The promise of a new life is cause for celebration, which is why myself, Angelique, and our pregnant sister-in-love went to Aunty Angeline’s spa in Anahola last week. It was a transformative and unique experience. We were welcomed in to the spa through a lush gateway of greenery onto a lanai warmed by sunlight. We slipped into sarongs and first entered the steam room. The hot mist was so thick it was hard to see your hand in front of your face. The heat washed toxins and stiffness away from our bodies, melting us into a fluid, relaxed state.
Next came the salt scrub, where we lay on massage tables and had our entire bodies rubbed with Hawaiian salt as the steam vapors and soft chanting surrounded us. We then showered off and entered another room, where we lay face down on massage tables. If we chose to open our eyes, we saw a bouquet of fresh flowers blooming on the lauhala-covered floor.
Have you ever had a massage where four strong hands are working on you at once? It was a first for us, and an incredible sensation, as a left arm is pulled and rubbed; a right leg is as well. It was over an hour of a soft yet strong massage with the only sounds being the gentle wind causing the trees to sway and slow dance.
After our massage as we sipped water on the lanai, and we were invited to steam again as long as we liked, and take our time enjoying the atmosphere.
It was a slow, dream-like expereince. We shared stories of birthing babies into the world and gave blessings to the new life we would soon meet, and gave grateful nods to the majestic mountains above.
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