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to inhabit all parts of my body and to feel that they are all my body
and that they belong to me. I don't want to give up on them,
not inhabit them in some way. I want to get better and be the
best I am and I also want to accept the way I am. Thats a
kind of paradox."
Jana Ostrom, pharmacist, wife
& mother, and survivor of a severe accident
brings harmony and peace to my body and mind with her gentle knowing
touch. She breaks the inner chains and sets my body free. Leaving her I
sometimes think I could fly. I feel a euphoria and joy.”
O'Leary, retired sales person, photographer, potter and family man
can a lomilomi healing session
with me help you?
When you walk out the door after a
healing session with me,
expect to have experienced one or more of these benefits:
- You will be able
to breathe more easily.
- If you walked in
stressed, anxious or wound up, you'll walk out calm, relaxed and slowed
- If you walked in
feeling pain, this pain will have been eliminated or significantly
- You will move more
easily and gracefully because restriction in your joints will have been
freed or eased.
- You will be more
in touch with your body. (Have you ever felt like a head
without a body? Massage reconnects your awareness with your
- You will feel the
love, beauty, wisdom and strength within you.
- You will more
easily be able to remain calm in times of trouble.
- Injuries in your
joints and muscles tissue will have been supported in healing.
- You will have
learned tips about ways to sit, stand, walk, lie down or do
other activities that will help you develop and maintain healthy
Results will be immediate and in many
cases long term.
People often choose to receive massage from me weekly,
monthly as part of their commitment to their own health maintenance.
Receiving regular massage
helps to accumulate and reinforce the benefits of each
session. Other people come on an occasional, as needed
What style of
massage do I use?
I combine clinical expertise and finesse in lomilomi –
- with love to create a place of safety where true healing can occur.
The foundation for my work is Mana Lomi ®, a clinically focused
Hawaiian lomilomi massage. Mana Lomi® is both gentle and deep,
flows with a soothing rhythm. The techniques used include strokes to
support circulation, compressions, stretches, joint rotations,
energetic work, use of thoughts and visualizations, and more. Mana
Lomi® can energetically reach to the depth of the
bones, or soul
deep as Hawaiians believe, allowing full healing to take
place if so
desired. Click here to
learn more about Mana Lomi® massage.
I also work with breath, helping the recipient to explore their
breathing patterns and to find ways use their breath to soften
subconscious holding patterns in their bodies, minds and spirits.
I occasionally use guided meditations to help the recipient feel and
shift energies in the tissues.
And importantly, I pray. I pray silently most of the time, calling on
Spirit for guidance and support as I work. I occasionally open a
session with a spoken prayer.
Most of my lomilomi sessions are done with the client undressed,
covered modestly by a cotton sheet, and sometimes blankets for warmth.
I remove the drape from one section of the body at a time as I work,
then re-drape that section when I move to another area.
Do I use oil?
I use a cream or oil to allow some slide on the tissue.
Occasionally, especially when doing shorter sessions, I’ll
without lubricant and with the client fully dressed.
Who are my
I see people from many walks of life. I occasionally see people as
young as teenagers and as old as….. there’s no
limit. Most of my
clients are over 50.
I especially enjoy working with:
- dancers, musicians and other people who
intentionally use their bodies
- people experiencing chronic pain
- people longing for healthy touch
- people grieving loss
- people with whom I share community: my hula and
African dance communities, my Quaker community
As you can see elsewhere on this website, I am an instructor of Mana
Lomi®. I occasionally tutor students of Mana Lomi® in
What is my
I’ve been doing bodywork for almost 40 years - since I was
I’ve been a licensed massage practitioner offering lomilomi
Seattle based private practice since 1996. In addition to practicing
bodywork, I teach lomi lomi continuing education classes for massage
therapists. I am certified teach
Mana Lomi®. Click
here to learn more.
Where is my office and what are my hours?Click here
for information on location and hours.
How much does a session cost?Click here
for information on my rates.