an integrative approach is used with each client receiving a custom-designed massage based upon information exchanged during consultation. a variety of massage techniques are used.
in sanskrit, 'shila' means stone, 'abhy' means to rub and 'anga' means limb. together, they form the sanskrit word for stone massage. heated stone massage is a form of thermotherapy. shila abyhanga dates back thousands of years and can be traced to the ancient healing traditions of almost every culture. warm, smooth river stones are held in the therapist's hands during the massage to melt away tension and stress. warmth from the stones eases muscle stiffness, encourages the exchange of blood and lymph circulation throughout the body, and prepares the muscles and fascia for deep-tissue work. note: healing stones are contraindicated for prenatal massage.
Tandem Abhyanga Massage
tandem abhyanga or four-handed oil massage is based on the ancient principles of ayurveda. ayurveda is a 4, 000-year-old method of healing originating in india, the chief aim of which is longevity and quality of life; the most ancient existing medical system that uses diet, natural therapies, and herbs. this is a warm-oil massage given by two specially-trained therapists who work in tandem on both sides of the body. the session is carried out in silence, which helps to harmonize the body's functions. silence and rest are important components in the process of activating the body's own self-healing mechanisms.
two people receive massageimage in the same room, at the same time, by two different therapists. couples can husband and wife, partners, moms and daughters, or even best friends.
sports massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. sports massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. sports massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body's natural immune function. click on the "forms" tab to the left to view the brochure entitled, "massage therapy for sports and fitness." it will take you through the types of sport massage and their benefits.