1. Tell us a bit more about you and your practice as it is today? i.e. are you a solo practitioner or a business owner? If solo, what kind of an establishment do you work for, how large is it, what is the clientele like, what is the specialty offered? If it is a business that you own, kindly include the same time of relevant information that will give the reader a good idea about your establishment/practice. Please also include where you live and work?
I am a Holistic Health Educator and Practitioner. I use Applied Kinesiology, Breath Medicine, Lomilomi and Shamanic Bodywork as vehicles for transformation. I also use the Truth Dialog to determine where in the mental body there are knots that require untying for optimum health to reappear.
My practice is mostly fueled by friends of friends and friends of my extended family. People come for all sorts of reasons, but mainly for miracles. My sessions, or treatments, run between 90 minutes and 6 hours.
I am the Owner, Founder and Senior Instructor of Hawaiian Shamanic Bodywork, an educational vehicle focusing on the highest wisdom of the soul’s ability to be healthy and prosper in all things. I live and work part of the year in in Gibsons, BC, Canada; and part of the year in Kauai, HI, USA. I also travel a fair amount, lecturing, teaching and doing treatments all over the world.
2. Tell us why you chose to go into massage and at what point in your life did you decide to do so? What were you doing at the time? Where did you first hear about the massage career? What factors influenced your decision? What were you looking to get out of this decision?
I began learning about my body and how it works in 1979, when a Chiropractor in LA did some Touch For Health on me. His treatment appeared to be miraculous when he ‘turned-on’ a few muscle systems that had been turned off for many years.
I began studying AK and finally became an Instructor for the International Kinesiology College. I didn’t decide to be a massage therapist. Lomilomi healing chose me as a way for me to heal from a traumatic divorce and bankruptcy. I realized very soon after my first Lomilomi Nui Training that this was the path chosen for me to make a difference in the world as well as in my own life.
3. What were some of your questions and concerns before further pursuing your massage therapy goals? Talk about concerns with school and the profession itself.
Because I had no desire to attend massage school, my biggest concern with taking the Lomilomi Trainings was opening a practice without a license. In the US, it’s not legal to touch any one without a license. So I married a Canadian, moved to Canada and opened a practice in Vancouver, BC. All forms of ‘Bodywork’ are legal in Canada without license regulations.
4. What is your specialty and what are the top three contributing factors to your success today?
My specialty is miracles – a substantial shift in perception. I use whatever means at hand to assist people to come away from suffering and begin again, anew, growing their life in a new direction! The vehicles that are most popular with my repeat clients are the Body Tune-Up – Passive Alignment of the body’s structure, (along with) Stress Toxin Management; the Truth Dialog – Self Identity Ho’oponopono; and Lomi Ha – Breath Medicine.
5. What do you like about your specialty? What do you like about what you do in general as a career? Why?
I love witnessing people heal! This really turns me on. I love watching them experience Heaven in my Healing Temple, because when they arrived, they were not happy about their circumstances. And when they leave they are feeling loved, at one with themselves again.
6. What do you not like about what you do? Why?
Sometimes I over-book myself, and then it takes me a while to recover…
7. If there were three things you could change about your work or the industry as a whole what would they be? Why would you change them? What would you change them to?
The first thing I would change is the laws about licensing. I would open Schools for Shamanic Studies of Healing and certify people who excel in the Healing Arts. I would also change the regulations around people being able to receive Holistic Health Care and have their Insurance Company pay for it. The 3rd thing I would change is, teaching Lomilomi in all massage schools.
8. How long do you plan to practice and what do you plan to do after?
I plan to practice as long as I am able to. I am also a Writer on all that I teach. As aging may present itself, I will continue to write books about Holistic Healing, Huna and relationship. Then travel and lecture, sharing with others the topics I have written about – how to create miracles!
9. Do you currently have another job or business whether full time or part time? Tell us a bit more about it and how you are able to juggle that with your massage career?
I am also a Recording Artist/Producer. I have seven albums so far and a few more on the horizon. I play live a few times a week at restaurants, and do the occasional concert with other musicians. This integrates perfectly with being a Holistic Health Practitioner.
10. What are some mistakes you made in your career pursuit that you’d like to warn other students about so they can learn from your experience and avoid it?
The only challenge that was difficult to handle was in teaching training events with too many students. Because I go so deep with my haumana, it was extremely hard to recover from 14 days, 2 weeks with over 30 students. I recommend (as I do now) keeping classes small for a higher quality product!!
11. What would you advice someone who is looking at massage therapy schools? What do you recommend they look for and how? How do you recommend they determine whether the school is the right one for them?
The most important thing about choosing a school is the Instructor. You really want to find a good Instructor that will challenge you to grow, yet praise you when you do well.
12. What do you recommend for someone who wants to go to massage school but cannot afford it?
See if you can do a work-trade, or look for a teacher that will tutor you privately in exchange for something they need.
13. What are your three biggest points of advice for an aspiring massage therapist today? What should they do/not do? What should they think about and consider?
If you are going to become a Healer, don’t settle with just massage therapy as your one tool. Research many forms of healing and ask your friends if they know any good healers or Doctors that need an assistant. Then, after you have gathered enough info to consider, pray about it. Ask your Higher Self to guide you to the perfect teacher and the perfect school.
14. Any open thoughts / comments – anything else that you’d like to share about yourself, the massage industry, profession, future, etc? If nothing, make one prediction for the future of massage?
I predict that ‘massage therapy’ like many other licensed professions will expire before 2040. This is because ‘healing’ is a natural occurrence when love is present in sufficient volume. In other words, you can learn anything for free on YouTube.
People are taking their own healing in their own hands. Families in Hawaii handed down thru generations the knowledge of how-to-heal. It was freely given as a family lineage to each other. This will happen again as the new souls incarnate with ancient healing ways, such as herbal, spiritual and massage medicine.
15. What is your passion outside of massage? What are your hobbies and interests which you pursue when you are not working? Tell us why you enjoy what you enjoy.
I enjoy a really good movie. If it’s well written, well acted and well directed, I use it as a mental therapy for relaxing and witnessing the human drama as it matures, through the films we love. These movies display our humanness, our foibles, our triumphs and relationship challenges and exaltations. We actually live our lives through others on the silver screen.
Rev Wayne Kealohi Powell D.D. is a Holistic Health Educator, an architect of belief systems, Order of Huna International, Church of Spiritis Sancti, Traditional ‘Old Style’ Hawaiian Lomilomi. He specializes in Temple Style Lomilomi & Lomi HA, Transformational healing, Initiations Spiritual and Relationship Counselling, Truth Dialog / Ho’oponopono. You can reach him on his website here.