Lomi Lomi - Ancient Hawaiian Massage
Apr 14, 2011 06:49PM
By Karen Stresau
Lomi Lomi is an ancient massage technique that originated in Hawaii. It is based on the philosophy that every one of us seeks to love and be loved. It is also founded on the belief that all living things seek to be in balance and harmony with their surroundings. Much more than a massage, Lomi Lomi is done with prayer and intention. During a session the practitioner holds sacred space for their client, enlisting the help of a higher power or vibration to loosen blocked energy and move it out of the body. Lomi Lomi is the bringing of light into the body and the expansion of one’s inner essence through the cells. It brings about rejuvenation of the spirit and helps us to move forward in our lives.
While there are many types of Lomi Lomi, the most common are Big Island or Auntie Margaret Style and Temple, also known as Sacred style. Whatever the style, Lomi Lomi is a beautiful blend of energy work and massage. It helps to heal not only the body but the mind and spirit as well.
During Lomi Lomi massage the practitioner uses flowing strokes together with gentle rocking, compression and stretching to create a nurturing experience for the client. A session can be done fully clothed but is often done with only a towel to cover the body. This minimal draping technique helps the therapist to perform long strokes and work on, under and across the body at the same time. This unpredictable flow assists the client in letting go and enables them to fall into a receptive healing state. Practitioners may use their forearms, elbows, palms and even knees and feet.
Karen Stresau is a licensed massage therapist specializing in Lomi Lomi, Brennan Healing Science Practitioner and Herbalist. She has studied both the Big Island and Sacred styles of Lomi Lomi. Her office is located at 700 E. Lincoln Avenue, Suite 1, Melbourne. For more information call 321-543-8587, email [email protected], or visit her website at www.guidedtouch.info.