Lomi Lomi Massage – The Harmony Of Loving Hands
In the Hawaiian language, the term ‘lomi’ simply means ‘to massage’. The Lomi Lomi massage, however, encompasses more than the soothing, kneading motions that characterize it. A wealth of history and tradition linked to the massage helps to account for its acclaimed relaxing and rejuvenating qualities.
What Is A Lomi Lomi Massage?
The uniquely Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage evolved out of massage forms brought by early Polynesian settlers. The different styles of the massage are often rooted in the history of a particular family and served as a restorative health practice. Traditional styles of the Lomi Lomi incorporate movement, chanting, and prayer, as well as the core intention of ‘aloha’.
Aloha, a spirit of love and acceptance of self and others, is at the heart of Hawaiian philosophies of life and purpose. Aloha is infused into the Lomi Lomi massage. The massage therapist uses a combination of forearms, elbows, palms, fingers, knuckles, knees, feet, sticks and stones to transfer ‘The Loving Touch’, making a healing connection with the client.
The Lomi Lomi is distinguished by long, continuous, rhythmic strokes, combined with The Loving Touch, with the objective of relaxing the entire being. The therapist will often focus on two areas simultaneously, in a deliberate attempt to confuse the client’s brain and get it to simply relax and enjoy the massage. The client generally lies directly on the massage table covered by a small towel or sheet (to preserve modesty). The exposure of most of the body gives the therapist uninterrupted access, so that the important flow of the massage is not broken.
Benefits Of The Lomi Lomi Massage
The belief behind the power of the Lomi Lomi massage is that it has the capacity to redirect the flow of energies within the body, mind and spirit. Thus, it facilitates healing and wellness on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Illness, tension and pain are viewed as the result of blockages to the flow of energy.
The physical actions of a Lomi Lomi massage relieve stress and tension, while improving the flow of blood and lymph fluid in the body. These in turn aid the body’s elimination of waste and toxins.
A Lomi Lomi massage is also thought to improve posture while increasing flexibility and range of motion. Emotional release and a feeling of empowerment are also benefits of the massage, as are glowing skin and improvements in appetite and digestion.
Long after the massage is over, the client still enjoys a feeling of overall renewal and improved self-image. This distinctive massage based on an intuitive connection between the massage therapist and client is sure to help you achieve harmony in different areas of life.