It is understood in Lomi Lomi that health is a state of peace and harmony, and illness is caused by stress and disharmony.
The traditional healers of Hawaii knew that there were special ways to release and unblock the powers of the body so that physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing could take place more quickly and completely.
Practitioners skilled in Hawaiian healing practices understand that, before you touch the physical body, the mental and emotional must be in harmony. They must first be reconnected with their spirit – and this applies to both practitioner and client. Only then can physical ‘healing’ fully occur.
All these elements: pule (prayer), oli (chant), ha (breath), kai (salt water), pa’akai (sea salt) or alaea (red clay sea salt) for cleansing and clearing, along with ho’oponopono (‘making right more right’) are integral aspects of the healing process; once these aspects are attended to, then the physical bodywork can be done.
While ‘technique’ is an important part of the massage and associated healing, ‘listening’ to the client and their body with aloha, respect and compassion for the client, rather than treating them as an object to be ‘fixed’, allows for harmony to be created within the body. A practitioner may work gently yet deeply into the muscles using continuous, flowing strokes, totally nurturing the body enabling the recipient to relax and simply be. They may also incorporate deeper, specific strokes or stretches to assist the ‘unblocking’, initiating a ‘letting go’ of old beliefs, patterns and behaviours that no longer serve you and cause limitations, while at the same time giving the energy new direction and setting new patterns.
Lomi Lomi releases and relaxes tension in the body assisting in allowing the body to carry out its own healing. It is not simply a massage but an integrative practice which has the capacity to assist healing on many levels. It could be considered a combination of many ‘modalitlies’ used to bring the body into balance, realign the spirit, with corrective thinking focussed positively to heal.
Touch is an often forgotten and maligned language these days. When a Lomi lomi practitioner touches the body of a person, it is with total respect and aloha. Understanding the principle that energy flows where attention goes, the practitioner is totally focused on the client’s body and being. It is more than simply touching or ‘working’ on the body. Rather it is assisting the physical body to become soft and deeply relaxed, to restore balance and allow healing at the deepest levels of body, mind and spirit.
Tracey is a teacher and practitioner of Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage and has been honouring Hawaiian culture and healing practices for over 20 years.
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