Lomi Lomi Massage: Sacred in Mind, Body and Spirit.
History of Lomi Lomi Massage:
The early Polynesian settlers brought their own form of massage and it evolved to become something uniquely Hawaiian. It was performed by everyone, from child to chief. As an indigenous practice that evolved over hundreds of years in isolated valleys throughout the island chain, there are many different schools of Lomi Lomi with different approaches and techniques.
Like all endeavours in old Hawaii, Lomi Lomi was conducted with prayer and intention. When a treatment was to be given, the practitioner would pray as they would pluck the necessary herbs to be used. The entire process was spiritual and required a calm peaceful approach so as to maintain positive vibrations. The people believed in the laws of vibration, knew the power of the spoken word and trusted in Mother Nature.
Traditionally in ancient Hawaii Lomi Lomi was performed as a healing method of native healers. The ruling chiefs would rely on Lomi Lomi massage to aid in digestion. Masters of the Hawaiian martial arts all performed Lomi Lomi as a way of life. Families also used this art to maintain their health and to heal loved ones.
Modern Lomi Lomi Massage:
Traditionally taught Lomi Lomi practitioners may also ask their clients to pray, meditate, change their diets, and engage in other self-help activities usually believed to lie outside the scope of massage in an effort to truly help their clients obtain optimal health and wellness.
To be recognized as a truly traditional Lomi Lomi healer by the Hawaiian community, a person must study the art for many years. Many schools around the world teach Lomi Lomi massage techniques which allows the massage therapist to perform amazing massages with a multitude of health benefits but this is not to be compared to the years spent learning from Lomi Lomi elders of the art.
The goal is to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit by removing energy blockages and opening energy pathways within the body. The key is that the massage therapist and the receiver remain in tune and connected the entire time as they are actually working together in tandem.
What To Expect During A Lomi Lomi Massage:
A Lomi Lomi session usually begins with the practitioner placing their hands calmly on the clients back. As the receiver breaths, the practitioner will quietly say a prayer and ask for a specific blessing for the receiver. This will depend upon what healing the client requires.
This massage style is very intuitive. There is no specific required format or sequence to follow. Therefore, every Lomi Lomi massage can be very unique. The experience can differ from one massage therapist to another.
The manoeuvres performed in this style of massage are extremely free flowing and rhythmic. Often using the forearms and generous amounts of oil. As opposed to Swedish massage, Lomi Lomi practitioners often massage more than one part of the body at a time. For example, using one hand or forearm on the shoulder while simultaneously massaging a thigh with the other hand or forearm. Strokes can be quite long and glide from the top of the body down to the bottom. They can be performed softly of firmly. Manoeuvres can be targeted and deep, be relaxing or very invigorating.
It is not uncommon for Lomi Lomi massages to last up to two hours. Gentle care goes into every manoeuvre and the massage therapist follows the flow of energy and takes the necessary time and sets the required cadence which is unique to each session, depending on the state and needs of the receiver.
What Kind Of Person Enjoys Lomi Lomi Massages:
The receiver should be a person that is open to spirituality and accepting of his or her body. The draping is usually minimal with regards to towels and sheets on the table as well as the receivers body. The idea is to remove any barriers to the full body strokes of the massage. This being said, the receiver is in “Loving Hands” and the practitioner will of course respect the clients comfort zone and wishes with regards to draping.
Why Get a Lomi Lomi Massage:
If you're looking for a unique and memorable massage experience that will leave you feeling completely balanced and connected in mind, body and soul; I highly suggest that you make your next massage a Lomi Lomi massage! This is more than just a massage. It's a sacred healing philosophy and art based on ancient techniques and beliefs. All about harmony and balance. This is something that we can all use more of in today's world.
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