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So What is Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage?

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 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 Namakanaokalani Ha'aolakainapali

Further Reading on Adventurer Shaman Techniques

& the 7 Hawaiian Principles

An expansion of the below mentioned principles & for further information is as discussed in Serge Kahili Kings book 'Urban Shaman' where the below information has come from.

Polynesian Shamans were trained as healers in seven areas, and though to become a kahuna shaman you had to develop a certain degree of mastery in all seven, not everyone was equally adept in each area because of differences in natural talent and interest. Basically, the shaman was trained as a psychic, as a releaser of mental and physical blocks, as a manifester of events, as a shape changer, as a peacemaker, as a teacher and as an adventurer. The form of training would differ with each teacher, but invariably the process would emphasise self-esteem, inner authority, and the power of words to direct energy, evoke imagery and create beliefs.  

Tools such as casting stones, scrying and divining wands were often used to train and enhance the mental skills. As a releaser of blocks the shaman was trained in the use of energy to relieve physical, emotional, and mental stress and in methods of changing limiting beliefs. 

Energy release was most often based on Lomi Lomi, a Hawaiian form of massage. The dissolving of limiting beliefs could be done in a number of ways but a common method used was a kind of talk therapy often including affirmations that could be done by oneself, one-on-one or in a group.

Adventure Shamanism

Most shamans of the world follow the way of the warrior shaman with its focus on power and the conquering of self, Polynesian shamans follow what is called the way of the adventurer, with its focus on love (aloha) and the expansion of self. 

The Fundamental Principles 

A very long time ago some wise healers got together to share their observations on life and healing and to put them in a form that could easily be taught and remembered as a craft. They chose to express their wisdom as seven basic principles because of the esoteric symbolism of the number seven. In Hawaiian the number seven is hiku, composed of two syllables - hi, the feminine principle (meaning to flow) and ku, the masculine principle (meaning to stand form).

The principles and corollaries that follow represent a workable philosophy of life and guide to the practice of urban shamancraft. They are as follows:

IKE - The World Is What You Think It Is

KALA - There Are No Limits

MAKIA - Energy Flows Where Attention Goes

MANAWA - Now Is The Moment Of Power

ALOHA - To Love Is To Be Happy With 

MANA - All Power Comes From Within

PONO - Effectiveness Is The Measure Of Truth

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