Spa treatment and beauty makeovers are a great way to transform yourself from the usual, even if for just one day. For this special Mother’s Day issue, we asked our local spa and beauty professionals what their favorite transformational treatments are and how readers can get them.
From amazing marine algae to incredible resurfacing therapies to home grown aromatherapies, there are more ways to transform than you can dream up. Whether you’re a mom or just honoring your matriarchs this Mother’s Day, take the time to indulge yourself with all Maui’s spas have to offer.
Founder & Managing Director
Olavine Spa, Wailea, 808-875-1313
At Olavine Spa, we believe by promoting health and well-being, both mentally and physically, we’re helping all to go a long way towards being happier in life. I’m passionate about bringing together rich global traditions in health, beauty and relaxation in a unique blend of spa services and experiences.
As a devoted practitioner of feng shui, Billy Yamaguchi was the first to incorporate the ancient principles of Feng Shui to the world of beauty. Once he understands a client’s energy, he creates a look that brings who she is on the inside to reflect in her look on the outside. Each client’s personal power and inner beauty are enhanced through his unique methods.What are you eating? How are you exercising? Who and what are in your surroundings? What are you reading and watching? What do you believe? What are your fashion choices? How do you keep a positive frame of mind? What are you thinking? How do you take responsibility for the energy you bring? Yamaguchi visits Olavine Spa four times a year and is available for booking transformational makeovers.
Spa Montage Kapalua Bay, 808-665-8282
My philosophy is that wellness is a journey and not a destination. There are so many elements to wellness and when you read through the Spa Montage Kapalua Bay treatment menu. You’re taken on a journey of wellness traditions from the Hawaiian culture to a holistic pallet of spa therapies to create an innovated “Montage” of exceptional healthy living.
The Art of Spa is unique and exclusive to Spa Montage, this hydrotherapy ritual will help detoxify your body, provide a deep sense of relaxation, immunity boost, energy renewal, assist in a good night’s rest and the perfect cure to jet lag.
- Warm your body in any one of the following heating elements–eucalyptus steam room, cedar wood sauna or cascading waterfall whirlpool. This increases your heart rate and gets your blood flowing freely throughout your body (10-20 minutes).
- Cool down in our refreshing bamboo rainfall showers. This will create a natural body pump, pushing the blood from the extremities into the core. Lymph, which is linked to the body’s immune system, is also moved during this process (20-45 seconds).
- Finally, relax and let your body rest to allow your heart rate to lower to a normal resting rate (10 minutes).
The following ritual is recommended to be completed three times. The Art of Spa is complimentary to all guests receiving a spa service of $100 or more as is a signature offering from all the Spa Montages.
Emily Grace Esthetics, Haiku, 808-575-2222
This is a private day spa by appointment only. For a transformation, I would first check into what kind of change the client is going through. It’s always nice to check in and see if the client wants to talk about what they’re dealing with before the treatment starts. Sometimes, clients come in with an already established bad mood, so it’s my determination to make them feel better with my service. With that in mind, I would usually recommend one of my several facial treatments that have a lasting effect–the Collagen Therapy treatment or the Botinal Lifting treatment. Those particular treatments are close to an hour and a half, and there are a lot of massage and herbal essences. There’s a lot of extra time for the client to zone out and go within. The skin is left feeling plumped and transformed, and my client is relaxed.
For another kind of transformation, I have a new favorite product: the Gm Collin marine collagen firming cream. It’s amazing. It’s made with collagen derived from organic sea algae, so it’s not an animal byproduct. It’s this lightweight moisturizer that’s firming on the skin and diminishes fine lines. Love it! Smells amazing, too. The queen bee honey line makes an amazing absolute rose toner. Besides it being wonderful and balancing for the skin, spritzing it for scent and aromatherapy has a wonderful effect for positive well-being. It’s a must have, too.
Wellness Class Coordinator
The Ritz Carlton Fitness Center at Waihua Spa
“Train the mind, the body will follow.” There’s no separation between the mind and body. I work with the clients’ ideas and beliefs about themselves, while training the body. Slowing down, breathing, feeling and listening the body is what creates transformational experiences for our clients.
For a transformation, indulge in any form of meditation, labyrinth walking, deep relaxation and or breath work offering. I indulge on most days on my own. Mindfulness meditation with music is a great pathway to transforming yourself. Mindfulness meditation technique encourages the practitioner to observe wandering thoughts as they drift through the mind.
The intention isn’t to get involved with the thoughts or to judge them, but simply to be aware of each mental note as it arises. This form of meditation is actually much easier than it sounds. The wonderful bonus of this practice–meditating with music–is that the process, the journey itself, is highly pleasant. Every step of the way you’re bathing yourself in uplifting sounds and music, balancing and healing your heart, mind and spirit.
For other kinds of body transformations, a “diet free life” is the only way. Diets do not work. Eat real food that’s clean and organic (if possible), indulge at times and live your life. What works is learning what your relationship is with food and working on your beliefs about it. You can eat anything you want if you understand how to eat it, when to eat it and why you’re eating it.
Senior Director of Spas for the Americas,
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Maui and The Salon at Four Seasons Resort Maui, Wailea
Customization is key. It shows the skill and flexibility of the technicians in being able to get the guest right. Treatment protocols are only a road map to direct the therapist from point A to point B, but how they get there should be through partnership with their guest. I would expect that experience to be distinctly guest-to-guest, based on their individual needs.
“Wellness Your Way” is a customizable program that includes energy-focused and transformative treatments, healthy meals and exercise regimens. Our wellness expert, Dr. Mark Emerson, will create a personalized program using i-Lipo laser treatments in conjunction with a formulated exercise program and meal planning with fresh, local and nutritious produce to manifest a successful weight loss and body re-contouring journey.
The salon is offering the ultimate transformational giveaway in honor of all that Mom does for Mother’s Day this year! You can participate by joining the Mommy Makeover Giveaway through Instagram. To enter, post your favorite picture on Instagram of one of your mother-child moments with the hashtag #TheSalonatFSMaui by Mother’s Day, May 10th. A random winner will be selected and treated to a luxurious day at The Salon: cut and style, signature mani-pedi, a professional makeup application and a spray tan! For full contest rules, please go to https://cdn.shoutlet.com/file/7319/3087427.pdf
Licensed Acupuncturist, Apitherapist, PSYCH-K facilitator
Green Medicine Maui, Haiku,
I fell in love with acupuncture in 2007. Chinese medicine struck me as true, responsible, genuine healing. I wanted to make people feel really good the natural way. I also needed a tool for the emotional component of physical disease (or “dis-ease”) and for that I found PSYCH-K.
For someone ready and willing to make change, I recommend the BodyWise program. BodyWise is a 16-hour gentle intervention to identify emotional triggers, neutralize painful memories, release addictions and manifest anything you want in your life. This program completely rebuilds the emotional foundation, guiding you softly to being healthy, happy and whole.
The services I offer at Green Medicine are unique and individualized for each person. I’m a licensed acupuncturist trained in Apitherapy, cupping, guasha, Tuina Medical Massage, Kua Lua/Hawaiian Backwalking, PSYCH-K and BodyWise. Great physical health is about free-flowing Qi. Positive thoughts and beliefs are energy that’s stored in the ethers that surround us all.
Spa and Programs Manager
The Spa at Travaasa Hana, 888-820-1043
We provide the best options for our guests by using pure and organic products. We also engage in sustainable practices in an effort to reduce our negative impact on the environment. Our spa features an outdoor lava rock jacuzzi overlooking Hana Bay and historic Kauiki Hill, steam rooms, cold plunge and indoor and outdoor showers. We also utilize local products, our treatment rooms are spacious with natural lighting and we have unique activities like private canoe paddling, singing bowl meditation classes and a hula hooping workout.
Engaging in active and passive movement creates the best platform for change. Participating in a yoga or pilates session and then treating yourself to a luxurious body treatment or your favorite massage is the perfect combination. Traditional Lomi Lomi always works for me because of the flowing nature of the strokes and the spiritual essence that’s present during the session. There’s a pure intention that allows for transformation to occur.
Spa Helani, a Heavenly Spa, Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas
The Ocean Ritual by Thalgo is a sensory aquatic journey, with a European influence, just added to our spa menu. It involves a three-step treatment:
Step 1: “Wave of Purity” aquatic scrub, a full body exfoliation.
Step 2: “Neo-Vital Massage” reproducing the different movements of the sea. The hand snakes, ripples and moves in successive waves to rebalance the body. Fabric pouches filled with Dead Sea Salts are heated and used to massage the body.
Step 3: “Marine Renewal” tingling algae mousse, a self-heating end of treatment wrap with regenerating and stimulating Spiruline and Laminaria algae powder. Treatment concludes with an application of our Ocean Memory Cream which is also available for purchase.
Thalgo Micronized Marine Algae is 100 percent natural patented micronized marine algae, rich in minerals, vitamins and micronutrients. This pure algae activates the body’s functions, relieves aches, purifies and assists the natural metabolic balance. The ingredients are spiruline, seawater and marine silt, marine magnesium and porphyra and laminaria algae extract. It’s a self-heating powder that will activate when mixed with cold water.
Thalgo is the leader in Marine Beauty and is an environmentally friendly company that advocates the protection of marine environments by supporting the Marine Conservation Society. With our location on Maui, Thalgo treatments are a perfect offering for our owners and guests. Its environmentally conscious efforts also align with our own Spa Helani and Westin KOR efforts.
Owner, Certified Aromatherapist, Licensed Massage Therapist and Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology
Maui Spa Retreat, Makawao, 808-573-8002
Maui Spa Retreat opened its doors in June 2000 with an exclusive setting and our own fabulous products. Our hydrosols are organically grown, many from organic heirloom seeds, and distilled right here on our property. All our products are custom blended using the highest quality ingredients available worldwide. We also offer a distillation demonstration Friday mornings to visitors and residents who have an interest in aromatherapy.
A botanical salt scrub to physically remove the dead skin of the past is a great way to start preparing to consciously embrace a change. An aromatherapy body wrap to nourish or detoxify, followed by a massage with oils that assist in embracing change would include the Night Rainbow, Maui Sunset or Rapture in Roses Massage Oil Blends.
Another one is the Maui Spa Retreat’s Beloved, Cherish, Precious and Delight packages that incorporate aromatherapy for healing and transformation through massage, body care and hydrotherapy. A fragrance can influence us from the etheric to the physical and educate our system to function at a more conscious level. Integral to one’s personal healing journey is time to spend in quiet reflection in an environment that’s healing to our bodies and our minds.
I like the quote by Parker Palmer: “Self care is never a selfish act. It is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have. The gift I was put on Earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self, and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves, but also for the many others whose lives we touch.”
Maui Skin & Body Studio, 808-344-4081
At Maui Skin & Body Studio we have several therapists with a wide range of modalities. You can find treatments ranging from skincare and waxing, to therapeutic massage, reiki and visceral manipulation. It all begins with client consultation–understanding the concerns and the goals the client has, then determining the best approach to meeting these goals. It could be one treatment, or a series of treatments combined with home care.
Microdermabrasion is a great transformational treatment. In microdermabrasion, a diamond tip applied to the skin to gently remove the outer layer of your skin. It’s basically an exfoliation and skin rejuvenation procedure that leaves skin looking softer and brighter. A series of six is most effective.
Another transformational treatment is the collagen infusion facial. A highly concentrated medical grade organic collagen hydrates and heals the skin. It uses the Collagenizer, a special machine made in Italy that uses your skin’s water-based intercellular channels to promote transdermal delivery. The Collagenizer uses a continuous low polarity current that allows the macromolecules of the collagen to be delivered into the skin. This polarity opens and closes the transdermal water channels in the skin, delivering the Collagen to the deeper layers, resulting is lifted and firmer, hydrated skin. Fine lines and wrinkles are diminished!
Heavenly Spa by Westin, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka‘anapali
With health and wellness being top-of-mind for many, Westin’s elements of well-being presented at every touch point of a guest’s stay or spa visit is reflected through its six pillars of wellness: Sleep Well; Eat Well; Feel Well; Move Well; Play Well; and Work Well. At The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, these include superbly-appointed Westin Workout center open 24 hours and innovative fitness classes (promoting the MOVE WELL pillar) to refreshingly unique and indigenous spa services.
The resort’s full-service spa was also the first Westin-branded Heavenly Spa to open 11 years ago and has led to more Heavenly Spas established worldwide. The Heavenly Spas in Hawaii (two on Maui and one on Oahu) also crafted their very own signature product line called Hualani and choreographed spa treatments such as Hualani Hawaiian Fruit Scrub or Pamper Me in Paradise body treatment offered at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa.
My personal favorite spa transformation is the new HydraFacial with Dermabuilder add-on, recently introduced at Westin Maui’s Heavenly Spa. I try to squeeze in this treatment at least twice a month. The 25-minute HydraFacial is an excellent choice for all skin types and conditions such as sun damage, hyper-pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, oily and acne-prone skin and aging skin. You’ll receive a gentle cleansing, exfoliation, extractions and hydration with Vortex-Fusion of antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid. Enhanced with DermaBuilder, a non-invasive alternative to Botox, it immediately enhances skin elasticity, improves skin texture and tone, and increases skin firmness. It stimulates the fibroblasts to produce more broad spectrum collagen/elastin proteins.
Spa Director, Spa Grande, Grand Wailea
I’ve always loved to share the touch of healing (massage) with friends and family, from a young age. I took a massage therapy course after college, for personal growth, and fell in love with the industry. I began as a Spa Host/Attendant, and moved up from there, traveling the world working in and opening up spas.
Water therapy is central to the wellness journey for every guest. The personalized touches and unique experiences that we offer focus on bringing the guest to a sense of personal renewal through moments of pampering, introspection and therapy.
The self-heating charcoal and citrus notes are perfect for someone who wants to feel their new self and take on the world. Black and white transformation starts with a full-body application of the activated charcoal masque. Your body is then enveloped in a cocoon and steamed to purge impurities, increase fluid circulation and stimulate lymphatic system detoxification. It’s finished with a white kaolin clay face masque.
For a subtle shift, I would recommend our Essence of Olena and Awa, which has a soothing ritual and protocol that helps to cleanse the body and soothe the mind–a perfect blend for those who have a moment of pause before starting on a new journey. Its a three-in-one treatment, combining full-body exfoliation, heated cocoon and Hawaiian lomilomi massage. Using ingredients indigenous to Hawaii, this treatment alleviates soreness and stiffness in muscles.