Lomi Lomi

Lomi Lomi

Soothing holistic massage hailing from Hawaii

How can Lomi Lomi nourish you?

This South Pacific massage is offered with the spirit of Aloha[1], or love, peace and respect. Lomi[2] means masseur and also "to rub, press, squeeze or massage”. 

Also known as Kahuna bodywork[3] or loving hands massage, this full-body flowing massage employs long, deep, rhythmic touch in rhythm with respiration. Lomi Lomi is similar to Swedish massage with an added meditative element. The Lomi Lomi therapist integrates the client with music, centering breath and sweeping strokes. Lomi Lomi can relax the receiver into a deep delta brain-wave state for mental, physical and spiritual healing.

Lomi Lomi is an indigenous Polynesian practice that spread to Hawaii with the early settlers, and Auntie Margaret Machado[4] is believed to be the first Hawaiian to teach Lomi Lomi to non-Islanders. It encompasses many styles and schools, and differs according to the teacher and location. Other Lomi Lomi variations include those taught by Abraham Kawai’i[5], Mana Lomi®,[6] and Sacred Lomi Hawaiian Temple Bodywork.[7]

In Australia, to ensure the highest standard of treatment select a Lomi Lomi practitioner who is accredited in a bodywork modality with associations such as IICT[8], ATMS[9], MAA[10] or The Kahuna Training Guild of Australia[11]. These national organisations are committed to upholding excellence in practice, and require its members to undertake continuing professional development. 

Benefits of Lomi Lomi

Lomi Lomi provides the physical benefits of massage with additional mental and spiritual effects[12]. According to the Acupuncture Massage College[13], Lomi Lomi is reported to increase range of motion and flexibility, lower blood pressure, slow heart rate, improve posture and accelerate healing[14]

Lomi Lomi is also believed to activate ‘Mana’, or life-force energy and clear negative emotions. The long strokes used in Lomi Lomi make it particularly beneficial for supporting the immune response and promoting blood flow[15], which may aid in the detoxification and stimulation of the lymphatic system. 

According to the American Massage Therapy Association, these flowing strokes are suited to supporting women during pregnancy and labour.[16] Lomi Lomi can also encourage relaxation, as the stretching produces a gentle myofascial release.

Lomi Lomi may assist in relieving symptoms related to:

Anxiety Back pain Circulation and cardiovascular conditions Detoxing and cleansing Energy and vitality Headaches and migraines Immunity issues Insomnia and sleep disorders Mobility and movement Neck pain Pain relief Posture and spine issues Pregnancy, birth and antenatal support Stress and tension Show all

What to expect from a Lomi Lomi session

A Lomi Lomi session can take one to three hours. Before a session starts, a qualified therapist should ask you questions about your health history and obtain your informed consent[17]. You should also advise your therapist of any injuries or areas that cause you concern. 

It’s a good idea to have a little water and use the bathroom before a session. To prepare for the treatment, the therapist will give you privacy to remove clothing if pertinent, but do let them know if you’re uncomfortable with certain areas being uncovered or touched.

Lomi Lomi considers the client to be vulnerable during a massage, and an initial prayer is often chanted to create a caring connection and a sacred space at the commencement and close of the session. The therapist typically then places their hands on you for a few moments to calm and centre. You may be asked to breathe deeply and relax. 

The therapist provides draping[18] with a sarong, sheet or towels, or may offer sessions where you are fully clothed. In a dynamic, rhythmic dance, oil is generally applied with long, integrating strokes to the whole body. They may also use gentle stretches, joint rotations and focussed pressure. Lomi Lomi practitioners may use various parts of the arms and legs for massage, as well as sticks and stones. 

Traditional Lomi Lomi always includes abdominal massage because Hawaiian tradition considers the colon to be very important. Occasionally, the therapist may hum or sing[19] to amplify energy and promote the release of blockages in the body. Lomi Lomi practitioners may also ask their clients to alter their diets and engage in other self-help activities.

As with any exercise or wellness program, please consult your medical professional before commencing Lomi Lomi. If you have any concerns at all, also speak to your Lomi Lomi therapist, who will be happy to address these and evaluate whether Lomi Lomi is a suitable treatment for you.


  1. The meaning of Aloha | to-hawaii.com
  2. Lomilomi massage | Massage Association of Australia
  3. Kahuna Bodywork Training | kahunasource.com
  4. Lomilomi Massage Educator Aunty Margaret Machado: 1916-2009 | massagemag.com
  5. About Abraham Kawai’I | kahunasciences.edu.au
  6. Mana Lomi® Defined | manalomi.com
  7. Sacred Lomi | sacredlomi.com
  8. International Institute for Complementary Therapies | myiict.com
  9. Australian Traditional Medicine Society | atms.com.au
  10. Home | MAA
  11. Kahuna Training Guild Australia Inc. | Facebook
  12. Kahuna Bodywork | kahunasource.com
  13. Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage | amcollege.edu
  14. Benefits Of LomiLomi Massage | Acupuncture Massage College
  15. How is Lomi lomi helpful? | World Association for Complementary Practitioners
  16. Hawaiian Style Massage | American Massage Therapy Association
  17. Home | massagemyotherapy.com.au
  18. Home | massagemyotherapy.com.au
  19. What is Lomi lomi massage? | goodspaguide.co.uk

Frequently asked questions

Lomi Lomi is a South Pacific massage practice rooted in Hawaiian traditions. The term "Lomi" translates to "massage" or "to rub, press, squeeze," and the massage is performed with the spirit of Aloha, embodying love, peace, and respect.

Lomi Lomi stands out with its rhythmic, flowing, and full-body massage techniques. It integrates deep, sweeping strokes with the client's breathing, creating a meditative experience. The massage aims to relax the recipient mentally, physically, and spiritually, inducing a deep delta brain-wave state.

The Aloha spirit is a fundamental aspect of Lomi Lomi, reflecting love, compassion, and harmony. Practitioners infuse this spirit into the massage, creating an atmosphere of warmth, connection, and respect.

Lomi Lomi is an indigenous Polynesian practice that migrated to Hawaii. Auntie Margaret Machado is believed to be the first Hawaiian to teach Lomi Lomi to non-Islanders. Over time, various styles and schools of Lomi Lomi have emerged, each with unique approaches influenced by different teachers and locations.

Yes, there are variations such as those taught by Abraham Kawai’i, Mana Lomi®, and Sacred Lomi Hawaiian Temple Bodywork. When selecting a Lomi Lomi practitioner, it's advisable to choose someone accredited with reputable bodies like IICT, ATMS, MAA, or The Kahuna Training Guild of Australia for high standards and ongoing professional development.

Lomi Lomi aims to provide mental, physical, and spiritual healing. Benefits may include deep relaxation, improved circulation, increased flexibility, and a sense of overall well-being. The meditative elements of the massage contribute to a unique and rejuvenating experience.
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