So what is Hawaiian Lomi Lomi?
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 masseuse 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. Whilst technique is important,
the priority is loving the body, using intuition so the massage is '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
masseuse may also hum at various points during the Lomi Lomi as the vibrating and amplified energy that results also aids
the release of blockages. ~ By Tracey Lakainapali