I love, practice and teach Mana Lomi® - a form of highly effective, bone deep yet gentle, clinically and structurally focused lomilomi developed by my mentor Hawaiian healer and Mana Lomi® founder Maka'ala Yates D.C. Lomilomi has been the guiding force of my life since 1996 and I have been honored since 2005 to teach lomilomi both as massage continuing education classes and also in several massage school programs.
I love teaching people highly effective, scientifically focused clinical thinking and hands-on techniques which are spiritually grounded in the foundation of Spirit-Nature-Humanity. In my teaching I emphasize body awareness, use of one’s weight, development of keen palpation skills and the use of the creative power of the words. My intent as a teacher is to see the Light in each person and to help each student to be and to do their very best. I help students develop a quality of touch which is deep yet gentle, and also to integrate spiritual and/or emotional qualities into bodywork sessions if so desired to support healing on multiple levels.
I began doing massage as a teen-ager in the 1970’s. I graduated from Brian Utting School of Massage in Seattle, WA in 1996 and since then have maintained an active private practice in Seattle called Awareness Massage.
My name, Barbara Helynn Heard, reflects who I am. The name Barbara was given to me by my parents and means foreigner. This concept of foreigner reflects the importance of my connection with people of other cultures while also honoring my own lineage. My middle name Helynn signifies my responsibility and privilege as a light carrier. Heard is my husband’s family name and is the surname of people who “owned” his ancestors as slaves. Forgiveness and healing is happening within this special family.
MY CONCISE PROFESSIONAL
|CHAPTER 1: I began learning massage as a teenager in the 1970s by exploring with my sister. I discovered lomilomi in 1996 after graduating from massage school. I studied "lomi pololei" with Shawn LaSala Kimmel.... read more|
|CHAPTER 2: I continued my lomi studies first with Aupuni Iwi'ula and then with Kim and Jim Hartley.... read more|
| CHAPTER 3: I "came
home" to Mana Lomi® in 2003 when I began studying with Dr.
Maka'alaYates D.C. Practicing and teaching Mana Lomi® brings me
joy on all levels!! This is fabulous work!!!...