Friday, May 16, 2008

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 www.leichic.comfully 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

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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