TODAY we experience constant change and encounter loss throughout our lifespan in our western culture.  Grief and loss can arrive at any time, “it seems as if all our lives we are trying to cope with loss – either the fear of it, or the memory of it, or its raw immediate presence”.

In one’s lifetime we may experience a primary loss of a parent or sibling, or a specific traumatic event, losses such as abortion, divorce, imprisonment, health or unemployment can cause subtle changes in an individual’s lifestyle and cause secondary loss of friends, homes, jobs and pets.

We begin to grieve the loss of the person as well as the loss of ‘life before the loss’.  For most, the ability to process the sadness of loss usually occurs quite naturally but for some, grieving can cause us to become stuck as we are confronted by lost expectations that a once difficult relationship may be repaired.

I experienced this all too painfully when my own father passed away suddenly in January 2018 – diagnosed with bile duct cancer, he died just ten days later.  As I sorted through the belongings of this man I loved, anger became my strongest emotion during this time and I understood it was due to the realisation that my relationship would never become what I desired it to be.  He was gone – and so was the possibility of our relationship being repaired.

Complex grief is when grieving becomes unhealthy and can cause great distress to us.  Researchers, such as Parkes, Bowlby, & Sanders (2008), divide the grieving process into four to five phases including numbness, yearning, anger, disorganisation and despair, emotional acceptance and finally reorganisation where the individual begins to pull their life back together.

Insight into developmental stages will enable a counsellor to offer age-appropriate treatment responses for someone seeking assistance while grieving.  If you are experiencing difficulties arising from a recent loss, please seek help from our counselling service as it is never too late to begin a healing journey.


Michelle Govan, Counsellor / Psychotherapist at Kansha Natural Therapies

  • Masters of Counselling
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Member of the Australian Counselling Association
  • Trainer and Assessor for students studying in the Diploma of Counselling and group facilitator


Ease and Flow (SALT Spring 2018)

SALT MAGAZINE SPRING 2018 (Words Jemma Pearson, Photos Krista Eppelstun)

ON AN UNSEASONABLY sunny winter morning recently, I left the salt offices and made my way to Noosaville and the tranquillity that is Kansha.

Stepping into the bright practice I was greeted by the smiling faces of practice manager Erica Stanecki and remedial massage therapist Genine Cullen.  As the door gently closed behind me I breathed out and Erica introduced me to Peytrah Fischer, the therapist who would be spending the next hour easing me into a state of relaxation.

But before the treatment, I asked Erica about the practice.  She told me that 11 years ago chiropractor and acupuncturist Richelle Barker started the clinic with the aim of creating a tranquil, healing space, a multidisciplinary practice that offered a spa experience with therapeutic treatments.  I think Richelle has achieved her aim.  The ambience is definitely spa-like – there were candles burning and soothing music playing and the scent of essential oils wafted subtly through the space.

Nine practitioners offer a range of therapies from the clinic, including acupuncture, chiropractic, massage and reflexology to treat a range of conditions.

Erica explained, “Every therapist has their own style.  When a client calls [to book an appointment] the staff who answer will ask lots of questions to find out what the client needs.”  From there the client will be directed to the best practitioner for their need.  Erica says she has had treatments with all the practitioners (it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it) so she understands how the practitioner works and is in the best position to advise clients.

But enough talking.  My treatment awaited!  Peytrah led me to one of the three treatment rooms and asked me what I was hoping to get out of the morning.

I sighed and words failed me.  What did I need?  It’s a question I hadn’t asked myself.

Peytrah explained how her treatments work.  It wasn’t going to be a typical massage.  “What I do is more like body work.  I help you come into centre again.”  Re-centring sounded like a great idea to me.

Peytrah uses her physiotherapy training, as well as visceral therapy, reflexology and lymphatic drainage when working with clients.  She talked about breath and this really struck a chord.  I am someone who needs to breathe more.  I often find myself holding my breath when stressed, and whenever I meditate or practise yoga, it’s the breathing, the quietening of the mind, that I most struggle with.

Peytrah explained that it’s her job to help build up her clients’ energy levels and get them back into alignment.  But the proof is in the treatment, and once on the table.  I could see what she meant.

As I was lying face down, the treatment started off, as many massages do, with gentle strokes on my back and shoulders.  But soon Peytrah had me rolling over and she concentrated on my hips.  I wasn’t surprised when she told me they were not aligned.  Using subtle touch, she gently eased away the tension in the lower part of my body.  She worked my arms and then finished the treatment with subtle movements on my face and neck.

As I sensed the treatment was wrapping up, I realised that though I felt deeply relaxed, I wasn’t at all tired.  Often when I have a massage I fall asleep, and I leave the table feeling slightly sluggish and sometimes a little worn out.


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September 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to our Spring newsletter!! As the cooler weather moves on we feel ourselves opening up to Spring and all her endless possibilities. There is just something about this magical season. It’s the season of hope and fresh beginnings.

We have worked steadily throughout the winter months as usual. A big thank you to you, our clients that make what we do possible.

If you’re a keen reader of Salt magazine you may have seen our editorial the current spring edition. If not, grab a copy (we have extra copies here) and read our latest editorial. It features Peytrah and the incredible body work she performs here at Kansha. How fortunate we are to have such skilled practitioners, each bringing their own specialities and skills to Kansha.

Earthing. You may have heard of it or maybe not. It’s a fast growing movement based upon the discovery that connecting to the Earth’s natural energy is foundational for vibrant heath. Whilst not a new revelation, it has of recent times begun to gain serious momentum. Spring is the perfect time to try it out. Warmer days lend themselves to barefoot moments in the park, the beach or simply your own garden!

Few people know it, but the Earth actually provides a subtle electrical signal that helps maintain our health and governs intricate mechanisms that power our bodies. Some go as far as to say that our disconnect with the Earth has contributed to inflammation, pain, stress, fatigue and poor sleep. Thousands upon thousands will testify to positive changes within their body through the simple action of Earthing.

All you need to do is get barefooted and walk on the earth. It’s as simple as that. All of us can benefit from reconnecting. Get onto the grass, dirt or sand. Get into the ocean. Slow down and take the time to enjoy this magnificent place we get to call home.

Eating for Spring!
As the weather warms it’s time to look for cooler foods. Eating cooler foods helps to counteract any excess heat you may be storing. Basing your diet on the rotating seasons is believed to help keep your body in balance.

If you stop and listen to your body it will invariably and instinctively guide you towards the best foods to eat for any particular time of year. Always look for local, fresh and in season foods wherever possible.

Just as we spring clean our homes at this time of year it is also a great time to do a spring clean on our digestive systems. Moving away from the heavier, warming foods of winter which are usually protein and fat based, we want to eat lighter and cleaner. Aim for a vegetable based diet that is lower in fat and starch. Antioxidants naturally occurring in your fresh produce will assist your liver as it moves out the old.

It’s worth remembering that when we spring clean our digestive systems we generally see a marked increase in energy. Our concentration and mood are improved, not to mention a clearer complexion and sparkling eyes. There are just so many benefits.

Due to popular demand, our longevity vouchers are still available at Kansha.
For our patients 60 years and over, these vouchers are purchased in advance and redeemed over 3 treatments at Kansha. They offer great value for money and you can still use your health fund. Call us or drop by for all the details.
Our beautiful gift vouchers are available as always.

June 2018 Newsletter

As the year marches on, relief is well and truly here from the Queensland heat and humidity. Autumn saw us begin to move inward. Now that the winter chill is here it is time to fully embrace this movement. Even though winter in Noosa still gets its fair share of glorious days it’s so important to honour the season and move alongside its energy.

Our food requirements in winter differ tremendously to that of the warmer months. It’s time to leave behind the cooling, raw foods and move towards warmer, slow cooked meals whenever possible. Winter represents the most Yin aspect in Chinese Medicine. It’s a dark, slow, contracting or inward energy pattern. When thinking of the best foods to eat for the season, look to what grows naturally at this time of year. Root vegetables, winter greens, carrots, mushrooms and cabbage are all great choices. Hearty soups, wholegrains and roasted nuts are great during the cooler months and offer nourishment whilst tonifying the kidneys. In traditional chinese medicine, winter is associated with our kidneys which hold our most basic and fundamental energy. Black beans, adzuki beans, black sesame seeds and bone broth also provide much needed support for our kidneys throughout winter.
It’s also worth reminding yourself that there is great benefit to really taking your time when eating. Try not to eat on the run. Make the time to sit down for a meal and enjoy it. Allow yourself a moment and give gratitude. Be thankful for the nourishment, regardless of how humble or elaborate your meal may be.
Most of us enjoy a hot drink on a cold day. During the cooler months it’s a great way to warm up from the inside out. Often you may find yourself reaching for your regular coffee or a tea. If you’re after something a little different, it’s very easy to make a pot of something delicious! Although spices like tumeric and cinnamon have been around forever, they have become hot property in recent years for their many health benefits.

The following tea is packed with inflammation fighting spices, will help improve your digestion and boost your immune system. It’s packed with antioxidant properties.


Ideally one would use the whole spices and grind them with a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle. However, you still get all the benefits using pre-ground spices.

  • 2 tsp whole black peppercorns (1/2 tbsp ground)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (2 tbsp ground)
  • 2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground tumeric
  • 6 cardamom pods (1 tbsp ground)
  • 10 whole cloves (1 tbsp ground)
  • 1 whole nutmeg (1/2 tbsp ground)
  1. Grind the spices then sift with a fine-mesh sifter and return any large pieces of spice to the grinder to powder them further (Skip this step if you are using pre-ground spices).
  2. Combine the ground spices in a jar and mix well.

How to make chai tea

  • 1/2 teaspoon of chai masala mixture, above
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (coconut milk is especially nice)
  • 2 teaspoons black tea, such as Ceylon or Assam
  • Sweetener of choice to taste (we love raw honey)
  1. Bring the water, milk, spice mixture, and tea to a slow simmer. Cover and remove from the heat. Allow to steep for 5 minutes.
  2. Strain carefully into a cup and sweeten to taste

Massage Therapy is beneficial year round to us all, but during winter it gives us an extra special boost.
Did you know that massage therapy is proven to boost your immunity? It does this by increasing lymph flow. Lymph is packed full of white blood cells that fight off infection and keep your body healthy. Increasing  lymph flow means more areas of your body receive these cells in faster time.
Massage improves skin hydration. This is much needed when we are camped out in heated rooms day in and out. It increases our circulation, pumping blood all over our bodies. This helps keep muscles, joints, organs and extremities warm and healthy.
Massage encourages positive changes in the endocrine system where hormones are created. These changes decrease cortisol levels (stress related hormone) & increase oxytocin levels (happy hormone) leading to the release of serotonin and endorphins, relieving stress and enhancing your mood. Bye, bye winter blues!
We have massage therapists on hand every day at Kansha, including Saturday and Sunday all day so no need to wait. Book your appointment with us now!
Just a little reminder to our eligible clients of our Senior Longevity Voucher! These have been so popular. One of these vouchers allows you access to a combination of any 3 treatments that we offer here at Kansha, over a 12 month period. You can use your voucher as quickly or slowly as you please inside this time frame. Contact us for full terms and conditions but needless to say they are fabulous value for money and a great way to keep on top on your health.

March 2018 Newsletter

Ahhh, Autumn. One of our most anticipated seasons after the heat of a Queensland summer. It’s time to cool down and let off some of the heat which has built up in our bodies over the past few months. We move from the expansive, external nature of summer into the internal and introspective energies of autumn. It is the perfect time to reflect on your life, organise and let go of the old. Sleep a little longer, breathe a little deeper. Look for warm and nourishing foods. Pay attention to your internal life and be more mindful. It is the time to work on our insides, both emotionally and physically. Allow some time for self care, we need to love and appreciate ourselves a little more.

If you are prone to lung weakness, these conditions can worsen during autumn. Chinese herbs alongside some acupuncture is a wonderful way to strengthen lungs and help prepare them for the cooler months ahead. It can be a good idea to reduce your intake of dairy food as it can create mucus that is stored in your lungs, weakening them.

Some of the foods to look to look out for in autumn include rice, cinnamon, pears, cabbage, leek, almonds, walnuts, ginger, broccoli, apricots, eggs, lemons and olives. Eating warming foods helps to combat the cooler weather and harmonise our body with the new season around us. Internal warmth supports strength which is more important as the days get shorter and cooler.

Summer has seen us be busy little bees at Kansha. We are just coming down off an incredibly busy Christmas and New Year season. We have recently launched our online booking system which is proving to be a hit with our busy patients. Often it’s at the end of the day when we slow down that we remember an appointment we forgot to make. Online booking means we are accessible 24/7 for appointment bookings. You can find the booking link via our website (www.kansha.com.au) our Facebook page and Instagram page.

Due to high demand, we have also opened our hours up on a Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday for massage therapy. Proving very popular, we are thrilled to be able to offer this wonderful service to those who cannot make it in during the working week.

All our patients know we are a little obsessed with essential oils. Our practitioners often use them to compliment their treatments. Our visitors also regularly make comment on the gorgeous aromas that meet them as they enter our front door. We love to play with essential oil blends and this is one that we often use when autumn arrives.

3 drops Bergamot
1 drop Thieves
1 drop Ginger

Place these into your diffuser and drift away. Thieves oil is a powerhouse blend on its own, purifying and cleansing negative emotions and energy. It purifies the air by removing nasty airborne bacteria. Bergamot is a calming oil whilst ginger will aide digestion, help reduce inflammation and relieve anxiety. There is nothing not to love about this!

Many of our patients will have received a message from us recently regarding a new promotion, our Seniors Longevity Voucher. These have been running out the door with our savvy clients. Anybody 60 years and older is eligible to purchase one of these vouchers. For $240.00 you are able to redeem this voucher against your choice of any 3 of our services, over a 12 month period. We encourage you to mix it up try something new therapies but ultimately you get to choose how you redeem your voucher. Our available modalities includes 60 minutes Massage therapy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Physiotherapy and Counselling services. It is a fabulous deal. Come and get yours today!!


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 www.kansha.com.au 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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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.