This course, with Suzi Ko and Olivia Hageman, provides an introduction to Traditional Style Lomilomi. The bodywork demonstrated in this course is a combination developed by Suzi Ko and Olivia Hageman of the three distinct styles of Papa K Kepilino, Auntie Margaret Machado, and Kahuna Sam Lono. The course begins with an introduction by Suzi Ko and Olivia Hageman to the development of this specific style, and then enters directly into demonstrations of opening moves, and applications to the both sides of the body, the arms, glutes and hips, and legs and feet. This course addresses bodywork on the front of the body. The back of the body is addressed in a separate course. Please note: this video is for information purposes only. It in no way is intended to replace a hands-on practical class. Viewing this video in no way qualifies you to try or practice these techniques on any person.
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.
Olivia is from the Bay Area of California and earned her massage certificate in 2005 from Diamond Light School of Massage and Healing Arts, Marin County, CA. Clinical training and experience includes Swedish/Esalen, Deep Tissue, Thai, and Lymphatic massage. She also practices Lomilomi style massage, which is native to Hawaii. She is a current student of Aunty Suzi, learning Lomilomi style massage in a more traditional manner. Menari Body Works is her private practice.
The first chapter of this course picks up right where the Back of Body course left off - Olivia Hageman demonstrates techniques for the Front of Leg and Foot.
In the second chapter of this course, Olivia Hageman demonstrates Traditional Style Lomilomi for the arm applied to the same side as the previous chapter.
In this chapter, Olivia Hageman demonstrates key techniques for the head and check.
In the Final chapter of this course, Suzi Ko provides closing comments on Traditional Style Lomilomi and addresses common questions.