AWARENESS MASSAGE lomilomi workshops:
would you like to LEARN MASSAGE, AND MORE,
INCORPORATING Hawaiian healing traditions?

the approach used
in all awareness massage workshops

 Awareness Massage Lomilomi workshops not only teach hands on lomi lomi techniques.  Each participant leaves with a positive, life transforming experience of connecting with each other and with our planet.

My intent is to inspire both novice and experienced massage therapists to further develop awareness and presence within our own bodies, minds & spirits.  I am passionate about helping my students develop sensitive palpation skills as well as ways to most effectively use body weight to deliver deep yet gentle massage. I am also passionate about helping participants cultivate self-awareness and self-love, practices which contribute to our ability to provide transformative and highly effective massage for our clients.

Lomilomi with Awareness Massage is grounded in healing practices from the Big Island of Hawaii. Done with DEEP yet GENTLE, LOVING touch, it is clinically focused, structure specific, problem solving massage, which pays special attention to bones for healing at all levels, if so desired. Awareness Massage Lomilomi can help support ease of movement and relieve pain caused many conditions including: joint injuries caused by trauma or repetitive use, sciatica, arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, headaches, asthma and other breathing problems, depression, emotional pain related to loss, high stress lifestyle, cancer, Parkinson's disease, problematic posture, pregnancy, and more. Done skillfully, this highly effective treatment massage feels wonderful to receive, making it equally valuable in both treatment and wellness focused settings.

Most class hours are devoted to hands on massage practice with special attention to palpation skills and use of practitioner’s body weight to create deep yet gentle, penetrating massage. The balance of class time is spent doing body awareness exercises, and participating in group discussions related to the work. Traditional Hawaiian concepts are introduced.

Because this Hawaiian grounded massage both supports deep relaxation as well as injury prevention and recovery, it can effectively be  used by massage therapists working in either a spa or medical environment. 

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~~~   INDIVIDUAL CLASS DESCRIPTIONS   ~~~

LOMILOMI fUNDAMENTALS WORKSHOP:
intensive format ~ 27 CE
(full body protocol)

The Lomilomi Fundamentals class teaches a 90 minute, full body lomilomi protocol using the Awareness Massage approach.   Techniques taught include: lomilomi strokes, long strokes, compressions, compression-tractions, passive range of motion exploration/stretches, vibration, tapping, and traction.  The Lomilomi Fundamentals class establishes groundwork which is built on in advanced lomilomi classes. 

This class can be taken in a 3 day, 27 CE hour intensive format.  It can also be taken as a series of four or five 8CE individual classes. The 8 CE individual classes are:

  1. Lomilomi Palpation and Compressions – This class can be taken independently.
  2. Lomilomi for Hips and Legs – This class can be taken independently.
  3. Lomilomi for Back, Shoulders, Arms, Prone – This class can be taken independently.
  4. Lomilomi for Belly, Chest, Neck, Head and full body review – This class can NOT be taken independently.  It can only be taken with the previous 3 listed classes.
  5. Lomilomi Stretches and Movement Exploration – This supplemental class can be taken independently. It repeats Techniques taught in the previous 4 classes

The approach used in this class is consistent with the manner of palpation, the values, attitudes and thought processes, and the teaching style used in all Awareness Massage lomilomi classes.

The approach used in this class is consistent with the manner of palpation, the values, attitudes and thought processes, and the teaching style used in all Awareness Massage lomilomi classes.

PREREQUISITES: none

LOMILOMI fUNDAMENTALS:
PALPATION PRACTICE AND COMPRESSIONS ~ 8 CE
this is part 1 of the Lomilomi Fundamentals class.  It may be taken individually, or as part of full four (or five) 8 CE Lomilomi Fundamentals class Series.

Participants practice exercises designed to develop the ability to touch bone deep in a gentle fashion.  Compression techniques on various parts of the body are taught with special attention given to compression of the buttocks.

The material covered in this class is traditionally done day 1 of the Lomilomi Fundamentals full body class done in the intensive format class. This class may be taken as a stand-alone class or along with the other Lomilomi Fundamentals classes for students wishing to learn the full body routine.  While taking this class before the other classes is not required, students who take this class first will clearly have an advantage.

The approach used in this class is consistent with the manner of palpation, the values, attitudes and thought processes, and the teaching style used in all Awareness Massage lomilomi classes.

PREREQUISITES: none

LOMILOMI fUNDAMENTALS:
HIPS AND LEGS ~ 8 CE
this is part 2 of the Lomilomi Fundamentals class.  It may be taken individually, or as part of full four (or five) 8 CE Lomilomi Fundamentals class Series.

Participants learn to do lomilomi strokes, long strokes, compressions and passive range of motion and stretches for the hips and legs, both prone and supine.  These are all fundamental lomilomi movements. 

The material covered in this class is traditionally done day 1 and/or 2 of the  Lomilomi Fundamentals full body class taught in the intensive format.  This class may be taken as a stand-alone class, or together with the other Lomilomi Fundamentals classes for students wishing to learn the full body routine. 

The approach used in this class is consistent with the manner of palpation, the values, attitudes and thought processes, and the teaching style used in all Awareness Massage lomilomi classes.

PREREQUISITES: none.  However, students who also  take the Palpation Practice and Compressions class  will have a clear advantage. 

LOMILOMI fUNDAMENTALS:
BACK, SHOULDERS & ARMS, PRONE ~ 8 CE
this is part 3 of the Lomilomi Fundamentals class.  It may be taken individually, or as part of full four (or five) 8 CE Lomilomi Fundamentals class Series.

Participants learn to do lomilomi strokes, long strokes, compressions, and passive range of motion and stretches on the back, shoulders and arms with the client lying in the prone position.  These are all fundamental lomilomi movements.

The material covered in this class is traditionally done day 1 and/or 2 of the intensive Lomilomi Fundamentals full body intensive format class.  This class may be taken as a stand-alone class or together with the other Lomilomi Fundamentals classes for students wishing to learn the full body routine.

The approach used in this class is consistent with the manner of palpation, the values, attitudes and thought processes, and the teaching style used in all Awareness Massage lomilomi classes.

PREREQUISITES: none.  However, students who also  take the Palpation Practice and Compressions class  will have a clear advantage.

LOMILOMI fUNDAMENTALS:
BELLY, UPPER CHEST, NECK, HEAD & FULL BODY REVIEW ~ 8 CE
this is part 4 of the Lomilomi Fundamentals class.  It may ONLY be taken as part of full four (or five) 8 CE Lomilomi Fundamentals class Series. 

During the morning lomilomi strokes, long strokes, compressions, and range of motion exploration for the belly, chest, neck and head are taught. During the afternoon students do a supervised full body review.

The approach used in this class is consistent with the manner of palpation, the values, attitudes and thought processes, and the teaching style used in all Awareness Massage lomilomi classes.

PREREQUISITES: This class is offered only to students who are also taking these other three 8CE Lomilomi Fundamentals classes:  1) Palpations Practice and compressions, 2) hips and legs, and 3) the back, shoulders and arms prone.  This work is traditionally done on the last day of the intensive, Lomilomi Fundamentals full body intensive format class.

LOMILOMI fUNDAMENTALS:  
LOMILOMI STRETCHES AND MOVEMENT EXPLORATION ~ 8 CE
this is Supplemental part 5 of the Lomilomi Fundamentals class.  All techniques are also taught within parts 1-4 of this series.

Participants learn to explore and expand range of motion for the back, neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles using passive range of motion, reciprocal inhibition, and more.  These movements are used within the full body Awareness Massage fundamental routine as taught in the Lomilomi Fundamentals class, and can also easily be integrated into other massage styles as well.  Clinical thinking is emphasized. 

The approach used in this class is consistent with the manner of palpation, the values, attitudes and thought processes, and the teaching style used in all Awareness Massage lomilomi classes.

PREREQUISITES: none

LOMILOMI USING HOT STONES WORKSHOP  ~ 27 CE
(full body protocol)

Participants in this class will learn a full body lomilomi massage treatment using hot stones and using the Awareness Massage approach.

My teachers tell me that lomilomi using round, flat stones in motion, have been used in Hawaii for hundreds of years to treat 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 aligned use of body weight and specific presence and intention is powerful. 

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

This lomi lomi hot stones class may be taken either before or after the Awareness Massage Lomilomi Fundamentals class.  Because they build on each other, taking either one will help you pick up the information in the other more quickly. The approach used in this class is consistent with the manner of palpation, the values, attitudes and thought processes, and the teaching style used in all Awareness Massage lomilomi classes.

PREREQUISITES: none

LOMILOMI SPECIFIC TREATMENT WORKSHOP:
intensive format  ~ 27 CE 
 (Advanced lomilomi for treatment)

The 27 CE hour specific treatment workshop covers techniques that will allow the practitioner to treat, relieve and/or resolve many problems that we commonly encounter such as pain, discomfort and/or movement difficulties in all joints in the body. Treatment techniques useful in treating arthritis, whiplash, headaches, golf & tennis elbow, joint replacement, carpal tunnel, pain in the pelvic region, sprained ankles, and more are taught. The body is viewed and treated as a clearly interrelated whole in which what occurs in one part of the body affects all other parts of the body.

This class can be taken a 3 day, 27 CE hour intensive format, or as a series of four 8CE individual classes which can all be taken independently.  The 8 CE individual classes are:

  1. Lomilomi treatment for the upper back, rib cage, shoulders and arms - prone 
  2. Lomilomi treatment for the ribcage, shoulders and neck - supine
  3. Lomilomi treatment for the hips and low back
  4. Lomilomi treatment done side lying

The approach used in this class is consistent with the manner of palpation, the values, attitudes and thought processes, and the teaching style used in all Awareness Massage lomilomi classes.

Prerequisite: Lomilomi Fundamentals workshop must be taken before taking the Lomilomi Specific Treatment workshop in the .3 day intensive format, but not for the 1 day classes.

LOMILOMI SPECIFIC TREATMENT TECHNIQUES:
- HIPS AND LOW BACK - 8 CE
this is part 1of the Lomilomi Specific Treatment Techniques class.  It may be taken individually, or as part of the full four 8 CE Class Series

Participants learn lomilomi specific treatment techniques to relieve pain, discomfort and/or movement restriction in the hips and low back.  These techniques are done with the client lying prone. Clinical thinking is emphasized.

The approach used in this class is consistent with the manner of palpation, the values, attitudes and thought processes, and the teaching style used in all Awareness Massage lomilomi classes.

PREREQUISITES: none. However, students have taken the Lomilomi Fundamentals class will have a clear advantage. 

LOMILOMI SPECIFIC TREATMENT TECHNIQUES:
- uPPER BACK, SHOULDERS, RIB CAGE, & ARMS - PRONE- 8 CE
this is part 2 of the Lomilomi Specific Treatment Techniques class.  It may be taken individually, or as part of the full four 8 CE Class Series

Participants learn lomilomi specific treatment techniques to relieve pain, discomfort and/or movement restriction in the upper back, shoulders and arms.  These techniques are done with the client lying prone. Clinical thinking is emphasized.

The approach used in this class is consistent with the manner of palpation, the values, attitudes and thought processes, and the teaching style used in all Awareness Massage lomilomi classes.

PREREQUISITES: none. However, students have taken the Lomilomi Fundamentals class will have a clear advantage. 

LOMILOMI SPECIFIC TREATMENT TECHNIQUES:
- RIB CAGE, ARMS, SHOULDER AND NECK - SUPINE - 8 CE
this is part 3 of the Lomilomi Specific Treatment Techniques class.  It may be taken individually, or as part of the full four 8 CE Class Series

Participants learn lomilomi specific treatment techniques to relieve pain, discomfort and/or movement restriction in the arms, chest, shoulders and neck.  These techniques are done with the client lying supine. Clinical thinking is emphasized.

The approach used in this class is consistent with the manner of palpation, the values, attitudes and thought processes, and the teaching style used in all Awareness Massage lomilomi classes.

PREREQUISITES: none. However, students have taken the Lomilomi Fundamentals class will have a clear advantage. 

LOMILOMI SPECIFIC TREATMENT TECHNIQUES:
- SIDE LYING TREATMENT - 8 CE
this is part 4 of the Lomilomi Specific Treatment Techniques class.  It may be taken individually, or as part of the full four 8 CE Class Series

Participants learn lomilomi specific treatment techniques to relieve pain, discomfort and/or movement restriction in the shoulders, arms, low back and hips with the client in a side lying position. This work can be used with any client for whom lying prone and/or supine is difficult or uncomfortable, including those who are pregnant or injured.  Access to hips and shoulders is provided in a way that very well complements techniques done prone and supine. Clinical thinking is emphasized.

The approach used in this class is consistent with the manner of palpation, the values, attitudes and thought processes, and the teaching style used in all Awareness Massage lomilomi classes.

It is useful, but not required, to take either the Lomilomi Foundational course and/or the Lomilomi Side Lying With a Relaxation Focus class before taking this class.  

PREREQUISITES: none. However, students have taken the Lomilomi Fundamentals class , and/or the Lomilomi Sidelying with a Relaxation Focus class will have a clear advantage. 

LOMILOMI SIDE LYING with A RELAXATION FOCUS - 8 CE

Participants learn lomilomi fundamental techniques with the client in a side lying position. This work is can be used with any client for whom lying prone and/or supine is difficult or uncomfortable, including those who are pregnant or injured.  Access to hips and shoulders is provided in a way that very well complements techniques done prone and supine.

The approach used in this class is consistent with the manner of palpation, the values, attitudes and thought processes, and the teaching style used in all Awareness Massage lomilomi classes.

PREREQUISITES: none

LOMILOMI HANDS & FEET TREATMENT ~ 8 CE
(and wrists & ankles)

In this 8 hour Lomilomi Hands & Feet Treatment workshop you will learn techniques to palpate, release and/or tone 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 work is intended to be incorporated into a full body massage given on a massage table. It is useful both for treatment of injuries or illnesses affecting the extremities and for general relaxation massage.

This workshop complements the Shoulder Treatment workshop. Taking them back to back is good if scheduling allows.

PREREQUISITES: none

LOMILOMI SHOULDER TREATMENT ~ 8 CE

In this 8 hour Lomilomi 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 work is intended to be incorporated into a full body massage given on a massage table. It is useful both for treatment of injuries or illnesses affecting the extremities and for general relaxation massage.

This workshop complements the Lomilomi Hands & Feet Treatment workshop.  Taking  them back to back is good if scheduling allows.

PREREQUISITES: none

BREAST & CHEST mASSAGE ~ 16 CE

In this class students will learn massage of the ribcage, chest and breasts to support healthy breathing and general stress relief within full body wellness massage. Students also learn how this massage can benefit clients living with breast cancer, breast augmentation, breast reduction, mastectomy, fibrocystic breast tissue, and other non-cancerous breast conditions.

The chest and breast massage taught in this class is intended to be easily integrated into a holistic, full body session to relieve tension, stress and pain, and to increase our clients’ ease of movement in both the upper and lower body. This work consistently helps clients feel and connect with their whole body in a wonderful way that many have not previously experienced.

Emphasis is placed on making our touch safe, pleasant, sexually neutral, and effective for both female and male clients. In many of the techniques taught, pressure is directed to the muscles and ribs located deep to the mammary glands which are within breast tissue. Students will learn massage techniques which are done with the chest draped and other techniques which are done bare chested/breasted for both men and women.

More than half the class is devoted to hands on massage practice. The balance of the time is spent participating in discussion of the issues specific to breast massage listed below.

This course meets Washington State training requirements for specialized training in breast massage (WAC 246-830-555).

Course training includes:

  • indications & contraindications
  • therapeutic treatment techniques
  • draping requirements
  • appropriate therapist-client or patient boundaries
  • expected outcomes
  • client/ patient safety related to breast massage
  • breast anatomy and physiology
  • pathology

SPECIAL CLASSROOM POLICIES FOR THIS CLASS

By registering, Attendees agree to the following policies:

  • Attendee must be a licensed massage therapist in any US State with an official massage licensing board, or a healthcare professional with breast massage in their scope of practice. If a massage therapist practices in a state without massage licensing, permission from the instructor is required.
  • Attendee must be present for all class hours, including all lecture and technique demonstrations.
  • Attendee understands that full chest and breast areas on both women and men* will be treated within this class, and that the full chest and breast will be undraped for much of the treatment.
  • Attendee understands that the nipples and areolas will be touched during some of the treatment sequences as a general part of the breast. Specific nipple/areola treatment is not included in this course.
  • Attendee agrees to both give and receive all techniques with fellow students, both male and female*. Friends or work associates taking the course together understand all students are expected to rotate "trades" with other students during practice times rather than only work with the same student(s) throughout the course.
  • Attendee agrees to adhere to professional standards and ethics both during the course, as well as when working with the public in a clinical/office setting.
  • In order to receive their Course Completion Certificate, all registering students agree to the these policies for this course. Any student who does not adhere to the course rules will be immediately asked to leave the course and will receive neither course credit nor tuition refund.

*  Note: I am willing to privately schedule breast and chest massage classes for 2-8 therapists.  These classes can be either females only or co-ed.  Contact me for more information.

PREREQUISITES: none

BREAST & CHEST mASSAGE USING LOMILOMI ~ 8 CE

In this class we learn massage to support healthy breathing via massage of the posterior and anterior rib-cage, with specific attention to the chest and breasts.

Breast/chest/anterior rib-cage massage is taught with an emphasis on making our touch neutral, safe, pleasant and effective. Students will learn massage techniques which are done with the chest draped and other techniques which are done bare chested/breasted for both men and women. Care is given to directing our pressure to the muscles and ribs located deep to the mammary glands and breast tissue. Special attention is given to establishing professional boundaries in order to create a safe environment for this sensitive work. Indications and contraindications for breast massage are covered as well as legal and ethical issues related to breast massage.

Treating people diagnosed with serious breathing and/or breast tissue problems such as cancer is beyond the scope of this class; additional training is suggested for these conditions.

More than half the class hours are devoted to hands on massage practice. The balance of the time is spent doing body awareness and breathing exercises, and participating in group discussion of the issues specific to breast massage.  massage.

Male students are requested to register together with another person who will partner with them for chest massage practice during the afternoon session. Alternately, male students may bring a non-paying body buddy for the afternoon session who will allow said student to practice on her/his chest both with and without a drape.

This massage is intended to be integrated into a holistic, full body, wellness focused session to help our clients breathe more fully and easily, to relieve their stress and pain, and to increase their ease of movement in both the upper and lower body.  The approach used in this class is consistent with the manner of palpation, the values, attitudes and thought processes, and the teaching style used in other Awareness Massage lomilomi classes.

PREREQUISITES: none

VISCERAL MASSAGE USING LOMILOMI ~ 8 CE

In this class participants learn to palpate and identify various abdominal organs including the stomach, the liver, the greater omentum, the small intestine, the large intestine, the ileocecal valve and the abdominal fascia.  This work can help the organs themselves as well as the fascia and muscles which hold the organs in place to relax and/or tonify.  This massage can ease discomfort related to constipation, soft stool, gas, acid reflux and menstrual cramps, and can also ease musculoskeletal discomfort in the abdomen, back, pelvis, hips and ribcage. 

With practice, a skilled practitioner can use organ palpation to identify problems or disease processes related to the organs.  That is beyond the scope of this class.

The approach used in this class is consistent with the manner of palpation, the values, attitudes and thought processes, and the teaching style used in other Awareness Massage lomilomi classes.

PREREQUISITES: none

ANYWHERE/ANYTIME MASSAGE:
LOMILOMI  cHAIR & FLOOR TECHNIQUES ~ 4/8 CE

In this class students learn to massage fully clothed people “anywhere and anytime”, using the Awareness Massage lomilomi approach. Students learn to give massage in common environments in which people live, work and play, such as in our homes, in our work places, in our classrooms, at sporting events, in our churches, or in hospitals or nursing homes, etc. In these kinds of places professional massage tables and chairs are not usually available. Therefore, the receiver may sit on a sofa, a kitchen chair, an office chair, a stool, a bench, etc, and/or they may lie on the floor. 

While this massage can be used with paying clients, massage therapists can also easily use this massage to give massage sessions to our family, friends and colleagues.   These sessions may be a short as a few minutes, or as long as an hour, or more.

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.

Note: I offer both 4 and 8 hour versions of this class.  The 8 hour version includes more techniques than the 4 hour version.

The approach used in this class is consistent with the manner of palpation, the values, attitudes and thought processes, and the teaching style used in other Awareness Massage lomilomi classes.

PREREQUISITES: none

LOMILOMI INTRO: tABLE TECHNIQUES -  4 or 8 CE

This  class includes hands on experience with several of the techniques,  a demonstration of a both basic and advanced work, and an introduction to the spiritual aspects of this work.  

In the 4 CE class you'll learn 4 techniques done on the back of the body.  In the 8 CE class you'll be able to give a simple lomilomi massage with the client prone by the end of the day.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 lomi lomi with Awareness Massage in more depth, or simply gain insights to apply to the massage you already practice.

The approach used in this class is consistent with the manner of palpation, the values, attitudes and thought processes, and the teaching style used in other Awareness Massage lomilomi classes.

PREREQUISITES: none

SELF MASSAGE USING LOMILOMI - 4 CE

In this 4 CE hour Self-Massage 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!!

The approach used in this class is consistent with the manner of palpation, the values, attitudes and thought processes, and the teaching style used in other Awareness Massage lomilomi classes.

PREREQUISITES: none

 


My vision for each class I teach

The power and effectiveness of a massage has less to do with the specific techniques used, and much to do with attitude and presence of person giving the session, and their quality of touch. 

Students in my classes:

  • further develop their palpation sensitivity and skill
  • increase their presence & awareness in their own bodies
  • watch, give and receive  lomi lomi massage techniques
  • experience a taste of Hawaiian culture
  • sense their own Light, and that of each other person in the class
  • have fun!

In my classes expect to learn to apply pressure using body weight rather than strength, to use gravity to your advantage and to transition from stroke to stroke smoothly.  This helps protect our own backs, shoulders, wrists, thumbs and entire bodies from injuries.  

Expect to learn to to meet, match or modulate as needed, and maintain consistent connection with your  client's body at the level of their bones. Doing this is powerful!  

Expect also to love each and every cell of your own body and your client's body, and to develop intuition which helps you to know by feel what the other needs.   



Although most of the students in these lomilomi classes are licensed massage professionals, enthusiastic non-professionals interested in developing massage skill to use with friends and family are also invited to participate, with prior consent from me.