In the Hawaiian language, the word “lomi”, used traditionally, means to knead, to rub, or to soothe. Lomilomi or lomi lomi, is used today to mean Hawaiian massage or “massage with caring hands”. Lomi lomi massage therapists use their palms, forearms, fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees, and feet, during a massage.
Ancient Hawaiian lomi lomi was practiced in four ways:
- As a healing practice of native healers
- As a luxury and an aid to digestion, especially by the ruling chiefs
- As restorative massage within the family
- By masters of the Hawaiian martial arts
Like all endeavors in old Hawaii, lomi lomi was conducted with prayer and intention. Today, many traditionally taught lomi lomi practitioners treat clients quietly and privately, often in home settings. Lomi lomi practitioners may also ask clients to pray, meditate, change their diets, and engage in other self-help activities as part of the therapeutic process. This is done so in an effort to truly help the clients obtain optimal health.
Lomi lomi’s energy comes from the movement to the client. The movement transfers to the client a spiritual connection much like a wave of the ocean or a tropical breeze, each movement feeding off the next. The lomi lomi practitioner uses their forearms to create ironing, circling, sawing and soothing massage motions. Lomi lomi is essential in a spa environment, and is also a great addition to your personal therapeutic massage menu.
We are offering a lomi lomi class August 23 & 24. Contact us for details at 610-705-4401 soon as class size is limited!