Besides being a treat for your whole body, massage has profound therapeutic benefits:
- Relief for aching muscles
- Speeds natural healing processes
- Improves kinesthetic awareness
- Detoxifies your muscles and organs
- Awakens innate energy
Swedish massage is a set of techniques developed to treat muscles and other soft tissue in the body. In this wonderful treatment, the therapist uses cream or oils that work in direct contact with your skin. You will be unclothed and discreetly draped with a sheet over the areas that the therapist is not working on.
In a one hour massage, the therapist will work on your entire body. However, if you desire extra attention on a particular area (back, shoulders, legs), you may want to book a one-and-a-half or two hour session. During the treatment, you are welcome to ask your therapist to increase or decrease pressure, as desired. They are there to work with you.
Swedish massage involves deep tissue work, which does not necessarily mean it is painful, but, rather, that the therapist will work with the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissues in the body. This process is especially helpful in breaking up underlying scar tissue from old injuries and simultaneously relieving stress from the deeper layers of muscle.
Using pressure, shiatsu massage seeks to restore balance in the body by working with the meridian system. Meridians are energetic channels in the body which, when blocked, may create pain or other manifestations of imbalance. Shiatsu is based on the same ideology as acupuncture, with participants lying, fully clothed, on a comfortable floor mat.
In this unique healing system based on yoga and Ayurveda, the practitioner uses his or her palms and thumbs along the body’s energy (“Sen”) lines and pressure points, while the recipient is guided through a series of yoga-like postures. Together these actions result in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically. A client receiving Thai Massage remains fully clothed, on a comfortable mat on the floor.
Reflexology is an art and science that aids in bodily relaxation. During a treatment, the practitioner uses his or her hands to apply effectual pressure, according to client preference, onto specific points of the feet and/or hands, which promotes profound relaxation throughout the entire interconnected body system.
All of our therapists practice Swedish, deep tissue, and sports massage, in addition to those modalities listed below.
All therapists employed by Sal Anthony’s Movement Salon are Licensed by the State of New York in the field of Massage Therapy.
Additional Modalities: Prenatal, Shiatsu
Receiving a massage from therapist Crissy Cretara has been a treasured get-away from the fast paced, stressful life of NYC. On first meeting Crissy, the immediate sense is that she is there to help you. It’s a lasting first impression. Her healing intentions combine with a high standard of technique in both Swedish and Shiatsu. A former sculptor, Crissy has developed a signature style which uses long sustained strokes whereby she gently molds one’s muscular imperfections into a refined state of being. As deep relaxation envelops one, Crissy offers the double fortune of calming your mind as well as providing a marvelous nerve tonic for the body. A nurturing technique not to be missed, Crissy’s massage provides a perfect antidote for living in a city that never sleeps.
Additional Modalities: Sports Massage, Trigger Point, Acupressure, Couples, Craniosacral, creator of “Enhanced Deep Tissue Massage System”
I have created my own system of bodywork. My approach is structural. I treat the body as one unit as tension anywhere in the body will impact the whole structure. This is my “Enhanced Deep Tissue System” .
Ann Hutchins, LMT, NBCR
Additional Modalities: (Only) Reflexology
In my work I focus on the client as a whole person, using reflexology: massage of the feet and lower legs and/or hands and forearms to promote relaxation and relieve stress. The hallmark of my practice is to listen with a caring spirit and informed touch.
Additional Modalities: Prenatal, Shiatsu
“A friend swore that Lee offered restorative rubdowns at bargain-basement prices. We just didn’t expect an actual basement to be part of the deal. Our shoulders tightened as we descended into this yoga studio’s dim lower level. But Lee brightened our mood. He unfurled our knots with hot stones, then gently rotated our legs while pressing our spine to unlock deep-seated tension. In the future, we’ll head uptown for frills-and downstairs for results.”
~Allure Magazine, Summer 2010
Additional Modalities: Prenatal, Reflexology
Erskine “E” Melville was born and raised in Trinidad/Tobago West Indies. He has severe visual limitations that render him legally blind. Fortunately, E’s keen intuitive “body-sense” helped him overcome adversity and excel in therapeutic massage. A graduate of the Swedish Institute, E is the Senior Massage Therapist at Sal Anthony’s Movement Salon.
In his quest for excellence, E completed postgraduate studies in Prenatal and Postnatal Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Thai Massage, Reflexology and head/neck work. E’s signature massage, “The Blend” integrates Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Reflexology with Thai stretches. E is highly sought after for his intensely deep massage and healing work, individually tailored to each client.
Additional Modalities: Prenatal
Additional Modalites: CranioSacral Therapy, Prenatal, Reflexology, Shiatsu
Clients are drawn to Vicky Roberts because of her sensitivity and attention to their needs. With 10 years of experience and continuing education Vicky is able to customize each massage to maximize its therapeutic effectiveness. She combines a variety of techniques including: deep tissue, stretching, Swedish, and CranioSacral. (CranioSacral Therapy utilizies techniques that work on the central nervous system.) Vicky has advanced, in-depth training and expertise in neck and upper shoulder problems. Her participation in sports, including tennis and skiing, lead her to also study Active Isolated Stretching (A.I.S), a modality perfect for athletes and those with sports injuries and/or chronic pain. Vicky is a graduate of the Swedish Institute and holds a NY State and national license. She is certified in Pre-Natal Massage and CranioSacral Therapy.
Additional Modalities: Shiatsu, Pre Natal, Trigger Point, Myofascial Release
Therese is a graduate of the Swedish Institute. She is adept at centering clients by providing an atmosphere of wellness and stillness through a combination of Swedish strokes and Eastern movement to generate the release of tension, both physically and mentally.
- 1 hour massage $85.00
- 1 1/2 hour massage $125.00
- Couples Massage (1 1/2 hour) $145.00
- 2 hour massage $170.00