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Top Maui Healer Now Working With Villas Concierge
by Wellness Correspondent Abigail Royce

As surprising as it may seem, being a wellness correspondent definitely has it perks. Yet every now and then,"perks" gets taken to a whole new level. Having had more then my fair share of luxury treatments, I'm not usually one to rave about a particular therapist. However, when Pia Back-Sanderson, owner of Empowerment Journeys, got her hands on me at the uber-luxurious Wailea Beach Villas, I had to stop and take note. Her technique was not only soothing and healing, but multi-faceted.

With a little probing, I learned that massage is but a fraction of her talents. A frequently sub-contracted therapist by the Wailea Beach Villas for guest massages, Back-Sanderson also teaches yoga, meditation, and breath technique, while also leading spiritual retreats in Sweden, Finland, Hawaii and Greece. Sanderson has also studied Huna philosophy on the Big Island and a myriad of other healing arts that make Hawaii such a richly rewarding place to connect with her clients.

When I asked why she chose to make Maui her full time residence in 1998, she simply stated, "I have never felt before such a strong spirit connection from my travels all over the world as I do here in Maui. It is very natural for me to do my work here."

Even in the lofty state she transported me to on my private lanai, I could feel as she moved from Hawaiiam lomi and heart-work massage (involving acupressure and energy balancing) to reflexology and other techniques. And while the massage location was spectacular—overlooking a trickling waterfall, flower gardens and the ocean off Wailea—a session with a truly gifted healer certainly reinforced that luxury has its privileges.

For more information on the Wailea Beach Villas, visit www.WaileaBeachVillas.com.

To learn more about Pia, log on to www.EmpowermentJourneys.com.

"Every year I return to Maui to restore my mind and body, renew old friendships and get as many massages from Pia as I can. Her Reflexology treatments and Massage therapy are the Best anywhere! Pia, You have a special gift!."

Dot G. Kent Wa.

I have been doing Pia's Yoga for over 6 months now and when I first started it I could not even sit cross legged on the floor! I had had a bicycle accident a few years ago and just thought that my leg would never go back until I started trying this yoga. It took a little while but I can do this now with ease and it feels so good. I look forward to it every morning and my mind and body miss it when I don't have time to do it. It is very effective without being harmful.

Pia does the very best reflexology of anyone I know. She is amazing at finding those problem areas and effectively working them until they are no longer an issue. I have noticed profound changes in my body after these sessions. It is truly a miracle.

Paula B. Maui

My experience with Pia has been remarkable each time I see her. Each visit leaves me feeling renew and refresh. My family members can see the differences within me after being treated each month by Pia.

I have seen other massage therapist prior to seeing Pia but I must say so far no one has come close to the treatment that Pia offers. Not only does Pia gives great massages and reflexology, she also offers this remarkable treatment called Quantum-Machine which evaluates your emotions and body symptoms.

Everyone needs to see Pia at least once and I am confident to say once you have seen her for some kind of treatment you will be back for more.

N.V. Maui

I highly recommend the work Pia does. She literally saved my life and future health on more than one occasion. When I was suffering from repeated bouts of pneumonia every year for three years and thus had fluid in my lungs, Pia used the machine and reflexology to clear the fluid from my lungs alleviating the tightness and pain in my chest and I have never had pneumonia again. That was a few years ago. This past spring I suffered some major health problems when I received the wrong medication for a viral condition and had a very bad and prolonged reaction to it. With the help of the machine and Pia's reflexology sessions I was able to get my digestive system correctly functioning again and I have not had any health problems in almost a year now. Thank you Pia!

K.G. Maui

I really enjoy my reflexology treatments with Pia. I believe that reflexology really balances the body from the inside out. Pia has a deep knowledge of the body and she knows what my body needs most in any particular session to become relaxed and release toxins. I feel the difference and my body is able to release and relax easily.

AMB. Maui

Kundalini Yoga is without a doubt my favorite way to get a great workout, breathe deeply, meditate and chant all in the same session! I was introduced to this amazing yoga modality by Pia and enjoyed it so much I became teacher certfied. I do many forms of yoga but find that the breadth of Kundalini Yoga covers so much in such a short period of time. Pia takes Kundalini Yoga and makes it easy enough even if you have never heard of it.

AMB. Maui

"There are only two ways to live your life:
One is as though nothing is a miracle
The other is as if EVERYTHING is a MIRACLE !!!"

~ Albert Einstein ~

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