How Does Mirimiri Work? 

Mirimiri massage is a tool used in traditional Maori medicine to release deeply-held tension in the body, through agitation of tissue, muscle, bone, blood and fluids.

Techniques used in mirimiri massage treatment include applying pressure to the trigger points and pressure points (using tools such as kohatu or stones), spine and joint alignment techniques and the use of hands, feet, elbows and bodyweight to work the muscles and tissue. 

Many people are surprised to realise how much tension their body is actually holding. Left untreated, this tension can lead to muscle pain, restricted range of movement and often has an impact on mental health and wellbeing over time.


Maori bodywork originates from the centuries old wananga lore of traditional healing.  It utilises a holistic approach to restoring wellness to the mind, body, spirit and emotional being.

The build-up of tension in the body is the result of an accumulation of the stress and trauma we experience throughout our lives. Left untreated, it can lead to pain, illness or dysfunction on a physical, emotional, mental or spiritual level. Mirimiri massage helps reverse the effects by bringing balance back to the body.  .

Kohatu (stones) such as pounamu (greenstone) or river stone is often used in Maori bodywork to draw toxic energy from the body, or to apply concentrated pressure to specific haemata (pressure points).  

Similarly, rakau (wood) can be used to apply pressure and aid manipulation, and wai tai (seawater) is always used for energetic cleansing and to provide spiritual protection.

What Conditions can be treated using Mirimiri and Romiromi?

Mirimiri and Romiromi treatment is beneficial for any musculoskeletal conditions in which pain, tension or restriction of movement are present.  While Mirimiri focuses on tissue, muscle, bone and blood, Romiromi stimulates the internal organs of the body.  Both modalities are dependent upon each other and work holistically to achieve physical and spiritual release, through agitating or 'stirring up' energetic blockages and other areas of tension within the body.

Maori healing modalities, including Mirimiri and Romiromi, work holistically not only to heal physical ailments, but also to balance your wairua (essence) and mauri (spirit) and aid recovery from trauma or emotional distress.

Many physical symptoms can be the direct result of lingering trauma or stress, which is why Maori Bodywork focuses on realigning energy and clearing blockages, as an effective stimulus to release emotional blockages and speed recovery.


In our cultural belief system, everything connects to Mauri (life force/life essence). When this connection diminishes or is interrupted in any way, well-being is compromised, and we are no longer living in a state of ARO-HA (focused life principle/unconditional love). Instead, we are living in a state of HARA (wrongness - needing to be ‘put right’).

Pain or DIS-EASE is an indicator of dysfunction and the body's way of informing us that something is wrong. Mirimiri and Romiromi seeks to restore energetic flow, balance, function and well-being to the person; therefore assisting the body to heal and access its own healing systems.


Conditions that are especially responsive to treatment include:  

  • muscle pain and tension

  • knee pain/injuries

  • neck and shoulder pain

  • back pain and lumbar injuries

  • scoliosis

  • tendonitis

  • knee injuries

  • sciatica

  • migraines and headaches

  • work injuries and sports injuries

  • plantar fasciitis and shin splints

  • pelvic and spinal misalignment

  • digestive issues; ie: cramping, bloating, constipation and IBS

Mirimiri and Romiromi treatment may also be beneficial for relieving symptoms of other disorders including anxiety, insomnia, burnout, digestive disorders (IBS, colitis), hypertension, emotional disorders, depression, PID, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, endometriosis, PTSD, foot problems, shin splints, carpal tunnel, menstrual disorders, hormone imbalances, tinnitus and fibromyalgia.