From salt therapy to bodywork treatments and meditation, Anahata Massage is Longmont’s luxury spiritual center – Longmont Times-Call | Wender Mind Kids

From salt therapy to bodywork treatments and meditation, Anahata Massage is Longmont's luxury spiritual center - Longmont Times-Call

Jonathan Castner

Jennifer Grande, Licensed Massage Therapist

While Boulder has a wealth of holistic wellness offerings, Jennifer Grande, licensed massage therapist, noted that there was still a niche to fill in Longmont, where she has lived for nearly two decades. In 2020 she opened Anahata Massage, a luxurious spiritual center and community meeting place.

The non-denominational holistic health space offers a range of beneficial body therapy services, from cupping to increasing circulation and foot massages with salt scrubs and therapeutic deep-tissue massages that include hydrocollator steam wraps to relieve extra tension. The room also offers relaxation Swedish or deep tissue massages. Anahata Massage also offers yoga, meditation, and breathwork, as well as other classes.

The newest addition to this holistic space is a salt therapy room, which is a semi-private, spa-like space. The beautiful space, Grande says, is the first of its kind in Longmont, and she describes it as a “huge space lit up like a Himalayan salt lamp” that offers a range of health benefits. The Salt Therapy Room will make its debut at Anahata Massage’s Holistic Health Hoopla taking place on Sunday, June 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 2130 Mountain View Ave., Suite 204 in Longmont.

The idea behind Anahata Massage? It is a spiritual center for every body and Grande aims to combine professional therapeutic bodywork with a spiritual aspect in the treatments and classes and to provide a place for education and enlightenment.

Here’s a look at Anahata Massage and how it serves the Longmont and the broader Boulder County community.

The meaning of ‘Anahata’
If you’ve taken a yoga or meditation class, you’re probably familiar with the concept of chakras, which are the seven energy wheels or centers in your body that are intertwined with your emotional and spiritual well-being. The idea is that when they spin properly, they allow qi energy to flow freely throughout your body.

Anahata — the namesake of anahata massage — is the fourth chakra, or heart chakra, located in the center of the chest, Grande explains. Anahata serves as our love center, not only for ourselves but for others as well, which is an apt name for the practice, which opened in March 2020, just before the pandemic shut down and shortly after Grande suffered a profound loss.

In 2019, Grande’s husband died unexpectedly in a car accident. As she grieved, she decided she had to do something new. She ended her successful career in business administration and enrolled in the Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy. Now combining her previous career in business with her current endeavor in holistic health, she teaches a business development program at the institute to help the next generation of students develop business plans.

In Sanskrit, “anahata” means unharmed and undefeated; It is the chakra associated with love, compassion and empathy. Curating space and being vulnerable created an energy at Anahata Massage, says Grande, that draws other people in need of healing. Her company’s name, she says, is a symbol of the energy and healing that occurs within each of us and when people come together.

“This experience, challenging as it was, created an opportunity for true healing and to be open to so many changes,” she says.

Halotherapy and other treatments
Halotherapy (or salt therapy), Grande says, has a wide range of benefits, including the potential to reduce stress, anxiety, and fatigue.

The tiny salt particles scattered around the salt therapy room act like sponges, clearing dust and toxins from your airways, she explains, and offering an alternative treatment for lung problems like coughs and asthma.

Salt is also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and the tiny particles may also have skin-healing benefits, Grande says, helping treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, and more.

The salt therapy room will complement other offerings at Anahata, which include craniosacral therapy, a gentle but powerful technique that relieves neck and back pain, pregnancy massage, and lymphatic drainage therapy, which increases circulation and stimulates immune and parasympathetic nervous system function . If you’re short on time, you can also book 30-minute massage treatments to focus on a specific area.

As a common room, Anahata Massage also sells wellness products like handmade organic soaps and salt scrubs, as well as plants and crystals.

“I’m so grateful to have survived the past few years, and I look forward to growing and expanding and offering more offerings and classes to the Longmont community,” said Grande.

Anahata massage
2130 W. Mountain View,
Suite 204, Longmont, 720.549.4049,
www.anahatamassage.com

WHEN YOU GO:

Anahata Massage hosts the Holistic Health Hoopla and the debut of its salt therapy room. The gathering features live music by Ras Moses & Harry Mo supported by the Cru and celebrates holistic health, community and positive energy. Anahata will host local holistic health providers, locally made wellness products, workshops, yoga, a children’s bouncy castle, healthy cuisine and more.

When: 12pm to 5pm on Sun 26 June
Where: Anahata Massage, 2130 Mountain View Ave., Suite 204, Longmont
More information: Anahatamassage.com