Lomi Lomi is a traditional form of massage from Hawaii. It's origins are somewhat disputed; some sources attribute it to the privacy of the family home as traditional form of healing, while other people say was the privilege of Hawaiian royalty and associated with prayer and spirituality. However it started, it has become an extremely popular form of massage in North America, Europe and Japan.
The practitioner uses hands, forearms and their body-weight to make long continuous and flowing strokes of varying intensity, speed and rhythm, up and down and all around the body from neck and shoulders to toes. The practitioner moves from one side of the body and table to the other, giving the impression of many hands massaging the body at the same time. In a heated room using warmed oil, the basic stroke used throughout the massage is a type of effleurage (deep stroking), made with the flat of the whole hand and forearm. The hands and forearms mould into the contours of the body, giving the sensation of maximum touch. The pressure is just deep enough to release tension, without causing any discomfort or pain.
The benefits offered by Hawaiian Massage, both to the client and the practitioner, are a sense of deep relaxation, calm, harmony and balance. It activates sensory awareness, whilst creating inner calm and clarity and promoting healing at the deepest levels of body and mind.