For all those who are ready for their Summer Vacation in Hawaii and already wonder what to do first after their arrival on the islands. Here is what Pua and Keoki, your editors from Best Hawaii Vacations and retired licensed Hawaii massage therapists, recommend. Let's say you stay at an oceanfront hotel, there is nothing which can beat a first dip into the clear warm waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Next best thing to begin your Hawaii vacation to melt away your Mainland tension and allow you to enjoy our island atmosphere is to get a massage from an experienced licensed massage therapist. We already talked about in former posts that Hawaii healing vacations - see our related article links in the bottom of this post - are more and more in demand. Life on the Mainland is too busy, and people have a hard time to slow down. Travelers come to the islands to relax and let go. What better way is there than a therapeutic massage?! Make your massage appointment ahead of your arrival time, so it's a fixed 'date' in your vacation schedule.
Most everybody who had a massage before knows that there are lots of different massage techniques like: Swedish Massage, Shiatsu (Acupressure), Trigger Point Therapy, Reiki, Cranio-Sacral Therapy and last but not least, the popular Hawaiian style Lomi Lomi Massage. Every Lomi Lomi Practitioner does it in the unique style of his or her kumu (teachers).
Like the European massage, Lomilomi, the traditional Hawaiian massage, uses kneading and gliding strokes for increasing circulation, soothing nerves and loosening tight muscles. Any experienced massage therapist treats the whole person with paying close attention to the body and mind connection. Lomilomi practitioners go one step further including the spirit into the Lomilomi treatment through prayer, chants and aloha.
As a therapeutic massage at one of the Hawaiian hotel spas starts at $120/hr and ocean front cabana massages are available from $160/hr., we are well aware that a lot of you think you cannot afford this luxury treatment. Here are a few tips from us.
How to get your best massage in Hawaii for the most affordable rate:
1. Hawaii hotel spa and massage packagesQuite a number of hotels in Hawaii offer packages with their room rate, which can include special golf rates or special massage rates. So before you book your hotel, find out whether they are offering a Spa Vacation Package. If you you plan of having 2 or 3 massages anyway, why not get them at the best price with your package.
2. Book your massage at your vacation rental with a local therapist
When you stay at a private vacation rental, check the Yellow Pages in the area, talk to your hosts and locals which massage therapists are experienced and what kind of treatment they offer (you don't want to be disappointed afterwards). Most licensed massage therapists offer out-call service at a very reasonable rate compared to Hawaii hotel spas. Make sure with your hosts that they agree with having a therapist bring his/her table for a massage to your rental home.
3. How to save the most on a massage in Hawaii?
Of course, you guessed it. Do just the same as above but take your rental car and drive to the massage therapist's office. You will be amazed how Hawaiian massage therapists create an atmosphere of utmost relaxation for their clients, locals or vacationers. The only negative part with this arrangement, you have to drive back to your hotel or vacation rental. Why not combine the town visit with getting some groceries, Hawaiian fruits or Hawaiian gift shopping done?!
Well, I am nearly done with today's post, which was a lot of fun as we are so closely connected with the topic of getting massages in Hawaii. As we love to share Hawaii vacation tips with you, we figured to include the following spas which About.com lists as the best in Hawaii
Best Spas in Hawaii by About.com
SpaHalekulani, Halekulani, Honolulu
Spa Suites at Kahala Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu
Hualalai Sports Club and Spa, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Ka’upulehu-Kona
Spa Grande at Grand Wailea Resort, Maui
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Wailea, Maui
Spa Moana, Hyatt Regency Maui, Lahaina
Spa Kea Lani at The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, Wailea, Maui
Surprisingly, this list does not include one of our fine spas from the Kohala Coast. OK I cannot resist naming at least two of our favorite spa choices for the Big Island, which are actually both at the Mauna Lani Beach Resort: Mauna Lani Spa at Mauna Lani Beach Hotel and Bungalows and Spa Without Walls at Fairmont Orchid. Check them out when you are on the Kohala Coast and let us know what you think and what you liked best.
As usual, we ask all of our Hawaii blog visitors to leave a comment about spas and massage in Hawaii. Mahalo and aloha, Pua Hawaii Vacations Kohala Coast Spas
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