What is Lomi Lomi Nui?

In the past, the art of Lomi Lomi Nui massage was intended only for chosen ones. Performed in temples and passed down from generation to generation by Hawaiian shamans ? priests called Kahunas. Due to its specificity is often called temple lomi. Enriched with the sacred dance and healing songs, was a rite of passage that served purification, healing and preparing a person for an important and new venture in life, as well as deep personal transformation. Often it lasted for hours and even for days to completely remove the tension and charge the body and spirit with energy.

Lomi Lomi Nui, always preceded by a prayer for healing, is the touch of unconditional love, acceptance and respect for others. As wonderful and perfect divine beings we all are. During the whole treatment it is God and unconditional love that make healing. Full focus of the therapist on the receiver, supported with a relaxing Hawaiian music, hula dance steps and breathing techniques ?piko piko? provides a high level of energy during the whole session.

While doing treatment, Lomi therapist supported with prayers and meditation is being focused on listening to the client’s body and energy fields. Following his heart goes where the client’s body are blocked. The therapist working through deep tissue and energies supports the receiver in the process of letting go of old blocks and removing the toxins.

This type of therapy works on all levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. It leads to relaxation and balance, releasing all kinds of tension and blockages. It helps to achieve and develop emotional – mental – spiritual harmony. The treatment has an amazing ability to reach even very old and deep trauma and emotional blocks, thereby giving the opportunity to heal them.

The therapy reminds us that the touch is primarily an act of ordinary human sympathy and goodwill to others. It improves relationships with us and others. Familiarizes us with the proximity and reminds us that our bodies are a gift from God and the temples for our souls and therefore need our care and attention. Healthy body, healthy mind.

Lomi Lomi

There is few different style of Lomi Lomi. Lomi Lomi Nui is a temple style of Lomi Lomi. But even Lomi Lomi has many different variations of itself. It is because of many families cultivating the tradition. However every family has its own style and way performing of it. Nonetheless the basic techniques and understanding the Aloha spirit is still the same.  

I had the opportunity to get to know closer the style of Haunani Hopkins, which comes from Aunty Margaret?s family. There are few differ techniques and ways of working but in the end it gives similar effects. Unconditional love touch as brotherly support for the other being is still a base for this wonderful Hawaiian art of body work. 

Benefits of Lomi Lomi Nui

Nowadays, almost everyone suffers, this or other way, from stress and tension. Stress itself isn?t anything negative, because it is a natural mechanism for stimulating actions. However, when it remains for too long with no way of letting go, then the problems begin in the form of physical and psychosomatic diseases such as: insomnia, pain in the spine and joints, headache, neurosis, depression, heart failure like.

I would risk a statement that the majority of the most common civilization diseases, is primarily caused by stress, tension and exhaustion, leading to a weakening of the immune system and mental exhaustion. Under the influence of this amazing treatment, one easily relaxes body and mind for balance and regeneration.

Lomi Lomi Nui combines the deep tissue body work, joint stretches as also gentle long strokes. All together allow to reach to many hidden layers of tensions, after releasing of which the energy flow and body?s healing processes are being restored. The whole process brings back us to sanity, joy of life, natural curiosity, vitality, willingness to act and change for the better. It helps us to get rid of the old limitations and leave us with more awareness of what is happening in our lives.

However, do not be fooled. Lomi Lomi Nui, as most of natural therapies, means work for both, the therapist as the receiver as well. If you want to get as best results as possible at the given moment, you have to involve yourself actively and consciously into the healing process and letting the old things go. It is really helpful to open up your mind and heart and breathe deeply to support your muscles with relaxation and reducing the pain or discomfort; either physical or emotional.

What Lomi Lomi Nui can do for you:

  • Rejuvenates;
  • Supports the metabolism and detox;
  • Stimulates and strengthens; circulatory, digestive, lymphatic, skeletal, and nervous system;
  • Strengthens and tones the joints;
  • Relaxes and softens deeper layers of tissue;
  • Unlocks the tight muscles and releases the energy flow;
  • Restores lightness and body awareness;
  • Frees from fears and anxieties;
  • Frees from outdated and aggravating thought patterns and habits;
  • Brings back the balance, harmony and clearance of thinking;
  • Often awakens people to desire a profound change in own life;
  • Awakens inner power and joy;
  • Intensifies acceptance, concern and love for yourself and others;
  • Opens to success and abundance in life;
  • Restores the balance between the body, mind and spirit;

Regular therapy, as a result of dissolution of chronic stresses, supports the mind and heart transition. People consciously working with energies experience more clearly and deeply the beneficial effects of the therapy. Both engaged in the process, the therapist as the receiver as well, are able to feel the flow of energy and love that heals them within.

It is a remarkable process. It is a gift for the receiver as the therapist as well.  

I highly recommend Lomi Lomi Nui as it is able to help with multiple emotional and physical health issues.

To achieve better results it is recommended to take series of five to ten treatments, for example one a month. The one interested in receiving the series of treatments, should put special attention to choose such a therapist one could have complete trust to. It is also important to know that every therapist could perform a slightly different style of Lomi. It is because there are several Hawaiian family traditions offering slightly different approach.

Also worth to realize that every therapy session is different from another. This is an incredible journey into depth of your soul and your heart, and every time they need something else to make your feelings and emotions let to the surface of your consciousness.

What to expect to

As first you should be acknowledged that Lomi Lomi Nui is performed on the entire body, excluding intimate parts. Nonetheless you are going to be asked to take your all clothes off, including your underwear (it is voluntary so no pressure). It is because of easier access to hips and lower back. When you get ready to lie down on the massage table you cover yourself with towel provided.

Notice! During the whole process the intimate parts are being safely covered.

It is recommended for you to close your eyes and breathe deeply to relax your mind and all the muscles of your body, too. That prepares you better for coming therapy and therefore provides the therapist better base for going deep into the muscles.  You should be aware of how important is your work in the healing process. Your willingness and co-operation is critical whatsoever. It is recommended for you to openly express all of the emotions and feelings you might be experiencing during the therapy. It should be a conscious process of forgiving and letting things go. The therapist becomes a quiet witness, assisting and supporting you in every moment of your lomi journey. It is therefore important to choose the therapist you can trust to and you can open your heart to. That guarantees you warm and friendly atmosphere and better chance for easier and deeper healing process from old and sometimes painful memories, just to let them go for ever.

Therapy room should be always ventilated and warmed up. There are certain natural oils being used for the body massage. It is very common to use some Hawaiian music or Hawaiian prayers as the accompaniment.

Contraindications of Lomi Lomi Nui Therapy

Read the contraindications of massage therapy

Preparation for Lomi Lomi Nui Therapy

Before the therapy, take a few simple steps, to better prepare yourself to valuably use this time designed for a treatment:

  • on massage day refrain from drinking caffeine or if not possible at least limit its consumption, as it has a direct effect on the nervous system and can cause problems with relax;
  • the day before and especially on treatment day, refrain from drinking alcohol;
  • 1.5 hour before the treatment, don?t eat heavy meal; if necessary you can afford a light snack about an hour before the massage;
  • before leaving your home, if possible, take a warm, relaxing shower, which will cleanse your body of all previously used cosmetics, as well as cleanse and prepare the skin for moisturizing and nourishing effects of all natural oils used during therapy;
  • dress in warm, loose outfit;
  • if you have long hair, think about getting them together, otherwise they might disturb and also get greased by the used oil;
  • make sure to take off the jewellery (chains, bracelets, watches, rings, earrings etc)
  • it is recommended to have a good mood and positive attitude;

During the therapy, it is recommended to relax the mind and the body. Deep breathing is very helpful in getting into relaxation state. To make it even easier, it is very common to use some relaxation or meditation music along with gentle fragrance of incense and soft light of candles.
If you have any questions or doubts, even during the treatment, don?t hesitate and ask your therapist right away.
Because deep tissue therapy accelerates the various mechanisms, including removing the toxins from the body, it is highly recommended to drink a lot of water for at least 24 hours after each treatment, just to ease and support these all processes.