The words Lomi Lomi has been derived from the Hawaiian language and means to rub or massage. A traditional Hawaiian massage method, lomi lomi helps to bring about physical and mental relaxation. An intrinsic part of the Hawaiian healing tradition, lomi lomi is widely practiced in the United States, Europe and even in Japan.
Lomi lomi massages have been practiced for centuries and works on the basic principle that the body and the mind are inextricably interlinked.
To enjoy good health, both the body and the mind should experience freedom from stress. Lomi Lomi the Hawaiian massage technique aims to achieve just this, through a mixture of intuitive massage strokes, breathing exercises and prayers. Lomi Lomi does not follow any definitive massage technique. Instead the massages are modified depending on individual requirements.
Lomi Lomi massage helps to treat a variety of muscular problems while simultaneously relaxing the body and bringing about a sense of peace and contentment. Most people who have undergone this massage technique simply define it as an intense experience. A person undergoing this traditional Hawaiian massage is advised to remove all their clothing and lie face down on a traditional lomi massage mat or on a massage table. Next a trained lomi massage therapist places his hands on the clients back and starts praying to heal the client.
Then aromatic oils are rubbed into the patient’s body using the masseur’s thumbs, fingertips, knuckles, forearms, palms, elbows and knees. In some instances the oils are applied using stones or even sticks. The massage technique alternates between gentle and vigorous movements although the massage strokes may be of a continuous and flowing nature.
Lomi lomi massage also incorporates a variety of body stretching and joint rotating movements. Lomi lomi massage is unique in the sense that it does not bring about actual healing of the body but instead initiates the healing process. Lomi lomi massage helps in eliminating the toxins from the body, relieves bodily aches and pains, improves lymphatic and blood circulation and generally relaxes the nervous system.
Undergoing a lomi massage is not advisable for pregnant women or people who are suffering from some serious medical conditions. Today people who have experienced the healing benefits of this massage have become lifelong followers of this distinctive massage technique.