My kumu (teacher) Maka'ala Yates is an indigenous Hawaiian elder, who began learning about Lomilomi in his childhood. He studied with the renowned master Aunty Margaret for many years, and now devotes his life to passing on this knowledge
to others around the world.
True Lomilomi as it was practiced
by the ancient Hawaiian kahunas and by a few today, is
a multi-faceted approach to healing. It is an art and a science
that takes a lifetime to master. It is also a traditional form
of health care in Hawaii.
- Bodywork/massage - broad strokes that sink deeply into
the tissues. It stretches, softens and loosens muscles, calms
the nervous system as it improves circulation, both blood and
lymphatic. Joint mobilizations are incorporated to increase range
of motion and flexibility, also it is felt that sometimes blocked
energy resides in the joints that can be released through passive
- Ho'opono'pono - a counseling method used to clear
a persons emotions. Loosely translated, it means to put to rights.
The relationship between our emotions and physical ailments is
clearly acknowledged by the Hawaiians. This method is used not
only with clients, but also by the Lomilomi practitioner to clear
their own issues. Aunty Margaret, the most famous, Lomilomi practitioner
alive today says: "before the sun sets every day, you
must empty your heart of jealousy and anger."
- Prayer - this is considered as perhaps the
most important component in the mix. An acknowledgment that the
divine presence working through us is the true healer. It is
important to begin and end each session with a prayer (out loud
or silently). Keeping a mindful presence throughout the treatment,
asking for divine help.
- La'au lapa'au - herbal healing. A true Lomilomi healer is also well versed in the ancient science of healing
with plants. Teas, salves, and poultices might be made and prescribed
to the client. Because of their close spiritual relationship
with the natural kingdom, ancient kahunas were able to divine
the healing properties of leaves, roots, fruits, barks and flowers.
Also oils, kukui nut and coconut might be infused with other
ingredients much like we use aromatherapy today.
- Cleansing - directions on cleansing your colon
might be the first instruction you receive when presenting with
a physical ailment to a practitioner. This usually entails a
process involving ingesting diluted saltwater, herbal preparations,
rest, and Lomilomi massage focusing on the digestive system.
The connection between our eliminatory organs and our health
is clearly understood in the Lomilomi tradition.
If you are considering becoming a student
of Lomilomi, the process begins by learning a fundamental
massage routine, focusing on opening your heart to the client
and using a loving touch. You will also learn some basics about
Hawaiian history, traditions and chanting. It is important that
you walk away with a 'feeling' about this work. It is about so
much more than the techniques. If you feel drawn to learn more,
there is more available, but many are content to incorporate
what they learn in what they already know.
My background is in Medical
Massage, which I feel created a strong foundation for me to build
upon. At first Lomilomi seemed very simple (then I remembered
something I always say, "life is simple, we just make it
difficult"). As time went on, I was able to apply the medical
principles I knew to the work, and began to glean a deeper understanding
of the methodology. I found myself incorporating more and more Lomilomi techniques in my sessions. It feels really wonderful,
and releases muscles and energy with ease for both the client
and the therapist.
Learning Lomilomi is a healing
journey, for you as a therapist and myself as the teacher. As
we embark on this road together, my intention is to create a
fun, educational, healing, relaxing, joyful experience for us
all. Please consider joining me.
RECENT GRADUATING CLASS
Next Lomilomi Workshop
February 22-24, 2019
Lomilomi 1 workshop
- A fundamental, full body lomilomi massage
- Hawaiian chants and discussion of Ho'opono'pono
- Brief history of Lomilomi and Hawaii
- Group weaving of a Ti leaf lei (pending
availability of materials)
- Potluck lunch