Established in 1984, Shiatsu Therapists of Hawaii, is a family owned & operated massage therapy clinic founded by Steven Sugai LMT (MAT-1392). We are Hawaii's experts in combining the most effective application of Shiatsu acupressure massage & Kinesio Taping for delivering results in pain relief and healing. The clinic has grown over the years to include Steve's children, Jonathan (MAT-6298), Joelle (MAT-10176), and Steve's wife Amy.
The Sugai family have practiced, perfected, and modernized the combination of Shiatsu for relieving pain and repairing soft tissue injuries with Kinesio Taping to further enhance the effects. The result is a combination of the most effective modalities, treatment methods & protocols that address more accurately address the causes of soft tissue pain & injuries for our clients. They are highly experienced and routinely treat and resolve common problems such as stiff necks & shoulders to acute low back pain & sports injuries.
MSPE LMT (MAT - 1392) CKTP
Founder & Owner
Steven Sugai is the founder & owner of Shiatsu Therapists of Hawaii. He began his Shiatsu training at the Aisen Shiatsu School in 1980 and graduated in 1981. In 1984 Steven opened his own practice in the back of his mom's barber shop in Nuuanu as a part time business while teaching physical education for the Department of Education. For over 30 years, Steve has worked tirelessly to perfect his technique and has built a reputation as a master of his craft and delivering results. Shiatsu Therapists of Hawaii has grown over the years to include his family as part of the business. Steve has a Masters degree in physical Education from the University of Hawaii. He is also a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner and a volunteer athletic trainer with the University of Hawaii Athletic Department.
LMT (MAT-6298) CKTP CDMF LVFF
Jonathan Sugai began his massage training in 2000 after graduating from high school and earned his massage license in 2001 working part time with his father Steve while attending the University of Hawaii College of Business Administration. After graduating with a Bachelors in Marketing, Jonathan began practicing full time. As a lifelong student, Jonathan has studied other modalities such as Myofascial release, Structural Integration, & Kinesio Taping and incorporated the ideas and techniques into his methods and solutions. Since 2011, he has spent over 1000 hours studying, training, and working with Dr. John Demartini and the Demartini Institute learning, practicing, and mastering the principles of human behavior, mind development, leadership, and self-mastery. Jonathan is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP), a Certified Demartini Method® Facilitator (CDMF), and a Licensed Values Factor® Facilitator.
LMT (MAT - 10176)
Joelle Sugai is the ideal combination of soccer player, coach, & licensed massage therapist. Joelle began her training in 2006 just after graduating from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelors in Marketing and after a full scholarship for the UH Women's Soccer where she holds the school record for 81 starts and 81 games played in four seasons. Since earning her license in 2007, Joelle has quickly established herself as an expert with athletic injuries with her experience with Shiatsu Massage & Kinesio Taping under the direction of her father Steve & brother Jonathan. Joelle has coached Girls Varsity Soccer at her Ala Mater, Aiea High School. She is currently an assistant coach at Hawaii Pacific University Women's Soccer, and the Leahi Soccer Club. Joelle also is a volunteer trainer with the University of Hawaii Athletic Department.
Amy A. Sugai
LMT (MAT - 7132)
Amy Sugai joined her husband Steve and son Jonathan in 2003. Amy chose in to the business because she thought it would be fun and had already spent years practicing on her husband whenever he needed a massage. In addition to serving a loyal base of clients, Amy supports her family by overseeing the background operations of Shiatsu Therapists of Hawaii. Amy is educated as a school teacher with her Bachelors in Education. She also has a background in personal fitness training with experience in from the Nautilus Fitness Centers back in the late 1970s and currently runs the training sessions for the ROM Machine.