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.
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.
Koolau Massage's therapists soothe muscles and alleviate aches with a wide range of massage techniques and scrubs forged from Canadian mineral sea salt. With more than 30 years combined experience, the therapists specialize in multiple modalities, including detoxifying hot-stone massage, trigger-point therapy, thai massage, neuromuscular therapy, and styles designed to rehabilitate injuries. Hot-stone massages ease tension, improve circulation, and banish toxins, aromatherapy soothes breathing tubes, and mineral salt scrubs invigorate backs, feet, and baked potatoes.
At Oasis Club and Spa for Women, the dual energizing effects of exercise and relaxation meet under the same roof. Ladies of any age can seek out camaraderie and encouragement as they burn calories in outdoor boot-camp programs, Pro Fit semiprivate personal-training sessions, and group classes that include Zumba, yoga, and circuit training. Even when prepping for solo workouts, guests can benefit from the warm staff's instructions on how to use their stock of HumanSport functional-training equipment from Star Trac.
Spa visits needn't be a solitary affair, either. Friends can find serenity simultaneously with party packages for girls' nights and outings for couples, brightening their complexions with Dermalogica skincare products and gabbing about the latest in cucumber-based eyewear. The spa tries to incorporate all-natural ingredients into treatments such as Bronze Biologic spray tans, Nufree botanical hair removal, and hot-stone massages.
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.
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.