Lomi lomi, also known as “loving hands” massage, is a Hawaiian ritualistic therapy that involves an intuitive, flowing, free-form technique. While you may think of almost all massage as flowing strokes, lomi lomi takes that to an entirely new level. There is extensive training that pracitioners go through to learn the technique as the energy, style, and technique are powerful. In the words of Nancy S. Kahalewai, lomi lomi is infused with “mana, the power and vitality permeating these islands”.
A lomi lomi appointment generally begins with a quiet space between you and your massage therapist. During this, we’ll bring the focus of energy onto you and your healing needs through conversation and reflection. One of the most wonderful things about lomi lomi, is the intuition that is allowed to lead the therapist, meaning no two sessions are going to be alike. In general though, lomi lomi is performed with long, free flowing, fluid strokes using the hands and arms. These may be very slow to relax and bring peace, or faster and more invigorating if needed. The goal is to rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit, removing any energy blockages and opening the energetic pathways of the body. We may incorporate meditation or visualizations and in the very traditional forms performed by many practitioners in Hawaii, medicinal plants and other techniques may be used also. What makes lomi lomi truly special is the intense connection of mind and body throughout a session.
There are a few things to consider that are unique to this type of bodywork. First, understand that many lomi lomi practitioners don’t time their massages in the way you normally see with other forms of massage. Instead, most lomi lomi sessions are a 90-minute minimum. This allows you to have a much deeper connection and more beneficial experience. Also, the coverings and draping are minimalistic for this technique. While we always respect your modesty and will keep private areas covered, we do only use small covering to allow for the most fluid strokes possible, so you can feel the amazing energy of a single, uninterrupted stroke literally from head to toe.
While lomi lomi may be considerably different than other massages you’ve had, it’s definitely worth experiencing the incredible connection created between body, mind, and spirit.