Washingon Massage Continuing Education Courses

Lomilomi Side Lying Treatment Focus with Barbara Helynn Heard/Awareness Massage

Participants learn lomilomi specific treatment techniques to relieve pain, discomfort and/or movement restriction in the shoulders, arms, low back and hips with the client in a side lying position. This work can be used with any client for whom lying prone and/or supine is difficult or uncomfortable, including those who are pregnant or injured. Access to hips and shoulders is provided in a way that very well complements techniques done prone and supine. Clinical thinking is emphasized.

The approach used in these classes is consistent with the manner of palpation, the values, attitudes and thought processes, and the teaching style used in all Awareness Massage classes.


Awareness Massage workshops are designed to inspire both beginning and experienced massage therapists to develop awareness and presence within our own bodies, minds & spirits. This massage is done with DEEP yet GENTLE, LOVING touch. It is clinically focused, structure specific, problem solving massage, which pays special attention to BONES for healing at all levels, if so desired. This work is grounded in lomilomi healing practices from the Big Island (Hawaii) via the lineage of Aunty Margaret Machado and Dr. Maka'ala Yates, D.C.

This work helps relieve pain and encourage ease of movement. Done skillfully, this is highly effective treatment massage that also feels wonderful to receive, making it equally valuable in treatment and wellness focused settings.  Awareness Massage can be used to effectively relieve and/or resolve problems related to joint & muscular pain and movement restriction, joint replacement, surgery preparation & recovery, sciatica, injuries from falls and/or repetitive use, arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, headaches, asthma and other breathing problems, depression, emotional pain related to loss, high stress lifestyle, cancer, Parkinson's disease, problematic posture, pregnancy, and more.

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Instructor Bio: (Barbara) Helynn Heard, LMT

(Barbara) Helynn Heard, LMT, of Olympia, Washington has practiced lomilomi since graduating from Brian Utting School of Massage in 1996 and has taught lomilomi since 2005. She maintains an active private practice in Olympia.

Helynn practices and teaches clinically focused, spiritually grounded lomilomi from the Big Island which she learned from her mentor of 13 years, Hawaiian healer and Mana Lomi founder Maka'ala Yates D.C. She has enhanced the skills she has gleaned via her studies with Maka'ala with her own movement and massage practices, as well as with her studies with other teachers.

Helynn's intent as a teacher is to see the Light in each person and to help each student to be and to do their very best. She is passionate about helping her students develop sensitive palpation skills as well as ways to most effectively use our body weight to deliver deep yet gentle massage. She helps massage therapists adopt ways of working which are good for both ourselves and our clients so that we can avoid burnout and injury and can to continue to practice massage well into our elder years if we so desire.

NCBTMB #1056, WA license #MA 00009734

PREREQUISITES: Lomilomi Foundational course and/or the Lomilomi Side Lying With a Relaxation Focus class, or special permission from the instructor.   

CLASS DATES and TIME: Class runs Thursday, May 23, 2019, from 10 am -7 pm.

MONEY/PRICE: PWYC: Pay What You Can.  Full price is $175, and the minimal price is $25.  Click here to read about the PWYC option.

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(Barbara) Helynn Heard

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Taught By Barbara Helynn Heard, LMT
When Thursday, May 23, 2019 10:00 AM
Where private home
Olympia, WA 98501
CE Hours 8
Price Pay What You Can - see details in class description
Posted Wednesday, November 28, 2018 08:09 PM