Vaginal steaming spa observes Women’s Health month

October​ ​is​ ​Women’s​ ​Health​ Month, ​and day spa owner ​Allison​ ​Nahoopi`i of​ ​Yoni​ ​Steam is honoring that by offering 50% off a yoni steam all month.

What’s a yoni steam, you ask? It’s a vaginal steam that proponents say helps alleviate menstrual cramps, boost fertility, balance hormones, and more. Despite the fact that Gwyneth Paltrow wrote about it on her blog, I somehow remained unaware of it until now.

“Yoni steaming—also known as vaginal steaming—is a practice in which a woman allows the warmth of a mild organic herbal steam to permeate the exterior of her vagina up into the womb,” explains the website. “The Yoni Steam provides non invasive treatment for purification and release. Steaming helps women to purify their core and release energy and emotions they no longer wish to hold in their wombs.” 

The Kapahulu women’s-only​ ​spa​ offers women a​ ​45-minute​ ​steam​ ​treatment crafted from a blend​ ​of organic​ ​herbs.​ ​”Historically,​ ​women​ ​claimed​ ​​benefits​ ​from​ ​yoni​ ​steaming include​ ​the​ ​release​ ​of​ ​negative​ ​emotions,​ ​increased​ ​fertility,​ ​body​ ​detoxification,​ ​support​ ​through menopause,​ ​and​ ​an​ ​overall​ ​uterine​ ​care,” says press agent Lacey Matsumoto.

To be clear, its website offers the disclaimer “This information has not been evaluated by the AMA or FDA. There have not been any scientific studies on Yoni steams, all reported benefits are based on personal accounts. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

Matsumoto describes the process: “As​ ​you​ ​enter​ ​the​ ​day​ ​spa,​ ​you​ ​are​ ​given​ ​a​ ​robe​ ​and​ ​escorted​ ​into​ ​the​ ​changing​ ​room.​ ​From​ ​the​ ​room, you​ ​enter​ ​the​ ​steam​ ​area​ ​where​ ​you​ ​are​ ​given​ ​the​ ​option​ ​to​ ​remain​ ​in​ ​a​ ​private​ ​room,​ ​or​ ​draw​ ​your curtains​ ​to​ ​chat​ ​with​ ​friends.​ ​During​ ​the​ ​steam​ ​process​ ​you​ ​are​ ​offered​ ​a​ ​menu​ ​of​ ​organic​ ​snack options​ ​and​ ​beverages.” It sounds like it could be very social!

Nahoopi`i founded the spa​ “to​ ​provide​ ​women​ ​with​ ​a​ ​safe​ ​space​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​self​ ​love.​ ​The​ ​company’s focus​ ​is​ ​on​ ​improving​ ​women’s​ ​reproductive​ ​and​ ​emotional​ ​health​ ​through​ ​yoni​ ​steaming,​ ​a​ ​process which​ ​has​ ​roots​ ​in​ ​African,​ ​Mayan,​ ​Greek,​ ​Native​ ​American,​ ​Filipino,​ ​Japanese​, ​and​ ​other​ ​Asian cultures,” Matsumoto backgrounds. Certainly, as a yogi, I like the idea of building on ancient and holistic wellness practices.

Yoni​ ​Steam​ ​is​ ​cash only.​ ​Hours​ ​are​ ​12​ ​p.m.​ ​to​ ​8​ ​p.m.,​ ​and​ ​10​ ​a.m.​ ​to​ ​6​ ​p.m.​ ​on​ ​Sunday.​ ​The​ ​spa​ ​is closed​ ​on​ ​Wednesday​ ​and​ ​Thursdays.​ ​

It​ ​is​ ​only​ ​open​ ​to​ ​paid​ ​clientele;​ ​no​ ​males,​ ​guests,​ ​children, or​ ​pets​ ​are​ ​allowed.​ ​​  For​ ​more​ ​information​ ​on​ ​Yoni​ ​Steam Visit​ ​at:​ ​https://www.yonisteamhonolulu.com/

Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania, In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. One day, she might figure out how to put that master’s degree to use.

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