Course Syllabus

The Four Major Topics covered in the syllabus work together, influencing one another in a seamless and spiralling progression to facilitate increasing self-development, depth of understanding, technical skill, and inner expression. Synthesizing ancient with modern, this Practitioner Training is a realistic and practical interpretation of traditional massage from Hawaii.  

1. The Influences of Hawaiian Huna Wisdom upon Massage

  • How the multi-dimensional aspects of Huna Wisdom and The Spirit of Aloha affect massage
  • How the unifying attitudes and lifestyle of the ancient Hawaiians are woven into the massage practice
  • The art of making sacred ceremonies and their placement in the massage sequence
  • The dynamic interplay of elements including breath, intention, states of consciousness, movement, and higher concepts
  • Hawaiian songs and chants
  • How to flow around the massage table using basic Hula dance movements

2. Massage Skills, Techniques, and Potential Benefits

  • Giving a full body massage using body weight, hands, and forearms to create the continuous long, flowing, and beautiful strokes unique to this style of massage
  • Understanding the interplay of mind and emotions on the physical body
  • Exercises to increase confidence, concentration, co-ordination, and stamina
  • Working effortlessly with good posture, alignment, enthusiasm, and joy
  • Exploring treatment benefits for both practitioner and client
  • Correlating relevant ideas from other therapies, science, cosmology, physiology etc.

3. Practitioner Awareness, Personal, and Spiritual Development

  • Developing self-awareness and overcoming obstacles to learning and empowerment
  • Importance of self-care, health & wellbeing
  • Insight into personal values for greater maturity and appreciation 
  • Discovering the healing power of Aloha, forgiveness, surrender and co-operation
  • Integrating Hawaiian wisdom into lifestyle
  • Deepening sensitivity, intuition, and self-confidence

4. Working with Client’s Needs and Considerations

  • Essential preparations of practitioner, client, and treatment space 
  • Building rapport to help clients become ready to receive massage
  • How to describe Hawaiian Massage and its benefits 
  • Beyond the therapeutic, engaging with clients on multiple levels of Being
  • Tailoring massage sessions, contraindications
  • Professional Standards, Code of Conduct, Health and Safety, 
  • Attracting clients for a successful practice

A typical training day begins at 10:00 and aims to end at 17:00.

The course is designed to be spiral and non-linear. Each day unfolds in a gentle, intuitive, and flexible manner. This approach allows, in addition to the syllabus, for spontaneous discussions, individual expressions and specialised learning.

Throughout the day, students give and receive massage to each other, reviewing strokes previously learnt as well as learning new strokes. This approach is repeated daily until all back and front strokes have been learnt.

Students are encouraged to absorb the massage skills and techniques through practical application – touch, feel, movement, and sensation in the body. To fully concentrate and embody these skills, during the training day students are invited to learn without reference to their comprehensive training manuals and digital support.

In the true Spirit of Aloha, students learn to work together in a loving, caring, kind, relaxed, open, co-operative and forgiving environment for the sustained benefit of all. Each student willingly contributes their fullest participation to maintain this enriching and joyous learning environment.