Nicole offers Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Thai Yoga Massage, Cranio Sacral Therapy (Upledger Level One Certified), Shiatsu Acupressure, Ayurvedic Massage, Lomi Lomi and Reiki. Her treatments incorporate a unique blend of these modalities to attune to the individual’s needs and desires. Nicole initially studied the connection between body, mind, and spirit through Thai Yoga Massage and Reiki. Her studies then led her to India where she studied Ayurvedic Acupressure and Massage to further her bodywork education. Nicole completed her Massage Practitioner certification through California Holistic Institute of Therapeutic Massage. Nicole is also a 500-hour certified (RYT-500) Yoga Teacher and Therapist.
Lomi Lomi massage is known as Hawaiian massage. In the Hawaiian language, the word used traditionally means to knead, to rub, squeeze, press or soothe; to work in and out. Lomi Lomi is an ancient healing tradition native to the Hawaiian Islands.
Originally, it was practiced by healers called “Huanas” and today is practiced by many people from Non-Hawaiian and Hawaiian backgrounds. This massage has also been called the “loving hands massage” because in Huana philosophy everything in the universe seeks love and harmony. Known to Hawaiians as a very important part of bringing a person in balance Lomi Lomi along with the use of La’au (plants), Pule (prayer) and Ho’oponopono (the need to make peace in all relationships before healing can occur). Traditionally this wisdom and knowledge was passed down from family to family and not shared with outsiders. Kahunas (keepers of the secret) and Kupunas (source or grandparents) have now come forth with this art and wisdom sharing their secrets as a way to increase Universal harmony and peace.
Lomi Lomi demonstrates principles of navigation that were used in guiding the Kahuna, not only at sea, but on land as well as on the human landscape. A person’s body appears like the mountain ridges and valleys. The practitioner moves in a hula-like way sometimes moving like a bird in flight, or wind and water across the land softening the mountain ridges of the body landscape. Rhythm, speed and depth also come into play and this can cause cells to ignite at a deeper level. This is where transformation begins. Lomi Lomi does not just work on the physical body, as Hawaiians believe that old ideas and experiences are stored in the cells of the body and can block the flow of energy. The long rhythmic strokes can move this energy around and release it. If both practitioner and client are aligned in the present moment in a very sacred way, attuned to their breath, it becomes a moving meditation that benefits both people.
The massage technique is done with long flowing strokes upon the muscles of the body. The massage is done with loving hands, forearms and elbows. The benefits of Lomi Lomi massage are innumerable:
• Generally, Lomi Lomi is used to promote internal harmony, center and ground one’s energy. Stimulating a greater connection with all parts of a person.
• Spiritual Healing– When a client is brought to the practitioner’s table they are given time to open up their mind into a healing state.
• Increased blood circulation– Massage to certain areas of the body promotes blood circulation.
• Relaxation– The loving strokes of this massage promote deep relaxation. The practitioners tune with the client’s needs and use this information to properly relax the body.
• Relief in tension spots– Tense muscles are caused by many reasons, among them, stress and muscle injuries. The Lomi Lomi massage technique of using loving hands with deep, gentle strokes helps relieve the muscles of unwarranted tension.
• Pain Relief– Because you are releasing the stress and tension of the body through massage any pains you feel in the body may be diminished.
• Use of Massage oil- Traditionally the massage oil used in this massage is indigenous oils made from coconut. The oil is worked into the skin in a rhythmic method. Repeated rhythm also promotes deeper relaxation.
ϖ The meaning of Aloha
Aloha in the Hawaiian language means affection, peace, compassion and mercy. Since the middle of the 19th century, it also has come to be used as an English greeting to say goodbye and hello. Aloha is being a part of all, and all being a part of me. When there is pain – it is my pain. When there is joy – it is also mine. I respect all that is as part of the Creator and part of me. I will not wilfully harm anyone or anything. When food is needed I will take only my need and explain why it is being taken. The earth, the sky, the sea are mine to care for, to cherish and to protect. This is Hawaiian – this is Aloha!
A- ala, watchful, alertness
L- lokahi, working with unity
O- oia’i’o, truthful honesty
H- ha’aha’a, humility
A- ahonui, patient perseverance
Enjoy this ancient art form and massage practice that can accelerate change and create expansion on all levels. This can help you to gain greater clarity and connection with who you are. As soon you begin to see everything in life as a part of you, you will understand that everything can be embraced and loved.