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WHO I AM:
My name, Barbara Helynn Heard, reflects who I am.
The name Barbara was given to me by my parents and means
This concept of foreigner reflects the importance of my
with people of other cultures while also honoring my own
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 presumed ownership of his ancestors as slaves. Forgiveness
and healing is
happening within our special family.
lomi is a way of life which begins for me with choosing again each day
to live in right relationship with Spirit, with
nature and with humanity and especially to be in right relationship
within my own body, mind and spirit. I regularly meditate,
hula, attend Pilates classes and practice somatic movement exploration
for my own wellbeing, as well as in preparation for my work as a
massage therapist and teacher.
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. I started learning lomilomi
at the tail end of massage school and have continued to to learn and
practice lomilomi every since.
An important - and fun -
aspect of my lomi lomi training is creating native Hawaiian crafts such
as the clothing and
adornments I am wearing in the photo
with natural materials to create things has helped me be aware of my
connection with nature, and my place in the lineage of humanity and my
responsibly to hold space and maintain connection between those people
who came before us, and those who will follow us. And
beautiful functional objects allows me to play with art; I've been an
active artist since childhood.
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
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
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
yet gentle, and also to integrate spiritual and/or emotional qualities
into bodywork sessions if so desired to support healing on multiple
I now 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. I have been honored
since 2005 to teach
lomilomi both as massage continuing education classes and also in
several massage school programs.
Heard, LMP, of Seattle, Washington teaches Mana
Lomi® - traditional, clinically and
oriented lomilomi. She has over 40 years experience giving
has been licenced to do so since 1996 when she graduated from Brian
Utting School of Massage. She has
maintained a full time private massage practice in Seattle since that
Barbara Helynn began her lomilomi journey in 1996, and she
studied lomilomi and Hawaiian spirituality with several teachers since
then. Since 2003 she has aligned with native Hawaiian healer
and Mana Lomi® founder Kumu Maka'ala Yates D.C..
WA massage license number MA 00009734
AMTA member since 1996 (American Massage Therapy Association)
A BIT OF JUICY TALK STORY:
In addition to my passion
for practicing and teaching Mana Lomi®, I love to dance hula.
my joy! I dance hula at Halau Hula o Na Lei o Manu'akepa where we are
both dancers and cultural practitioners. I love the Hawaiian language,
and I avidly read books and articles about Hawaiian language, history,
culture and spirituality. I enjoy networking with other lomilomi folks
from various lineages.
live in Seattle with my wonderful husband Gary who is also a healer,
living in glorious retirement now from work as a chemical
counselor. I love my cats, my garden and
our two grown children. Awareness Massage, my private practice, is in
our home. My life is full, and I feel grateful to live in this
auspicious time when people from cultures worldwide are coming together
to share our lives and our earth home.
Would you like to learn
about my personal lomilomi journey in more detail? I've written about
my journey in three chapters. To read chapter 1,
This is a lehua blossom which grows on ohia trees in Hawaii.
trees are one of the first plants to return to an area after a lava
flow. Lehua is one of my names.
E malama pono,
take good care,
Barbara Helynn Heard
| 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
| 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!!!...