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Saving Face

Refresh and rejuvenate at this Kihei day spa.

October 13, 2011
Sherry Remez , The Maui Weekly

Stepping out of the strong mid-day sun on a hot South Shore day and into the intimate, softly lit reception room of the Face Place is a first respite and the introduction to an extremely relaxing, attentive, customized experience of facial and body treatments.

A wall unit displays the various high-end products used here. Most notable are the certified organic products by prestigious Swiss company LUZERN. They are shipped out to clients from around the world, who faithfully patronize the Face Place, once named the "greatest new find in Kihei for facial and massage services" by Hawai'i Magazine. Popular among the "snow birds" (both men and women), appointments are often booked a year in advance of the September-May season.

Face Place is owned and joyfully operated by Jeannie Periera, a professional esthetician with 19 years of experience. Jeannie initiated the facial services at many of the luxury hotels on the South Shore, training body workers at the Fairmont Kea Lani. She still consults with Drs. George Martin and Brian Stolley of MediSpa Maui on pre- and post-op cosmetic laser services.

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Jeannie Periera, owner Face Place, is a professional esthetician with 19 years of experience.

Jeannie holds several Biomedic medical certifications and attends annual skin care conferences to stay abreast of the latest and best treatments. Her most sought-out services are oxygen facials, ultrasound infusion, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and visage, including the latest in nonabrasive resurfacing.

"I enjoy waking up every day and look forward to coming to work," said Jeannie about her passion for making people look and feel better. This energy permeates throughout.

Entering her immaculate facial treatment room, I could not help but notice the vast array of bottles and jars containing the latest and best skincare products, giving the impression of a science laboratory. It was here, while reclining comfortably-hands swathed in heated mitts and soaking up skin softening creams-that Jeanie chose ingredients tailored to my individual skincare needs. Customization is the salon's signature style. After her facial's grand finale, an infusion of 95 percent oxygen, vitamins, minerals, peptides and amino acids, I left with skin feeling and looking fresh and radiant.

When you are treating yourself (or being treated) to the two-hour "Twice As Nice" special at $120, a massage is the first marvelous element. In two esthetically pleasing rooms, a staff of six experienced massage therapists offers a range of services, from gentle relaxing and restorative massages to deep tissue, myofascial release, LomiLomi, orthopedic, sports massage and lymphatic drainage. They are skilled in targeting specific areas of the body to relieve chronic pain. Worker's compensation cases are accommodated. By popular demand, Face Place offers the "Double Delight" simultaneous couples' massages at $60 each.

I had the pleasure of receiving a restorative massage from principal massage therapist Reisae Young, who has been with Jeanie for over 10 years. Her touch was both grounded and intuitive. The bonus Pohaku massage, a treatment using heated stones, opened up muscles and relaxed my lower back. Reisae's holistic knowledge, massage education, hands-on experience and teaching encompasses nearly two decades.

She also uses the method of cupping, an ancient Chinese technique, used to relieve pain and congestion. Using glass cups to draw energy, blood and fluids to the surface, this method promotes circulation by moving stagnant substances through the lymphatic system so they can be released out of the body.

"Cupping is a whole different way of manipulating tissue," explained Reisae. "Massage is pressing into tissue. When you use cups, you pull skin up off the structure. Our technique employs massage strokes, gliding cups across the skin and tissue, which confuses the muscle so it releases spasm. Most people find cupping to be a wonderfully relaxing, comfortable and effective treatment."

Five other talented massage therapists on staff enjoy administering the extensive menu of techniques. Robin Bolos, Mona Bell, Glenna Smith and Eliza Goodhue have each developed a loyal following of repeat clients. Shannyn Doran offers medical ionic footbaths, a growingly popular detoxifying treatment.

In response to the trend of a more sophisticated clientele, the Baby Boomers, who've become advocates of self-care, Face Place will offer Holistic Nutritional Counseling beginning in January 2012.

"People are now taking care of themselves from the inside out," observed Jeannie.

Let's face it! (pun intended). What we put into our body can affect overall health, and certainly shows up on the skin. The Face Place is prepared to help make that show really glow.

Face Place is located in the Rainbow Mall, 2439 S. Kihei Road, Suite 208-B, in Kihei.

Visit and call (808) 875-1000.



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