WHO I AM:
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
presumed ownership of his ancestors as slaves. Forgiveness and healing
is happening within our special family.
Lomi lomi is a
way of life which begins for me with choosing again each day to live in
right relationship with Spirit, withbarbara helynn heard nature and
with humanity and especially to be in right relationship within my own
body, mind and spirit. I regularly meditate, dance 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 in 1996 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 andadornments I am wearing in the photo above. Working 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 creating 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 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 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.
Barbara Helynn Heard, LMP, of Seattle, Washington teaches Mana Lomi® - traditional, clinically and structurally oriented lomilomi. She has over 40 years experience giving massage and 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 time.
Barbara Helynn began her lomilomi journey in 1996, and she has
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. Hula is my joy! I danced hula at Halau Hula o Na Lei o Manu'akepa for yeafive special years where we were 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.
I live in Seattle with my wonderful husband Gary who is also a healer, living in glorious retirement now from work as a chemical addictions 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, click here
This is a lehua blossom which grows on ohia trees in Hawaii. Ohia 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 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!!!...
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