Heal­ing Hands

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Lomilomi, tra­di­tion­ally mean­ing “to rub, knead, press and mas­sage,” is now com­monly used to re­fer to a style of mas­sage unique to Hawai‘i, in­cor­po­rat­ing long, rhyth­mic, glid­ing strokes over the body to re­lease ten­sion, elim­i­nate tox­ins and re­lieve pain.

Therapists may use their palms, fore­arms, fin­gers, knuck­les and el­bows to in­crease the flow of blood, oxy­gen and en­ergy through­out the body.

In an­cient times, it was a spir­i­tual tech­nique in­cor­po­rat­ing med­i­ta­tion, deep heal­ing breath­ing and medic­i­nal plants cho­sen specif­i­cally for an in­di­vid­ual’s needs.

Many top spas have rein­tro­duced some of the spir­i­tual rit­u­als, such as chan­nel­ing neg­a­tive en­ergy into small bowls of salt to lighten one’s bur­den be­fore treat­ment be­gins.

Whether you be­lieve it or not, the goal is the same: To heal mind, body and spirit by help­ing to res­tore har­mony and bal­ance.

To start, there’s the ba­sic Hawai­ian Lomi Lomi Mas­sage to soothe pain and im­prove cir­cu­la­tion, of­fered at 50 min­utes for $155, or 80 min­utes at $205.

Na Ho‘ola’s sig­na­ture Lomi Fa­cial treat­ment starts with a con­sul­ta­tion with an aes­theti­cian to de­ter­mine the per­fect blend of or­ganic prod­ucts for restor­ing es­sen­tial el­e­ments to the skin. This in­cludes a cus­tom­ized mask and sooth­ing mas­sage of the neck and shoul­ders, at 50 min­utes for $150.

Rec­om­mended for fre­quent spa go­ers is the Lomi Wawae treat­ment was de­vel­oped by one of the spa’s therapists and her kumu, or teacher. It starts with the Hawai­ian Lomilomi mas­sage, a salt scrub along the back and ends with 30 min­utes of Hawai­ian foot ther­apy that stim­u­lates pres­sure points on the foot, lead­ing to over­all well­be­ing. It runs 80 min­utes for $215. The lomilomi Hawai­ian mas­sage here uti­lizes na­tive kukui nut oil, noted for its heal­ing, hy­drat­ing and pro­tec­tive qual­i­ties. An­cient Hawai­ians rec­og­nized its restora­tive prop­er­ties, also used to soothe sun­burns. The ther­a­peu­tic oil al­lows therapists to per­form the long, glid­ing strokes to ease tired mus­cles. A 50-minute mas­sage is $185; 80 min­utes for $235. The Lomi Lomi Ola treat­ment in­cor­po­rates tech­niques passed on to the spa’s therapists through gen­er­a­tions of kumu, whose lin­eage is from kahuna lomilomi, or those who heal through mas­sage. The treat­ment will bring re­lax­ation and a sense of the cul­ture and his­tory of this unique art form. It runs 100 min­utes, with 90-minute mas­sage for $275.

Also of­fered is Lomi Ho‘okipa, for 50 min­utes of re­lax­ation for $155, or 80 min­utes for $210.

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