Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage
Caring Palms Massage and Reiki
Hawaiian Lomi Lomi is best known for the fact that the forearms are used reducing the use of the hands to do the work. There are two styles of Lomi Lomi, and they each do different things.
Polo Lei (Better known as Aunty Margaret's style)
Lomi Lomi is similar to Swedish in that it uses long, broad strokes for finding the areas that need to be treated. After identifying those areas, treatment is done using static compression. Unlike other modalities of massage, the static compression eases into the muscles, and then holds that position long enough for the muscle being treated to stretch and release the problems in it. Lomi Lomi can quickly and effectively make changes in the body allowing it to feel better.
Lomi Lomi can go lightly, or very deeply into the muscles, in many cases eliminating the need for deep tissue massage. If one works with their body, or is doing regular exercise, this is the best thing to help those tight muscles. Most people feel energized when they get up from a session. Lomi Lomi is the old "new" marvel of the massage world.
Lomi Lomi Nui (better known as Temple Lomi Lomi)
Temple Lomi Lomi attempts to encompass all parts of the body as one big canvas instead of compartmentalizing it as is done in most types of massage. To accomplish this, minimal, draping is used (within the client’s comfort level) giving the therapist access to the back and legs and arms. Basically, the back, legs, and arms are undraped at once and the whole body oiled. The movements allow the therapist to make sweeps from the shoulder to the ankle and back, and then repeat the move on the other side. The fluidity of the motions, and the constant moving from side to side give a relaxing feel of oneness and wholeness. It allows the mind to release the body and 'ride the waves', basically letting it enjoy the sensations that are happening to it. The movements can be slow or fast, and a combination of speeds is used with the purpose of getting the mind to release the body.
On the front of the body, the arms, legs, shoulders, neck and abdomen are worked as in regular styles of massage, but they are connected by smooth, flowing strokes. Temple Lomi can also utilize a lot of underbody work. This is where the therapist will still do movements on the back even though it is against the table. The feeling is wonderful. A Temple Lomi Lomi session is a very relaxing, enjoyable session.