Origins and History of Lomilomi Massage Practice

presented by Suzi Ko

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In order to understand the contemporary practice of lomilomi massage practice, it is essential to understand the origins of Native Hawaiian traditional medicine. This course, with Suzi Ko, explores that history, beginning with the origins of lomilomi within the context of pre-contact Hawaiian history. This history is divided into three distinct periods: pre-contact, post western contact, and modern. Join Suzi ko as she explores this unique cultural history, discusses early lomilomi practices that sets the stage for modern practice, and as she describes key terms essential to students interested in lomilomi. The course concludes with a question and answer session featuring Olivia Hageman and Marta Rogel, discussing topics from the course.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Suzi Ko, LMP

    Suzi Ko, LMP

    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.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Origins of Lomilomi

    1. Origins of Lomilomi

    Join Suzi Ko as she provides background on the origins of Native Hawaiin traditional medicine, from the initial settlement of Hawaii around 100 AD, through the 1778 arrival of the first European explorers.

  2. Early Practice of Lomilomi

    2. Early Practice of Lomilomi

    This chapter details the early practice of lomilomi, including the practitioners who practiced it, the settings in which is was practiced, and changes to the practice of lomilomi during the political and demographic changes that took place after the arrival of western explorers.

  3. Key Hawaiian Terms

    3. Key Hawaiian Terms

    In this two-part chapter, Suzi Ko defines and discusses key Hawawiian terms and concepts that are essential for understanding and practicing lomilomi.

  4. Q&A

    4. Q&A

    In the final chapter of this course, Suzi Ko sits down with lomilomi practitioners Olivia Hageman and Marta Rogel to discuss course topics, and explore the direct impact of historical practice of lomilomi on contemporary practice.