Manaloa Massage
 

 

Massage is not a luxury,
it is an important gift
we give our bodies
to say thank you.

 

 
 

My Practice

Manaloa = Expansive Life Force

 
 
Veronica Tafuri   Founder of Manaloa Massage Licensed Massage Therapist & Esthetician

Veronica Tafuri
Founder of Manaloa Massage
Licensed Massage Therapist & Esthetician

Aloha and welcome to Manaloa Massage. The name Manaloa, comes from the Hawaiian words Mana, meaning power or life force and Loa, meaning long or expansive. Manaloa Massage was born out of my deep passion for helping and healing others through the Hawaiian art of Lomi Lomi Massage. I started my own practice because I want to help rid people of their physical and mental burdens. I want to elevate my client's minds, bodies and spirits, allowing them the opportunity to feel revitalized, motivated and empowered to live out their wildest hopes and dreams. To me, massage isn't a luxury, it is an important gift we give our bodies to say thank you for being my conduit in this life and for all the experiences that go along with living, breathing and moving.

My massage journey began almost ten years ago, on Maui, where I was lucky enough to receive training in the art of Mana Lomi created by Kumu Maka'ala Yates. For over a year, I apprenticed under my sister-in-law Jeana Naluai, a very gifted Lomi Lomi massage teacher and physical therapist. Then I began working for her at her spa and retreat center Ho'omana Spa Maui (an absolute upcountry paradise, if you ever get the chance to visit!). What I took away from my time on Maui was a deep reverence for the physical bodies that propel our spirits in this world, and I quickly learned that we must be avid stewards of our physical form in order to live the healthy and abundant lives we so deserve. 


Lomi Lomi Massage

My specialty, Lomi Lomi massage, is an ancient healing art form rooted in indigenous Hawaiian healing practices created to harmonize the body, mind and spirit. Different from conventional massage, Lomi Lomi is not only relaxation-centered, it is primarily therapeutic, addressing the many layers of the body with a rhythmic dance of forearm movements and elbow pressure. By pushing slowly and deeply into the tissue of the body Lomi helps to move fluid, increase circulation and lymphatic drainage, stretch and release muscle tightness, and melt away stress and tension. It can be utilized to address very specific injuries and areas of pain or as a full-body healing ritual. Lomi Lomi also includes glute work, hip stretches and a stomach massage that helps improve digestion.

 

Benefits of Lomi Lomi:

• Reduces pain and muscular tension/spasms

• Relieves stress, headaches, migraines, and insomnia

• Boosts immunity and flushes toxins

• Promotes deep relaxation, calming the body, mind and spirit

• Improves circulation and skin tone

• Pumps oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs

• Encourages healthy digestive function

• Exercises and stretches muscles, improving range of motion

• Increases joint flexibility

• Releases endorphins, which are amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkillers

 
 
 

"Manaloa Massage was
born out of my deep
passion for helping and
healing others
through the
Hawaiian art of
Lomi Lomi Massage."

 
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Testimonials


After years of searching for the best massage, Veronica is the only therapist I trust my body with. She has the perfect blend of long, relaxing broad strokes with the deep, focused bodywork that I need. I suffer from a joint disorder that causes recurring pain in my neck, shoulders, back and hips and getting massages every two weeks from Veronica is a vital part of my recovery and self-care. She is a compassionate listener and puts me at ease immediately so I can fully relax on the table. I am so grateful to have found a therapist who truly loves (and excels at!) her craft.
— Samantha R.

Getting a massage from Veronica was a powerful experience. She seemed to know just what my body wanted and needed and I was surprised and delighted to find that Lomi massage is a much more thorough and therapeutic experience than the average Swedish massage.
— Erin T.

I had my first treatment with Veronica after suffering from chronic pain and discomfort due to a neck injury. The level of therapy Veronica provided in rehabilitating my neck in just one session was remarkable. I am not one to exaggerate, but my neck literally felt an inch longer by the time she had finished. No other masseuse i’ve worked with before compares to Veronica’s level of skill. I highly recommend her!
— Victoria H.