Lomi-Lomi Massage also sometime called Kahuna Massage was developed in the Hawaiian Islands. Rhythmic dance-like movements of the therapist's hands and forearms are used to break-up fibrous and edema, alleviate muscle spasm, and increase metabolism. The therapist utilizes techniques such as compression, vibration, acupressure, deep-tissue work, range of motion of all joints, interactive resistance, and visceral (stomach/ abdomen) massage, arms, hands, legs and feet to complete alignment of the body. Very relaxing, flowing, soothing and healing.
Esalen Massage (EM) is known for its healing and nurturing touch; it combines long strokes, gentle rocking and stretching, sculpting of deep musculature and the precision of the acupressure points and no draping or clothing is is recommend. EM goes beyond the physical result of bodywork by focusing on energy exchange and psychological well-being. Taught and trademarked by the Esalen Institute, in the California coast where the Red Wood Forest meets the cliffs at the Pacific ocean, EM aims to tune the mind and body together to create a sense of serenity and peace
You can expect a well trained Esalen Massage practitioner to:
a. Wait and listen for your breath before making initial contact.
b .Gentle rocking to help the body let go of rigidity.
c Creating a unified and whole massage defined by long, lengthening strokes.
d. Making small circular movements around joints to encourage release.
e. Bringing the whole body weight into the movement.
f. A little unpredictability to ease away holding patterns.
g. Allowing time to pause.
h .Remembering that everybody loves and wants to be touched.