Traditional Hawaiian Healing Arts

with S. Pualani Gillespie, MSN, RN, LMT


lomilomi-stretchBTI is honored to bring a revered colleague and teacher back to South Wind Farm to offer the wisdom and gifts of her lineage. These two workshops with “Aunty Pua” Gillespie provide a rare opportunity to experience a living tradition that will inform and deeply inspire you.

Discover the True Heart of the Hawaiian Spirit of Aloha – the “living water” of unconditional love and acceptance that is the foundation for healing.

In these unique workshops, you will learn about the teachings of the ancient Hawaiian Healing Arts that date back hundreds of years. These methods have been carried forward in an unbroken chain and are still used today by the Kupuna (elders) from Hawaii Island (also known as the Big Island).

Traditional Hawaiian Healing Practices are rarely shared outside the Hawaiian Islands – and are not found on DVDs or in social media as they are sacred and respectful of the culture. The sacred principles of Pule, Ho`oponopono and Aloha as taught by the legendary Aunty Margaret Machado (1916-2009) will be shared with the permission of the Machado family.


Onomea Falls, Big Island of Hawaii

Mana Wai Ola – “Spirit of Living Water”

April 28-29, 2016 | Thursday-Friday, 9:30am-5:30pm
14 CE contact hours | $295 | open to the public

You will experience the flow of healing water through Chant, Body Stretching and an introduction to Lomilomi Massage – techniques that have been carefully handed down through the Hawaiian families and have survived the Western influence of the 19th and 20th centuries.

This workshop will include an introduction to hands-on massage techniques, as well as time for reflection and spiritual integration. These experiences will combine to enrich you with a balance of mind-body surrounded by unconditional love and acceptance. You will leave with a new enlightenment and spirit to bring to your practice as well as life-changing principles to use as you walk your daily path.


Advanced Lomilomi Massage

April 30-May 1, 2016 | Saturday-Sunday, 9:30am-5:30pm | 14 CE hours | $295

During these two very special days, Aunty Pua will share with specific techniques used to “malama ke kino” or to take care of the body. The first day she will share lomilomi techniques handed down through the centuries of Polynesian body workers that are designed to treat the upper half of the body. Concerns addressed will be the neck and shoulder attachments, the arms, and the cervical and thoracic spine.

The second day will address the pelvic girdle, the lumbar spine and sacrum as well as the anterior and posterior compartments of the leg. Learn these ancient proven techniques to address the specific needs of your clients as well as expand your knowledge of cross cultural practices that awaken the spirit and soul of the loving touch of aloha.

This advanced class is open to those who have studied previously with Aunty Pua – as well as those who have completed introductory level studies in Lomilomi Massage with other teachers.

Special Offer: Those who register for both two-day workshops will receive a 10% discount.
The combined cost is $530 (a $60 savings).


S. Pualani GillespieAbout S. Pualani Gillespie:
Pualanikalaunukameleikalapa`aupili “Aunty Pua” Gillespie, raised in the Hawaiian culture as a young child, learned the concepts of Hawaiian dance, chant and massage from her family. Her lifelong career as a Registered Nurse Practitioner, and always a student of the healing arts, Aunty Pua was a patient and student of Aunty Margaret Machado since 1989. Following her retirement from the field of Nursing in 1997, Aunty Pua began a full-time massage career and eventually returned to the Big Island of Hawaii in 2001 when she began teaching with the Machado family at their Beach house on Kealakekua Bay.

bowl-of-light(sm)Since the passing of Aunty Margaret in 2009, Aunty Pua has continued to teach the sacred principles of Aunty Margaret as well as share the Traditional Bodywork principles with students from six continents. She feels it is her gift and mission to keep the traditional healing message alive and share the true meaning of Aloha with her colleagues in the healing arts family. In addition to her work in these traditional realms, she recently served as a member of the AMTA National Board of Directors and a Trustee of the Massage Therapy Foundation. Pua is dedicated to the process of bringing massage therapy into the domain of integrative healthcare.


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