Touch of India

Touch of India
Pure Wellness - Spiritual Bodywork

Pure Wellness - Spiritual Bodywork
- Lomi inspired full body
- Tibetan meridian full body
- Tibetan face/head
- Cupping therapy (back/neck)
- Dorn therapy (gentle spine)
- Breuss Massage (spine)
- Kahi Loa (traditional healing)

- Lomi inspired full body - A prayer in motion

Massage is one of the oldest and most powerful forms of healing. Lomi Lomi is one of the most profound forms of massage. So, what makes it so special, what is it, how does it differ from other massage, how does it "work"?

The word Lomi Lomi simply means massage. What it is, is a unique healing massage derived from the ancient Polynesians and more specifically the master healers of Hawaii.

To understand the depth of Lomi Lomi massage, it helps to have an understanding of the Hawaiian philosophy called Huna, and how the philosophies of Huna relate to bodywork and healing.

A fundamental assumption of Huna is that everything seeks harmony and everything seeks love. So how does this relate to massage? Perhaps this can best be understood by one of the alternate names for Lomi Lomi, and that is "Loving Hands" massage. The reason for this is that it works gently yet deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, totally nurturing the body and, enabling the recipient to relax, give in and simply be. So while technique is an important part of the massage and associated healing, much of the work is done by love, with the focus of the practitioner on the client being deep and complete, using loving hands and a loving heart.

This flowing with total energy, using the long continuous, flowing strokes, combined with the very loving touch, relaxes the entire being, assisting in a letting go of old beliefs, patterns and behaviours that cause limitations and which are stored in the cells of our body. People generally think of memory, beliefs, our "programming", as being stored in our head, in our brain. This is not the case, this memory and other programming is in fact stored in all the cells of our body.

The Hawaiians look at things in terms of energy flow, following the idea that an idea or belief can block energy flow as much as muscle tension can. Lomi Lomi helps release the blockages, while at the same time giving the energy new direction. Thus Lomi Lomi is not just a physical experience; it also facilitates healing on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels as well. The Hawaiians view all aspects of the body as one and believe that the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual are all part of the "whole" self - when healing is effected on one level, all levels are affected.

When harmony is lacking the effect is pain physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. Illness is a state of tension, which leads to resistance which blocks energy movement. Lomi Lomi helps release this and therefore facilitates the road to healing. On the physical level, through Lomi Lomi stress and tension are relieved, blood and lymph flow assisted and the elimination of wastes and toxins stimulated.

So, what happens during a Lomi Lomi massage? How is it performed? A Lomi Lomi usually commences with a stillness between the practitioner and client, often with the practitioners hands gently resting on the clients back. In this stillness the practitioner will quietly say a blessing or prayer asking for whatever healing is needed to take place during the massage. Alternatively or as well, the client may be asked to set their intention for any healing they would like to receive. The masseuse then works very intuitively with the client. In this respect there is no set format or sequence for the massage and no two massages will ever be identical.

The massage is given in fluid, rhythmic motion using the forearms as well as the hands. Some people have described this as feeling like gentle waves moving over the body. Another feature is that different parts of the body may be massaged at the same time, for example one arm or hand may be working on a shoulder and the other hand may be working on the opposite hip. This assists the recipient in totally relaxing as it is impossible or at least extremely difficult for the brain to focus on the two different areas at once. By not working on areas in isolation a deep sense of balance and harmony is achieved. As I said earlier, while technique is important, the priority is loving the body, using intuition so the massage is "right" for the client. The client on the table is not viewed as someone to be fixed, but a being to be returned to harmony and balance. It is important to remember that the practitioner does not heal but is the facilitator for the healing.

Under body and full body strokes also help to free the energy, make the body soft, promoting free and abundant flow of life energy in the recipient. According to Huna philosophy, energy also gets blocked in the joints. Gentle stretches of the body and gentle rotations of the joints are therefore also incorporated to assist the release of tensions and assist the flow of energy, once again not forcing, but feeling the level of the clients resistance or comfort. The masseuse may also hum at various points during the Lomi Lomi as the vibrating and amplified energy that results also aids the release of blockages.

Dancework or hula movements, combined with the breathwork of the practitioner are also important and integral aspects of Lomi Lomi. The reason for the hula type dance around the table while massaging is not just because it looks cute! The movements are all important to assisting the energy flow both within the practitioner and recipient and helps keep the energy at a high level. This combined with breathing techniques by the masseuse are also important in assisting the energy flow. The sharing of the breath, the essence of the Creator or universal energy, whatever name you like to give it, is an old Hawaiian custom and greatly enhances the energy flow once again.

Another major difference from other massages is that the person rather than being covered completely by towels, is covered by a small sheet or towel leaving most of the body exposed during the massage, while maintaining the recipients modesty. This makes it a lot easier to perform the underbody and full body strokes without interrupting the flow of the massage.

Because the practitioner works intuitively, a massage may be slow and very relaxing or at times it may be a little faster and therefore more invigorating and enlivening to the body. Sometimes the recipient may experience an emotional release as the massage can release and shift negative emotions, negative beliefs and other "stuff" that has been stored in the cells of the body, with the healing effects of the massage continuing long after the massage is over.

The massage can be done by one person or by two or more people working together. Having two people massaging tends to send to recipient into an even deeper level of relaxation as you really can"t focus on four hands doing different things - it really is a blissful and fairly mindblowing experience

The Aloha Spirit refers to the attitude of friendly acceptance for which the people of Hawaii are so famous. Aloha stands for so much more than hello or goodbye or love. Its deeper meaning is " the joyful sharing of life energy in the present". This really is one of the secrets of Lomi Lomi and to love and nurture the body as if it was your own. Aunty Margaret who is one of the oldest and widely recognised teacher of Lomi Lomi has a definition of Lomi Lomi which is "The Loving Touch - a connection of heart, hands and soul with the Source of All Life!" Students of Lomi Lomi learn to flow the love from the heart, through the hands, to connect with the soul of the one receiving the massage. Healing is increased by love, love received and love given. In the Oxford Dictionary the definition of love is fondness, a deep or passionate affection to someone or something - to the Hawaiians it is so much more, it also includes tolerance, forgiveness, acceptance, non judgment, appreciation, compassion, respect and so many other elements - this is the very foundation of a Lomi Lomi massage.

- Tibetan meridian full body

Tibetan Acupressure – is based upon a system of control points using the vibration of healing energy to heal, relieve pain, and to remove the symptoms as well as the cause of illness. Many ancient civilizations understood that there are pressure points in the feet and hands that correspond to various organs and systems throughout the body. These reflex maps were used to treat the body and mind as a holistic system, removing stress and restoring physical, emotional and spiritual balance. During the session, the delivering partner is doing the practice of Loving Kindness and Tonglen with the receiving partner. The practice of Loving Kindness sends happiness and peace. Tonglen, the compassion practice of giving and receiving, is breathing in suffering and sending out joy, healing and love. It is a constant learning practice for the partner delivering the work since they must constantly remove their own fears and barriers to experience in order to deliver loving kindness and compassion to their partner. Tibetan Acupressure System (TAS) is an ancient system of reflexive pressure point healing, which accesses the body’s natural corrective energies in order to bring it to balance. The system is subtle, profound and especially efficient at eliminating pain, and restoring a sense of well-being on all levels. Tibetan Acupressure can be administered with the client sitting upright in a chair, or alternatively with the client lying in a bed or on a massage table.

- Tibetan face/head massage

Tibetan Acupressure – head and face only

- Cupping therapy

is an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin; this can mobilize blood flow in order to promote healing. A partial vaccuum/suction is created in cups placed on the skin using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps). I only use the mechanical method.
It is known in local languages as baguan/baguar, badkesh, banki, bahnkes, bekam, buhang, bentusa, kyukaku, gak hoi, Hijamah, kavaa, mihceme, and singhi among others.
There is reason to believe the practice dates from as early as 3000 B.C.; the earliest record of cupping is in the Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, describes in 1550 B.C. Egyptians used cupping. Archaeologists have found evidence in China of cupping dating back to 1000 B.C. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates (c. 400 B.C.) used cupping for internal disease and structural problems. This method in multiple forms spread into medicine throughout Asian and European civilizations.

Dry Cupping
The cupping procedure commonly involves creating a small area of low air pressure next to the skin. However, there is variety in the tools used, the method of creating the low pressure, and the procedures followed during the treatment. The cups can be various shapes including balls or bells, and may range in size from 1 to 3 inches (25 to 76 mm) across the opening. Plastic and glass are the most common materials used today, replacing the horn, pottery, bronze and bamboo cups used in earlier times. The low air pressure required may be created by heating the cup or the air inside it with an open flame or a bath in hot scented oils, then placing it against the skin. As the air inside the cup cools, it contracts and draws the skin slightly inside. More recently, vacuum can be created with a mechanical suction pump acting through a valve located at the top of the cup. Rubber cups are also available that squeeze the air out and adapt to uneven or bony surfaces. In practice, cups are normally used only on softer tissue that can form a good seal with the edge of the cup. They may be used singly or with many to cover a larger area. Skin may be lubricated, allowing the cup to move across the skin slowly. Depending on the specific treatment, skin marking is common after the cups are removed. This may be a simple red ring that disappears quickly, the discolouration left by the cups is normally from bruising especially if dragging the cups while suctioned from one place to another to break down muscle fiber. Usually treatments are not painful, but treatment is discontinued if the subject experiences more than minor discomfort

- Dorn therapy (for the spine)

Dorn Therapy is a very safe way of mobilizing the spine and the joints, a very effective way of doing alignments.
Dorn Spinal Therapy provides us with a unique way of treating the human body when it is in motion. While your body is gently moving, your muscles are able to relax, and the Dorn Spinal Therapy practitioner can work much more effectively towards correcting any joint or spinal imbalance.

Dorn Spinal Therapy can be used for a number of conditions, some of which seem to have little connection with the back. For example problems such as headaches and dizziness, can be caused by nerve pressure around the cervical vertebrae.
Or problems such as:
Back pain
Leg-length discrepancy
Joint pain
Energy blockages

The Dorn method is based on the correction of uneven leg length, which, according to Dorn, can be diagnosed in almost every human. Because of that, the pelvis is said to become twisted, and this can supposedly result in an asymmetrical, crooked or displaced spinal column.

Dorn uses a non-manipulative approach to correct such problems. Corrections of joint or spinal cord misalignments are done in a 'dynamic', moving action. According to Dorn, our muscles always try to hold the positions of the joints and spine, and when they are out of order the muscles assume this 'wrong' position as the correct one and hold it there. Dorn proponents maintain that a static correction, such as that used in chiropractic therapy, is difficult because it needs to overcome the strength of the holding muscles, and because the patient is often tense since the treatment is done 'on' him and not 'with' him.

The Dorn method is a form of manual, holistic alternative therapy used to correct misalignments in the spinal column and other joints. In its theoretical approach, it is somewhat related to chiropractic and osteopathy, although it is different in its practical application. It was developed in the 1970s by the German lay-healer Dieter Dorn.
Early students of Dorn, like Helmuth Koch (who coined the name Dornmethode), Hildegard Steinhauser, Harald Fleig and others, started to teach the method in the 1990s, enabling its use to spread through Germany, Austria and Switzerland. According to its founder's wish, the Dorn method should become a kind of folk medicine, free from trademark or copyright so that anyone may access it.
The Dorn method therefore uses motion to divert the muscles' tension, and in this relaxed state it is apparently possible to realign the bones.
During a treatment, the practitioner palpates the patient's spine. If any 'unbalanced' areas are found, possible underlying misalignments are treated with gentle pressure using the thumb or hand against the spinous processes, while the patient enacts guided movements such as swinging the leg or arms to distract the muscles' inertia.
Patients often report positive results immediately after treatment. Afterwards, they learn specially designed self-help exercises that simulate the 'corrections' made during the treatment.

Reasoning behind the method:
Proponents of the Dorn method claim that it is based on simple laws of physics and human anatomy and applied through cooperation between the practitioner and patient. The therapy is not done on the patient but rather with the patient, who is in control during its application.
Proponents believe that the human skeleton should be "symmetrical", "harmonic" and in a "static-dynamic alignment equilibrium". When we "upset" this "bone order" then our joints may be moved out of place, especially in the spine. Conventional medicine supposedly offers over-complicated explanations and solutions for such problems, and unnecessarily leads to operations or the requirement to use special shoes or insoles.

An independent group of Dorn method specialists and seminar lecturers, most early students of Dorn, established basic rules and regulations for the method, alongside an official Dorn therapist and teacher listing called the Aurum List. This was first succeeded by the Dornforum, and in 2006 by the Dornfinder. There are about 130 authorized teachers listed and more than 1,500 therapists in more than 20 countries around the world.
The therapy's popularity has increased due to exposure on the Internet, the increasing number of authorised teachers, and word of mouth from successfully treated patients. In addition, Dorn Congresses are held regularly in Germany, and the first congress in Switzerland was held in 2006. These meetings were initially organized by Koch and Steinhauser, and are now arranged by a team of Dorn method teachers.

I learned the Dorn Method from:
Dorn Methode
Amanté Samraj - Health Practitioner

- Breuss Massage (spine)

Breuss Massage is a Spinal Stretch Massage using silk paper and St. John’s Wort oil.
This Massage is a very gentle Spinal Massage that safely stretches, nourishes, aligns, energizes and heals our back!
It was developed by the late Austrian Healer Rudolf Breuss and it is a perfect combination with the Dorn Method.

Rudolf Breuss said that there is no such thing as ‘wear’ if the intervertebral disc but the discs are somewhat ‘degenerated’, and he was convinced that regeneration is possible. Certainly the results achieved with the Breuss Massage suggest that this is quite possible!

For basic understanding: Our Spine is like any other living organism, it is in a constant state of ‘stress and relief’, needs nourishment, rest but also the right amount of ‘stress’ in a sense in form of active movements to maintain its strength and function. During the day our Spine and especially our ‘discs’ are stressed and they need to fulfill their duty as shock-absorbers whenever we stand , walk or sit. Because of that the discs are squeezed, some of the liquid within gets out and the discs gets thinner. We are actually a little shorter in the evening compared to the morning after standing up! During sleep the Spine relaxes and stretches out and the discs somewhat can regenerate by ‘sucking’ the liquid they lost during the day back in, almost like a dry sponge placed in water. This mechanism is altered in a negative way when our metabolism is not in a balance or impaired for many different reasons.

The Breuss Massage is actively replacing in a sense a whole and healthy full night sleep by stretching the Spine and Using natural Oil in the Process the discs are nourished like the sponge given water. In this relaxed state the Spine also can be safely and painless re-aligned.

More links to read about Breuss Massage:

- Kahi Loa

Kahi Loa is a traditional form of healing or massage that originated in Hawai’i, where for centuries,
it was widely practised by the islands’ Master Healers. Blending the metaphysical with the scientific approach,

Kahi Loa is much more than just a massage technique – incorporating the belief that using the Mind and Nature harmonises and heals makes it a totally unique approach to well being.
Translated, the words mean something like “Oneness through (the moving or flowing of) Sacred Energy”, and refers to a state of Unity with Life in its entirety, but the word Kahi also refers to light pressure in massage and to touch.

Kahi Loa concentrates on the skin, the body’s largest and oldest organ, and is carried out with the recipient wearing light, natural clothing. As the skin is an organ of elimination, the clothing allows for absorption of any toxins that may exude from it during the session.
The remainder is released back into the blood stream for later excretion, a process that is best supported through drinking plenty of fluids.
The skin often holds much tension, which is relieved through light pressured finger or hand movements and on or above the body touching and stroking. Triggering the production and release of endorphins, the body’s own analgesic and “feel-good” chemicals, a state of inner calm and deep relaxation is achieved quickly.
The recipient’s own healing abilities are stimulated through free flowing energy and often a gurgling can be heard in the stomach when some kind of release has taken place.
The head to toe massage is divided into seven segments, which are first carried out on the back and then on the front of the body, with arms and hands always being worked on last. Each of these segments corresponds with one of the elements related to Hawai’ian healing and mental focus is on the recipients’ desired state of physical or emotional health, which is affirmed prior to treatment.
During the practical applications, a journey through Nature is silently visualised for the client and complemented by further non-verbal affirmative statements, using the symbolic meaning of the elements.
The treatment is completed with a prayer, asking for all energy to flow freely into the blessing and manifestation of the client’s required changes and followed by an appropriate period of rest.

by Cornelia Biegler LCH MCMA

"If you want to see what your thoughts were like yesterday
Look at your body today
If you want to see what your body will be like tomorrow
Look at your thoughts today"