When we ask for a massage we often are faced with a choice: would we prefer a relaxing massage or a deep tissue/sports massage. Sometimes you actually want both: relaxation and a reduction of knots.
Well, this is possible with a Hawaiian massage technique called Lomi Lomi, which we have recently added to our range of treatments at The Camomile Rooms.
What is Lomi Lomi?
Lomi Lomi is a perfect mixture between deep massage and relaxing therapy. It involves the movements of Swedish massage and deep tissue massage but also includes amazing heat generating strokes. These movements are designed to make you relaxed and your muscles ready to receive some deeper (knots busting) strokes.
When your muscles are relaxed and warmed, the therapist will then use their elbow to get access to deeper layers of the muscles – don’t panic, this is done slowly and with care. During the treatment the therapist will not only massage you but she will also perform some simple stretches.
Where did it all start?
The word Lomi Lomi simply means “massage”, but Lomi Lomi also could be translated as “loving hands”. This treatment originates from the ancient Polynesians (more specifically the master healers of Hawaii) who used the massage as a form of a healing ritual. Healers would massage the specific part of the body which was in pain, ie a leg or an arm, to create a healing, reduction of pain and release from tension. The Lomi Lomi massage as we know it today is slightly different as it incorporates a full body routine rather than just focusing on separate parts of the body.
The assumption behind the healing power of this treatment was that everything in this world seeks harmony and our bodies are no different. During the treatment the therapist works gently yet deeply. Strokes are flowy and nurturing, designed to allow you to relax and be in the moment (be mindful). The way the treatment is performed is meant to relax the entire being (mind, body, spirit) and support you in letting go of old beliefs, patterns and behaviours that cause limitations and which, according to the old Hawaiian beliefs, are stored in the cells of our body.
The Hawaiians look at things in terms of energy flow thus the wrong idea and therefore, something as simple as a sad thought can block the natural flow of energy as much as muscle can suffer with tension. Lomi Lomi aims to release the blockages both in the body and in the mind by giving the bodily energy new direction. This is why Lomi Lomi is seen not only as a physical experience but also a tool which facilitates healing on mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
The Hawaiians view all aspects of the body as one interconnected whole self, thus when healing is effected on one of these levels the whole being can reap the benefits. At the same time when harmony is lacking the effect can be observed in symptoms like pain, emotional or physical.
According to these old beliefs illness is a state of tension, which leads to resistance which in turn blocks energy movement. Lomi Lomi was designed to release these blockages and support healing. On a physical level, through Lomi Lomi stress and tension are relieved, blood and lymph flow assisted and the elimination of wastes and toxins stimulated.
The benefits of Lomi Lomi
Lomi Lomi Massage is particularly recommended if you have:
• restricted movement (e.g. post operation)
• aches and pains
• sports injuries
• work-related tension
• stress, depression or insomnia.
It can also help to:
• support your blood and lymphatic circulation
• increase your range of movement and flexibility, therefore improving your posture
• slow your heart-rate and lowers blood pressure
• release tension on a physical, emotional and mental level
• support you if you suffer with insomnia and stress-related issues.
• Create a sense of peace, harmony and general wellbeing.
What to expect during a treatment
At The Camomile Rooms we offer 60 or 90 minute treatments. There is no ‘set routine’ with a Lomi Lomi treatment and as such, it is a very instinctive, intuitive and free-flowing massage with a combination of techniques suited specifically for you. The therapist works intuitively therefore the treatment can be slow and relaxing or at times it can be a little faster and therefore more invigorating and enlivening to the body. Every treatment is bespoke and created with you in mind.
Find out more
Lomi Lomi is a wonderful treatment which will help you to feel relaxed and energised at the same time. If you have never tried this massage and you would like to find out more, we will be happy to have an informal telephone conversation to chat through any initial questions you may have so just give us a call on 01242 227752.