"The Loving Touch of Hawaii"

Lomilomi is a unique healing massage which has been handed down through Hawaiian families for generations. Traditionally each family started the day with a lomilomi massage to restore the vigour and vitality of radiant health.

The Hawaiian people view all aspects of the body as one and believe that the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual are all part of the ."whole self". Thus the intent of lomilomi is to free energy flow and restore balance to mind, body and spirit by working through these levels.

Lomilomi is known as "the loving touch" and respect, focus, presence and the breath are all extremely important on the part of the practitioner.

The massage is given in a fluid, rhythmic motion which works with the body's natural flow and rhythm. The forearms are used for much of the massage and different parts of the body may be massaged at the same time, such as a shoulder and thigh. Under‑body and full body strokes are used to link the body and bring it back into balance, thus instilling a deep sense of peace, harmony and wellbeing within the recipient.

Lomilomi stimulates the nerves and blood supply to help relieve the body of stress and tension, improves blood and lymph flow to assist with the body's natural elimination of wastes and toxins, and helps relieve the body of the stress of physical ailments and clear emotional blocks.

This massage has been described as the motion of gentle waves sweeping over your body in complete rhythm with yourself and finding the easiest way to remove any areas of blockage.

On completion of a lomilomi massage, the recipient will feel grounded and deeply relaxed, and the process will continue long after.

Lomilomi can only ever be described as a personal experience and the best way to understand it is to try it.

* Thanks to Cath Tyler for this submission.