CONTRIBUTED BY KARA WALTON
Since our first couples massage on our honeymoon two years ago, my husband and I have made any excuse to repeat the experience. As our two year anniversary and a short deployment approached, my husband suggested an early celebration with our favorite relaxing pastime.
After scouring the internet for Okinawan masseuses, I narrowed the choices to a few options without… ummm, a reputation. Secret Garden Aromatherapy Salon had great reviews and when I called, the owner, Ms. Miyuki, was incredibly accommodating. Not to mention, she spoke terrific English.
We arrived at the salon, which is located near Plaza Housing by the McDonald’s on 330, and followed the hard-to-miss signs to the second level. The entrance is well decorated with flowers and cute sayings. Upon entering the salon, we removed our shoes and were politely greeted and asked to sit on a comfy couch where our consultation began.
Ms. Miyuki explained aromatherapy to us, as we are accustomed to Swedish massages. She has diagrams in English and Japanese, explaining the different oils and their uses. Some treat headaches, others sore muscles, and there are even some to promote mental health- sign me up! We settled on an herbal mixture used to promote relaxation and relieve stress.
We were lead to a very clean, professional massage room with great décor and a terrific atmosphere. Even though the salon is in a busy area, the nature recording made for a relaxing experience without background noise. The massage was very relaxing and the ladies adjusted their massage pressure to our preferences. We were sad when the 60 minutes ended. Next time, we will pay for 90!
Deals: The salon offers 25% off during your birthday month and also has a frequent customers card.
Directions: The website provides great directions and the location pulled up on my iPhone Maps app as well. But from Foster: Exit either the PX Gate or the American Legion Gate and turn left onto 330. Drive until you see McDonald’s on your right. Turn right at the stoplight just BEFORE McD’s. Secret Garden is the first building on your left. The salon is located on the second floor.
Hours: 10am to 8pm Monday through Sunday
Phone: Appointments are required, so call 090-1940-3660
Website: www.aromatherapyokinawa.com The site is available in English and Japanese. It has a menu with prices, customer testimonials, and directions.