In 1973, native Hawaiian healer and master teacher Auntie Margaret Machado began teaching Hawaiian Bodywork, also known as lomilomi, a Hawaiian massage tradition formerly taught only within the Hawaiian family. Hawaiian Bodywork combines the use of prayer (pule), breath (ha), and energy (mana) with a variety of massage strokes to release blocked areas of tension. This technique improves physical and athletic performance through the rhythmic application of thumbs, knuckles, forearms and elbows. Hawaiian Bodywork relaxes the nervous system, increases circulation and creates a tangible sense of well being.
(Source: Hawaiian Healing Arts, www.lomilomi.com)