There are many forms of massage therapy available today used for healing, relaxing, and strengthening the body. However, the Lomi Lomi massage also offers a spiritual component you won’t receive from the more standard Swedish or deep tissue styles. If you’ve never heard of this traditional Hawaiian massage, use this guide to better understand why it might be a more beneficial choice for you.

What Is Lomi Lomi Massage Therapy?

Like most other massage therapies, Lomi Lomi is applied to relax the muscles, promote good circulation, and release blocked energies. For many generations, it was solely passed down between Hawaiian families as a way to promote “aloha.” This word signifies love, compassion, and kindness, and Lomi Lomi teachers believe that by incorporating it into the massage, they boost physical, emotional, and mental harmony.

In the 1970s, Native Hawaiians began teaching this technique to non-natives. As a result, it is now widely available. However, due to family differences, there are actually a variety of styles to choose from, including those made famous by Auntie Margaret Machado and Abraham Kawai’i. Other popular techniques include the Mana Lomi, Sacred Lomi, and Hawaiian Temple Bodywork.

What to Expect From a Lomi Lomi Massage

massage therapyAt the start of a Lomi Lomi massage, many therapists will begin by resting their hands on your body while they say a prayer or chant. Some might also play relaxing music. Usually, they will also ask you to take deep breaths to help your body relax.

Most often, the Lomi Lomi massage will require the therapist to use their forearms, palms, and elbows to apply continuous, flowing strokes. Instead of focusing on a single area, it’s normal for therapists to massage multiple parts of the body at once, so many will not use a sheet. They will, however, cover your sensitive areas with small towels.

Also, expect them to massage your abdominal areas as Hawaiian tradition believes the colon is connected to the soul.

If your physical, spiritual, and emotional self are disconnected, visit 808 Wellness: Healing Spa & Maui Yoga Studio in Kihei, HI, for a Lomi Lomi massage. Our wellness center is dedicated to providing holistic energy healing and restoration. We offer a diverse selection of treatments, classes, workshops, and modalities to promote your journey to well-being. Call (808) 875-4325 or visit our website to find out more about our massage and bodywork services.