First practiced in ancient Polynesia “Lomi Lomi” was a ritualized mixture of movement and sound. In Pukui and Elbert’s Hawaiian dictionary they describe Lomi Lomi as “to work in and out, as the claws of a contented cat.” The practice of Lomi Lomi was common within each Hawaiian community and contributed to a vibrant, healthy society. In the early 1900′s Lomi Lomi was coined “Hawaiian massage” by the legal system. For a person raised in the islands however, “Lomi Lomi” means massage.
The Lomi Lomi technique focuses on finding congested areas in the body and dispersing them.
During a Lomi Lomi session, the practitioner is aligned with energy, and keeps the mind clear for the spirit to move through them as a conduit for healing energy. Proper breathing and pure thoughts are important.
The dim lights and music of drums sets an ambiance of rhythm and mood. The Kahuna (Practitioner) utilizes prayer (pule), breath (ha) and energy (mana) while moving the palms, thumbs, knuckles, forearms and elbows in rhythmic, dance-like motions. It becomes a mystical experience outside of this world and an incredible sense of well-being of body, mind and spirit.
The treatment itself improves physical performance to specific areas of tension. It is effective in breaking up calcium deposits and lactic acid build-up. It relieves muscle spasms and increases the rate of nutrients brought to the muscles by the blood, without increasing lactic acid production. It stimulates the lymphatic system to release waste products, and is useful after injury to ligaments and tendons by dispersing edema. The sensory nerves become stimulated during this massage creating a tangible sense of well being. In addition, there are the emotional releases felt during and after a session. Recipients of a Lomi Lomi treatment often experience freedom from anxiety, worry, fear and a host of other negative thought patterns.
The phenomenon of this experience is the simultaneous feeling of relaxation, vitality and the heightened metabolism.