Lomilomi(Hawaiian: masseur, masseuse) is the word used today to describe Hawaiian massage, traditionally called lomi (Hawaiian: To rub, press, squeeze, massage; to work in and out, as the claws of a contented cat).
Lomilomi practitioners use the palms, forearm, fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees, feet, even sticks and stones. Lomilomi practices varied by family, ahupua’a (region) and island.
Lomilomi is a holistic healing tradition beyond simple massage that is practiced in four contexts:
• As a healing practice of native healers — kahuna la’au lapa’au (healers) and kahuna haha (diagnosticians)
• As a luxury and an aid to digestion, especially by the ruling chiefs (ali’i)
• As restorative massage within the family
• By ’olohe lua (masters of the Hawaiian martial arts)
60 min / $60
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