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Lomi Lomi: Effective Treatment for Anxiety, Depression and Low Back Pain

Lomi Lomi translates to ‘Loving Hands.’


In Polynesian languages, anything repeated is of significance. 

Lomi Lomi is an ancient Hawaiian bodywork practice used for medicinal and #cultural connection purposes. 

It is inaccurate to refer to Lomi Lomi merely as a ‘massage‘ as it is so much more.  

Applied through the intent of #Aloha, it has the capacity to exponentially transform the being-ness of both the practitioner and patient receiving it.

The mechanistic application of Lomi Lomi massage incorporates several modalities globally and does not follow a strict application, rather is guided by the philosophy of Aloha.


Lomi Lomi Gold Coast - Evidence Based Medicine


Lomi Lomi is both an answer to questions you did not know to ask and an acknowledgment of the #divine being you are.

Lomi Lomi is #philosophical, #spiritual and physiological in application.

Studies have shown Lomi Lomi can effectively reduce symptoms of #anxiety and #depression

A systematic review and meta-analysis of 20 randomised controlled trials published in the Journal of Affective Disorders in 2019 found that Lomi Lomi had a significant positive effect on depression compared to control interventions. 

Another systematic review and meta-analysis of 20 randomised controlled trials published in the Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology in 2018 found that Lomi Lomi was effective in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression in cancer patients. 

The researchers suggest that Lomi Lomi may have a therapeutic effect by reducing levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and increasing the production of endorphins, the body’s natural pain-relieving compounds.



In addition to its mental health benefits, Lomi Lomi has also been found to be effective in treating low back pain

A systematic review of 21 randomised controlled trials published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2014 found that Lomi Lomi was significantly more effective than placebo or no treatment in reducing chronic low back pain

A more recent systematic review and meta-analysis of 24 randomised controlled trials published in the Journal of Pain in 2016 found that Lomi Lomi was effective in reducing pain compared to control interventions in a variety of health conditions, including low back pain.

In conclusion, Lomi Lomi has been shown to be a highly effective treatment for anxiety, depression, and low back pain in multiple studies.



Lomi Lomi is not for everyone as it requires a level of vulnerability most people who have grown up in western culture do not have the aptitude or capacity for. 

Many times mental and physiological health symptoms have accumulated over several months and or years. 

It is prudent to engage with your practitioner and health professional to develop criteria for understanding and measuring the efficacy for your life. 

While further research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms behind its therapeutic effects, the evidence suggests that Lomi Lomi can provide significant benefits for individuals suffering from these conditions. 

It is important to note that Lomi Lomi can be used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment and under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional.

To see more research on the benefits long-term massage can have as part of your regular wellbeing practice, do your own research with reputable scholarly libraries or contact Lomi Lomi Gold Coast for a list of our compiled research papers. 


  • Before experiencing Lomi Lomi, I was at a bifurcation point and felt lost.
    I decided to try it because it spoke to my spirit as a means to guide me.
    Possibilities such... Read more

    Ruth Sacristan Avatar Ruth Sacristan

    Being vulnerable, introspective, open and present were intellectual words prior to having the experience of Lomi Lomi. There is a primal aspect of submitting to my true self that makes... Read more

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  • I'm busy labouring most days, working on-farm with animals and growing food so I use my body a lot.

    Historically, my body holds on to pain emotionally. Because I’m kinaesthetic, relief... Read more

    Tamzin Revell Avatar Tamzin Revell

    Lomi Lomi has provided me with physical relief and an entirely new way of being.
    I came to the realization that I had a past habit of depriving myself and of... Read more

    Jasmine Harris Avatar Jasmine Harris
  • Before receiving Lomi Lomi, I was healing from trauma, both physically and emotionally after going through major surgery and a recent loss of a loved one. Lomi Lomi, was extremely... Read more

    Joanna Katherine Avatar Joanna Katherine

    Prior to my experiences with Lomi Lomi, my life was disorganised, unclear, and I made irrational decisions. I was in university, juggling relationships and training MMA. These were all distractions... Read more

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  • I’ve started having Lomi Lomi with this organisation in Melbourne several years ago. When they opened on the Gold Coast it was greater than fortunate. The way I feel after... Read more

    Penny Rodriguez Avatar Penny Rodriguez

    Before having Lomi Lomi, I was working mentally and physically demanding full time job.
    It was causal in chronic neck and lower back pain.
    Lomi Lomi is now available to me as... Read more

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  • Before my first Lomi Lomi session, I was feeling stuck and just going through the motions.
    Now that Lomi Lomi is a part of my wellbeing, I am more nurturing of... Read more

    Simone McCallum Avatar Simone McCallum

    Whilst I enjoy receiving a massage, I have discovered my body responds best to Lomi Lomi massage.
    For me it helps with pain management and also stress reduction.
    I think the reason... Read more

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