has been with the Hawaiian people from the start
of their oral history. It is a healing tradition
that uses many techniques, including massage,
heat, diet, cleansing, topical herbal therapy,
exercise, health education and counseling, or
hooponopono. Ancient practitioners often
received their knowledge from the aumakua, ancestral
gods, in dreams; these visions could be instantaneous,
transmitting a body of information to the practitioner
in a flash of light. Modern practitioners continue
the traditions of inspiration and extensive
practical training. The honorary title kahuna
of lomilomi is sometimes bestowed upon a worthy
practitioner by the native people.
The most popular form of body therapy in Hawaii
is massage. Lomi means to knead, or rub or soothe.
Lomilomi has a more intensive meaning. It is
a system of deep communication using biomechanical
and energetic waves to stimulate the cells to
heal and regenerate.
Pule, or prayer,
is performed at the beginning and end of a
session. 80% of healing
is performed to discover the seat or source
of the symptoms and disease (mai). Haha
means to feel for something.
are knowledgeable about the anatomy of the body
in order to recognize the organs, muscles, nerves,
bones, veins and lymphatic vessels. It is a
traditional method of palpation to detect inflammation,
misalignment or energetic dysfunction.
consists of both gentle and deep techniques,
such as rubbing and stroking, kneading, pounding,
pressing, shaking, vibrating, pulling, pinching,
rolling and deep pressure point-compressions.
Energetic techniques that coordinate breath
and spirit would normally be integrated into
the manual procedures. The lomiLomi recipient
may be instructed to use herbs externally as
well as internally. Each individual case would
determine the type of treatment. A treatment
plan may require a minimum of three sessions.
Prayer at the opening
and closing of each session sets the tone of
the session and generates trust and good feelings.
When a person has
done something that creates a loss of balance
in their relationship within themselves or with
significant others, a process of forgiveness
and reconciliation is necessary for optimal
Steam baths, sauna,
warm stones wrapped in herbs, cleansing herbs
and diet may be recommended to help the healing
Therapists at Harmony Healthcare...
Linda Atwell-Hahn RMT, MTI
certified in LomiLomi by Kathleen Noelani
Bennett on the island of Oahu. Noelani
Bennett studied under the renowned Lomilomi
Master, Margaret Machado.
She has been practicing Hawaiian Lomilomi
for 30 years and teaching for over a decade.
Noelani’s students gain not only
technical skills in Lomilomi; but also a deeper
understanding and reverence for Hawaiian art and
culture. Please visit Noe's website @ www.handstowardheaven.com.