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Lomi Massage has Layers, Just Like an Onion

Lomi Massage has Layers, Just Like an OnionLomi is a sacred form of massage from the ancient Hawaiians passed down from generation to generation, and from village to village. Lomi is a beautiful form of massage. Lomi is a powerful form of bodywork. How in the world does this compare to an onion?

Onions have layers. Lomi has layers. The more you peel an onion, the more its true essence comes out. Lomi has the same effect on the body. It allows you the freedom to have your true self come out and healing to take place.

The standard form of Swedish Massage works the skin and the muscles to free you from pain and stress. Most Swedish massages work in a standard rotation around your body. For those who have experienced massage, you can guess what will be worked on next, when it is time to turn over and when it will conclude. Your mind usually is keeping track of this as you are being worked. As you focus on what is being done to you, you can’t focus on what you need to help heal yourself.

Lomi works on a different level. Ocean waves as they break on the shore have no set pattern to them; they freely flow as they wish. Lomi is the same. It is a rhythmic dance around your body. You never know what will be worked on next: your back, your leg, your hands, all are being worked in a random sequence. This sequence is determined by what the practitioner feels your body needs.

This is the start of the peeling process. As you are being worked on in this rhythmic way, you can’t guess what will be worked on next. Your conscious mind is not able to follow the moves of the practitioner. When this happens, you stop thinking about the massage and start to totally relax into it. You are starting to peel.

Lomi can go deep into the muscle tissue. Think of your muscles as a stick of butter. You can’t stick your finger into a hard stick of butter. Warm up that butter first and your finger goes in easily. Lomi warms up the muscles and relaxes them, allowing the practitioner to go as deep within the muscle body as needed. This causes less discomfort during the massage and the following day.

I ask some clients to “THINK OF THEMSELVES ALONE IN THE WOODS; ON A BEACH; ON A MOUNTAIN TOP; FREE TO NURTURE YOUR SOUL; THROUGH LAUGHTER; THROUGH TEARS; THROUGH DISCOVERY. IMAGINE LOMI AS THE SUN; THE WIND; THE PORTAL; CREATING A SACRED SPACE ALLOWING YOU A SAFE JOURNEY BACK TO YOUR BEST SELF”. If they allow this, the onion continues to peel.

Many forget our bodies are a catalog of past memory and experiences. All our senses can remind us of a time past. Have you ever smelled something and it brought up an old memory? It could have been a picnic you went to, your favorite food, or the soup your mother cooked every Sunday when you were growing up. The sense of touch is powerful and can bring up many past memories. Our skin, our muscles, and our body hold these memories, and the slightest touch can bring them up. This is how the onion gets peeled.

My goal during a session is to provide you the space needed to have the best experience possible. To not only to loosen your tight and sore muscles, but to allow you to safely experience the massage on a deep and healing level.

Tony Crawford
L.M.T. Florida Lic # MA 0027867
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(904) 557-8350

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Tony Crawford Reflects on Lomi Lomi Massage

Tony Crawford Reflect on Lomi Lomi MassageOver my 20 years as an L.M.T., I have come across many therapists who aren’t familiar with the art of Lomi Lomi Massage. It is not a well known modality, and it is taught in very few schools throughout the country. I had never heard of it in my first ten years of practice. Then, I discovered a Lomi Lomi workshop.

Other than having the courage to initially sign up for massage school, taking that workshop was the second most important career choice I have made. It was a true game changer. This work has changed the way I think about Massage. It has helped my client’s well-being tremendously. It has increased my business, and, more importantly, it has changed the way I think as I proceed with my life’s journey.

Lomi is performed using your forearms much more so than in Swedish Massage. It is using your body weight to your advantage. This allows long flowing motions that will relax both your body and your mind.

What is Lomi?
If you think of massage as a powerful form of healing, then Lomi must be considered one of the most profound forms of massage. These are bold words, but true. Lomi Lomi loosely translated means to knead, or to rub. It is an ancient form of Hawaiian bodywork that was considered by some to be a rite of passage for the villagers, performed by kahunas and elders. Each community had its own style and form of Lomi. At the end of the day it was still about healing, healing the body, healing the mind, and healing the spirit. I have found it to be a form of cleansing, and through your work and your presence, you can facilitate healing, allowing your client to let go of both physical pain, as well as emotional pain.

We have all learned in school the typical sequence of Swedish massage. Most therapists been trained to work from body part to body part. We finish the back then move on to an arm or leg, rarely going back to the part already worked. Your client can “guess” what’s next, when it is time to turn over, and when you are done. This keeps their conscious mind working in a logical pattern, following your moves and keeping track of your work. It feels great, but are they really relaxing and letting go? Is any emotional healing taking place?

Lomi works on a different and deeper level. Lomi works the whole body as one and not just as individual parts. Lomi is best described as a “rhythmic dance around the body.” It works from the neck, down the back, and down the legs, then back up and over to the other side. This sequence is repeated as needed stopping along the way and concentrating on a leg, a back or arm as the practitioner feels is needed, then going back to the “dance.”

The great part about Lomi is that as you work the muscle structure becomes warm and loose and deep work becomes so much easier on you and less painful to your client. An example I often use with my students is that a muscle is like a stick of butter. Take a stick of butter out of the refrigerator. Try putting your finger in it, you can’t. Rub that butter for a few minutes and your finger goes deeper and deeper. Massage, any massage, is no different than that stick of butter. Lomi has a special way of warming and caring for each muscle so deeper work can be performed easily, painlessly, and as needed.

Lomi is performed on a clean table using no sheet on the table itself. I have heard gasps of astonishment from some therapists when they heard of this practice. The reason, however, is rather simple. While your client is in the supine position you have complete and easy access to working their back without interference of a sheet. A “run” can be performed by going up the body from the feet, continuing to the hip, and transversing under the back. Or, while standing at your client’s head, you can place your hands under the shoulders and work down to the sacrum area and “lift” and pull your hands back towards the head along the vertebral groove. These are some of the most appreciated runs by my clients. Often as you work a back in this manner you will hear them release pent up emotions. The power of this work is astonishing.

There is a powerful healing process that is inherent in Lomi. A very wise lady told me once that “when you are born, your life is like an empty bowl. As we age and go through life that bowl gets full of stones, issues if you will: life experiences, loves, losses, hurts, and sorrows, all of the common emotions we share as humans. Lomi facilitates a way of throwing some of the stones out of that bowl. It can help clear the body and mind of some negative experiences as well as help to remember a joyous time or person who has touched us in a special way”.

As I said earlier, standard Swedish massage engages the conscious mind. The dance of Lomi and the unpredictability of where the practitioner is going next shuts down the conscious mind and allows the subconscious to surface. I have found this to be one of the more intriguing parts of the work. Once a client relaxes and stops thinking about what you are going to work on next two things usually occur: total relaxation and, more importantly, deep healing can be experienced.

Our bodies are memory banks of past emotions and experiences. We hold these thoughts in our muscles, in our cells, and right down to our DNA. In many ways we are our past, and we are our ancestors to whom we share a common bond. Lomi provides a safe and healing space, should the client allow for these emotions to surface. You, as a practitioner, are creating and holding a safe and caring space for your client, being totally present and supporting them in their healing process. —Powerful and meaningful work.

I have been an L.M.T. since 1996. I was graduated from the Swedish Institute of Massage and have been practicing in Florida for the past 17 years. I have studied and advanced my Lomi training through Sacred Lomi. I have taught and practiced Lomi throughout the United States and abroad. I am currently associated with the Massage program at FSCJ in Jacksonville and work and live on Amelia Island. If I can be of any assistance with information concerning Lomi, please contact me at craw2240@bellsouth.net, or by calling my cell at: (904) 557-8350.

Tony Crawford L.M.T.
Florida License #MA 0027867

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Power of Touch

Power of TouchArticle contributed by: Tony Crawford, L.M.T.

Have you ever thought of how good a pat on the back or a good hug feels? Most people appreciate the feeling, but never stop to think why it feels so good.

Touch is the first sense we experience as an infant. It is one of the most powerful experiences we have in our lives. Many studies have been done and have shown that premature babies have developed and grown if they were stroked and held often.

Touch is the only one of our five senses that doesn’t diminish with age. Our smell, our hearing, our sight, and our taste all diminish as we age. Our sense of touch remains powerful until we die. The elderly, as well as the sick, cherish the touch of others. It is comforting, loving and reassuring.

The skin is the largest organ of our bodies. Touching the skin, with a simple touch or through Massage, has a powerful effect on us. Massage goes back to ancient Greek and Roman times. I don’t think there has ever been a time when human beings haven’t enjoyed the touch of another.

Think about how touch is present in our lives. Mothers hug their babies, family members hug each other, as do friends. The simple act of a handshake can tell us much about the person we just touched. Athletes are always touching each other. They pat, hug, and high five in every sport you see.

Massage is a form of ultimate touch. There are many types of massage in our world. Traditions have been passed down from generation to generation and from culture to culture since the start of man. Is one better than the other? Honestly, no. Touch is good.

Hawaiian Lomi Massage is one of the most holistic traditions and it goes well beyond what many think as simple Massage. What makes Lomi different from simple Massage? The basic Lomi Massage consists of long flowing strokes that include the whole body. It doesn’t sectionalize arms, legs and back. It works the body as a whole. This encourages the person to relax and not think about what is next, but rather enjoy the encompassing flow of the Massage. It stops and works tight areas. It can include deep muscular work, but it always goes back to the intention of working the body as a whole and not just a part at a time.

This sense of caring and comforting touch is intended to not only work muscles and to totally relax the person, but to allow them a path of healing. It allows the stress to flow out, and, when finished, leaves the person in a balanced and safe place giving them a sense of well being unique to Hawaiian Lomi Massage.

I have been a Massage Therapist for 16 years. I am licensed in Florida # MA 0027867. I am a graduate if the Swedish Institute of New York City and have studied Lomi for over 7 years throughout the country. I am a member of the Advisory Committee at Florida State College at Jacksonville, and teach in their Massage program.

I work on an outcall basis coming to you home, office or hotel. Please feel free to call if you have any questions regarding Lomi or where Lomi training is available

Tony Crawford
904 557 8350

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Lomi Hawaiian Massage and Stress

Lomi Hawaiian Massage and StressBy: Tony Crawford

Stress. We all have it. We all feel it, and we all know it’s not a good thing for us. It can be brought on by work, family, friends and just life’s situations in general. A certain amount of stress is normal and helps us function at peak performance. Excess stress on the other hand can trigger physical, mental, and emotional disorders.

Unchecked stress turns into distress. Distress can have many long term physical effects on our body as well as lingering emotional effects.

Unchecked stress can manifest itself through the body as high blood pressure, headaches, pains, tight muscles and sleep disorders. On the emotional side stress can effect your overall mood and behavior and contribute to depression and anxiety.

It has been my experience that many people have stress stored in their neck, shoulders and lower back. As you sit at your computer for a long period of time, try stopping and relaxing your shoulders. You may feel, once you relax, that you have been holding your neck and shoulders in a rigid position without realizing it.

Most of us “store” stress within our bodies. It becomes such a common occurrence we tend to forget it. This leads to both health issues and emotional issues that may be avoided through massage. Stress can be silent and overlooked. It will sneak up on you and can have very damaging effects.

On the physical side, Lomi massage will relax your muscles, help to release the tightness in your body and, by doing so, will bring you to a more balanced and stress free place. Looser muscles means less chance of physical trauma being placed on joints, and importantly, nerves. When a nerve is being pinched by a tight muscle, pain will result. When pain occurs stress will undoubtedly follow.

We all have gone through rough times: loss of a job, a divorce, a death of a loved one, as well as the emotional ups and downs of everyday life. All these issues cause emotional stress. This is the kind of stress that may not show up physically with us, but stay buried inside us waiting to explode.

Lomi massage is designed to allow not only your physical body to relax, but will also allow your mind and your emotional being to come to a place of relaxation. Lomi creates a safe place for this to occur. Lomi works the body in long, continuously flowing strokes, not just a body part at a time. It is the “incorporation” of the whole body. The therapist works in a dance like manner. Lomi will stop and work each area, as in traditional Swedish Massage. It will go as deep as needed but then always going back to its long, flowing continual strokes incorporating the entire body as one and not just individual parts. You get the benefits of both Swedish as well as deep tissue massage, with a total sense of relaxation and well being.

I have been a massage therapist for 16 years. I am licensed in Florida #MA0027867. I am a graduate of the Swedish Institute of Massage in New York City and have studied Lomi for over 7 years throughout the country. I am a member of the Advisory Committee for Florida State College at Jacksonville and teach in their Massage Program.

I work on an out-call basis coming to your home, office or hotel. Please feel free to call if you have any questions regarding Lomi, or where Lomi training is available.

Tony Crawford
904-557-8350

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Lomi Hawaiian Massage and Chiropractic Work

Lomi Hawaiian Massage and Chiropractic WorkBy: Tony Crawford

Why is Lomi Hawaiian Massage in conjunction with Chiropractic Work good for you?
Chiropractic work deals with the proper alignment of our body, our spine, and our bones. We have a vast system of nerves that runs all through our bodies. The majority of the nerves run along our spine. Should one or more of our back bones (vertebrae) become misaligned, those nerves can become pinched and the result is pain. The chiropractor can re-align the spine taking pressure off the nerve, thus reducing your pain. This is not as simple as it may sound.

The spine is surrounded and supported by many muscles. When a bone is out of place, it only makes sense that the surrounding muscles are pulled and stretched in an unnatural fashion. The proper manipulation of not only the spine, but also its surrounding muscle tissue will reduce pressure on the effected nerves, and also increase joint flexibility, as well as help to increase circulation. The goal is simple, to reduce your pain and have you painless for a longer period of time.

How does Lomi Massage help?
I think most chiropractors would agree that if the muscles surrounding your spin are rigid and tight, the adjustment will be harder to accomplish. These already tight muscles will be further stressed during the adjustment. This will not only make the adjustment harder, but also these stressed muscles will try to pull back to their pre-adjustment position.

Lomi massage is designed to relax these tight muscles putting them is such a state that the adjustment will not only be easier, but will last longer as the muscles will not try to pull back into there pre adjustment state.

Many chiropractors have massage therapists working with them to help the client get the best results possible. Many clients will have a massage prior to their adjustment.

It has been my experience that when you receive a massage prior to your adjustment the results have been outstanding. My clients have reported that they feel less anxious, more relaxed, and the adjustment went much better for them. They have also reported that their chiropractic adjustment stayed in longer which gave them longer pain relief.

Lomi massage not only works to help your muscle rid itself of stress, but, equally as important, it allows for a clear state of mind. The massage, by its design, will help set you in a good emotional state, reducing tension, and prepares your body for the needed chiropractic work.

The goal of both massage therapy and chiropractic work is to treat the body as a whole being and bring it to a pain free state. When these two modalities are working in conjunction with each other, the results can be astonishing.

About the Author, Tony Crawford
I have been a licensed massage therapist for 16 years: Florida #MA 0027867. I am a graduate of the Swedish Institute of Massage in New York City and have studied Lomi for over 7 years throughout the country. I am a member of the Advisory Committee for Florida State College at Jacksonville and also teach in their Massage program.

I work on an out-call basis coming to your home office or hotel. Please feel free to call if you have any questions regarding Lomi Lomi training, or massage in general.

Tony Crawford
(904) 557-8350

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How is Hawaiian Lomi Massage Like Butter?

How is Hawaiian Lomi Massage Like Butter?Contributed by: Tony Crawford, L.M.T.

How can you relate a massage to a stick of butter? It is actually pretty easy. As a massage therapist, one of the most common complaints I hear from people is that their last massage had left them sore for a few days. They had asked their therapist for deep tissue work but found that they were sore or even bruised the following day.

This is were the butter comes in. Take a stick of butter out of the refrigerator. Take your finger and try to press into it. You don’t get very deep do you? Now, take your finger and start rubbing it across the butter. You will find that in no time your finger will get deeper and deeper into the stick of butter as it becomes warm and soft.

Our body muscles are like a stick of butter. You can’t just go into the cold butter, it must be warmed up first. Lomi massage allows the therapist to gently work your muscles letting them soften and relax. Once they become more and more relaxed, you can go deeper and deeper without pain.

Another way to think of it is if a person hit you in the nose, would you stand there and let him do it again? No, of coarse not. It hurts. If you invade a muscle to quickly it contracts, becomes ridged and fights you if you try to go in deep again. The trick to doing deep tissue work is to make friends with the muscle you are working on so it will trust your touch and allow you to go as deep as needed.

Deep tissue helps the body in many ways. It improves muscle health. This is done by helping with circulation in effected areas. The more blood circulating in an area, the more oxygen is supplied and the healthier the muscle will become. Greater circulation also helps in eliminating toxins such as lactic acid from muscles, especially after physical activity. Deep tissue work helps to break up adhesions (knots) and scar tissue within the muscle body itself.

Lomi massage allows not only the effected area to relax, but also the whole body to relax and accept the work without pain. Lomi massage does not have to be deep work. It is a type of massage that allows you to relax on a physical level and also on an emotional level. It allows you to enjoy not only the physical aspect of the work, but, as importantly, it provides a calming soothing effect that allows healing to take place.

I have been a massage therapist for 16 years. I am licensed in Florida #MA0027867. I am a graduate of the Swedish Institute of Massage in New York City and have studied Lomi for over 7 years throughout the country. I am a member of the Advisory Committee for Florida State College at Jacksonville and teach in their Massage Program.

I work on an outcall basis coming to your home, office or hotel. Please feel free to call if you have any questions regarding Lomi, or where Lomi training is available.

Tony Crawford
(904) 557-8350

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What is Lomi or Hawaiian Massage?

Tony Crawford, L.M.T.Article contributed by: Tony Crawford, L.M.T.

What is Lomi or Hawaiin Massage? If you think of massage as a powerful form of healing, then Lomi must be considered one of the most profound forms of massage.

Where Lomi differs from traditional Swedish massage is simple. Lomi works the whole body and not just the individual parts; looking at the body not just as a group of muscles, but rather a complete being, allowing healing to take place on various levels.

With Swedish massage you can guess when it is time to turn over and when the massage is near comletion. Traditional massage therapists are taught to work the body from part to part which allows the client to anticipate which part will be worked on next.

Lomi works the whole body in a continuous rhythm of long flowing strokes. The therapist does what is best described as a dance around the entire body. They will then concentrate on an arm, or a leg, or the back, working as deeply as needed, and then go back to the full body dance. The therapist never really knows what part they will work on next. They are guided by their intuition as well as what your body tells them needs to be worked on.

This kind of spontaneous flow is designed to clear the client’s mind and allows them to relax into and receive the work. As important as the physical act of massage is during the session, the healing that can take place as the work is being done is as important.

The best example of what Lomi is intended to do is very simple. Think of yourself as an empty bowl the day you were born. All along your path in life, the bowl gets full of stones. Those stones show up due to the everyday stress of your life, your work and your relationships. Lomi is designed to bring you to a safe and loving space where you can, should you chose to, throw out some of those stones and to come out of the session lighter and with a greater sense of well-being.

The Hawaiians think of the body as being a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual whole. When healing takes place on one level, then healing will take place on all levels.

I have been a Massage Therapist for 16 years. I am licensed in Florida, #MA0027867. I graduated from the Swedish Institute in New York City and have studied Lomi for the last seven years throughout the country. I am a member of the Advisory Committee for Florida State College at Jacksonville and teach in their Massage Program.

I work on an outcall basis coming to the comfort of your home, office, or hotel.

Please feel free to call should you have any questions concerning Lomi, my practice, or where Lomi training is available. (904) 557-8350.

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The Truth About Massage Therapy

The Truth About Massage Therapy

The Truth About Massage Therapy


By: Nancy Shores

Is It Pampering or Is It Therapeutic?

The truth is, professional massage therapy can be both pampering and therapeutic. It not only benefits the body, but can induce a sense of overall well-being. The old cliche’, “Soothing for the body, mind and spirit” has become a reality for many people who have experienced massage therapy.

As a “seasoned” practicing licensed massage therapist (LMT) and a recipient of relaxation massage and therapeutic bodywork, I know first-hand, pun intended, the benefits of being pampered. A scalp massage followed by foot massage does it for me. On the other hand, (again, pun intended), I know the benefits of therapeutic massage, “Oh, my aching neck and back.”

The bottom line for clients, whether it’s pampering or therapeutic, is results! One-on-one attention and open communication, with a very clear focus by the practitioner, is crucial to achieve desired results.

Massage: manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, as by rubbing and kneading, especially for therapeutic purposes.

Pamper: to treat with excessive attention.

Both sound good to me! Being one who used to make fun of “pampering” spa commercials, I now have a better understanding of how “excessive attention” through massage therapy can be a good thing.

But questions remained, “What are my clients’ expectations? How do I respectfully and compassionately exceed those expectations? Can I pamper clients without being ‘froo-froo?’ Why not pamper and provide therapeutic massage, simultaneously? Does it have to be one or the other?”

The answers would come from an unsuspecting place, the minds and bodies of my clients. It’s their massage, not mine. I have learned many valuable lessons from clients who, in retrospect, have been the best teachers from a non-technical perspective. They have taught me the importance of adapting each massage session to meet their specific needs. It’s not my massage, it’s their massage.

I know that from the beginning of life to the end, massage can be instrumental in providing not only relaxation in your body, mind and spirit, but also stress relief and corrective muscle therapy through therapeutic bodywork techniques, especially for today’s overloaded and anxiety-ridden society.

There are, of course, many conditions and ailments for which massage therapy is not recommended and licensed massage therapists are well trained to advise accordingly.

Meanwhile, have you called your professional massage therapist for a pampering therapeutic massage?

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I Came Out a Different Person

With a couple of allnighters under my belt, we finally after 8 months launched a major selfhelp selfgrowth website called www.fortunebound.com last Monday. To be honest with you, my body was wrecked and I was suffering from pains and headaches as if I had deliberately fought Mike Tyson in his best years. My wife, always the smarter one, just picked up the phone and called Don Murphy at the Dome Healing Center for an appointment. I had been to the Dome before and was pleasantly impressed by Don’s approach and execution of a great and relaxing massage. He definitely qualified in the top 10 of the thousands of massages I have had over the years. Well that all changed this time. Continue reading