Lomi Lomi is a type of massage that originated in Hawaii. It means “to knead, to rub, or soothe; to work in and out, as the paws of a contented cat.” Lomi is conducted with the goal of feeling complete tranquility and encourage healing.
This ancient Hawaiian massage works to balance the mind, body, and spirit using a mixture of techniques that can be found in the aforementioned styles of therapeutic massage. Using fluid motions and flowing strokes, accompanied by breathing techniques, a massage therapist that is giving a Lomi Lomi massage takes their client to a state of total relaxation.
In ancient Hawaii, Lomi Lomi was practiced for both medicinal and restorative purposes. The most frequently practiced style of Lomi Lomi is Temp Style. Temp style has become better known in the United States and Hawaii than Big Island Style, which was adopted by a world-renowned Lomi Lomi master Auntie Margret. Though the two styles differ, both are deeply rooted in love and prayer.
Altogether, Lomi Lomi massages combine the uses of compression, reflexology, vibration, stretching, and deep tissue work. These sacred massages have a tradition of incorporating oils and a certain fluidity that helps to break up lactic acid to increase blood flow and circulation while assisting your body in eliminating toxins. This massage is given to foster relaxation and improve wellness.
For this massage, it is important that the recipient has an open heart and mind. Frequently, practitioners will open this massage therapy session with a prayer or chant. It is also helpful for the client to state their intentions for the session at this time, as this will help them remain focused throughout the session. Lomi Lomi is an ancient Hawaiian tradition, so engagement of the spirit is crucial to the success of this practice.
Lomi Lomi makes use of a therapist’s forearms and hands as they gently stretch the body and rotate the joints to release tension and assist the body’s energy flow. To create a feeling of wholeness, your massage therapist(s) may be working on different body parts at the same time. This will keep your body and mind from sensing the isolation of one specific area. Because, as the indigenous Hawaiians intended it to, Lomi Lomi’s goal is to bring about a wholeness of mind, body and spirit.