Te Maurea is about enlightenment. Its core purpose is to awaken & effect spiritual consciousness and awareness by using ancient traditional Maori teachings and philosophies handed down through the ages to ground us within today’s modern world.
My name is Ruatau Perez & Te Maurea is the development & evolution of my mahi as a kaiako and Practitioner of Traditional Maori Healing over the past 15 years. My specialties include Maori rongoa or medicine, romiromi, mirimiri, koomirimiri and whare wananga lore. I currently run a weekly wananga and clinic in Auckland & there are many of my past students practicing in Auckland & throughout the country. Te Maurea is a karere for upcoming wananga workshops, puure, romiromi and mirimiri clinics.
I had the great privilege to train under Hohepa Delamere, affectionately known as Papa Jo, for 10 years and have been been running his wanangas since his untimely passing. Papa Jo was a highly renowned & internationally respected practitioner of mätauranga and rongoa Mäori. I’m proud to contribute to the continuation of his teachings and good works in the hand-to-hand way that keeps the art of Maori Healing alive.
Mirimiri is an ancient and traditional Maori form of massage. Based on Maori philosophies surrounding health and spiritual or holistic wellbeing, it incorporates our connection to our environment and the ebbs and flows of mauri (life force) within everything and everyone in creation. Mirimiri is the tuakana (older sibling) to romiromi. To some people mirimiri may mean a gentle or very light massage to others it may mean other things. It all depends on ones’ perspective and the meaning of it.
Mirimiri has been around since time began. Since the separation of Ranginui (Sky father) and Papatuanuku(Earth Mother) mirimiri has been happening. Far from being restricted to the effect of hands upon the human body – mirimiri is a thousand things – it happens when its raining outside: the effect of raindrops washing the leaves on the trees is a form of mirimiri. Similarly, the effect of waves breaking on the shore is the mirimiri that happens between Hine-Moana (Sea Maiden) and Papatuanuku and is among the oldest forms of mirimiri of all. So different types and forms of mirimiri are happening within the elements all the time.
Consider the therapeutic effect of a smile upon someone having a bad day – that can be a massage. When we breathe in deeply and slowly through our nose and exhale through our mouth – likewise we mirimiri all our internal organs. On a purely human level – mirimiri happens on many different layers of mind body and soul. We, as humans, accumulate blockages, stress and trauma through our whole being and this starts to manifest as pain and tension in our physical bodies and also in less visual forms – as headaches for example. What mirimiri does is allow us a way of alleviating our bodies of these cumulative pains and afflictions that, if left untreated or unresolved, could lead to different, and often worse, diseases and ailments.
Mirimiri can be physical manipulation of tissue and muscle or it can be soothing and comforting words to uplift or inspire someone affected by stress or depression. Each case is treated based upon individual need. Mirimiri can even be done on someone that is in another city or country entirely from the healer! This form is known as “absent healing,” and is very useful on loved ones who may be in hospital or otherwise out of physical reach and you cant be there with them. You would send them this type of energy and vibrational healing.
A mix of spiritual and physical components, then, mirimiri involves the healers’ ancestors and also the ancestors of the person he or she is working on to create and restore harmony and balance. This is because sometimes the imbalance or the source of the problem may have been passed down through the dna and whakapapa (genealogy) of the patient. Mirimiri invigorates and energises our body and clears away the heaviness and burdens that we tend to carry on our shoulders.