HAWAIIAN LOMI LOMI MASSAGE
Lomi lomi is a Polynesian form of massage therapy that originated in Hawaii, traditionally practiced by the islands’ Master Healers, or Kahunas. While there are differing styles of lomi lomi massage therapy and massage training offered through massage schools, more contemporary massage therapy styles of the past few decades are referred to as Hawaiian Temple Bodywork, Temple Style, or Traditional Style Lomi Lomi Massage. The varying massage therapy styles of lomi lomi massage practiced today make up the clinical massage therapy form of the Hawaiian islands.
Lomi lomi massage training, massage schools and massage techniques vary greatly across the major islands of Maui, Molokai, Oahu, and Kauai. Kupuna and kumu, or elders and teachers, provide massage training in small massage therapy workshops, rather than in larger massage school programs. Massage therapy training classes include a background in traditional Hawaiian healing and the Polynesian approach to health care.
A whole-body massage therapy form, lomi lomi massage treatments and massage training reflect traditional Hawaiian spirituality. Lomi lomi massage therapy techniques include long fluid strokes of forearms and hands. Lomi lomi massage therapy practitioners may also utilize volcanic hot rocks and native plant leaves for body treatment. A massage therapy treatment practiced by priests as a sacred rite of passage for thousands of years, lomi lomi is a holistic massage therapy health system that includes the use of medicinal plants, massage, breath exercises, and meditation.
Lomi lomi massage therapy emphasizes an optimum health state and personal empowerment through the accumulation and increase of Mana, or life force energy. The lomi lomi massage therapy practitioner uses varying techniques including massage, prayer and chant to activate the flow of Mana in the recipient’s body. Lomi lomi massage therapy emphasizes a mind-body connection. Its massage treatments affect the recipient on physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels.
The lomi lomi massage therapy practitioner’s mental focus is on manifesting the recipient’s desired state of physical health, which is discussed in consultation prior to massage therapy treatment. Prayer follows the massage session, and emphasizes the removal of all negative thought forms from the massage therapy recipient’s consciousness as negative mental energies are believed to effect physical health. Lomi lomi massage therapy aids in circulation, cleanses toxins, and produces a feeling of vitality.
"Written by Rev. Dr. Richard Browne