Indigenous Healing Traditions offered at Massuage

Lomi Lomi Explained

We practice Ho'omana style of lomi lomi which stems from a lineage of Native Hawaiian Healers including Aunty Margaret Machado, Mahilani Poe Poe, Maka’ala Yates and many others. It is Big Island Style Lomi which is very therapeutic, specific work for addressing injury and promoting deep relaxation. It is structural lomi incorporating concepts of Hawaiian spirituality, meditation techniques, and indigenous values. Our teacher is Jeana Naluai at Ho'omana Spa Retreat on Maui.

The technique is based on Hawaiian concepts of working with the"mana" of the body, mind, and soul of an individual. In the old days, each village in each district, on each island had their own lomi specialist that the villagers relied upon and trusted. Although lomil omi was a common treatment shared among family members for minor aches and pains, it was the village lomi specialist that treated the more complex problems.Traditionally, the training to become a lomi practitioner could take years. The new student would not be allowed to touch a client, possibly for years, depending on his or her ability to grasp the many concepts of lomi. The student's ability to be pono (conflict-free) with himself/herself and to a person, place or thing was also a determining factor.

The concept of “communicating down to the bones� physically and energetically is significant. It gives room for the client to allow the practitioner to go as deep as they can tolerate, yet be non-invasive while achieving the desired outcome. This is not a superficial, flowing style of light massage that you may have seen on YouTube - that is Temple Style Lomi and is not practiced at Massuage.
The practitioner uses a multitude of techniques that affect the golgi tendon organ (GTO), muscle spindle fibers, and the pain receptors. For example, in advance techniques, the concept of compression and stretching away from the insertion point is an important skill for immediate and long-term relief.

Traditional Thai Massage (also called Thai Yoga Massage)

Our Thai Massage training is in the lineage of The Thai Institute of Healing Arts. Thai massage is performed on a mat with the recipient fully clothed in comfortable, yoga style clothes. Energy pathways are opened and the body is stretched to the level of comfort of the participant. Client must be able to lie on a soft mat on the floor. "Thai massage blends point pressure and stretching benefiting those who find themselves stiff, sore, and tired from over-exertion in work or sports, or from arthritis or other debilitating diseases. Thai massage enhances strength and flexibility, relaxes sore or tense muscles, and can help to recapture lost range of motion. By encouraging lymphatic function, this traditional massage can also detoxify the body, heighten the immune system, and prevent disease and/or injury by promoting flexibility." Elionay is an expert therapist and also teaches Thai Massage at Massuage.

Thai Herbal Ball Therapy

Sa-Wan Herbal Ball Therapy can be added to your session for $20.00. The Luk Pra Kob, translated from Thai as “pressing herbal sphere,� or Herbal Ball, is a method of treatment employed in traditional Thai medicine. It is used to provide the same type of stimulation as acupressure along energy channels, known as Sen Sib lines in Thailand. The herbal ball treatment is usually a hot treatment. The herbs used are anti-inflammatory in nature and work well for tight, achy muscles. They have a pungent aroma. We purchase herbal balls from Sa-Wan, who imports them under strict quality guidelines, from Thailand