Traditional lomi lomi massage - also known as kahuna massage. Lomi Lomi is a very flowing, rhythmic form of massage. The word Lomi Lomi simply means massage and lomi lomi is a unique healing form of massage. The massage originated in the Polynesian Islands and was originally only performed by the master healers.
Lomi Lomi works gently into the muscles of the body by the practitioner using continuous, flowing, wavelike movements over the body mostly primarily using the forearms then secondly the hands.
The massage nurtures the body and assists the recipient to relax while being nurtured and cared for. The focus of the practitioner is one of unconditional loving touch - using loving hands and a loving heart.
The long continuous, flowing strokes, combined with loving touch, relaxes the entire being of the client.
A Lomi Lomi massage commences with a stillness between the practitioner and client, often with the practitioners hands resting lightly on the client.
The practitioner will quietly say a blessing or prayer asking for whatever healing is needed to take place during the massage and the client is invited to set their intention for any healing they would like to receive.
Dancework is used by the practitioner to move around the table whilst massaging, as well as breathwork.
The dance movements assist 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 practitioner are also important in assisting the energy flow.
Aunty Margaret, one of the oldest recognised teachers of Lomi Lomi has a definition of Lomi Lomi:
"The Loving Touch - a connection of heart, hands and soul with the Source of All Life!"
Lomi Lomi practitioners learn how to flow love from the heart, through the hands, to connect with the one receiving the massage.
Healing is increased by love, love received and love given.
To the Polynesians, love includes compassion, acceptance, non judgment, appreciation, tolerance, forgiveness, respect and many other values
- this is the basis of a Lomi Lomi massage.