Lomi lomi is a traditional Hawaiian massage that uses long, connective strokes to soothe and restore the body and mind. It is also known as the 'loving hands’ massage as it is offered mindfully, incorporating elements of prayer, breathing and dance. The long, continuous strokes of the massage are designed to help the body let go of its old patterns and behaviors, as Lomi lomi works from the belief that memories are stored not only in the brain, but also in every cell of the human body.
'Lomi lomi' translates to 'rub rub' in Hawaiian, and reflects the broad, flowing strokes made with the therapist's fingers, thumbs, palms, arms and elbows. Macadamia, palm and coconut oils are often used to nourish the skin and enable the strokes to maintain the cleanest glide.
What is lomi lomi massage good for?
Lomi lomi aims to treat the body and mind as one whole being.
It is thought to:
- release tension
- assist blood and lymph flow
- eliminate waste and stimulate toxins
- rejuvenate the body
- promote a coherent connection between head and heart
- instil a sense of peace, harmony and wellbeing