New Services At Bliss: Hawaiian Lomi Lomi – Sports Massage – Myofascial Release
By Elizabeth halliday-Reynolds
At Bliss we are always looking to offer as many specialties & therapies in the healing arts as we can. We understand that each body is different and can respond in fundamentally dramatic ways to different treatments. For one person Deep Tissue is their solution, another Cranio Sacral Therapy. Here we highlight three offerings.
Sports Massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, to recover after a big event, or to function well during training. Sports massage emphasizes both the prevention and the healing of injuries. But you don’t have to be in the Olympics to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. Muscles and tendons respond well to sports massage. The massage therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area. (Sore neck, tight hamstrings). Athletes enjoy working with a therapist who understands the sport they are in and how that sport affects their muscles. Specialists at Bliss who offer Sports Massage are: Lindsey Jaquay, Stephanie, and Jamison Thomas.
Hawaiian Lomi Lomi The Lomi Lomi technique focuses on finding congested areas in the body and dispersing them, by moving the palms, thumbs, knuckles and forearms in rhythmic, dance-like motions. The massage is given in fluid, rhythmic motion using the forearms as well as the hands.
It is like gentle waves moving over my body -Bliss Client.
Another feature of Lomi Lomi is that different parts of the body may be massaged at the same time. For example, The client may experience work on a shoulder and the opposite hip. This assists the recipient in totally relaxing, as it is impossible or at least extremely difficult for the brain to focus on the two different areas at once. Setting the intention for healing, the kahuna (Specialist) can also utilize prayer (pule), breath (ha) and energy (mana). The practice of Lomi Lomi is common within each Hawaiian community and contributes to a vibrant, healthy society. The specialist at Bliss who is certified in Hawaiian Lomi Lomi is: Jamison Thomas.
Myofascial Release involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue. This technique releases restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Clients who have suffered from trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures often benefit from Myofascial massage. Science has documented that myfascial restrictions can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.). The therapists will use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. Some discussion and education in proper body mechanics and movement can also be offered to help the client with self treatment, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural/movement awareness. The specialists at Bliss who are certified in Myofascial Release are: Jamison Thomas and Lindsey Jaquay.