Lomilomi 3 day Training Focus: “The Lit House” with Malia Helela, kumu hula
June 4 @ 9:00 am - June 6 @ 5:30 pm
Thursday to Saturday, June 4 to 6, 2020
9:00 am-5:30 pm
Price: $395 + $75 materials fee
In English and Japanese, translation by Eriko Jones
Pre-registration is required. Currently accepting students. Please send an email to Kumu Malia at firstname.lastname@example.org to introduce yourself and share why you are interested in the course. Mahalo!
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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.
Malia 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 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.
The Lit House focus of this training module derives from a traditional Hawaiian greeting: “My house is lit, for you have come!” Imagine our nervous system lighting us up from within, supplying energy to the head, neck and belly. All of these areas of the body respond beautifully to lomilomi, and we give particular attention to them in this training.
This “The Lit House” 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. Malia will give this current training compressed into a single 16 hours weekend intensive.
Kumu Malia Ko’i’ulaokawaolehua Helela 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 Malia now teaches hula and oli to a wide range of students, from infants and toddlers to kupuna. Malia 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.