At Bliss Healthcare & Bodyworks, licensed massage therapist Robert Timm reveals the healing power of massage. A registered nurse, Robert has witnessed that power firsthand while working extensively with rehabilitating patients. He applies that exposure to his own practice, where he uses various modalities, including Swedish, lomilomi, orthopedic, and deep tissue. To elevate the relaxation levels of each experience, Robert and the Bliss team offer extras, such as aromatherapy and hot stones, and even travel to the homes of clients via their mobile service.
808 Massage & Bodywork's therapists are trained in numerous massage styles to ensure each client receives a custom treatment that targets individual needs. Modalities include Swedish, sports, deep-tissue, and lomilomi massages, and the therapists also can mix and match techniques that address tight areas and aches better than adopting a family of baby sloths to inhabit your back. Their tranquil space encourages relaxation with soft music and private treatment rooms.
Oda Ohana Massage, trained physicians treat pain through a nuanced combination of gentle hands and advanced machinery. Paris and Aaries Oda, doctors of chiropractic, spend an average of 30 minutes with each client, identifying pain before prescribing chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic massage, or cold-laser therapy. Along with traditional massage techniques, Oda Ohana offers Hawaiian lomi-lomi massage, Chinese anma massage, and shiatsu, a massage well known for its English origins.
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.
• For $40, you get a 60-minute facial and a 30-minute back, neck, and shoulder massage on Monday–Thursday (an $80 value). • For $40, you get a 60-minute facial and a 30-minute back, neck, and shoulder massage on Friday or Saturday (an $80 value).
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.
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.