Have you heard of the wonderful “lomilomi massage”? To shed some light on this mystical tradition, let's look at the roots of the word. In the Hawaiian language, “lomi” means to rub, to knead, or to soothe. Imagine a fat, contented cat, purring and “making biscuits”, or kneading happily with their paws – that's what lomilomi looks like! Let's Learn About Lomilomi! Lomilomi is a healing massage that originates from Hawaii. When the early Polynesian settlers arrived in Hawaii, they brought their own massage practices, which then evolved through time and became the lomilomi that we know today. At present in Hawaii, lomilomi can be practiced by individuals who were certified by their community health centers, ensuring that this wonderful therapy is backed by both the modernity of science and the heart of tradition. Lomilomi is also called the “Loving Hands” massage, because its philosophy is that love heals, and if a lomilomi practitioner allows the love to flow from their heart to their hands, it will reach the soul of the patient and, in turn, nurture the body. It sounds beautiful, doesn't it? The Lomilomi Therapy What should you expect if you go and have a traditional and authentic lomilomi massage? For one, lomilomi is practiced with not just the hands; experts can use even their forearms, elbows, feet, and also sticks and stones. The rubbing and kneading that the name entails is also a part of it – people have compared the motions of lomilomi to the waves crashing upon the shore. How relaxing! Another amazing thing about lomilomi is that you can expect that your therapy will be different each time. Each session is personalized! Lomilomi practitioners will not only ask you what your goals are but also use their keen instincts to deduce what you need. That means that your massage can be relaxing and slow if you need to let go of stress and negativity, or vigorous and lively if you need more energy and enthusiasm to face your day. The Lomilomi Lowdown Nowadays, you can find offers of lomilomi massages in various spas. However, many of those may not be traditional lomilomi massages and may include modalities from other types of massage. Traditional lomilomi is passed down from generation to generation by practitioners, who study and master the art for years. That means that if you want to get the real deal, it's best to go directly to a practitioner, which is usually the norm in Hawaii. If you're considering an adjunct therapy or simply a little treat, perhaps give lomilomi a try – after all, it's a good way to love one's self!