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.
Somatic Therapy is a powerful, holistic approach to healing that recognizes the inseparable connection between the mind and body. Rooted in the belief that emotional and psychological experiences are stored within the body, this therapeutic method delves deep into the body’s wisdom to promote healing and transformation.