Lomi Lomi – A traditional Hawaiian massage
Being a spa aficionado, you sure would know all the types of massages. Most common one being the Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage, but would you know of all the other lesser known massages? Lomi Lomi is one such therapy, where in people don’t know what it is and whether it would be suitable for them. Here is all the information you need to know.
A little background
Lomi Lomi massage was a part of traditional Native Hawaiian medicine and passed down, only in families. In the late 70’s was when, the technique taught to Non-Hawaiians. Practitioners for this massage were picked out at a very young age, as early as 5 year olds and based on factors like weather events, birth marks and behavior. Lomi Lomi incorporates the Hawaiian concept of aloha, which means love, unification and breath, hence promoting personal harmony.
More about the massage
Lomi Lomi is more a free-form massage, wherein the masseur works intuitively with the client. Hence it is said that, no two massages maybe identical. This massage is known for long, flowing, dance-like strokes, often using the forearms and generous amounts of oil. Gentle stretches and joint rotations are part of this massage. Traditional lomi lomi is said to include abdominal massage as colon is considered to be part of a person’s soul or heart.
Similar to all other massages, Lomi Lomi promotes relaxing of muscles, blood circulation and releases blocked energy.
What is the difference after all?
The difference lies in the believes and the technique of the massage. The Hawaiian tradition and the belief of ‘loving hands’, help not only to release physical tension but also mental, emotional and spiritual blocks.
Additionally, Lomi Lomi is performed on the entire body at once. Unlike other massages, here the therapist does not work on certain body regions but on the entire body. Use of free and long flowing strokes, making rhythmic movements from head to toe.