Lomi Lomi Massage, also known as Hawaiian Temple Style massage or Kahuna massage, is one of the most profound forms of massage. It originated in the islands of Hawaii, in the South Pacific. Lomi means to ‘rub’ and is a powerful form of healing developed by the master healers of the Polynesia.
In this unique flowing style bodywork the practitioner uses long, fluid rhythmic strokes over the whole body with the hands, fingers, forearms and elbows. The practitioner moves around the table in a dance like movement applying soft and deep tissue massage. The rhythm is very relaxing. The strokes sometimes go all the way from the neck down to the foot. It works gently but deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, totally nurturing the body and, enabling the recipient to relax, give in and simply be.
The Hawaiians look at things in terms of energy flow. They think that an idea or belief can block energy flow as much as muscle tension can. Most massage techniques work only on the physical level. Kahuna massage is not just a physical experience. Lomi lomi also facilitates healing on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels as well.
On a Physical level:
The lymphatic, immune, circulatory, respiratory, muscular, nervous and digestive systems are treated to promote health.
On an Emotional level:
The nervous system and the senses or awareness are tuned. Lomi lomi may also release old family memories, stress and trauma locked away in the subconscious mind.
On a Spiritual level:
Achieving harmony between the body, mind and soul through energy activated in the body.
The master healers of Hawaii knew there were special ways to release and unblock the powers of the body so that physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing could take place effectively.
Whilst the technique is an important part of the massage, and associated healing the work is done with unconditional enthusiasm. The focus of the practitioner is deep and complete. Feeling endeared and compassion for the client, rather that treating him/her as an object to be “fixed” allows for harmony to be created within the body. This incorporates two of the main principles of huna – everything seeks harmony and everything seeks love.
Application of pressure is contraindicated directly over sites of acute, active and ongoing infection and inflammation. Recent unhealed fractures, acute gout, phlebitis, and unhealed wounds contraindicate massage.
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