What is Lomi Lomi?
Lomi Lomi, aka the loving hands massage, is a special Hawaiian healing art. This Hawaiian style bodywork uses a combination of Breathwork, Pule (prayer), Stretching, Massage, and Aloha. Lomi Lomi incorporates broad fluid strokes of forearms and hands both over and under the body to activate the Mana (life force energy) for physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. These long, flowing, full-body strokes create the feeling of endless ocean waves encompassing you, as your energy is restored in a deep, relaxed state.
Lomi lomi works from the belief that memories are not just stored in the 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. The movements are designed to confuse the mind and to invite the client to surrender, letting go of anything that is no longer serving them.
Treatment may be slow and calming, or deeper and more invigorating, depending on what your body is needing. 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 aid in relaxation.
Benefits of Lomi Lomi Massage
Lomi lomi aims to release tension, assist blood and lymph flow, eliminate waste and stimulate toxins, improve circulation and immune response, increase range of motion and flexibility in muscles and joints, lowers blood pressure, slows heart rate , and overall rejuvenates the body.
The Different Styles
Lomi Lomi was practiced by the native healers, or Kahunas, and was used as a restorative health practice within families. There are primarily two styles of Lomi Lomi: “Temple Style” and “Auntie Margaret’s Style or Big Island Massage”.
Temple Style lomi lomi uses primarily forearm runs integrating movements that are circles and figure eights. The movements are designed to confuse the thinking mind and invite the client to surrender, letting go of anything that is no longer serving them and to receive more of their soul energy. Certain elements are commonly used in each session such as Pule, Ho’oponopono, and Ha (Breath).
Sara at Secret Garden's Lomi Lomi Style
My Lomi style is made up of a blend of different massage techniques I learned on the Big Island of Hawaii. I use a special table cover, saturated in warm organic coconut oil, in order to flow over and under the body, and to enhance your Lomi Lomi experience. These long flowing strokes of Lomi Lomi are guaranteed to give you a massage to remember.