Lomi Lomi

In the Hawaiian and Samoan language, the word used traditionally, called lomi, means “to knead, to rub, or soothe; to work in and out, as the paws of a contented cat. It may also mean “to take and turn, to shift” as in “the sacred shift within you that is inspired by the healing kahuna…” said twice “lomilomi” for emphasis.

Practitioners use the palms, forearms, fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees, feet, even sticks and stones.

It may be performed with or without emollient. Lomilomi practices vary by familyAhupuaʻa (traditional region) and island.

Throughout the Islands there is also a spiritual practice where spiritual healers, Kahuna and Shaman use traditional Lomi-Lomi

Traditionally in ancient Hawaii lomilomi was practiced in four contexts:

  • As a healing practice of native healers — kahunalāʻau lapaʻau (healers) and kahuna hāhā (diagnosticians)
  • As a luxury and an aid to digestion, especially by the ruling chiefs (aliʻi)
  • As restorative massage within the family
  • By ʻōlohe lua(masters of the Hawaiian martial arts)