Paradise Massages & Spa’s therapists combine tailored massage strokes with essential oils that evoke the relaxing scents of the tropics. During lomilomi massages inspired by Hawaii’s own holistic healing traditions, they use their hands, forearms, and elbows to rhythmically soothe muscles. Another island-inspired treatment, the hot-lava massage, employs heated stones to stimulate circulation and ease the daily stresses of living inside an active volcano. The staff’s expertise extends beyond sore backs and shoulders; their customized facials, for example, open pores with a blast of soothing steam before moisturizing skin with a healing mask and relaxing frown lines with a facial massage.
It?s not just the soft glow of candlelight, the array of floral sprays, or even the pampering spa treatments that keep clients coming back to Laka Skin Care & Spa. They come for the salon?s holistic treatments, backed by the science of Nobel Prize?winning research. The salon?s staff is trained in everything from facial reflexology to the salon?s three signature facials.
What really sets the spa?s treatments apart are the optional add-ons. The house brand of aromatherapy, 21 Drops, infuses facials and massages with healing essential oils to entertain noses. Meanwhile, in the hot-stone detox room, heated amethyst mats detoxify both body and mind while clients relax on them. Sessions intend to increase metabolism and blood circulation while relieving muscle tension.
For Naturally Hands and Spa, beauty doesn’t mean sacrificing the health and appearance of natural features. That’s why the spa invented its own antibacterial eyelash-extension system and performs antibacterial, organic Calgel manicures, earning a Best of Beauty award from Allure magazine. The soak-off Calgel system doesn’t interfere with nail-bed metabolism, so it can actually help strengthen nails while adding a splash of color to high-fives and pledges of allegiance. Calgel's ability to bond on natural nails without using harsh chemicals or primers has helped popularize the service in Europe, and Naturally Hands and Spa is an authorized importer of the products.
At Makana Esthetics Wellness Academy, founder and education director Malia Sanchez equips students with 600 hours of aesthetics experience "so that the gift can be shared with others." For those who know Hawaiian, this is implicit: The word "makana" translates to "gift." Students work side by side under the careful watch of professionals and unblinking gaze of light bulbs, performing facials, body treatments, and waxes. With freshly trained fingers, the budding aestheticians infuse skin with curative botanical ingredients or operate multipurpose beauty device that can perform manual lymphatic drainage, microdermabrasion, and light therapy.
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.
Hawaiian sitar music hums softly in the background of spacious, private rooms, setting a tranquil mood as licensed massage therapists ease aches with a blend of shiatsu and lomi-lomi techniques. As a heating pad warms muscles and helps release tension, the kahuna (teacher) delivers specialized strokes from other modalities, using various yoga positions and techniques to optimize breathing and flexibility. The relaxation can also be taken outside, as practitioners perform these massages in the salty breeze of the beach. During ocean massages, therapists use the weightless buoyancy of an outdoor salt pool to manipulate bodies into positions that both release tension from muscles and communicate with nearby migrating whales.