Most of us are familiar with the wonderful feeling of relaxation a thorough massage can offer, but lomilomi massage takes it to the next level.
Lomilomi massage is actually a powerful and ancient Hawaiian restorative healing system, of which one component is the art of compassionate touch.
This beautiful massage practice incorporates the connection we have with ‘aina (the land), ‘aumakua (the spirit guides or ancestors) and aloha (the breath of life).
Also referred to as Hawaiian massage, lomilomi has a heap of powerful benefits, helping to alleviate many different ailments, increasing mana (spiritual energy and personal power).
Brenda Ignacio of Oahu, Hawaii is a lomilomi kumu (master/teacher) and describes it as a distinctly healing Hawaiian healing art form, passed down through the generations by master practitioners. She refers to lomilomi as spiritual work and the “embodiment of reverence of life, wisdom, knowledge and compassion.”
This article will describe the traditional techniques of lomilomi massage, because many Hawaiian elders feel that certain western methods have diluted its true traditional style.
When done right though, you will experience quite a transformative experience, keep reading for some of the incredible benefits of this age old ritual.
Increases range of motion and eases muscle pain
Stiff, painful joints are no fun, especially when you have so much life to live!
By increasing blood circulation, lomilomi helps to relieve stiff joints and ease pain associated with them.
A 2011 study found regular massage to be as effective as other treatment methods for chronic back pain.
By stimulating lymph flow, lomilomi helps the body in all sorts of ways, by flushing out stored toxins in the body, increasing white blood cell count (to fight infections) and increasing oxygen in the blood. A regular massage is equivalent to taking your vitamins and more!
Reduces stress levels
Of course one of the major reasons a person indulges in regular massage is to reduce stress and induce feelings of calm and relaxation.
Nothing compares to pure human touch. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, found that depressed and anxious patients were much more relaxed and happy, and had reduced stress levels after massage.
By reducing stress and anxiety, lomilomi massage can help to relax tensed up muscles and ease a troubled mind so that you are better able to drift off at night.
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While lomilomi massage has many of the same benefits of Swedish massage, the difference is in how the client is approached. "The client on the table is not viewed as someone to be fixed, but a being to be returned to harmony and balance," says Tracey Lakainapali. "It is important to remember that the practitioner does not heal but is the facilitator for the healing."
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