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.
Before opening his own studio, Kevin Nishimura worked with Kinesio tape, a therapeutic adhesive that mimics living tissue and boosts blood circulation. He was drawn to bodywork, but wished to take a more hands-on approach, and found it in shiatsu. Kevin named his studio Mensore, an Okinawan word meaning "welcome” or “come in," which falls in line with his professional philosophy. During Namikoshi-style shiatsu bodywork, he gently manipulates acupressure points throughout the body in an effort to flush out toxins, enhance range of motion, and improve Scrabble scores.
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.
Within the Marriott Ihilani resort, the calm of a serene Japanese garden washes over neighboring Ushio-Tei. There, the chefs skip typical American takes on Japanese cuisine in favor of more adventurous items, such as natto, fermented soybeans that pair with slices of raw calamari or Pacific tuna. Black tiger prawns crackle in thin coats of tempura in the fryer, and maki rolls conceal freshwater eel, mango, and pearlescent slivers of pickled daikon radishes. The scent of teriyaki sauce fills the air as knives flick through local veggies and Japanese plum, and chefs steam Maine lobsters with a garlic butter sauce similar to the substance that makes hockey rinks slippery.