AliaLani Day Spa owner and massage therapist Emily Murphy knows the benefits of massage go far beyond simple relaxation. Since she specializes in pain reduction through trigger-point therapy—used in modalities like traditional Lomi Lomi and sports therapy—Emily's clients can enjoy increased range of motion, reduced tension, and even a stimulated immune system. An aesthetician is also on-site to perform restorative facials.
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.
In ancient Hawaiian culture, places and things took their names not from their function or surroundings, but from dreams and interpretations of that object. Kupuna an kumu Aunty Malia Crave, a respected Hawaiian poet gave Na Ho'ola Spa the name based on this practice, calling the spot "many healers." To bring her vision to pass, the spa gathered up dozens of therapists and aestheticians whose sole goal is to soothe clients in the 10,000-square foot, two-story facility nestled inside the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa.
Massage therapists rub tension from muscles, using products derived from Maui-grown plants. Aestheticians promote healthy skin with Carita treatments, and a line of anti-aging skin care products imported from France. While they relax, visitors enjoy stunning views of Waikiki Beach out floor-to-ceiling windows.
Signature Service: Spa Treatments
Brands Used: Maui Lavender Massage Lotion, and French Spa Line, Carita
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 25–50
Parking: Parking garage
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
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.