COVID-19? Let's talk about what we're doing to keep one another safe at the studio.

  Here is what you can expect when you come for a treatment at SOLSTICE:

  • As always, appointments are by appointment only.
  • Please arrive on time, not more than 10 minutes before and try to leave shortly afterwards to keep the waiting area free.
  • When you arrive, please use the sanitizer provided on the table.
  • If you arrive early and happen to be waiting in the waiting area, you will be required to wear a face mask.
  • All appointments have 30 minutes scheduled between them for deep cleaning all surfaces of the studio.
  • If you arrive with any COVID-related symptoms, you will be required to reschedule your appointment.
  • Your massage therapist will wear a mouth mask during the duration of the treatment.
  • Mouth masks are available for you when you are lying face up during your treatment, if you prefer to wear one.

Any questions or concerns about how we’re doing our part to protect our clients?  Just ask!

 

About us

I’m Dana, a Remedial Massage Therapist trained in Canada- specializing in Swedish, Deep-Tissue and Pre-Natal massage.

I have been interested in massage and alternative therapies for as long as I can remember. Between the session on the table and the client relationships that I have formed over the years, massage has fulfilled me both personally and professionally since I began my career 8 years ago. After working in both North America and Europe I have worked with thousands of different clients, all with specific wants and needs. I’m grateful for the energy exchange that happens on the table, and to have the chance to allow clients to comfortably escape from some of the daily stressors that effect all of us in today’s fast-paced world. I love working together with clients to decide which treatment will be most effective for their specific situation. I discovered the benefits of massage when I myself was looking for ways to effectively and safely calm my busy mind. Through yoga, breathing techniques and massage treatments I felt a huge shift in the way I felt. I decided to go into the field so that I could hopefully help others find some serenity as well. I believe that massage can be an essential part to keep you at peace both physically and emotionally. Whether the massage is for stress reduction, having some space to unwind from a busy life or specific physical conditions- massage has always been an important part of my life and I can say that I truly love my job.

Regardless of whether a client seeks help for a specific physical injury, or for something not-visible and emotionally demanding such as stress, anxiety or burnout, I appreciate every treatment and work hard to understand each client’s unique wishes and needs. It has always been a priority for me to make clients feel completely at ease and welcome.

You can always contact me with any questions or concerns about treatments.

I look forward to working together!

swedish massage therapy

what is it?
Our most common, and most well-known version of massage. Swedish Massage can be administered as a full body treatment or on certain areas to address specific physical problems. Clients seeking relaxation from their treatment would fall into this category. All treatments are tailor-made based on your specific needs and complaints. You will have a short discussion when you arrive to decide what you are looking for, and what type of treatment might benefit you.

what to expect:
Long sliding strokes and different pressure based on what your body needs. Can be incredibly relaxing and physically therapeutic. The addition of hot stones can be used in areas of higher tension and to help promote further relaxation. Swedish Massages are available in sessions of 30, 60, 90 + 120 minutes.

deep tissue massage therapy

what is it?
A deeper version of Swedish Massage. Strokes are generally administered with more pressure and work into the deeper muscle layers, fascia and connective tissue. Deep Tissue is a favourite of athletes and also enjoyed by others who are less sensitive to pressure and looking to feel “worked” after the treatment.

what to expect:
It is Swedish massage, but heavier. Deep Tissue can be associated with some muscle sensitivity on the day of treatment or the following day, depending on the client. This is a normal inflammatory reaction, and will subside in the coming days. Being honest with your therapist about how the massage feels will help to prevent unnecessary soreness. This type of treatment can be uncomfortable at times, but it shouldn’t be painful. Communicate with your therapist if you feel like the pressure is too much- feedback is always appreciated. Deep Tissue is available in sessions of 30, 60, 90 + 120 minutes.

pregnancy massage therapy

what is it?
For expectant mothers, with the hardest working bodies. While your body changes during pregnancy, you can experience new aches and pains. Pelvic movement, difficulty sleeping and extra edema and swelling are just a few of the causes. Massage during pregnancy is a safe and non-invasive way to take care of your body during one of it’s most important work roles ever. Whether its for a chance to give your body a break, or to calm your mind from the stress and anxiety related to a new pregnancy – this is the one for you.

what to expect:
Absolute bliss and feeling fully supported. We use a pregnancy table with a supportive leather sling to hold the belly – this allows you to lay your face down and relax completely. With breast support and adjustable belly support, the sling can be adjusted to pregnant women at all stages of pregnancy. Many expectant mothers enjoy the treatment from the moment they arrive at the table and can enjoy lying face down again. Typically pregnancy treatments are administered to all of the pregnancy ‘pain zones’ such as the hips, around the pelvis, upper back and shoulders with a flush to the legs to improve circulation. Long, nurturing strokes will help ease you into deep relaxation, to take some of the stress off your body- as it deserves for one of it’s most challenging roles ever. Always consult with your physician or midwife prior to treatment, and keep up with all of your regular checkups. Pregnancy sessions are available in 30 + 60 minutes.

**Corporate chair massage treatments available upon special request. Please email solsticebodywork@gmail.com for more information.**

our studio

SOLSTICE body work + wellness is a safe and comfortable environment to relax and shut off from the outside world. All SOLSTICE treatments are on a heated massage table with natural oils. Discuss with your therapist about your concerns and preferences, and you’ll always be welcomed and supported.  Turn your phone off, slow down the mind and give yourself the downtime you deserve.

NOTE: We are located inside group practice “Praktijk Riverflow” (so that is the signage you’ll see when you arrive).  Ring the bell and your therapist will be there to greet you shortly.  We suggest not arriving any more than 10 minutes in advance, as we can’t guarantee we will be available to open up for you before that time, and don’t want you caught in the Dutch weather. If you are feeling ill in any way, please cancel your appointment.  If you show up at the studio with any COVID-related symptoms, unfortunately your appointment will be cancelled.  Currently we are keeping our waiting area free to minimize traffic in the studio.  Please attend appointments alone, and try not to arrive or leave 10 minutes before or after your appointment.  Let’s work together to keep one another safe and healthy. ♥ 

Please give 24 hours notice for other cancellations or changes to respect the time of therapists and other clients trying to book.  We absolutely understand that emergencies happen sometimes- but other changes made within this timeframe may incur a 50% cancellation fee.  Please read the FAQ page to answer other questions you may have. We work by appointment only, so please book online prior, or by email solsticebodywork@gmail.com to secure your session time.

Thank you!

faq

Who should go for a massage treatment?

Massage is beneficial for all ages, genders and walks of life.  Whether you’re experiencing a physical issue in need of a deep tissue remedial massage, are busy at home with your children and are in need of a break, or feel like you need a break from the pressures of work- massages can be tailored for your specific needs.

Can I exercise after a massage?

Massages are usually best after a workout. Massage helps remove accumulated lactic acid from the muscles, so the perfect time is after physical activity.  If you are a very active person and used to training, your body may respond fine afterwards- but bear in mind that softened muscle tissue and aggressive training are the perfect time to strain a muscle.  At the very least stick to exercise that your body is used to, and make sure that you do not push extra weight or perform exercises that are new for your body directly after.

How often do I have to come for a massage?

Some clients come for maintenance on a monthly basis, some weekly.  It depends on your specific situation.  Prevention and maintenance- rather than waiting for the problem to be unbearable, is the best way to keep your body in a functioning state. When tension builds up and builds up during a certain period, pain starts.  If you notice the pain and respond to it before it becomes debilitating, it is much easier to work on and get back into functional condition.

What type of payments are accepted?

We accept cash, Maestro, all types of major credit cards and Apple Pay at the studio.

Do you sell gift cards?

Yes!  We have gift cards in all session time amounts.  They can be arranged and picked up at the studio, or sent in a digital version by email for printing. Email for more information.

What should I avoid after a massage?

I suggest that customers avoid excessive alcohol consumption (if you are going to consume alcohol, you should definitely drink as much water as possible).  Alcohol dries out the body, which in turn will contribute to pain after the massage.  I suggest that clients relax, avoid strenuous physical activity and try to hold on to the sense of zen that you get from your treatment.  Some customers feel extremely tired after a session, and some can go back to work without problems- it’s different for everyone.  Perhaps schedule a first session without many obligations after so that you can see how you respond.

Is it normal to feel pain after a treatment?

You may feel slight pain, bruised or “worked” after a treatment.  These are normal body reactions because massage evokes inflammation in the body.  If you come to the studio with a long-term problem, it is more likely that you will feel it later.  Pain usually disappears after a day or two. You can speed up this process by staying as hydrated as possible.  A lot of water.  Avoid excessive alcohol day-of (to minimize dehydration) and try to get a good sleep.  If you come for successive appointments, you will probably notice that the discomfort diminishes after as your muscles soften and your body gets used to the treatment.

We are always here for your comments and concerns.
Feel free to inquire about any of our services by email solsticebodywork@gmail.com, and we will happily respond as soon as possible.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Love + gratitude, SOLSTICE body work + wellness

uiterwaardenstraat 209 | 1079CN | amsterdam