Halau i Ka Pono
Nana i Ke Kumu
Look to the Source

Kumu Lomilomi Betty Kuli'iana Lau, comes to Chicago from the Big Island of Hawaii to teach  "Lomilomi - the Art of Hawaiian Massage,"  a weekend of hands-on massage, Hawaiian style.

Kumu Lomilomi (master massage therapist) Betty Kuli'iana Lau was voted one of the top thirteen therapists in the world by Luxury Spa Finder magazine in 2006. She has both formal Western and Hawaiian traditional styled massage training.  


Betty started learning lomilomi (Hawaiian massage) at the early age of seven from her Tutu (grandmother) and Anake (aunty). In Hawaiian culture, the keiki (children) are observed and screened to see who will be worthy of passing on ancient knowledge and who has "special gifts"that can be cultivated. It was the children's job to lomi adults after all the work was done usually at family luaus.


Betty was also trained by other women in her family - her mother and mother-in-law taught her infant massage and "opu huli"  - turned stomach believed caused by falls, especially in small children, resulting in a kink or turning of the stomach with attendant vomiting.


Betty attended the Big Island School of Body Therapies.  After massage school, she studied Upledgers Cranial Sacral techniques, Barnes Myofascial Release, St. John's Neuromuscular, Reflexology, Thai, Shiatsu, Sports, Balinese, Bamboo, and Hot Stones.  She later trained with Kahuna Lomilomi Margaret Machado and Po'okela  La'au Lapa'au Papa Henry Auwae (Hawaiian herbal/spiritual healing) and lomilomi.  Betty is also a Reiki Master.


Betty has created and taught all the traditional Hawaiian treatments and choreographed the famous Lomilomi Hula performed exclusively at the Mauna Lani Spa on the Big Island of Hawaii.


Halau i Ka Pono - The Hula School of Chicago
38 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL  60302    

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The Art of Hawaiian Lomilomi Massage - Public Talk


Betty speaks about the history of Lomilomi, her roots in the practice, the different ailments it can help, and its deep connection to spiritual values.  There will also be demonstrations of different techniques used in Lomilomi


Thursday, June 28th   7:00 - 8:30 pm
Tickets $10 if purchased before 6/4/12.  $15 after 6/4/12. 
FREE for those attending Couples Class or Practitioner's Workshop

38 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL  60302    

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Couples Lomilomi Class

Do you ever feel your shoulders and neck tense after a stressful day at work or notice that your partner may be feeling the same way?  Wouldn't it be nice if you or your partner knew how to massage the knots out?  

 Betty teaches how to "lomi" your special someone with simple
lomilomi strokes that will make a difference in both of your dispositions!  Massage is also a wonderful way to connect with each other.  You'll learn a basic routine with or without oil.  Betty will also share Hawaiian pule (prayer) and history.  Bonus: Dry Brushing Technique.  No prior massage experience necessary. 

Friday, June 29th
7:00 pm - 10 pm
$60/$75 per person after 6/1/12

Register before 6/4/12 for early bird savings of $15 or $30/couple! 

Practitioner's Lomilomi Workshop

In this 3-day training, you will be taught an exclusive Hawaiian pule (prayer) in oli (chant) form, the traditional Hawaiian massage routine called Lomilomi, specific Lomilomi strokes, Hawaiian history on healing, Hawaiian words and body parts, and protocols like Kukakuka/Ho'oponopono (making things right).   


This is a pre-requisite workshop to a second Lomilomi Hula workshop that Betty will teach when she returns to Chicago in the future. 


Saturday - Monday, June 30 - July 2
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
38 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL

Early Bird Deadline: 6/4/12. Special - if paid in full: $325.

If not paid in full, $100 nonrefundable deposit to hold your spot and total: $375.

After Deadline: $475

Individual Massage Sessions with Betty Lau

Lomilomi is spiritual and prayerful work.  Physically it drains the lactic acid that builds up in your tissues from exercise and over-use of your muscles.  This includes chronic or acute tension in your muscles from stress. Lomilomi helps to break up the knots in your muscles, filters it through your lymph system and then purifies it through your pu'uwai
(heart).  After a lomilomi one feels much lighter in body and spirit! 

We always give credit to our Kupuna (elders) and Kumu (teachers). Auntie Margaret Machado said "Lomilomi is a loving touch" and Papa Henry Auwae said, "Healing is 80% spiritual and 20% the la'au
(plants)."  We also always mahalo Ke Akua (give credit to God) for the healing that takes place.

Private lomilomi massage sessions are available with Betty Lau on Thursday and Friday, June 28th and 29th.  Call 708-445-1651 or email to make a reservation or to get more information.

Special discounted rate of $85 per hour.  Betty's regular fee is $100 per hour.