Massage is one of the oldest and most powerful forms of healing. Lomi Lomi is one of the most profound forms of massage.
The word Lomi Lomi simply means massage. It is a unique healing massage derived from the ancient Polynesians and more
specifically the master healers of Hawaii.
To understand the depth of Lomi Lomi massage, it helps to have an understanding of the Hawaiian philosophy called Huna,
and how the philosophies of Huna relate to bodywork and healing.
A fundamental assumption of Huna is that everything seeks harmony and everything seeks love.How does this relate to
massage? Perhaps this can best be understood by one of the alternate names for Lomi Lomi, and that is "Loving Hands"
massage. The reason for this is that it works gently yet deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, totally
nurturing the body and, enabling the recipient to relax, give in and simply be. So whilst technique is an important part of the
massage and associated healing, much of the work is done by love, with the focus of the practitioner on the client being
deep and complete, using loving hands and a loving heart.
This flowing with total energy, using the long continuous, flowing strokes, combined with the very loving touch, relaxes the
entire being, assisting in a letting go of old beliefs, patterns and behaviours that cause limitations and which are stored in the
cells of our body. People generally think of memory, beliefs, our "programming", as being stored in our head, in our brain.
This is not the case, this memory and other programming is in fact stored in all the cells of our body.
The Hawaiians look at things in terms of energy flow, following the idea that an idea or belief can block energy flow as much
as muscle tension can. Lomi Lomi helps release the blockages, whilst at the same time giving the energy new direction. Thus
Lomi Lomi is not just a physical experience; it also facilitates healing on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels as well. The
Hawaiians view all aspects of the body as one and believe that the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual are all part of
the "whole" self - when healing is effected on one level, all levels are affected.
When harmony is lacking the effect is pain physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. Illness is a state of tension, which
leads to resistance which blocks energy movement. Lomi Lomi helps release this and therefore facilitates the road to healing.
On the physical level, through Lomi Lomi stress and tension are relieved, blood and lymph flow assisted and the elimination
of wastes and toxins stimulated.
So, what happens during a Lomi Lomi massage? How is it performed? A Lomi Lomi usually commences with a stillness
between the practitioner and client, often with the practitioners hands gently resting on the clients back. In this stillness the
practitioner will quietly say a blessing or prayer asking for whatever healing is needed to take place during the massage.
Alternatively or as well, the client may be asked to set their intention for any healing they would like to receive. The massage
therapist then works very intuitively with the client. In this respect there is no set format or sequence for the massage and no
two massages will ever be identical.
The massage is given in fluid, rhythmic motion using the forearms as well as the hands. Some people have described this as
feeling like gentle waves moving over the body. Another feature is that different parts of the body may be massaged at the
same time, for example one arm or hand may be working on a shoulder and the other hand may be working on the opposite
hip. This assists the recipient in totally relaxing as it is impossible or at least extremely difficult for the brain to focus on the
two different areas at once. By not working on areas in isolation a deep sense of balance and harmony is achieved. The
priority is loving the body, using intuition so the massage is just right for the client. The client on the table is not viewed as
someone to be fixed, but a being to be returned to harmony and balance. It is important to remember that the practitioner
does not heal but is the facilitator for the healing.
Under body and full body strokes also help to free the energy, make the body soft, promoting free and abundant flow of life
energy in the recipient. According to Huna philosophy, energy also gets blocked in the joints. Gentle stretches of the body
and gentle rotations of the joints are therefore also incorporated to assist the release of tensions and assist the flow of
energy, once again not forcing, but feeling the level of the clients resistance or comfort.
The movements that are done through the treatment are all important to assisting the energy flow both within the
practitioner and recipient and helps keep the energy at a high level. This combined with breathing techniques by the
massage therapist are also important in assisting the energy flow. The sharing of the breath, the essence of the Creator or
universal energy, whatever name you like to give it, is an old Hawaiian custom and greatly enhances the energy flow once
Because the practitioner works intuitively, a massage may be slow and very relaxing or at times it may be a little faster and
therefore more invigorating and enlivening to the body. Sometimes the recipient may experience an emotional release as
the massage can release and shift negative emotions, negative beliefs and other "stuff" that has been stored in the cells of
the body, with the healing effects of the massage continuing long after the massage is over.
This really is one of the secrets of Lomi Lomi and to love and nurture the body as if it was your own. It is
"The Loving Touch - a connection of heart, hands and soul with the Source of All Life!" Students of Lomi Lomi learn to flow
the love from the heart, through the hands, to connect with the soul of the one receiving the massage. Healing is increased
by love, love received and love given. In the Oxford Dictionary the definition of love is fondness, a deep or passionate
affection to someone or something - to the Hawaiians it is so much more, it also includes tolerance, forgiveness, acceptance,
non judgment, appreciation, compassion, respect and so many other elements - this is the very foundation of a Lomi Lomi
Lomi Lomi Massage
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