Royal Treatment at Wailea Beach Villas

Top Maui Healer Working with Villas Concierge

As surprising as it may seem, being a wellness correspondent definitely has it perks. Yet every now and then,"perks" gets taken to a whole new level. Having had more then my fair share of luxury treatments, I'm not usually one to rave about a particular therapist. However, when Pia Back-Sanderson, owner of Empowerment Journeys, got her hands on me at the uber-luxurious Wailea Beach Villas, I had to stop and take note. Her technique was not only soothing and healing, but multi-faceted.

With a little probing, I learned that massage is but a fraction of her talents. A frequently sub-contracted therapist by the Wailea Beach Villas for guest massages, Back-Sanderson also teaches yoga, meditation, and breath technique, while also leading spiritual retreats in Sweden, Finland, Hawaii and Greece. Sanderson has also studied Huna philosophy on the Big Island and a myriad of other healing arts that make Hawaii such a richly rewarding place to connect with her clients.

When I asked why she chose to make Maui her full time residence in 1998, she simply stated, "I have never felt before such a strong spirit connection from my travels all over the world as I do here in Maui. It is very natural for me to do my work here."

Even in the lofty state she transported me to on my private lanai, I could feel as she moved from Hawaiiam lomi and heart-work massage (involving acupressure and energy balancing) to reflexology and other techniques. And while the massage location was spectacular—overlooking a trickling waterfall, flower gardens and the ocean off Wailea—a session with a truly gifted healer certainly reinforced that luxury has its privileges.

For more information on the Wailea Beach Villas, visit www.WaileaBeachVillas.com.

To learn more about Pia, log on to www.EmpowermentJourneys.com.

"I have never felt before such a strong spirit connection from my travels all over the world as I do here in Maui. It is very natural for me to do my work here." – Sanderson