is a traditional polynesian style of massage and bodywork, practiced for its physical, energetic, and emotional healing properties for centuries in island culture. In my practice, lomilomi massage utilizies rhythmic, flowing strokes, and rocking motions that can feel like ocean waves breaking over the body, bringing a sense of deep tranquility and harmony.
is a mainstream western massage, typical of spas for the purpose of stress reduction, and mental and physical relaxation. In my practice, relaxation massage uses Swedish techniques (gliding, kneading, lifting and compressing) as well as trigger point and myofascial release techniques to release muscular tension, improve sleep, and increase body awareness.
available and included in the price of your massage, work with me to create your own massage blend or choose from one of my pre-made blends below:
My massage studio is conveniently located
just off of Northshore Drive at
Suite 210 Parking is available in the back of the lot on the corner, as well as on the street, and also across Northshore in the Brittingham Boathouse parking lot
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What do I wear for my Lomilomi massage?
Lomilomi massage is typically a completely unclothed massage, and if your massage is more than 60 minutes, will include work on the abdomen, chest and torso (for both men and women). We’ll discuss before your massage your level of comfort being unclothed, and (for women) whether or not you would like a towel to cover your chest during the massage, as well as how that may change the massage.
What does a Lomilomi massage look like?
Lomilomi massage is characterized by sacred ritual, rhythmic movements, and underbody work - where my hands glide between your body and the table. The ritual includes what order I apply the oil to your body (starting on the left for women, and the right for men), a chanted Hawaiian prayer to set an intention and tone for spiritual healing during the bodywork, and powerful breathing exercise for me to keep energy flowing throughout the massage. Before you even get on the table, you’ll have the opportunity to help me decorate underneath the table with meaningful items; crystals, oracle or affirmation cards, a meaningful peice of jewelry or even a feather. The rhythmic movements are acheived through complex dancelike footwork and alternating movements with my forearms allowing me to flow around the table like water. The massage flows all the way from head to toes in one movement, encompassing your whole body. The underbody work requires that no table linens are used save the sarong you will be draped with and a towel to cover your private areas during the massage (and a cover for the face cradle). The table will be lightly oiled before you lay down on it at the beginning of the massage help the flow of the massage be continuous. In the very first part of the massage I will oil under your thighs, and under your belly. I’ll step out of the room to wash my hands, and you will start out laying on your stomach, with your face in the face cradle. As you lay down, you’ll cover yourself with a sarong of your choice (I have many lovely sarongs to choose from). I’ll knock, and return to the room, inquiring about your comfort on the table, and then slide the folded towel for the lower drape under the sarong to cover you. This is where the massage begins.
What do I wear for my Relaxation massage?
This is entirely up to you as the client. Massage is about you, your experience physically and emotionally, and your comfort. If you are most comfortable wearing undergarments, then leave them on. My only caveat is that if you would like specific work done on your lower back, hips, glutes, the backs of your legs/hamstrings, you may choose to place the importance of working those muscles over any slight discomfort you may have about being completely nude during a massage. The number of techniques I can use on skin, as opposed to through cloth, is much larger. And sometimes with problem areas, the more techniques I have at my disposal the higher the likelihood that I will be able to achieve the change that is the purpose of the massage. If it makes you feel any better, for the most part, as I massage, I am not looking down at your body (especially in the pelvic region). I’m most likely visualizing the muscles and tissues under my hands, and sensing any changes that are happening.
What does a Relaxation massage look like?
Relaxation massage is a draped massage and focuses on the area of your body you would like worked on to maximize stress reduction based on how you use your body and where your specific aches and pains may be.I will avoid any areas of your body you would prefer I not work on (for example your face if you have makeup on, or struggle with acne, or your feet if you are ticklish or extra sensitive. Time will be allocated to your areas of preference for the duration of your massage, a longer massage means more areas covered. You will be covered with a flat sheet and blanket, and as I work from area to area of the body I will uncover and cover those areas as I go so that only the area I am currently massaging is uncovered.
Wait, so are you saying the Lomilomi massage isn’t relaxing?
I suppose I could have called my relaxation massage “Swedish massage” but I like to think about it with the goal of the massage in mind, and prefer not to be penned in by terminology. Most people come to me with a goal in mind, and quite often that goal is either stress reduction or - you guessed it - relaxation, so it made sense to feature relaxation massage as a key part of my services. But is Lomilomi relaxing? Lomilomi can be a very relaxing experience, and it can be so much more. It can be soothing, calming, balancing, harmonizing, healing, clarifying, and cleansing. It depends on where your journey takes you...
Can I book a massage for a friend or family member as a gift?
You are welcome to schedule a massage as a gift for someone other than yourself, but keep in mind that because massage is such a personal experience, your recipient might prefer to schedule their massage on their own time - in which case a gift card is the way to go. You can purchase one for the cost of a certain amount of time, and then your giftcard recipient can use it towards the service of their choice at their convenience.
What kind of payment do you accept?
I accept cash, check, and credit or debit card. Tipping is not necessary, but if you feel I have gone above and beyond your expectations I am always pleased to accept a tip.
What if I have a medical condition? How does that effect what kind of massage I can/should receive?