story, part 3
Barbara Helynn Heard
Mana Lomi® is the light of my lomi
In 2003 I attended a 4 week Mana Lomi intensive taught by kanaka maoli
– native Hawaiian –
on Maui in Hawaii.
I attended this class expecting to learn some lomi to incorporate into
the lomi I already practiced. To my amazement, when I returned to
Seattle I began practicing almost exclusively Mana Lomi®. I
dropped the flowing lomi style I had learned from Shawn.
Why did I choose to totally replace my previous lomi work with Mana
Lomi®? (1) Because Mana Lomi® effectively solves
problems so that
recipients move more freely after a session and (2) because giving Mana
Lomi® allows me to deeply connect with my clients. Mana
Lomi® helps me
feel. My clients not only enjoy the time they spend on my table, they
feel better after they leave my office.
About 3 weeks into my initial month long training with Maka'ala I
realized one day that I had felt continuously peaceful and happy the
whole time I had been in his class. Never once, day or night, had I
felt irritated or anxious!!! This certainly opened my mind to a new -
and wonderful! - way of being.
I have continued studying with Maka'ala. In 2007 I completed his
teacher training program and began teaching level 1 Mana Lomi®
classes, under Maka'ala's guidance. I continue to teach under
his guidance today.
I teach Mana Lomi® classes in Washington state where
I’ve lived for
close to forty years. I also teach Mana Lomi® to people in the
northeast where I grew up. Sharing this work that I love with people
living on the land that I was born and raised on is awesome!
I chose Greenfield, New Hampshire as the first location in New England
in which to teach Mana Lomi®.
Greenfield is the town – actually village –
where my mother’s family has lived for seven generations. I
class in the home my grandparents built, and in the room where both my
grandmother and my father “changed addresses”. Wow!
I now work cooperatively with Kumu Maka’ala and my Mana Lomi
Marcia York in bringing Mana Lomi to the northwest and
northeastern states. I have
my sights set on Pennsylvania, the land of my father’s
I hope I'll have the opportunity to meet you someday in one of my
Do please contact me if you have any questions or comments
after reading of my lomilomi journey through this website. I love
sharing this healing work which has so graced my life.