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Lomilomi Lapa'au:

Hawai'ian temple bodywork


Lay back, relax and take a deep breath...

Allow yourself to let go and be set adrift

on healing waves of ALOHA.



"Lomi Lomi is the hands-on manifestation of ALOHA. It is unconditional love skillfully delivered into the body"

--Nancy S. Kahalewai.

"Lomilomi means the loving touch, a connection between heart, hand and soul with the Source of all life. The purpose is to revive the body, to move blood and lymph, to open spasms and remove waste materials from muscles and connective tissue."

--Aunty Margaret Machado LMT

Lomilomi lapa'au is an ancient Hawai'ian tradition of healing bodywork. It goes beyond the physical--shifting mana (energy) through giver and receiver effecting body, mind and spirit.  This nurturing, healing practice is carried out with breathwork, pule (prayer), oli (chant) and intuitive, flowing massage to help clear emotional blocks that may be stored in the tissues.

 You can choose to play in the surf

or dive into the depths....

I am here to hold space for you

Benefits of Lomilomi are much the same as Swedish massage and include:

- increase in activity of the lymphatic, immune, respiratory, circulatory, muscular and digestive systems

-restoring homeostasis by shifting the body into parasympathetic mode.

-decrease in pain and increase in range of motion

-emotional and/or spiritual awakenings through raising your vibration

-experiencing ALOHA and having a safe space for processing emotional release.

Some differences between Lomilomi massage and Swedish massage:

Throughout the treatment, much attention is paid to the HA--the breath. Both giver and receiver (therapist and client) engage in deep, sometimes vocalized breath work. This enhances the movement of mana (energy) throughout the body and increases cellular respiration, therefore facilitating relaxation and healing of the tissues. It also holds both parties in the Pa'a, the NOW, which is when healing occurs. Minimal draping is used, typically just a sarong. The purpose being to allow for the long, flowing passes and underbody work.

Please go the the Video tab to see an example of the draping and some of the massage techniques.

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