For this reason there are as many kinds of Lomilomi massage as there are families, clans and tribes practising this form of art on Hawaii. Also each student approaches things in a slightly different way, and places emphasis on different elements. Thus, for us, as opposed to the Hawaiians who are born into a living Hawaiian Lomi Lomi tradition passed down within families from generation to generation, the best we can do is to learn exclusively from a variety of authoritative and genuine sources wherever possible!
Where do the taught Integrated Lomilomi® course elements originate from?
The bulk of the ‘temple style’ Lomilomi techniques originate from Kahu Abraham Kawai’i, and reached me via Susan Pai’niu Floyd who teaches this massage as Lomilomi Nui. I also studied Lomilomi on Hawaii from Kumu Auntie Maile Napoleon, where living together with her family I learned the styles of both her family and her tribe. Auntie Maile’s teachers were Kahu Lanikila Brandt and Kumu Kalua Pai’ea Kaiahua. The techniques I learned from her form a part of the training course.
Finally, although I could never meet her personally, a great source of inspiration for me is Auntie Margaret Machado.
The course also contains the elemental Hawaiian massage known as Kahi Loa, which Serge Kahili King shared with the world.
There will also be time to get acquainted with the fundamentals of Hawaiian hula dancing, and to learn a few hula dances, too!What should you expect from the course? What is and is not included? What will you know by the end of the course?
By the end of the course you will be able to learn the whole-body massage (naturally, this does not include intimate body areas). In this, massage with oil and also muscular stress-relief massage—which originates from the Lua marshal arts—forms a part. You will be able to acquire sufficient knowledge to offer 1, 2 or 3 hour massages. The lessons on the Kahi Loa ‘elements massage’ and hula dancing—there are three altogether—are also included.Temple-style Integrated Lomilomi bodywork is one form of Hawaiian massage through which, at one time, healing, or more precisely self-healing, took place in dedicated temples. To this day, the fundamental elements for all Lomilomi bodywork are the creation of an atmosphere of sanctuary around the treatment itself and of the sanctity of the person being massaged, of their divine side, with recognition of their true nature and, at the forefront, the contrast between that and their personality. The aim is to achieve cleansing of body, spirit and mind through the massage, that is, healing. Integrated Lomilomi effectively reduces stress and tension trapped by old patterns of behaviour, thus it not uncommonly signified as a ‘rite of passage’—the point at which an individual enters a new part of their life. In ancient times such massages were accompanied by songs, prayers and rituals, which could at times last for several days.To quote one of my teacher Susan:
Health [ola] existed when the body’s cells vibrated rapidly or in other words, the body’s energy was free flowing. Illness [ma’i] occured when that flow was blocked or restricted for an extended period. In this style of lomilomi [massage], the practitioner is the dancer and the recipient is the choreographer. So the dance is always different. The foundation strokes are taught as a framework, in which the principles of attentiveness, love and respect are then emphasized, resulting in the practitioner developing the confidence to trust information coming from the recipient.Also emphasized is listening to one’s own body as a map for understanding how bodies release blocks. Hence, much of our training time together includes exercises that encourage the energy of our own bodies’ to flow freely. So get ready to help yourself as we increase our skills to help others!
Before every significant life-period or major event—e.g., the ritual before becoming an adult or in the taking on of some important social function—the ancient Hawaiians would turn to an appropriate masseur (Kahuna Lomilomi), so that with the help of the massage they would be freed of their fears, tensions and egocentric ways of looking at things. The result of a successful massage would be some fundamental change in the old character and of the usual situations in life, the replacement of the old patterns with consciously chosen new ones. The treatment served to link the divine elements present in every person for whom fears, fixed habits and beliefs were an obstacle, and in addition to that, allowed access to the collected wisdom of our forebears, their genetic memory, when that was desired. A return to innate harmony, access to higher levels of information, and to finding a connection with one’s own mind and spirit are all attainable goals in Integrated Lomilomi.
Today Lomilomi massages are also well known outside Hawaii. A number of luxury Wellness and SPA centres around the world consider Lomilomi massage, which ensures an ideal means to alter a rushed, self-destructive lifestyle, and to counter the overwhelming flow of information that pours onto us from all sides, or to treat burnout from work or depression as an indispensible part of their range of services. Here it is important to note that the masseur needs to establish an appropriate atmosphere for self-healing for the person who is receiving the massage, since it is they who will appraise their old tendencies and orientations and decide on their healing through a combination of conscious, subconscious and supersensitive aspects at the same time. The Univesity of Life—often beyond all expectations—will more than deserve the change!
Although western civilisation terms this kind of treatment ‘Hawaiian massage’ and often degrades it by offering it as a simplified commercial product, in reality it is much more a sacred art– the art of the healing touch. Only through persistent application, the healing of our bodies and constant training, the comprehension of our souls and the cooperation and support of our spirits can this level be reached. It is also important to sustain a connection with Hawaiian spiritual culture. This aim is served by the practice of hula dancing.
The complete Integrated Lomilomi Massage course extends across 4 x 5-day blocks that amount to 150 hours. On the basic course (1-2 level) the whole-body massage is learned, and also two hula dances. At the third level broader techniques are displayed. The lever 4 includes technicues for special cases.
On completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate from the Witold Kucharczyk Polinesian Healing Arts Centre, with which they can offer a massage in the ‘reviving massage’ category. No previous experience is required for an application to be submitted. The course is intended for those who would like to take their life into their own hands, who would like to help their family and friends and, last but not least, to begin an exciting occupation in a line of work that is really a joy to do!
I was born in Poland, and it was there in the 1980s that I began to be interested in the teachings of Hawaiian huna. I knew only a few simple techniques, but they were very effective! Following this, in 1997 I began to study Ma-uri® massage techniques, which I knew had their roots in Hawaiian Lomilomi. I studied Ma-uri massage in Denmark and New Zealand, and from 2002 I became an official trainer running courses for the Ma-uri Institute, which I finally finished in the summer of 2010.Meanwhile, I studied Hawaiian Lomilomi both in Europe and on Hawaii. Since 2008 I have been dealing with the teaching of Lomilomi and my experiences; and I have now forged a training package that is supported by the techniques I have learnt until now, the Integrated Lomilomi. The training course is a congruent collection of massage techniques that complement each other.
In 2008 I established the Polinesian Healing Arts Education Centre in Budapest. In addition we regularly organise hula dance workshops too, amongst which the first were held by the Hawaiian dancers Kumu Raylene Ha’alelea Kawaiae’a and Hope Keawe. Kumu Raylene by the time has left her body but forever will be present in our hearts.We also – as a complementary training – offer anatomy training specially designed for Lomilomi workers.
Dates for courses in Budapest with english translation:
Level 1: March 13-17
Level 2: April 10-14
Level 3: May 8-12
Level 4: June 8-12
Level 1: September 4-8
Level 2: October 2-6
Level 3: November 6-10
Level 4: December 4-8
The price: HUF 59,000. Accomodation: HUF 3,500 or EUR 11/night