In any event, I love the ocean.
I've also learned to love the mountain since I moved to Kamakura.
I live a life in which I enjoy, along with my dog, the ocean in the summer and the mountain in the winter.
Both a walking distance away, the ocean and mountain are my precious sources of energy.
At the ocean, I enjoy SUP (stand-up-paddling), snorkeling, and swimming with dolphins.
I enjoy paddling offshore and going to my favorite spot to snorkel in the summer. The ocean at Hayama, which isn’t so far from Kamakura,
is also a great place to snorkel.
Furthermore, I also teach SUP and conduct environmental education for children at the non-profit organization, the Ocean Family Marine Experience Center as a volunteer.
The 1 week of ocean-filled activities in which children are taken to Miyake Island every August to experience nature has always been very important to me since I was a child.
I really learned a great deal from the powerful nature of the volcanic, Miyake Island.
Swimming with dolphins is also time I cherish and that is essential to me.
The act of swimming with wild dolphins and establishing an emotional bond with them...
I experienced how the mind during this time connects deeply with yoga that I have written about below, and how this greatly influences my awareness when doing Lomi Lomi.
By going into the open ocean where the dolphins swim, I came to understand nature: its beauty, its power that can sometimes be scary,
and its greatness.
That we humans have no power over nature and that we need to always respect it when interacting with it.
The ocean teaches me a lot about what is necessary in living.
Starting the practice of Yoga became an opportunity for me to think about my body.
How the once-a-week Yoga greatly changed the condition of my body and also the many discoveries with regard to my bodily functions that I have made.
Until I was 28 years old and encountered Yoga, I lived a life that was completely removed from any form of exercising; I didn't know how to use my body.
If I didn't encounter Yoga, I would probably not be doing any SUP or even Lomi Lomi.
Lomi Lomi and Yoga that I encountered later have lots of important things in common: breathing techniques, grounding, mind control, and more.
And now, Lomi Lomi.
Hawaii, where I went on intuition after leaving the company that I had worked at for 10 years...
I have been to Hawaii many times since I was a child. However, even as a child I remember feeling the depth of the Hawaiian culture and precisely because of that, feeling it was a world, I, as a Japanese person, could not intrude upon lightly.
After moving to Kamakura, however, and feeling nature close by and while living a life that matches that rhythm, I thought, "Maybe now I can do something Hawaiian."
Why Lomi Lomi? I didn't think about that until after I started. However,
as I was researching Lomi Lomi, I learned about my Kumu, and thought,
"I have to go to his place." Then, the next thing I knew, I was booking a class with him 6 months down the road even though I hadn't even decided whether I was going to quit my job or not.
Lomi Lomi is something that I have only recently come to really know. Nevertheless, I live today in gratitude of learning about it and all the encounters and realizations that I have derived from it.
I believe bodily ills are the result of an accumulation of little things.
There are bodily ills that are more physically-based, and some that are more based in the mind and how we think. We create stagnation where things should just flow. Simply put, I think that maybe that is all there is to it.
It is my wish to, with Lomi Lomi, help you welcome anther beautiful day by flushing out any areas that are in stagnation.
I look forward to meeting you ♡