Lomi Lomi was first practiced by the ancient Polynesian healers, which followed a traditional philosophy called Huna. This ancient Polynesian philosophy stated that every single thing in the world seeks harmony and love. This is why Lomi Lomi is not considered effective unless the practitioner performs it with loving hands; this is why Lomi Lomi is often referred to as a Loving Hands massage.
The style of Lomi Lomi massage is characterized by its very large, broad strokes, as well as two-handed stokes that enlist the forearms and elbows. Lomi Lomi technique covers a broad area of the body and works the muscles often simultaneously to encourage the continuous flow of love and harmony, and to wash harmful thoughts, patterns, memories and behaviors out of the cells of our bodies to make way for more beneficial modes of thought. Once positive energy is permitted to flow unhindered, total body healing is accomplished.
Before a Lomi Lomi massage begins, the massage therapist will say a quiet prayer to request effective healing. In some cases, the client is asked during the prayer to state their healing intention. It also isn't uncommon for the therapist to hum or chant during the Lomi Lomi massage. The Lomi Lomi prayer and the acknowledgment of the existence of a higher power are seen as integral to the overall effectiveness of the massage.
Although two Lomi Lomi massages are never identical, each session is performed in a fluid, rhythmic manner using the forearms, elbows and the hands to apply broad strokes sometimes to different parts of the body simultaneously using massage oils and lotions. Huna philosophy often comments on energy getting trapped in the joints, so broad stokes, gentle stretches and joint rotations are applied by the practitioner in order to release this trapped energy.
Hula dance is also an integral part of Lomi Lomi technique. Hula movements are performed by the practitioner around the massage table during the massage. The Hula dance is meant to encourage the energy flow between the practitioner and the client.