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Lomilomi Massage Training, Fall Intensive Focus: A Basis of Touch
October 3, 2019, @ 9:00 am - October 5, 2019, @ 5:30 pm HST
Mālia Helela, kumu hula
Thursday to Saturday, Oct 3-4-5, 2019
9 am-5:30 pm.
Price: $395 + $75 materials fee
Pre-registration is required. Currently accepting students. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to introduce yourself and share why you are interested in the course. Mahalo
The training will be led in both English and Japanese
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Hawaiian lomilomi massage is unique in all of the ways that Hawai’i is unique. Lomilomi acknowledges and appreciates the influence of Hawaii’s natural environment on its healing practices. This training provides a foundation in lomilomi that is appropriate for use in a spa setting or within the family.
Mālia introduces bodywork in the first lesson, so look forward to giving and receiving massage in every session! Each weekly session builds upon the last so that lessons and themes are intertwined.
Topics in the training include, but are not limited to: Hawaiian terminology for the course, opening and closing protocols, palpation, using the bones as guides, and body systems found in nature. To complement the lomilomi massage techniques, students also learn relevant components of [ital] oli [ital] (chanting), hula (dance), [ital] pule [ital] (prayer) and [ital] ‘olelo [ital] (language). Lei-making develops skills in the hands and fingers and illustrates the importance of a firm yet sensitive touch. Students also learn the significance of the moon throughout this training.
This particular lomilomi training, entitled “A Basis of Touch”, focuses on developing the essential skills of palpation. We explore the skin and muscular systems of the body. We also delve into the therapeutic use of hot towels.
This “Basis of Touch” lomilomi massage training is one of 8 complementary training programs, each 16 hours long. As a whole, her 8 complementary programs, each with its own focus, provide 128 hours of training that comprises her full culturally-based approach to lomilomi massage.
Mālia will give this current training compressed into a single 16 hour weekend intensive.
Malia Ko’i’ulaokawaolehua Helela
Kumu Mālia is beloved by students around the globe for her kind heart and loving style of teaching, not to mention her deep knowledge, beautiful voice and exquisite dancing. She is a traditionally graduated kumu hula and lomilomi practitioner/trainer, as well as a cultural consultant for Still & Moving Center.
Mālia Helela completed her hula ʻuniki (graduation) under Kumu Hula Puluʻelo Park in 2002, and studied oli (traditional Hawaiian chant) under Kumu Hula Keola Lake. Mālia has been teaching both practices ever since to a wide range of students, from infants to kupuna, and leading her halau (school), Nā Hula Ola Aloha. Kumu Mālia has personally taught thousands of hula students in Hawaii. Additionally, the many Japanese hula teachers whom she has trained over the years teach hundreds of their own students in Japan using the style, method and philosophy of Kumu Mālia’s hula lineage.
Kumu Mālia considers her hula practice and lomilomi practice to be two parts of the same whole. From her 20 years of lomi experience, she developed a 128 hour massage training program of her own called Puana Lomilomi, based on the intertwined practices of lomilomi, hula, pule, oli and lei-making.
As a member of Ka Pā o Lonopūhā, Mālia participates in the sharing of native Hawaiian healing arts that focus specifically on lomi aʻe and elements of haki kino, laʻau lapaʻau and hoʻoponopono. Mālia regularly teaches lomilomi for the Salvation Armyʻs Womenʻs Way program representing their cultural healing classes for women in recovery.
As an ambassador and guest lecturer of Hawaiian culture, Mālia has delivered presentations for Leeward Community College, the Hawaii Yoga Institute, Outrigger Reef on the Beach, Mid Pacific Institute, Hawaiʻi Pacific University, Manoa Cottage, Honolulu Theater for Youth, numerous groups of International middle and high school students and Still & Moving Center. Kumu Mālia Helelā is currently researching and writing a trilogy of historic novels centered on the Kawehewehe and Kalia area. As a kumu hula and lomilomi practitioner, she looks to the ‘āina, the land, for grounding and inspiration.