AUG 2016

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30 DAYSPA | AUGUST 2016 "The stones are often washed in seawater, as some people believe that this rids them of negative energy. One therapist even sets them out under a full moon as another form of cleansing," says Makozak. After the guest rinses in a Vichy shower, an aromatic lilikoi lotion is applied dur- ing a full body lomi lomi massage, in which the ther- apist uses the fl eshy part of her forearms to release muscle tension. Outdoors at the resort, guests seduced by the ocean and mountain views can work on their ola, or well- being, thanks to a team of therapists who navigate the pool decks daily, offering in- lounge-chair services such as facials and foot massages (for children too). MOANA LANI SPA AT MOANA SURFRIDER, A WESTIN RESORT & SPA, OAHU Moana Surfrider's oceanfront perch evokes aloha 'aina, a Hawaiian term that refers to a connection to the land, and the large windows over- looking Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head in the couples' suites at the Moana Lani Spa ( re- inforce the effect of a strong sense of place. The spa's East-meets-West menu includes Na Mele (50 min./ $155), a lomi massage enhanced by shiatsu; and the Signature Lomi Facial (80 min./$210) created by kumu lomilomi (teacher and massage therapist) LiAnn Uyeda. "Kumu LiAnn has trained Moana Lani Spa thera- pists and estheticians how to restore a client's mana, meaning energy, by incorporating the art of Hawai- ian holistic healing," says spa sales manager Shannon McAneeley. "This involves the use of ha, the breath; oli, chants; and ili ili, warm stones." The treatment begins with a facial cleanse using goat hair brushes, followed by lomi-style massage movements across the forehead, neck, chin, cheeks and eye area. "Es- theticians are taught to rhythmically stroke coconut oil into the client's skin, which allows the oil to warm up, helps relax the nervous system and facial muscles, and increases circulation," explains McAneeley. Local honey is then used to exfoliate; 100% Kona coffee extracts lift the skin; and a facial tie—not unlike a headband for the face—assists with muscle toning. The treatment concludes with moisturizers and es- sences for hydration. All treatments at Moana Lani Spa begin with a cleansing ritual during which the guest is symbolically invited to leave their troubles in a wooden bowl fi lled with healing alaea Hawaiian sea salt. At the end of the day, all of the salt is collected and deposited as one into the ocean—a practice believed to bless guests' troubles as they're carried out to sea. Marina Chetner is a Los Angeles-based Australian freelance writer. PHOTOS COURTESY MOANA LANI SPA SPA HOPPING Above and below: Moana Lani Spa at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Oahu

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