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Lomi Lomi Techniques for Neck and Shoulder Pain

woman having a neck and shoulder massage from a therapist with flowers beside her

There is on muscle group that’s often missed when people complain about neck and shoulder pain. Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massage is an effective tool for treatment.

If you have a client present with numbness and tingling in the fingers, neck pain or pain behind the shoulder blade, the muscle called serratus anterior may be the culprit.

This short video will help you to locate it, teach how to release it, and share the wisdom of the bones in the Hawaiian perspective of spiritual and emotional aspects of physical symptoms.

Muscles Involved in Neck and Shoulder Pain

First, I want to show you where the serratus anterior muscle is located.

This muscle is called the big swing muscle or the punching muscle because originates on the surface of the ribs. It dives behind, underneath the scapula and attaches on the front side of the medial border.

When the muscle contracts, a few different happen: this muscle will, fix the scapula to the thorax. It also drops the base of the wing out and rotates the scapula upward.

This muscle action is important for every overhead movement.

Some of the symptoms people might experience who are having issues in this area

  • ย  Numbness and tingling in the fingers
  • ย  Scary chest pain or tightness in the chest
  • ย  Neck pain or difficulty with overhead movements

We want to make sure that anterior serratus is released and in its proper position so that it can fix the scapula, with some of the other muscles around the shoulder, like the trap and the rhomboids to keep the shoulder blade exactly where it should be.

And for all you massage therapists, we also are using this muscle when we’re reaching and pushing the water away from us when we’re doing Lomi Lomi.

Wisdom of the Bones for Shoulder Pain

The Wisdom of the Bonesย is the ancient Hawaiian teaching explaining why physical symptoms may have emotional and spiritual origins.

When a client presents with issues in serratus anterior it may have to do with whether or not we are asking for support with an open heart.

And what does that even mean?

When we breathe in the breath of Aloha, it actually helps assist with inspiration. With the inhale, we lift the chest. We open and spread the chest instead of closing down the heart.

Use the breath of aloha to lift your burdens to spirit, to carry some of the load. Ask for support from the ancestors .

Does any of this sound familiar?

๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸผWorking hard to do it all on your own

๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸผHave trouble asking for support

๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸผFeeling bogged down

๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸผCarrying the weight of the world on your shoulders

๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸผPushing up against obstacles on the journey

If is does, you may experience neck and shoulder symptoms, especially in the wing, behind the wing and also in the rotator cuff.

Lomi Lomi Technique

Use this technique to release this serratus, anterior. It’s very gentle and empowers inspiration from your client.

Ask your client to breathe right into the work that you’re doing.

This action initiates a biofeedback loop from the brain to tell the muscle where it’s supposed to be. Your client will be actively participating in the action of release.

Hoomana is all about empowerment. Empower your client to be their very best, to open their heart, lift their burdens, ask for support and know they are not alone.ย 

This is an easy this technique to empower them to use their own breath to really reach higher.

Another aspect of the wisdom of the bones for this area is about reaching higher, in a balanced way, with the support from Ke Kua and all the ancestors.

They will support for wherever it is you need to reach on your journey.

Now, I want to hear from youโ€ฆare you going try this technique and how did it go?

Leave me a comment below.

I read each and every one PLUS, it letโ€™s me know these teachings of Aloha spirit and the wisdom of the Hawaiian culture is being spread around the globe.

See you next week!

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Kumu Jeana Iwalani Naluai


11 thoughts on “Lomi Lomi Techniques for Neck and Shoulder Pain”

  1. Aloha Jeana. I am looking forward to participating in the month long immersion Lomi Lomi teachings this summer. I am enjoying your videos, knowledge and energy. Thank you from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
    Tracy Richardson

  2. Thank you for posting these videos. I have a client who’s serratus anterior was extremely tight with extreme “chicken wing”, look forward to trying this on her.

  3. Hello I am happy to have found you and your teachings . I am a massage therapist and will definitely be trying this! Thank you !

    1. Thank you so much for being here Kimberly! I’m grateful for this platform to be able to share it with you! ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒˆโœจ May you hold the highest core of Mana and the authenticity of the teachings of Aloha!

  4. Thank you for teaching this empowering technique to release serratus anterior. i am excited to try it!

    1. Thank you so much for following to this post Abigail! ๐ŸŒบ I’m glad I was able to share this aloha perspective and Lomi Lomi informative post to you! ๐ŸŒˆโœจ๐ŸŒˆ

  5. Thank you so much Jeana, for your support.
    And for refreshing my memories about such a good time at Ho’omana Spa in 2013.
    Hopefully looking foward to be able to travel from Germany to Mauii for a workshop in september.
    Greetings from Rosenheim, Bavaria, Germany

    1. Aloha Angela! ๐ŸŒบ Thank you for being a part of our community! My heart is filled with Joy in able to showcase the Hawaiian Authentic Lomi Lomi Teachings with the Perspective of Aloha! Looking forward to seeing you soon in classes! ๐ŸŒˆโœจ๐ŸŒˆ

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