Convention Class – LomiLomi
Supplies and Equipment
Loose and comfortable clothing
Lomi sarong optional
Classroom – Garden Room 103
Classes begin promptly at 9:00 am Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
When it comes to therapeutic bodywork and healing touch, we have such myriad styles and methods that span the whole gamut of helping the body to heal from injuries be they chronic or acute, and creating an energetic process of self-awareness and connection to the mysteries and the mind/body/spirit connection. In the way that I have taught Lomilomi (Hawaiian Temple Bodywork) I attempt to create a bridge and balance between the left and right aspects of the brain and being, the creative and imaginative and the rational and science, the ethereal and the spirit and the process at which our bodies soaks all of this in and assimilates it.
Lomilomi is an old Hawaiian way of contacting the body through long flowing body strokes coupled with Hawaiian prayer (or setting intention) and breath and conveying, through touch and breath, a sense of inner peace and that spirit of Aloha (which means Love, compassion, acceptance and breath, to name a few interpretations) to the person receiving the work and also the practitioner giving the work. It’s a fun and challenging process of relearning how to move around a massage table with grace and flow and to become more embodied in your application of techniques, thus saving your hands and wrists from the burn-out and fatigue that is created when we overwork them (we work with our forearms in lomilomi) and also your mind, constantly having to compartmentalize the body and in effect compartmentalize your movement and techniques. If anything, Lomilomi is good at taking that which you have learned and enhancing it to give you an out of the box feel with your techniques. Techniques that your clients will notice and feel. To also be able to offer a method and modality that your clients will love (client retention is a must for those working at an establishment and privately).
The Kahunas of Hawaii, who were experts in their chosen field of study, created Lomilomi as a part of a whole system of healing that not only served to help the body recover from fatigue and injury, but to also help with the mind and spirit and their connection to all things on the land and out in the stars. The spirit of Aloha is imbibed in every inhale and gratitude in every exhale and a graceful movement that is powered by that breath, and expressed with the forearms and hands to create long and seamless and interconnected flow from practitioner to receiver. It’s a beautiful process that I am sure will change your life in a very positive way. You learn in a respectful way about a beautiful culture and in a non-indoctrinating way are given tools to help enhance your practice and your life as a healer and supporter of others’ healing journey, and you realize that this journey is not a solitary one, you share in this journey and become part of the O’hana Nui (Great Family).
I hope to see you in class at the Texas AMTA convention this February 2019. Get ready to “Fly”.
Me ke Aloha e ka Maluhia (Love and Peace to you)
Jason Bratcher LMT/MTI/Texas CE Provider/Lomi Kumu
Jason Bratcher is a licensed massage therapy instructor (MTI) and continuing education provider (CE) in Texas. He has taught Lomilomi massage curriculum, workshops and small group sessions at the esteemed Lauterstein-Conway Massage School and Clinic in Austin, TX. In addition, Jason brings advanced studies in deep tissue, deep massage (Lauterstein Method), myofascial release (MFR), and sports massage. He has a deep, humbled background in native shamanic practice, which helps him to be a better facilitator for his life path and for all who come to him for therapeutic bodywork and Lomilomi. His deep respect and honor for this wisdom is reflected throughout his passion for teaching and strives to impart authenticity and integrity in all endeavors.
Course Description and Objectives:
LomiLomi is an ancient bodywork modality that was created, as an adjunct to a total wellness system of healing, by the Kahuna’s of Old Hawaii. Participants will learn:
- Basic forearm techniques in Hawaiian Temple Bodywork coupled with movement and embodiment techniques to enhance skills when working with clients on a massage table.
- Basic history of lomilomi and the sacred Dance of Lomilomi called “Flying,” which is the foundation of the techniques.
- Sacred Hawaiian Principles such as ALOHA, HUIKALA and PONO in order to deepen their understanding of the work and their connection to themselves and others.
- The Lomilomi pule’ to utilize however they deem it relevant in their life and practice. (PULE’ or Prayer/setting positive intentions, is essential to the cultural and authentic practice of lomilomi.