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Mana Lomi ® Workshops:
change your life
using Hawaiian healing traditions!


Although most of the students in these Mana Lomi® classes are licenced massage professionals, enthusiastic massage non-professionals interested in developing massage skill to use with friends and family sometimes also participate.  

Click here for massage classes specifically for massage non-professionals.


Our Mana Lomi® workshops not only teach hands on lomilomi techniques.  Each participant also leaves with a positive life transformational experience.  We offer the experience of being connected with each other and with our planet.

The techniques learned in all of our workshops can effectively be  used by massage therapists working in either a spa or medical environment.  This Hawaiian massage both supports deep relaxation as well as injury prevention and recovery.  We constantly assess our client's tissue seeking specific ways to relieve pain and release restrictions on many levels.   Work deeply with little demand on your body.

Classes are NCBTMB certified (#287333-00).


waianapanapa park - empty door frame

the level 1 foundational workshop
(Mana Lomi Level 1: Clinical Lomi Techniques

the level 1 foundational workshop 
(Mana Lomi Level 1: Clinical Lomi Techniques)

The 27 CE hour level 1 workshop is our foundation class. We focus primarily on developing deep yet gentle touch, using body weight, palpation, and strokes that support the circulatory and nervous systems. Clinical thinking is introduced. This workshop establishes groundwork which is built on in the advanced classes.

In this level 1 class you will:

  • Learn a full body lomi lomi routine
  • Explore ways to use your breath, posture and body weight to deliver effective work which is both deep and gentle, and also easy on the therapist’s body
  • Develop your assessment and palpation skills
  • Study the history of lomilomi, Hawaiian healing chants, and the concept of ho’oponopono – living in right relationship with all natural things

the level 2 advanced treatment workshop 
(Mana Lomi Level 2: Advanced Lomi Techniques)

The 27 CE hour level 2 advanced treatment workshop covers advanced techniques that will allow the practitioner to handle most physical problems that may be encountered such as low back pain, neck and shoulder discomfort, golf & tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, pain in the pelvic region, sprained ankles. Specific protocols are taught to treat conditions related to (1) neck, shoulders and arms, (2) back and (3) pelvis and hips and lower extremities. Use of hot towels as hydrotherapy is also taught.

Discussions on ho’oponopono and other related Hawaiian spiritual philosophies will be included, as well as scientific discussion the relationship between muscle spindle fibers, pain receptors & GTO receptors as applied to Mana Lomi®.

Prerequisite: Mana Lomi® level 1 Clinical Lomi Techniques.

the level 3 advanced treatment workshop 

The 28 CE  level 3 workshops teaches ways to use bones as levers to affect soft tissue by stretching or contracting muscles and adding compression/traction to the attachments at the bones in order to help joints in all parts of the body to move more freely.  Bones store memories.  Learn to listen to the stories bones holds.  Learn to  help the bones release tension and guarding so that the soft tissue that attaches to the bones and the blood vesels that nourishes the soft tissue can be toned yet relaxed.

This class  is taught only taught by Dr. Yates.

'ili'ili hot stones workshop 

The 27 CE  level 3 workshops teaches a full body protocol using hot stones.  The protocol used mirrors the one taught in the Level 1 class, integrating the hot stones.

Lomi‘ili’ili, which literally means “flat stones in motion,” have been used in Hawaii for hundreds of years to treat the many levels of healing necessary to help restore balance in the mind-body-soul. Stones are used as an extension of the hands to help better access hard to reach physical restrictions.  The combination of the penetrating heat from the stones with the Mana Lomi® use of bodyweight and specific presence and intention is powerful.  It is different than the way hot stones are taught in other hot stones classes that I'm aware of.

 Each student will learn how to collect stones using proper protocols, how to heat the stones and control the temperature, and how to clean the stones.  

Much attention is given to "transitions" to create consistency through the session. This training is more than just laying of stones onto the patient; it is specific to the individual’s needs as it focuses on problem solving! The more Mana Lomi® skills you have the more uses stones become.  

This 'ili'ili hot stones class may be taken either before or after the level 1 class.  Because they build on each other, taking either one will help you pick up the information in the other more quickly.

anytime/anywhere massage: 
Mana Lomi intro: chair & floor techniques

lomi - seated spinal twist In this 8 CE hour chair and floor technique workshop you learn ways to help quickly relieve common aches and pains that your family, friends, or patients - may have. These moves are done clothed and either on common chairs or on the floor making them easy to use in any setting.

As in all our classes, each stroke is done with intention to produce specific, measurable, clinical and/or structural results. Is someone’s neck, back or shoulder stiff, stuck or aching, or do they have a headache? Learn techniques that can give relief in just a few minutes.

These are also good techniques to teach your clients to use at home.

Mana Lomi Hands & Feet Treatment
(and wrists & ankles)

In this 8 hour Mana Lomi® Hands & FeetTreatment workshop you will learn techniques to palpate, release and/or enliven muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones located in the hands, wrists, ankles and feet whose movement has been chronically restricted by:
  •  Soft tissue injury such as strains or sprains caused by either a high impact event or by repetitive overuse
  •  Damage caused by inadvertently lazy or misaligned posture
  •  Various diseases   
This workshop complements the Shoulder Treatment workshop.  Taking them back to back is good if scheduling allows.

Mana Lomi Shoulder Treatment

In this 8 hour Mana Lomi® Shoulder Treatment workshop you will learn techniques to palpate, release and/or enliven muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones located in the shoulder and related areas whose movement has been chronically restricted by:
  • Soft tissue injury such as strains or sprains caused by either a high impact event or by repetitive overuse
  • Damage caused by inadvertently lazy or misaligned posture
  • Various diseases   
This workshop complements the Mana Lomi Hands & Feet Treatment workshop.  Taking  them back to back is good if scheduling allows.

Mana Lomi Intro: table techniques

This 8 CE hour intro to table technique workshop includes hands on experience with several of the techniques,  a demonstration of a full body Mana Lomi® routine and an introduction to the spiritual aspects of this work.  You'll be able to give a simple Mana Lomi® massage by the end of the day.

introduction to Mana Lomi®

lomi - wiggly wiggly on back This 4 CE hour introductory workshop includes a demonstration of both basic and some advanced lomi moves, an brief introduction to the spiritual aspects of Hawaiian healing arts, and a bodywork trade. Participants get a feel for the deep yet gentle touch used in this work as well as for its clinical orientation.

Discover whether you’d like to study Mana Lomi® in more depth, or simply gain insight to apply to the massage you already practice.

Self Massage using Mana Lomi®

In this 4 CE hour Self-Massage using Mana Lomi® workshop you learn ways to massage yourself to relieve common aches and pains such as headaches and/or stiff or painful joints - neck, back, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees or ankles.  Learn strokes done with your hands, forearms and feet as well as techniques done with balls and other massage tools.  Learn ways to use your breath and increase your body awareness.   You can use the techniques you learn in this class to relieve your own aches and pains.  You can also teach these techniques to your clients to use on themselves between sessions with you.

Because when you give yourself massage you are simultaneously the giver and the receiver, this is a fabulous way to develop your palpation sensitivity.  This class will help you touch others in a way that is both more specific and more subtly perfect.  You'll be more aware of what to look for in their tissues.   And...... expect to have fun in class!!

ho'oponopono: a guided adventure of self-discovery

This Workshop is taught by Dr. Maka'ala Yates, and is open to the public. Ho’oponopono is the answer to bringing peace, harmony, balance, wisdom and love into one’s life, local and global community, and the universe.

In this class you will:
  • Cut the cords to problem causing attitudes, beliefs, emotions and/or behaviors.
  • Connect with deep love of Spirit, self and others.
  • Laugh, learn & have fun.
  • Develop meditation and other healing tools to use for the rest of your life.
Discover how to:
  • allow love and light to fully guide your life
  • let your guard down ~ Fear, guilt, blame, self-criticism, anxiety and/or anger no longer call the shots from beneath the surface.
  • live by contributing rather than by trying to please others
  • stay grounded in love when confronted with darkness
  • say yes when you mean yes and no when you mean no
  • allow love to infuse every cell in your body, your every breath & your every thought

To learn more about ho'oponopono, click here.

fast for colon cleansing

This Workshop is taught and supervised by Dr. Maka'ala Yates, DC and is open to the public.

Colon cleansing is a foundation for health.  Maka'ala has taken traditional Hawaiian healing concepts and formulated a gentle cleansing ritual that will promote health, wellbeing and empowerment to all who participate in this first step toward radiant health.

The fasting period will include:

  •  flushing digestive tract with sea water formula
  • cleansing with Hawaiian herbal formula
  • nutritional education and private consult with Dr. Yates
  • ho'oponopono concepts (correcting imbalances within that cause stress, unhappiness and disease)
  • Hawaiian healing chants and meditation techniques
  • Hawaiian ceremony for purification and elimination of toxins.

The purpose of this program is to foster independence so that each person will be able to repeat the fast without supervision as needed after being educated through this 4 day process. This is a transformational experience on many levels.  The ancient Hawaiians believed in treating illness on all levels of ones being, involving mind, body, emotions and spirit.  Cleansing was in integral part of life, health, and purification in this rich culture.

 To learn more about colon cleansing, click here.