If you have never experienced a Lomilomi massage, you should know that once you try it, you’ll understand why it is so popular everywhere massage therapy is practiced. I treat clients in the DFW area every day with Lomilomi massage techniques that are designed to relax them, increase circulation and release blocked energy. If you’ve never heard of Lomilomi massage – or you’ve heard of it but don’t know what it is – here are some things you should know before choosing Lomilomi massage:
Lomilomi Massage Is A Traditional Hawaiian Massage
Early Polynesian settlers arrived in Hawaii with their own form of healing massage. The techniques they used eventually evolved to become a uniquely Hawaiian therapy that was being practiced as part of traditional, native Hawaiian medicine until the arrival of Christian missionaries in the islands around 1820. The missionaries outlawed native healing practices, such as Lomilomi, as part of the islanders’ “heathen” worship. Lomilomi didn’t disappear, however, it just went underground and continued to be practiced not only by native Hawaiians but also by foreign residents and visitors to the islands. Receiving a Lomilomi massage was considered a great honor in Hawaii at that time, with the treatment often being used as a rite of passage or a renewing ritual. Today, Lomilomi is still widely used in the Hawaiian islands but practitioners must be certified in anatomy, physiology, and massage therapy in order to use Lomilomi techniques.
What To Expect From A Lomilomi Massage
Lomilomi is a type of full-body massage that is unlike any other massage you may have had. A Lomilomi massage is performed over your entire body at once and the massage therapist will use long, flowing strokes that go from head to toe in a continuous, rhythmic movement that massages both the top and the underside of your body. The massage can be performed with or without lotion or oil and you will be mostly unclothed, except for a small covering over the genitals, which are considered sacred in Hawaii. The minimal draping allows the massage therapist to slide his or her hands and arms under and around your body using massage techniques unique to Lomilomi massage.
The Benefits Of A Lomilomi Massage
Lomilomi massage is used to bring harmony and balance to the body and is believed to release physical tension and mental, spiritual and emotional blockages. Traditionally, Lomilomi is a deep, therapeutic type of massage designed to release muscle tension and, consequently, physical stress. Ancient Hawaiian shamans believed in a strong mind-body connection and they believed that muscle tension and mental stress were closely-related. Today’s practitioners use the free-flowing strokes of Lomilomi to give their clients the same types of benefits they might receive from a typical Swedish massage like improved circulation, increased flexibility, faster healing, slower heart rate and lower blood pressure.
A Lomilomi massage is like no other massage you’ve ever tried. If you live in the DFW area, call me, Donna Whitten-Estes, at (214) 457-8888 to experience Lomilomi massage. You can also visit me online at www.donnamassage.com to find out more about the many types of massage therapy I practice.
Donna Whitten-Estes | Lomilomi Massage DFW | (214) 457-8888
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