The licensed massage therapists at the Shiatsu & Massage Center apply refreshing oils and knead sore muscles using massage techniques intended to soothe and invigorate. Tense bodies enjoy a one-hour massage in their choice of shiatsu, deep relaxation, sports, or lomi lomi styles. A whole-body deep relaxation massage works to loosen muscles by supplying continuous pressure without complicated manipulations, just as a telephone supplies continuous pizza without complicated trips outside. A spiritually minded treatment designed to heal and energize, Hawaiian lomi lomi massage varies in intensity from soft to strong depending on the practitioner, but it always employs strokes timed to clients' breaths and a focus on the abdomen as the body's most important energy storehouse. The scent of lavender essential oils pervades nostrils as guests unwind to relaxing music, while the parlor’s soft sunset colors conjure fictitious memories of beachside massages from talking crustaceans.
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 faux mink extensions. Clients can also solicit the spa’s waxing services to nix unwanted hair from eyebrows, upper lips, or cherished pet rocks.
When it comes to pain relief, a one-size-fits-all approach is rarely the answer. That’s why Portner Orthopedic Rehabilitation’s team isn’t populated by professionals versed in a single field or specialty. Instead, the roster consists of medical doctors, non-surgical orthopedic doctors, a chiropractor, physical therapists, an acupuncturist, and rehabilitative massage therapists who help treat such conditions as whiplash, carpal-tunnel syndrome, and sports injuries. Their diagnostic services mix old-fashioned physical examinations with electromyography and ultrasound testing. After determining the underlying cause of discomfort, doctors might ease inflammation in the joints, alleviate muscle spasms, and reduce swelling with injection therapy. They also perform chiropractic services that realign the spine to remove discomfort and aid in healing. When conditions call for extra relief, the doctors call in colleagues including physical therapists, licensed massage therapists, and an acupuncturist. They set to work dissipating deep-seated problems with their specialized treatments, whether they’re applying pressure to problem areas and kneading out knotted tissue or unblocking energy pathways and promoting inner healing through the strategic insertion of tiny needles.
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.
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.
Within the Marriott Ihilani resort, the calm of a serene Japanese garden washes over neighboring Ushio-Tei. There, the chefs skip typical American takes on Japanese cuisine in favor of more adventurous items, such as natto, fermented soybeans that pair with slices of raw calamari or Pacific tuna. Black tiger prawns crackle in thin coats of tempura in the fryer, and maki rolls conceal freshwater eel, mango, and pearlescent slivers of pickled daikon radishes. The scent of teriyaki sauce fills the air as knives flick through local veggies and Japanese plum, and chefs steam Maine lobsters with a garlic butter sauce similar to the substance that makes hockey rinks slippery.