Lomi Lomi, or “loving hands” is a form of massage that originated in Hawaii. Following the idea that a belief can block energy flow as much as muscle tension can, Lomi Lomi helps release the blockages and, simultaneously, gives the energy new direction. Thus, Lomi Lomi is not just a physical experience, it also facilitates healing on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
A Lomi Lomi session usually begins with the practitioner’s hands gently resting on the client’s back. In this stillness, the practitioner will quietly say a blessing or prayer asking for whatever healing is needed to take place during the massage. Additionally, the client may be asked to set their intention for any healing they would like to receive. The therapist then works intuitively with the client. In this respect, there is no set format or sequence for the massage and no two massages will ever be identical. The massage is given in fluid, rhythmic motions. Some people have described this as feeling like gentle waves moving over the body.
Different parts of the body may be massaged at the same time; for example, one arm or hand may be working on a shoulder and the other hand may be working on the opposite hip. This assists the recipient in relaxing and thus releasing tension—a key element of Lomi Lomi—as it is impossible, or at least extremely difficult, for the brain to focus on the two different areas at once. According to Huna philosophy, energy also gets blocked in the joints. Gentle stretches of the body and gentle rotations of the joints are incorporated to assist the release of tensions and assist the flow of energy, not forcing, but feeling the level of the client’s resistance or comfort.
There is no licensure specifically for Lomi Lomi, but one can become a Certified Lomi Lomi Practitioner after completion of training. The regulations for practicing in any given state will be similar to those for massage therapy.