In the not so distant past of Hawaii, each village in each district, on each island had their own Lomi specialist that the villagers relied trusted and relied on. Although lomilomi was a common treatment shared among family members for minor aches and pains, it was the village Lomi specialist that treated the more complex problems.
The Mana Lomi® technique is based on Hawaiian concepts of working with the mana (life force) of the body, mind, and soul of an individual. Dr. Maka’ala Yates D.C. developed Mana Lomi after years of studying and practicing Hawaiian healing concepts with his Hawaiian teachers.
According to the voices of Na Kupuna (Hawaiian Elders – Wisdom Keepers), Mana Lomi could be translated as the Life-force of Lomi. Lomi or Lomilomi describes a concept that involves the movement of energy.
The Mana Lomi practitioner uses a multitude of techniques that affect the golgi tendon organ (GTO), muscle spindle fibers, and the pain receptors.