About the Owners of
Hawaiian Experience Spa
Hawaiian Experience Spa is owned by Steve and Cathy Ibach and their son Mike Ibach. We have been residents of Scottsdale since 2004 after moving to the valley from Sellersville, Pennsylvania. Steve and Cathy have been married since 1984 and have two sons, Steve and Mike who is also a spa owner. They work at the spas on a day to day basis.
Steve Ibach is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and is a Hawaiian Lomi Lomi instructor. He writes articles about massage therapy, fitness, and related subjects for various publications.
Steve has advanced training in Neuromuscular Therapy, Medical Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Kinesiology, Pregnancy Massage, Health and Fitness, and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage, which he studied extensively on Maui, HI and elsewhere. Steve is a master lomi lomi practitioner and teaches the art to other massage therapists, couples, and others interested in this unique form of bodywork. Steve produced a DVD video on basic lomi lomi massage and sells it internationally. Steve performs nearly all services offered at the spa other than facials.
When not working, Steve enjoys writing, traveling, photography, physical fitness, hiking, and flying (he is a licensed pilot).
Cathy Ibach also studied Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage with Steve in Maui and found the experience to be incredible in many ways. Lomi Lomi Bodywork is like no other massage or body treatment in the world, and she enjoys sharing the power of Aloha with the spa guests. Cathy is the spa attendant and receptionist on some days and is at the spa to ensure your every need is met. When not working at the spa, Cathy loves sewing, scrap booking, making crafts, and taking care of her family.
Mike is responsible for the oversight of both spas and currently directly manages the Scottsdale location. Prior to Jodi Ross taking over the management of the Chandler spa, Mike was directly managing that location. Mike was integral in opening the Chandler spa location and actually personally did much of the finishing construction work, including installing bamboo, lockers, thatch, counters, and much more.
Prior to work at the spa Mike was the general manager of a restaurant in Tempe. Mike lives in Phoenix with his wife and their Rottweiler, Nala. When not working he enjoys chess, mountain biking and training in martial arts. Mike has been studying martial arts since the age of nine and has extensive training in Chinese Kenpo Karate, Aikido, and Japanese Jujitsu. He now studies 7 Circles Southern/Northern Shaolin Kung Fu at Paradise Valley Community College.
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Steve, Cathy, and Mike Ibach