A Hawaiian philosophy + lifestyle on the inter-connectedness of Life.
"[The body's] purpose is to protect, contain, support, and fire the spirit and the soul within it, to be a repository for memory, to fill us with feeling - that is the supreme psychic nourishment. It is to lift and propel us, to fill us with feeling to prove that we exist, that we are here, to give us grounding, heft, weight. It is wrong to think of it as a place we leave in order to soar to the spirit. The body is the launcher of those experiences. Without the body there would be no sensations of crossing thresholds, there would be no sense of lifting, no sense of height, no weightlessness. All that comes from the body." - Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.
Trained as a cultural practitioner in Pa Ola Hawai'i style lomilomi with Kumu Alva Andrews of O'ahu. With warm coconut oil, long full, body strokes, and humility of spirit lomilomi serves to clear, rejuvenate and unify the body, mind and spirit, realigning our constitution to be grounded and connected, fluid and flexible. Lomilomi sees each client as spirit requesting healing, not a body broken needing fixing. Read more, an interview with Uncle Alva.
Gratitude: " Every once in a while you receive body work from a practitioner who knows how to meet you where you're at and offer you exactly what you need on multiple levels. That's how I felt about the amazing lomilomi session with Kate Brenton this afternoon. I feel realigned and reconnected--and my right arm (the main tool of my reflexology practice feels restored). There are many styles of lomilomi massage--and hers is something more fierce and structural than I've been exposed to before. So good! She's masterful--a practitioner's practitioner." - Emily Arin, Narberth, PA
"Monthly sessions with (Kate) is single handedly the best self care decision I ever made." Eileen S. - Philadelphia, PA "I appreciated your candor, knowledge, intuition, humor, and especially your loving touch throughout our training. It's a powerful thing to attend a training where you feel both challenged and amazingly loved throughout the process." S.C., Kauai.
"The healing I received was profound and worked on many levels. I felt that I was in the hands of a very gifted and compassionate healer. I think the thing that impressed me the most was her ability to get to core of what was making me ill. I am very blessed to have had that session with her." C. S., Pennsylvania
"I have had many massages but never a lomi. I had no idea it was a dance of the hands, forearms, elbows stretching & moving me in ways both spiritual & mental. I was delighted with the results. My neck pain disappeared & I had a better range of motion. I felt lighter more centered, my body was in heaven. Kate is truly an amazing practitioner...it will change your life" M.O., Kaua'i
"My experience with Kate IS indescribable. Months later I am still reaping benefits: increased health, a pain free life, deeper states of restfulness and awareness to name a few. In practical terms, Kate performed head to toe adjustments I needed. At the end of my visit I felt the most right, well; healthy and fit I have ever been in my own body. The most I have ever, ever been – in my own body! I am grateful for this experience. I will seek Lomilomi from Kate for the rest of my life (and hers too). We have a connection which I believe played a vital role in me being able to receive the many gifts she generously shared. One sunny day I stepped out on faith to Kate. Through Kate’s mastery of the sacred practice of Lomilomi held my heart and showed me the path to step deeper into myself." M.S. Washington, D.C.
"Lomilomi is a massage, yes. Moreover, it is an experience. You experience this massage as no other --- whether your first Lomilomi session or your twelfth, each experience differs. You experience the quiet of the room. Each breath feels like a new experience. You exhale, testing it out. You are on a journey with your breath. Your journey is Universal. You lay there, on the table, and let go. You cannot recall being so disconnected from your body and, simultaneously, connected to the earth. Outside the window, a bird's chirp moves slowly through your now-empty head. In your experience, you "become" ... one with the Universe, at one with your breath, a part of the table; so light, you're not even sure you're on a table any longer. Kate is breath and earth and full-on light. A master at her craft, she is wholly present as practitioner of listening, of hearing, trusting, receiving, giving. In our every day, we expect a great deal of our bodies. With Lomilomi, you relax through the experience and, then, arise, stepping in to your renewed Self." D.P., Pennsylvania