People often ask "What is Lomi Lomi?" So I tell them, it's a Shamanic form of ancient Hawai'ian Bodywork based in spiritual traditions of Hawai'i.
Often this is met with a blank stare. Then, if it gets past that, "How does this differ from your regular Synergy massage?" An excellent question! So I respond,
" When I am doing a Lomi Lomi I am not thinking, Hmm... What is going on here? What can I do to work this out? Is this unusual for this person? What tools can I pull out of my bag that would work for their energy and body? I am not thinking any of that. I am not "thinking" at all, I am just listening, being present with the body and it's energy and following that flow."
In these times, people have a hard time wrapping their heads around the fact that I am not here to fix them, or more precisely, fix what ails them.
"Lomi Lomi is not about thinking, it is about being. About being present to your entire being, bringing you back to a state of balance, feeling more complete and in tune with your wholeness. It's about embodying a state of being more in touch with the inner wanderings of your mind and how that affects what is holding in your body on all levels."
Here, I often say what a client from many years back said after a few Lomi's in a row,
"You could put a therapist (meaning psychiatrist) out of business with this. Have fun and good luck with it." This person really GOT IT! So cool, that's it! They hit the nail on the head with that. Mahalo.
Lisa Kai is a bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in Lomi Lomi and Craniosacral. This blog includes her insights and everyday inspiration for wellness. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a tiki freak, loves nature and double dipping her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.