What is Lomilomi? Lomilomi is a traditional and spiritual Hawaiian method of bodywork which incorporates long flowing massage techniques, gentle touch and an abundance of unconditional love. This type of massage assists one's own natural healing process in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual fields of the body.
Lomilomi creates harmony, centring, balancing, and nurturing, it allows for time to simply let go of the held physical and emotional tensions. It can shift physical and mental blockages and allow for greater vitality.
A person giving a Lomilomi body work uses hands, forearms and elbows to apply gentle and soothing, and invigorating flowing strokes across the entire body. This gets the blood moving and shifts any physical and energetic blockages. Whilst technique and intent are important, the foundation for Lomilomi massage is Aloha which means unconditional love, which can induce profound physiological changes.
To native Hawaiian’s, spirituality and healing are one and the same. Traditionally total wellness is the balancing of the physical, mental, emotional and spirit of the person. The body has a beautiful intelligence when it comes to balancing holistically. There is incredible power in recognising what it needs, noticing one’s belief systems and opening to infinite possibilities of spirit.
The intent and focus of the giver is also a major part of Lomilomi massage/bodywork. An intent is an expressed and with conscious will and awareness, this directs the energy of the session. The receivers intent is discussed at the beginning of a session.
What happens in a session? The authentic practice of Lomilomi massage can involve the receiver being asked for any relevant physical history, and invites the receiver to share whatever may be going on mentally, emotionally or generally in this moment All aspects of health are important for deep healing to take place. A simple Hawaiian prayer is used at the start the session.
Lomilomi works on the front and the back of the body including the chest and abdomen and excluding genital area (which remains covered at all times) Oil is used over the whole body and there is gentle background music played. The practitioner remains in complete presence, and with an attitude of Aloha (unconditional love) and reverence for the receiver at all times. A variety of techniques are used and tailored to each treatment in accordance to the needs of the receiver. Lomilomi uses rhythmic, flowing massage strokes which to clear blockages in the circulation of energy through the body. The Giver typically uses their forearms to make long massage strokes, and under-body strokes which are unique to Lomilomi massages. The session includes the gentle stretching of limbs.
At the end of the massage the receiver is often left to relax. Before completion, the giver & receiver share or discuss any insights in regard to their physical or energetic body. Receivers report feeling nurtured and loved. Many experience a release of held chronic tension, a calming of the nervous system leaving one feeling more aligned with your true self.
To native Hawaiian’s, spirituality and healing are one and the same. Traditionally total wellness is the balancing of the physical, mental, emotional and spirit of the person. The body has a beautiful intelligence when it comes to balancing holistically and there is incredible power in recognising what it needs, noticing one’s belief systems and opening to infinite possibilities of spirit.