Ka Huna Bodywork is a style that was developed in Hawaii by Kahu Abraham Kawai’i, the Kahuna who developed this style of bodywork in the 80s. He came to visit and teach in Australia for the first time in March 1998, at the old Mount Warning Lodge. Then the ‘massage’ was just part of Kahuna training, one of the modalities Kahu used to teach people Kahuna perspectives.
Your body is a temple and Ka Huna Bodywork is a modality with ancient principles that teaches and allows you to experience it as such.
Ka Huna Bodywork is a passage that has ability to bring forth an awareness, (whether you are the recipient or facilitator) to broaden your understanding. It is a gateway that enables one to stretch your conceptual boundaries of body, mind and soul.
The principles alone completely embody what it is to BE who we are meant to BE.
Through the alignment of body movement, breath, heartbeat and intention, the Master skills achieved through connection with self in virtue of respect, dignity, humbleness, posture, sensitivity, is to say ‘yes’ to everything life offers. Through the experience of Ka Huna Bodywork one can learn and practice being in alignment and to express and have gratitude for what feels wholesome, unpleasant or traumatic. This brings the continuity of being present, clear and knowing all is Divine and perfect with you in your life and so it is.
The Seven Principles
IKE – Awareness (Be Aware)
The World is what you think is it
This is the cornerstone principle of Huna, and it means that you create your own personal experience of reality through your beliefs, expectations, attitudes, desires, fears, judgements, feelings and consistent or persistent thoughts and actions. This principle also contains the idea that by changing your thinking you can change your world.
KALA – Freedom (Be Free)
There are no limits
There are no real boundaries between you and your body, you and other people, you and the world, or you and your God/dess. Any divisions used for discussion are terms of function and convenience. In other words, separation is only a useful illusion. An additional meaning of this principle is that there are unlimited potentials for creativity. You can create, in some form or another, anything you can conceive.
MAKIA – Concentration (Be Focused)
Energy flows where attention goes
The thoughts and feelings that you dwell on form the blueprint for bringing into your life the nearest available equivalent experience to those same thoughts and feelings. Directed attention is the channel for the flow of biological as well as cosmic energy.
MANAWA – Persistance (Be here)
Now is the moment of power
You are not bound by any experience of the past, nor by any perception of the future. You have the power in the present moment to change limiting beliefs and consciously plant the seeds for a future of your choosing. As you change your mind you change your experience, and there is no real power outside of you, for God is within. You are free to the degree that your realise this and act upon it.
ALOHA – Love (Be happy)
To love is to be happy
The universe exists because of love, in its aspects of being and becoming. Human beings exist because of love, even when they don’t acknowledge it. When they do acknowledge love, they are happy as they are and happy in becoming more. In Huna, love involves the creation of happiness. It is not just a side effect. Everything works better, when this principle is followed consciously. For very practical reasons, then, love is the only ethic needed in Huna.
MANA – Confidence (Be confident)
All power comes from within
As mentioned above, there is no power outside of you because the power of God, or the Universe, works through you in your life. You are the active channel for that power — your choices and decisions direct it. No other person can have power over you or your destiny unless you decide to let him or her have it.
PONO – Wisdom (Be positive)
Effectiveness is the measure of truth
In an infinite universe, which Huna postulates, there cannot be an absolute truth. Instead, there must be an effective truth at an individual level of consciousness. This principle is an utterly practical one which allows you to organise and act upon information in the most suitable way for the purpose at hand, so that “facts” do not get in the way of effectiveness. Any organisation of the same knowledge is seen as convenient, not factual, because a different organisation of the same knowledge could be just as valid for other purposes. Another way of saying this is that all systems are arbitrary, so feel free to use what works
A healthy body exists when the body’s life force energy is free flowing. When that energy is blocked or restricted for an extended period, illnesses can occur. During a massage, it is beneficial for the recipient, as well as the practitioner, to focus their attention on their breath. Each breath provides new energy (mana) and inspiration into the body and mind. Therefore exhalation of breath dissolves tension, letting go of the old. When letting go of anything that limits you, you are deepening your experience of relaxation and allowing the new to come through.