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Escape to Hawaii at the Wimberley Day Spa at Blair House Inn

March 17th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney


What’s Lomi Lomi?

Lomilomi is the Hawaiian word meaning “masseur, masseuse”, and 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.

Lomi Lomi can be massage therapy or a vehicle for the release of emotions, traumas, tension, stress and blocked energy. It is used to revive the body, to move blood and lymph, release muscle spasms, and facilitate waste product removal from muscle and connective tissue. The concepts of unconditional love, grace, beauty and spirituality are inherent in Lomi Lomi.

In order to better appreciate Lomi Lomi, you must understand the Hawaiian philosophy of Huna. A fundamental assumption of Huna is that everything seeks harmony and everything seeks love. So how does this relate to massage? Perhaps this can best be understood by one of the alternate names for Lomi Lomi, and that is “Loving Hands” massage. The reason for this is that it works gently yet deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, totally 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.

The Hawaiians look at things in terms of energy flow, following the idea that an idea or belief can block energy flow as much as muscle tension can. Lomi Lomi helps release the blockages, whilst at the same time giving the energy new direction. Thus Lomi Lomi is not just a physical experience; it also facilitates healing on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels as well. The Hawaiians view all aspects of the body as one and believe that the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual are all part of the “whole” self – when healing is effected on one level, all levels are affected.

Get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday and escape to Hawaii at the Wimberley Day Spa. Book your Lomi Lomi massage today; the placid sounds of the palm trees swaying in the wind and rocking waves are awaiting you.