Lomi Lomi Nui is a Hawaiian type of bodywork which was originally performed by the 'kahunas' (masters) to support people in transforming and balancing all aspects of self. Lomi Lomi Nui facilitates a healing process that's been handed down through generations of Hawaiian families. It is a powerful yet nurturing experience that uses intuitive movement, stretching, breathing, rhythm and focused intention in long, flowing strokes up, down, under and over the body. Hands, elbows and forearms are used in dynamic, deep movements that mimic the ebb and flow of the ocean.

In this transformative form of massage not only the physical but also the emotional body are worked on along with the subtle energies and emotions that influence them. Hawaiians believe that negative experiences that we accumulate throughout our daily lives can cause blockages in our ‘mana’ (life force or vitality) and can become trapped in muscles and joints.

Working on the belief that memories are stored in individual cells of the body, the continuous strokes and traditional methods are designed to encourage the body to let go of worries, traumas or difficult emotional states that could be causing stress and strain. Some of the physical benefits of Lomi Lomi are release of muscular tension, better blood and lymph flow and elimination of toxic build-ups. In our experience Lomi Lomi Nui can deeply support the process of healing emotional wounds.

Relevance to Trauma and Emotional Processing

Many disciplines such as psychoneuroimmunology, somatic medicine or body-oriented psychotherapies have contributed to the growing understanding that body and mind are dynamically interconnected and that the body ought to be included in the process of treating trauma and other emotional challenges. The most common types of trauma are best described as emotional trauma: our fears, anxieties, anger, insecurities, sense of abandonment, isolation, lack of self-worth and so on, which have become embedded in the fabric of our connective tissue, unexpressed and overlaid with life's activity, until a time comes when a health difficulty forces us to address the inner problem.

Emotional trauma may be locked within the tissues of the body, disturbing or blocking energy flow which can result in ill-health. The concept of 'tissue memory' is fundamental to our understanding of the connection between bodywork and trauma release. 'Tissue memory' refers to the ability of our body's connective tissue to register all impressions which we experience during life, both enriching and disturbing. The effect of these connective tissue changes is to inhibit or block energy flow and the tissue may well be sore where the energy is "stuck". In one way or another we do not feel well, our vitality is compromised, we become ill.

Thus subtle bodywork aims to help the body to both resolve its connective tissue distortions and simultaneously to release the embedded trauma. Two factors enable this to happen: touch and the body's self-healing process. Since most traumas are related to a breakdown of trust on a human relational level, Lomi Lomi Nui also supports people in developing, or regaining, trust through touch as the most intimate means of human connection. This is healing on a relationship level and supports people in understanding their own physical boundaries.

Lomi Lomi Nui along with other forms of bodywork can contribute to trauma becoming resolved. Some underlying traumas, along with emotions of fear or shame, may surface during bodywork, freed from the tissue memory and revealed to conscious view. However, often client simply experiences emotional release without knowledge of the underlying cause, knowing that "something" has changed as a result of the release, but without being aware of what this "something" was. Nor is this necessary.