Christina Rivera has been a practicing massage therapist in northern California for 12 years serving the Russian River and Wine country vacation clientele as well as her local following.
Christina holds certifications in Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, deep tissue and medical massage.
Lomilomi practitioners use the palms, forearms, fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees, feet, even sticks and stones. Lomilomi practices varied by family, ahupuaʻa (traditional region) and island.
Traditionally in ancient Hawaii lomilomi was practiced in four contexts:
As a healing practice of native healers — kahuna lāʻau lapaʻau (healers) and kahuna hāhā (diagnosticians)
As a luxury and an aid to digestion, especially by the ruling chiefs (aliʻi)
As restorative massage within the family
By ʻōlohe lua (masters of the Hawaiian martial arts)
Although the term kahuna lomilomi is widely used in contemporary writings, traditionally the people who performed lomilomi were called ka poʻe lomilomi (the massage people) or kanaka lomi (massage person).
From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lomilomi_massage)