|- 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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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 bodys 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.
Acupressure head and face only
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
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.
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
- Dorn therapy (for the
Dorn Therapy is a very safe
way of mobilizing the spine and the joints, a very effective way of doing
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
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:
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
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
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.
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.
method therefore uses motion to divert the muscles' tension, and in this
relaxed state it is apparently possible to realign the bones.
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.
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
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
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 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
- Health Practitioner
- Breuss Massage
Breuss Massage is a Spinal
Stretch Massage using silk paper and St. Johns Wort oil.
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
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
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
- Kahi Loa
Kahi Loa is a traditional form of healing or massage that originated
in Hawaii, where for centuries,
it was widely practised by the
islands Master Healers. Blending the metaphysical with the scientific
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.
Loa concentrates on the skin, the bodys 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 bodys own analgesic and feel-good chemicals,
a state of inner calm and deep relaxation is achieved quickly.
recipients 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 Hawaiian 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
clients required changes and followed by an appropriate period of
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"