FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS LOMI LOMI MASSAGE?
Lomi Lomi is a traditional Hawaiian massage technique which has traditionally been passed on within families and has unfolded in its many forms over centuries. It is known for its long and flowing strokes in order to achieve balance and harmony.
The Hawaiian word ‘lomilomi’ means to massage or knead.
Today, Lomi Lomi continues to play an important role among the people of Hawai'i and its popularity has increased across the world for its meanwhile known and proven benefits including reducing tension, stress, headaches and neck pain, increased joint mobility and improved circulation. The massage also stretches and relaxes tight muscles, stimulates the nervous system and activates the digestive system. Oil is typically used for the massage although it is also possible to work over the clothes (Community work). The massage is done with the forearms, but also with hands, elbows, feet (Kua Lua) or stones (hot stone massage).
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY FIRST LOMI LOMI MASSAGE?
The client is covered with a cloth at any given time and only those body parts are exposed upon which the practitioner is working. While keeping alert during the massage, your practitioner will invite you to response by asking for example how strong the pressure of the massage is. Oil, typically coconut oil, is applied for the massage but it is also possible to work over the clothes. Typical for the lomilomi massage is kneading, stroking, shaking, joint rotations and stretching. Also typical is the practitioner's conscious body mechanics and breathing.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LOMI LOMI MASSAGE?
Some of the many benefits of Lomi Lomi massage
increased range of motion, joint mobility and flexibility
relaxes and stretches tense muscles
activates circulation and lymphatic systems
supports the digestive system
stimulates the nervous system
enables an individual to consciously take responsibility for their own actions
WHEN SHOULD I NOT HAVE A LOMI LOMI MASSAGE?
Please do not hesitate to contact the practitioner if you are suffering from or in case of any doubts or queries concerning the conditions below. Please do so prior to the massage treatment.
Contagious skin conditions
Other skin conditions like burns, rashes or sores
Circulatory system issues i.e. high blood pressure, varicose veins
Digestive system issues i.e. ulcers
Fresh fractures or injuries