Types of Massage

NBC News features Hawaiian Experience Spa in Scottsdale performing lomi lomi massage

Lomi Lomi is performed on the entire body at once

Scottsdale day spa, Hawaiian Experience Spa, was featured on the NBC’s KPNX Morning Show on Sunday, March 13, 2011 to demonstrate lomi lomi massage and discuss Spafinder Wellness Week. SpaFinder Wellness Week™ is a weeklong event (March 21 – 27, 2011) of incredible prices on spa & wellness. You will be able to choose a variety of treatments and services, such as facial, massage, pedicure, body treatments, laser hair removal, teeth whitening, yoga, Pilates, salon services and more for just $50 prices or for 50% off! Read more about Spafinder Wellness Week

In the NBC Morning News segment, Jarid Neuhaus of Hawaiian Experience Spa in Scottsdale demonstrated a Hawaiian lomi lomi massage on the spa’s owner, Cathy Ibach. Believed to have originated in the Hawaiian Islands, lomi lomi massage is a form of full body massage that is unlike any other massage modality.  As a client receiving a lomi lomi massage the main difference you will notice is that the massage is performed on your entire body at once.  Unlike most other massages where the therapist uncovers and treats one body region at a time, in a lomi lomi massage the therapist will use long flowing strokes that go from head to toe in a continuous, rhythmic movement massaging both the top and the underside of your body. 

The unique underbody massage strokes can be performed because the Lomi Lomi massage is done on a massage table with no top or bottom sheets.  Normally you are draped with a small towel just to cover the genitals which were considered sacred in Hawaii.  While face up women are customarily offered breast covering, however, in traditional Lomi Lomi no breast covering is used.  While the breasts are not massaged, the sternum (between the breasts) is massaged along with the entire side of the body.  Some of these techniques cannot be performed with breast draping.  While face down the buttocks is usually minimally covered at least to ensure the genitals are covered.  This minimal draping enables the therapist to slide his or her hands and arms under and around your body using massage techniques unique to this form of therapy.    

In the below video from NBC Jarid demonstrates a lomi lomi massage while Spafinder Wellness Week is discussed. The draping used in the video represents the maximum that would be utilized. Typically, the draping will be less (based on the client’s comfort level) to allow the therapist to better reach the glute muscles and low back. 

 See different types of Lomi Lomi massage.

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