Kahuna massage is an ancient therapeutic massage technique based on the teachings and practices of the Hawaiian Kahunas. In the language of native Hawaiians, the word “kahuna” is derived from “huna” which means “secret knowledge.” In other words, a Kahuna was a master practitioner of the huna arts. The massage (“lomi lomi”) was traditionally practiced in the Hawaiian Islands as one of the Kahuna healing arts and for relaxation. Kahuna massage in the West is also said to be therapeutic and extremely relaxing.
What is Kahuna Massage?
There are two important respects that makes the Kahuna massage different from other types of massage therapy.
- The kahuna massage is very rhythmic and vigorous. The practitioner uses their hands, elbows, fingers and even their forearms as they rhythmically move around the table. The people who have experienced lomilomi before often said that the rhythmic motions alone already have a deeply relaxing effect that is different from the muscle relaxation coming from conventional massages.
- In Kahuna massage, the practitioner’s intention and focus is of paramount importance. They are trained to be focused totally on their client with an attitude of compassion and love, which is the essence of the “aloha” spirit that is sacred to the Hawaiian people.
The Kahuna massage is often said to be a holistic natural therapy that is designed to heal the body, mind, and spirit. Before starting the massage session, the practitioner may encourage you to talk about the physical and emotional reasons for wanting to have the treatment. By doing so, it helps them to adjust themselves to your needs before the massage starts.
The rhythmic “hula” style movements of the practitioner as they “dance” around the table are also meant to create a harmony between the practitioner and the client.
Kahuna Massage Benefits
The Kahuna massage is said to stimulate some of the human body systems such as the lymphatic, circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems. It is also may have a therapeutic benefit for various disorders including irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, and headaches. It is also said to be beneficial for certain emotional problems such as:
While it is not necessary to have an education in the traditions and beliefs of the ancient Hawaiians in order to benefit from Kahuna massage, an understanding of some of their core beliefs may help you appreciate it better. In a lot of ways, the philosophy of the Kahunas is similar to the philosophies of other ancient cultures. The word “huna” is an amalgam of two ancient Hawaiian language words: “hu” which means male energy and “na” which means female energy. A Kahuna massage is designed to bring the two internal energies into balance similar to how the Traditional Chinese Medicine is designed to balance the yin and yang (female and male) energies.
Try the Kahuna massage if you are searching for a massage that is based on ancient spiritual traditions. It may change your life. If not, you will be at least come away feeling relaxed and refreshed and invigorated.
Updated: 25 January 2019
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