What is Lomi Lomi Massage
Lomi Lomi is the word used today to describe Hawaiian massage, traditionally called lomi. Lomi lomi practices varied greatly by family, ahupua’a (region) & islands. Like all endeavours in old Hawaii, lomi lomi was conducted with prayer & intention.
The early Polynesian settlers brought their own form of massage, & it evolved to become something uniquely Hawaiian. It was practiced by everyone, from child to chief.
Today, lomi lomi or “loving hands” is a common & popular form of massage throughout the world, especially in Hawaii, Japan & Europe.
Traditionally taught lomi lomi massage practitioners are generally unwilling to work at just any spa or massage parlor. They prefer to treat selected clients quietly & privately, often in home settings. Lomi lomi practitioners may also ask their clients to pray, meditate, change their diets & engage in other self help activities usually believed to lie outside the scope of massage. Lomi lomi is a holistic healing tradition beyond simple massage.
Lomi Lomi Technique
Before a lomi lomi massage begins. the therapist will say a quiet prayer to request effective healing. Then the ancient wisdom & spirit of Aloha will guide, heal & inspire you towards your true potential. It is an experience that overwhelms the mind with sensation as the lomi lomi masseuse uses intuitive movement, breathing, rhythm & focussed intention in long, flowing strokes.
Lomi lomi massage technique covers a broad area of the body & works the muscles often simultaneously to encourage the continuous flow of love & harmony, & to wash harmful thoughts, patterns, memories & behaviors out of the cells of our bodies to make way for more beneficial modes of thought.
Once positive energy is permitted to flow unhindered, total body healing is accomplished.
This is the goal of every lomi lomi massage, returning to our natural state.
This massage technique employs the use of the elbows, knuckles, palms, forearms & even knees & feet, although these are less commonly incorporated. Practitioners frequently use both hands simultaneously on different parts of the body, & even work with fellow masseurs or masseuses to perform four-hand massage. Reminiscent of the art of dance, lomi lomi strokes are broad & fluid.
Lomi Lomi Health Benefits
This massage style produces positive effects, both physically & emotionally. Based on the notion that love is the source of overall well-being, this ancient technique works to cancel the negative effects of stress on the body. This technique aids in the healing of our muscles & tissues, but also works on a spiritual level by letting the body know that it is loved.
This is the key difference between lomi lomi & most other massage techniques. The Lomi lomi has always worked on an intuitive level, sending a message of love from one being to the next through his or her hands. The care with which he or she works instils trust, & the body can allow itself to receive the Lomi lomi healing powers freely.
This holistic form of massage therapy is designed to create alignment in the body, as well as mental purification, inner peace & energy movement. It re-invigorates the body & restores it’s harmony with it’s surroundings & other people. Lomi lomi is not targeted to any one group or ailment, so everyone can benefit from this massage.
When ever I travel anywhere, I check out if they have anywhere that does Lomi lomi massage. One day I will find a place that does Lomi Lomi massage.
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