Lomi Lomi

By: Sharon Hopkins

How does Lomi Lomi work?

Lomi Lomi is based on the Hawaiian philosophy of Huna. A fundamental assumption of Huna is that everything in the universe seeks harmony, love and balance. Thus, the root cause of ailments is an imbalance in the harmony of the human body. Lomi Lomi corrects these imbalances with the use of continuous, flowing strokes which nurture the body and enable the patient to relax. This gentle and loving massage helps release energy blockages, relieves stress and tension, assists in the flow of blood and lymph, and stimulates the elimination of wastes and toxins. Lomi Lomi facilitates healing on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels.

A Lomi Lomi session usually commences with a period of stillness between the practitioner and patient with the practitioner's hands gently resting on the patient's back. During this period, the practitioner will quietly say a blessing or prayer for the healing of his or her patient. The masseuse then works very intuitively with the client. The massage is given in fluid, rhythmic motion using the forearms as well as the hands.

Another feature of Lomi Lomi is that different parts of the body may be massaged at the same time. This assists the recipient in totally relaxing. Gentle stretches of the body and gentle rotations of the joints are also incorporated to assist the release of tensions and the flow of energy. The masseuse may also hum at various points during the Lomi Lomi as the vibrating and amplified energy that results also aids in the release of blockages.

What are the benefits of Lomi Lomi?

According to the philosophy of Huna, physical pains and illnesses originate from a person's emotional and spiritual reactions to the abuses and stressors present in our everyday lives. Our bodies, their muscles and various organs trap and hold the tension of the daily stressors of life. Lomi Lomi aids our bodies to discharge these accumulated stresses. Once this stress is released, the bodily energy can flow. This results in improved circulation, better nutrition, a stronger immune response, more efficient waste removal and increased vigor and vitality in the patient's life.

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