Massage Pressure and Pain: How Much Is Too Much

Urban Sanctuary specializes in pain relief and deep tissue massage. Does massage have to hurt to do any good?Certainly not, but a good massage may bring your attention to areas of your body that do hurt or ache already. Massages should feel good to you and help you to let go of tension in your body. How do I know …

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Couples Massage: Unwind Together…

               Couples massage allows both of you to enjoy your massage in the same room, side by side. It makes for a wonderful date and a wonderful shared experience. At Urban Sanctuary, we have three spa rooms set up for couples, and cozy waiting lounges to unwind in together before and after your service is complete.  Taking that extra time …

Hot Stone Massage Benefits

Urban Sanctuary’s basalt stones are used for hot stone massages and pedicures. Hot Stone Massage offers all of the benefits of therapeutic massage combined with the healing benefits of heat applied to the body. The combination of the two is deeply relaxing and nurturing. The hot stones can be utilized during a deep tissue massage, a neck, back and shoulder massage, …

Deep Tissue Therapeutic Foot Massage

  Not for the faint hearted, but enormously productive for those who have plantar fasciitus, hammer toe, dancer’s feet or old foot and ankle injuries. Our Deep Tissue Therapeutic Foot Massage routine aims to produce measurable improvements in your stance, gate and range of motion. The deep myofascial work included in this massage usually impacts overall posture for people after …

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12 Benefits of Asian Foot Massage

   At Urban Sanctuary, we very much respect and appreciate the wisdom of the East. The Asian Foot Massage was the first to grace our menu of foot services when we opened 8 years ago. Today it is the most popular of our foot massage offerings. The wholesome and energetic approach of our Asian Foot massage routine addresses the entire …

Chinese Abdominal Massage

     Abdominal massage is a much underrated and underutilized modality in the United States. People usually think about their back and shoulders first when it comes to booking a massage. Also, most Americans are a bit self-conscious about their stomachs. If you can get past that, the benefits of abdominal massage are pretty extensive, particularly if you have a …

Myofascial Release Massage

     Myofascial massage focuses on releasing restrictions and adhesion in the fascia or connective tissue to free up your body.  This massage approach seems to melt, elongate and practically “liquify” the connective tissue. What is actually happening when that melting effect occurs for people is a slow burning sensation resulting from many tiny connective tissue fibers become “unstuck” or …

Prenatal Massage: Benefits and What You Need to Know

      Relaxing massage can be incredibly beneficial during pregnancy. Throughout each trimester, women undergo a series of physical and emotional changes. As the baby grows, Mom’s center of gravity changes, increasing the strain put on her back and leg muscles as well as other body parts. This can lead to daily aches and pains.      A multitude of …

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Your First Massage: How To Choose and How Long It Should Be

Urban Sanctuary is nestled in the historic Boulevard district of Athens, Georgia.      Massage is the most popular of all types of spa services. Massage therapists use various techniques to heal and relax both mind and body. There are many types of massage to choose from. Below are some frequently asked questions and answers regarding the massages we offer …

The Benefits of Massage

Urban Sanctuary has over a dozen massage therapists on staff who specialize in pain relief and deep tissue massage.      The health benefits of massage are too many to name all in one place. Massage therapy is greatly underestimated in its capacity to reduce pain and enhance well being. When used in conjunction with other good practices, massage therapy acts …