Though massage is Arnaud Adam's passion, Midweek.com reports that he's always been fascinated with paddling. So in 2009, when he moved to Hawaii from France, he joined the Kailua Canoe Club and taught himself the sport. Today, Arnaud finds that many of his clients are fellow paddlers, due in part to his title as massage therapist for Keahiakahoe men's crew. But his services aren't strictly for athletes. Nestled within his Hale 'e pa nui Arnaud eases tension in a diversity of clients with his flowing Swedish strokes, lomi lomi techniques, deep-tissue pressure, and cervical spine and cranial work to alleviate headaches, migraines, and TMJ pain.
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.
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.
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.
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.