Lomi Lomi has a long tradition passed down through generations by the original inhabitants of pre-Polynesian Hawai’i. Healing arts and other crafts were deeply integrated into the day-to-day life of communities. Those with an expertise in specific area of any trade were called kahunas.
Lomi Lomi means to massage, knead, press, rub and there is a variety of styles that spread around the Western World and are being taught over time. The work I offer (Kahuna Bodywork or Romi Kaparere) comes from the teachings of Abraham Kawai’i and Nā Pua ‘Olohe. The man and kahuna, who introduced the style based on lomi commonly practiced in his family and his own experience with breath, movement, focus and energy (1).
It is legitimate to say, that Hawaiian bodywork transcends massage as it addresses the complexity of human being with all his physical and psychological aspects as well as spiritual nature. Lomi Lomi aims to achieve physical and mental balance by dealing with what is now. While there is massage given on the body, it is the consciousness and focus both of giver and receiver that plays the crucial role in the process of release.
Illness is a distortion of energy movement. Lomi Lomi facilitates restoration of that flow on physical plane through the deep, soothing, embracing strokes and touch. It literally goes to the bones where the emotion causing “problem” is being embedded. Hawaiian bodywork therefore, gently communicates with the body and puts a person in touch with himself – his physicality, his emotions, thoughts, his fears and feelings. Because the principle of Lomi Lomi is compassion, compassion for everything in existence.
Lomi Lomi is an invitation to look inside in search for happiness as well as taking full responsibility of life. And here Abraham Kawai’i’s words come in handy: “Life is beautifully horrible and horribly beautiful. But there are a million beautiful moments in each day that keep it from being a waste”.
(1) Recommended reading: “Abraham Kawai’i. A brief story of the man, the kahuna and kahuna bodywork”. Tamara Hrehorczak-Stephens