Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage

Aunty Margaret greeting us in front of her school

Auntie Margaret at the School of Lomilomi Massage

To do lomilomi is to preserve the health of the people by bringing alignment back to the body, mind, and spirit.

The ancient art of Hawaiian lomi lomi massage has been practiced throughout the pacific for thousands of years.  Called by several other names such as:  “Loving hands”, or “ the loving touch”.   Also Polole lomi, “the gentle hand of the mother”, Oluea lomi “to harmonize body, mind and spirit” and Oluli lomi “ignite the life force.”

Lomilomi has been said to mean massage or rub-rub.  Also:  Pull apart, / Break up into small pieces with the finger tips.  The Hawaiian dish lomi salmon is prepared by tearing it up into little pieces with the fingers and mixed with onion, tomato, and seaweed.  In terms of  massage: the muscle spasms are broken up.  As long as we upright we are being compressed, so being pulled apart (stretched / lengthened) can make one feel “more together”.

The distinctive movement of traditional lomilomi is a kneading motion towards the heart, with the thumbs, palms, or forearms.  It also has a rhythm and employs the full range of massage movements, including effleurage, petrissage, friction, vibration, percussion, and kneading.  Every area is also soothed with long soothing strokes.  It can be both vigorous and soothing.

The Hawaiians realized that maintaining balance in all of our relationships (land, water, air, spirit, and family) was the key to health.  They looked at things in terms of energy flow, following the premise that an idea or belief can block energy just as much as muscle tension can.  Pain in the body was not just a question of mechanics but also of spirit.  Lomilomi is a “praying work”.  Before beginning any session, the practitioner connects with Akua (God) to confirm that God’s love and power is with them and gives thanks for the guidance and balance to be received.

The history is very scant.  This highly revered art was kept secret within the family unit.  They believed that only a chosen few were capable because of the spiritual knowledge and integrity required. These keepers of the secrets were trained from childhood and called “Kahunas”.

In modern day language, we would call them the dentist, doctor, herbalist, or simply the experts in their field.

Then with the coming of the missionaries in the early 1800’s all things Hawaiian were denigrated.  The people were taught that their traditional ways were unacceptable.  Ancestral healing practices were driven underground.  In the late 70’s a resurgence of pride was rekindled in what it means to be Hawaiian with the initial voyage of Hokule’a.  The language, music, dance, and traditional healing arts began to be revitalized.

The only way to truly know Hawaiian lomilomi is to experience it, and you will describe the feeling as LOVE.  That is what Lomi Lomi is all  about… LOVE … ALOHA.

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