Rod and Isabelle Fisher are seen here doing a demonstration during a massage course. Photo by Chandley G. Jackson
Tucked in the heart of Kapa‘a is a meeting place for all people with vast arrays of interests. A place to gather, relax, inspire, move, heal, teach and learn. The Golden Lotus Studio has been in business since 2011, offering a broad range of mind and body bending classes.
Various healers, dancers and artists come from all around the world for retreats, workshops, concerts and more. What originated as a place to teach the art of massage flourished into a multi-faceted space to come together as a community.
Isabelle and Rod Fisher have been practicing massage on Kaua‘i for more than 25 years, and they pass along that knowledge to massage students each year in their training courses for Hawai‘i Massage Therapy state licensing.
In nine months, a pupil is gifted with the art of healing. This apprenticeship is unique in that the schedule allows those who work a day job to attend. The evening and weekend set-up has granted the opportunity of licensure to many who otherwise may not have the chance. As Isabelle says, the courses offer different modalities, so students are ready to be hired at a spa right after earning their certificate.
Reflexology, lomi lomi, Thai, hot stone, cranial-sacral, myofascial — these are all covered in the Golden Lotus massage groundwork. Upon completing the full course, students receive quality wisdom in the ways of massage.