Full Steam Ahead
Day three of no trades and lingering vog, and you’re so over that sticky, sweaty feeling.
Make the best of the situation and head to the brand new Spa Pure at the chic, marine-themed Wyland Waikiki hotel for their Ganban Yoku treatment.
The “stone-slab bath” is a deep-heating granite table that radiates low infrared heat to warm you through to your core. Along with gentle steam, it produces a super-cleansing deep sweat that loosens muscles, opens pores and detoxifies your body.
Unlike the sauna or the steam room, however, you’re not fully submerged in the heat and steam since the table’s domed cover reaches only up to your shoulders, and the lower temperatures don’t leave you feeling drenched or exhausted.
Spa Pure, the only place in the country the Japanese therapy is available, offers it as preparation for a massage, to help release muscle tension and get you relaxed so the rubdown is extra effective. Or, pair it with a facial for a multitasking session to treat your whole body.
Either way, you’ll never feel more relaxed about getting steamed.
And this weekend’s forecast for more muggy conditions? Don’t sweat it.
Spa Pure, inside the Wyland Waikiki hotel, Royal Hawaiian Avenue and Kuhio Street , Waikiki , 808.924.3200. A 30-minute Ganban Yoku session is $60. Kama‘aina rates at the Wyland start at $149, or book the three-night spa package that includes a room upgrade, spa products and a massage for two for $269 a night.
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 in Permalink