Traditional Māori Healing

In Māori Philosophy, MiriMiri is a vibrational exchange (Reo) between our Earth Mother (Papatuānuku) and the Goddess of the Sea (Hine Moana).

MiriMiri is preliminary to RomiRomi, which is deeper body work. Like the flow and ebb of the tide, MiriMiri can have alternating mutual tones of a gentle caress (haumiri) and an invigorating rhythmic dance (kanikani).

Likewise, RomiRomi means to stimulate and agitate internally -

hence the ability to flow between both the celestial (rangitūhāhā) or spiritual and earth realms.

Māori healing experts (Tohunga) utilised these practises to release energy that served no purpose to a person's physical (tinana), spiritual (wairua), mauri (life force) and psychological (hinengaro) wellbeing that they believed resulted from trauma, sickness, or extraneous reptilian energy trapped in the cellular memory.

Traditional Māori healers (Tohunga) used MiriMiri as a means of healing injuries, releasing old tensions, and balancing bodily function. It is thought that pain can be indicative of unresolved historic; past or current issues and not necessarily clinical. In conjunction with protective recitation (kaupare) and or ritual chant (takutaku) the practise of RomiRomi and MiriMiri is intuitive (uhumanea). Neutrality (remaining in whatumanawa) is maintained during the MiriMiri healing process to procure a state of calm, silencing conscious thoughts, aligning the individuals wairua and mauri (material symbol of a life principle).


Tohunga Suppression

In 1907 the Tohunga Suppression Act was passed as a "direct challenge to Māori healing practices by the scientific medical establishment" (Jones, 2000, p. 32). This Act prohibited Tohunga from claiming to possess any supernatural powers in the treatment or cure of any disease. As a result, Tohunga were driven underground and with them the practice of MiriMiri (Jones, 2000).

Practical Application of MiriMiri

A western definition for MiriMiri is the use of hands to physically manipulate the body's soft tissues for effecting a desirable change in the individual. In practise, MiriMiri is similar to Swedish Massage utilising a combination of strokes to manipulate the body tissues (tinana) such as petrissage and effleurage techniques (ropiropi /rubbing; paa / gliding; tapahi / hacking; kāuto / kneading; pīrori / rolling).

RomiRomi (deep tissue) encompasses trigger point (haemata) release utilising a combination of elbows, forearms, knuckles and in some cases feet, knees and pressure of practitioner's full body. Tools such as sticks (rākau) stones (pōhatu); native rongoa tree branches (rārā) are also incorporated in RomiRomi as well as manipulating the body's limbs (peke) to accommodate a range of movement to aid release and or to induce relaxation of muscles (uaua).

Neither MiriMiri or RomiRomi is carried out without first clearing the healing space (whakawātea) utilising blessed sea water (wai tai/wai tapu) and progressing with a kaupare or prayer.

Healing leaves

Contraindications of MiriMiri / Massage

A contraindication is a situation when MiriMiri might not be performed. Continuing with treatment may be more detrimental than beneficial and in some cases, may cause further health problems. However other parts of the body where an injury or issue doesnot exist or is not affected indirectly, it is ok.

If in doubt, keep you and I safe, check with your Doctor first.