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.
Fusion Therapeutics LLC's owner, Dr. Gary K. Uyeda, is used to being consumed with nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and the spine. He specializes in pain relief, and most pain stems from one of those three areas. Depending on where the pain is, Uyeda may suggest therapeutic exercise, massage therapy, or myofascial release to remedy the aches, or he might recommend personal training to strengthen the afflicted area. Dr. Uyeda also practices joint manipulation to release tension.
The therapists at Renew Massage Studio inspire relaxation and recovery with soothing massages?four of them, to be exact. They combat general tension with light, flowing Swedish strokes, or melt painful muscle knots and subcutaneous ice cubes with heavy deep-tissue kneads. They continually roll their forearms over the body to produce a tranquil wave effect during lomi lomi massages, and cultivate overall wellbeing with foot reflexology sessions.
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.
At Piianaia Ohana Chiropractic's locations in Waialae and Haleiwa, licensed chiropractors perform comprehensive exams to determine the source of pain. They combine exams and adjustments with the soothing effects of massage therapy. Likewise, at the Waialae office, staff members perform digital x-rays to help ensure proper treatment and verify whether or not spinal cords have any value in the historically controversial xylophone market.
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.