Low self-esteem can have a profound impact on our quality of life, affecting our mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. Fortunately, various therapeutic approaches can help us rebuild our self-confidence and self-worth. One such approach is Lomi Lomi massage, a traditional Hawaiian bodywork art that goes beyond physical relaxation. Let’s explore how Lomi Lomi can support people with low self-esteem, promoting holistic healing, transformation, and self-discovery, as told through the personal journey of someone who has experienced its transformative power – myself.
In the cacophony of our modern world, amidst the relentless chatter of social media and the clamour for attention, there seems to be an imbalance and a growing gap between self-expression and the willingness and ability to listen. Have you noticed that too? Our digital age celebrates and promotes the freedom to speak, post, and proclaim our thoughts to the world through platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. It is liberating and encourages creativity, yet, in the process, it seems we are gradually losing the ability to truly listen. We find ourselves in a world where the art of listening is quietly slipping into the background, drowned out by the constant noise of self-promotion and the desire to be heard.
In the realm of bodywork and touch therapy, practitioners and clients often embark on a journey that transcends the physical realm, delving into the realms of sensuality, sensitivity, and intimacy. These three aspects are frequently misunderstood, misinterpreted, or misused with sexuality. In this article, we will explore the common misconceptions surrounding these aspects in bodywork and touch therapy, with a specific focus on the traditional Hawaiian massage technique, Lomi Lomi, which holds a special place in my heart – both as a practitioner and teacher, as well as a receiver.
Are you someone who knows the insidious grip of anxiety all too well? Do you grapple with occasional worry that disrupts your daily life, or perhaps you face the overwhelming challenge of debilitating panic attacks? If these descriptions resonate with you, then this article is a heartfelt invitation to explore an ancient remedy that might just hold the key to easing your issues — I’m referring to the ancient Hawaiian healing bodywork practices of Lomi Lomi and Kahi Loa.
A few years ago, just before the onset of the COVID-related chaos, I embarked on a journey to North Island. It was a sunny, windswept day when, during a visit to Karekare Beach, a Maori stranger approached me and said: ‘Welcome home! Did you know that your ancestors trod this very land, eons ago? And now, you have returned.’ These words resonated deeply within me, and from that moment, I began to listen more intently. Allow me to provide some context: Three years prior, upon first setting foot in Aotearoa with my partner Rafal, I felt a deep need for a welcoming ceremony, a connection to this land and its people. That day, I felt it happened.
The essence of the Lomi Lomi I practice and teach is a dance of unity and interconnection between physicality, emotion, and spirit that transcends the boundaries of touch and technique. It’s also a journey where the map of the body leads to the depths of the soul. Within this journey interplay two dimensions of navigation: the outer and the inner one. They both intertwine and complement each other to allow this profound journey toward transformation and healing can happen.
In a world where the complexities of human experiences often leave deep wounds and scars, the need for healing and restoration has never been more profound.
Lomi Lomi, a traditional Hawaiian healing art, offers a unique approach that goes beyond physical touch. Rooted in ancient wisdom and spiritual principles, this practice of bodywork provides a space of unconditional acceptance, fostering the healing of deep emotional and somatic wounds, such as rejection, conditional relationships, sexual and emotional abuse, lower self-esteem, and other often-experienced issues in our society.