Koolau Massage's therapists soothe muscles and alleviate aches with a wide range of massage techniques and scrubs forged from Canadian mineral sea salt. With more than 30 years combined experience, the therapists specialize in multiple modalities, including detoxifying hot-stone massage, trigger-point therapy, thai massage, neuromuscular therapy, and styles designed to rehabilitate injuries. Hot-stone massages ease tension, improve circulation, and banish toxins, aromatherapy soothes breathing tubes, and mineral salt scrubs invigorate backs, feet, and baked potatoes.
Apeautique describes itself as an eco-luxe skin boutique, a term that speaks to its commitment to organic, plant-based products and its luxurious, custom spa treatments. In their detailed and relaxing massage, skincare, and med-spa services, the staff uses products that include whole-food nutrients because they can be safely absorbed by the body without causing patients to sprout third eyes or scissorhands. In addition to nourishing skin, Apeautique aims to nourish the world through philanthropic support of organizations such as Kiva and the Himalayan Cataract Project.
Jack of all spa trades, Head-to-Toe Nails & Spa’s owner Lillian boasts credentials as an aesthetician, massage therapist, and nail technician. She performs noninvasive beautification techniques such as waxing unwanted body hair and overgrown eyebrows, and deep cleansing the skin during facials. Using Swedish therapeutic, deep-tissue, Thai, Hawaiian lomilomi, or her own combination of massage techniques, Lillian relieves shoulders of excess stress caused by working long days or trying to decide which massage to get. Lillian also tends to hands and feet during nail treatments, many of which feature pumpkin peels, milk baths, and massages.
Only a short hairbrush toss from Aiea Bay, Beautiful Soul pampers the senses with a menu of indulgent spa services. Owner Leina Keomalu can rehab mugs with an exfoliating facial, or draw on her lash certification to outfit eyelids with elegant Novalash or faux mink extensions. Clients can also solicit the spa’s waxing services to nix unwanted hair from eyebrows, upper lips, or cherished pet rocks.
For licensed massage therapist Michele Czara, holistic wellness is a family business. Her father was a chiropractor, and her daughter has followed in her footsteps with a career in massage. For more than two decades, Michele has operated out of North Shore Sports Therapy— where she slackens the shoulders of national and international sports teams, NFL Pro Bowl athletes, and world surfing champions. Now, guests and island mainstays can call on Michele for a therapeutic session with flowing deep-tissue bodywork or the firm acupressure of lomilomi techniques.
The professional tress-tamers and beauty specialists at Desire Salon and Spa skillfully condition, trim, and tend treasured hair with a variety of pampering services. Opt for the Brazilian blowout to sleek and shine unruly manes and effectively combat frizz. Specially formulated products are combed, flat ironed, and blown into hair, wrapping cuticles in a protective protein layer that seals as tightly as the lid of an organic peanut-butter jar. With proper care, the taming treatment leaves glossy results for up to 12 weeks. Should you wish to remove excess fuzz, Desire offers a wide range of waxing services. Successfully separate forehead caterpillars with an eyebrow waxing ($17+), abolish unsightly hairs from the underarm region ($25) and chin ($15), or opt to bare arms ($15 half, $30 whole) to decrease drag during impromptu pat-a-cake challenges.
Hawaii-native Mimi Mix spent more than two decades as a nurse healing patients at plastic surgery, orthopedic, and gastroenterology offices. But her curiosity got the better of her when she enrolled in a laser technology certification program. There, she was introduced to the Italian-made Vaser Shape MC-1 system, which is an FDA-approved device designed to painlessly melt fat and reduce the appearance of cellulite via ultrasound technology. With a leap of faith, Mimi decided to open Spectrum of Beauty, located in the PanAm Building, where she could feature the VaserShape's no-downtime treatments.
Clients can stop by for the 30-minute slim sessions and say for a coat of China Glaze nail polish and an array of skincare services performed by trained aesthetician, Chelsea. Armed with PCA products and peels, Chelsea determines the best products for each client with a skin analysis. She uses lighting and magnification tools to see what word—acenic, dry, oily, combo, or aging—is written on pores before brightening complexions with an exfoliation, mask, extractions, and massage.
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