Structure of a Hawaiian Massage
In a “Loving Hands” or Lomi Lomi massage, the practitioner touches and treats the client lovingly, respectfully, and compassionately. Using various body parts (hands, feet, knees, elbows, fingers, forearms) and sometimes sticks and stones to instinctively massage clients, Hawaiian lomi lomi massage is essentially a free-form technique, defying definition.
A Lomi Lomi massage usually commences with a stillness between practitioner and client, often with the practitioner’s hands gently resting on the client’s back and the practitioner saying a quiet blessing or prayer asking for whatever healing is needed. Working intuitively with each client to determine the best treatment approach, the therapist first inquires about the person’s physical, emotional, and mental health. Similarly, the practitioner asks clients to state their own intentions for treatment and healing. As such, there is no set format or sequence for the massage and no two massages are identical.
Aiming to bring clients into greater harmony with themselves and with the world around them, Hawaiian massages rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul by removing energy blockages and opening energy pathways. Treatments may also include breathing exercises, meditation, and medicinal plants. During the massage, clients are encouraged to focus on their breathing and to inhale fresh energy and inspiration while exhaling negative thoughts and stress.
Benefits of Lomi Lomi Massage
Similar to traditional Swedish massage, the strokes can be long, smooth and relaxing or quick and invigorating. The free-flowing strokes that typify lomi lomi have these benefits: better circulation, enhanced immune response, increased flexibility and motion range, improved posture, faster healing, slower heart rate, and lower blood pressure. The key is that the masseuse and client work together, focusing on returning the client to health, harmony, and balance rather then on focusing on ridding the body of negative energies.
Conditions Helped by Hawaiian Massage
Also known as Kahuna bodywork, Hawaiian massage is effective for:
- Grief or loss
- Detoxification and waste removal
- Improving the immune system
- Stimulating lymphatic, circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems
- Releasing muscle tension
- Improving flexibility
- Improving muscle tone