In Lomi Lomi the whole body is treated at the same time as the strokes keep flowing evenly over the body - in harmony with the natural way your body works and in alignment with your body's natural structure. Other massage styles don’t do this in the same way because they segment the body and treat it separately to the Spirit and the Mind, and, at their base, other Hawaiian massage methods don't do it as effectively either.
Traditional Old Style Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage Therapy soothes and treats Spirit, Mind and Body. It’s the total, holistic experience:
Relieve stress and tension and increase relaxation: the precise combination of long, slow strokes and site specific bodywork, focus on softening the body and quietening busy minds first, producing profound, long lasting inner peace and mind-body harmony. One of the things Lomi Lomi is best known for is its relaxing effects - it helps dissolve the stresses of modern life.
Boost the immune system and detoxify: because time is taken to open the body, targeted work activates the flow of Lymph which boosts the immune system for extra protection against illness, helps the nervous system combat anxiety, stress and fatigue and rids your body of harmful toxins. Stress actually causes toxins in your body, literally it poisons and eats at you from the inside out (EEK!). Lomi Lomi works specifically on your Lymphatic System stimulating the flow of fresh lymph and blood ensuring that the mitochondria - the energy your cells need to live - is safe from toxic build-up.
Get good circulation: vital for heart health, beating hypertension, preventing varicose veins, increasing flexibility and movement and transfering nutrients and oxygen to various parts of the body. Good circulation means you feel fit, healthy and full of life.
Release soft and deep tissue: when your body softens and is in trust first, it naturally opens, enabling soft and deep tissue work that targets site specific pain to be more effective, healing damaged muscles, increasing suppleness and decreasing recovery time after injury. Often when client's report "muscle tightness" its the Fascia that's tight - Fascia runs the length of your body front and back; between the Fascia and the muscle there is a gel like substance that goes hard, causing the stiffness you feel. Traditional Old Style Hawaiian Lomi Lomi pays lots attention to the Fascia and the gel substance - something which Western massage science is just discovering - gently warming it up with each series of strokes. Often once the Fasica is warmed, stiffness disappears.
Help emotional healing: reduces stress, anxiety, depression, constipation (which can be linked to emotional blockages), sleeplessness, anger and poor self image. Assists managing cravings and increasing feelings of natural highs. The systematic treatment process helps release the “Happy Hormones”. Your gut has it's "own brain" - in fact a way to think about it is that you have two brains, one in your head and one in your gut (think "gut feeling"). When one or the other - or both - are unhappy, you feel tired, listless and just plain unwell.
Increase alertness and energy: stimulates the release of endorphins which energise, increase feelings of happiness and bliss, reduce stress and postpone effects of ageing. Fabulous for sleep deprived new parents, shift workers and people with busy lifestyles.
If you can say "YES!" to any of these, then add this too: Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage closes the gap, the separation, between you and everything in this Universe. Which is the primary reason that you feel so contented and at peace after Lomi Lomi Massage. This profound healing is the result of “coming home” and the innate recognition at the deep spiritual level that this “place” is where you belong and are meant to be.
With the change in season on it’s way, now is the time to book your massage therapy treatment. The full treatment can (but not always because it depends on you) include what you might know as Trigger Point Therapy - for those hard spots you can feel in your upper back, neck, along your spine, even on your thighs and calves; gentle Myofascial Stretches - these are so gentle that often you can't feel a thing because the stretch just feels part of the stroke, and Remedial Stretches if you’ve got injury to look after or when you're so chronically wound up everything is completely in a twist.
But again, even deep remedial work takes on a different feeling - it's not about going in hard, it's all about taking time, building trust, finding the opening to Spirit and putting the body to rest so it can receive and heal.
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