Yomassage a fusion of relaxing and supported restorative postures, massage therapy and mindfulness. The guest holds each pose with support from bolsters, blocks, and blankets for around five to ten minutes while Petra massages different parts of the body that are available from the held pose.
Dress for comfort.
Yomassage positions are inspired by restorative yoga positions. These positions are used to relax and restore the mind and the body. We use lots of props: blankets, bolsters, and blocks to help make you as comfortable and supported as possible. You will feel a gentle stretch, but you should also feel so comfortable in these positions that you could fall asleep. This type of stretching allows you to get deep into the connective tissue and activate the rest and digest function of the nervous system.
The restorative positions we use in Yomassage are accessible to everyone who can get up and down off of the mat. You don’t need to be “flexible” at all or have any prior yoga experience.
And the best part, while you are relaxing in these positions, your Yomassage practitioner, Petra will guide you through breath work and mindfulness exercises, and provide therapeutic touch.
The combination of these techniques and the environment we create in a Yomassage session helps to deliver the ultimate relaxation and healing experience.
Yomassage stimulates the body more than the typical yoga class, since the massage aspect increases circulation, provides myofascial release, and achieves trigger point therapy.
The “Yo” in Yomassage is based on the principles of yoga: focus on the breath (pranayama) and the yogic philosophy of looking within. The combination of touch, gentle stretch, and mindfulness provide an avenue for relaxation and healing.
60 minutes private session $80
3, 45 min private session package $180
80 minute couples session $150
3, 60 minute couples package $300
"Yomassage at Petra's Wellness Studio is fantastic! Imagine a Yin Class with all postures fully supported, then add excellent massage work at the same time. So excellent! Petra is knowledgeable, professional and extremely pleasant. I can't wait to go back. But first I'm going to tell all my friends!" Alexandra L.
Best Massage Ball Exercises for a Full Body Self-Massage
Lower back pain
Place the massage ball under your lower back. Then, roll side to side while breathing deeply. Make sure to target the entirety of your lower back. Once you reach points that are stiff, move slowly to massage away the pain. Make sure to avoid bone!
Start with the massage ball under the arch of your foot. Roll back and forth while pushing into ground with enough pressure to provide yourself with immediate relief from tight arches.
Sit in a chair or on a mat. Stretch out the leg you want to work while bending your other knee at 90 degrees. Put the massage ball at the top of your hamstring muscles. Lift off the ground and roll your leg side to side on the massage ball.
Lie down on the ground and put the massage ball behind your neck to the left of your spine, below your skull. Then, roll your head side to side making sure to avoid direct contact with your bones.
There is no controlling life.
Try corralling a lightning bolt, containing a tornado.
Dam a stream and it will create a new channel.
Resist, and the tide will sweep you off your feet.
Allow, and grace will carry you to higher ground.
The only safety lies in letting it all in –
the wild and the weak;
fear, fantasies, failures and success.
When loss rips off the doors of
the heart, or sadness veils your vision with
despair, practice becomes simply bearing the truth.
In the choice to let go of your known way of being,
the whole world is revealed to your new eyes.
by Danna Faulds