy Monday to Friday 10am to 9pm!

To see our new timetable go to www.breathe-london.com/timetable

Osteopathy:

In addition to our existing sports injury services we are introducing a regular Osteopathy clinic. More details in our next newsletter.

Acupuncture:

In many studies acupuncture has been shown to have a significant positive impact in the treatment of back pain, sciatica, stress management and neck and shoulder problems.

At Breathe we have created a low cost acupuncture clinic on Monday’s and Tuesdays, with treatment costs as low as £30. For more details go to www.breathe-london.com/waterloo-acupuncture

Managing stress:

There are lots of powerful breathing exercises and positive visualisation tools that you can use to help you feel confident, relaxed and centred. Over the years we’ve documented these techniques and created a simple illustrated, step by step guide. Download your PDF for £9 by going to www.breathe-london.com/positive-energy-guide

Holistic massage on Friday evenings:

Until the end of March, Anita is offering gentle Holistic Massage at the Colombo Centre, Waterloo for half the normal price, just £25 for a one hour treatment. To book call the Colombo Centre on 0207 261 1658 and book with Anita between 4.30 and 9.00pm.

Our new weekend massage clinic starts in the next few weeks!

The team at Breathe London
Breathe is a London based wellbeing business specialising in the fusion of ideas from Positive Psychology, Yoga and Massage Therapies. Our physical therapy centre is based on the London’s South Bank and we run Business Psychology and Personal Development courses throughout the UK and online.


Other lifestyle benefits can be found at http://www.bprlondon.com