HAWAIIAN LOMI LOMI MASSAGE

Carola Aust MICHT, MLLAUK-1

This massage is one of the oldest and most powerful forms of healing. Lomi Lomi is one of the most profound forms of massage. I’m often asked what Lomi Lomi means. The word Lomi Lomi simply means massage.

So, what makes it so special, what is it, how does it differ from other massage, how does it "work"?

What it is? It’s a unique healing massage derived from the ancient Polynesians and more specifically the master healers of Hawaii. This massage works gently yet deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, totally nurturing the body with warm oil and, enabling the recipient to relax, give in and simply be. So whilst technique and the rhythmic music is an important part of the massage and associated healing, much of the work is done by love, with the focus of the practitioner on the client being deep and complete, using loving hands and a loving heart. This flowing with total energy, using the long continuous, flowing strokes, combined with deep tissue work and a very loving touch, relaxes the entire being.

Lomi lomi massageThe Hawaiians look at things in terms of energy flow, following the idea that an idea or belief can block energy flow as much as muscle tension can. Lomi Lomi helps release the blockages, whilst at the same time giving the energy new direction. Thus Lomi Lomi is not just a physical experience; it also facilitates healing on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels as well. The Hawaiians view all aspects of the body as one and believe that the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual are all part of the "whole" self, when healing is effected on one level all levels are affected. On the physical level, through Lomi Lomi stress and tension are relieved, blood and lymph flow assisted and the elimination of wastes and toxins stimulated.

HawaiiSo,what happens during a Lomi Lomi massage? How is it performed? A Lomi Lomi usually commences with a stillness between the practitioner and client, often with the practitioner’s hands gently resting on the clients back. In this stillness the practitioner will quietly say a blessing or prayer asking for whatever healing is needed to take place during the massage. Alternatively or as well, the client may be asked to set their intention for any healing they would like to receive. The masseuse then works very intuitively with the client. In this respect there is no set format or sequence for the massage and no two massages will ever be identical.

The massage is given in fluid, rhythmic motion using the forearms as well as the hands.  The full body gets massaged with hot stones, bamboo sticks and warm coconut oil.

Some people have described this as feeling like gentle waves moving over the body. Another feature is that different parts of the body may be massaged at the same time, for example one arm or hand may be working on a shoulder and the other hand may be working on the opposite hip. This assists the recipient in totally relaxing as it is impossible or at least extremely difficult for the brain to focus on the two different areas at once.

Another major difference from other massage is that the person lays directly on the vinyl of the table and not on a towel and rather than being covered completely by towels, is covered by a small sheet or towel leaving most of the body exposed during the massage, whilst maintaining the recipients modesty. This makes it a lot easier to perform the underbody and full body strokes without interrupting the flow of the massage.

The benefits of Lomi Lomi can be:

  • Cleanses and detoxifies, enhancing all homeostatic systems and organs of your body.
  • Invites deep relaxation of your body and mind.
  • Breaks up muscle tensions.
  • Opens your muscles and joints.
  • Encourages harmony, your sense of well being and balance.
  • Energises and revitalises your life force.
  • Enhances your circulation, improving skin and hair and muscle tone and improves posture.
  • Improves relaxation responses, calms heart rate, blood pressure, brings a good night sleep.
  • Reduces anxiety, fears, worries, sadness and empowers through human caring and encouragement.
  • Gives your body better nutrition, digestion and waste removal.