What is Hawaiian Lomilomi? Although every teacher's style is different, all traditional
kumu (teachers) are humble, light-hearted, and believe in and practice certain things:
1. Pule & Oli (prayer and chants)
2. Loving Touch (unconditional love and aloha)
3. Ho'oponopono (forgiveness; alignment; correcting old beliefs)
4. La'au Lapa'au (medicinal plants for cleansing & rejuvenation)
5. Taking full responsibility for one's own actions and choices
6. Internal cleansing (of bloodstream and colon, as well as beliefs).
In addition, some may use lomi sticks, lava stones, salt water,
special foods, and other tools in the lomi treatment. Other forms of Hawaiian bodywork found today include the sensual "temple" body-
work and rituals from Kauai, 'Kahuna massage' common in Australia,
and the Huna teachings, a system of self-empowerment based on
ancient universal laws popularized by Max Freedom Long and Aloha International. In Australia and Germany, these are called by many
names. But the elders tell us that the belief that lomi was part of an ancient sexual
initiation or puberty rite is not acurate. Lomi traditionally was done with pure Aloha and
on a donation basis to help a client's health or healing process. As is true throughout
Polynesia, it was usually done on the floor, with the hands or feet. Today we have the
luxury of padded tables and sheets for draping.
Nancy's inspiration came from the Hawaiian Islands and the elders she spent time with from 1983 to approx 2006.
During that time, she archived hundreds of hours of video footage on healing, Hawaiian lomilomi, sovereignty, herbs and hydrotherapy, massage with salt water and small hot stones, ho'oponopono, Hawaiian spirituality and music, and sacred places. She is now writing a book on her sacred teachings, due out in late 2014.
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In 2012 Nancy released a DVD set with step-by-step instructions for a full lomilomi routine and many interviews with her Hawaiian teachers and friends. They also include interviews and insights as to what makes lomi lomi so unique and effective ... Things like the HA Breath of Life, the use of hot stonesand pule, the mana and intentions behind the work, and Hawaiian cultural gems from the many elders I've worked along side of for over 14 years.
Nancy's teachers and friends ...
Some of the Hawaiian elders, healers and practitioners that strongly influenced her life are featured in her book, Hawaiian Lomilomi: Big Island Massage. Sadly, many of them have since 'walked the rainbow' into spirit.