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Lomi Lomi Massage 

the Loving Touch or "Loving Hands" is a form of healing massage expressed from the Heart, that originated in ancient Hawaii.

Aunty Margaret called it ’praying work’,

with a loving touch. 

As it is the connection of heart to heart, and the divine in us connecting to the divine in another, that speaks through the Lomilomi healing massage touch. 

Physical strain, emotions, limiting beliefs can block energy flow, which are reflected as muscle tension at different levels in the body.  Lomi Lomi helps release the blockages and, simultaneously, gives the energy new direction. Thus Lomi Lomi is not just a physical experience; it also facilitates healing on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels.


Aunty Margaret, my “Kumu” (teacher, source), gave me the permission to practice and teach lomi lomi. Aunty made lomi lomi famous throughout the world. People came from all over the globe, to learn and to be healed by the healing methods of Hawaii through Aunty.

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How is Lomi Lomi practiced?

A Lomi Lomi session usually begins with the practitioner's hands gently resting on the client's back. In this stillness the practitioner will quietly say a

“Pule”, a blessing or prayer

asking for whatever healing is needed to take place during the massage. Additionally, the client may be asked to set their intention for any healing they would like to receive. The body-therapist then works very intuitively with the client. In this respect there is no set format or sequence for the massage and no two massages will ever be identical. The massage is given in fluid, rhythmic motions. Some people have described this as feeling like gentle waves moving over the body. Different parts of the body may be massaged at the same time, e.g. one arm or hand may be working on a shoulder and the other hand may be working on the opposite hip. This assists the recipient in relaxing and thus releasing tension, while increasing the flow of blood circulating in a specific area of the body.   The two -point movements create a key element of Lomi Lomi to release pent-up tensions, as it is impossible, or at least extremely difficult, for the brain to focus on the two different areas at once.

In the ancient view of healing, energy also gets blocked in the bones; the iwi, and joints. Gentle stretches of the body and gentle rotations of the joints are incorporated to assist the release of tensions and assist the flow of energy, not forcing, but feeling the level of the client's resistance or comfort. The rhythm of the massage movements, and the varying depth and pressure help to release the hewa; one’s troubles in the body, and ease the flow of energy, through the healing touch.

 Lomi Lomi has been passed on from generation to generation, in Hawaiian families and was not taught publicly. Aunty Margaret Machado considered it important to teach this art of massage, and the philosophy which connects with the spiritual nature within us.

Kahuna Aunty MargaretFor many years, Aunty Margaret taught her Hawaiian healing classes on her lanai; the porch of her house which looks out across the ocean on the Big Island of Hawaii. From the porch you looked across the grass under the coconut trees, to see and hear the sweet sounds and rhythms of the ocean, which touched your heart and hands as you did the massage. The waves of the sea are elements of the movements of the lomilomi massage.

It was on this porch, that I learned massage from Aunty Margaret, through her direct instruction. Many times, her instruction was done through massaging her. It was learning by doing. She radiated a powerful compassionate presence and depth of being. Aunty taught that the knowledge and insight into an individual,  was revealed first in their faces as they walked up the driveway to see her. 

It was from the depth of her inner knowing, and her perceptive loving being, that I learned the art and healing of lomilomi, and was given permission to teach and practice the healing art of Lomilomi.

Aunty Margaret’s Motto is

"Love the body as if it were your own"

                 "Lomi Lomi is praying work“

The essence of Lomi Lomi is


Alo = to connect, with the presence of

Ha = breath of life, of God

The call of the islands, of this magical healing area of the Big Island is where I built my home in Hawaii, and a healing retreat, for family, friends, and other teachers to teach and do their healing work with people from all over the world.




Retreats and Classes:

Kealakekua  Bay, On the Big Island of Hawaii

Classes in Lomilomi, Personal Healing Retreats, and Meditation courses In Hawaii are given by Anna/ Noe Bonas DC LAC OMD, and others.

Several times a year Dr Anna gives courses in Hawaii. These classes and healing retreats are for groups and individuals, family and friends.

The classes and retreats take advantage of the healing elements of this magical healing island . Swimming in the bay, snorkeling, with colorful tropical fish, turtles, and dolphins. The elements of the Kona breeze, the feel of softness of the air or the warmth of  water,  listening to the sounds of the ocean,  the songs of the birds, all add to the healing magic of the area, and to one’s experience both meditation, in receiving or giving a massage: in the healing workshops, all add to one’s inner experience, and to our connection with the world around us. It all becomes a nurturing, harmonious melody and rhythm of the heart of healing within this tropical paradise

Classes are for individuals, couples, for all who are interested in learning Lomilomi and experiencing other healing courses in Hawaii and around the globe.


                    Please contact Dr Bonas.


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If you would like to set a private healing course for your friends or group, from beginners to advanced practitioners Dr Bonas is available. Health Practitioners often call on her for assistance with their clients and patients.

Courses on the Mainland generally run from

1, 2, 3 and 5 days.

Anna/Noe/Dr Bonas offer couples and friends courses which teach you to identify and work on the areas of greatest need in your friend or partner. It is time that we all learn to help each other in the most effective ways we are able to create greater ease of being. 


The art of Lomi lomi is a massage therapy that has been practiced by the Hawaiians for many centuries. Much more than simply a physical technique, Lomi lomi involves a holistic approach to the person and seeks to heal and promote wellness in body, mind and spirit. In the Hawaiian language Lomi lomi literally means "to and from," referring both to the massage motion as well as to the healing energy that passes between the practitioner and the receiver. There are various kinds of lomi massage including "polole lomi," the mother's gentle hand; "oluea lomi," harmonizing body, mind and spirit; and "oluli lomi," igniting the life force.

Lomi lomi has traditionally been passed down in families from one generation to another. The practitioner of this ancient treatment is often the "tutu" (grandmother) or another revered family member. Though the style of massage can vary, traditionally one lies on a woven mat on the ground while the massage is carried out with a combination of thumbs, knuckles, palms, arms and elbow motions, though another form of Lomi lomi can involve the practitioner walking on the body. Oils obtained from native products such as palm or kukui or macadamia nuts are used as massage lotions and to nourish and moisturize the skin.

Lomi lomi is part of a broader Hawaiian belief system that embraces the body, spirit and healing. Therefore it traditionally includes the elements of prayer, breath and energy, rooted in the ancient Hawaiian philosophy known as Huna. Some knowledge of Huna helps in understanding how Lomi lomi relates to healing of the whole person.   Huna teaches that all things seek harmony and love - in fact, another name of lomi lomi is the "loving hands" massage, involving deep but gentle strokes that nurture the body and allow the receiver to relax and simply be.


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