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A Massage Therapist on a Mission

Kihei therapeutic massage therapist offers rehabilitation, relief and relaxation.

February 20, 2014
Cindy Schumacher - Contributing Writer , Maui Weekly

Recognized for its therapeutic and healing benefits, Radiant Massage and Wellness in Kihei is the perfect antidote to sore, aching muscles. Owner Reisae Young's extensive experience in the art of massage is perfect for those looking to relax and rejuvenate.

"I have practiced therapeutic massage for over 22 years with a focus on integrating various techniques to relieve pain and rehabilitate injuries," said Young, LMT and CNC, who graduated from Cascade Institute of Massage in Oregon.

With a commitment to continuing education and as an instructor, Young has also trained massage therapists in Maui and the Pacific Northwest for over 10 years.

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Influenced by cultures near and far, Reisae Young integrates her holistic knowledge and vast education into customized massages.

"Additionally, as a certified nutritional consultant, I provide nutritional education and support that encompasses a holistic approach to achieving optimum health," she said.

Young is highly skilled in the therapeutic and corrective aspects of massage. She integrates her holistic knowledge, education and experience into a comprehensive and diverse range of therapeutic massage treatments.

"The benefits of therapeutic massage help manage acute and chronic pain, rehabilitate injuries, manage stress and incite deep relaxation to support the body's immune function and overall well-being," said Young.

"Massage increases blood flow to tight and constricted muscles to reduce discomfort and pain," she said. "The release of constrictions allows muscles to heal and recover their range of movement, inciting a relaxation response."

In addition to deep tissue therapy, myofascial release, sports massage, lomi lomi, Hawaiian hot stone massage and cold laser therapy, Young offers the unique technique of cupping massage.

Cupping is one of the oldest natural healing therapies in the world and has remained a popular therapy for more than 2,500 years. While the exact historical origins of cupping are unclear, there is evidence of a long-standing use of the technique in Greece, Egypt, China, Africa, Russia and Europe. Currently, it has been adapted for various healthcare modalities, including massage therapy and chiropractic.

"Cupping massage is the opposite of traditional massage therapy," said Young. "It introduces glass cups with suction and movement to create 'negative pressure' to release tight and constricted muscles."

For example, in deep tissue therapy, pressure is applied to a tight and constricted muscle in varying levels of depth to attempt to release the constricted fibers in the muscle.

"Many times, muscle fibers are so constricted that they become bound to the underlying skeletal structure, the tendons and the ligaments," said Young.

Applying cupping massage with the suction and movement of the glass cups lifts the tight and constricted muscle tissue off the underlying skeletal structure and other soft tissues. This mobilization of blood flow increases circulation in order to promote healing.

"Clients often express relief of pain and immediate softening of tight and sore muscles after a cupping massage session," said Young.

In the fall of 2013, Young went on a short-term mission trip to Kathmandu, Nepal, with Calvary Chapel in Kihei.

"In my 22 years of practicing therapeutic massage, the power to heal physical as well as emotional wounds could not have been more evident," she said.

"As the only massage therapist on the Kathmandu team, I had the privilege of educating and providing massage to women at New Hope Hospice and Rehabilitation Center," said Young.

The majority of women that Young met were rescued from forced prostitution and diagnosed with either AIDS or as HIV positive. In their culture to be diagnosed with HIV/AIDs means a life of being treated as an "untouchable."

"To be able to provide massage and offer the women an experience of nurturing and supportive touch was a mutually fulfill-ing experience," Young said.

Many times, these women have been denied medical care because their illness is feared even by healthcare professionals. It was out of this horrible reaction to the women that New Hope Ministries was initiated.

"Many of the women will die alone with no one to comfort them or care for their basic needs simply because of fear and lack of education about AIDS," said Young.

The role of New Hope Ministries within the Nepalese community is to support those with AIDS, their families and their children. By taking a wider approach than just medical care alone, they hope to address their physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs.

"Additionally," said Young, "New Hope Girls Home rescues girls that are imminently at risk of sexual exploitation," she said.

"I know that as a 'jug is filled one drop at a time,' I am but a drop in the support that is needed," said Young. "My hope is to return to Nepal this year to continue working with the women at the Hospice and Rehabilitation Center."

In the meantime, Young donates a percentage of every massage dollar at Radiant Massage & Wellness to support New Hope Ministries in Nepal and Shared Hope International.

If you are interested in supporting mission efforts, contact Calvary Chapel South Maui at (808) 874-9238.

Radiant Massage and Wellness is located at 1847 South Kihei Road, Ste. 104. For an appointment, contact Young at (808) 298-1815 or email

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