WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT ANYA’S SESSIONS
Massage therapy is new to my life. I began having regular message therapy sessions about 2 months ago, with Anya. Prior to meeting Anya I had been contemplating contacting "someone", but had been hesitant to do so. After all, massage therapy is very personal and I was unsure that I would find someone with whom I would feel comfortable and safe with.
Her spaces (she has 2 locations) are incredibly comforting and soothing; and provide a relaxing ambiance that sets the mood for "doing nothing else", or "having nowhere else to be". It''s a protected, private time.
Anya has a gentle spirit and intuitive ability to identify the stresses I hold within my body. She is extremely knowledgeable and appreciates sharing that knowledge with me so I have come to recognize how the stress of my everyday life impacts my physical and spiritual well-being. I have learned to pay attention to my body; appreciate its complexities and
to be grateful for all that it does for me.
When I leave her sessions I feel in tuned with my body and comfortable "in my skin". It''s exhilarating to "feel" beautiful!
-Angel W., Financial Consultant, Oakland, CA
Anya has an approach to her work which makes being in her space safe, fun, healing, and liberating...her gifts and the way she employs them have healed me in a multitude of ways - the compassion she has displayed has allowed me to more fully embrace myself, helped remove energetic blockages and provided me with a deeper sense of personal empowerment - all this began with the touch of her hands and spirit...my friends have been wondering what I''ve been up to because all the subtle changes and their manifestations have had such a dramatic impact on my overall way of being...
-Kevin D., Law Enforcement, Berkeley, CA
Anya is very, very, very good at what she does. From choosing a healing location and creating a rejuvenating atmosphere, to listening to my words and my non-verbal body communications, and just being an all-around sweet and wonderful person. She also gave great tips about parking when coming to a session. You will be glad you received a session from her and be back for more :-)
Anya rubs you in the right way! She has a wonderful presence and a deep healing touch, and brings years of deep practice into her work. She helped ease some chronic pain I''ve had, and her touch resonated long after I left. Thanks!
-Eilish N. , Somatic Therapist, Oakland, CA
I AM a massage therapist, have been for 5+ yrs, and I am PICKY about my massage therapists ( I was spoiled by other great talent while learning the trade). I''ve been an athlete most of my life, and I''m *really* aware of my body, do lots of yoga, bike, etc. My mind won''t shut up though, and not only is her work effective, Anya puts me to lucid sleep inside of about 5-10 minutes, and I dreamily wake up to a looseness and mobility that I cannot get just by myself, and I feel incredibly emotionally and psychologically grounded for days to weeks afterwards.
-Justin O. , Massage Therapist, Berkeley, CA
When I''m not being careful about posture and exercise or, you know, life happens and stress takes its toll, I get to the point where I actually NEED a massage to function. The left side of my back will start to contract around the turned out vertebrae (scoliosis, boo) and my right shoulder will crunch up so with that tension I lose the sensation of using the stomach muscles to hold me upright which makes my lower back arch which... well, you get the picture. It''s like I forget what my body is supposed to feel like and I need to be reset.
I could make this review book length, there were so many things about my massage with Anya that I liked (her personality, the space, the music, the oils she used, the creativity and variety of her strokes, the awesomeness of evening and weekday hours, her explanations of what she was doing and why, how present but relaxed she encouraged me to be, how she worked on areas I''d never thought to ask about but like my ankles and wrists that actually made a huge impact on the rest of my body) but I''ll try to keep it short. My body actually moved differently when I left, kid you not. Actually at one point in the massage, after she had done my arms and started my leg, I began to realize that I had been holding even more tension than I thought. To give you an idea of what I mean when I say my body felt different when I left, because I ended up doing a 90 minute massage, I needed to take a potty break in the middle. At this point, she had freed up the tension in both of my arms and one of my legs. I was like a cartoon pirate walking up the stairs, it felt like my legs were two different lengths. My left leg was responding to the ground (I could feel my toes!) and my right leg, seemingly half a foot shorter, might have been a peg leg considering how much less freedom and sensation it had.
So yes, I definitely recommend you try Anya. I imagine the results I got would be even better if I could go regularly. Oh, and the psychic thing. So, full disclosure, I ended up at Anya''s because I received a PM from her on Yelp. I had been planning on getting a massage for months, but was so afraid I''d pick the wrong place that I''d never made an appointment (with some places charging more than 70 an hour, a massage therapist is not something I can afford to find through trial and error). Then I get this lovely message from Anya saying she likes my reviews and would I like a free thirty minute massage. Well sure! But I asked her to give me a discount on a 60 minute instead so I could get the full experience. She could not have picked a better time to contact me, I had just come out of a hectic few months and was ready to recuperate. Then of course, once I was on the table she knew exactly where to go without me telling her much of anything .
-Hallie R., Researcher, Oakland, CA