What is lomi lomi?
Lomi lomi is a Hawaiian massage, also known as the “loving hands” massage. This name helps to explain its principles – the massage works gently yet deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, allowing the recipient to relax and give in to the nurturing touch.
Lomi lomi works from the belief that memories are not just stored in the brain and mind, but also in every cell of the human body. The long, continuous strokes of the massage are designed to help the body let go of its old patterns and behaviours, which can cause as many stresses and strains as muscle tension.
“Lomi lomi” translates to “rub rub” in Hawaiian, and reflects the broad, flowing strokes made with the therapist’s fingers, thumbs, palms, arms and elbows. Macadamia, palm and coconut oils are usually used as moisturisers in lomi lomi massage, to keep the strokes smooth and to nourish the skin.
What is lomi lomi massage good for?
Lomi lomi aims to treat the body and mind as one whole being. It is thought to:
* Release tension* Assist blood and lymph flow* Eliminate waste and stimulate toxins* Rejuvenate the body* Instill a sense of peace, harmony and well-being. In Hawaii, lomi lomi is used to treat children with upset stomachs and soothe women in labour. A lomi-lomi therapist will not aim to heal themselves, but to be the facilitator for healing… to enable healing to take place.