Raynor/Lomi Lomi/4-Handed Massage & Bodywork
Raynor Massage a holistic system of bodywork developed by Naturopath Brandon Raynor. It is a form of deep tissue massage that is generally recognized as one of the most powerful and effective forms of massage therapy today. Raynor Massage goes well beyond the realm of what most people consider to be the confines of a massage treatment. It has helped numerous people with conditions such as sore neck, back pain, sciatica and trapped nerves; as well as relieving stress and blocked emotions/traumas. It is suitable for everyone regardless of age/fitness level and works on a deeper, more effective level than sports massage.
The origins of Raynor Massage are in Ayurvedic Massage, Chinese Medicine, Reflexology, Shiatsu and Yoga Breathwork. However, it integrates many different techniques. There is a special emphasis on the Eastern medical theory that the physical body is a gross manifestation of a subtle body composed of a life force (chi or prana), emotions and other subtle energies, and that each are related and have an effect on each other. Physical or emotional stressors can lead to a blockage or disruption in the flow of chi or prana can cause bones to shift out of place or create tension in the body. The Raynor approach looks at the body as one holistic organism rather than dealing with one part in isolation. For example, one part of the body may be tight but that area may be being held tight by another area which could then also be held tight by another area again.
Raynor Massage is never performed as a routine but is always tailored to individual needs. It emphasizes certain extremely important parts of the body that are often neglected by traditional massage therapists, such as the abdomen, the sacrum, the hips and the feet, hands and head. These areas tend to hold a lot of stagnation and blockage of the life force and freeing them up will generally have a great benefit not just to the areas concerned but to the whole being. The primary goal of Raynor Naturopathic Massage is to relieve a person of residual tension, muscle tightness in an area of the body when the body is at rest, and return the body to its natural state of relaxation, which then has a knock on effect on many areas of the person’s life.
If you are interested in seeing what a Raynor Massage looks like, here is a video of Brandon Raynor in action, massaging my teacher Dave Taylor:
Lomi Lomi massage originated in ancient Hawaii, where it was traditionally often practiced by local Shamans or 'Kahunas' (spiritual healers). Future practitioners would be selected in childhood, about age 5, based on birth signs such as weather events, birthmarks (especially on the head), and kind behaviour. After a decade or more of study, they would begin to practice but mastery was believed to take a lifetime. However, I was lucky enough to connect to this lineage in the UK and train through Dan Joy, who has provided massage for the likes of Mooji and was listed in Time Out 'one of the best massages in London'. Dan was himself taught by Jody Mountain, a carrier of this lineage in Hawaii, who has dedicated her life to sharing the depth and vibrancy of this profound work with others as a vehicle for awakened consciousness
Although there are many different styles of Lomi Lomi, it is gererally characterised by embodying the state of 'loving awareness' through touch and applying long, fluid, continuous strokes to the body. It is a heart-centred healing modality that provides a deep healing space, some of which is beyond explanation in words. It can be particularly helpful for people who are carrying trauma in their body or who have been deprived of loving touch.
Here is a video of Jody Mountain demostrating the art of Lomi Lomi:
4-Handed 'Dreamtime' Massage
For a truly out of this world experience, including sound healing, poetry and the sacred Cacao plant, you can request a 4-Handed 'Dreamtime' Massage where I will be accompanied by my colleague who is also a qualified Holistic Massage Therapist.
For a flavour of what a 4-Handed Massage is like, here is my teacher Dan Joy in action:
Raynor and Lomi Lomi can be combined or performed separately. I can also include essential oils blended to your needs/preferences and/or CBD oil (derived from the Hemp plant), renowned for it's muscle relaxing and pain relieving qualities.
Please note - for some people, good massage may be very uncomfortable if they aren’t used to it and can actually trigger a detox reaction. Then as their healing crisis finishes their body should feel a lot better, have more mobility and a general feeling of being more relaxed should ensue.by