Dennis Miller

  • HI License #: MAT 4402

Just Perfect massage for you.

Massage intrigued me as way to lead a meaningful life.

I felt that a good job is one in which movement is a part of the work that is performed.  That pov led me to major in Dance at UH Manoa and to perform with a local modern dance company here in Honolulu.  Working as a massage therapist was a perfect fit for my idea of value, which is based on life with a fully functioning body and mind.  For example, working as a medical laboratory technician seemed problematic to me, because while ...

Massage intrigued me as way to lead a meaningful life.

I felt that a good job is one in which movement is a part of the work that is performed.  That pov led me to major in Dance at UH Manoa and to perform with a local modern dance company here in Honolulu.  Working as a massage therapist was a perfect fit for my idea of value, which is based on life with a fully functioning body and mind.  For example, working as a medical laboratory technician seemed problematic to me, because while examining albumin etc under a microscope can be very important, it does make for a physically stunted 8 hours of time.

I started full time massage work in 1997, and have continued until today, although over the past decade I've performed less massage, and more business management.  Now with covid-19, my shop doesn't have enough clients for staff, so I'm back to performing massages again.  This is like a personal renaissance.  I'm rediscovering why I enjoyed massage and why it can be so beneficial for people to receive.

My style includes awareness of John Barnes myo facial release technique, Neural Muscular Relief technique, Trigger Point, Muscle Shortening - Ortho Static Hypo Tension - and somatic therapy.  However, I don't focus on any of those techniques.  Instead, from Shiatsu, from Lomi-Lomi, from Deep Tissue, from Reflexology, from Lymphatic massage, I've arrived at a generalized flow which is aimed at healing through detailed approaches to general relaxation.

My massage covers a lot of technical bases, without being analytical, or clinical. 

Yes, there is a huge amount of pain relief potential, and specific goal accomplishing possible through a physical therapy approach to massage.  However, that isn't my style.

Instead of a session with instructions, education, questions, and a methodical approach to technical processes, I've come to realize that a generalized approach which includes first centering myself, and then calmly beginning a detailed focus on muscle attachments, direction of fibers, and repetition of highly beneficial movements, sometimes with ROM (range of motion) + pressure point, sometimes without, that I can produce high value experiences with a high batting average.

What I consider 'high value touch' has a few simple steps.  First, the touch cannot be abrupt.  Touch should begin before the touch occurs by placing the hands over the body, pausing, then slightly touching, then not pushing, but instead, transferring weight. At first, the weight can be transferred to both hands, usually on either the feet or the low back, to start with.  Then, just as we inhale, then exhale, our weight can transfer from left hand to right hand, on opposite sides of the spine, creating a teeter totter sort of contra lateral whole torso stretch and release effect.  The rhythmic, soothing application of compression and pressure point Shiatsu style while alternating hands on various regions and points can result in a fully satisfying hour. 

Blending the dry, no oil, shiatsu massage with flowing deep tissue or 'appropriate pressure' massage is often the most highly appreciated form.

Some people will want to focus on a certain issue.  In those cases, I include that region of the body, and although I'd rather include the opposite side of the body, there are those clients who reject anything other than their request, so, I'm fine with the clients requests to massage on only one side, their painful side. Happily, those people are few!  Both I believe in heeding the clients requests, and I hope to bring my tool box to the session.  Usually both of those needs match up and I can address the clients requests in my way.

Right now, I'm working out of both of the Shiatsu & Massage Center's International Market Place location, and, Spa Pure in the Courtyard Hotel.  The hotel is closed, but we have our own back door.  The market place is open, but without tourists, it is very slow.  Which is good for covid safety!  The slower it is, the safer I am.

I installed three HEPA Air Purifiers.  One at the reception desk, one in the hallway to the room, and a third in the large room - it has two tables, for a couple - in which I work.  So, during the massage, we will both be breathing HEPA purified air.  All three air purifiers include the internal UV disinfectant light.
I also installed a UV Disinfectant Oven.  This is for oil bottles, phones, pens, facial equipment.
With the air purifiers, hand washing, and wearing of masks, and receiving from zero to three clients per day, I'm about as safe as possible. I don't attend gatherings and I eat home cooked food.

I'd appreciate that all of my clients share a respect for covid-19 safety.
If you don't normally wear a mask, and if you are attending social gatherings where people are not wearing masks, then I ask you not to visit my store.

I feel that if everyone would commit to wearing a mask in public, and probably even at home with family members, and, if we simply gave up most social 'gatherings' that the rate of covid-19 would go down, and most business could continue.








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Where I Work
Available Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
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Licenses
Massage

HI # MAT 4402

Massage Establishment License

# MAE-2699

Education
2000

University of Hawaii at Manoa

BA in Dance

Experience
Bodywork

Massaging Since 1992

I went to the American Institute for Massage Therapy in Kailua, Hawaii in 1992, but due to a wrist injury from another job, delayed completing the requirements to get licensed until 1997. This motivated me to seek out a variety of wrist treatment protocols, which I still practice today. In 2000 I took over The Shiatsu and Massage Clinic, renamed it The Shiatsu & Massage Center, and today, after three locations we are located in a beautiful ground floor location near the Kuhio Side entrance of the International Market Place. In 2008, together with my partner Petula Miller, we started Spa Pure in the Courtyard by Waikiki Beach Marriott Hotel. There, the hotel allowed us to convert one of their two swimming pools into a heated salt pool, for our exclusive use for a floating massage in a warm salt pool, which I call Ocean Massage. Today, the Courtyard Hotel is closed until Hawaii's tourism quarantine is lifted, but we can still operate, just without our beloved warm salt pool. Our International Market Place location is open, but, due to a lack of tourists, is very slow. The benefit of that is that we are very safe, and well rested. We are here for your massage needs, if you are also taking covid-19 safety precautions in your daily life.

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