Would you like to learn Lomi Lomi?
Are you looking to find Authentic Ancient Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage training? Are you having difficulty choosing where to learn and whom to select for your study? It is very important in Lomi Lomi to choose the right fit for you.
After several years of training in Lomi, I am only myself at the beginning, but now feel that I called to pass what I have learned along to you.
I have created, with the blessings of my Kumu, Robert Gantke, a series of Lomi Lomi massage courses. They are available to all who show a sincere and unique desire to learn. The Lomi massage training is divided into 2 parts; 2 basic courses and then 2 advanced courses. Students become part of our ohana (family) and will be able to further their training even more through intensive workshops and retreats. These are among the most wonderful experiences we share.
Do you want to discover a way of working that ignites passion?
Do you bring a more spiritual connection to your work?
Do you want to create and deliver an elevated experience to your clients
Healing Hands Lomi Trainings are for anyone who wants to learn to access their own healing legacy, and to learn to live in the spirit of Aloha.
For those who seek to really connect, human to human, soul to soul - to foster limitless transformation of the mind body spirit.
I’ve been devoted to learning, and now teaching this sacred work for the past many years. I would be delighted to introduce you to this wonderful world of healing touch to share with your family, your community, the world !
You may find a link to the courses here
I am also available to bring this teaching to you, worldwide. If you would like to organize a facility and a small group of students in your area, or at a retreat site, simply email me and I would be happy to talk with you about bring the training to you.
I welcome you !
Why do we close our eyes when we dream? when we kiss ? When we cry? Because some of the most beautiful things in life are felt, not seen.
Befriend your body and awaken to your sense of touch
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When we touch another person we exchange energy. There is no way to avoid the fact that a kind of energetic communion takes place, even in such seemingly innocuous acts as shaking hands or touching another on the shoulder. Touch itself, communicates a great deal energetically, and actually influences our own energy field. This is something we all know intuitively
Does your yoga or wellness retreat need a competitive edge?
Why not incorporate something really special and unique?
You put so much thought and effort into the details of your retreat - why stop at massage? Let your retreat shine with an added dimension of offering a mind/body experience that will leave your clients fully and more completely satisfied.
Edward is available to retreat organizers and retreat centers, making this life-changing work available to people all over the world. Partnering with Edward on your retreat with these specialized offerings can really elevate the retreat experience for your guests. Too often, experiences like massage are offered as a commodity "add-on".
In addition to his private practice Edward has led couples workshops and touch workshops in Boston and on Martha's Vineyard. He has brought his healing touch to such faraway destinations as Hawaii, the Caribbean, Germany and Iceland.
Specializing in the ancient art of Lomi Lomi and all forms of relaxation bodywork with an emphasis on touch healing and the mind/body connection he would be happy to discuss participating and collaboration with you to help realize your goals. Edward continues to offer Workshops, Trainings, Retreats and Private Sessions.
If you would like to inquire simply click here
Aloha Friends: I am just back from some beautiful and lovely days in Hawaii and am so inspired and revitalized. It is here that I decided to create 2 wonderful new offerings/treatments. This first, Ancient Lomi Journey represents the culmination o all of me Healing Lomi work to date. It is how Lomi should be expereienced, unrushed, unplanned with ample time before and after to "talk story" and help process and embed the experience. I have allotted 2.5 to 3 hours as an estimate. It is not all table time but it is ll part of the experience. I hope you consider to undertake this Ke Ala Hoku (Pathway to the Stars) with me
Ancient Lomi Lomi Journey
This healing work, from Hawai'i is the embodiment of self care and the love of Aloha. Ancient Lomi Lomi is a flowing, magical treatment which facilitates a lifting and release of emotional and conceptual reality layers, allowing a deeper inner awareness to arise. Limiting beliefs, thoughts and emotions - manifested in patterns of physical holding - are shaken loose by the deeper movement of wholeness emerging. These impactful energies are released in to the sphere of acceptance allowing one to feel and begin to respond to life from a place of more freedom and balance. We are reconnected to our own essence and thereby awakened to the positive energy of all that surrounds us. Every Lomi journey is different; how it unfolds is unique to each person, and different each time it is experienced. The ancient lineage, energetic touch, breath, movement, music and the core intention of Aloha combine to deliver a fluid and truly unforgettable body, or "out of body" experience of profound relaxation, calm, inner peace and joy, resulting in a renewed mind-body balance.
Sessions are 2.5 to 3 hours in length and include time to discuss your goals and objectives prior, ritual pi kai, pule, and time to "talk story" or process and discuss your experience after.
The second treatment is called Subtle Body Journey. Again, for those who have experienced my work, this is really an extension and variation of my Swedish massage treatment - with more of an intention and a connection to invite you to "discover" your own body through touch. This work helps to create and strengthen your own mind/body connection.
Subtle Body Journey - Holistic Kauhuna Bodywork Embark on a slow, methodical exploration of the subtle structures of your body. Get in touch with your diaphragm, belly, jaw, neck, limbs, feet, hands and head through gentle holds, relaxed stretches, slow breathing and gliding touch. This work can be customized to your individual needs, goals and/or chief concerns.
I invite you to come and try both of these wonderful one of a kind touch experiences for yourself.
~ with Aloha
What Does lomilomi actually mean? What is the direct translation?
As an earnest practitioner of this technique, I became interested in what the term actually means. I have myself in earlier posts attempted to offer my thoughts but it turns out, after much research, the the reality is less clear. A search of the internet reveals no shortage of sites offering a "translation". Many massage therapists who offer or claim to offer lomi massage almost always include a definition of some type. Many with such authority you would think it could have been found written on stone tablets some 5,000 years ago.
The truth, contrary to much of what is written, is we are not sure. There is a common understanding that today, in the modern world, (2018 as I write this) LomiLomi has come to mean "Hawaiian Massage" or "Loving Touch". Lomi Lomi in a very diluted form is offered in spas and hotels and massage practices all over. It is offered in Hawaii and as well in other parts of the world. As well, there are a number of dedicated practitioners who offer a more pure form of Lomi. Although I am not Hawaiian, I consider myself to be a part of this group because my interest is pure and genuine and my search for knowledge and learning is ever ongoing. Separate from a discussion about the work itself, and a history of the work, this post is simply about the term.
Because the Hawaiian language is an oral language, there are no early texts upon which to research. The Hawaiian language was first codified and written down by English missionaries in the 18th century, thus every aspect of the written language is quite modern; a western interpretation of what these early missionaries heard.
The timeline of Hawaii can be roughly divided into 2 eras, Pre contact and post contact. In pre-contact Hawaii, all knowledge, language, learning was oral. Upon arrival of Captain Cook in 1778, we first read Hawaiian words.
Captain James King, who arrived with Captain Cook in 1779 observed LomiLomi in his journal, but did not give it a name. The first documented use of the word "Lomi" was found in the account of surgeon and naturalist Archibald Menzies, who accompanied Captain Vancouver in 1794. Vancouver himself used the Tahitian word RumiRumi (he spelled it roome roome).
Among early native Hawaiian historians, the fist use of the word appears to be by David Malo, writing sometime between 1835 and 1858. In 1865 it appears in a dictionary by Lorrin Andrews as follows: LomiLomi: 1. A rubbing, pressing 2. The servant whose business it was to take care of the spittle and excrements of the chief.
Hardly the stuff of a glorified spa visit!
In contrast, however are numerous early foreign historians who give accounts of Lomi Lomi as a wonderful rubbing or massage and or to the person administering the massage, such as this one by James Jackson Jarves writing in 1843; "Servants who were especially trained in LomiLomi - a luxurious kneading or shampooing (from the Hindi word Champo for massage), and stretching and cracking of the joints (bonework), exceedingly pleasant withal, and operating as a gentle and refreshing exercise.
Other terms such as HamoHamo which was described as "to rub oil on the skin, to massage the muscles. And iwikuamo 'o as "to tread on the back. It is interesting that this word when spoken can sound a bit similar to hamohamo.
Is it possible then that over time, as this beautiful Hawaiian language was growing dim and recorded in various journals that Lomi Lomi was the only term that people remembered? or the term that survived, and that originally it was once a term that described something similar or related but not identical to the work we do today??
There you have it! That combined with research into the ancient arts of Hawaiian healing and martial arts have allowed us to piece together a picture of a comprehensive wellness treatment that was "exceedingly pleasant withal, and operating as a gentle and refreshing exercise.".
The definitive Hawaiian Dictionary, first published only as recently as 1956 but is still in use today defines lomi as massage. and lomilomi as a reduplicate of same.
So it is in this that I leave you - the origins of the term are interesting, yes, but not so special as to obscure the history and the origins of the work itself, which has been done and passed on for generations, morphing I am certain along the way but today being administered by a select group of dedicated practitioners, in the best way that they know how, with the best of intention, and with all the knowledge they posses which has been handed down to them from teacher to teacher, back to to the ancients.
Treat your someone special to something unique this Valentine’s Day! Learn to give each other the gift of massage !
Giving and receiving massage can be one of the most enjoyable experiences you can share. From relaxing to romantic - learning some proper techniques can enhance the experience while learning how to protect yourself from strains, aches and pains.
Based on the principles of Swedish Massage, this highly focused personalized one-on-one workshop is designed to give you the basics to begin your foundation of giving a great massage. It can be done in private or in small groups.
Are you looking for new and exciting ways to connect?
Are you open? Ready to experience new ways of releasing tension and stress in your bodies?
Would you like to find new ways of celebrating your love and expressing your love through the power of touch?
Couples take a couples massage class for many reasons but almost always in part to deepen their connection with each other. To feel their partner in new ways both their physical body as well as through an emotional connection, and an exchange of energy.
Through touch we are able to feel, read and share an even more intimate relationship with our partner. All you have to do is breathe, believe in love and begin.
For more information regarding my Couples Workshop click here
A Tale of 2 Monks.......
Two monks were walking along a river when they came upon a crossing point.
At the crossing was a woman in tears. She told them that she was afraid of the water and could not cross. Without a word, or hesitation, the older monk proceeded to carry the woman on his shoulder, crossed the river and let her down on the other side.
The two monks resumed their path while the woman went her own way.
When they returned, the younger monk, obviously agitated, continued shaking his head and muttering under his breath. After a moment the older monk finally asked him what was wrong. The younger monk said, "Brother, we are prohibited from any contact with women, yet you carried that woman across the river on your back. You let her crawl onto you and you held her! " The older monk gave a slight smile and said to his younger companion: "Brother, I left her 2 miles back at the crossing. Yet, you still appear to be carrying her"
This is a very well known Zen parable about letting go. But there are so many things to take away from this simple story. What do you see in that relates to your life and your observations of friends, family.
Ok I will just come out and lead with it - Send him or her this link to a Massage Gift Certificate ! Seriously, its not that massage is the only gift, but if you are reading this blog, there is a very good chance it is something you would love, and therefore sometimes it is helpful to give guidance.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. And expectations sometimes run high. Whether it is the gift, or the card, or the flowers or the dinner - Valentines is sort of like New Years for some - there is pressure to succeed.
Some of you reading this may already be dreaming about roses and Godiva, others a romantic candlelit dinner and a stunning pair of diamond studs.
Still others may just be hoping for a morning to sleep in and maybe a cup of coffee handed to you before you even get out of bed. Maybe more help with the kids, if you have them.
Tips for Making Your Spouse or Significant Other a Better Gift Giver
Don’t make it a guessing game.
Gift-giving shouldn’t be some kind of test—especially not a pass or fail one. For those who are literally happy with anything, I guess this post is not aimed at you. For others, they wish their spouse was more thoughtful, but maybe he just needs guidance and does not excel at reading minds.
There’s no reason to be sly or secretive about what you want for a special occasion. Just be open about it.
For men (and I am assuming most reading this blog are women) I think most would love to make you happy and give you what you would love, so spell it out. Send an amazon link,
But if you have something in mind—even if it’s just the type of present you’d like —don’t just cross your fingers and hope they can read your mind.
Let Him Know When He Gets It Right
When your spouse or SO hits the nail on the head gift-wise, feel free to gush over it—and then demonstrate how much you love it by making a point of using/wearing it in his presence.
Not only will he feel proud of his present of choice, he’ll also be more likely to give a repeat performance!
Tell Him to Consider This - What does he love about you, and then give a gift reflecting that.”
So if your mate is totally stumped, suggest he consider what exactly it is he loves about you. If he loves how organized you keep the whole family, maybe you’ll end up with a beautiful, classy day planner. If he’s grateful for your cooking skills, you might get to enjoy a brand new cast iron skillet. If nothing else, asking that question is a helpful starting point.
Encourage Him to Think Beyond Stuff the Store
A house full of stuff does not a happy person make.
Life is about experiences. And this goes for you too in the giving department, Maybe it is a helicopter flying lesson, or grown up go carts.
A study from researchers at San Francisco State University found that when we spend our money on experiences rather than things, it can actually lead to increased satisfaction and well being. This again is a perfect reason for getting and giving massage.
So help your spouse out and make yourself happier in the process by suggesting he focus on experiential purchases. A gift certificate for a manicure, a pair of tickets to the theater, or a coupon for a skydiving trip (for the thrill-seeking readers out there!) might be in your future.
Remember: It Really Is the Thought That Counts
It is cliché, but it is true. As long as there is thought that goes into it. A thoughtless gift picked up on the way home can hurt, better no gift. But a thoughtful mate might be struggling and one gift you can give him in return is direction.
Note: Because most of my readers/clients are heterosexual females, and because it it too cumbersome to do otherwise, this post is written that way, but it of course applies to all genders and couples. Anyone who knows me knows that no offense is intended. If you are unattached this Valentines day than of course gift yourself....what a wonderful thing to do!
When grief appears it permeates every layer.
The pain is conscious and unconscious. It is a cloud, a fog at a minimum always in the background, but it also takes over and can be the dominant thought. It impacts how you awake and view the world on any given day, despite the day not having yet unfolded.
Grief creeps down our spines, makes a home in our bellies, connects wires to our brains where the machine replays the most terrifying moments of pain, anguish, sadness.
Over and over on a loop so we don't forget.
Grief winds, spirals, clenches and creeps.
It drips into every cell, making its way into the past and future.
Now bodywork... that's here, now.
Here in between these four walls, you're safe.
You, me, this pain.
Just the three of us ready for a different kind of conversation.
I reach out my hand to find the place where it hurts.
You breathe in, tentatively at first, unsure but ready to listen.
The pressure feels pleasant.
A welcome reprieve.
You breathe deeply, discovering new places within yourself.
Through my offered touch you embark on a sensory journey.
The trauma and the pain show up as guides.
And we get to know them.
They don’t want to hurt you.
They say, “I have something to show you.”
We wander over and explore new sensations.
And it gets easier.
Then you say, “My body is my friend.”
based on original post here
From now until Christmas Day, there will be a flurry of office parties, reunions, family gatherings and meet-ups with friends. And Shopping, and more shopping, and more shopping. And Cards, Have you noticed Christmas cards that used to be $1, are now more like $7 ? You can thank the internet. Card companies have decided that the only way to compete with free communication like email is to ramp up the cards with glue on stick on items and make them hugely expensive. Moreover most cards today are not even written, but a family photo card. But if you think about it, this type of card says "hey I am thinking about me" versus a handwritten note that says "I am thinking of you". It occurs to me that the simple act of taking the time to put pen to just a piece of paper, writing a thought and mailing it is in itself a thoughtful, graceful act.
Do you ever feel like the spirit and meaning of Christmas has changed over time from something much simpler? Right now we even fret more about whether we can even say the word Christmas without offending. And then add to that so many people who are quietly suffering during the Holiday season. Either from loss of a loved one, alienation from family and or friends, or simple loneliness. For some people hearing the words" Happy Holidays" can seem like a cruel joke.
Why It’s Especially Important to Get a Massage during the Holidays
Simple. Self Care. Returning to the present. Balance. Focus. Massage for relaxation is also a mediation of sorts. It helps with tired muscles but also gives the mind time to purge itself of the clutter and the worry a bit.
If you’re saying that you will be too busy to take an hour away from your schedule to get a massage, there are plenty of reasons why you should squeeze it in. Take a look:
And for most, there is the simple stresses and pressure of keeping up. There is an enormous underlying pressure to make the holidays larger than life and the expectations we set for them are high. It can be exhausting.
For me it is my goal to help people to realize that massage is not a luxury but a necessary form of self care, part of an effective whole life wellness lifestyle.
In an especially busy time like the holiday season, your body, and mind and spirit can all benefit from taking a step out and away.
~ with Aloha and Merry Christmas
I write about things that I myself need to be mindful of. ways in which I would like to improve. It is not from the perspective of preaching - but rather writing helps me work out what I myself need to do - we are all in this together.