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