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The deeply relaxing, flowing form of massage known as Lomi Lomi began in ancient Hawaii, but it’s popularity now reaches all over the world.

Lomi Lomi creates an environment of tranquility with smooth, seamless strokes that flow from one part of the body to the next without stopping. This repetitive, moderate pressure puts the mind at ease and allows the tension in the muscles to unravel.

But Lomi Lomi hasn’t always been the widely accepted form of bodywork that it is today.

Actually, it was once outlawed throughout Hawaii as an underground “shamanic” ritual.

So how did such a controversial spiritual practice rise to global popularity as a medically beneficial form of health care?

Today you’ll learn all about the fascinating history of Lomi Lomi, as well as the benefits and techniques used in this unique bodywork.

A Brief History of Lomi Lomi Massage

The intention of Lomi Lomi is to connect the body and mind to reach their full healing potential. It is based on the ancient Hawaiian principle of Huna—that every being seeks harmony and love. Truly traditional Lomi Lomi includes prayers (pule) and chants (mele), though most massage therapists do not incorporate these into their practice.

The word Lomi Lomi simply means “massage,” and was originally practiced polynesian tribes who settled Hawaii. It was later passed from one generation to the next by the Hawaiian master healers. When American missionaries arrived in Hawaii in the early 1800’s, Lomi Lomi became viewed as a heathen practice, and was outlawed.

However, the Native Hawaiian spiritual practitioners, called “Kahunas,” continued to use Lomi Lomi as their primary form of medical care in secret.

Lomi Lomi massage has been on a long road to acceptance as a form of health care since the days it was outlawed in the 1800’s. A law was passed in 2001 that allows native healing practitioners to be certified by the medical board of Hawaii, protecting them from persecution and recognizing Lomi Lomi’s role as a legitimate form of massage therapy.

Modern Lomi Lomi Massage Techniques

Nowadays, many massage therapists combine Lomi Lomi strokes with Swedish and other massage techniques to create form of Lomi Lomi that appeals to a wider audience.

By drawing on other forms of massage, Lomi Lomi has become popular around the world as a deeply relaxing form of massage.

The most important features of a Lomi Lomi massage are the continuous, fluid strokes applied to the client’s body. The practitioner moves seamlessly from one area of the body to the next with little to no breaks or transitions, using the hands, forearms, and elbows,

Like the waves rolling into the shore, the continuous strokes of Lomi Lomi massage rhythmically relax the body into a state of harmony.

Benefits of Lomi Lomi Massage

Instead of having target outcomes for specific physical injuries, Lomi Lomi massage most often works towards achieving a state of balance in the client’s body in order to allow it to do it’s own healing work.

There are many documented healing benefits of Lomi Lomi massage. Lomi Lomi stimulates the lymphatic system, releases muscle tension, creates a deep sense of relaxation, increases circulation, and detoxifies the body.

Try a Lomi Lomi Massage at Bodywork Bistro

Lomi Lomi is known for bringing clients into a deep state of relaxation. If you’re looking for something in between, “Ouch, that hurt so good,” and “I think I just took a one-hour nap on the massage table,” Lomi Lomi might be the perfect choice for you.

When you book your next massage, you can ask which therapists available are trained in Lomi Lomi, or you can look through our staff profiles yourself to see who offers this deeply relaxing massage modality.