Kahuna Bodywork


Kahuna Bodywork (Lomi Ka’aleleau) is a flowing and dynamic form of massage-like therapy. During the bodywork treatment you will discover how Kahuna Bodywork uses sensitivity and long flowing strokes to provide a space for clients to experience healing and wellbeing for themselves. To facilitate best results the client is respectfully and professionally draped at all times, with all clothing being removed. With the aid of posture, leverage and motion, the practitioner is able to perform the bodywork according to the script of the client’s body and facilitate healing, including lymphatic drainage. This allows clients to regain balance and awareness. Kahuna Bodywork also enables both practitioner and client to access pathways to physically, emotionally or spiritually unexplored areas within themselves.

This authentic Hawaiian bodywork is practiced according to the teachings of (Kahu) Abraham Kawai’i, a native Hawaiian Kahuna and creator of Kahuna Bodywork. The bodywork is focused around the practice of Ka’aleleau, which Kahu used as a way of teaching ancient Hawaiian principles and bodywork moves. Ka’aleleau with its controlled and focused movements is a somatic movement sequence similar in some ways to Qigong. It is an ancient spiritual dance/ movement facilitating a deeper understanding of self and the Kahuna art of non-verbal communication with all things.

Kahuna Bodywork is not a form of massage. Rather, it works like a dynamic re-patterning process on body, mind and spirit that gives clients the opportunity to realign themselves and change old non-contributing patterns within their bodies. Apart from the possible therapeutic effect the major benefit of Kahuna Bodywork lies in the client’s greater sensitivity and understanding of his/her own body.

This bodywork requires great sensitivity, together with wisdom and experience of physical human movement. All bodywork techniques and moves are applied with Ki energy through the bodyworker’s own body movement.

Kahuna Bodywork is based on movement. Compassion, and the required motion, positioning, leverage, posture, and focus in performance of bodywork is taught through an ancient precisely patterned movement, called Ka’aleleau. By constantly refining his/her own Ka’aleleau movements, the student learns to design technique sequences appropriate for the individual.

The first aim for Kahuna Bodywork is to use stroking techniques to relax and reassure the client. Once relaxation is achieved, specific deeper work can be commenced. It is important that a relaxed and pain-free state is maintained throughout the entire session. (Pain free does of course not mean ‘without sensation’.) Deeper work may involve specific Ka’aleleau movement techniques, and deep point pressure using leverage and focus to release muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and joint movement techniques.

Stroke movements and specific patterns are initiated through the Ka’aleleau movement, encouraging improved cell communication, and synchronisation of the heart beat and breath in the client almost immediately. To achieve this state of communication, the bodyworker has to work entirely without intent, which makes this work very different to other modalities in its foundation.