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Warm Bamboo Massage in Syracuse, NY

Warm Bamboo Massage at CNY Healing Arts in Syracuse, NY

Our CNY Healing Art Center in Syracuse New York specializes in Warm Bamboo Massage. Our massage therapist Kristin Biondi was trained by the founder of Bamboo Fusion Massage in 2016. Kristin has years of experience as an LMT and caters each massage to her individual client.

Price of a Warm Bamboo Massage in Syracuse, NY

Syracuse: $150/90 minute

Schedule a Bamboo Massage at our Syracuse CNY Healing Arts

To schedule, call our Syracuse office at 315-671-5755!

If your still not convinced the ultimate relaxation plus deep tissue work of a Warm Bamboo Massage is for you, read on to learn the benefits!

Fast Facts

  • Warm Bamboo Massage uses warmed bamboo sticks of different lengths and diameters to massage
  • The sticks act as an extension of the massage therapists hands
  • This is a warm treatment
  • A treatment is typically an hour to an hour and a half long
  • Great for deep tissue work

What is a Warm Bamboo Massage?

A heated bamboo massage may sound new, but bamboo has been an important part of eastern culture for generations. It is a renewable resource, and some feel it has an energy all of its own!

Heating the bamboo tools helps increase relaxation. The set of tools can provide a variety of techniques and pressure during the massage. The tools act as an extension of the massage therapists’ hands for Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Trigger Point work. The bamboo sticks offer a kneading and ironing element that helps release muscle tensions. The combination of the bamboo tools and technique can be especially beneficial in a deep tissue massage.

The bamboo sticks are varying sizes. Some are fully circular while some have one smooth, flat side and the other side is rounded. The smoothness of the tools helps the therapist penetrate and maneuver the tools to hit certain muscle groups that usually cannot be penetrated by deep tissue work with a therapist’s hands. This makes deep tissue massage easier on the therapist to perform on the client.


  • The Bamboo Tools helps the massage therapist get deeper into muscle groups than they could with just their hands/fingers
  • Relieve muscle ache
  • Improve lymphatic drainage
  • Can help skin glow because of the ingredients in bamboo such as silica
    • Silica helps the body absorb calcium, potassium, and other essential minerals.
  • Help alleviate psoriasis and eczema
  • Stimulates blood circulation
  • Increases flexibility

The tools break down muscle tensions felt in the legs, feet, and IT bands. As such, this massage is especially great for runners, cyclists, and athletes for enhancing sport performance.

This type of massage also has its advantages for the massage therapist. The tools help to minimize stress put on the therapists arms, hands and fingers. Less stress on their own body lets them penetrate deeper into the muscle groups to help achieve the desired pressure. Once the therapist is comfortable with the bamboo sticks through training, they can maneuver and use them as trigger point work like they would with their hands/fingers.

How to Prepare for a Bamboo Massage

When deciding where you want to get your massage, make sure it is with a massage therapist who has been trained in performing the bamboo massage.

It’s also important to make sure you hydrate your body prior to your massage. Why?

Massage releases toxins in the body. Hydrating before and after helps the body break down these toxins easier. Hydrated muscles are also easier for a massage therapist to manipulate and move around over a dehydrated muscle.

What to Expect During a Warm Bamboo Massage

During the massage, your massage therapist will use the different tools on your entire body. Depending on the muscle groups, different tools or techniques may be used.

This is a warm treatment since the tools are heated as well as the massage bed. If you fear you will become too warm during your massage, let the receptionist know ahead of time and the bed will not be warmed. Since the body is stimulated by the heat, it helps circulate toxins and remove them. This improves lymphatic drainage and gets rid of excess fluids throughout the body. A warm bamboo massage is a great treatment if you are looking for a little detox on the body.


The cost of a Warm Bamboo Massage ranges from $50 up to around $175 depending on where you have this service done and the training behind it.

Warm Bamboo Massage at CNY in Syracuse

At CNY Healing Arts in Syracuse, we have one massage therapist, Kristin Biondi, who specializes in the Warm Bamboo Massage. Kristin is a certified Bamboo Fusion therapist taught by the founder Nathalie Cecilia in 2016. Kristin has been a NYS licensed massage therapist since 2001. Kristin’s other modalities practices include: prenatal massage, hot stone and Thai poultice as well as Swedish and deep tissue techniques.

“I really liked when Kristin used the large bamboo tool on my legs. When she rolled it on the back of my upper leg, it felt like a foam roller. It was great for muscle recovery and got really deep into my thicker, tight muscle groups!”

About Bamboo Fusion Massage

Information found at Bamboo Fusion

“Our goal is to provide a solid foundation through our hands-on workshops for our graduates to be confident in the technique.  Our hand saving technique helps extend the careers of massage therapists and bodyworkers by reducing repetitive use and stress injuries.

Bamboo Fusion is an innovative modality that integrates the use of heat and bamboo tools in varying shapes and sizes to apply massage to the muscles body.

Warm bamboo massage is a very versatile technique that can be applied as a luxurious Swedish style spa treatment or for deep tissue massage. The gentle heat from the bamboo increases circulation and softens muscle tissue and fascial restrictions.

The tools were created to be an extension of your hands and designed to easily replicate the movements and techniques we do with our hands, thumbs and forearms. Kneading, compression, rolling, Trigger Point Therapy and effleurage all combine together in this amazing hand saving modality. Since the tools are comfortable to hold you are able to apply very deep pressure with ease.

Introducing tools into your practice means working smarter not harder. Our tools help reduce fatigue while avoiding strain on your hands and wrists. Bamboo-Fusion® massage is a career extending modality your clients will love.”



prenatal massage

Prenatal Massage at Syracuse and Rochester, NY

Our CNY Healing Art Center in Syracuse and Rochester New York specialize in Prenatal Massage! Since CNY Healing Arts is an extension of CNY Fertility, you are in good hands getting a Prenatal massage with us because we know babies! Our CNY massage therapists in Syracuse and Rochester are certified and ready to comfort you and ease tensions or discomforts associated with pregnancy.


Syracuse: $65/30 minutes, $95/60 minutes

Rochester: $55/30 minutes, $85/ 60 minutes

Call our Syracuse office at 315-671-5755 or our Rochester office at 585-724-5750 ext. 2 to schedule a Prenatal Massage now!

To learn more on the benefits and precautions, read on!

Prenatal Massage

Fast Facts:

  • A pregnant woman can get a prenatal massage after the first trimester

  • Prenatal massage can help relieve common pregnancy symptoms such as swelling, discomfort,

  • Always let your massage therapist know you are pregnant when booking

  • It is always best to check with your provider before having a Prenatal massage

  • Make sure your massage therapist is certified in Prenatal Massage

What is a Prenatal Massage

Massage has been used for years to relieve stress, improve health, and bring comfort back into the body. Prenatal massage includes all of those benefits but is also comforting the momma with specific techniques who is bringing life into this world!

A typically prenatal massage is a Swedish massage. A Swedish, relaxation massage will help relieve pregnancy symptoms such as anxiety, muscle aches, swelling and improve pregnancy labor plus newborn health.

Prenatal massage is performed by trained massage therapists who have been certified for Prenatal massage. There are specific techniques used to relax muscles, improve blood circulation, and address specific points in the body that are typically uncomfortable during pregnancy due to hormonal changes.

Studies have shown that regulating hormones from massage can have a significant impact on a pregnant woman’s mood and overall health. Bi-weekly massage can improve feelings of depression that are associated with pregnancy.

How a Prenatal massage is Different than a Regular Massage

A Prenatal massage caters specifically to the changes in the body during pregnancy. During a regular massage, you typically lay on your back for the first half and then flip over to your stomach for the second half. With a prenatal massage, it all depends on what stage of pregnancy Mom is in. For example, laying on your stomach might be uncomfortable for Mom and the baby and laying face up, can sometimes put pressure on blood vessels that can disrupt blood flow to the baby, causing feeling of nausea.

Because pregnant women literally have a human growing inside of them, causing their stomach and breasts to grow, a pregnancy pillow is used with specific cushioning and holes to allow the body to lay comfortably. Another option is to lay on their side with the assistance of cushioning. During a regular massage, these added cushions are not needed.

A Prenatal massage is typically a Swedish, relaxation massage, especially on the legs. Deep pressure on the legs while pregnant is a big NO, NO. Since being pregnant makes women more susceptible to blood clots, deep tissue massage is avoided so to not dislodge blood clots. A gentle massage on the legs will still feel AMAZING! Firmer pressure is acceptable on other parts of the body.

Since heat is avoided during pregnancy, the massage bed will not be warmed prior to the massage.

Benefits of a Prenatal Massage

  • Reduce stress hormones
  • Loosen muscles
  • Increase blood flow
  • This helps flush out toxins and keeps the lymphatic system working
  • Helps with mentality during pregnancy
    • Massage acts as a comfort, and can aide in relieving depression symptoms
  • Help relieve pain associated with pregnancy such as:
    • Joint pain
    • Neck
    • Back
    • Sciatica
    • Insomnia
    • Leg Cramps
  • Reduce swelling
  • Alleviate headaches and congestion

Safety & Risk

Massage during the first 3 months of pregnancy may lead to dizziness or morning sickness as well as an increased risk for miscarriage associated during the first trimester.

Certain trigger points have been known to induce contractions. It is extremely important to let your therapist know you are pregnant, or could be pregnant prior to massage, in order to avoid these pressure points.

When scheduling, make sure it is with a therapist certified in Prenatal Massage. They will know what areas of the body to avoid and to massage. You can also feel at ease knowing they will be able to help relieve any pain or pressure that arises during your massage associated with pregnancy.

Let your massage therapist know any symptoms or sicknesses you are having during your pregnancy to avoid further complications.

Women who have experienced any of the following symptoms should contact their provider before having a massage:

  • Bleeding
  • Are a high-risk pregnancy
  • Previous pre-term labor
  • Sever swelling
  • High blood pressure
  • Recently gave birth
  • Pre-term contractions

When can I get a Prenatal Massage?

After the first trimester is generally when pregnant women can start getting prenatal massages. It is always best to check with a doctor first for the go ahead.


Cost of a prenatal massage typically ranges from $60-$120 depending on where you are having it done as well as how long the massage it.

Prenatal Massage at CNY Healing Arts in Syracuse & Rochester NY:

CNY Healing Arts in Syracuse and Rochester NY are one of the top massages places to get a Prenatal massage. Why? Because we are the sister business to CNY Fertility! Everyday we are meeting and helping women get pregnant! If you are a pregnant woman, you can feel confident in choosing CNY to help you on your pregnancy journey!

*We advise against using our aqua terrace, dry sauna and use of steam in our steam showers while pregnant.

What to expect at CNY

At CNY, the pregnancy pillow is optional. If a pregnant woman chooses to forego the pillow, the therapist will perform a massage with the client on their side so to not disrupt the baby. Each person is different on what they find most comfortable.

“Laying on the pregnancy pillow was so comfortable for me during my massage! I had not been able to lay on my stomach for weeks, so being able to do it comfortably was great. The massage was so relaxing, I fell asleep and had to be woken up at the end!”

-CNY Syracuse Client, Amber

During the beginning of pregnancy and middle, attention to pressure points are avoided during massage. If it is the end of your pregnancy and you are close to your due date or past, massage therapists at CNY can pay attention to these pressure points. They agree it is better to go naturally then be induced with drugs. This is only done with the client’s consent. A massage therapist would never decide on their own to apply pressure to these points.

Hot Stone Massage in Syracuse and Rochester, NY

Our CNY Healing Art Centers in Syracuse and Rochester New York specialize in Hot Stone Massage services! Our massage therapists create a warm and relaxing environment for the ultimate self-love treatment. If you are looking for a deep relaxation massage and need time to unwind and let your muscles relax, then hot stone massage is for you!

The price of a Hot Stone massage varies per location.

Syracuse: $150/90 minute Hot Stone Massage

Rochester: $125/ 80 minute Hot Stone Massage

Call our Syracuse office at 315-671-5755 or our Rochester office at 585-724-5750 ext. 2 to make your appointment today!

To learn more about the benefits of a Hot Stone massage, read on!

Fast Facts

  • Smooth stones are heated and placed on the skin
  • The stones are used as an extension of the therapists hand
  • A typical Hot Stone massage is 1 hour to 90 minutes
  • Hot Stone massage is great for deep relaxation, anxiety and depression relief, aid in loosening stiff muscles

What is a Hot Stone Massage

A Hot Stone Massage is a type of massage where smooth stones are heated and used as an extension of the massage therapists’ hands to massage. The warmed stones promote deep relaxation and are useful in breaking up dense tissue causing muscle pain. The use of the stones and heat is to warm the muscles causing them to relax. When the muscles are relaxed, the massage therapist is able to apply deeper pressure without causing the client discomfort.

The stones used are typically made of basalt since basalt retains heat. Basalt is a type of volcanic rock. The stones, also referred to as “River Rocks”, are smooth due to the river current. The stones are heated to a temperature between 110 degrees F and 130 degrees F in a professional grade stone heater.  Your massage therapist may choose to either lay stones on certain points of your body or hold them in their hands to aide in relaxation and the kneading process of a typical Swedish massage.

Body points stones may be placed on include:

  • Spine
  • Stomach
  • Chest
  • Face
  • Palms
  • Arch of Foot

The use of the stones as an extension of the therapist’s hands helps with circular movements, tapping, vibrations and kneading techniques.

Depending on your massage therapist, a cold stone may also be used at times during your massage. Cold stones are said to calm and large blood vessels and soothe the skin.

Benefits of Hot Stone

  • Overall relaxation
  • Relaxation of muscles
  • Improved sleep
  • Helps relieve depression and anxiety symptoms

What to expect

During a Hot Stone massage, you can expect the stones to be used throughout the entire massage. If the therapist is not using the stones in their hands to massage, they will place the stones on parts of the body such as down the spine, on the feet, stomach or legs. Depending on each individual’s health history and areas of tension, the therapist will determine where to place stones. The stones will vary in size and weight. Your therapist will test the stone’s heat on themselves first then on you before placing it completely on your skin. Sometime stones will be placed directly on the skin, other times there will be a sheet or towel barrier between you and the stone.   Oils will be used on the body so stones can move easily on the skin. The massage therapist will cup the stones in their hands and glide them along the body in circular motions and along the muscles. A Hot Stone massage can be a Swedish, relaxation massage or the stones can be used to get into deeper muscle groups.

A Hot Stone massage is typically a longer treatment from 1 hour to 90 minutes.

Anyone can benefit from a Hot Stone Massage. If you are someone looking for deep relaxation and love the warmth of a massage bed, this is the treatment for you!

Who shouldn’t get a Hot Stone massage?

Pregnant women should avoid a Hot Stone massage.

If you are a person who does not like a heated massage bed or heat in general, we would recommend a different treatment as you will become warmer during a Hot Stone massage than a regular, custom massage.

Risks and Warnings

  • Since the stones are heated, there is always a chance of getting burned. Your massage therapist will test the temperature of the stones prior to placing it on your skin. If the stone is too hot, let your therapist know immediately to avoid any discomfort.
  • Stones should never be warmed in microwaves, ovens, hot plates, or slow cookers. A Stone warmer, made specifically for heating stone is best to avoid burns.
  • This is not typically a painful treatment. As with any massage, if the work is too deep, causing you discomfort, let the therapist know immediately.
  • It is always best to check with your doctor if you have any medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, varicose veins, decreased pain sensitivity, epilepsy, tumors, or metal implants before receiving a Hot Stone Massage. If you have inflamed skin, sunburns or open wounds, it is best to avoid Hot Stone massage until those are cleared up to avoid irritations.
  • Make sure to be hydrated the day of your massage. Massage releases toxins in the body from breaking up knots and muscles. It is important to have enough water before but also to drink plenty afterward.
  • Like any massage appointment, make sure to disclose all health history details with your massage therapist prior to treatment


Hot Stone Massage at CNY Healing Arts in Syracuse and Rochester, NY

In Syracuse and Rochester NY, CNY Healing Arts has trained massage therapists that specialize in Hot Stone massage. You will feel calm and relaxed as soon as you walk in the door. You’ll hear calming music and be greeted by our friendly front desk staff. Once in the doors, you have the option of wearing one of our plush CNY robes while you wait for your treatment. We offer complimentary tea, coffee and water, so make sure you stay hydrated! Your massage therapist will begin your session by asking about any injuries or health concerns. Then you will get comfortable on the table and your relaxation will begin! At CNY, our Hot Stone massages are 90 minutes. This hour and a half treatment will give the perfect amount of time to unwind in the warmth.

Price in Syracuse:

90 minute Hot Stone Massage $150

Price in Rochester:

90 minute Hot Stone massage $125

Couples Massage

Couples Massage: Everything You Need To Know

Our CNY Healing Art Center in Syracuse New York specializes in Couples Massage services offering this relaxing and romantic date experience to the greater Upstate New York community. If you and a loved one want to relax together or rekindle a flame, a couples massage is for you!

Our practitioners work together to make the massage experience beneficial for the individual and as a couple.

The price of a couples massage ranges based on the type of massages you choose.

Custom Massages: $60/30 minute, $90/60 minute, $130/90 minute

Specialty Massage: $150/90 minute

Call our Syracuse office at 315-671-5755 to make your appointment today!

If you are still not sure, read on to find out everything you need to know about a Couples Massage!

Fast Facts

  • Couples massage takes place in a private room
  • Each person will have their own therapist and massage table
  • Couples massages are for everyone; two people in a relationship, friends or with a family member
  • It is your personal choice to talk during treatment or not
  • The benefits include increased affection, comfort to the other person, relaxation, being present, easing tensions
  • The cost varies by location and service, typically a couple’s massage will start around $60+ per person
  • At CNY Healing Arts in Syracuse offers the custom, Hot Stone, Thai Poultice and Warm Bamboo as couples massage

What is a Couples Massage?

A massage is a great way to treat yourself to some self love. It promotes relaxation, healing, stress relief and helps with injury and recovery. A good massage can have lasting benefits that leaves your body healing, circulating blood flow, and improving your overall health even after the massage has finished.

A couple’s massage is a massage for two people that takes place in the same room. It lets you enjoy the benefits of a regular massage in the company of a loved one . There are two separate massage beds side by side with separate massage therapists. At CNY Healing Arts in Syracuse, a typical treatment is an hour long but can also be ninety minutes or thirty minutes. The massages take place in a private room, reserved specifically for you and your partner. The massage therapists coordinate so that the massages start and end at the same time.

An increased bond between partners on a mental and physical level is one benefit of a couples massage. It is also normal for friends or loved ones to get this treatment together. The couples massage creates a safe place for you and your partner, whoever it may be, to relax together.

Benefits of a Couple’s Massage

Couples massages can have significant impact on strengthening the bond between partners. A good massage releases oxytocin, otherwise known as the ‘love hormone’. So, when you get a couple’s massage, love is literally in the air! A couple’s massage can create increased affection towards one another coming from a safe space of calm and ease.

A gift card for a massage or a surprise trip to the spa can be a great idea for special occasions or holiday’s as an alternative to an expensive meal. The benefits of a massage will last longer on you and your partner well past dinner time. You will feel refreshed, connected and brand new after leaving your treatment. In Syracuse, we have beautiful spa amenities such as the aqua terrace, steam showers, dry saunas and a relaxation room that are open to clients at no additional cost. Coming early for your appointment or staying after to enjoy these amenities will give your spa experience an added boost.

Another great benefit of a couple’s massage is that it gives comfort to someone who has never tried massage before and might be reluctant about getting one. Having someone else they know in the room can help make the setting more comfortable. This massage is also great for a partner that might be apprehensive to the idea of being naked in a room with someone other than their partner. Getting massaged together can bring some peace of mind to the idea of it.

Massages help you stay present. It is often hard to be present and in the moment when dealing with life’s stresses. Being able to be present together with a loved one is a great way to let go of the past and stresses of the future. This sense of being present helps partners to reconnect by bringing some mindfulness into their lives together.

Couples Massage at CNY Healing Arts in Syracuse

When you arrive at CNY Healing Arts in Syracuse, you and your partner will be greeted with plush robes upon check in. After you are given a tour of the facility, you will enter separate men and women’s retreats where you have the option to shower, use the dry sauna or change into swim suits to enjoy the co-ed aqua terrace before your treatment. When it is about 5 minutes before your appointment, you will follow the stairs or take the elevator up to our top floor. There you will find two outside balconies with lounge chairs and tables and an indoor waiting room filled with comfy chairs and couches. Help yourself to our complimentary water, tea and coffee while you wait for your appointment to begin.

Your therapists will greet you by calling your name. It is always best to use the rest room prior to treatment as to not interrupt yours or your partners massage. Once in your private room, each therapist will ask about your health history as well as what you are looking for out of the massages as well as what kind of pressure you are looking for. Once settled in, the therapists will exit the room leaving you to un-robe and get comfortable on the table in private.

A few moments later they will return and your session will begin. It is up to you and your partner if you would like your treatment to be in silence or if you choose to conversate. The massage therapist will follow your lead.  Your therapist will check in on you throughout the massage asking about the pressure. If anything is ever uncomfortable, let them know and they will adjust accordingly.

After your treatment, your therapists will exit the room leaving you and your partner to re- adjust and get changed back into your robes. Once you are all set, your therapists will greet you outside the door with a cup of water and lead you to our dimmed relaxation room filled with comfy chairs, couches, and a fireplace. We encourage couples to spend all the time they need in to room to enjoy the relaxation and each other’s company. After you have properly recovered, you are invited to use the amenities again before the end of your stay. Our locker rooms are equipped with body and face towels as well as sandals for you to use during your stay.

What type of Massages are Available At CNY Syracuse & How much do they Cost?

Our couples massages at CNY include:

Custom Massage: 30 minutes $60/person, 60 minutes $90/person, 90 minutes $130/person

90 minute Hot Stone $150/person

90 Minute Thai Poultice $150/person

90 Minute Warm Bamboo $150/person

*You can mix and match massages as long as they are both the same length of time*

Spring into Wellness: Hot Stone Massage and Citrus Body Scrub

At CNY Healing Arts Wellness Center & Spa we have just what you need to begin this new Spring season: A Citrus Body Scrub or Hot Stone Massage!! Call us today and book an appointment. You’ll feel fresh, new, and ready for Spring!

Our Signature Citrus Body Scrub:  Enhance your natural radiance! Our Body scrub is a wonderful way of cleaning, softening and moisturizing your skin while allowing more well being and peace into your life. This treatment includes an invigorating application of your choice of Organic Sugar or Dead Sea Salt infused with citrus oils to promote clarity of thought, and total refreshment for the body and mind.  A customized hydrating massage with our Citrus Cream follows your scrub application. A special treatment that will leave you feeling balanced & refreshed with a natural healthy glow!

Hot Stone Massage:  Indulge in this deeply relaxing and grounding spa experience. Heated basalt lava stones are massaged into the muscles, warming the tissue while melting tension away. Our oil is applied with long flowing strokes throughout the body incorporating the warmed stones for deep ease and warmth.  Emerge feeling renewed, relaxed and rejuvenated.

Syracuse location, call 315-671-5755.
Rochester location, call 585.244.1280 ext. 2.

Please note that not all services are available at all locations. Visit our rates page to view services offered per location.

Enjoy a Body Scrub: Exfoliation for Healthy Skin

Citrus Body Scrub - Syracuse CNY Healing ArtsDuring the winter months, your skin can become dry and itchy. With the heaters running all the time in our homes and vehicles, the moisture in the air gets removed – and tends to zap the moisture in our skin as well!

A little extra TLC can go a long way in taking good care of your skin.  Make sure that you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water; and try to take warm (not hot), short showers, and keep up with exfoliating and moisturizing your skin.

Our skin cells are constantly renewing themselves, but sometimes the old skin cells stay on the top of the skin making it appear dry and flaky.  When adding moisturizer on top of this skin, it just sits there and does not ‘sink’ into the skin. This is why exfoliation is so important.

A Body Scrub from CNY Healing Arts is the perfect remedy, and the best way to renew that smooth and glowing skin of yours.  When moisturizer is applied to your freshly exfoliated skin, it can work its way into the pores to allow it to soften and retain moisture.  This moisture that is then in the skin also helps to build a barrier to external elements.

Whether you just want to get your skin in top shape or you have a special occasion coming up, give us a call at CNY Healing Arts Center and let us help customize a body treatment that’s right for you!

All services are not offered at all locations, Body Scrubs only offered at our Syracuse Location

Please call the location nearest to you to inquire about any service you’re interested in booking:

195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205

Couples Massage: Restore Romance

couples massage at CNY Healing Arts - Latham, Syracuse & RochesterHas the harsh winter weather taken a toll on your relationship? With so much incessant snow, it is easy to forgo the activities you typically enjoy with your special someone. When was the last time you enjoyed time out with your loved one that did not involve piling on layers, struggling to find a parking space, and braving the squalls and falls of the latest snowstorm?

If you would rather take full pleasure in precious time spent with your significant other, we at CNY Healing Arts recommend a relaxing couples massage at our Wellness Center and Spa.

Don’t wait around for the snow to melt to rekindle your flame. Join us at the Center to benefit from all that we have to offer you. With the purchase of a Couples Massage, you and your special somebody can come early for or stay late after your appointment and benefit from free spa amenities. Offerings vary by location and may or may not include the lavish aquaterrace, sauna, and hot steam showers.

happy couple warming up in sauna after spa treatment at CNY Healing Arts CenterBook your next romantic rendezvous today! After a long, arduous winter, relishing together in Hot Stone Massages may be precisely what you need to reawaken that dormant drive for one another – fostering the desire for a fresh spring excursion. Couples can also enjoy Customized Massages, Hot Poultice Massages, and more! Click here for more details on our massage services.

NOTE: All services are not available at all locations. Check with your local CNY Healing Arts Center ahead of time so we can accommodate you!

195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205

38A Old Sparrowbush Road, Latham, NY 12110

2244 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610
585.244.1280 ext. 2

Experience Hot Stone Massage at CNY Healing Arts Centers

If you have ever sat by the water’s edge and heard the waves gently crashing over the rocks, saw a stone sparkling on the bottom of a creek, or have ever held a smooth stone in your hand, you have experienced the energy of those stones.  A massage using hot stones brings that same energy and healing powers to your body and mind.

Basalt rocks are used most often for these massages due to their smooth surface, and because they are non-porous and retain heat well.   After the stones are heated, the massage therapist places the smooth, warm stones along the spine which relax the muscles.  Sometimes oils are used to help the stones slide across the skin surface so that the therapist can apply pressure to the stones as needed.

The therapist will always make sure that the rocks are at a temperature that is comfortable for you before beginning the massage.  The stones allow for greater intensity during the massage, which lends to a deeper, kneading feeling.

Some of the benefits of hot stone massage:

  • Expand blood vessels which improves circulation of the  blood
  • Helps to aid in releasing of toxins with the application of heat
  • Relaxes muscles and decreases muscle spasms, and soothes aches (especially good for backaches)
  • Increases joint movement and helps with pain associated with arthritis
  • Relieves stress, anxiety, depression
  • Helps with sleep problems and recommended for people with insomnia
  • Lymphatic drainage and cleansing
  • Decongestion of the liver
  • Chronic pain conditions such as Fibromyalgia
  • Relaxes colon for better elimination

The powerful, healing action of hot stone massage can be a source of huge relief for people suffering congestion either due to allergies, colds, or sinus problems.  The stones can be used on the forehead, cheeks, eyelids, chin to help relieve any sort of facial pain as well.

For more information on hot stone massage, call the CNY Healing Arts Center nearest you today! Please be aware that not all services are available at all locations.

195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205

2244 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610
585.244.1280 ext. 2


Massage for Summer Allergies

More than 2/3 of people suffer from year-round allergies.  Summer is here and we’re picnicking in the grass, the beautiful flowers are blooming around us, and we’re spending more time outdoors—it’s all part of fabulous summer!  For those who have allergies, though, it can become a challenge.   

As the summer months progress, ragweed or hay fever allergies tend to rise.  The body’s natural defense is to produce excess mucous which often creates nasal congestion and red, itchy eyes which can all lead to fatigue (and frustration)!  Working outdoors with plants and in gardens can expose people to mold spores that are contained on the plants themselves and in the soil.  Mold spores can also increase indoors during the hot, humid months of summer in basements, and on floors and walls in bathroom and kitchen areas.  Even cats and dogs, our ‘fur friends’, are shedding their coats this time of year which can aggravate those with pet dander allergies as well. 

Stress and allergies sometimes go hand in hand.  When the body is under stress, it reacts in an exaggerated response to allergens.  The body fights the allergens with coughing, sneezing, wheezing which can put greater stress on the body creating a vicious cycle!  This is because stress increases the adrenal gland’s production of cortisol triggers the sympathetic nervous system to create extra epinephrine and norepinephrine, decreasing the effectiveness of the immune system. 

Massage for allergies is a great way to get soothing relief.  Massage can help the body’s reaction to the allergens.  Many of the trigger points for the sinuses are located in the upper back and shoulder which are massaged for relief.  Headaches and congestion can also be relived through this procedure. 

CNY Healing Arts Centers provide relaxing massages that can help alleviate your allergy symptoms, as well as to reduce stress and increase your body’s immune system.  For more information, please contact one of our centers nearest you: 

195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205

38A Old Sparrowbush Road, Latham, NY 12110

2244 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610
585.244.1280 ext. 2 



Massage: The Perfect Remedy

Massage Therapy at CNY Healing Arts Wellness CenterMassage is a touch therapy that is not only a wonderfully pleasurable and relaxing experience, but also brings with it countless health benefits. A massage session can relieve tension in the body, calm the mind, and nourish the soul, bringing healing on a number of levels simultaneously. An extensive body of research supports the therapeutic claims of massage, with growing evidence that it can contribute to the relief of conditions such as stress, depression, and anxiety. It can also assist with self esteem, release emotional blocks, increase mental clarity, and help you connect to your “inner light”. Having a massage can be relaxing and refreshing leaving you feeling connected and balanced. It is about taking time out to restore harmony and well-being so that you feel ready to take on the world again.

On a physiological level, massage affects all the body systems, resulting in improved general functioning, as well as relieving specific conditions throughout the body. Massage causes breathing to deepen and the blood vessels and capillaries to dilate, which boosts circulation and helps oxygenate the blood. Improved circulation also means that vital nutrients are carried around the body more effectively, while temporarily reducing blood pressure and pulse rate.

The massage therapista at CNY Healing Arts are highly trained and experienced in massage therapy. We customize your session for you. Whether you are looking for a Deep Tissue Massage for relieving chronic areas of muscle tension and stress, or a Relaxation Massage to gently unwind and rejuvenate your mind and body, we have just what you need. We also feature our Signature Citrus Body Scrub and our soothing Hot Stone Massage to take your relaxation to the next level. Come early or stay after your session to enjoy our state of the art spa facility, with saunas, steam showers, and our Aqua Terrace. Yoga classes run daily for your enjoyment as well.

Written by Angela Wart, LMT  
Syracuse CNY Healing Arts Center

NOTE: Not all services/amenities mentioned in the above article are available at all locations.