Among the islands of Oceania, Lomilomi is a real proving ground for the ancient art of massage. It is asserted that it was the abilities of the early Polynesian voyagers that led to the discovery of the healing properties of the island, the first Polynesian island to be colonised. In particular the deep tissue massage technique that's still used today on Lomilomi is said to have been discovered by Captain James Cook in his journey around the world in the late 1800s. The islands are famous for their coral beauty and the unique marine life they contain. The seas around Lomilomi and Oceania were also rich in marine life long before Cook's time.
In modern times, Lomilomi and Oceania are still able to offer a variety of massage therapies. A recent development on the Oceania islands is a natural spa, which will offer a variety of treatments from aromatherapy and reflexology to acupuncture and Thai massage. The spa area is located on a private island, which can be obtained from an eco-lodge at the foot of Mt. Cook.
The most popular traditional massage treatment on Lomilomi is Te Tiritiri massage, which is often described as a ritual performed by a shaman or healers. Te Tiritiri is performed on the soles of the feet and is supposed to get rid of any toxins in the body. This is part of this healing technique known as"cleansing the roots". Traditional healers believe that this technique can release the stress of daily life and provide a greater sense of wellbein