Practitioners of Hawaiian massage or “lomi lomi” as it’s called in the islands, use palms, forearms, fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees, feet, even sticks and stones as tools to knead, rub and soothe the body. “Lomi” means "to knead, to rub, or soothe; to work in and out, as the paws of a contented cat.”
This form of massage may be performed with oils or cream, or it may be performed with nothing. In most cases, practitioners will also combine massage with various efforts to bring about greater harmony through prayer, chant, movement or dance.
There are many different forms and versions of lomi lomi: for 115 years it was outlawed on the islands as “superstition,” yet survived within various Hawaiian valleys and even within specific families. Over generations, each area’s isolated style developed into a unique personality. However in the US mainland, you are most likely to find only one of two primary versions — Temple Style or Sacred Lomi.
In Temple Style, the forearm moves in circles and figure eights. These movements are intended to confuse the logical mind and invite the client to surrender, thereby letting go of useless mechanisms so that they may recover more of their innate spiritual self. In this way the ultimate objective of lomi lomi is to awaken the soul within the physical body into an enlightened state whereby its true calling in life is revealed.
Sacred Style is similar but also incorporates principles and practices that support modern day practitioners in their quest to heal themselves and others. The movements of Sacred Lomi are also based on circles and figure eights and are executed through the forearm. The practitioner listens with their entire spiritual being to the body they are working on while urging acceptance of one’s spiritual divinity to catalyze the resonance and grace necessary to transform dark stuck flows and solidified energy ridges into the flowing white energy of lightness and love.