Lomi Lomi Massage
Lomi lomi is a traditional Hawaiian massage that uses a combination of massage techniques, and coconut oils, to restore energy and soothe the body. It is also known as the 'loving hands' massage. This name helps to explain its principles - the massage works gently yet deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, allowing the recipient to relax and give in to the nurturing touch.
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 behaviors, which can cause as many stresses and strains as muscle tension.
What is lomi lomi massage good for?
Lomi lomi aims to treat the body and mind as one whole being. It is thought to:
-relax the nervous system
-assist blood and lymph flow
-eliminate waste and toxins
-rejuvenate the body
-instill a sense of peace, harmony and well being.
In Hawaii, lomi lomi is used to treat children with upset stomachs and soothe women in labor. A lomi lomi therapist will not aim to heal themselves, but to be the facilitator for healing - to enable healing to take place.
It's worth remembering that the oils used in massage are not kind to hair or make-up, so you might not want to return to work straight after your treatment. Clear your diary for the afternoon, and you'll be able to spend longer in post-lomi lomi heaven.
Avoid eating heavy meals or drinking alcohol in the hours leading up to your massage.
Your therapist should ask you about your medical history before your treatment begins. It's important to tell them if you are - or think you may be - pregnant.
What to expect from a lomi lomi massage
Traditionally, lomi lomi massage is performed with the recipient lying on a hand-woven mat on the floor. However, you will find yourself on a conventional massage table, with vinyl directly on top of it.
Lomi lomi 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, a traditional lomi lomi practitioner 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. Sometimes, lomi lomi is carried out by two therapists at once to intensify the effect.
Your therapist may make full-body or under-body strokes, 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 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.
One of the luxuries of any traditional massage is the thought of its geographical origins. Think of lomi lomi as your own little piece of Hawaii, imagine yourself in a treatment room next to miles of sandy beach and feel its holiday-effects work their magic!
A 15 to 20 minute integration with complimentary tea while your body absorbs the chi.
You will feel blissfully relaxed after your Lomi lomi massage, and nurtured from top to toe.
Some variations include
Four-handed treatments with two therapists