YAS is a therapeutic program based on holistic body-work. Its aim is to build a self-awareness and acceptance of the intrinsic intelligence within the body. Our approach to body-work is holistic. This means that we see the body and the mind as a “whole” symbiotic system. Often our physical issues stem from emotional or psychological blockages. We believe that by working consciously throughout the body we can reach breakthrough experiences that will provide a clearer understanding of these issues.
The work itself is abstract and organic, a complex yet unstructured composition where rhythms and intensities are masterfully created. We combine long integrative strokes with detailed deep tissue work, thus allowing the patient to be fully immersed in a continuous, recycling energy flow. Movement is the prime element in the composition. We subtly mix swings, stretches and acrobatic balancing postures. The idea behind this is to trigger the inherent movement patterns that are rooted in the nervous system. In this way the patient can acknowledge structural blockages by observing how their body reacts to different stimulation.
We encourage you to see the challenges that arise from the work in a contemplative way. Many times this experience can trigger memories or feelings associated with different emotional blockages. You are fully guided through the process, which begins with an initial chat about what to expect from the experience. This includes explanations and tips on how to stay present, as well as allowing the body to process and express. Control is a big issue for western society and we often try to pre-visualize events in our lives so we can react in a measured way. This habit is intensively challenged during the work as we want you to experience the here and now. Our belief is that the act of being completely surrendered is a truly opening and clarifying experience. The result of the massage can be quite introspective and overwhelming. After the work we spend time together exploring the different sensations and challenges that arose, so as to send you back to the world in the most serene way.
Our approach to body intelligence
We strongly believe in cellular memory and a higher universal source of information that lies within nature and our bodies. We particularly believe that artistic expression can be a higher form of communication, it’s a channel to let our true nature and universal information unravel from our rational minds. An artist’s expression can inspire other individuals to see or understand a message through their emotions. In this way it is not only the mind processing the information but also our inherent body intelligence. Our massage is an artistic composition where elements like dance, music and drama are articulated in a subtle, intuitive way. When the massage session becomes artistic expression, and the practitioner tunes in with his inherent organic way of movement, there is higher information being handled, this information is our intuition, our capacity to operate beyond rational perception.
In the Sea experience
After more than a decade of honing our art on the massage table and based on the same concepts, we have created a unique therapy in the ocean. Water is the principal component in our body and every time we move in the water we stir an inherent connection with it. Our discovery is that the organic movement of the ocean awakens the nervous system in a profound way.
This work will take your body for a ride in the ocean. With your nose blocked and eyes closed, using minimal contact, the practitioner holds you in a floating position. The movement of the waves and rips are used to trigger your body patterns. As on land, you are guided through the experience and are gently encouraged to work to let go of control of the body and thus truly feel the connection with universal motion that the ocean produces.