20 Nov Lomi Lomi massage
Lomi lomi is a beautiful flowing massage brought forward from the hypnotic islands of Hawaii.
In the Spirit of Aloha, everything is a part of the universe and also part of the person.
This massage is one of my favourites to give and receive!
Like I mentioned originally from Hawaii, this massage was practised by the indigenous people. There would often be a healer that would perform the massages combining herbs, flowers intuitively picked and prepared before the session.
The indigenous people are both tuned into the energy of mother earth as well as energy for the massage and the person receiving. This massage focuses on all aspects of the psyche; mind, body & sprit.
A Lomi lomi massage will effect you on levels you may not even be aware of. Although there are certain ‘learnt’ movements the therapist will work intuitively throughout, flowing as if in a dance.
A Lomi lomi massage is a combination of an intention prayer to start, the huna breath throughout, gentle stretches, and long flowing movements using hands, forearms.
The huna breath helps to empower and balance the session releasing energetic and emotional blocks and the ocean like strokes gliding from tip to toe help release and recharge your body.
The huna breath has such an integral part to the massage, the connection with the breath with the blowing out of the energy that is no longer needed by both you and the therapist.
I know that as much as you would love to get a massage every day it isn’t always possible so I thought I might bring an aspect of lomi lomi to you in the form of the breath.
As you probably have heard breathing techniques can relax you, help reduce stress as well as being in the moment and connecting with your body.
Along my travels I have come across this great technique called the 4 -7-8 breath.
It has been known to help with sleep pattens, body functions and much more, and is a great practise to incorporate it into your life to help maintain your general harmony and wellbeing.
1) Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
2) Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
3) Hold your breath for a count of seven.
4) Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.
5) This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.
Check out below for a free download of this technique
Whilst I was doing my training for Lomi lomi I came across an amazing forgiveness prayer/meditation also from Hawaii called Hoʻoponopono (ho-o-pono-pono)
A truly remarkable meditation!
It is based on four affirmations:
Please forgive me
I love you
To practise this, connect with your breath or still place saying the prayer consciously & continuously from the heart space.
Use this at any time in any way for any circumstance for both internal and external situations and see how you feel, notice any changes within you or the space/ situation you are in
There has been many articles about ho’oponopono so if you resonate with this taster you may want to do your own research.
This is a meditation I found on good old you tube that really taps into the feeling I get from this practice – enjoy!