The ancient wisdom of healing service
Lomi Lomi is a holistic healing tradition beyond simple massage. This traditional massage puts people into a state of profound relaxation. The body can thus manage to resolve deep tensions and blockades caused by stress.
"If your hands are gentle and
loving, your patient will feel the sincerity of your heart, his soul
will reach out to yours and God's healing power will flow through you
both" ~ Auntie Margaret Machado, (renowned lomi lomi master and Kahuna).
To understand the depth of Lomi Lomi massage, it helps to have an understanding of the Hawaiian philosophy called Huna, and how the philosophies of Huna relate to bodywork and healing.
A fundamental assumption of Huna is that everything seeks harmony and everything seeks love. So how does this relate to massage? Perhaps this can best be understood by one of the alternate names for Lomi Lomi, and that is "Loving Hands" massage. The reason for this is that it works gently yet deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, totally nurturing the body and enabling the recipient to relax, give in and simply be. So whilst technique 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.
Lomi Lomi practitioners use the palms, forearms, fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees, feet, seashells, even sticks and hot volcanic stones.
The massage is given in fluid, rhythmic motion using the forearms as well as the hands. 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. By not working on areas in isolation a deep sense of balance and harmony is achieved. As mentioned earlier, whilst technique is important, the priority is loving the body, using intuition so the massage is "right" for the client. The client on the table is not viewed as someone to be fixed, but a being to be returned to harmony and balance.
It is important to remember that the practitioner does not heal but is the facilitator for the healing.
Because the practitioner works intuitively, a massage may be slow and very relaxing or at times it may be a little faster and therefore more invigorating and enlivening to the body. Sometimes the recipient may experience an emotional release as the massage can release and shift negative emotions, negative beliefs and other "stuff" that has been stored in the cells of the body, with the healing effects of the massage continuing long after the massage is over.
Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage, the traditional healing massage of ancient Hawaii, combines the ease and accessibility of Lomi Lomi with the Shamanic power of temple style Kahuna Bodywork. This massage brings to life the forgotten Huna wisdom of Hawaii which takes people into states of inner peace, balance and wholeness. Transcending the stresses and strains of modern living, people find greater awareness and connection within body, mind, heart and soul.
The benefits of Lomi Lomi enhance all areas of one's health, well-being and self-awareness. This is especially healing with trauma, poor self image, low esteem, stress, lack of confidence and direction, relationship difficulties, eating disorders and disunity of body, mind and spirit.
Lomi Lomi is The Loving Touch:
A connection of heart, hands and soul with the Source of All Life.