Lomi Lomi has been with the Hawaiian people from the start of their oral history. It is a healing system that uses many techniques. It literally means “to massage”. Traditional techniques have been passed down within the families for generations. There are two popular types of Lomi Lomi being practiced today.
Traditional Lomi Lomi, popularised by Aunty Margaret Machado, combines therapeutic massage with cultural practices to cleanse and restore the body, mind and spirit.
Temple style is a rhythmic technique which evolved from Kahu Abraham and Serge King’s self-empowerment teachings on Lua martial arts and hula movement. Today we use discernment as we use the best of all forms of Lomi Lomi styles.
One of the common tools the Hawaiian’s used in their healing were stones heated in the fire pit. The hot stones would be loosely wrapped in Ti or Noni leaf then placed on the clients problem areas. The ti leaf could also be placed shiny side down and rubbed with the hot stone to release the essential oils. Alternatively the stones could be used as an extension of the hands to massage the tissues directly once cooled sufficiently.
Ancient Hawaiian Lomi Lomi practitioners would use the stones in combination with seawater by bringing together the four elements, Stones for earth, the heat of the stones for fire, water and always using working with the breath.
A 90 minute treatment in hot stone massage has been identified the following:
- Increased local circulation
- Improved blood flow to the surrounding tissue
- Greater transport of toxins and waste products
- Enhances the immune system
- Decrease on blood pressure, stress, fatigue and local tension.
- Decrease in pain perception
- Decrease in muscle spasms
- Decrease in muscle stiffness
It can be beneficial to those with arthritis, stiff muscles and injuries to the deep tissues of the skin. Heat may be an effective self-care treatment for conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis. Heat therapy is most commonly used for rehabilitation purposes. The therapeutic effects of heat include increasing the extensibility of collagen tissues; decreasing joint stiffness; reducing pain; relieving muscle spasms; reducing inflammation, oedema, and aids in the post-acute phase of healing; and increasing blood flow. The increased blood flow to the affected area provides proteins, nutrients and oxygen for better healing.