Hawaii Lomilomi Massage
The Hawaiian Lomilomi massage is a truly holistic treatment that considers body, mind and spirit as one.
The potential benefits
- Physical Relaxation:
Lomilomi massage promotes deep relaxation of the muscles, eases mental and physical tension and promotes overall well-being. Helps to rejuvenate the body.
- Energetic Balance:
The technique is believed to balance the flow of energy within the body, enhancing vitality and promoting a sense of harmony. Helps letting go of old, blocked energies.
- Emotional Release:
Lomilomi is known for its potential to release emotional blockages and past traumas from the body. Instills a sense of peace, harmony and wellbeing.
- Improved Circulation:
The massage enhances blood and lymphatic circulation, supporting the body’s natural healing processes. Assists blood and lymph flow. Eliminates waste and toxins.
Lomilomi massage originates from Hawaii and is deeply rooted in the traditional healing practices of the native Hawaiian people. It incorporates elements of spirituality and cultural significance, often passed down through generations.
Lomiomi is characterized by rhythmic and flowing movements using the hands, forearms, and elbows to restore energy and soothe the body. Long, sweeping strokes are applied, resembling the motion of ocean waves. The massage incorporates stretches, joint rotations, and gentle rocking motions.
It is also known as the ‘loving hands’ massage. This name helps to explain its principles, allowing the recipient to relax and give in to the nurturing touch.
Lomilomi works from the belief that memories are not just stored in the brain and mind, but also in every cell of the human body. The long, continuous strokes of the massage are designed to help the body let go of its old patterns and behaviors.
Many believe that the healing art of Lomilomi was brought to Hawaii by the earliest Polynesian settlers, while others believe that it is deeply infused with the practice of ‘living aloha’. Aloha is the Hawaiian word for love, affection, peace, compassion and mercy, that is commonly used as a greeting. The Hawaiian Lomilomi massage can also be referred to as Kahuna bodywork.
About the treatment:
Instead of being covered with towels, you might just have one towel or a small sheet to preserve your modesty. These steps are taken to avoid interrupting the continuous flow of the massage.
The Lomilomi healing practice usually begins with a period of stillness between therapist and recipient, sometimes with the therapist’s hands resting lightly on the recipient’s back. During this moment of stillness, the Lomilomi therapist would say a blessing or prayer, asking for whatever healing is needed.
The therapist will work intuitively with your body, with fluid, rhythmic strokes to release and shift tensions. There is no set format for the massage itself, so no two Hawaiian massages are the same. The treatment may be slow and relaxing or faster and more invigorating, depending on how your body responds. You might find that the therapist massages two different parts of your body simultaneously – this is to stop your brain from focusing on any one area and therefore helps to aid relaxation.
The therapist may lightly stretch your limbs and carefully rotate your joints. These techniques are thought to free up your energy flow, and she will perform them very gently, staying within your comfort zone and level of resistance.
Don’t be surprised if your therapist – particularly if she is a traditional Lomilomi practitioner – hums at various points during your massage. Humming is supposed to create amplified and vibrating energy, promoting the release of blockages within the body. Dance techniques and hula movements are important, too, in keeping the energy flow high.
You will feel blissfully relaxed after your Hawaiian massage, and nurtured from top to toe.