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Lomilomi ~ Hawaiian Massage Training 
Includes 3-Day Tandem Lomi training!
NCBTMB Approved Course ~ Eligible for 32 CE credits

with Benj Spound
June 8-17, 2023
Brookfield, VT

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This Training Includes a 5-day Lomilomi Training and a 3-day Tandem Lomi Training

Lomilomi Training

Lomilomi is the traditional massage style of Hawaii. Each island has unique lineages of Lomi that have been passed down since ancient times. Although there are many technical differences between the lineages, each share the common belief that humans are more than the physical body. Lomi practitioners work with the receiver on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels to enhance their overall wellbeing. This approach makes Lomi highly effective at releasing tension, calming the nervous system, promoting integration between the different areas of the body, and bringing people back into a sense of alignment. Its movements are inspired by the ocean and there is a heavy focus on the breath as a tool to move stuck energy. In modern times, Lomi has become popular around the world. Receivers love the way the massage feels and often have powerful experiences while receiving this work.


​In the first 5 days of this workshop, you will learn a full-body routine that incorporates techniques from 3 different lineages from Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island. It will be very hands-on; you will be giving and receiving sessions every day.

Material covered will include:

  • Cascading wave-like strokes from the heart-centered, meditative tradition of Sherman Dudoit and the Kahunas of Maui

  • ​Rhythmic forearm and elbow strokes, deep stretches, twists, and hip openers from the lineage of Kahu Abraham Kawai’i.

  • Creating space in-between the vertebrae and joints by ​pulling, rotating, and shaking from modern-day Kahuna Harry Uhane Jim.

  • ​Lomi HA ~ Breathwork as a tool for releasing blocked energy​

  • The meditation techniques and philosophical tenets of Lomi


This class is open to people of all experience levels, from beginners to long-time practitioners. The routine you will learn can be the foundation of a new massage practice or a wonderful addition to an existing practice.

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Tandem Lomi Training

The final 3 days of this course will focus Tandem Lomi, which is one of my absolute favorite styles to give and receive. It has been a goal of mine for many years to offer this class and I am so excited to finally have it on the schedule! I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do!

Tandem Massage involves 2 practitioners working on a single receiver in synchronicity! Lomilomi is practically made for Tandem. So many amazing Lomi strokes become even more amazing when they are happening on both sides of the body at once. This provides an extremely unique experience to the receiver. With 4 hands working at once, the mind is unable to follow the strokes and often drops into a very deep state of relaxation or even trance. The benefits of the work include bringing peace to the physical body and nervous system, relaxing the mind, and creating space for physical/mental/emotional/spiritual release and growth.

In this class, I will share a Tandem routine that I have been developing for the last few years. It includes techniques from 4 different lineages of Lomi:

  • Heartworks Lomi from Sherman Dudoit and the Kahunas of Maui

  • Temple Style Lomi from Kahu Abraham Kawai’i.

  • Big Island Lomi from the Kahuna Aunty Margaret

  • Creating space and Lomi HA from Uncle Harry

 

I will share techniques I use for syncing up with your partner and different ways of playing with the strokes to create your own unique flows after the class ends. We will spend most of the days giving and receiving tandem sessions. This will be a lot of fun!

The 3 days of tandem training can be taken independent of the first 5 days by anyone who has already completed a Lomilomi Massage Training with us (click here for that). My goal is to spend less time teaching the techniques and more time focusing on how to use the techniques in a Tandem setting. I certainly don't expect you to have trained in all of those lineages, so I will definitely plan on demonstrating them anyways. Familiarity with any of the lineages is fine for a prerequisite and will help us get through a large amount of material in 3 days.

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Course Details

COURSE  SCHEDULE

June 8: Afternoon Check-In and Opening Circle

June 9-13: Lomilomi Training

June 14-16: Tandem Training

June 17: Closing Circle/Graduation and Checkout

Tuition includes on-site accommodation and 3 Home-cooked meals a day. In your free time, enjoy optional daily yoga classes and free time for hiking or swimming.

TUITION & FINANCIAL AID
Tuition: $1600

A non-refundable deposit of $400 is required to reserve your space.

If cost is an obstacle for you, please contact Benj to discuss financial aid options.

Tandem Training Only: $400

VSAC GRANTS: Vermonters can apply for VSAC non-degree grants to cover the full cost of this training. Contact Benj for more info.

 

If you have any questions, you can reach Benj at vermontholisticbodywork@gmail.com or 802.793.5764.

Please read our Cancellation Policy before registering.

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