Dr. Maka'ala Yates D.C. developed Mana Lomi® after years of studying (since the age of 6) Hawaiian healing concepts with his Hawaiian teachers. For the benefit of the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, Mana Lomi literally translates as “Hawaiian Spiritual Massage.” However, according to the voices of Na Kupuna (Hawaiian Elders – Wisdom Keepers) Mana Lomi® could be translated as the ”Life-force of Lomi.” Lomi or Lomilomi describes a concept that involves the movement of energy. With the right understanding and training, the practitioner can communicate through the soft tissues of the body, deep into the bones of the individual.
The Mana Lomi® technique is based on Hawaiian concepts of working with the"mana" of the body, mind, and soul of an individual. In the old days, each village in each district, on each island had their own lomi specialist that the villagers relied upon and trusted. Although lomilomi was a common treatment shared among family members for minor aches and pains, it was the village lomi specialist that treated the more complex problems.Traditionally, the training to become a lomi practitioner could take years. The new student would not be allowed to touch a client, possibly for years, depending on his or her ability to grasp the many concepts of lomi. The student's ability to be pono (conflict-free) with himself/herself and to a person, place or thing was also a determining factor.
Listen to the healing vibrations of Oli
Maka’ala demonstrates Level 2
The concepts of Mana Lomi® are vast and complex, yet simple if you understand the mechanisms, principles and intentions behind this revered form of Hawaiian healing. For example, the concept of “communicating down to the bones” physically and energetically is significant. It gives room for the client to allow the practitioner to go as deep as they can tolerate, yet be non-invasive while achieving the desired outcome.
It is at the bone level that all memory is stored from past traumas, injuries or emotional links. As with many indigenous cultures, the bones are the most important and protected part of the physical structure. It is here that specific codes are stored that make up each individual on a DNA level. Tapping into the bones allows the Mana Lomi® practitioner to communicate on a soul level, so healing can take place.
The Mana Lomi® practitioner uses a multitude of techniques that affect the golgi tendon organ (GTO), muscle spindle fibers, and the pain receptors. For example, in advance techniques, the concept of compression and stretching away from the insertion point is an important skill for immediate and long-term relief.
When defining lomi lomi, there are various perceptions, approaches, and techniques. This can be attributed to the “time line” or reference points in the events of Hawaii's history. For example, Pa'ao, a Tahitian chief and warrior, came to the Hawaiian Islands in about 400 AD and forced a class system and belief system upon the peaceful inhabitants; later, in the 1800's, the defacto government (the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom) of Hawaii further forced the original natives not to practice “sorcery,” which included lomilomi. Both of these events and many others like this, attempted to suppress and change the attitudes and beliefs of the now deluded traditional people of Hawaii. Fortunately, the secrets of lomilomi persevered through the ages and are now starting to resurface.
Dr. Maka’ala Yates DC
Nana i ke kumu. - "Look to the source."
Dr.Maka’ala Yates is a kanaka maoli ( Hawaiian ancestery) who specializes in traditional Hawaiian medicine. He is the director and founder of the Mana Lomi® organization, a board member of the International Council of 28 Grandfathers, a board member of the Pacific Island Council of Traditional Medicine, and the Minister of Health for the Polynesian Kingdom of Atooi. Maka’ala received the Kaonohi Award from the State of Hawaii in 2005 for his excellence in Hawaiian medicine and community support. He is author of “ Na’auao Ola Hawaii-Ancient Hawaiian Principles of Being Well”.
For more information about his class schedule and the Mana Lomi® organization go to www.manalomi.com. For information about his Hawaiian 60 day cleansing program go to www.indigenousbotanicals.net or contact him at:
Dr. Maka’ala Yates, DC
15624 N. 51st St
Scottsdale AZ 65254
Certified Mana Lomi® Instructor
Marcia York, LMT ACSM
Marcia has been a massage practitioner for over 15 years and a certified instructor of Mana Lomi® since 2003. She is an approved instructor for Level 1, Level 2, and Lomi’ili’ili: Hawaiian Hot Stone Therapy. She is continues her studies in the Hawaiian healing arts with Maka’ala Yates Mana Lomi ® founder and Kanaka Maoli Hawaiian healing master. Marcia maintains a busy practice on the beautiful Pacific Northwest coast in Florence OR where is the lead therapist and spa owner of Waves Spa. She is also an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified Health and Fitness Instructor and has recently completed a 200 Yoga Alliance approved teacher training program and offices wellness classes at her spa. She combines therapeutic exercise programs with therapeutic massage to more completely address specific client conditions. Please see current Mana Lomi® class schedule.
She can be contacted at:
Marcia York LMT ACSM
2471 Willow Ridge Ct
Florence OR 97439
541-999-6542 or contact Marcia online.