Massage Therapy : A Powerful Ally

There’s no denying the power of massage therapy. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen. The incredible benefits of massage are doubly powerful if taken in regular “doses.” Here’s why: experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. From digestive issues to low immunity, from chronic headaches to allergies, heart disease or even depression, stress has been shown to play a part in many, if not all of our chronic modern ills. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating challenges and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, regulate your nervous system, switch off your stress response and help you handle the changing circumstances of your life calmly.

The Many Benefits of Massage

Massage can:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.

  • Release chronic muscular tension and pain.

  • Reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress.

  • Enhance sleep quality.

  • Reduce blood pressure.

  • Relieve migraine pain.

  • Lessen symptoms of anxiety and depression.

  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.

  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.

  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.

  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.

  • Reduce post surgery adhesion and swelling.

  • Reduce spasms and cramping.

  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.

  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.

Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.

What Type of Massage?

Every client is unique, every session is unique. According to each client’s needs, preferences and my intuitive guidance I may choose a combination of Swedish and Ayurvedic massage, myofascial release, reflexology, sports massage, passive stretches and Reiki. As an Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga teacher and professional coach, I also often provide recommendations for self-care beyond our sessions.


  • Upper West Side location, or your residence if it is within a short commute of the UWS and you own a massage table (a relatively small investment considering it will last you a lifetime.)

  • For rates and to schedule please contact Sylvie at sylviebarth_at_gmail_dot_com

  • Session length: 60, 75 and 90 minutes.

  • 10-sessions packages available. Inquire for details.

Sylvie Barthelemy is a graduate of the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences and a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of NY since 2005 (#019344)


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