Saltwater Massage Studio

Saltwater Massage Studio is provides therapeutic massage in a casual, comfortable studio in Downtown Gloucester.  Our massage therapy services aim to improve overall quality of life for our clients by offering practical and effective relief.  Information regarding services, rates, and team bios can be found at  

ayurvedic ritual massage & Shirodhara (warm Oil pour) - 2 HOURS

It's like a warm bath for your nervous system.

Based in Ayurvedic principles, this treatment is designed to deeply soothe the nervous system and clarify thought.  The treatment begins with a full body massage using warm, herb-infused oils and heated cloths to nourish and cleanse the body, using oils selected based on your specific needs/constitution (or "doshas", in the Ayurvedic tradition).  Your eyes are then covered in rosewater-soaked cotton and cloth to prepare for the Shirodhara (warm oil pour).  Using a copper vessel, a steady stream of warm herbal oil will be poured over your forehead and scalp continually for 30 minutes, fully saturating your hair.  The duration of the Shirodhara allows for the deepest level of relaxation to be achieved so that the nervous system can reset and rejuvenate.  The session finishes with an integrating aromatherapy scalp, neck, and shoulder massage, using essential oils that are beneficial for your dosha.  A few moments are left to reacclimate before getting up and you are encouraged to sit for a few moments for warm tea or water before leaving.  

Introductory Rate: $160

(after January 1, 2018: $200)

ayurvedic herbal oil massage (abayanga) - 75 min

Designed to balance, cleanse and restore, this massage session is based on the traditional form of massage in the Ayurvedic tradition, called Abayanga.  This type of massage is focused on oleation, which is the process of using copious amounts of oil to purify the body.  Using warm, organic herb-infused oils, a full body massage is administered using a traditional sequence and moderate pressure.  Warm cloths are used to remove the oils and cleanse the body.  The session ends with an aromatherapy neck, forehead and scalp  to complete the experience of bliss.


Things to know about ayurvedic bodywork

There is no getting around it, Ayurveda is all about oils.  These treatments are meant to be followed by downtime, warm showers, nourishing food, etc. and not a night on the town.  Following Shirodhara, it may take several washings for the oil to be completely removed from hair.  It is best to schedule this session at a time when oily hair won't cause too much disruption.

Unlike our other massage therapy sessions that focus on addressing specific muscular concerns, Ayurvedic Bodywork is focused on calming the nervous system, inducing deep therapeutic rest, and creating opportunity for the body to heal and replenish itself through returning to a more balanced state of being.  These sessions follow a similar sequence at every session.  If you are seeking deep tissue work or symptom-specific muscular therapy, it is recommended to schedule a therapeutic massage session as an alternative.

Evening sessions can be scheduled by request.  Please contact to schedule.


Please note, the introductory rate will be available for purchase through December.  Sessions may be scheduled for a later date.






Cancellation Policy

We require that 24 hours notice be given to cancel or reschedule an appointment or full payment will be required (or deducted from a package).  We appreciate your cooperation!