Lomilomi Massage Training “Origins and Source of Hawaiian Healing Practices”- LIVE, Online, Interactive with Mālia Helelā, kumu hula and kumu of lomilomi
November 13, 2021, @ 4:00 pm - December 11, 2021, @ 8:30 pm HST
Saturdays, November 13 to December 11, 2021 (Skipping November 27)
4:00 – 8:30 pm HST
In English and Japanese, translation by Eriko Jones
Pre-registration is required. Currently accepting students. Please send an email to Kumu Mālia at firstname.lastname@example.org to introduce yourself and share why you are interested in the course. Mahalo!
ORIGINS & SOURCE OF HAWAIIAN HEALING PRACTICES
Hawaiian healing practices have evolved over time. Waves of early migrations layered new traditions upon the old. As practitioners refined and elevated their techniques, a uniquely Hawaiian healing art form emerged.
In this training, we will take a broad view of the evolution of lomilomi. We will look at a wide range of sources, from early observations by foreigners to accounts written by Hawaiians. Along the way, we will explore many interpretations of what the origins and source of Hawaiian healing can mean for lomilomi practitioners today.
This “Origins and Source” module of Kumu Malia’s lomilomi massage training is one of 8 complementary training modules, each 16 hours long. Malia’s 8 modules, each with its own focus, provide 128 hours of training to comprise her full culturally-based approach to lomilomi massage.
Hands on lomilomi techniques will be introduced from the first lesson, so come prepared to practice. A person to practice on is welcome but not required.
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.
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 oli (chanting), hula (dance), pule (prayer) and ‘olelo (language). Lei-making develops skills in the hands and fingers and illustrates the importance of a firm yet sensitive touch. Students will also learn the significance of the moon throughout this training.
Supplies You Need to Assemble:
• Printouts of the handouts that you will be emailed in advance
• Pareau/sarong or sheetAssorted pillows / cushions
• Floor covering for a bare floor, such as yoga mat or area rug, unless you have a massage table
• Massage oil or lotion of your choice
Eight Modules of Malia’s Lomilomi Training Program
- Origins and Source of Hawaiian Healing Practices
- Connecting to the Hawaiian Environment
- Moving Through Space
- Basis of Touch Communication
- Grounded & Growing
- Corners of the Body
- The Lit House
- Navigating Through Time
Kumu Mālia Ko’i’ulaokawaolehua Helelā strives to live a life of grace. She began her formal training in lomilomi as a teenager. She was licensed by the State of Hawaii as a massage therapist in 1998 and as an esthetician in 2002. Her hula practice and lomilomi practice, she says, are the same. Her hula halau, which meets at Still & Moving Center, is named Na Hula Ola Aloha. Completing her ‘uniki under Pulu’elo Park, Kumu Hula, in 2002, Kumu Mālia now teaches hula and oli (traditional Hawaiian chanting) to a wide range of students, from infants and toddlers to kupuna. Mālia studied oli under John Keola Lake, Kumu Hula. She has received her advanced lomilomi training from Kumu Keola Chan. She continues to look to the beauty and grace of the Hawaiian environment for grounding and inspiration.
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