The Wonderful World of the Lomi Lomi Massage

June 13, 2019 - 3 min read

Relax and unwind with one of Australia’s most popular massages – the Lomi Lomi massage. But how exactly does it work? This technique uses a mixture of movements and breathing exercises to bring total relaxation.

The Lomi Lomi massage is quickly becoming one of the most popular types of massages in Australia. But what is the Lomi Lomi massage and where does it originate?

The History of Lomi Lomi

The phrase Lomi Lomi literally translates to “massage” in the Hawaiian language. It is now used to describe the popular Hawaiian massage that is bringing so many benefits to those lucky enough to receive it.

Lomi means to rub, press and squeeze. While it does originate in Hawaii, it is traditionally performed by a specific group known as the Kapoe Lomilomi, the Massage people.

A century and more ago, this practice was used to heal the body, mind and spirit and was used in conjunction with prayer and special herbs. It was performed by everyone in the villages where it was practiced, young and old alike.

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The Proposed Benefits of the Lomi Lomi Massage

The benefits of the Lomi Lomi massage are plentiful and wider ranging.

Lomi Lomi is rooted in ‘huna’, a philosophy centred around achieving the total harmony and balance of the mind, body and spirit. And as such, this massage promotes total body relaxation, improves circulation and provides relief from muscle pain. The Lomi Lomi massage also aims to provide relief from anxiety and other negative emotions.

The physical and emotional benefits of this ancient massage can impact virtually every aspect of the recipient’s life in a positive and fulfilling way.

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What to Expect During a Lomi Lomi Massage

A Lomi Lomi massage begins like no other massage. It carries with it traditions from its ancient roots.

The massage begins with prayer and can include breathing exercises and even meditation to completely relax your body and bring your mind, body and spirit back into harmony. With this massage, balance is key.

Each practitioner at this point will tailor the massage to focus on key problem areas. This is to make sure every treatment has the most value and benefit for each individual. However, Lomi Lomi involves fluid, flowing and sweeping motions aimed at clearing blockages in the body and improving circulation.

Like a dance, the movements are rhythmic, rejuvenating and brings about a whole-body renewal. The strokes are long, deep and meaningful. It also involves a range of movements and motions such as circular, finger tapping, subdued pounding and cupping.

It is truly a unique and moving experience.

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What to do After a Lomi Lomi Massage

After any massage, you want that feeling to last and last. That’s why you should begin by choosing a good time to get your massage. Try to time it where you are not going to run into any stress right after. You want to leave the massage feeling great and be able to return home or to any stress-free atmosphere.

Other things you can do is make sure your radio stays low and the music uplifting. It’s also important to stay hydrated, avoid any strenuous activity and eat light and healthy. Doing these things will help the effects and benefits of the Lomi Lomi massage last. Don’t forget to schedule regular massages for long-term benefits.

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