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.
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.
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 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 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 spirituality. 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 Witold Kucharczyk 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:
Price: HUF 65.000/ level, the first level to be paid in advance
Account number: Witold Stanislaw Kucharczyk IBAN: HU94 1620 0144 1851 0762 0000 0000
S.W.I.F.T. BIC: HBWEHUHB
Accomodation available at the venue for HUF 4.000/ night
Budapest XIII. Pozsonyi ut.
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Contact: witold.kucharczyk( at) gmail.com