The thing about vacation is…

12 Feb

…it makes zero difference to you when it’s officially the ‘weekend!’  Ha!  Oh, next weekend I will certainly be less merry when I can no longer say those words…Anyhoo, living in the moment for the time being! 🙂

So, you know how I mentioned yesterday that my legs were somewhat sore from my butt-kicking activities earlier in the week and how I followed that up by saying it was an understatement?  Yeah, well, understatement is right!  Everybody knows that muscles are always sorest NOT the day after a workout, but the day AFTER the day after.  Case in point, yesterday morning at 0’dark thirty, I swung my legs outta bed and proceeded to stand up…and quickly proceeded to hit the deck.  About this time, John opened his eyes and peaked my edge of the bed.

‘Did you just fall down?,’ he garbled.

‘No, I just attacked the floor,’ I matter-of-factly replied.  Jeez.

And with that, it became clear that my morning workout would need to be modified to include upper-body only…and that it was as good a day as any to see what Lomi Lomi massages were all about!

Lomi Lomi, although often considered to be simply the traditional Hawaiian massage technique, is actually a holistic healing approach that goes beyond basic massage.  The Hawaiians look at things in terms of energy flow, following the idea that an idea or belief can block energy flow as much as muscle tension can. Lomi Lomi helps release the blockages, whilst at the same time giving the energy new direction. Thus, Lomi Lomi isn’t just a physical experience; it also facilitates healing on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels as well. The Hawaiians view all aspects of the body as one and believe that the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual are all part of the “whole” self – when healing is effected on one level, all levels are affected. Lomi Lomi helps release any resistance and therefore facilitates the road to healing. On the physical level, through Lomi Lomi stress and tension are relieved, blood and lymph flow assisted and the elimination of wastes and toxins stimulated.  Practitioners use, in addition to breathing techniques, the palms, forearms, fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees, feet, and even sticks and stones into the process.

I know, I know, it sounds a little ‘crunchy…’  A little ‘hippie…’  And that’s OK, because I AM a little crunchy and hippie!  Ha!  But even I was a bit skeptical about making the switch from my usual ‘Deep Tissue with a Swedish Flare’ to a Lomi Lomi session.  Thankfully, I’m SO glad that I gave it a try and am now bummed that no one in Charleston offers the Hawaiian style!  My therapist, Yuko, talked with me ahead of time get a good idea of my problems areas (my gimp legs and my usual knotty back), then went to work with what proved to be one of the most relaxing massages I’ve ever had.  At times, she told me when to breathe deeply and when to exhale.  Sometimes she used long, gliding strokes with her forearms, then before I knew it, she’d be almost pinpointing a deep, tiny knot with the very tip of her finger before seamlessly moving one of my limbs into the most incredible stretch.  And yes, relaxation is definitely enhanced with the sounds of the ocean and the feel of warm breeze blowing through an open air room!  When it was all said and done, I felt incredible (even my legs were significantly less gimpy!) and reinvigorated.  Proof?  The 2.5 mile walk back up the beach to our hotel was a breeze, no pun intended!

A neat side bar that I’ve thought of several times since my Lomi Lomi session…About 5 minutes into the massage- we had just finished some deep breaths and Yuko was ‘pinpointing’ some tense areas in the small of my back- I started feeling queasy.  I ignored it completely, but within a minute or two, we’re talking full on wave of nausea.  I’m thinking to myself, ‘What the Hell?? Seriously, Erin, you’re going to tell her ‘Oh, I’m sorry, I was totally great 10 minutes ago but now I need you to stop so I can throw up?!  Just great…’  Unable to ride it out any longer, I casually said ‘I’m sorry, I’m just not feeling great…’ and waited for her to say something equivalent to an eye roll.  Then she said, ‘Oh, it fine.  That just (insert Japanese jibberish here) leaving your body.  He must leave in order for Lomi Lomi to work.  He be gone in moment.’  At this point, I was glad I was laying face down on the donut pillow for two reasons: 1. When I threw up, it would go through the hole and onto the floor.  2. She couldn’t see my eyes rolling at her statement.  But…I kid you not, the nausea was completely gone within less than 30 seconds (at which point Yuko alerted me ‘OK, (insert Japanese jibberish here) gone.’) and I felt great for the remainder of the hour.  DEFINITELY recommend a Lomi Lomi massage to anyone and if you’re ever in Waikiki, Yuko at Honua is your girl! 🙂

Moving right along…I guess I need to break up this texty post with some pictures, huh??  I can probably do that :).  John had another short workday, so we spent the afternoon walking ‘the Strip,’ stopping in some shops to cool off in the AC, stopping in some bars to rest our feet.  What a great, laid-back way to spend a few hours!

One street over from the beach...What I refer to as 'the Strip...'

Street vendor artist...

Warm weather penguins...chillin' at one of the Hawaiian Village pools 🙂

Koi pond...

Before heading to dinner, we took a little break get cleaned up and to take in the sunset from our hotel’s marina…

Almost sunset...

He’s so patient while I get ready…OK, really, I just can’t get over how hot my husband is and wanted to share yet another piece of photographic evidence with you 🙂 Don’t judge.

Regatta passing by...

Almost sunset...

There it is 🙂

We went to another one of our favorites for dinner, Ninniku Ya, otherwise known as ‘The Garlic Restaurant.’  And yep, as the name implies, they LOVE them some garlic- so much so that every single dish they offer (yes, even the desserts!) has fresh garlic!  YUM!

Attention Garlic Lovers 🙂

You can probably tell from the picture that this place might be best described as a hole-in-the-wall, and that’s probably pretty accurate, albeit a nice hole-in-the-wall.  It’s actually an old house that has a handful of table in the ‘living room’ and the rest outside on the front porch, patio and ‘yard.’  Much like La Mariana Sailing Club that we went to the day before, the ‘decor’ is very eclectic- lots of teak, old lanterns, glass buoys and even some Christmas lights.  That’s when you know it’s all about the food, friends…Just sayin’!  Another perk?  It’s up the mountain from downtown so it’s mostly locals…plus us :).

Rainbow colored lanterns...Under our umbrella, we had yellow 🙂

The portions here are GINORMOUS, so we generally get a few pupus (appetizers), then split a main course, which is always red meat since that’s what they do best.

Kobe Beef Tataki Pupu

Asian Garlic Calamari Pupu

A neat thing about Ninniku Ya is that their meat dishes are served ‘sizzling tableside,’ meaning that they come to you still cooking on their cast iron platters.  The waiter then slices, dices and mixes everything in front of you, and leaves the platter to finish cooking as you eat.  Pretty neat 🙂

Main Course...New York Strip (supposed to be 20oz., but I swear it was bigger than that!) with roasted garlic, garlic mashed potatoes, zucchini and tomatoes...

Our waiter slicing our NY Strip. YUM. And don't you just love the guy in the background totally eying our dinner? He's realizing that he ordered the wrong thing! Ha!

Considering that it was Friday night and we’re still young, I bet you can guess what we did after dinner.  Yep, we threw on some hoochie clothes and danced the night away at all the hotspot clubs…What?  You don’t believe me?  Ha!  Well if you do, then you clearly don’t know us at all!  Being the wild-and-crazy 20-somethings that we are, we stopped and picked up some beer (John) and some Leonard’s malasadas (me) and parked ourselves on one of the ‘beds’ at the pool…and just in time for front row seats to the Friday night fireworks :).

Pool 'beds' 🙂

Even the pool has 'stars' in the floor...

Perfect end to a perfect day…

2 Responses to “The thing about vacation is…”

  1. Eleanor Sims February 12, 2011 at 11:18 PM #

    Well it was in the 50’s here today. yeah. Have some fun! Great blogs and the massage should come home with you. E-

    • Erin T. February 13, 2011 at 4:20 AM #

      50 sounds just plain gross! Being here makes me physically YEARN for summer! 🙂

      Erin K. Thomas, President Lowcountry Pet Sitters 843.327.7487

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