The word lomi means “to knead, to rub, to press.” Practitioners of lomilomi, the art of traditional Hawaiian massage, combine that healing touch with a blessing, positive intent, and a loving demeanor to promote harmony and balance of body, mind, and spirit. As in ancient times, there is no one “correct” way to lomilomi; therapists have their own styles. In addition to their palms and fingers, some use their elbows, forearms, and even their knees and feet to produce fluid, rhythmic motions that gently yet deeply work their way into muscles, releasing tension and negative thoughts.
At Anara Spa, the perfect place to indulge in a couple’s lomilomi is an open-air, thatched roof hale (house) in a lush garden of plumeria, ti, ginger, bamboo, monstera, crotons, and laua‘e fern. A nearby waterfall cascades down lava rock, adding its soothing music to the lovely setting.
Enjoy additional treatments, such as a coconut scalp massage or a volcanic pumice foot massage, to enhance the experience. Consider aromatherapy or sound therapy, where the sounds of wind chimes, small gongs, singing bowls, and rain sticks coax you and your partner into complete relaxation … together.