The Latest In Neuro Plasticity – The Power Of Thought

Having read Norman Doidge’s latest book – The Brains Way Of Healing, Dawn and Scott attended Norman Doidge’s 2 day workshop. The content of both his book and workshop is both a fascinating testament and a practical guide to what science is now proving as the seemingly unlimited power of the brain to transform, adapt and change. Chronicling incredible stories of recovery from once thought irreversible brain injury to new techniques to managing pain. Dr Doidge’s quest takes him around the world to the most cutting edge research in neuro-plasticity and the brains ability to change it’s patterns beyond anything previously thought possible. We would highly recommend reading his book, the video below gives you some insight into this remarkable body of work.

 

What To Expect From Your Lomi lomi Treatment

When you arrive for your Traditional Old Style Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage, your therapist will spend some time talking to you about what is going on in your life and any physical limitations that you may have. You are then invited to lie on the table in readiness for your massage. You may set up an intent which will be supported by the therapist for the duration of the massage.

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Traditional Old Style Hawaiian Massage treatments always start and end in the traditional way with a Puli and an Oli – a traditional prayer or chant, and a blessing for you and the massage work. In Traditional Old Style Hawaiian Massage, the massage table is considered to be the altar, and you are the most sacred thing upon it.

You will be respectfully draped; your modesty and comfort are or paramount importance throughout the massage.

Traditional Old Style Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage is not like any other massage treatment you will have experienced. There’s more of everything in the Lomi Lomi – more strokes, more beneficial techniques, more muscle groups worked simultaneously, more relaxation achieved and more pain relieved.

Hawaiian culture views the body as one, and that the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual are all part of the ‘whole’ self. So when healing occurs at one level, all levels are affected. That is, you can’t treat the body without also treating the mind. So Traditional Old Style Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage looks after your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs in one treatment.

Lomi Lomi is a restorative Hawaiian massage that works gently, yet deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes. This allows the recipient to relax due to the hypnotic effect, bringing your mind to a place of absolute stillness. Touch, rhythm and ancient wisdom come together, allowing healing to occur.

Lomi Lomi aids in relieving physical pain and emotional distress. Through its rhythms and patterns it activates meridians and energy points, releases energetic blocks and allows the body’s own healing processes to take over.

Traditional Old Style Hawaiian Lomi Lomi is a style of massage that has been practiced in Hawaii for hundreds of years. It has been carefully and respectfully passed down through lineage to ensure that it remains unchanged from the original form. Kahu Sherman Dudoit spent ten years searching for the right person to carry on this lineage. Through this exhaustive process he found Dawn Charlton. Dawn has been chosen to continue to teach this ancient, traditional form of massage and healing in the original form.

Learning Lomi Lomi massage from Dawn Charlton is a unique opportunity to experience a very sacred and traditional form of massage taught in the same way as it was hundreds of years ago.

Benefits of Lomi Lomi Massage

  • Improves circulation
  • Lymphatic drainage and cleansing
  • Releases soft and deep tissue
  • Rejuvenates the body
  • Pain relief
  • Relaxation
  • Stress and tension release
  • Emotional healing
  • Instills a sense of peace, harmony and well being

After your treatment there is time for you to discuss health solutions and options that help to enrich your life and take best care of yourself.

Course Details:

Over three days you will live in a natural environment, nourished by good food and wonderful teachings. You will learn the first stage of Lomi Lomi and receive individual attention and guidance from Dawn. As part of the philosophy you will be encouraged in a safe and loving environment to release barriers and attain your full potential as a massage therapist.

To experience the teachings of Lomi Lomi Massage, call Dawn on

(07) 3801 1180 or 0431 013 882

Visit our website for current course details.

www.learnlomilomi.com.au

LEAP OF FAITH

Our decision making process is made up of two parts, literally within different areas of the brain – our rational analytical mind and our intuitive instinctual system.

Our intuition works very fast and we tend to “feel” it in the body, though we often can’t explain quite how we came to the conclusion.

It is also very much a function of mastery in a particular area. We can be extremely intuitive about when to leap into a cyclone induced surf at the right moment, if we have done it many times before. On the other hand we may have no insight on the best Chess move if we don’t play very often.

Many of our worlds great discoveries came about after a very intense period of concentrated mental effort and when all seemed hopeless the breakthrough would come when the mind had “given up” or there was a period of enforced break away from the activity. Very often this would come in a dream or a sudden “eureka” moment……. a flash of insight!

Enstein achieved many of his remarkable ground shaking discoveries in this way. He once declared  “I believe in intuitions and inspirations…….I sometimes FEEL that I am right. I do not KNOW that I am”.

As with everything in life mastery of any skill, including listening to our intuition, takes practice.

“Life is really very simple. In each moment, we have the opportunity to choose between saying “yes” or “no”, to listen to our intuition, to listen to our true inner voice, the Existential voice within ourselves. When we say “yes”, we have contact with Existence and we receive nourishment, love, joy and inspiration. When we say “no”, we create a separation from life and begin to create dreams and expectations of how it should be. We begin to live in the memories of the past and in the fantasies of the future – as if any other time than here and now really could really make us happy and satisfied.”

Swami Dhyan Giten, Presence – Working from Within.

 

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Much of the discipline in listening to our intuitive flow is the art of letting go. Intuition is the opposite of trying to make something happen or projecting the way we think things should be. Intuition is our connection with what is real and the root of making that work is…….TRUST

Do we have the belief in our selves, the self esteem to act on our hunches. Do we trust enough in the bigger picture beyond our limited patterns to step outside our comfort zones?

Do we practice enough “feeling” our way through difficult situations, giving ourselves space to “Feel” what is right for us in all the major areas of our lives. In this hyper-rational world it can be too easy to defer back to our analytical systems, which is often based on popular socially acceptable rules, rather than what will actually bring us more fulfillment. Practicing our intuitive awareness and actioning this in all areas of our lives is essential for healthy living……..not just in one or two specialised areas.

Relationship Woes…..And What To Do About Them

The greatest cause of divorce in the developed world is loss of love and affection, not the emergence of interpersonal issues.

This came from an extensive study of 168 married couples since 1979 by Ted Huston, Professor of Ecology and Psychology at the university of Teaxs, Austin.

Firstly he  found that couples whose marriage begin in romantic bliss are particularly divorce prone because such intensity is hard to maintain. He then discovered that the breakdown of intimacy causes the biggest problems, far more problematical than the accumulation of any day to day disagreements or even conflicts of core values and tastes. The most essential component of a longer lasting relationship was the formation of intimacy and honesty patterns early in a relationship to afford a smooth transition from the romantic focus to a working partnership that would endure.

 

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This strongly suggests that the traditional way of dealing with relationship problems in conflict resolution is not as important as focusing on preserving positive feelings within the relationship.

John Gottman is one of the worlds leading experts on relationships and what causes them to last or break apart. He can tell within 15 mins of watching a couple on video ( he does this extensively in his research lab)  weather they they will be together after 15 years. After an hour of study his accuracy goes to 95%. He achieves these remarkably accurate results using a code to measure every emotion that a couple feels by interpreting the emotional content of their language and facial expressions.

Gottman will measure around 30 emotions. He will assign a number starting from 1 based on the severity of the negativity of the expression. Number 1 is disgust, contempt is 2, anger is 7, defensiveness 10 etc.

He also found that it didn’t really matter if couples fought like Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor or avoided conflict by retreating into their own worlds. Even bouts of the worst expressions were OK , so long as “Repair Attempts” worked to break the negative cycle. The worst thing in a relationship was if the repair attempts were not acknowledged and or taken negatively and the negative comments continued to spiral out of control.

His work would show that the 4 Horseman of relationship demise is the increased use of criticism, stonewalling, defensiveness and contempt. As these spiral into a greater proportion of a couples communication pattern they quickly come to a point when repair attempts fail…..that tends to be the end of the leash when trust and intimacy are completely broken. Trust and intimacy can resolve conflicts as they appear…..however no amount of common ground can over come the loss of trust and intimacy.

Martin Seligman, the worlds leading expert in what constitutes happiness in humans, in his book “learned optimism” comes up with a simple formula, for a couple to stay in an harmonious existence, the rate of positive comments must be 5 times those of the negative. Otherwise couples tend to spiral into a negative sentiment zone where even positive comments are taken as a negative…..and that is very hard to pull up from.

 

 

 

Empathy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We do not have to look too long or too far to realise that generally, empathy has gone for a “holiday”. Every day, the media is over flowing with examples of unkindness, bullying, and lack of concern towards others. Particularly worrying is the trend for social media to be used as a platform to inflict ridicule and pain upon people, especially those who may be already suffering from a lack of self-esteem.
Empathy is defined by the Oxford Dictionaries as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another”.

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Into The Light – A Lomi Student’s Journey of Empathy and Love to Expand Beyond Adversity

As the sun rises every morning and brightens the day with light, love and endless possibilities I look within and feel great gratitude for the life I have so far lived. My life has been a gift that has shaped me nourished me and given me great strength of spirit. These gifts others seldom have seen as positive so when they have been gifted with them they have taken them into a spiral and instead of lifting them they have held them down like an unliftable weight which is why I am taking the time to share the gifts within my life so others can see the great beauty within the journey they have had.

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The Secret Of Love

The world will teach you that you are here in order to ‘get’. It doesn’t matter to get what, get money, get other bodies, get approval, get things, you simply must get.

However no amount of getting has actually got you what you really want, which is love.
The Truth of your existence is that you are, in fact, here to give.

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Because you are an extension of love, you don’t need to get love, you have verified that Love is all you want, and extending Love is the most natural and fulfilling thing your soul can do.

For you see, as love flows from Spirit, through the soul, through the personality, through the feeling body, through the cellular structure, and then out into the world, you are the first to experience the enjoyment of Loves effects.

Train Of Life

 

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At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone.

As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant – i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don’t realise that they vacated their seats.

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15 Things To Give Up – To Make Your Life Easier & Happier

Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go:

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The Invitation

The Invitation

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

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Merry Christmas 2015

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

This year I have been privileged to accompany members of the Lomi Lomi family to our beautiful Solitude Retreat and also Sydney, Hawaii, and finally to the Philippines. Travel really offers great learning experiences: opening our eyes to other cultures and customs, and broadening our understanding of ourselves and others. There is something very special about travelling with a group of like-minded people who become close and willing to support one another. I am very blessed to be a part of their adventures and spiritual growth.

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Facing Your Biggest Fear!

micronesa.jpg.pagespeed.ce.x5PuZ_uht8Picture a perfect day in paradise! Our yacht Endless Summer anchored off a remote island in Micronesia, crystal clear water so clear you could see the anchor tightly tucked away in the sand.

The weather balmy, blue near cloudless sky with little wind …but things were about to change.

Another yacht motored over to Ian and I and invited us for a snorkel on the reef.

 

 

Snorkel on the Reef:

Always keen to see what lies beneath us it took only a minute to collect our gear.

At the last minute I picked up my trusty old hand spear with four rusty blunt prongs just in case. Somehow holding it in my hand under water gave me a sense of protection.

The colours of the coral took my breath away, we swam amongst deep blue/purple star fish, octopus, shells and hundreds of different varieties of fish and yes in the distance sharks… lots of them!

It was all very exciting … this is living. After about half an hour of exploring the reef I decided to leave the other two and swim to shore to catch up with another yachty, Shane.

 

My Biggest Nightmare – Shark Attack:

Off I swam enjoying every minute and then half way to the shore and half way from the rubber duck, there it was, to the left my biggest nightmare, a 7 ½ foot shark…

My heart stopped, time stood still, a shark attack I screamed inside, trying to process what was happening and what to do.

I checked my position I was caught in no mans land, my first thought was to swim towards the land but I knew I didn’t stand a chance.

I knew not to panic my only option was to swim towards the shark hopefully of scaring it off. I watched his every move and he watched mine, our eyes fixed on each other. He came closer, stopped then swam towards Ian and Tina.

They jumped into the rubber duck for safety and I knew I was in trouble when the shark turned round and swam straight at me.

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The Way of the Open Heart- pt 2

” My Gift Of Sharing Lomi Lomi Space with Students”

When students first walk into the Lomi Lomi workshop, they walk into a room that has been cleared and the energy prepared to create a sacred space. Candles, music, aromatherapy oils and inspirational paintings by Marga ( our 82 year old going on for 40 year old artist ) work together to achieve a beautiful ambience. Surrounded by rainforest and the sounds of the birds and animals we are continually reminded of our place in the natural environment.

 

P1010692-copyPSWe have an altar set up on which students may place any sacred objects, photos, crystals or written intents. Candles are kept burning on the altar and fresh flowers are placed there daily. Each massage table is seen as an altar and whoever lies on the table is treated as a sacred soul worthy of unconditional love and respect.

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SELF HONESTY – the key to contentment

 

Having an honest self analysis of your life is required to bring about happiness. This can be very confronting to you. Most people do not want to see the dark side of self. When we honestly look “within” we realise that we hold onto many negative things. Suppressed emotions, fear, anxiety, anger and unhappiness with life situations to name just a few.

mirror-e1408952943327To alleviate the burdens that affect your day to day life, one must start to address the suppressed emotional issues that are held within. Often, emotions are stirred up by confrontational situations. Mostly anger and fear tend to raise their ugly heads in these moments. These negative energies boil up inside as a direct result of wrong perception of what is happening. Confrontation happens because you do not want to see and face the deep ingrained suppressed emotions that you long ago buried for good – “If I bury them deep enough I will not have to face them”.

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The Way Of The Open Heart

IMG_6412-web-300pxTraditional Old Style Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage is an ancient massage that has been passed down from teacher to pupil in Hawaii for hundreds of years. I am honoured to be chosen by my Kahu Sherman Dudoit to carry this lineage forward and share the teachings all over the world.

Lomi Lomi is unique in its benefits. It nurtures the body and soul. Touch, rhythm and ancient wisdom come together to offer the client healing on all levels. Through the gentleness of Lomi Lomi many clients experience the still point of truth, their essence, empowered through receiving thier own answers and guidance.

Lomi Lomi acknowledges the energetic and spiritual bodies. Through its  rhythm and patterns it activates meridians, energy points, releases energetic blocks and allows the client a safe place to experience a time of oneness and unconditional love. By releasing energy blocks the bodies own healing processes can take over.

Becoming centred in the rhythm of Traditional Old Style Lomi Lomi opens the heart energy connecting you to your higher self and the abundance of kindness and healing. This energy flows into your clients and completes the circle of life.

 

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Dialogue – The Art of Communication

How do you feel when someone talks at you continuously for more than a few minutes? Can you feel your energy levels draining?

Everyone needs to be heard. When we are troubled or excited about a new idea that needs grounding, being able to express this to someone is manifesting and healing. However, when we keep going over the past we become stuck in our Stories. We become boring with our well worn monologues because we are not connecting with the other person.

Dali-lamaIt‘s a difficult task to engage someone that is so caught up in what they want to say next, they can barely wait for you to finish your response, let alone digest your meaning.

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Biology Of Belief

Have you noticed that many people spend more time and money on their car and servicing it than their own bodies and maintenance of health?

The latest research into cancer suggest that genetic factors influence the occurrence of illness by a mere 10%. This was highlighted in studies done that looked at rates of cancer in families with adopted children. Different genetics, same environment. It was found that the adopted children had the same propensity for cancer as the blood children.

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