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What is Lomi Lomi and how is it different from other styles of massage?

By Kim Hartley, April 27, 2012

What is Lomi Lomi and how is it different from other styles of massage?

Lomi Lomi is a hands-on healing tradition that has been held sacred within the Hawaiian families and culture over the last 2,000 years.   Aunty Margaret Machado and Abraham Kawaii, along with a few others, began teaching Lomi Lomi in the 1970’s to people of all ancestry.  This is a great blessing!    

In Lomi Lomi you learn to listen, love, and pray with intention, while practicing the beautiful, flowing, rhythmic strokes to restore balance, health, and well-being to your client. 

How do you listen?  You listen with Aloha by being present with kindness, tenderness, harmony, pleasantness, humility, and perseverance, greeting the breath of the divine within another.  By witnessing their countenance, taking them in with your eyes, noticing their face and body and how they carry themselves.  By listening with your ears, through talk-story at the beginning of the session, hearing what is up with them in their body and daily life.  By listening with your hands and heart to their body as you massage, exploring the areas that need attention, and listening to the guidance of spirit as you work.

How do you love?  As Aunty Margaret says, “Lomi Lomi is touching the body with a loving touch . . . if your hands are gentle and loving your patient will feel the sincerity of your heart.  Their soul will reach out to yours and the Lord’s healing will flow through you both.  Aloha is the essential of Lomi Lomi.  Aloha is transmitted through to the patient and is often felt as energy.”  

How do you pray?  You ask your client for an intention that you can hold in prayer during the massage.  Then ask God to work through you and guide your hands and heart to bring their intention forward in their lives along with peace, healing, and alignment to their body.   Then open to receive divine guidance and support allowing moments of presence and gratitude during the massage, feeling God’s Holy Spirit working in and through you.

Lomi Lomi is multidimensional, working through the wholeness of body, mind, and spirit to support well-being and pono.  Pono is being in right relationship with yourself and the world around you.  Aunty Margaret says “Always practice ho’oponopono . . . empty your heart of all darkness, fear, and anger each day before the sun sets.  Forgive everyone, especially those who you love . . . forgive them each day before the sun sets so you have untroubled sleep and wake up to a new and fresh day.”  Being pono helps you hold space for others and encourage them towards being pono themselves.  

Physically, Lomi Lomi approaches the body as a temple holding qualities of the nurturing mother, protective father, and innocent and spontaneous child within.  The strokes are rhythmic and repetitive like the ocean washing against the shore, breaking down and soothing the tissue, flushing out the toxins and restoring flexibility and alignment to the body.  The body is lulled into the flow and receptive to healing, relaxing into deep work with ease.  In the Hawaiian Dictionary the definition of Lomi Lomi is to rub, press, squeeze, fine, crush, mash, knead, massage, rub out; to work in and out, as claws of a contented cat.

The practice of Lomi Lomi takes time, energy, and study to master.  When I first witnessed Lomi Lomi I was deeply touched, body and soul, and moved to tears. / Lomilomi