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Give Your Ego A Massage
By Jane Alexander
Daily Mail
18 June 1994

‘Paradise on earth? Only possible, surely if you’re lazing on a tropical island without a care in the world?  But Rosalie Samet maintains sheer bless can be yours without even a boarding a plane.

Samet practices Hawaiian Massage, a system of bodywork that has been practiced in the Polynesian islands for centuries.  Unlike normal massages, which simply aim to relax, the Hawaiian method has a much more profound purpose.  Its practitioners believe they can put you back in touch with your body and teach you to accept and ‘love’ yourself – whatever your shape or size. 

They say that once you accept the beauty within you, you will start to recognise the beauty that surrounds you.  It may sound implausible for an inner-city dweller, miles away from the beaches of perfection even in tiny things and when you do your whole life will start to change.  Accept paradise in everyday life and almost anything can happen.

‘Hawaii is paradise – it’s that simple’ says Samet who worked as a nurse before training in Hawaii. ‘It’s like the Garden of Eden.  It’s warm and there’s plenty of food: the fruit is falling from the trees, the water is teeming with fish and the vegetables won’t stop growing.’

Given that beauty, it is hardly surprising that the ancient Polynesians should have developed a life philosophy – Huna – that sought to reproduce the outer beauty of their world. The Huna priests (known as Kahunas) taught that to achieve prefect health and true happiness, you need to align yourself with the universal life force and become one with creation…’

Treatment Of The Week
Rose Rouse has a Huna Massage
The Guardian
14 June 1997

I’m lying naked on a special table at the top of a house in Glastonbury and it feels as though an Amazonian’s hands are dancing with my flesh. Long meaty figure of eight strokes right down my back and legs, then soft, caressing strokes up my arms as she put them above my head and holds one of my hands gently.  It is Hawaiian Huna massage and it is both invigorating and tender. 

Rosalie Samet is actually a tiny, almost bird-like American woman.  Huna means secret, and Rosalie – a nurse who came to Britain 33 years ago – studied Huna on one of the Hawaiian islands.

“This is a type of bodywork that has been practiced in the healing temples of Hawaii by Kahuna priests as a sacred rite of passage for thousands of years.” She explains.  “The difference between this massage and others is that they are usually about relaxation, whereas Huna is about self-transformation.  It is about waking up the true self…”

Press coverage

Daily Mail 18 June 1994
The Guardian 10 June 1997
Daily Express 14 August 2000
Daily Express 10 December 2001
Sunday Financial Times 10 January 2004
Brighton Argus 10 April 2006
Evening Standard 18 April 2006

Specialist Magazines

Here’s Health October 1997
Here’s Health January 1999
Natural Alternatives August 2000
Top Sante Nov 2001
Wave January 2003
Prediction April 2004
Now May 2004
Massage World June/July 2005
Latest 7 Sept 2005
Wave Magazine July 2006
Top Sante September 2006