Monthly Archives: October 2009

You can help the Scottsdale police keep massage safe and legal

Scottsdale police are actively inspecting massage facilities and are seeking to shut down massage fronts in Scottsdale. You can help by informing the police of suspect businesses.

Read the entire article on police enforcement of massage laws in Scottsdale. The article contains contact information for the police including a way to file complaints online.

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Pono: How to find true happiness

Woman finds truth with nature on Maui / Steve Ibach

Woman finds truth with nature on Maui / Steve Ibach

In this last part of a series on the seven Hawaiian Shamanic beliefs that form the basis of Lomi Lomi massage we find the answer to the question, “How do I find my true path and how do I find true happiness?”

The Seventh Principle: PONO: Effectiveness Is The Measure Of Truth

The seventh principle states that what really matters is what works. Shaman are not theologians or scientists, they believe in what works. If there a better way to accomplish a given task, even if that new way goes against tradition, you will have the complete backing of the Shaman in choosing this new, more effective way. Effectiveness is the Measure of Truth.

There are many ways to attack a problem. Finding the way that works best for you is the correct one, for you. If you have found true happiness through your church, you have made an effective choice. However, if you attend church and only find criticism and unhappiness, maybe it is time to try another path.

Another aspect of this principle is that all of your actions and thoughts should be in alignment. Some say that Pono means alignment. You need to live in a manor that is true to yourself. If you try to shape your actions to fit your family’s values or the community’s standards when you do not believe in these values, you will be out of alignment, will not be totally effective, and will not have true happiness. You must be true to yourself.

Remember the true path for you is the effective one. If your actions are not effective it is time to explore one of the other infinite possibilities. Effectiveness is the measure of truth. Only when you are in a state of alignment will you find true happiness.

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These seven principles are not religious beliefs and are not relevant to only the Hawaiian people. By incorporating the truths you find in these principles into your life you can effect real and long lasting change. For additional information I suggest reading The Urban Shaman by Serge Kahili King (ISBN 0-671-68307-1).

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Mana: Hawaiian Huna Principle 6 of 7

Volcanoes National Park, HI / Shutterstock.com

Volcanoes National Park, HI / Shutterstock.com

In this sixth of seven articles on Hawaiian Shamanic teachings that form the basis of Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage, we discover the source of all power.

The Sixth Principle: MANA – All Power Comes From Within

If you have reviewed the first five principles you know there are no limits (Kala) and now is the moment of power (Manawa). But where do we get the power from to act and effect change in our lives? Many religions put this power with God, with followers taught to pray to God for the life changes they need and/or desire. Only through God’s will and with His divine intervention, or at least approval, can real change be made. If a follower of this belief system is stuck in a bad job or relationship they often attribute it to “God’s will”. Others believe that the power to act comes from past events (karma), upbringing, the government, their spouse, or some other external factor.

In contrast to these many views, Hawaiian Huna teachings tell us that All Power Comes From Within – specifically all power that creates our own experiences, and forms our life circumstances.

To make changes you cannot wait for God to perform a miracle, for the government to help you, for your boss to offer you a promotion, etc. You must reach inside yourself, realize that you are in control, and use that power to effect change. In psychology this is the philosophy of “inner authority.” Decisions for your life are given to you, and taken away others. Once you create this inner authority, you have control of your own destiny, drawing from within to effect change. This acceptance of your own power gives you confidence and control over your life, alleviating feelings of helplessness and despair.

All power comes from within…You have control of your life.

For additional information read The Urban Shaman by Serge Kahili King (ISBN 0-671-68307-1).

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Stopping illicit massage businesses in Scottsdale requires more than restrictive ordinances

scottsdalesignIn the wake of a law enforcement crackdown in Mesa, Arizona on facilities being used as a front for massage therapy, many valley residents are wondering if other local communities are experiencing a similar problem. While Mesa is crafting legislation to prevent illicit “massage parlors”, cities such as Scottsdale already have strict massage ordinances in place. In an interview on October 19, 2009, one Scottsdale day spa owner, however, says the Scottsdale massage ordinance does little to prevent illegal activities.

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The Fifth Hawaiian Principle: ALOHA – To Love Is To Be Happy With

Picture taken on Maui, HI / Steve Ibach

Picture taken on Maui, HI / Steve Ibach

Hawaiian Shaman are the great healers in Hawaiian culture. Through their unique understanding and views about the universe they have developed many powerful healing practices (such as the original form of Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage) for both the mind and body. At the core of their beliefs are seven sacred principles.

The Fifth Principle: ALOHA – To Love Is To Be Happy With
Aloha is the word for love in the Hawaiian language. Love is happiness and happiness is love; hence the description To Love Is To Be Happy With. Love produces only happiness. Fear, doubt, and resentment produce unhappiness. Fear, anger, and doubt lead to the dark side. Yes, many “beliefs” of the Jedi (from the movie series Star Wars) come from ancient shamanic teachings. How else would they seem so wise?

Fear, anger, and doubt lead to criticism. Criticism is the destroyer of love. Praise on the other hand, builds love and happiness. Your Ku memory cannot distinguish between criticism of yourself and criticism of others or even of things. If you are angry at your car, your body will react as if you were angry at yourself. Your muscles will tighten, stress hormones will be produced, and your immunity to sickness will decrease. On the other hand, if you love your car, you will have no stress associated with it. You love it, you accept it (even if it is kind of beat up) and it makes you happy.

Criticize yourself and your whole body is affected. You cannot be truly happy if you do not love yourself and others. There is enormous power is this principle. If you can change from a cycle of distrust, anger, fear, and doubt about yourself, your job, your spouse, and the world in general, to a cycle of acceptance of others, and love for yourself and those around you, your entire perceived world will change. Happiness will replace sadness; confidence will replace doubt; and joy will replace anger. To love is to be happy with…

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Hawaiian Experience Spa adds a new therapist to their ohana

Welcome to our ohana

Welcome to our ohana

We would like to welcome our latest massage therapist, Brooke W. to our ohana. Brooke received her massage license right out of high school and has been a massage therapist for the last four years. She is trained in a variety of modalities and will be a great addition to our team.

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Manawa: Now Is The Moment Of Power – The Fourth Sacred Hawaiian Principle

Sun set on the Big Island of Hawaii

Sun set on the Big Island of Hawaii

Throughout time philosophers, healers, and regular people have searched for the secrets of true happiness and purpose. In their search for these answers the shaman of Hawaii have developed seven sacred shamanic principles. These principles are at the heart of Hawaiian Shamanic beliefs and also from the basis of traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage.

The Fourth Principle: MANAWA (ma-NAV-a): Now Is The Moment Of Power

Some Eastern beliefs attribute your current circumstances to Karma. What you did in your past life is creating your circumstances today and you are powerless to help it. Some Western views attribute your present circumstances, attitudes, and beliefs to your heredity or social upbringing. Hawaiian Shamanic beliefs, however, are in stark contrast to both of these views.

The shaman contend that it is your beliefs, your decisions, and your actions that form who you are today. Your circumstances at the moment are the result of your own actions, not your upbringing or past life. There is no one to blame and no one to praise for how your life is going at this moment. It is you that created this life, and you that perpetuates its existence in its current form.

Always remember that the past is over. All of our scientific advances and increases in our understanding of the universe have not shown any way to reverse the flow of time. Your life always starts now. Now is the moment of power. Now is the time you can control. The rest of your life starts now.

You need to be in the here and now to have power over your life. You can change the physical future by acting now, and you can change your feelings or body memory (your Ku) of past events that affect you. By acting now to view past, present, and future the way you want to view them (IKE – Is the glass half full or empty…), by removing self imposed limits (KALA) and by focusing your attention and energy on the right things (MAKIA) you have the power to act, now.

For additional information read The Urban Shaman by Serge Kahili King (ISBN 0-671-68307-1).

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Spa client finds the hidden gift card

Melissa Douglas, of Gilbert AZ found the hidden gift card on 10/10/09 after over turning lots of rocks in Scottsdale. Keep watching our blog or better yet, subscribe to our email club, and you will be notified when the fun contest starts. More information on Melissa’s find is also posted on Examiner.com.

Melissa has a great story as to how she found the gift card:

When I first read about this contest, I got all excited. I love a good challenge! I told my husband about it, who also loves a good puzzle, and he was hooked, too. We anxiously awaited the first clue: it’s plastic. Come on guys, throw us a bone! But, we figured it would take awhile until we started getting some REAL clues. I think the clue that really spoke to us was the distance. We went to Googlemaps and narrowed it down to McDowell Sonoran Preserve. And then, it was as if the planets aligned…the only day I could go out hunting (cough) hiking was early Saturday morning while my husband was home to watch our 2 little girls. So, I got on my sneaks and headed up to the Preserve.

I had my husband send me the picture of the rock to my cell phone, but that only really helped once I found the right combination of tree, distance from the trail, and the view of Camelback. I started out at the Lost Dog Wash trailhead heading East. If you haven’t been there, there are rocks EVERYWHERE! I started to think this was not going to be an easy task. I came to maybe the 5th tree on the left and saw a rock that resembled the one in the clue. Could it be this easy? I picked it up and no, it was not that easy. I continued up the trail, but as the trail started to curve around the mountain, I realized that I could no longer see Camelback and knew that this trail was not where I needed to be. So, I turned off at the Anasazi Spur, which looped back around towards the trailhead. This trail was a lot more rocky on the path, but not a whole lot of trees to shade them. I soon ran out of trees altogether and found an access path back to the Lost Dog Wash
trail, but it actually dumped me back out on the road into the parking lot. I decide to head back to the trailhead and start over.

I then remember that the trail goes off to the left, too. Hmmm. I head that way, which follows the edge of the parking lot. The conditions are perfect. There’s Camelback. Nice big shady trees and rocks just hanging out under them. I look for the rock in the picture. I glance back at a tree on my left and notice a rock that looks like the little rock in the picture. But, the rock next to it looks much bigger than the one in the picture. Maybe it’s just a different angle? I get up close and move the smaller rock and see cobwebs and gunk in between. No, this rock hasn’t been moved in a long time. I then try to nudge it a little, but it’s pretty heavy. I decide to keep moving on. But, curiousitygot the better of me and I had to go back. I looked at the picture again and dang if everything else in the picture doesn’t line up, too. OK, I have to move that rock. I grabbed it with both hands and there, like Charlie Bucket’s golden ticket was the bright blue sky
on the gift card sitting there in the dirt. I did quite the little happy dance right there, all by myself.

This was SO much fun. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the prize (and can’t wait to use it!), but if you want to hide a paperclip and post clues, I’d be on board!

Thanks so much!
Melissa

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Massage Therapy Can Eliminate Tingling In The Hands

Tight Scalelne Muscles are a Major cause of Hand Tingling

Tight Scalelne Muscles are a Major cause of Hand Tingling

Many people experience tingling sensations in one or both hands. The tingling may only be in part of the hand or the entire hand and may occur sporadically or be present most of the time. Often the tingling is a concern to people who think there is a neurological cause to the condition. While this is possible the cause is much more likely to be from something simpler – tight neck muscles.

Your brachial plexus is the nerve bundle that travels from your cervical (neck) vertebrae to your arms. When these nerves, which provide motor and sensory function to your arms, leave your spinal cord they pass though your neck and chest on their way to their destination. At the beginning of this journey your brachial plexus passes very close to your scalene muscles. The scalenes are muscles are that elevate your upper ribs during respiration and assist in neck movement.

When your scalene muscles are hypertonic (tight) they can exert pressure on the brachial plexus causing sensations in the hands, including tingling. The treatment for this condition is simple – medical massage therapy. By releasing the hypertonic scalenes, pressure on the nerves going to the arms is alleviated and often the tingling will stop, for good.

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Makia: Energy Flows Where Attention Goes – Third Hawaiian Principle Related to Lomi Lomi Massage

Big Island of Hawaii / Steve Ibach

Big Island of Hawaii / Steve Ibach

At Hawaiian Experience Spa in Scottsdale you will receive much more than a typical Scottsdale massage. One of the advanced modalities we practice is traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage. The philosophy of Lomi Lomi massage is closely tied in with Hawaiian Shamanism and seven sacred Shamanic principles. In a series of seven articles each principle will be listed and its meaning explained. Examples of how the principle can be used in your everyday life to bring harmony between your mind and body will also be presented. To schedule a Lomi Lomi massage at our Scottsdale day spa, please visit our web site or call us at 480-661-2991. Read more about Lomi Lomi Massage.

The Third Principle: MAKIA (ma-KEE-a): Energy Flows Where Attention Goes

This powerful principle is used in many cultures in the form of meditation. Meditation is simply a state of sustained, focused attention often to accomplish some goal. Hypnosis is nearly identical to deep mediation, although the two have different connotations to the general public.

Your energy follows your attention in a direct proportion. Did you ever see a scientist discussing a new discovery of his on TV? You will notice the excitement and energy in every word as he describes how, after years of relentless work, he discovered a new sub atomic particle. Every fiber in his being was dedicated to his project. It had his full attention and his full energy.

With so much multitasking and information flowing back and forth it is more difficult than ever to focus. Emails, text messages, Twitter, Facebook, and even the old fashioned phone call can break your focus in this day and age.

Focus will provide you with the energy needed to succeed. Focus on the important things such as your family, your financial stability, your health, or whatever is important to you, and you will find the energy of your entire being will also focus on the task, so that you can succeed.

Energy Flows Where Attention Goes…Is your attention in the right place?

For additional information read The Urban Shaman by Serge Kahili King (ISBN 0-671-68307-1).

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Kala: There Are No Limits – The Second Sacred Hawaiian Principle

The Second Principle: KALA: There Are No Limits

Skydiving Kaua'i / Courtesy Freda Feliciano

Skydiving Kaua'i / Courtesy Freda Feliciano

In the Hawaiian Shamanic belief system, this is taken very literally: NO LIMITS. If we live in an infinite universe, then infinite possibilities and realities must exist. The limitations in our reality are our own doing and can be overcome when we realize that all limitations are artificially created by ourselves. This principle can go into some very deep aspects of the Hawaiian Shamanic belief system, however, for our purposes we will bring this down to a more practical level. Read the full article

There is no other day spa in the Phoenix area that performs traditional Lomi Lomi massage like Hawaiian Experience Spa. If you want to really experience a Lomi Lomi Massage and are in the Phoenix, Arizona area, call us at 480-661-2991 and make an appointment for a Lomi Lomi massage. Hawaiian Experience Spa is located in Scottsdale but is only minutes from Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, and Fountain Hills.

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