Our Frequently Asked Questions, below, will answer most of your mirimiri queries:
What is contemporary Maori mirimiri?
Mirimiri is the traditional holistic healing massage technique of the Maori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa / New Zealand. My unique massage style combines aspects of both traditional and modern worlds, utilising Maori mirimiri, sports, deep tissue, trigger point, pre / post natal and stress reduction techniques.
What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy is the manipulation of the superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance the function and promote relaxation and well-being.
The word Massage comes from the French word massage “friction of kneading”, or from Arabic massa meaning to “to touch, feel or handle” or from the latin word massa meaning “mass, dough”.
Massage therapy involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure; structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving and tension, motion, or vibration, done manually. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissues. Massage therapy can be applied with hands, fingers,, elbows and forearms.
In an age of technical and, at times, impersonal medicine, massage offers a drug free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
How does mirimiri work?
Mirimiri improves circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues. It relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility, and helps clear lactic acid and other wastes, which reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints.
Why do people have mirimiri?
People have mirimiri for relaxation or for a variety of health condition:
- Back pain
- Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendonitis
- Stress reduction and stress related conditions
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
- Repetitive strain injury, such as carpel tunnel syndrome and OOS
- Circulatory and respiratory problems
- Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation
- Pre/post natal
Mirimiri relieves stress. It is thought to help the body’s stress response by lowering levels of hormones such as cortisol. Mirimiri also appears to enhance immune function.
What is a typical mirimiri session like?
A typical mirimiri session is between 60 and 120 minutes. Your mirimiri will begin with a brief consultation and review of symptoms, medical history and lifestyle.
You will be asked to undress to what you are comfortable in (while the massage therapist is out of the room), lie down under a sheet on a padded massage table.
You then use a buzzer to indicate to the therapist that you are ready. The massage therapist re-enters the room and will then adjust the face cradle, bolsters, and pillows to ensure that you are comfortable and properly positioned. Tell the massage therapist if you are too warm or cold.
The mirimiri starts and finishes with karakia (traditional prayer/intent) and acknowledgement of the ancestors.
The massage therapist uses waxes or oil on the skin and begins the massage. You are underneath the sheet (males have towel across) at all times, only the part of the body being treated at any one time is uncovered. A hot clay pack wrapped in a towel will be applied during the mirimiri.
After the massage, the massage therapist leaves the room so you can get changed.
Take your time getting up. If you sit or stand too quickly you may feel lightheaded or dizzy.
The mirimiri concludes with an invitation to select a card. Wisdom of the Four Winds cards are not predictive, they merely allow us to pause and look at our situation with the help of the kaitiaki or guide who arrives by chance, through the blind pulling of a card.
Everything and everyone has a spiritual home. In the Maori world of Polynesia it is known as our Tu-ranga-wae-wae, ‘the place where we stand tall.’ That ‘sanctuary’ may or may not be our birthplace, as its power is of many realms. Wisdom of the Four Winds has its spiritual home in Aotearoa New Zealand, a unique gift to the world.
Will mirimiri hurt?
Mirimiri shouldn’t hurt .Occasionally there is a mild aching when the massage therapist applies pressure over “knots” and other areas of muscle tension. If the pressure is too strong for you, let the massage therapist know.
How will I feel after the mirimiri?
Most people feel calm and relaxed after a treatment. Some people may experience mild temporary aching for a 24hr to 72hr period following a deep tissue mirimiri.
Mirimiri is not recommended for certain people:
- People with infectious skin diseases, such as rash or open wounds
- Immediately after surgery
- Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
- People prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a mirimiri.
Mirimiri should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumours, abdominal hernia or areas of recent fractures.
Additional mirimiri tips
Don’t eat a heavy meal before a mirimiri
If its your first time, please arrive 5 minutes earlier to complete a form.
Drink plenty of water after the mirimiri to flush out toxins released during the treatment.