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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.
This is all about finding a good bodywork therapist and sticking with them. They will know your body best and how it responds to different modalities they may use. That therapist will take care of you better than someone who has no idea, and perhaps may not even care about you because they will never see you again. Maybe you like that, but I prefer relationships with those who I put my well-being into their hands and hearts.
I won't lie, this will cost you money. Bodywork Therapists work for a living, just like you do. Yes, we want to help people, but we also have mortgages and bills to pay. Many of us even have the same hours as you do, mainly during the day. You may think this is unfair, that we should be only available in the evening when you are off work, but we have families and obligations that require us to be present for our lives just as you do.
So, you will have to be patient, throw instant gratification out the window for this experience and try different therapists. When you find the one that vibes with you, personally, and you like their work, stick with them! You won't be disappointed.
Here are some things to remember on your search:
Try receiving a massage during the day.
Contrary to popular belief, this is a great way to keep you focused even if you go back to the office. A massage in the middle of the day breaks up the monotony and statistics show a rise in work improvement and focus. Interesting, huh? Plus, you just feel good afterwards. Period.
Throw convenience out the window if need be. It is highly overrated, especially when it comes to your well-being.
If you have tried people near you and they don''t jive with you, look a bit further out of your area. Maybe drive a bit, or take public transportation, but if you like them, why would you settle for something second best FOR YOU? This also gives you time to integrate the work in your body as well as your brain, keeping those stress levels down.
Keep an open mind. Different therapists provide different services. You may find 3 different therapists who provide three different services you love. One for Lomi Lomi, one for deep tissue, and an energy therapist. You don't need to book an appointment with all of them each month, but rotate them to experience the way different modalities make you feel. You may need one therapist for 3 months and another the next because sometimes your energy needs different things to keep it healthy.
If you are looking for a special type of bodywork, say Lomi Lomi or Craniosacral therapy, find someone who specializes in it.
Here's why. Anyone can take one class in a modality and say they do it. (even you) When someone specializes in it, not only have they committed to many hours of education, but they have also committed to embodying and receiving it regularly so that their knowledge and experience is deeper than someone who has taken a single class. It is what lights them up and makes their day. It's what they LOVE to do. So, when you receive a session from them, it shows.
Lastly, enjoy the experience!
Enjoy every moment of this search. Open yourself up to different types of massage, energy work and bodywork. There are interesting things that you may have never heard of before, that would be the perfect fit for you. For example: what is Jin Shin Do? Lomi Lomi? Watsu? Orthobionomy? So many interesting things out there, you never know unless you are open to trying something new. Enjoy them all.
Mahalo for reading through this. I enjoyed sharing my thoughts with you. Have fun on your search and landing that perfect bodywork therapist, or therapists, for you!
Thanks also for reading this even if it is a bit "off" with pics and text - a new blog site, still learning. Big Mahalo.