When we look at the historical ways the knowledge and practice of the tradition of lomilomi was passed from one generation to the next, we find that it was passed generationally through the families and key master practitioners. This course describes this modern history, and defines the distinct styles that arose from this history. The course also explores the resulting protocols that define contemporary lomilomi practice. Suzi Ko begins the course by describing the key tenants and history of the major lomilomi styles within a historical context. Olivia Hageman concludes the course by describing and demonstrating key components of contemporary lomilomi protocols. The course also features a Q&A covering and expanding on course topics.
Leslie Susan K. Kaiona'okal'ni Ko, is a Lomilomi, Level One and Level Two Instructor, Board Chair and Executive Director of the Holistic Honu Wellness Center. She is a traditionally trained Lomilomi practitioner, a Licensed Certified Massage Therapist, a Certified Hawaiian Healing Arts Instructor, and a National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) Continuing Education Approved Provider. Suzi holds a Master of Business Administration degree as well as a Master of Education degree from the University of California Berkeley. She comes from a strong background in operations and human resources management in both the public and private sector and has spent twelve years as an independent business consultant. Suzi continues to develop her healing techniques under the instruction of Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, is the lead contact and direct liaison between the wellness center and the Kupuna (elders) in Hawaii and travels extensively throughout the United States and abroad sharing her knowledge and spreading aloha.
The first chapter of this course defines the major lomilomi styles that are practiced today, and the individuals that developed and carry on these traditions.
The second chapter of this course explores the complex and highly important history of lomilomi protocols. These protocols, on a general and very specific level, define what lomilimi literally is, and how it should be practiced.
In this chapter, Suzi Ko details lomilomi protocols as they are currently constituted, including not only how lomilomi should be practiced, but also where, why, and by whom.
In the final chapter of this course, Suzi Ko sits down with lomilomi practitioners Olivia Hageman and Marta Rogel to discuss current issues surrounding lomilomi styles and practice protocols.