Polynesian Healing

RAIATEA island

3 days of discovery​

This program in broad terms :

  • 6 hours of daily initiation to Taurumi

TAURUMI is the name given to Tahitian massage, a traditional art which nourishes itself, recognizes the forces of nature, and is born from the view that the ancestors had on their environment and their senses of contemplation.

It integrates the fundamental principles of the essence of love. It embraces the idea that stones, trees, all creations of this world are embodied with *mana, spiritual energy.

Like reo Tahiti, the art of Polynesian care is evolving. Traditional care embodies Polynesian cultural and spiritual values while remembering the gestures inherited from our elders.

Included in this experience : 


In the heart of the Tepuhapa valley in French Polynesia, there is a place where Naïki, a massage expert, receives visitors wishing to find harmony. A gift inherited from the women of his family and perpetuated.

Today, we invite curious souls to 3 days of initiation to massage, a sensory journey into the Tahitian soul.

In the morning, the day begins with theory based on orality. A circle of knowledge is woven. Shared cultural themes, revealing the secrets of massage.

The ethics and fundamental pillars, the genealogy traced in the timeline, the unity and symbiosis woven into mythology, the concept of creation in the Taurumi, the essence of Tahua, the embrace of the Aroha, the Taurumi traditional bathed in Monoï, the dance between illness and healing. Around this circle, minds are opening to the spiritual and historical richness of ancestral practice.

After lunch and relaxation near the river, the afternoon begins with practical workshops. A painting where the hands become artists of good, learning about different touches, the rhythms resonate with the melody of the river and the birds. A 45-minute initiation protocol unfolds like a story that tells the birth of the world.

The last afternoon is the time dedicated to an offering ceremony at Marae Tainuu, where the ancestors still murmur, resounding in respectful silence. The voices unite in learning a Polynesian song, a melody that transcends time and space.

At the end, a symbolic diploma testifying to commitment and discovery. The participants, imbued with the essence of Taurumi, carry within them the legacy of 3 days where the body, soul and spirit danced to the rhythm of Polynesian traditions, celebrating the sacred art of Tahitian massage.

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    In the Tahitian community before contact with Europeans, a practitioner was also a “TAHUA PURE” priest “which literally translate to a Specialist or master of prayers. A highly valued order within this very structured community.

    To care, the act of caring was sacred. In a way, it was an agreement with the invisible world, that of the ancestors and the Gods. The healing being left in the hands of the Divine. The practitioner would worked with the help of supernatural forces to create a link between the two worlds.

    The priests and priestesses could make up their marae “temple”. This could be constituted of a single stone on which he or she could pray to his deities and ask the good graces of the Gods.

    At that time the ability to heal, stemmed from a power, or “MANA” which only certain people inherited through their family line.

    Healing was intended to ward off death and therefore maintain life.

    However, not everything rested on the intervention of the divine, they developed a real anatomical knowledge of the body. Massage or “Taurumi” acts of surgery and the pickings of herbal medicines were also lavished.

    The TAHUA TAURUMI had multiple missions within the ancestral Polynesian community. They could also be bonesetters, would practice incision of the gums, the cutting of the umbilical cord, such as performing exorcisms or even circumcising young boys as is the tradition.

    At a time when class consciousness were still the dominant system, the “little” people held knowledge of massage and a very advanced sense of personal hygiene within their families. Described as constantly taking baths, smearing themself with perfumed oil, and flowers. Massages were also widely practiced with the aim of relaxing children, and sometimes correcting small joint anomalies from birth.

    Today, in the Polynesian Triangle, spirituality holds a very important place in the approach to “traditional” body care. It is not uncommon after an appointment that you think it’s only a simple massage; which in the end makes you approach your well-being more openly. Because every part of your being influences the others. That certain ailments take root in spaces which have been acquired in unexplained ways.