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What is Huna Healing?

By: Sarah Knowles BA, MA - Updated: 27 Feb 2012 | comments*Discuss
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When most people in the United Kingdom think of Hawaii, they probably conjure up an image of a beautiful dark-haired woman dancing the hula on a sun-kissed beach, wearing nothing but a bikini top, a grass skirt and a traditional lei, or flower necklace.

But the islands of Hawaii are famous for a lot more than their beautiful women and traditional island dance and dress. Hawaii has traditions that go back tens of thousands of years, many of which still influence modern thinking today.

One of these ancient traditions is called Huna, a form of traditional Hawaiian healing which can be traced back to roots going as far back as 2,000 years ago – or perhaps many, many more.

The word “Huna” literally means “secret”, but this type of healing is no longer kept from other people. Originally called “Ho’omana”, which means to empower, Huna healing is today becoming more and more popular, and the word is spreading fast.

Basics of Huna Healing

Huna healing is intended to help people connect their mind with their body, and through doing so experience the wisdom that we all (in theory, at least) have within us. Trained Huna practitioners talk through Huna concepts with patients, or clients, relying on ancient principles of Huna healing.

The main focus of Huna Healing is based on seven principles, according to Huna healer Serge Kahili King. They are designed to help people attract the life force within them, and put it back into their own hands.

They are:

  • Ike: The world is what you think it is.
  • Kala: There are no limitations.
  • Makia: Energy flows where attention goes.
  • Manawa: Now is the moment of power.
  • Aloha: To love is to be happy with.
  • Mana: Power comes from within
  • Pono: Effectiveness is the measure of truth.

Hawaiian Massage

Huna healing is accomplished, at least in part, by the use of Hawaiian massage, which is called lomilomi. A gentle type of massage that is good for people of any age, its proponents say it works because it engages the nervous system at a deep and intense level.

The massage therapist uses his or her forearms as well as body weight to, in effect, lull the patient into a deep feeling or relaxation. The goal is to release the body from all tension, both physical and emotional, and to promote a sense of deeper healing.

In a way, lomilomi massage a bit like Thai massage, which also requires full participation of the massage therapist – in particular the use of arms - for maximum effect.

Interestingly, the word lomilomi means massage in Hawaiian, but this type of massage is intended to go beyond what most people think of as massage, being deeply restorative and holistic. In ancient times, sticks and stones were used in conjunction with the massage therapist’s body to carry out the massage.

Scam or Sincere?

Huna healing is a form of talking therapy and massage that claims to follow the ancient wisdom of the Hawaiian islands. For many people, it has helped them to put mind, body and spirit in perfect harmony, in a way that other alternative therapies cannot.

Some critics, however, say that Huna healing is just another scam, a way for charlatans to make money out of unsuspecting people who are desperate for a way to feel better in their lives, and who are attracted by a therapy that is both exotic and non-intrusive and non-invasive.

The bottom line is that any type of non-invasive therapy, coupled with relaxing massage and a pleasant conversation, can be beneficial. People respond when a caring practitioner is focused on them, helping them to feel better on an emotional as well as a physical level.

If you want to try Huna healing, give it a go. Whether or not you are receiving the benefits of an age-old island craft is probably immaterial. The important thing is that you will be benefitting from a safe, caring massage and someone to listen to your problems - and you can entertain visions of that sun-kissed Hawaiian beach at the same time. That should be worth something!

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