Lomi lomi, meaning "massage" in the Hawaiian Language, is the word used today to describe Hawaiian massage, traditionally called lomi meaning "to rub, press, squeeze, massage; to work in and out, as the claws of a contented cat". Lomi Lomi is a holistic healing tradition beyond simple massage.
Traditionally lomilomi was practiced in four contexts:
- As a healing practice of native healers
- As a luxury and an aid to digestion, especially by the ruling chiefs
- As restorative massage within the family
- By masters of the Hawaiian martial arts
The early Polynesian settlers brought their own form of massage and, like a canoe plant, it evolved to become something uniquely Hawaiian. It was practiced by everyone, from child to chief. As an indigenous practice that evolved over hundreds of years in isolated valleys throughout the island chain.
Lomilomi is now a common and popular massage modality throughout the world, especially in Hawaii, Japan and Europe and now in Melbourne Australia