LOMI LOMI NUI – THE LOVING TOUCH – A CONNECTION OF HEART, HANDS AND SOUL WITH THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE.
Massage is one of the oldest and most powerful forms of healing. Lomi Lomi Nui is one of the most profound forms of massage. So, what makes it so special, what is it, how does it differ from other forms of massage, how does it “work”?
The meaning behind Lomi Lomi Nui
I’m often asked what Lomi Lomi Nui means. Lomi Lomi Nui simply means massage. What it is, is a unique healing massage derived from the ancient Polynesians and more specifically the master healers of Hawaii.
To understand the depth of Lomi Lomi Nui massage, it helps to have an understanding of the Hawaiian philosophy called Huna, and how the philosophies of Huna relate to bodywork and healing.
A fundamental assumption of Huna is that everything seeks harmony and everything seeks love. So how does this relate to massage? Perhaps this can best be understood by one of the alternate names for Lomi Lomi Nui, and that is “Loving Hands” massage. The reason for this is that it works gently yet deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, nurturing the body and, enabling the recipient to relax. So whilst technique is an important part of the massage and associated healing, much of the work is done by love, with the focus of the practitioner on the client being one with his/her spirit, mind and body.
This flowing with total energy, using the long continuous, flowing strokes, combined with the loving touch, relaxes the entire being, assisting in a letting go of old beliefs, patterns and behaviours that cause limitations in perception of our reality. These beliefs, patterns and behaviours are stored in the cells of our body.
The Hawaiians look at life in terms of energy flow, following the idea that an idea or belief can block energy flow as much as muscle tension can obstacle our movement. Lomi Lomi Nui helps release the blockages, whilst at the same time giving the energy new direction. Thus Lomi Lomi Nui is not just a physical experience; it also facilitates healing on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels as well. The Hawaiians view all aspects of the body as one and believe that the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual are all part of the whole “self” When healing is effected on one level, all levels are affected.
When harmony is lacking the result is physical, mental, emotional or spiritual pain. Illness is a state of tension, which leads to resistance which blocks energy movement. Lomi Lomi Nui helps release this and therefore facilitates the road to healing. On the physical level, practice of Lomi Lomi Nui relieves stress and tension, assists blood and lymph flow and eliminates toxins.
So, what happens during a Lomi Lomi Nui massage? How is it performed?
The massage is given in fluid, rhythmic motion using the forearms as well as the hands. Some people have described this as feeling like gentle waves moving over the body. Another feature is that different parts of the body may be massaged at the same time. This assists the recipient in ful relaxation. By not working on areas in isolation a deep sense of balance and harmony is achieved. As I said earlier, whilst technique is important, the priority is loving the body, using intuition so the massage is “right” for the client. The client on the table is not viewed as someone to be fixed, but a being to be returned to harmony and balance. It is important to remember that the practitioner does not heal but is the facilitator for the healing.
Under body and full body strokes also help to free the energy, make the body soft, promoting free and abundant flow of life energy in the recipient. According to Huna philosophy, energy also gets blocked in the joints. Gentle stretches of the body and gentle rotations of the joints are therefore also incorporated to assist the release of tensions and assist the flow of energy, once again not forcing, but feeling the level of the client’s resistance or comfort.
Dancework or hula movements, combined with the breathwork of the practitioner are also important and integral aspects of Lomi Lomi Nui. The reason for the hula type dance around the table whilst massaging is not just because it looks cute! The movements are all important to assisting the energy flow both within the practitioner and recipient and helps keep the energy at a high level. This combined with breathing techniques by the masseuse are also important in assisting the energy flow. The sharing of the breath, the essence of the Creator or universal energy, is an old Hawaiian custom and greatly enhances the energy flow once again.
It is important to note that reciepent lays directly on the vinyl of the table and not on a towel and rather than being covered completely by towels, is covered by a small sheet or towel leaving most of the body exposed during the massage, whilst maintaining the recipients modesty. This makes it a lot easier to perform the underbody and full body strokes without interrupting the flow of energy.
Duration 75 minutes.
BENEFITS OF LOMI LOMI NUI
- Break-up fibrous deposits & lactic acid
- Improve circulation of blood & lymph
- Eliminate toxins & oedema
- Alleviate muscle spasm & stiff joints
- Increase metabolism & energy
- Complete alignment of the body
- Reclaim the youthfulness & grace of your body-mind
- Cleanse, revitalise & connect all aspects of self