Friday, September 21, 2012

Lomi Lomi Massage

Ninth straight day of surfing in Maui calls for a massage.

There’s a place within walking distance of our condo in Kahana that I’ve been eyeing.  It’s called the Smiles Nails Salon Spa/Massage.

The first thing you notice about the place is the blinking neon sign that advertises Massage.  The second thing you notice is the handmade sign that offers to buy your used Gold or used iPhone for cash.

I walked in this afternoon, feeling sore and tired, in desperate need of someone, anyone, to work me over.  If it was a male massage therapist who made me feel slightly uncomfortable, all the better.

The Smiles Nails Salon Spa/Massage is a nice facility, run by a likeable couple of women who look like they’re of Japanese descent.

“Do you have someone who can give an hour massage?”  asked I, hopefully.

“You like a seventy five minurte massage”?  replied the nice woman as she hopped up from her manicure table.

She then got on the phone and called someone who, as I overheard, was to appear in five minutes.

The salon provides mani pedi’s, massage, facials, jewelry, sandals and iPhone covers in designer knock off motifs.

“Oh you sell iPhone covers”  I said, trying to be polite.

“I give it to you for ten dolla’ off”

“Ummmm, I’m going to be getting the brand new iPhone that’s coming out this week, so no thank you”

Out of the hot Maui sun, an angel arrived; my massage therapist.

She had black hair that was long and glossy, flawless porcelain skin, a pair of colorful flowing pants, a halter top and painted blue toenails with flowers stenciled on.

She led me into the sparsely decorated massage room that was blissfully air conditioned, and was playing soothing music featuring violins.

“This your time.  Take off all your clothes and start face down.  I be right back”

I did as instructed and waited for the polite knock on the door.

After she adjusted the face cradle, she said, “Take a deep breath fo me pleez”

And she went to work.  Craaaaack.  Was the first sound I heard.  Ah, that feels good.

Seventy five minutes later, M, as she advised me her name was, completed my rejuvenating Lomi Lomi massage.

I walked the five minutes back to our condo on a cloud.  Next time you’re in Maui, check out M in the Smiles Nails Salon Spa/Massage in Kahana.  Five stars!

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