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Sometimes you get what you need
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Sometimes you get what you need

 

I landed at the Fairmont Orchid on the Kohala Gold Coast hot, sweaty and tired from a week packed with adventure on the Big Island. Now it was time to plug into the power of the place. My room overlooked the magnificent grounds with a dazzling display of tropical foliage. Bright pink blooms covered the green canopy of the tree shading my balcony. Winding pathways through a wonderland of lava rock waterfalls helped me imagine I was a royal Hawaiian in the land where the spring of love flows freely.

 

I entered the gracious “Spa Without Walls” where I would soon enjoy the loving touch of a healing maser learned in the art of lomi-lomi massage. The ancient masters used long sweeping movement making use of their whole bodies to relieve tension in muscles But, more important they directed spiritual energy, or mana, to the recipient to encourage healing and regenerative powers in the body. It is way to open us up to connecting with the land, the sea, the air we breathe. The Hawaiians believed that the trees, the rocks the flowers, and especially moana, the grand and vibrant sea are all a part of us.  I focused on that idea as my expert masseuse started with my neck and back with long strokes of her forearm kneading with her elbows finding those sources of tension and making fingers of stress let go. I listened to the lapping waves as the soft, warm breeze caressed my skin. When my provider was done with her magic, I rested for while absorbing the energy of this sacred place, once home to ancient Hawaiian royals. Could there be anything more heavenly for a weary traveler?

 

 

 

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More Blogs by Linda Ballou
• Winging it in the Central Coast of Calif. - Tuesday, July 09, 2013
• Around the World Travel - Wednesday, February 13, 2013
• A Cruise I couldn't refuse. - Thursday, January 10, 2013
• Let Me Take you on an "Un-Cruise." - Monday, December 17, 2012
• A Night in Old Hawai'i - Tuesday, October 16, 2012
• Spotlight on Lost Angel Walkabout - Monday, September 10, 2012
• Last Chance for Romance in the West - Sunday, August 05, 2012
• Serious and Trashy Summer Reads - Wednesday, June 06, 2012
• Lost Angel Walkabout is a Winner!! - Monday, May 28, 2012
• How to Make Travel Writing Work for You! - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
• Seeing the World with New Eyes - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
• The Boldest Woman in Old Hawai'i - Sunday, March 18, 2012
• Sacred Historical sites Hawai'i - Saturday, March 10, 2012
• Save the Skin your In - Monday, February 06, 2012
• Lost Angel Walkabout in the Top Ten 2011 - Monday, January 09, 2012
• Why do Writers Write - Wednesday, November 09, 2011
• Lost Angel Found by Dick Jordan - Monday, October 17, 2011
• Let me toot Jay's Horne - Thursday, September 01, 2011
• Rafting the Grandest Canyon of All - Thursday, July 14, 2011
• Gathering Roads speaks with Linda Ballou - Thursday, July 07, 2011
• 5/10/2011 - Tuesday, May 10, 2011
• Fiesty Tales from a Brilliant Storyteller - Tuesday, May 03, 2011
• Great Outdoor Days in L.A. - Monday, April 18, 2011
• No Place Like Home - Monday, April 18, 2011
• Featured author in Travel World Magazine - Monday, March 28, 2011
• Lost Angel Walkabout Brings Home the Bronze - Sunday, March 20, 2011
• Lost Angel has a conversation with Yolanda Renee - Saturday, February 19, 2011
• Secrets to travel writing revealed - Thursday, February 17, 2011
• Alcorn gives Lost Angel Thumbs Up - Tuesday, February 01, 2011
• Adventure Travel Expert for NABBW - Monday, January 24, 2011
• Top Travel Writing for 2010 - Monday, January 03, 2011
• Kudos for Lost Angel Walkabout - Monday, December 20, 2010
• Jack London and Me - Thursday, December 02, 2010
• One Writer's Journey Interviews Linda Ballou - Thursday, November 18, 2010
• Review: Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales - Wednesday, November 10, 2010
• Holiday Book Give Away - Tuesday, November 09, 2010
• Great Outdoor Day in L.A.-Sandstone Peak - Thursday, November 04, 2010
• Lost Angel takes a tumble - Tuesday, October 19, 2010
• Lessons learned at the Book Passage Conference - Friday, August 20, 2010
• Running in Good Company - Tuesday, August 03, 2010
• AB FAB Review of Lost Angel Walkabout - Friday, July 16, 2010
• Praise for Lost Angel Walkabout - Wednesday, June 09, 2010
• Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales has arrived!!!!!! - Sunday, May 23, 2010
• Happy Earth Day Mom - Wednesday, April 21, 2010
• Happy Birthday Water Babby - Sunday, March 14, 2010
• Discounts to Book Clubs - Thursday, March 04, 2010
• Do You Feel Lucky - Tuesday, January 12, 2010
• Mystical Moloka'i - Wednesday, December 16, 2009
• Spirited gift selections - Tuesday, December 01, 2009
• Feel Good Story - Monday, November 16, 2009
• Swim with Dolphin lady - Tuesday, November 03, 2009
• Spread the "Good News." - Thursday, October 01, 2009
• Secret to Youth Revealed - Sunday, September 13, 2009
• Talk at Distant Lands Travel Store - Saturday, September 12, 2009
• Conversation with Yolanda Renee - Tuesday, September 08, 2009
•  Sometimes you get what you need - Sunday, August 30, 2009  
• Wai-nani-A New Voice from Old Hawaii on Kindle - Thursday, August 13, 2009
• Water Lomi Anyone - Wednesday, August 05, 2009
• You Can Afford to go to the Islands - Sunday, July 26, 2009
• Remembering Moloka'i - Tuesday, July 21, 2009
• Best Deal on the Big Island - Tuesday, July 14, 2009
• Wai-nani recieves wonderful review - Tuesday, July 07, 2009
• Hawaii Bound - Thursday, June 18, 2009
• Linda Interviewed by Newoka on Web Mistress Radio - Thursday, May 14, 2009
• FENG SHUI GHOST-BUSTER CONFESSES TO $13,680 AND 1.3 MILLION! - Monday, May 11, 2009
• Los Angeles Times 2009 Book Festival - Wednesday, May 06, 2009
• Promo Day - An Event For People in the Writing Industry - Thursday, April 30, 2009
• Keeping Ancient Hula Tradition Alive - Monday, April 27, 2009
• Linda And Wai-nai head for the L.A. Book Fest - Wednesday, April 01, 2009
• 2008 Literary Awards Finalist - Friday, February 27, 2009
• Meet Mary - Friday, February 13, 2009
• Heavenly Hawaii article - Thursday, January 22, 2009
• Concious Discussions Interview - Friday, November 28, 2008
• Why we love the Divine Dolphin interview - Tuesday, October 14, 2008
• Radio Interview - Friday, September 05, 2008
• Linda Ballou to Interview with Writers in the Sky - Sunday, August 31, 2008
• Linda Ballou to Do Reading in Encino - Sunday, August 31, 2008
• Book Club Classics loves Wai-nani: High Chiefess of Hawaii - Sunday, August 31, 2008
• The Art of Having A Nervous Breakdown - Wednesday, August 27, 2008
• Los Angeles Book Festival appearance - Tuesday, April 29, 2008


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