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3 Spiritual Principles of Lomi Lomi

Photo of Kumu Jeana Iwalani Naluai lifting a bowl in offering

3 Spiritual Principles of Lomi Lomi

Here is a question I get all the time, “What’s the difference between Lomi Lomi Hawaiian Massage and other types of bodywork?”

Honestly, this is not the easiest thing to answer in just a few quick sentences. Lomi Lomi is a lifestyle, a spiritual practice, a set of therapeutic techniques and so much more.

At Ho’omana, I work with massage therapists, energy workers, healthcare professionals and spiritual people that feel like something is missing in the traditional healthcare model.

One of my greatest joys is sharing how Lomi Lomi and the spiritual teachings of Aloha can really bring understanding and healing on all levels, body, mind, and spirit.

There are three spiritual principles at the  foundation of the Lomi Lomi work that we do. You can incorporate them into any healthcare practice for optimum health.

Principle #1: Lomi is Praying Work


We always begin Lomi Lomi with prayer to solidify our connection to spirit. This connection allows us to be a vessel of healing for the person on our table.

Prayer is an intentional invitation to the guidance of Spirit and invites the person who’s on the table to receive healing. It serves as a link to our angels, our guides, our ancestors, and the Creator Source to be in that session with us.

Prayer is a calling for transformation. It helps us to recognize our place as practitioners.

Lomi Lomi practitioners do not fix people. In addition to using specific techniques to achieve outcomes, we hold space for someone to open themselves to the possibility of healing and then allow ourselves to be a conduit of healing.

Prayer opens the way for intuitive knowing and guidance so your hands go exactly where they are needed. Intake forms and initial assessments are just the beginning.

In Lomi Lomi, we connect to the unseen world and understand the wisdom of the bones – spiritual and emotional sources of pain in the physical body.

Prayer can be many things. Chant. Setting intentions. Silent prayers. Vocal prayers. We call it pule, prayerful intention.

Every Lomi practice, no matter what lineage, family or island it comes from invites intuitive knowing and spiritual connection.

Our intention is to stand and be a vessel of healing energies to pour through our heart, our hands and to be in service in the best way possible.

Principle #2: Lomi Lomi is Working to the Level of the Bones


Hawaiians believe your mana (life force, spiritual essence, divine power) is within the bones. It’s in your DNA, passed down from generation to generation.

All of our soul stories are contained within the bones.

Lomi Lomi practitioners are not just working to relax the fascial layers or soothe the muscles. We intend to connect soul to soul with the person on our table, down to the level of the bones.

We bring a divine breath of connection that we’ve already established during our time of Pule.

Sometimes people are coming for bodywork, holding things in their body that are manifesting physically. Ancestral stories that have been carried down through the generations that need healing.

Sometimes, they are dealing with something in their present life trauma, childhood experiences or family legacies.

“I’m not enough,” is a common story or “I’m all alone.”

Those stories can lead to us not feeling strong in our foundation. They keep our hearts closed.

Our job as practitioners is to support people in coming into alignment. The work starts with the spiritual body and we move through the spiritual, emotional, mental, physical body.

Ultimately, we work to bring the physical body into alignment and all bodies work together. So when the physical body aligns, it invites the emotional-spiritual body to align. When the spiritual body aligns, it invites the physical-mental bodies to align. They all have an influence on each other.

In Lomi Lomi, we connect soul to soul. We match the divine breath of Aloha in connection with spirit, holding the very highest intention for the person on the table.

Principle #3: Lokahi, one consciousness connects us.


Each person on this planet arrived with the divine breath of Source. We came with an original agreement to love one another, connected as one family of humanity.

Over time, we’ve allowed the hierarchy of power, jealousy, envy, anger, greed and hatred cloud our perspective.

Lokahi acknowledges that one consciousness connects us all.

Part of our role as Lomi Lomi practitioners is to stand in that level of spirituality when someone is lying on your table. See them as sisters and brothers, grandparents, aunties and uncles, children. Acknowledge them as part of your family.

In that moment, you create Aloha, connection, and oneness that can really bring us together. You will initiate a shift  that can make all of the difference in the world right now.

The principles of pule (prayer), connecting soul to soul and seeing each other as family come from the original teachings of Lomi Lomi.

They are the foundation of our practice.

We have the ability to hold a light of peace, harmony, and Aloha. With our practice, we illuminate the divine place that resides in each and every person.

Each of us came to this planet with Aloha as our birthright. It’s just about remembering.

And the more that we can be example for remembering who we really are in our practice, in our life with our community, with our family, this is how we’re going to change the world.

We are equals. Each has a unique gift and contribution.

How will you use these 3 spiritual principles of Lomi Lomi to support your clients along in their healing journey? Share them in the comments below.

With aloha,

Photo of Kumu Jeana Iwalani Naluai




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6 thoughts on “3 Spiritual Principles of Lomi Lomi”

  1. Thank you Jeana for sharing this knowledge 🙏 Everything you convey is very inspiring to me. I studied Lomi Lomi Nui massage in Poland. My teachers also taught me how to pray before the massage. However, where I am practicing and I live in a small town in central Norway, it is somehow difficult for me to introduce this prayer into a permanent massage ritual. I am concerned that the people here will not quite understand why I am singing this. I have some resistance to this. I’m afraid they’ll take me for a freak. I wonder if I’m ready for it.

    1. I usually share with the client at the start of the session that I will share a hawaiian healing prayer with them. Most people are really very open to it. I let them know what the translation or intention of the prayer is and I find it opens up much more than just the massage. My sessions fel really supported and light energy flows in and illuminates the space.

  2. Judi A Trupiano/Dragonfly

    I say a prayer before every session. I ask for guidance that my hands may be healing hands and that they find their way and provide the touch that the person/soul on my table may feel healing on what ever level they need that day and time. For many of us it is about a moment or “this space” Manawa – I try to keep myself in “our shared” space. Makia. I am working to keep my self in focus “in a good/positive place everyday. Because the world is going crazy. my mission/my goal is to help “One person, One body at a time” to feel better to be better. Your teaching are very very helpful to me to keep focus.. Mahalo!


  3. Aloha, Jeana! I am in the midst of looking for a new location to reopen my healing practice. This post hit me at the right time. This afternoon I had a ZeroBalancing session. It’s all about gettin back to zero, to where we came from… Remembering. It helped me remember as I am moving forward, I need to remember my roots and the infinite wisdom within when I am connected to Our Great Creator. Mahalo!

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