When we receive or give massage we are not only manipulating muscles, skin, and bones; we are working with energies, both physical and mental...According to the natural law, the energy is transmitted from the body of the practitioner to the body of the receiver. A fine discharge of electrical energy flows through the fingertips of the practitioner, which the skin of the receiver readily absorbs. Through a fine network of subtle nerves called nadis, specifically the pranavaha and manovaha nadis, the pranic energy, as well as the psychic energy, is discharged and absorbed. The marmas play an important role in the absorption of the energy and thus the psychosomatic field of the receiver. Sometimes during massage of the marmas, energy blockages are removed and the receiver experiences emotional changes, such as joy, sorrow, and grief.
— Harish Johari

Massage Therapy

Massage is a significant energy-based therapy in Ayurveda. In traditional medicine, massage is not merely a manipulation of the musculature, but a dynamic interplay of energetic touch and physical manipulation. In the context of massage, the practitioner is able to make direct energetic contact with the patient, and thus a healing transmission occurs. The massaging of the musculature opens the physical and subtle channels while releasing toxic accumulations and energetic blockages. Ayurvedic massage often makes use of medicated oils, or oils infused with herbs, tailored to the constitution and imbalances of the patient.

Ayurveda recommends the daily practice of self-massage with constitutionally and seasonally appropriate oils that are usually infused with herbs. Self-massage with oil lubricates the body and its channels, ensuring the smooth flow of life-energy, the healthy flow of blood and lymph, and the efficient removal of toxins. Oiling the body daily is a form of detoxification--the oil "pulls" toxins from deep in the body's tissues to the surface for elimination. Ayurveda also describes specific massage practices for infants, children, and pregnant women.

Nicole Ortega, LMT is a talented massage therapist and healer who offers a diversity of massage therapies, including:

  • Ayurvedic Oil Massage (Abhyanga)

  • Shirodhara Massage

  • Swedish Massage

  • Deep Tissue Massage

  • Lomi Lomi Massage

  • Pohaku (Hot Stone) Massage

  • Aromatherapy Massage

  • Personalized Massage (a unique combination of the above offerings tailored to the individual)