Oahu Health Talk Book Review: Hawaiian Massage - Lomilomi
May 8, 2008 / Community
All Islands, Big Island, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Oahu
This beautiful hardback book is not a how to. In fact the legal notice warns that lomilomi must be learned directly from a teacher.
Despite the lack of do it yourself information after spending just a few minutes browsing through the short quotes and soft, gorgeous photos I was compelled to call a lomilomi practitioner I know and make an appointment. I am grateful to the book as I thoroughly enjoyed my session.
The text and photos compliment each other pleasingly and emphasize that lomilomi is not just a Hawaiian word for the same old massage. Their subject is a sacred art full of rich tradition and distinctive systems of healing. The book does not go into detail about 'opu huli or ho'oponopono but gives the reader just enough information to send him looking for more.
Although not meant to teach lomilomi to therapists an appropriate place to find this book would be their office. The waiting room of a spa or treatment center offering lomilomi would do well to have this book on hand. The simple yet straightforward text is incredibly convincing - you need lomilomi.
Hawaiian Massage would also make a great gift for someone visiting Hawaii and looking forward to a relaxing vacation. This would be a superb way to introduce a new visitor to lomilomi and make a tasteful and unique souvenir for their coffee table at home.
The book itself is a work of art and a fine tribute to the 36 practitioners featured throughout.
Hawaiian Massage Lomilomi: Sacred Touch of Aloha
by R. Makana Risser Chai (Author), John C. Kalani Zak (Illustrator)