There are, in fact, many different lineages of lomi lomi, each using a different bodywork format. It is possible to specialize and sometimes even become certified in a specific lineage/format. Various lomi lomi lineages/formats may be as different as Swedish vs Thai vs Traeger.
Unfortunately, articles are rampant on the internet which suggest that lomi lomi is a single style of massage. It's not. "Lomi Lomi" simply means "massage" in the Hawaiian language.
This article mixes up statements about various styles of lomi lomi. For example: "There is a moment of stillness in which the massage therapist, with hands lightly placed in the client's back, prays for healing" or "Aromatic oils are used for massaging." or "the body is gently stretched and the joints are rotated". Each of these statements is true about some lomi lomi lineages, but not all.
I practice and teach Mana Lomi, a clinically focused lomi lomi format from the Big Island, coming through the lineage of Aunty Margaret Machado and developed in its current form by Dr. Maka'ala Yates, D.C. Mana lomi is deep yet gentle, communicates to the depth of the bones, works with structure, and feels yummy to receive. It works well in either a medical or spa setting. Thank you. Barbara H.