Services for Wellness SeekersServices for Wellness ProvidersLogin Report a Bug Follow us on Twitter Visit Our Facebook Page Join Our LinkedIn Group Stumble On Share This Website
Create an Account

Below are descriptions of Lomilomi Massage supplied by the Online Wellness Network wellness providers listed on this web site.


Lomi Lomi, an ancient Hawaiian bodywork traditionally performed for thousands of years by the Kahuna (Hawaiian masters) as a physical and spiritual transformational rite of passage.

Energy Massage is a gentle, intuitive flowing blend of massage and energy work. A non-invasive, loving technique, using soft, graceful, wavelike motions to align the body, mind and spirit, allowing a natural flow of creative expression.

The result is a peaceful, enjoyable, and deeply relaxing exper
Read more ...

Larger View
Flag this:


Submit a Description

Lomilomi Massage Description

* This article is updated daily from Wikipedia. It may contain minor formatting errors.
For the original content and references, click here. Last update: 8/19/2013.

Lomilomi, meaning "massage therapist" in the Hawaiian language, is the word used today to describe Hawaiian massage, traditionally called lomi, meaning "to rub, press, squeeze, massage; to work in and out, as the claws of a contented cat". Lomilomi is a holistic healing tradition beyond simple massage.

Traditional practice

Lomilomi practitioners use the palms, forearms, fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees, feet, even sticks and stones. Lomilomi practices varied by family, Atahualpa|Atahualpaa (traditional region) and island.

Traditionally in ancient Hawaii lomilomi was practiced in four contexts:

# As a healing practice of native healers -- kahuna laau lapaau (healers) and kahuna haha (diagnosticians) # As a luxury and an aid to digestion, especially by the ruling chiefs (alii|alii) # As restorative massage within the family # By olohe Lua (martial art)|lua (masters of the Hawaiian martial arts) Although the term kahuna lomilomi is widely used in contemporary writings, traditionally the people who performed lomilomi were called ka poe lomilomi (the massage people) or kanaka lomi (massage person). A related term, kauka lomilomi, was coined in 1920 to describe osteopathic physicians.* The word kauka is the Hawaiianized version of doctor.

Like all endeavors in old Hawaii, lomilomi was conducted with prayer and intention. Hawaiian kupuna (elder) Auntie Margaret Machado describes lomilomi as "praying" work. * Emma Akana Olmstead, a kupuna of Hana, Maui, in the 1930s, said, "When a treatment is to be given, the one who gives the treatment first plucks the herbs to be used. He prays as he picks the herbs. No one should call him back or distract his attention, all should be as still as possible for they do not want the vibration broken. They knew the laws of vibration. They knew the power of the spoken word. They knew Nature. They gathered the vibration of the plentiful."*

History of lomilomi

The early Polynesian settlers brought their own form of massage and, like a canoe plant, it evolved to become something uniquely Hawaiian. It was practiced by everyone, from child to chief. As an indigenous practice that evolved over hundreds of years in isolated valleys throughout the island chain, there are many different "schools" of lomilomi with different approaches and techniques.

After American missionaries arrived in 1820 and converted many in the Kingdom of Hawaii to Christianity, various laws prohibited "heathen" worship and any related Native Hawaiian healing practices. Lomilomi as part of medical practice went underground. But lomilomi as restorative massage remained popular not only among the Hawaiians, but among foreign residents and visitors as well. Charles Wilkes describes it being offered after his ascent of Mokuaweoweo in 1841 on the United States Exploring Expedition.* For Robert Louis Stevenson it was "disagreeable", but English adventurer Isabella Bird found it delightful.* Not only did foreigners receive lomilomi, they also gave it. According to William Brigham the first Director of the Bishop Museum, writing in 1908, one of the most skilled practitioners was Sanford Dole, one of the leaders of the overthrow of the Kingdom.*

Although the Legislature of the kingdom of Hawaii|Kingdom of Hawaii banned curing through "superstitious methods" in 1886, massage was not subject to legislation until 1945. In 1947, the Board of Massage was established to regulate lomilomi and massage. The law required practitioners to pass a written test on anatomy, physiology and massage theory. Many renowned native healers were unable or unwilling to pass the test, and thus lomilomi as restorative massage was forced underground. In 2001, the Legislature passed Act 304, amending HRS section 453, allowing native practitioners to be certified by the Hawaiian medical board, Papa Ola Lokahi, or by the various community health centers. This law is controversial among some native practitioners, but those who are certified (but not licensed) can provide lomilomi without fear of prosecution under Hawaii state law.*

Traditional Lomilomi today

Lomilomi is now a common and popular massage modality throughout the world, especially in Hawaii, Japan and Europe.

Many traditionally taught lomilomi practitioners find it virtually impossible to offer authentic lomilomi in a spa setting and are unwilling to work in most spas or massage offices. They prefer to treat selected clients quietly and privately, often in home settings. Lomilomi practitioners may also ask their clients to pray, meditate, change their diets, and engage in other self-help activities usually believed to lie outside the scope of massage in an effort to truly help the clients obtain optimal health.

Unlike traditional lomilomi kupuna (elder) recognized by the Hawaiian community who require students to study with them for years, some massage schools around the world purport to train therapists in lomilomi in a few hours. Some massage therapists may practice what they call lomilomi and incorporate techniques from other massage modalities during the session. While often pleasant, this style of massage is very different from authentic lomilomi.*

References and sources

  • Pukui & Elbert dictionary
  • R. Makana Risser Chai, Na Mo'olelo Lomilomi: The Traditions of Hawaiian Massage & Healing, Bishop Museum Press. *Makana Risser Chai, Hawaiian Massage Lomilomi: Sacred Touch of Aloha, Hawaiian Insights.*Kahalewai, Hawaiian Lomilomi - Big Island Massage, Island Massage Publishing.*Noah Calvert, The History of Massage, Healing Arts Press.*History of Lomilomi*, July 2000 issue of Massage Magazine.
  • Hawaiian Lomilomi Association *types}} {{Culture of Oceania}}

    Category:Hawaii culture Category:Massage therapy Category:Traditional medicine
  • Previous PREVIOUS  |  READ MORE Next   1 through 5 of 5

    * This article is updated daily from Wikipedia. It may contain minor formatting errors.
    For the original content and references, click here. Last update: 8/19/2013.

    Elizabeth Galles: The Yoga Studio
    Del Norte, CO , USA
    Click here to like Elizabeth Galles: The Yoga Studio(0)
    View Profile
    Jody Mountain: Ancient Hawaiian Bodywork
    Paia, HI , United States
    Click here to like Jody Mountain: Ancient Hawaiian Bodywork(?)
    Price Range: $75 and up
    Price Range:
    $75 and up
    View Profile
    Jim Fatz: Wishing Wellness
    Panama City Beach, FL , United States
    Click here to like Jim Fatz: Wishing Wellness(?)
    Price Range: $60 - $125
    Price Range:
    $60 - $125
    View Profile
    David Majzner: Integrated Total Wellness
    Apple Valley, MN , United States
    Click here to like David Majzner: Integrated Total Wellness(?)
    Price Range: $50 - $125
    Price Range:
    $50 - $125
    View Profile
    Mrs Lisette de Groot: Flamingoservicesbonaire.com
    Kralendijk, Bonaire , BCI
    Click here to like Mrs Lisette de Groot: Flamingoservicesbonaire.com(?)
    Price Range: $40 - $500
    Price Range:
    $40 - $500
    View Profile
    Ray Kadkhodaian, MA, CAc, CADC, LCPC: The Lighthouse Emotional Wellness Center
    Arlington Heights, IL , United States
    Click here to like Ray Kadkhodaian, MA, CAc, CADC, LCPC: The Lighthouse Emotional Wellness Center(?)
    View Profile
    Wellness Journal


    Link to Online Wellness Network!


    Photography by Jay Ligda: http://jay2.ligda.net/photos Photography by Jay Ligda: http://jay2.ligda.net/photos Photography by Jay Ligda: http://jay2.ligda.net/photos Photography by Jay Ligda: http://jay2.ligda.net/photos Photography by Jay Ligda: http://jay2.ligda.net/photos