Lomilomi Massage Series
with Kumu Hula Malia Helela
8 Lessons on Sundays, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
May 3 – June 21
$395 + $50 materials fee payable to Malia Helela
Hawaiian lomilomi massage is unique in all of the ways that Hawai’i is unique. In this 8 part series, we will focus on the influence of Hawaii’s natural environment to its healing practices. Students will learn lomilomi massage techniques as well as components of oli (chanting), hula (dance), pule (prayer) and ‘olelo (language).
This 16 hour series will provide a foundation in lomilomi that is appropriate for use within the family or in a spa setting. Each class will build upon the last so that lessons and themes are intertwined. Topics 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. At the close of the series, participants will take part in a hi’uwai sunrise ocean cleansing ceremony together with Kumu Malia’s hula halau.
Currently accepting 8 students. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining why you are interested in the course.
Kumu Malia Ko’i’ulaokawaolehua Helela strives to live a life of grace. Her halau, which meets at Still & Moving Center, is Na Hula Ola Aloha. Completing her uniki under Kumu Hula Puluelo Park in 2002, she now teaches hula and oli to a wide range of students, from infants and toddlers to kupuna. Malia studied oli (traditional Hawaiian chant) under Kumu Hula Keola Lake. 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. She continues to look to the beauty and grace of the Hawaiian environment for grounding and inspiration.