Sacred Hawaiian Body Work

~LOMI LOMI~

SACRED HAWAIIAN BODYWORK & SUPPORTIVE PRACTICES

 

The master healers of old Hawaii knew that there were special ways to release the powers of the body so that physical, emotional and mental healing would take place more quickly and completely. In ancient times in Hawaii, Lomi was performed by Kahuna Lapa’au (master lomi practitioners) in the Heiau (temples) for deep physical and spiritual healing. The Hawaiian Bodywork Training, Lomi Lomi Pu’uwai, comes from the tradition known as the “temple-style” Lomi. Eana received the lineage from Susan Pa’iniu Floyd. Susan is a Kumu Hula and Master of Temple Lomi. She received the teachings and lineage directly from the “Father” of the Temple Lomi tradition, Abraham Kawai. Eana chose to all her lomi workshops Pu’uwai as it is the Love and compassion that truly support the healing and transformation. The word Pu’uwai in Hawaiian language invokes the energy of the heart. It is the wellspring of sweet water that nourishes and supports what is most essential.

 

Health (ola) exists when the body’s cells vibrate at a fast pace or in other words, the body’s energy is free flowing. Illness, (ma’i), occurs when that flow was blocked or restricted for an extended period. Lomi serves to encourage the flow of energy in the body and the mind. Its intent from ancient times was to assist in times of transition, to unblock or disorganize current patterns thus allowing a new pattern to emerge to support the process of transition or transformation. One might imagine lomi being performed to assist the birth process, at puberty or marriage and at the time of death, or transition into “living in a different direction”.

 

The foundation strokes are taught as a framework while the principles of attentiveness, love and respect are emphasized, so that the practitioner develops the confidence to trust information coming from the recipient. The long deep rhythmic strokes that characterize lomi lomi are relaxing and warming, opening and readying the body for specific work according to the needs of the recipient. Circulation is enhanced, deep tissue massage may be incorporated as well as profound unique care of the joints. The experience of Lomi integrates the body, mind and spirit. The lomi practitioner and the guest recipient emerge deeply relaxed and nurtured towards their soul purpose.

 

Also emphasized are listening to one’s own body as a map for understanding how bodies release blocks. Woven into the training are exercises that encourage our own body’s energy to flow freely. This graceful, in-depth bodywork incorporates hula movements to produce a profound healing effect for the recipient, while energizing the practitioner. During a lomi session the practitioner is the dancer and the recipient is the choreographer, thus each session is unique. Hula, or Hawaiian dance, is also a powerful way of tapping into spiritual healing energy, and thus is an integral part of certain types of Hawaiian massage. As Hula is learned and practiced, it is accomplishing the strengthening of valuable skills such as focus, relaxation, deep breathing, presence, non-judgment and flexibility, and all the while we have fun! Through the Hula we are also learning some history, culture, and values of the Hawaiian people. Chant is used to focus, establish intention and open the heart through the breath and powerful words. Through chant we reference our resources; teachers, culture and spiritual principals for guidance and inspiration.

 

We will explore through chant the inner meaning of Aloha: “O Ke Aloha Ka Mea I Ho’ola Ai”, Compassion is the Healer, Love the Giver of Life. Lomi Lomi Pu’uwai is an invitation to massage practitioners who want to enrich their life and practice. The retreat format becomes a safe place to explore the beauty and effectiveness of dissolving our concepts of separateness, moving beyond the self and other relationship while upholding professional intention and integrity.

 

Eana has been involved in the healing arts for over 30 years. She has been licensed in Hawaii for 21 years during which time she has worked in clinics, spas and has a fulfilling private practice. She has trained in Ayurveda therapies of which she has a great appreciation and enjoys practicing. Eana and is co-founder on Kauai of ‘Lomi Lomi Lokahi’, a practice of Sacred Hawaiian Massage and ‘Lomi Lomi Pu’uwai’ trainings. Woven in to her Lomi sessions and the trainings is her deep appreciation and experience of the wisdom and compassion practices of the Hawaiian culture, Buddhism & her many teachers. ‘I am honored to share with you what is most precious to me’ Aloha, Eana

The master healers of old Hawaii knew that there were special ways to release the powers of the body so that physical, emotional and mental healing would take place more quickly and completely. In ancient times in Hawaii, it was performed by Kahuna Lapa’au (master lomi practitioners) in the Heiau (temples) for deep physical and spiritual healing.

Health (ola) exists when the body’s cells vibrate at a fast pace or in other words, the body’s energy is free flowing. Illness, (ma’i), occurs when that flow was blocked or restricted for an extended period. Lomi serves to encourage the flow of energy in the body and the mind. Its intent from ancient times was to assist in times of transition, to unblock or disorganize current patterns thus allowing a new pattern to emerge to support the process of transition or transformation. One might imagine lomi being performed to assist the birth process, at puberty or marriage and at the time of death, or transition into “living in a different direction”. The foundation strokes are taught as a framework while the principles of attentiveness, love and respect are emphasized, so that the practitioner develops the confidence to trust information coming from the recipient. The long deep rhythmic strokes that characterize lomi lomi are relaxing and warming, opening and readying the body for specific work according to the needs of the recipient. Circulation is enhanced, deep tissue massage may be incorporated as well as profound unique care of the joints. The experience of Lomi integrates the body, mind and spirit. The lomi practitioner and the guest recipient emerge deeply relaxed and nurtured towards their soul purpose.

Also emphasized are listening to one’s own body as a map for understanding how bodies release blocks. Woven into the training are exercises that encourage our own body’s energy to flow freely. This graceful, in-depth bodywork incorporates hula movements to produce a profound healing effect for the recipient, while energizing the practitioner. During a lomi session the practitioner is the dancer and the recipient is the choreographer, thus each session is unique. Hula, or Hawaiian dance, is also a powerful way of tapping into spiritual healing energy, and thus is an integral part of certain types of Hawaiian massage. As Hula is learned and practiced, it is accomplishing the strengthening of valuable skills such as focus, relaxation, deep breathing, presence, non-judgment and flexibility, and all the while we have fun! Through the Hula we are also learning some history, culture, and values of the Hawaiian people. Chant is used to focus, establish intention and open the heart through the breath and powerful words. Through chant we reference our resources; teachers, culture and spiritual principals for guidance and inspiration. We will explore through chant the inner meaning of Aloha: “O Ke Aloha Ka Mea I Ho’ola Ai”, Compassion is the Healer, Love the Giver of Life. Lomi Lomi Pu’uwai is an invitation to massage practitioners who want to enrich their life and practice. The retreat format becomes a safe place to explore the beauty and effectiveness of dissolving our concepts of separateness, moving beyond the self and other relationship while upholding professional intention and integrity.