Abdominal and Womb Massage in Belize

The Place: Nuuk Cheil Cottages, Cockscomb Basin, Belize The Space: A freshly laundered, pink-sheeted, sparse bed in one of the property's concrete guest houses. A few water marks on the ceiling and walls. The Face: Aurora Garcia-Saqui, Mayan Herbalist and Healer The Session: Forty-five minutes of having my insides artfully rearranged from the outside and leaving with my uterus tied up ... Just read on. Mayan abdominal and womb massage can sound intimidating and potentially gynecological. This is why more people need to know about it. Because it is everything but that. So, let's do quick tutorial before the story. Most of what we know about this work is thanks to Dr. Rosita Arvigo, an American naturopath, who studied under one of the last true Mayan healers, Don Elijio Panti. Dr. Arvigo took his lessons and made it all into a comprehensive program known as the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. It is an external organ massage, meaning there is a lot being done to the inside from the outside. Just like regular massage, with an additional target tissue. Like the ancient Chinese, the ancient Maya believed the abdomen and, for women, the womb are the centers of one's [...]

Abdominal and Womb Massage in Belize 2018-02-20T16:38:24+00:00

Salt Lake City Airport

Salt Lake City Airport, UT The Place: XpresSpa, Salt Lake City Airport, Terminal D, http://www.xpresspa.com/locations-a/365.htm The Face: Aline Santos The Space: Open to the concourse, where an errant “Nathan,” was being screamed at to “get over here right now before I have to come get you!” More favorably, not far from Jamba Juice. Last-minute fix at SLC airport. Best chair massage ever. Terminal D (conveniently near Jamba Juice). Aline Santos is a game changer. #massage #massagetherapy #chairmassage #saltlakecity #travel #utah The Saturation: No oil or lotion anywhere. The Situation: Less than 48 hours in Provo, Utah. Fifty minutes until a two-leg flight and my right shoulder felt like it had made contact with my right ear and boxed around my jaw and eyeball. The Session: Aline Santos should be the face of chair massage, the way Jennifer Aniston is the face of Smartwater, which means good massage therapists should be of celebrity status. Aline could, double-handedly, make for planes full of less disgruntled passengers. She produced almost every effect of table massage in 30 minutes and dispatched a medical-massage-level of postural analysis. My only request would have been a little more pressure. However, there have been a few [...]

Salt Lake City Airport 2018-01-18T15:33:54+00:00

San Juan, PR

San Juan, PR The Ritz-Carlton Spa Ritz Carlton. The double-barreled name that historically woos patrons by shooting them plush darts of grandeur and gleam. At the San Juan Ritz Carlton Spa it's all there - understated elegance, almost obsequious service, and long list of options. But I left feeling like we owed each other something more. Every staff member at the Ritz, from the front door, to the spa, to the restaurants, seems to regard the patrons like royal children. A greeter in the hotel's lobby walked me to the spa, smiled and nodded every time I answered her friendly questions. As we wound  through the property’s dense tropical landscape of palms, flowers, sculptures, pools and chaises, she mentioned that the 12,000 square-foot spa had been renovated three years ago. "You'll love it," she said. "It's beautiful." In terms of quality, it is beautiful. Beige and white marble and tile meet glass at every height and in every corner. While simple is often better than overdone , it felt bland and cold. Just ask the woman who walked into the cathedral-ceilinged reception area from the locker room, wrapped in a towel, wondering where the hot water was. (A word on hot [...]

San Juan, PR 2018-05-18T16:40:03+00:00

Freeze Me, from NYC to NJ

Swag bags at this year’s Grammy and Oscar Awards include gift certificates to get frozen. It makes sense for Los Angeles dwellers, but for the majority of North America in February, the concept is sounds...redundant, at best. But perhaps we can consider it balance for the 110-degree yoga classes we've joined en masse. Using extreme temperatures to pique the immune system obviously is not new. Saunas and polar plunges have historical roots in many cultures. Cryotherapy, an ancient-made-new, anti-aging, pain-reducing, anti-inflammatory, sports-recovery treatment is a tech-savvy take on the cold side of the idea. Think of it as a freezing sauna cooled by -264 degree liquid nitrogen in which you stand mostly naked. Hesitant, are you? Think willingly exposing yourself to unnatural levels of cold sounds like frosty hell?  Doubt that something so uncomfortable could be good for you? Valid points. Also very negotiable points. Even my sister-in-law, who said her first cry experience at Chill Cryotherapy in Westfield, NJ, made it feel as her nipples were "either going to cut through steel or fall off" wants to go back. If you're still looking for an excuse, time can't be one of them. The initial appointment is a quick [...]

Freeze Me, from NYC to NJ 2017-06-15T22:43:30+00:00

St. Croix

It was February in the Northeast. Frosty, gray, and unfriendly. “St. Croix,” my friend said. “We can swim and sleep a lot.” New Jersey or St. Croix. Crystalline seas or ashy snow. With a smart, handsome man. Oh, the struggle. Usually, being sleepy sounds boring, especially on a beautiful island. St. Croix changed that. Flying over the swirls of blue, green, and turquoise water framing the semi-mountainous island, the place actually looked asleep. There is none of Puerto Rico’s over development, none of St. Thomas’s cruise ship traffic, and none of St. Bart’s yachtification. Everywhere we went through its 22 by seven-mile stretch, people were few. For those we saw, the pace was slow. The soporific, lullaby winds and waves were the only things to touch the silence on the island’s east end and we succumbed to it. Somehow, every day, we would need a nap after breakfast. And maybe one after lunch. Definitely after snorkeling. Teague Bay For many of the island’s residents, this hush is anything but romantic. It started when the Hovensa oil refinery closed in 2012 and it’s 2,000 employees left the island. With them went the cruise ships and people that used to [...]

St. Croix 2017-04-16T04:35:07+00:00

Ocean, NJ

If there are people who would turn down a foot massage, I don’t know any of them. It could be because, mmm, most the people I know are my clients, other massage therapists, or people closer to the fiend-end of the massage spectrum than phobe-end. Many of these people have also been to Southeast Asia where foot massage is as common as coffee and rarely a disappointment. Of that group, most of us have been looking to replicate it ever since. So when a friend told me about a place in Ocean, NJ - “We’ve been going to this place for foot massages…It’s called Foot Rub” I told another friend who just wrapped up two months in Thailand. When we both happened to be off from work at 3 p.m. on a Tuesday, the planning went like this: “What should we do?” “Hm…sauna? Food? Foot massage?” “Foot massage?!” “It’s called “Foot Rub.” “Want me to pick you up?” Shameless geekdom. Partly because we’re geeks and partly because we would almost rather get massaged than eat. She showed up in her red pod of a Hyundai, Trevor Hall playing on the radio, malas and Krishna around her neck. “I [...]

Ocean, NJ 2017-04-16T04:30:56+00:00

Lake Placid

After 17 miles up and down the Adirondack’s Mt. Marcy, two nights of camping, mild dehydration, and trying to keep up with my human mountain goat of a hiking buddy, the last two miles out of the woods were all about getting to the Lake Placid Lodge, where two massages were waiting. This post could be brief: Tim Chien from Balanced Bodywork and Massage. (The lodge contracts out massages.) Hallelujah. But if you want details, onward. My quads and calves were sore enough to make getting on and off the toilet more challenging than the hardest part of the hike. (You’ve all been there. Admit it.)  My pack, thanks to a stupendous proclivity for using one piece of ill-fitting gear no matter what I do, made it feel like someone planted two ice axes between my shoulder blades. […]

Lake Placid 2016-02-24T02:59:15+00:00

Thailand

If you haven't heard of Thai massage or met a therapist who does Thai work or wants to learn it, we have a real concern. That's too far from to the loop to be. In this yoga-centric world, the spiritual intention and dynamic movements of Thai bodywork have a bigger audience than ever. Commonly referred to as "assisted yoga," Thai massage puts a fully-clothed client through a series of stretches mimicking yoga poses, while his palms, feet, elbows, and knees to press, knead, lift, stretch, and twist the body. Though very different from Western massage, Thai work relieves tension and increases flexibility as effectively as any massage should. Joints will crack here and there and winces and giggles will happen, especially when a 100-pound Thai therapist tosses around a bigger client like pizza dough. The practice rarely isn’t loved. Clients will often alternate, having table work one week and Thai work another. Then there are instant converts; A recent newbie said he wasn’t sure he would ever want to have a “regular” massage again. Thai massage, nearly 3,000 years old, and supposed founded by the Buddha's personal physician, is a rich part of the mostly Buddhist country's history. [...]

Thailand 2015-10-27T04:45:09+00:00

Rincon, Puerto Rico

Waves and rum are priority in Rincon, PR. Highway 413, known on bumperstickers as the “Road to Happiness” is also known as the “Road to Rehab.” However, as this ramshackle paradise grows by the year, so does the number and quality of healthier options and ideas. The massage scene shows it best. Among it’s 30 square miles and approximate 15,000 people, it’s a matter of asking no more than two people (many of whom are stateside transplants) to recommend a massage therapist. Everyone knows someone and the three names you’ll hear the most are Annette, Sinclair, and Cynthia. Many other names, new cards, and flyers pop up for bodyworkers every year. HERE IS THE SHORT LIST Annette Weimer 787 382 6299 Call for Directions Annette Weimer is Rincon’s spiritual mama who’s known to make brawny men cry. Besides getting a good, swoopy-stroked therapeutic massage, visiting with Annette is like finding a long-lost friend/sister/aunt/cousin. You never leave without feeling better or without a hug. Annette brought her experience from the Ritz Carlton Spa in Naples, FL to Rincon over a decade ago. Thankfully, she brought the skill and left the pretension behind. Her massage is experienced and swift. In [...]

Rincon, Puerto Rico 2017-04-16T04:47:49+00:00

New York, NY

Time and money are the two biggest obstacles in life. There may be no way to fix that or to suddenly make your income accommodate twice weekly massage but there is Graceful Services. With two Manhattan locations and average prices ($100 for a 60-minute deep tissue) you’ll be gifted with day-of appointments and a reputable place. After a long day of class, walking, and a backpack loaded beyond reasonable capacity one recent Saturday, graceful I was not. At 5 p.m. the receptionist at the Second Avenue location booked me for a one-hour massage at 9 p.m. (the night’s last appointment). While I didn’t envy the therapist working those hours, my backache and growing migraine bowed to her.  […]

New York, NY 2017-04-16T05:05:49+00:00