What is Lomi or Hawaiin Massage? If you think of massage as a powerful form of healing, then Lomi must be considered one of the most profound forms of massage.
Where Lomi differs from traditional Swedish massage is simple. Lomi works the whole body and not just the individual parts; looking at the body not just as a group of muscles, but rather a complete being, allowing healing to take place on various levels.
With Swedish massage you can guess when it is time to turn over and when the massage is near completion. Traditional massage therapists are taught to work the body from part to part which allows the client to anticipate which part will be worked on next.
Lomi works the whole body in a continuous rhythm of long flowing strokes. The therapist does what is best described as a dance around the entire body. They will then concentrate on an arm, or a leg, or the back, working as deeply as needed, and then go back to the full body dance. The therapist never really knows what part they will work on next. They are guided by their intuition as well as what your body tells them needs to be worked on.
This kind of spontaneous flow is designed to clear the client’s mind and allows them to relax into and receive the work. As important as the physical act of massage is during the session, the healing that can take place as the work is being done is as important.
The best example of what Lomi is intended to do is very simple. Think of yourself as an empty bowl the day you were born. All along your path in life, the bowl gets full of stones. Those stones show up due to the everyday stress of your life, your work and your relationships. Lomi is designed to bring you to a safe and loving space where you can, should you chose to, throw out some of those stones and to come out of the session lighter and with a greater sense of well-being.
The Hawaiians think of the body as being a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual whole. When healing takes place on one level, then healing will take place on all levels.
Please feel free to call should you have any questions concerning Lomi, my practice, or where Lomi training is available. (904) 557-8350.