Services

We specialize in Deep Tissue, Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage (AOBT), Orthopedic Massage, Swedish, Prenatal Pregnancy Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Shiatsu, Thai on the Table, Acupressure, Hawaiian Lomilomi, Reiki and Energy Work, Couples Massage, Infant Massage Classes, Fertility Massage, Massage for Chronic Pain, and Medical Massage.


At our Waialua massage clinic near the town of Haleiwa, we are trained in many different styles of massage. There is no need to decide what you want beforehand. During your initial intake and assessment, we will take the time to find out what types of massage are most suitable to help reach your goals. If you have specific preferences, you may find it helpful to read the rest of this page to learn a brief overview of the modalities we specialize in. Write down any questions that come to mind, and we will be happy to answer them for you. For more tips on getting the most out of your massage view this handy guide. Our goal at our Waialua massage clinic near Haleiwa is for every massage to be a positive experience that uplifts you from daily monotony and reduces pain and tension.

Medical Massage vs. Holistic Massage: What is the Difference? 

Medical, Clinical, and Orthopedic Massage on the North Shore of Hawaii:

The terms medical, clinical, and orthopedic are commonly used to describe therapeutic massage that addresses a specific medical condition or injury. Although massage therapists cannot diagnose, we can provide manual therapy to help with pain and the process of recovery. If you are experiencing discomfort or have been involved in an accident, the first course of action is to visit your primary care physician for a diagnosis. During your assessment, discuss with your doctor if massage therapy can help and ask for a prescription. Your prescription should be from a medical doctor and should include appropriate ICD-10 codes and the CPT code for massage therapy (97124). Your massage therapist will then plan a course of treatment using techniques that are based on current medical research. They will keep a record of your progress and document each session for insurance purposes. All massage techniques will be evidence-based and specific to your particular condition/injury.

Often, massage should accompany physical therapy and movement re-education for maximum benefit. This is especially the case when dealing with a specific injury. Although most massage therapists receive some degree of training in regards to rehabilitation, it is outside their scope of practice to prescribe therapeutic exercise.

Here at our Waialua massage clinic near Haleiwa on the North Shore of Oahu we specialize in medical and clinical massage techniques to help ease your pain and tension. Give us a call or email to find out how we can help your condition.

Holistic Massage and Bodywork on the North Shore of Hawaii:

The term, "holistic massage," is used to refer to the extensive portion of massage techniques that are based on indigenous cultural beliefs, new age philosophy, psychology, and/or the intuitive process. A holistic massage therapist focuses on how the mind, body, and spirit are an interconnected whole. The massage profession is currently in the process of evolution as it has transitioned towards becoming an acceptable medical treatment.  Because of this paradigm shift, various systems of belief regarding the human energy field, meridians, and spirituality must be separately categorized apart from science-based massage techniques. Even though the majority of these holistic massage methods have been proven effective because of their psychological benefits to well-being, pain-relief, and stress-reduction, they cannot be eligible for medical reimbursement. The reason for this is because the theories behind these approaches are based on spiritual philosophy and faith- not scientific study. Holistic massage therapy has therapeutic value which stems from the psychology of healing, spiritual empowerment, effects on the nervous system, and its ability to generate a relaxation response. The explanatory models which are incorporated often vary among practitioners and are largely unsupported by medical research.

An integrative approach to massage therapy addresses more than just the physical complaints of each client. While massage therapists are not able to treat emotional health or provide any kind of counseling, our therapists can provide many ways to manage stress levels. Psychological tools, such as meditation, breath work, visualization, and energy work can be taught in order to maintain wellness, reduce pain, and lower stress throughout daily activities. Here, at our Waialua massage clinic near Haleiwa, our goal is to see each patient as a unique individual who needs personalized care.

Our custom massage sessions on the North Shore of Oahu near Haleiwa in Waialua can include any combination of medical, orthopedic, and holistic massage techniques. However, if you are seeking massage in response to a doctor's prescription or for insurance reimbursement, you may only receive evidence-based medical massage therapy. For more information, read this article about current divides within the field of professional massage.


Popular massage modalities


Swedish Massage

This is perhaps the most well-known and often misunderstood technique within the United States. Relaxation spas, in an attempt to distinguish between light and deep pressure for pricing purposes, mistakenly chose to use the terms Swedish and Deep Tissue to refer to these differences. However, this is a misnomer. Swedish Massage is not necessarily the light relaxing technique it has been portrayed to be. Unfortunately, this improper distinction has become a popular and common definition.

There is some debate over the actual origins of Swedish Massage. Most historians believe that what we now refer to as Swedish Massage can be traced back to the work of Per Henrik Ling. In Europe, the term, Classic Massage is used to refer to what North Americans call Swedish Massage. This style of massage uses a blend of specific strokes called effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, friction, and vibration.


Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage (AOBT)

This style of barefoot massage originates from India. Unlike the Japanese form of Ashiatsu, our therapists use their feet to glide across the body in addition to pressure point massage. Many people prefer this technique because of the deep amount of pressure being distributed across a broad surface area. Deep compressive effleurage may feel more relaxing than point specific pressure points to many people. Although a large number of our clients are athletes, you do not have to be a specific body type to enjoy this style of massage. The therapist can vary the amount of pressure by supporting the weight using overhead bars and using one foot instead of two. Find out more by reading this article.