The Layers of Hawaiian Lomi Massage

onions-and-lomi-massageLomi is a sacred form of massage from the ancient Hawaiians passed down from generation to generation, and from village to village. Lomi is a beautiful form of massage. Lomi is a powerful form of bodywork. How in the world does this compare to an onion?

Onions have layers. Lomi has layers. The more you peel an onion, the more its true essence comes out. Lomi has the same effect on the body. It allows you the freedom to have your true self come out and healing to take place.

The standard form of Swedish Massage works the skin and the muscles to free you from pain and stress. Most Swedish massages work in a standard rotation around your body. For those who have experienced massage, you can guess what will be worked on next, when it is time to turn over and when it will conclude. Your mind usually is keeping track of this as you are being worked. As you focus on what is being done to you, you can’’t focus on what you need to help heal yourself.

Lomi works on a different level. Ocean waves as they break on the shore have no set pattern to them; they freely flow as they wish. Lomi is the same. It is a rhythmic dance around your body. You never know what will be worked on next: your back, your leg, your hands… all are being worked in a random sequence. This sequence is determined by what the practitioner feels your body needs.

This is the start of the peeling process. As you are being worked on in this rhythmic way, you can’’t guess what will be worked on next. Your conscious mind is not able to follow the moves of the practitioner. When this happens, you stop thinking about the massage and start to totally relax into it. You are starting to peel.

Lomi can go deep into the muscle tissue. Think of your muscles as a stick of butter. You can’’t stick your finger into a hard stick of butter. Warm up that butter first and your finger goes in easily. Lomi warms up the muscles and relaxes them, allowing the practitioner to go as deep within the muscle body as needed. This causes less discomfort during the massage and the following day.

I ask some clients to THINK OF THEMSELVES ALONE IN THE WOODS; ON A BEACH; ON A MOUNTAIN TOP; FREE TO NURTURE YOUR SOUL; THROUGH LAUGHTER; THROUGH TEARS; THROUGH DISCOVERY. IMAGINE LOMI AS THE SUN; THE WIND; THE PORTAL; CREATING A SACRED SPACE ALLOWING YOU A SAFE JOURNEY BACK TO YOUR BEST SELF”. If they allow this, the onion continues to peel.

Many forget our bodies are a catalog of past memory and experiences. All our senses can remind us of a time past. Have you ever smelled something and it brought up an old memory? It could have been a picnic you went to, your favorite food, or the soup your mother cooked every Sunday when you were growing up. The sense of touch is powerful and can bring up many past memories. Our skin, our muscles, and our body hold these memories, and the slightest touch can bring them up. This is how the onion gets peeled.

My goal during a session is to provide you the space needed to have the best experience possible. To not only to loosen your tight and sore muscles, but to allow you to safely experience the massage on a deep and healing level.

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