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Lomilomi Massage Training Focus: Finding Your Voice with Malia Helela, Kumu Hula
August 12, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until August 12, 2018
One event on September 30, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Sundays: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Price: $395 + $75 materials fee
Pre-registration is required. Currently accepting students. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to introduce yourself and share why you are interested in the course. Mahalo!
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.
This particular lomilomi training, focused on Finding Your Voice, helps you to develop your voice that is heard as well as your intuitive, inner voice. We will explore various kinds of Hawaiian prayers and participants will learn to compose prayers for their own use. Prayer is common to all lomilomi lineages. It connects us to the divine and to the ancestors, and acknowledges that healing comes through us and not from us.
This lomilomi massage training, focused on “Finding Your Voice”, is one of 8 complementary training programs, each 16 hours long. Malia will give this current “Voice” training for 2 hours each on consecutive Sundays. Sometimes Kumu Malia compresses her training into a single weekend intensive, also 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.
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 Kumu Hula Pulu’elo Park 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 Kumu Hula John Keola Lake. She continues to look to the beauty and grace of the Hawaiian environment for grounding and inspiration.