Fact: Hawaiian Massage arose in a time when life was abundant with the spirit and grace of ‘Aloha’ – the Hawaiian meaning for love.
Therapy Type: Bodywork
WHAT EXACTLY IS HAWAIIAN MASSAGE?
Massage therapy relieves pain from injuries, stress and muscular tension through the manipulation of soft tissues of the body. Massage treatment enables the body’s recovery and healing process from some acute and chronic conditions. Additionally it enhances lymph and blood circulation, supplying fresh oxygen and nutrients to the recovering tissues as well as flushing out the body’s toxins.
Hawaiian Massage, commonly known as ‘Lomi Lomi’, ‘Ka Huna’ or ‘Temple Style’, is an applied sequence of sacred ceremonies designed to bring to life the Huna Wisdom of Hawaii. In this way, Hawaiian Massage therapy goes beyond the stresses and strains of modern living by creating states of inner peace, balance and wholeness. Lomi Lomi means ‘loving hands’ and is a unique, graceful, energetic but deeply relaxing total body massage whereby the therapist employs lengthy fluid strokes of varying rhythm and intensity. Different techniques are applied up, down and all over the body using the hands, forearms and elbows.
Lomi Lomi has the capacity to reach the essence of one’s being, bringing together the mind, body and spirit. The energizing motions on the body, combined with the clear healing intent can summon positive change on many levels.
The healing power of Aloha works to synchronize and connect the body’s mind, heart and soul. This therapy aims to act at our foundation to calm and inspire us into creating the life we truly desire.
Hawaiian Massage may benefit the following physical and mental conditions:
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM HAWAIIAN MASSAGE SESSIONS
Sessions typically last between 90 minutes and 2-3 hours. During the initial session, your therapist will ask you about your medical history along with other relevant health and lifestyle details. They will also discuss how they believe Hawaiian Massage will benefit you.
The setting for receiving Hawaiian Massage is very important and you can expect a warm, cleansed and energized healing environment. As this is an all-body oil massage, you will be invited to remove your clothing and cover yourself with a sarong before lying face down on the table.
The therapist will generally start on the back of your body making long fluid type strokes of varying rhythm and intensity. Using applied pressure from their fingers, palms, forearms or bodyweight, the practitioner works up and down the lengths of both sides of the body moving from side to side. Humming is also sometimes performed to create amplified and vibrating energy, promoting the release of blockages within the body. During the session, the therapist creates a link that enables the client to go from their current situation to where they want their future to be.
After the session, most people feel deeply relaxed and nurtured. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. Also, try to avoid eating heavy meals or drinking alcohol in the hours leading up to your massage.
FINDING A QUALIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST
Most people find Hawaiian Massage Therapy deeply relaxing and enjoy the tension it releases throughout the body. It is also extremely safe when carried out by a qualified therapist. It is wise to carry out some research and select a therapist who is either a member of, or accredited by, an association or professional body such as the Massage Association of New Zealand (MNZ). Hawaiian Massage Therapists are obligated to a code of ethics and procedure that determines the therapy is carried out in a suitable and safe environment. These regulations also guarantee a specialist who has undergone certifiable training and receives professional upskilling.
The Wellness Directory provides a ready-made referral list of certified Practitioners within your region. We fully encourage you to do some independent research by checking out individual credentials, i.e. experience, training, qualifications, relevant client feedback and so forth.
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