Steamy saunas and cool pools share space with an in-house salon, massage parlor, and nail studio at Herbal Spa Sauna & Salon, which has separate facilites for men and women. The journey through saunas and baths is ordered strategically for optimal effect, beginning with a hot-tub dip to calm muscles and relax minds. After a sojourn in the steam sauna opens pores and releases tension, the dry sauna heats cores with controlled 210-degree coals to ease muscles and a bath cools down bodies before limber limbs meditate in a jade room. A Himalayan salt sauna uses heat to release the minerals found in salt to benefit respiratory systems, reduce stress, and improve skin health.
Over at the salon, aestheticians work out any lingering stresses with body scrubs, massages, and pedicures that outfit toes with bright colors before their next trip into pitch-black shoe caves. Staffers stock locker rooms with complimentary robes, ice water, and shower products to ensure pleasant transitions to and from the tranquil retreat.
The rippling waters of Oahu offer relaxing backdrop for the expert bodywork of licensed massage therapist Kimberly Cazimero. In the comfort of her My Island Spa, she can ease chronic tension with focused deep-tissue pressure, or melt tension with lighter Swedish strokes. Guests may also request a signature sports massage, which improves range of motion in struggling limbs and vocal range in struggling tenors.
There are many reasons a person might need physical therapy. From postinjury rehab and stroke recovery to arthritis management and sports-performance enhancement, the facilities at PT Hawaii are well equipped to handle a wide range of neuromusculoskeletal maladies. Within the comfort of a private treatment room, massage therapists knead aching muscles and improve range of motion in stiff joints. The reduced gravitational force and bumped-up buoyancy of the 100,000-gallon saltwater AquaCare pool help people improve their Marco Polo technique while protecting injured parts from further damage.
Though massage is Arnaud Adam's passion, Midweek.com reports that he's always been fascinated with paddling. So in 2009, when he moved to Hawaii from France, he joined the Kailua Canoe Club and taught himself the sport. Today, Arnaud finds that many of his clients are fellow paddlers, due in part to his title as massage therapist for Keahiakahoe men's crew. But his services aren't strictly for athletes. Nestled within his Hale 'e pa nui Arnaud eases tension in a diversity of clients with his flowing Swedish strokes, lomi lomi techniques, deep-tissue pressure, and cervical spine and cranial work to alleviate headaches, migraines, and TMJ pain.
Balinese traditions fuse with European and Hawaiian techniques at Mandara Spa. Each Mandara Spa adopts its locations's culture into its extensive list of services, using indigenous ingredients and traditions. At its two Hawaiian locations, Mandara uses coconut, chocolate macadamia, papaya, vanilla, island coffee, Hawaiian sea salt, limu kala, and Pikake flowers to create massages, facials, conditioning scalp treatments, and mani-pedis. Mandara's aestheticians execute each service using such high-end beauty products as Elemis, Bliss, and the spa's signature line of bath products.
The JK7-OlaLoa, The Spa Retreat for the 7 Senses is the brainchild of biochemist Dr. Jurgen Klein—founder of Jurlique skin products—and his wife Karin. Their combination of science and spa experience earned them a Best Green Spa nomination from Luxist. The Synergized spa package begins with 45 minutes in the 120-degree heat of the aromatherapy steam room, followed by flash immersion in the cold plunge pool, designed to loosen muscles and detoxify the body. Guests then make their way into the custom-built JK7-Spa Sensator, where they float on their backs in warm saltwater for 45 minutes as the room's lighting shifts colors in concert with stress-melting music, anxiety-evaporating fragrances, and whale songs emitted by a giant conch shell. Once mental tensions have drained away, JK7's bodyworkers labor on corporal tautness in a 75-minute customized massage, culled from techniques such as Swedish, lymphatic drainage, hot stone, and deep tissue. The day culminates with guests taking in the ocean view of the Oahu coast while munching on assorted pupu dishes, which may include veggie sticks with freshly made dip or homemade bruschetta.