Man Talk by Holistic Bliss (thanks Rod!): Shining the Light on Kahuna

When they told me that my project this month was to experience a Kahuna massage, I immediately had visions of massive Polynesian bare-chested men in grass skirts- some thumping religiously on drums with others walking on my back! I can’t tell you of my relief when Scott Murray opened the door to his lovely home in the leafy outskirts of Noosa (minus the grass skirt and drums and wearing plain clothes). Scott is a truly gentle man who, I was soon to find out, was both gifted and dedicated to improving the lot of his fellow humans.

While I filled out the usual client intake form we talked about my ailments (too many to list after decades in the construction industry and even longer riding motorbikes) and what Kahuna is all about. Originating in Hawaii as part of a right of passage, it has served those islanders for centuries. Traditionally in ancient Hawaiian Lomi Lomi was practiced in four contexts:

  1. As a healing practice of native healers -- kahuna lāʻau lapaʻau (healers) and kahuna hāhā(diagnosticians)

  2. As a luxury and an aid to digestion, especially by the ruling chiefs (aliʻi)

  3. As restorative massage within the family

  4. By ʻōlohe lua (masters of the Hawaiian martial arts)

Although the term Kahuna Lomi Lomi is widely used in contemporary writings, traditionally the people who performed Lomi Lomi were called ka poʻe lomilomi (the massage people) or kanaka Lomi (massage person). The word kauka is the Hawaiian version of doctor. Like many endeavours in old Hawaii, Lomi Lomi was conducted with prayer and intention.

I had heard that Kahuna was usually performed on the naked body so you may understand my relief when, as I walked into the warm and inviting treatment room, Scott uttered the words, “disrobe to whatever you’re comfortable with”. The next 90 minutes were the most relaxing I think I have ever experienced. While rolling, rubbing and squeezing out the bad stuff, it envelopes you into a sort of euphoric trance. When I arose from the massage table more than an hour and a half later, I was a little wobbly on my feet. That’s right, I felt so relaxed I almost felt a bit tipsy. How relaxed is that? Very, very relaxed!

So how does Kahuna measure up as a restorative, healing process? Well I slept very soundly that night, which I never do and the next day I felt full of beans, even my troublesome busted, arthritical leg was happy to greet the day. Scott calls his business ‘Body Bliss Massage’ and said before we started that he hoped I would feel ‘blissed’ after the treatment. I have to say I did! I recommend to prospective clients to plan to do nothing else for the day after you have the big Kahuna, as your mind and body just totally crank down!

Mahalo nui loa A hui hou kakou  (Thank you very much, until we meet again)

Thanks so much Rod for allowing me to work with your body!  Gratitude for you. 

Until we meet again, choose bliss

Scott Murray

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