LomiLomi Hawiian massage
LomiLomi is one of the oldest forms of Healing that derived from the ancient master healers of Hawaii. To understand the depth of Lomi Lomi massage, it helps to have an understanding of the Hawaiian philosophy called Huna, and how the philosophies of Huna relate to bodywork and healing. A fundamental assumption of Huna is that everything seeks harmony and everything seeks love. Often Lomilomi is called “Loving Hands” massage and the reason for this is that it works gently yet deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, nurturing the body and, enabling the recipient to relax, give in and simply be. So whilst technique is an important part of the massage and associated healing, much of the work is done by love, with the focus of the practitioner on the client being deep and complete, using loving hands and a loving heart.
So, what happens during a Lomi Lomi massage?
A Lomi Lomi commences with a stillness between the practitioner and client. In this stillness the practitioner will quietly say a blessing or prayer asking for whatever healing is needed to take place during the massage. The masseuse then works very 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 motion using the forearms as well as the hands. Some people have described this as feeling like gentle waves moving over the body. Another feature is that 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 totally relaxing as it is impossible or at least extremely difficult for the brain to focus on the two different areas at once. By not working on areas in isolation a deep sense of balance and harmony is achieved. As it is mentioned before, whilst technique is important, the priority is loving the body, using intuition so the massage is "right" for the client. The client on the table is not viewed as someone to be fixed, but a being to be returned to harmony and balance. It is important to remember that the practitioner does not heal but is the facilitator for the healing.
Yoram means cradle in Korean. It is a massage therapy that engages the bodies of both receiver and therapist in a journey of self-discovery. The journey starts with the receiver comfortably settled in a cradle position, held by the therapist, who is connecting her heart and her breath to the one of the receiver. This connection, similar to the one of a newborn to her mother, enables the body to safely sink in a deep meditative state. From that space opens a somatic dialogue between the two bodies, where the therapist will follow the receiver’s needs, working on the physical, emotional and energetic bodies through acupressure and gentle stretching.
Yoram focuses on the ‘hidden areas’ of the body (abdomen, pelvis and buttocks), areas that are generally neglected, both in everyday life and in other massage therapies, and where the body tends to store tension and fear. Yoram massage helps the body to release those tensions and blockages, facilitating the flow of vital energy and the integration of new awareness and a deeper understanding of the body.
* Yoram is only given to women*