Monthly Archives: September 2009

Scottsdale Day Spa Uses Coffee Scrubs, Seaweed Body Wraps, and Massage to Fight Cellulite

Coffee Scrub by Malie

Coffee Scrub by Malie

Many day spas and resort spas offer treatments designed to fight and reduce cellulite. These anti cellulite treatments consist of body wraps, body scrubs, massages and more. Some spas also sell cellulite reducing creams and other products that are designed to help you fight cellulite at home. Before we discuss the effectiveness of these treatments it is important to first understand what cellulite really is and what causes it. Read the full article about cellulite treatments

If you are in the Phoenix, Arizona area you may want to visit Hawaiian Experience Spa in Scottsdale for a cellulite busting treatment. We offer several treatments that are both fun and enjoyable in themselves, and have cellulite busting properites. To view our list of cellulite fight treatments visit our Cellulite Page.

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IKE: The World is What You Think It Is – Sacred Hawaiian Principle 1 of 7

The First Principle: IKE (pronounced E’-kay): The World Is What You Think It Is.

Is the glass half empty or half full? Is the rain good for plants or bad for swimming? We all create our own reality with how we look at answers to thousands of questions like the two above. An example of creating one’s own reality can be found in many training manuals for professional sales people. Because of the constant rejection (almost no one wants to speak with a sales person, at least at first) good sales people study the art of self motivation. Sales people create their our own way of looking at the rejection. For example, sales people calculate how many “No’s” they receive on average before they get a “Yes”. Then every NO is money in the bank. If a sales person knows she needs 10 “no’s” to get a ‘yes”, she can thank people for saying NO because each “no” is one closer to a “yes”! It is all a matter of perception.

Countless self motivational and self improvement books… Read complete article

At Hawaiian Experience Spa we perform the “temple style” of lomi lomi massage. In this style we observe the seven sacred principles and include several ancient customs and practices. You will note during your next visit that one principle is painted above each door in the spa.

For more information visit our lomi lomi page.

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Therapeutic Massage in Scottsdale, AZ at Hawaiian Experience Day Spa

Therapeutic Massage in Scottsdale, AZ

Therapeutic Massage in Scottsdale, AZ

Therapeutic massages (sometimes called deep tissue) and relaxation massages are the most common types of massages offered in Scottsdale, and perhaps everywhere. Our day spa, as well as dozens of massage clinics and individual massage therapists offer therapeutic massages in Scottsdale. Both therapeutic massages and relaxation massages provide muscle pain and tension relief but they each serve a different purpose. Understanding the difference between the therapeutic massage and the relaxation massage will help you spend your money wisely the next time you are asked, “Would you like relaxation or deep tissue.”

Hawaiian Experience Spa in Scottsdale, AZ offers several types of therapeutic massages ranging from traditional to Hawaiian. Visit our Scottsdale massage page for a complete list of therapeutic massages offered at our day spa.

A relaxation massage is generally a lighter massage that is focused on reducing stress and relaxing your mind, more than your muscles (see ‘Relaxation massages: Will they really relax your muscles?’ for more information). A therapeutic massage or deep tissue massage, is more designed to treat muscle tension or pain. In a therapeutic massage your therapist will normally use deeper pressure to affect the release of the muscles causing your discomfort.

A therapeutic massage is the broadest category of massage and overlaps both relaxation and medical massage. The deeper more focused work in this massage can often be very relaxing and therapeutic because stress reduction can occur once your tense muscles are released. Although this massage does not have the specific focus of a medical massage, it is used to treat a variety of medical conditions including chronic pain, neck tension, backaches, and more.

Consider a therapeutic massage at Hawaiian Experience Day Spa in Scottsdale when…

  • You have a stiff neck that you want addressed as part of your massage, even if the cause is stress
  • You have muscle tension or pain that you want treated as part of your massage
  • You have a general backache from overwork, life, etc.
  • You generally like deep pressure massages

Consider a relaxation massage at Hawaiian Experience Day Spa in Scottsdale if…

  • You feel stressed and want to relax mentally
  • You feel tired and feel like you need more energy
  • You feel generally sore or week from muscle stress or overwork

Consider a medical massage at Hawaiian Experience Day Spa in Scottsdale if…

  • You have a diagnosed condition you need treated
  • Your primary focus is to get one or two specific areas treated

If you have any doubts about which massage is best you should not hesitate to speak with the us at Hawaiian Experience Spa about your goals and let us recommend a massage for you. We may be better able than you in determining which treatment will fit your goals, as long as you honestly share those goals with the us.

Note: Some Scottsdale spas differentiate between therapeutic and deep tissue massages. In this case the therapeutic massage is basically a partial deep tissue massage where the therapist uses deep tissue techniques for part of the time. Unless you know you want a full deep massage for the whole time, the therapeutic massage will suit your needs fine. There is no need to spend the extra money for the ‘deep tissue’.

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Hawaiian Experience Spa hides $250 gift certificate somewhere in Scottsdale, Arizona

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$250 Day Spa Gift Certificate hidden in Scottsdale

In a new twist on marketing we have hidden a $250 gift certificate somewhere in Scottsdale! The gift certificate is valid for any $250 in regular priced services at the spa. If you are the lucky one who finds it you will have $250 to use at the day spa anytime over the next year.

Everyday starting on October 1, 2009 we will post a clue on our blog as where you can find the gift certificate. The clues will get better and better as the days go on so keep checking back each day. Whoever figures it out first and finds the gift certificate is the winner.

If you participate in this contest you are agreeing to and understand the following:

  • You are looking for the gift certificate at your own risk. Don’t do anything crazy.
  • The gift certificate is not anywhere dangerous so don’t look anywhere dangerous.
  • If you find it you must allow us to photograph you and release your photograph, name, and city of residence in a press release before the gift certificate is activated.
  • If you find it you must notify us within 24 hours or the gift certificate will be void.
  • You must be 18 or older to participate in this contest.

Have fun and check our blog each day for clues starting October 1, 2009.

For more information on the spa, please visit us at HawaiianExperienceSpa.com.

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Piriformis syndrome and sciatica can be treated with medical massage therapy

Tight piriformis muscles compress the sciatic nerve

Tight piriformis muscles compress the sciatic nerve

Piriformis Syndrome is a disorder caused when the piriformis muscle irritates or compresses the sciatic nerve causing leg pain (both aching and shooting pains), leg numbness, leg cramps, reduced hip range of motion and pain deep in the buttocks. Many people refer to these symptoms as ‘sciatica’. Medical or neuromuscular massage therapy is a very effective treatment for piriformis syndrome and is especially helpful when combined with stretching and exercise.

The piriformis is a small but important muscle located deep in your backside, beneath the gluteus maximus. The importance of this muscle is its proximity to the sciatic nerve (the largest nerve in the body) which supplies the lower extremities with motor and sensory function. The sciatic nerve runs just under this muscle and, in up to 15% of the population, the sciatic nerve goes directly through the muscle. When this muscle is over contracted it can compress the nerve causing you lots of pain and aggravation.

Description and location of Piriformis
The piriformis is a lateral rotator of the hip. This means it is responsible, along with other muscles, for turning your leg to the outside. If you stand and lift your foot off the ground bending your knee, then turn your knee towards the outside of your body, you are laterally rotating your hip. You will find this muscle in the upper middle of your gluteal area.

All muscles are described in part by three characteristics called origin, insertion, and action. The origin and insertion are the two main points on your body where the muscle is attached and the action is movement the muscle performs. These are called the O’s, I’s, and A’s of the muscle. For the piriformis the O’s, I’s, and A’s are as follows:

  • Origin – Anterior surface of the sacrum. The sacrum is the flattish part of your spine just above your tail bone or coccyx.
  • Insertion – Greater trochanter of the femur (the ball shaped top of your femur (thigh) bone on the outside of your leg).
  • Action – Lateral rotation of the hip (described above) and to a lesser extent, abduction of the hip (moving the leg directly away from the body to the outside).

If you have symptoms of piriformis syndrome, it is important to be aware that several other, more serious disorders can cause some or all of the symptoms mentioned above. These include herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and more. Always check with your doctor to diagnose and treat any medical problems.

If you do suffer from piriformis syndrome, medical massage as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, can eliminate the symptoms in many patients. As massage “releases” tight muscles, it is obvious that conditions caused or irritated by tight muscles can effectively be treated with the proper type of massage therapy. A comprehensive treatment plan may consist of massage therapy, stretches, proper nutrition, and in some cases medication and physical therapy.

The most important thing to remember is that in almost all cases pain can be reduced or eliminated by proper diagnoses and treatment of your condition. Don’t feel you have to suffer with pain because you have had poor results in the past. This is a very treatable condition with medical massage therapy being a critical element in the overall treatment plan.

At Hawaiian Experience Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona we treat many clients suffering from piriformis syndrome and sciatica. By releasing the piriformis through medical massage therapy clients usually experience significant relief in only one visit (although several visits may be necessary to eliminate all symptoms).

If you are experiencing the symptoms of piriformis syndrome, make an appointment at our Scottsdale Day Spa for a Medical Massage today.

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Treat and prevent leg cramps with massage, magnesium, water, calcium, potassium, and more.

Leg cramps can occur anytime

Leg cramps can occur anytime

There are many causes of leg cramps (see: Understanding the causes of leg cramps will help you take steps to prevent them) and an equal number of cures and treatments. If you suffer from leg cramps at night or any time, try these simple measures and you may find the relief you have been seeking for this painful condition.

Leg cramps – Cures and treatments

Quick Treatment – Every night before bed take a calcium and magnesium supplement. These two minerals are essential for muscle health. Try 600 mg of Calcium and 300 mg of magnesium. Increase the calcium to 1200 mg and the magnesium to 600 mg if needed.

Hydration– Often, cramps are caused by dehydration. In Arizona dehydration can occur…Full Story

If you live in the Phoenix vicinity, make an appointment at Hawaiian Experience Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona if your suffer from any type of cramps. Medical massage therapy is very effective in reducing or eliminating cramps in the legs.

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Spa donates $300 to support Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Hawaiian Experience Spa donates $300 to support EDS

Hawaiian Experience Spa donates $300 to support EDS

Hawaiian Experience Spa, located in Scottsdale, Arizona has raised $300 to support local residents with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). The $300 was presented to Jen Scherr on September 18, 2009. Mrs. Scherr is the Vice-President of the EDSF Phoenix Metro Group, a support group for local residents with EDS. Hawaiian Experience Spa massage therapists treat several clients with EDS and the owners of the Scottsdale day spa actively work with EDS patients and groups to help bring attention to this genetic disorder which afflicts 1 in 5000 Americans.

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Get your rub down with a masseuse at a massage parlor, or get a massage with a therapist at a day spa in Scottsdale, Arizona

A good rub down / Source: Wikimedia Commons

A good rub down / Source: Wikimedia Commons

As times change and the world evolves so does the meaning of many words in our language. Decades ago a masseuse was a person who could do wonders with his hands as he massaged your tension away. The masseuses might be found at a local massage parlor where businessmen would visit to indulge in the pleasures of a good rub down. A boxer might get a good rub down by his masseuse before and after his fight because the massage helped his muscles work at optimal efficiency. As we approach 2010 however, the above terms have gone the way of ‘gay’ when describing your state of happiness.

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Steve Ibach, Licensed Massage Therapist, Fitness Consultant

Hawaiian Experience Spa
“Best Day Spa in Scottsdale”
10855 N. 116th St., Ste 130
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
480-661-2991

www.HawaiianExperienceSpa.com

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Treating Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome with medical massage therapy

Dog with EDS - Source: Wikimedia Commons

Dog with EDS - Source: Wikimedia Commons

Medical massage therapy can be used effectively to reduce pain and increase quality of life in patients suffering from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). EDS is a genetic connective tissue disorder characterized by joint pain and hypermobility, stretchy delicate skin, and other symptoms. People with EDS have unstable joints, fragile skin, or vascular problems, because of a genetic defect in their connective tissue. EDS affects at least 1 in 5000 people.

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At Hawaiian Experience Spa in Scottsdale we regularly treat several clients suffering with EDS.

Article written by:

Steve Ibach, Licensed Massage Therapist, Fitness Consultant

Hawaiian Experience Spa
10855 N. 116th St., Ste 130
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
480-661-2991

www.HawaiianExperienceSpa.com

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How to find the best massage in Scottsdale, Arizona

palmloungeFinding the best massage in Scottsdale, Arizona is no easy feat. There are countless numbers of day spas, massage clinics, resort spas, and private massage therapists offering dozens of different types of massages. Each spa and each therapist offers something different. We believe that for many people the best massage in Scottsdale can be found at Hawaiian Experience Spa, however, even we are not the best choice for everyone.

If you are looking for a massage followed by some time soaking in hot tubs or swimming in a luxurious pool then a resort spa is the choice for you. You will pay about double for your massage, however, you have access to more amenities then you will find at Hawaiian Experience Spa or at any day spa.

If you want the absolute lowest price you may want to find a therapist who works out of his house (not legal in Scottsdale but many therapists still do this). You can likely find a massage for $40 dollars an hour with some therapists. Of course, you give up any amenities and are taking a chance by entering a private home to receive a massage.

The bottom line is that there is no right answer for everyone. Hawaiian Experience Spa offers an affordable price in a nice relaxing environment, with memberships to reduce the prices even further for regular visitors; however, even we are not for everyone. You certainly have lots of choices in Scottsdale when it comes to massage therapy (and almost everything else). Aloha.

Article written by:

Steve Ibach, Licensed Massage Therapist, Fitness Consultant

Hawaiian Experience Spa
10855 N. 116th St., Ste 130
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
480-661-2991

www.HawaiianExperienceSpa.com

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Hawaii meets medical massage at Hawaiian Experience Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona

greetingclientHawaiian Experience Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona is providing a new twist in the growing field of medical massage by intermixing medical massage therapy with a Hawaiian themed spa environment. Hiring only experienced medical level massage therapists, Hawaiian Experience Spa provides advanced medical massage treatments such as neuromuscular massage, lymphatic drainage massage, myofascial release massage, and others.

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Article written by:

Steve Ibach, Licensed Massage Therapist, Fitness Consultant

Hawaiian Experience Spa
10855 N. 116th St., Ste 130
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
480-661-2991

www.HawaiianExperienceSpa.com

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Hawaiian lomi lomi massage treats the body and the mind

lomilomi1Lomi lomi massage (sometimes spelled as lomilomi) is an ancient and powerful form of massage therapy that treats the mind as well as the body. Performed for centuries in Hawaiian temples as a right of passage and renewing ritual, the secrets of the lomi lomi are only very slowly being brought to the mainland. There are many styles of lomi lomi massage that have been passed down through different Hawaiian families. The style described below, often called “temple style”, is believed to be the original form of lomi lomi massage.

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