So many of today’s most popular massage techniques aim to improve your physical and mental health, but few nurture your spiritual health. 

The Lomi Lomi massage technique, however, does just that. This unique ancient Hawaiian practice weaves together popular techniques, like those incorporated in Swedish or deep tissue massages, with ancient traditions that nourish your soul.  

What is a Lomi Lomi Massage? 

“Lomi” is a Hawaiian word that means to “rub, press, knead, or massage.” The Lomi Lomi massage also referred to as “loving hands massage,” is rooted in ancient Hawaiian and Polynesian practices and represents tried and true technique that has been handed from generation to generation. 

These massages were a staple in Hawaiian healing practices but over time – particularly as tourists sought out this unique massage experience – Lomi Lomi became increasingly popular on the U.S. mainland and other parts of the world. But not every massage center or spa can offer this type of massage. 

The practitioners must go through specific training for this program. Massage Now’s Christine Mooney, for example, studied at the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi School of Kauai to bring this cherished tradition to NEPA. 

What is a Lomi Lomi Massage?

What to expect during a Lomi Lomi.

During a Lomi Lomi massage, your therapist will use their fingers, palms, elbows, and forearms to gently stroke and rub your body. Your therapist also may incorporate other massage tools, such as volcanic rocks, a Lomi Lomi stick, and traditional chants or humming sequences. The end result is a soothing, full-body massage that takes on a rhythmic feeling meant to mimic waves in the ocean. 

To begin, the Lomi Lomi practitioner will honor the ritual by saying a brief prayer and then gently laying their hands on your body while remaining still for a few minutes.

This practice is rooted in the Hawaiian tradition of calling upon the spirits to aid in your healing. At that time, you may also be encouraged to focus on your breathing or meditate to prepare your mind, body, and soul for the massage experience. 

From there, the massage includes techniques similar to a Swedish massage, but, Lomi Lomi massages are not bound to a specific road map. Instead, your experience will vary based on your body and the individualized training and intuitive instincts of your Lomi Lomi practitioner. This makes for a true one-of-a-kind experience that is designed to suit your unique needs. 

During a Lomi Lomi, your body will be more exposed than it is during other practices; this allows the massage therapist to provide a truly nurturing full-body experience for which this technique is known. However, you can choose a level of coverage that meets your comfort level. 

What to expect during a Lomi Lomi Massage

What are the benefits of a Lomi Lomi?

A Lomi Lomi can bring with it a host of benefits and can be a great choice for anyone who feels drained by the stressors of the outside world. Because this practice is so deeply embedded in spiritual health, clients typically benefit from increased positivity as negative energy and blockages are cleared. 

In addition to improved spiritual wellness, you can look forward to the following benefits of this massage technique

  • Lower blood pressure and improved circulation
  • Stronger immune response
  • Increased flexibility and range of motion
  • Improved posture
  • Rejuvenated mind 

A Lomi Lomi massage is an experience like no other, and if you are looking for a unique way to treat yourself, this ancient technique may be exactly what your mind and body need. And, because each experience is crafted to meet your physical, mental, and spiritual needs at the moment, every visit will be as unique as it is welcoming.  

Not sure if this massage is right for you? Contact us today to talk to our certified Lomi Lomi practitioner so that you can find your path to healing.