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7 destinations for a wellness getaway

By: Josh Lew on Jan. 25, 2013, 5:21 p.m.
Beach massage in Hawaii

Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Sri Maiava Rusden

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Lomilomi in Hawaii

Hawaii's traditional massage technique, called lomilomi (sometimes written lomi lomi), is practiced on the islands today as it has been for hundreds of years. This style of massage includes kneading muscles and applying pressure in long, fluid stokes with the masseuse using forearms and even elbows as well as hands. Vacationers can get a lomilomi massage at major resorts or they can seek out a local practice where the masseuse incorporates other elements of traditional Hawaiian healing, such as a focus on body energy and breathing. Some lomilomi practitioners may offer advice about lifestyle changes as well. Travelers who are interested in learning about this type of natural healing can find classes through the Hawaiian Lomilomi Association.