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What is Hawaiian Lomi Lomi?

Traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi is not only a massage technique but also a spiritual healing practice.  To me, Lomi Lomi is about bringing an intentional, loving presence into massage, seeing each person in their wholeness, and encouraging self-healing.

The word Lomi, according to the Manomano Hawaiian dictionary, means "To rub, press, squeeze, crush, mash fine, knead, massage, rub out; to work in and out, as claws of a contented cat." Lomi Lomi massage traces its roots to ancient Polynesia, and they brought it to the Hawaiian islands. 

In Hawaiian philosophy, everything is aligned and has equal importance: body, mind, spirit, and emotional body.

The Lomi Lomi massage can start in silence, with a prayer (pule), a chant (mele), or a setting of an intention for the healing that's about to happen.

Using long flowing movements and the forearms, as well as the hands, is one of the signature elements of a Lomi Lomi massage; the practitioner might even use their elbows, knees, and feet, and different parts of the body will be massaged at the same time instead of only focusing on one part at a time.

Focusing on long, seamless strokes that glide from one part of the body to another, Lomi Lomi massage can soothe the mind while easing tension in the muscles. These rhythmic, repetitive movements allow the client to fully relax during the session.

More than just a relaxation technique, traditional Lomi Lomi massage is performed by spiritual healers and is used in connection with other healing practices, including Ho'oponopono (healing relationships) and Lā'au lapa'au (prayer and plant medicine)

As you can see, Lomi Lomi's massage not only addresses the body but also touches the heart and soul of each person who opens to it. It is a holistic healing approach that transforms. 

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