What has changed since Hawai'i and the culture of the islands became your life's theme?
I have evolved. In Hawai'i, I not only got to know a fascinating culture and holistic medical system, I also got to know an attitude towards life in which each individual is placed into a larger context - with society, with nature, as well as the big picture, i.e. with our planet and ultimately the entire universe. Strictly speaking, we consist of nothing but the dust of extinct stars. At some point that is what we will return to. This has influenced me and taught me to be less ego-centered. I try to live this "Aloha Spirit" in my everyday life and pass it on with AlohaSpirit, our center for Hawaiian body therapy and culture.
What makes Lomilomi different from other massages?
Lomilomi connects body, mind and consciousness. With this holistic approach, body therapy addresses exactly those demands that the hectic daily life of the 21st century places on us. Lomilomi brings us into balance with our inner self and our environment. That is, we become calm and gain strength at the same time.
You had scientific studies conducted that prove the effectiveness of Lomilomi. Were you surprised by the results?
No. In the twenty years that I have been working as a Lomilomi therapist, I have repeatedly received feedback that unanimously confirms a measurable effect of the massage. And not only for physical ailments but also for psychological and emotional challenges, up to and including chronic diseases such as diabetes. In other words: Lomilomi is much more than a massage.
How did you get involved with Lomilomi and Hawai'i in the first place?
My mother, Myra Delaquis, was trained in Lomilomi in Hawai'i before me. Starting in 1996 I assisted her classes. After several visits to Hawai'i - initially related to my commitment to marine mammals at the time - the path was clear for me as well.
* Kumu = Hawaiian for teacher