Lomi Lomi in Hawaiian means to knead, massage, rub, squeeze, and chafe the limbs of someone in pain or weary; to act upon, as the spirit of God acts upon the heart. In early times Lomi Lomi was performed on individuals undergoing major life transitions. This massage was a means for the person to transcend the old and move into the new.
Long fluid strokes over and under the body create a feeling of being embraced by ocean waves. The use of forearms enables the practitioner to move deeply into muscle tissue. Joint mobilizations and stretching further release stored tension.
This Lomi dance is a nurturing heart-felt full body experience.
~ Single Temple Lomi Lomi. A loving and deeply satisfying massage journey imbued with ancient Hawaiian wisdom.
~ Double Temple Lomi Lomi. One massage client plus two Lomi artists equals four hands moving over and under your body creating an other worldly deeply relaxing experience.
~ Pua Aloha Lomi Lomi. Two people. Two Lomi Massage Therapists. A sacred journey woven with ritual and intention to support and nurture any relationship. Read description below.
“My pain turned to liquid in this luxurious, luscious, languid lullaby”
Wendy, Melbourne, Australia
Ayurveda, ‘the science of life’ is the oldest recorded and most comprehensive healing system on the planet. It is the mother of all healing traditions.
The philosophy of Ayurveda is comprehensive in nature. It considers body, mind and soul in understanding and maintaining the body’s relationship to wellness and disease. Individually specific diet, herbs, yoga, meditation lifestyle recommendations and detoxification are all incorporated in this vast and wise science. Ayurveda enlivens the inner intelligence of the “whole person” and strengthens its natural healing ability. As the human being experiences the stress of modern day life, this ancient practice of Holistic Medicine continues to stand the test of time. Its approach to health includes listening to and addressing the unique needs of the individual and deepening ones connection to their spiritual life, physical body and mental and emotional states.
Health is a choice. Ayurvedic Medicine offers professional and sensitive guidance to making choices for your unique body, mind and soul.
One of the most unique aspects of Ayurveda is its cleansing and rejuvenation program known as Pancha Karma (PK). The goal of Pancha Karma is to remove toxic build up from the body that enables it to use energy efficiently. This process creates ease and harmony within. Things such as stress, environmental pollutants and poor lifestyle choices create a noxious load on the body that, if left in the tissues and bloodstream result in poor health. By reversing the degenerative process, Pancha Karma effects overall wellness and aids in the prevention of disease. The treatments enliven the digestive fires and loosen impurities within the body; this makes it possible to cleanse the tissue layers and release deeply held emotional tensions.
Like all medical procedures, Pancha Karma begins with an initial consultation by an (Ayurvedic) doctor who determines the individuals (Prakriti) constitutional type, the nature of the health problem (if any) and the appropriate length and intensity of the prescribed therapies. You will be able to see the Physician frequently during the course of the PK treatments. The doctor and the technicians administering the therapies will gently guide you thru this profound movement into health.
Abhyanga: A warm herbal –oil massage designed to deeply penetrate the skin, relax the mind-body, break up impurities and stimulate circulation.
Shirodhara: Warm oil gently poured over the forehead calming the nervous system and profoundly harmonizing the mind, body and spirit.
Nasya: Nasal administration of medicated oils or herbal preparations which clears the sinuses of excess mucus and treats deep dryness that exists at the root of many respiratory and allergic conditions.
Basti: An oil or water based enema specially prepared that pulls toxins from the colon and transports herbs to the blood and tissues. This is considered one of the most powerful aspects of the Pancha Karma program.
Swedana: A therapeutic steam over the entire body in which mental, emotional and physical toxins are removed form the tissues.
Udvartana: A deeply penetrating herbal paste massage. This powerful exfoliating treatment conditions the skin while moving toxins out of the body. This treatment is commonly used to deal with excess cellulite.
Pinda Swedana: Rice and herb boluses cooked in milk are massaged deeply over the tissues and joints. This exotic treatment reduces pain and lubricates the joint capsules.
Ksheeradara/Takradara: Milk or buttermilk combined with specific herbs poured gently over the forehead. These cooling treatments help to relieve excess heat within the body.
Padahara-Shirodhara: The feet and forehead, which are the centers of consciousness, are simultaneously treated with warm oil.
Pizichili: A luxurious treatment with a constant flow of warm herbalized oil massaged over the entire body. It is the royal treatment of pancha karma. The oil penetrates deeply into the bodily tissues softening and mobilizing impurities.
Netra Basti: Rejuvenation for the eyes. This treatment nourishes the eyes reduces strain and improves vision.
Ayurvedic Beauty Treatments: A pampering experience. Specially designed oils, scrubs and herbal pastes are prepared for your individual constitution. This sequence may include aroma inhalation, skin polishing, exfoliation, marma massage and fresh fruit and vegetable facials.
Massage therapy is the systematized manipulation of soft tissues for the purpose of normalizing them. Practitioners use a variety of physical methods including applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, or causing movement to the body. Therapists primarily use their hands, but may also use their forearms, elbows, or feet.
The basic goal of massage therapy is to help the body heal itself and to increase health and well-being.
Touch is the core ingredient of massage therapy and also combines science and art. Practitioners learn specific techniques for massage and use their sense of touch to determine the right amount of pressure to apply to each person and locate areas of tension and other soft-tissue problems. Touch also conveys a sense of caring, an important component in the healing relationship.
When muscles are overworked, waste products such as lactic acid can accumulate in the muscle, causing soreness, stiffness, and even muscle spasm. Massage improves circulation, which increases blood flow, bringing fresh oxygen to body tissues. This can assist the elimination of waste products, speed healing after injury, and enhance recovery from disease.
Therapeutic massage can be used to promote general well-being and enhance self-esteem, while boosting the circulatory and immune systems to benefit blood pressure, circulation, muscle tone, digestion, and skin tone. It has been incorporated into many health systems, and different massage techniques have been developed and integrated into various complementary therapies.
The Benefits Of Massage
What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments? Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:
* Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
* Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
* Ease medication dependence.
* Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
* Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
* Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
* Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
* Increase joint flexibility.
* Lessen depression and anxiety.
* Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
* Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
* Reduce post surgery adhesions and swelling.
* Reduce spasms and cramping.
* Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
* Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
* Relieve migraine pain.
A Powerful Ally
There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:
* Decreased anxiety.
* Enhanced sleep quality.
* Greater energy.
* Improved concentration.
* Increased circulation.
* Reduced fatigue.
Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.
In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:
* Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
* Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
* Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
* High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
* Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
* Preterm infants have improved weight gain.
Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat postsurgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.
Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits
Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.
Review the clinical research studies examining the benefits of massage.
Review massage information from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health.