ONLINE Lomilomi Training Focus: “Navigating Through Time” – LIVE ONLINE, Interactive with Mālia Helelā, kumu hula and kumu of lomilomi
February 6, 2021, @ 3:00 pm - February 27, 2021, @ 7:30 pm HST
Saturdays, February 6-13-20-27, 2021
3:00 – 7:30 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!
Navigating Through Time – This lomilomi training places emphasis on elements that support the ongoing practice of lomilomi. Such aspects include opening and closing protocols and protective measures for practitioners and treatment spaces. We will continue to explore lomilomi in an online context, focusing on ways to mālama (care for) ourselves and our families.
This lomilomi training constitutes one of 8 complementary training programs, each 16 hours long. As a whole, the 8 complementary programs, each with its own focus, provide 128 hours of training that comprises Maliaʻs full culturally-based approach to lomilomi massage.
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.
Malia introduces bodywork in the first lesson, with options for self-massage for those who may not have someone else to work in this online context. 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 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 sheet
- Assorted 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
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 Na Hula Ola Aloha. Completing her ‘uniki under Pulu’elo Park, Kumu Hula, in 2002, Kumu Mālia now teaches hula and oli to a wide range of students, from infants and toddlers to kupuna. Mālia studied oli (traditional Hawaiian chant) 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.