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Massage Therapy

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a simple and effective way to improve physical and mental health. Massage therapy is a great way to pamper ourselves, but it’s much more than a momentary feel-good treatment. Massage has many important health benefits such as reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. There is no question that you will experience the most health benefits from massage when getting regular treatments. Massage calms the nervous system, improves blood circulation and lymphatic circulation, relieves muscle pain, and helps with pain management in conditions such as arthritis, sciatica, muscle spasms. Massage stimulates the release of hormones and lowers levels of stress hormones.

Typically, once every week or two is ideal for keeping your muscle tissue pliable and in good shape. If you are in chronic pain or have a special issue to address, you might need to come weekly (or even twice a week) until you feel better.

Once you’re feeling good, once a month is the recommended minimum for maintaining the health of your tissue. If you start stretching the massages out too far apart, then your muscles can revert to their old patterns, especially if you come under stress. If you wait too long, you’ll have to start all over again to restore their suppleness and pliancy. Listen to your body, but don’t wait too long.

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Types of Massage Therapy/Treatment

There are many different types of therapeutic massage:

  • Manipulation – ligaments, tendons, and muscles are massaged, stretched, and moved to improve mobility and to relieve pain. It is often done in combination with physical therapy techniques.

  • Mobilization – focuses on moving the spine, joints, and muscles in the body to improve mobility, relax muscles, and improve posture. Like manipulation, it is done with physical therapy techniques.

  • Deep tissue massage – treats the deeper layers of muscle by applying strong pressure to muscles and tendons.

  • Myofascial (trigger point) massage – pressure is specifically applied to pain-triggering points that are oversensitive, tense muscle tissue and adhesions of connective tissue. The idea of trigger points is controversial and myofascial massage may not be consistently effective.

  • Shiatsu massage – a Japanese form of trigger point massage therapy that uses thumbs to massage acupuncture points.

  • Manual lymphatic drainage – encourages natural drainage of waste products from the lymph nodes.

  • Thai massage – involves stretching and pulling the limbs and applying strong, rhythmical pressure to the body with hands, elbows, knees, or feet. Focuses on manipulating “energy lines” (similar to acupuncture meridians) that run throughout the body to treat illnesses.

  • Swedish massage – a classic form of massage that relaxes tense muscles and improves blood circulation. The skin and muscles in affected areas are gently stroked, kneaded, rubbed, tapped, and vibrated.

  • Sports massage – This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.

Some tips from us of how to get the most out of a massage:

  • Don’t eat just before a massage.

  • Be on time. If you arrive in a rushed state, it may take longer to relax.

  • Take off only as much clothing as you are comfortable removing.

  • Make sure the clothing that you leave on will allow the therapist to massage you.

  • If you are allergic to any oils tell your massage therapist, who can use a substitute.

  • During the massage, report any discomfort.
    Relax your muscles and your mind during the massage.

  • Breathe normally to help you relax.

  • If you’re dizzy or light-headed after the massage, do not get off the table too fast

  • Drink extra water after your massage.


30 min  treatment 45€

60 min  treatment 70€

75 min treatment 85€

90 min treatment  95€

Meet our Therapists

Get to know our massage therapists. We are here to take care of you.


Kairit | Sandhi House | Surf Reserve and Yoga Retreat | Ericeira | Portugal

She offers Relaxing Massages, Hot Stone Massage, Deep tissue and blends in techniques from shiatsu. Her touch is soft but steady, and she has a unique and deep understanding of what your body needs. A comforting, soothing and stimulating experience for body and mind!


As a Yoga teacher (500hr certified in Hatha Yoga) I have always worked with women trying to share my journey on the sacred feminine path, creating my personal way to move my body and express myself with harmony – grace – love & authenticity. I’ve found myself always been fascinated by female figures in different matriarchal cultures and while travelling I became close to some medicine women, trying to learn rituals and ceremonies that integrated with my way of being. Continuously evolving, flowing in search of what I wanted to convey, that was in line with my nature, I clearly felt that I wanted to focus on ceremonies and rituals. “Since I moved here to Ericeira, I realized that I celebrates life everyday with small gestures and savor it. So my journey is a precious ritual. And for that reason, I want to share with all of you women creating unique experiences”.


Chris believes that it is possible to build an awareness of our bodies and what they need through the practice of yoga. As well as teaching yoga, Chris is a registered physical therapist and a massage therapist with over 7 years experience working with professional surfers, international sports teams and private health clinics. This has allowed him to enhance his yoga teachings through an extensive knowledge of the human anatomy and a strong passion for helping others.
During treatments with Chris, he takes a very empathetic approach and takes the time to listen to what the client needs. Each treatment is tailored to suit the clients individual needs including a combination of hands on techniques followed by rehab exercises if needed.


Dara | Sandhi House | Surf Reserve and Yoga Retreat | Ericeira | Portugal

I grew up in the Venezuelan mountains, always in contact with art and nature, I learned to respect and appreciate it, I was always fascinated by the smell of flowers and their great variety, this led me little by little to investigate them and their benefits.
When I discovered essential oils I realized that we can put them to many uses in our daily lives.