About Piera Marongiu

Piera Marongiu

Piera is a certified Lomilomi therapist, training assistant and scientific advisor of AlohaSpirit

What fascinates you about Hawai'i?
This is what Hawai’i means to me:
it’s that remote island that every day brings me closer to my roots: Sardinia, another island in the Mediterranean Sea. A fascinating cultural treasure that we discover through different healing arts: Lomilomi, Hula, Lua, medicinal plants, Ho’oponopono and all other practices. A natural gem, where biodiversity flourishes. A place where Nature is intense and strong, wise and mysterious. And it’s the place where ALOHA is lived and shared.

What do you want to achieve through Lomilomi therapy?
With the Lomilomi therapy, I’d like to give an impulse to the patient’s wish of wellbeing. My patients report benefits that express themselves in a variety of ways: …amongst others, calm the mind, awaken the senses, feel rooted, elevate the spirit, balance the immune response, give clarity and focus, reconnect with itself and the body, deeper and restful sleep, better digestion, reduced or elimination of pains and complaints, increased flexibility, reduced menopause and menstrual cycle symptoms, improved social skills, regulation of the autonomous nervous system.

In your opinion, what makes Lomilomi different from a classical massage?
First and foremost, it’s about taking a holistic approach following the Hawaiian culture and practices. It is the traditional wisdom around health combined with the current scientific evidences. It is the quality of touch, where warmth, strength and precision catalyze the path to recovery. It is being rooted and connected with my genealogy and aligned to an intention of the best outcome for the patient.

When you receive Lomilomi therapy yourself, what do you experience?
I feel refreshed and strong. I feel a deeper awareness and that my senses are sharpened. I feel more flexible, creative, optimist, hopeful and more social. My mind becomes calmer and clearer, with heightened focus and improved cognitive functions. I can (finally) have a deep and restful sleep, better digestion and fresh skin. I feel part of the nature and of the whole.

What brought you into contact with Lomilomi?
When I moved to Switzerland in 2010, I knew that I wanted to learn massage therapy. I felt there was a world to discover through my hands. I came across Lomilomi offerings, which I never heard of before. Therefore, my curiosity brought me to the house of Hawaiian healing arts: AlohaSpirit. During my first phone call with Noëlle Delaquis, it immediately became clear to me, that I was entering a special space. And my first treatment with her was a life experience, it gave me strength, refined my senses and offered me clarity. A few days after I joined the Ho’oponopono workshop with Kumu Keala Ching. It was August 2011… and since then AlohaSpirit is one of my homes. 


  • Erfahrungs Medizinisches Register (EMR) Certification, Lomilomi Therapy No. 50, 2022
  • Oda KT education "Tronc Commun Complementary Therapy", 2021
  • Swiss Foundation for Complementary Medicine (ASCA) recognition, Lomilomi Therapy No. 271, 2019
  • Practice AlohaSpirit Zurich, since 2019
  • Own Lomilomi practice in Zurich, since 2018
  • Assistant for training and further education at AlohaSpirit in Meilen, since 2013
  • Lectures and workshops at AlohaSpirit in Meilen; since 2018
  • Lōkahi Lomilomi courses with Kumu Dane Kaohelani Silva in Hilo, Hawai'i; 2015 - 2019
  • Regular workshops with Kumu Keala Ching in Self-Ho'oponopono, Hula and 'Ōlelo (Hawaiian language and values), since 2011
  • Hawaiian Lomilomi and cultural protocols with Kumu R. Haunani Hopkins, 2018
  • Kua Lua Hawaiian back walking with Kumu Jeana Iwalani Naluai, 2014 and 2018
  • Lomilomi basics and advanced lomi core techniques with Kumu Jeana Iwalani Naluai, 2015
  • Kahuna bodywork with Ho'okahi Tamara, 2015
  • Fundamentals of Medicine, 350 h; Biomedica, 2014
  • Massaggio Antistress, Dr. Giovanni Leanti Larosa, 2013
  • Training as a certified Lomilomi Practitioner, AlohaSpirit, 2012
  • Research and clinical practice as neuropsychologist in Padova and Ferrara, Italy; 2000 - 2001
  • MS degree in general and experimental psychology, 2000

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