Lomi Lomi is traditional Hawaiian massage technic.
The early Polynesian settlers brought their own form of massage and 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.
In the Hawaiian language, the word used traditionally, called lomi, means "to knead, to rub, or soothe. to work in and out, as the paws of a contented cat."
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.
Soldiers use to have Lomilomi oil treatment before going into battle to increase the flow in the body and to strengthen the spirit.
and after, to calm down and heal pain and muscles's tension.
Lomi Lomi massage treats the mind and body
Traditionally Lomi Lomi is a deep, therapeutic type of massage designed to release muscle tension and consequently physical stress. The ancient Hawaiian shaman believed in a strong mind-body connection and believed that muscle tension and mental stress were highly related. By using the techniques of the Lomi Lomi the shaman or kahuna would release tense muscles and provide an overall healing treatment to the recipient.
At the core of the Hawaiian Shamanic beliefs are seven sacred principles and those principles are at the core of Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage. Below are the seven principles and their meaning.
IKE : The world is what you think it is
KALA: There are no limits
MAKIA: Energy flows where attention goes
MANAWA: Now is the moment of power
ALOHA: To love is to be happy with
MANA: All power comes from within
PONO: Effectiveness is the measure of truth
As I'm practicing the Grinberg Method more than 10 years, I've found the similarity between these two therapies.
The combination I do between these two, enriches the experience and reduce the muscles's tension thoroughly.