Water To Land Massage Melds Technique And Medium

Reported By B On Hawaii Wellness Correspondent Abby Royce

Water To Land Massage Melds Technique And Medium

Those of you fortunate enough to have taken a lavender-infused stroll around the spa block may think you've tried it all. Surprise! I've discovered something not only totally unique, but located in the most unsuspecting place: Waikiki!

The stylish Wyland Waikiki hotel, which makes fantastic use of the underwater realm in every detail (it's chock full of paintings, sculptures, sketches and so on by Mr. Wyland himself), has managed to incorporate water in to a brand new spa treatment.

As a huge fan of Lomi Lomi, Thai massage, acupressure, deep tissue and the like, I've been on the prowl for something new that incorporates all of the above. Lo and behold, in a warm salt water pool in located under the Wyland's Mauka Tower, I discovered more then I bargained for. Talk about floating through an experience... (I'm not talking about that common, post-massage light-headedness, either.) I was literally floating, while being cradled like a baby, and effortlessly maneuvered by skilled hands. Let me explain.

The massage is befittingly called "Water to Land". It starts out with a 30 minute "Ocean Massage", a variation of Watsu. The therapist maneuvers your body in graceful motions through the water, all the while manipulating your spine and limbs. At various times, acupressure techniques are incorporated, as are various stretches. The "lightness"

of being in water added a surprisingly diverse facet to the massage; your body could be pulled and pushed in any direction, from any vantage point, with little resistance -- and no impact. I'll refrain from any womb metaphors, but you get the idea.

At the end of your water massage, a refreshment is offered, and you head to Part Two: A 30 minute land massage. You can opt to have this phase either poolside, or within a recently refurbished spa treatment room.

There was something very grounding and effective in having a massage on solid land (after the ethereal liquid-movement encounter). When it was all said and done, I left feeling cleansed, stretched, released and free of bodily restrictions. That is, until I stood up and realized I had to use my own muscles to move my body again. Bummer!

The pioneer of this one of a kind experience is Dennis Miller, whose credentials are as encompassing as his treatments. Miller spent 12 years performing interpretive dance with Iona Pear. After moving in to the healing arts, he trained in Myofascial release, Thai Massage, somatics, Reiki, and Healing Touch. Not one to leave any healing stone unturned, Dennis is a certified yoga instructor and owner of Chocolate Pineapple Yoga Studio.

His variety of skills lend to a healing technique that is part dance, part meditation, and a whole lot of rhythmic, feel-good Shiatsu-style touch therapy.

"Massage needs improvisation," said Miller, when I asked him how he assimilates his dance and yoga studies into massage technique. "Everybody has their own weight, their own amount of tension and their own way of responding to touch. With careful yet confident sensitivity, a highly 'involved' massage can be given in a deeply satisfying way."

The "Water to Land Experience" at the Wyland Waikiki costs $120 for a 75-minute treatment ($170 for 90 minutes). Visit www.TheWylandWaikikiHotel.com for more information.

"His variety of skills lend to a healing technique that is part dance, part meditation, and a whole lot of rhythmic, feel-good Shiatsu-style touch therapy."