How Your Maui Vacation Can Make You Healthier!
Maui is a place of healing and rejuvenation. Physically, emotionally, spiritually. It’s no wonder those of us who live in Hawaii have the longest life expectancy of any other U.S. state! It’s possible to enjoy a healthy Maui vacation, too. Our island’s clean air, easygoing pace, inspirational natural beauty, and year-round mild climate promote wellness. On top of that, practitioners of healing arts and spirituality—from Acupuncture to Zen—abound here.
So, how can YOU tap into that healthy vibe when you are visiting Maui? Here are some suggestions for a healthy Maui vacation and some tips on our favorite Maui wellness practitioners—people who can help you get and stay healthy. Beyond the sun and sand, a Maui vacation can truly be life changing.
UPDATE: Due to the impacts of COVID-19 on Maui’s tourism, some of the businesses, events, or activities mentioned in this blog may have changed their operations temporarily or permanently. As things change constantly through this transition, please check with businesses directly to verify their operating status and hours. Mahalo!
ENJOYING A HEALTHY MAUI VACATION
Maui’s spas rank among the best in the nation, offering therapy, relaxation, and rejuvenation. There are many spa choices here, ranging from small boutique day spas to ultra-luxurious resort spas featuring grand facilities and exotic treatments, like Grand Wailea’s Spa Grande (pictured). Spa treatments on Maui often incorporate locally-grown ingredients—such as coffee or cane sugar scrubs, seaweed wraps, lavender aromatherapy, or pineapple and papaya enzyme facials. Whether you’re just seeking muscle relief after a round of golf or a full day of soul-nourishing pampering, you will find what you want at a Maui spa.
Don’t just sit on the beach all day. If you’re gonna have a healthy Maui vacation, get up and do something, even if it’s just to snorkel (that will force you to move your legs a bit)! Ask your accommodations if they offer a fitness room or where the nearest exercise class is taking place. There are lots of fitness classes on the island, such as zumba and oceanside yoga. Or try something more challenging like SUP yoga (yoga on a stand up paddle board)–a true core workout! Take a surfing lesson. Walk on the beach. Go hiking, or stroll along one of Maui’s beautiful coastal paths. It’s easy to let “Polynesian paralysis” set in here (eat, sleep, lie on the beach, sip a mai tai, eat, sleep, lie on the beach, sip a mai tai), so keep on moving!
The Maui Ocean Center, the island’s fabulous aquarium complex in Maalaea, provides one of the most unique yoga settings on the island with its Aquari-Om program. This weekly yoga class on Tuesday evenings takes place at the Center’s Open Ocean Exhibit, where you are surrounded by sharks, rays, and colorful fish peacefully swimming around you.
MAUI’S BEST MASSAGE
Looking for a truly great therapeutic massage on Maui? In our opinion, Sam Molitas and his skilled team at Maui’s Best Massage really do provide, well . . . Maui’s best massage. Known for a high level of professionalism and expertise, they offer relaxation, deep tissue, lomi lomi, couples and group massages at their studio in Kihei. Or call and they will come to you at your hotel, resort, or vacation rental. (808) 426-7418
MAUI NUTRITIONAL THERAPY
Food has the power to strengthen or weaken us, and Nicole Busto is a Certified Nutritional Therapy and GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) practitioner with a passion for healing digestive issues. Whether you’re already on a GAPS program or want to begin your journey to a healthier life, Nicole has helped countless visitors and locals on Maui. She also makes her own healthful bone broths, perfect for keeping you going while on vacation. (808) 463-7783
Acupuncturist Ken Busto began his education over 20 years ago in Chinese medicine, and his passion for internal martial arts and qigong led him to acupuncture–specializing in corrective and rehabilitative exercise as well as performance enhancement. He practices in Wailuku (Central Maui). (808) 315-5020
MAUI SOUND HEALING
Sound healing is an ancient practice dating back thousands of years, promoting a state of relaxation, wellness, and meditation. Sacred Sound Alchemy presents an evening of sound healing every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Hall in Paia.
MAUI HEALING RETREAT
Maui Healing Retreat provides unique and varied services, offering a variety of beautiful accommodations across the island, and retreats and programs for health and wellness, spiritual awakening, cleansing/detox, enhancing relationships, team building, and more. They can even provide healthy, organic meals. Take a look at their various packages, or they can customize a program to meet your needs for a truly healthy Maui vacation. Toll free 1-866-887-3873
CHOICE HEALTH BAR
This little juice bar with locations in Lahaina, Kaanapali, and Paia serves up some of the healthiest food choices on the island. Local, fresh, organic foods. Salads, entrees, superfoods, cleanses, cold-pressed juices, smoothies, acai bowls. And the list goes on.
IF YOU NEED MEDICAL SERVICES ON MAUI
ACE PHYSICAL THERAPY
Husband and wife team Matthew and Amanda Eller of ACE Physical Therapy are highly educated Physical Therapists using the most current and safest techniques in their practice. Located in south Kihei at Dolphin Plaza, they regularly work with visitors who need ongoing treatment while on vacation. (808) 873-8478
CONSULT A MAUI DOCTOR ONLINE
Doctors On Call, serving Maui’s west side since 1987, recently introduced a new, state-of-the-art telemedicine service, so you can visit a doctor online for non-emergency issues. Just access the new service on a computer, tablet, or smart phone device from anywhere there’s an internet connection. So, instead of driving to a clinic, you can—for instance–show the doctor that pesky rash on your arm, get something to treat your painful sunburn, or arrange to refill the prescription meds you forgot to pack.
Relax. Breathe. Move. It’s EASY to enjoy a healthy Maui vacation!
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Candy Aluli, Publisher
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