I have returned home from 10 amazing days in Maui. I would love to share my experience here with all of you!
About 8 weeks ago I realized I needed to get some Continuing Ed Credits, after doing some research I could not find anything local that interested me. I have always been interested in Lomi Lomi so I googled it and found some training in Maui. After lots of discussion with my husband and my parents we made it work!
I stayed right on site at Ho Omana Spa in Makawao. The spa is up a beautiful mountain! I will admit I was extremely nervous as it was shared accommodation….and I like my space…I will get into it more later but am I ever glad it was shared!
My first night there I decided to book in for a Lomi Lomi massage since I had never had one! And oh my it was amazing! It was so relaxing after a long plane ride (with an over night layover!)
The next day class started. You could feel the nervousness in the air…there were people from all over the world! 2 Australians 2 Canadians (including me), 3 Locals, 3 Americans, 1 English, and 1 Japanese. We started the day stating our intentions which ranged from needing credits to wanting to refresh their practice to it just felt right. We then did an opening ceremony with tea leafs and the air seemed to clear. We were also warned we could have emotional releases during the week as Lomi has an energy healing element to it….bet you can guess who cried first…
The first 3 days we learned the Lomi Lomi fundamentals. Day 2 I woke up in a real funk next to tears and I did not know why. In the middle of the demo I lost it for no apparent reason. Everyone was surprisingly understanding and told me to cry it was the right thing to do! After that I felt a ton better!
Day 3 I woke up feeling like 100 bucks! While getting massaged though things changed. I was getting belly work done (lots of emotions are held here and can be released with belly massage) and I lost it. All these old hurts and feelings came up out of no where, things I had suppressed for years. Jeana (our teacher) came over laid me on my side and washed my back with salt water to cleanse. At lunch I called my mum as I did not know what to think of everything; her advise was to finally talk to someone about everything so I can finally let it go.
After class I had a wonderful talk with a lady named Linda, I let everything go and it felt great! Next step find out how to let it all go. A man named Chucky was sitting by us so we asked him, he gave me many ideas on how Hawaiians oke (cut the cord). I choose one that was right for me and did it the next day!
On the fourth day we got to go to a bunch of sacred sites. 2 temples, Iao Valley, and a beach! It was a magical day that words can not explain.
The last 3 days was learning Lomi ili (hot stone) and working in a taro patch and hiking to a waterfall! At the taro patch we helped a man named Bush rake all this dead grass off of it so they could plant more taro! After we hiked to the beautiful waterfall and got to swim!
I got to share my room with 2 wonderful ladies, Lynn from the USA and Sonia from Australia. It was no mistake we were all roomed together. We got along from the beginning and we have become great friends. We were there for each other when it did get emotional, we went out for dinners, made dinners at the cabin, shared wine (and champagne the last night). I am so glad that we were put in the same cabin.
The last day we had an awa ceremony (also known as kava). We each took turns drinking (boy is that stuff powerful…the Hawaiian call it a truth serum). Once we had our drink we shared about our time at Ho Omana. Everyones story had the same ending, it was so much more then massage training we all learned so much about ourselves that we did not know, we all made friends, we all are coming back a different person. There were many tears and hugs and we went on our way.
Words can not explain my experience, only those there will know what we all experienced. It was life changing and I can not wait to share with everyone.