Lomi lomi is a traditional Hawaiian massage that uses a combination of massage techniques, nut oils, and sometimes elements of prayer, breathing and dance to restore energy and soothe the body.
Lomi lomi 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 behaviours, which can cause as many stresses and strains as muscle tension.
If you get the opportunity to experience a lomi lomi massage you will see that the practitioner is using their palms, forearms, their fingers, knuckles, their elbows, knees, their feet, and even sticks and stones. When people talk about a “full body” massage, that’s exactly what lomi lomi is – except it is the masseur who is using their full body on you. The concept of energy flow is at the heart of lomi lomi massage, lomi lomi practitioners learn that ideas or beliefs can block energy flows as can muscle tension. The lomi lomi technique is designed to release the blockages and assisting the natural energy flow – resulting in mental, emotional, and spiritual healing.
Lomi lomi practitioners are often described as almost doing a hula dance around the table as they work on a patient – these movements are designed to assist the energy flow between the patient and the practitioner. Breathing techniques are also used to assist energy flow.
assist blood and lymph flow
eliminate waste and stimulate toxins
rejuvenate the body
instil a sense of peace, harmony and wellbeing.