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.
A series of coincidences helped Stephanie Lay to create the system of symmetric rolling. In 2007, she was using the traditional foam rolling techniques used by sports-medicine practitioners to help to correct her alignment problems and persistent pigeon toe on her left leg. She had taken to stuffing a dense rubber ball inside of a hard cardboard cylinder to activate areas and tissues the softer foam equipment couldn't address. Months later, while helping a friend to work out an aching hamstring on a rubber ball, Lay discovered something odd: When her friend's leg was on the rubber, the leg would shake due to the amount of energy blocked inside, but when her foot touched the hardwood floor, the trembling ceased. By incorporating this observation with her foam rolling exercises, she created her own system that integrated mysofascial release with the energy-stabilizing powers of wood.
Lay used her degree in kinesiology and 10-year career in bodywork to create her practice, and today she helps others to align and balance through symmetric rolling. Clients roll across different-size wooden spheres and dowels that place firm pressure on fascia lines to release adhesions. The client is in control of the entire treatment, with Lay on hand to ensure proper movement and offer encouragement.
Those who wish to continue treatment at home can purchase the rebel rollers and mana balls, which are produced by hand. Lay engraves each ball with a checker logo that represents the balance between light and dark. A fruit-tree seed accompanies every purchase to replace the tree that made each wooden product and to add authenticity to Johnny Appleseed costumes.
Zorka Pinkas, the owner of FIMASE-Family Massage Service, spent most of 2001 traveling the world. A consummate student of the backrubbing arts, she had already logged around 20 years on the job when she set about globe trekking. Zorka visited such places as China, Australia, Nepal, and Myanmar, studying the massage techniques of each culture. The world tour was part of an effort to perfect her craft in order to help her deliver the maximal benefits of massage to her clients. The Czech-born practitioner holds a degree in pediatric nursing in addition to being a graduate of Hawaii Massage Academy. Zorka's many special certifications include infant massage, ideal for babies stressed from lifting too many refrigerators.
As a kid, Kenji Wrathall’s mother taught him about how shoulder massage can make people feel good. Now, for the last 12 years, Kenji has brought relaxation to his clients through the fine art of massage, a career that’s included work at spas, management stints, and training other therapists. He opened Honolulu Massage and Bodyworks in 2012, where he leads a team with more than 50 years of combined experience that provides massages tailored to each individual’s stress levels, the pain they’re dealing with, and the number of backs they have. Honolulu Massage and Bodyworks is located in the Eaton Square shopping plaza.
High above Honolulu inside Thai Thai Massage’s tranquil, flower-strewn confines, therapists draw on diverse massage-therapy traditions as they work to ease clients’ aches and pains. Therapists move clients into deep, yoga-like stretches with Thai massage, or ease chronic muscle tension with deep-tissue techniques. The ancient Hawaiian healing art of lomilomi may incorporate warm stones, back walking, and mild-hypnosis techniques, aiding relaxation or reenactments of The Manchurian Candidate. Swedish and hot-stone massage, Chinese foot reflexology, and thai body scrubs are also available.