I have recently done a course in Hawaiian Massage which is called Lomi Lomi. It is a beautiful style of massage where the therapist uses much more of their arms to massage the client and the strokes are very long and cover the whole of the body from feet to shoulders in one stroke. This can feel for the client like the therapist is dancing with them and at times they are having more than one person massage them as hands and arms can be going in different directions or different rhythmic movements. There is a feeling of expansion of the body as the movements are intended to create infinity with no beginning and ending. It can encompass light or deep work and manipulations for opening up the body and generally lasts one and a half hours.
With Lomi Lomi massage I use coconut oil which has a wonderful smell and can also be used to make exciting things like raw chocolate !
This type of massage brings together the way I generally work with massage and energy channelling as it brings in the ritual of working with spirit as passed down by the Hawaiian Kahunas (wisdom keepers) from way back in time. The word Hawaii means Breath, Water and Spirit – the supreme life force of the sacred breath that creates and sustains life and is the life essence which we all share. The Hawaiian’s believed in the energy that is all around us and within us which they call Mana and breathwork will often be integrated into the massage.
The massage is done with the intention of Aloha, which can be the greeting between people but encompasses love, blessing, pleasure, joy, gratitude and compassionate acceptance. Bringing love into the practice of any massage gives it a very powerful intention and can lead to wonderful healing. Another Hawaiian word is Mahalo which means holding respectful gratitude for all experiences in our life – the gratitude of practising the massage with someone!
The Hawaiians talk also about Au Makua which is the higher self, our inner wisdom and highest potential and makes up one third of our soul along with Ku, the subconscious and Lono the conscious mind.
Seven Principles of Huna Wisdom are:
IKE – the world manifests according to our thoughts
KALA – the universe is limitless
MAKIA – energy flows where attention goes
MANAWA – our power is in the present moment
ALOHA – love connects us all
MANA – all power comes from within
PONO – effectiveness is the measure of truth
I have found that whenever I use a practise with my massage which is from a culture which imbues spiritual beliefs then all of that energy is present in the moment for me to use to create healing which is bringing a person back to wholeness of body mind and spirit. A place of remembering who we really are !