What to expect?
Lomi Lomi massage, where to begin? Well, unlike your regular massage, it’s a sort of spiritual affair. If sticking to tradition, your therapist will start the treatment with a local prayer, but you can choose to go straight into the massage if you’d prefer. Once calm and relaxed, she (or he, you never know!) will then knead and roll your entire body, using long, flowing strokes of different intensities. Expect different parts of their body to massage you (fingers, thumbs, palms, arms and elbows) and even the odd shimmy dance - don’t worry, this is all part of the experience! You see, working on the belief that memories are stored in every individual cell of the body, the continuous strokes and traditional methods are designed to encourage the body to let go of any worries that could be causing you stress and strain.
Know before you go
- Your therapist will usually provide disposable paper pants, or if you’re feeling at one with nature, a small sheet will be draped across you to protect your modesty.
- It’s not unusual for your therapist to start humming at various intervals throughout your treatment. This is all part of the magic as it is believed that low vibrating energy helps stimulate and balance mind, body and soul.
The sciencey stuff
Aiming to benefit all areas of your health, well-being and awareness by unblocking energy flows, Lomi Lomi is said to help with low self esteem, stress, a lack of confidence and those affected by trauma. But on a more physical level, fans of this unique practice claim it relieves muscle tension and assists blood and lymph flow, as well as eliminating all those nasty toxic buildups in the body. Aloha!