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Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage works directly on the muscle tissue to reduce adhesions and tension points. It involves thumb, hand, and forearm movements and uses a combination of kneading, soft brushing and applied pressure to specific areas. Depending on the needs of the client, a Swedish Massage can be a full body experience (head to feet, front and back) or restricted to problem areas. Swedish Massage uses oil or gel depending on the preferences of the client. Clients often describe Swedish Massage as soothing because of the slow, methodical movements. There is, what can be described as, a choreography to Swedish Massage and it is not uncommon for clients to drift off during the massage in total relaxation.

Pre-Natal Massage

Pre and Post Natal Massage Pre-Natal Massage is a combination of Californian and Swedish Massage techniques that are applied gently and safely for the pregnant woman and her baby. The pregnant client is placed on the massage bed or ergonomically designed chair in a position that is both comfortable and which takes special consideration of the lower back and the legs to relieve back pain and decrease muscular swelling in the legs and feet. Massage gel or oil is used. The mother’s belly is also gently massaged.The benefits of this therapy are twofold; whatever is received by the mother is also received by the baby. The soothing effects of massage carry over; ‘good’ hormones are stimulated, heart rate and neural activity are decreased. The immune system is boosted and the detoxification of the liver and kidneys are encouraged. Post-Natal Massage is the gentle massage of the abdomen and stomach after the birth of the child. For those who have had caesarian section, massage of the scar tissue is an effective way to deal with the often tight tissue left behind by this surgery. Often clients describe a tingling, raw, or numb sensation in the area long after surgery. Gentle massage of the area can help to loosen the fibrous tissue, reduce pain and help restore normal sensation

Cupping Massage Therapy

Cupping Therapy Massage is a method that uses specialized silicone cups and regular massage techniques (of kneading and rubbing) to loosen tight muscles. When a client has lost some range of motion and is suffering from localized and referred pain, cupping therapy massage will help release tense muscles and break up scar tissue to ultimately relieve the discomfort. This technique is intense and designed for individuals with a high pain threshold.

Couple’s Massage

Share the romantic experience of tandem massage in the comfort of your home or in our massage studio in an environment conducive to sheer relaxation and romance.  The practitioners will offer a service of your choice in the same room with your partner. Low lighting and soothing music contribute to the perfect ambience for a romantic urban escapade.


The word Reiki is derived from two Japanese words Rei = Universal and Ki = Life Force Energy. Reiki is based on the premise that invisible energy flows through the body much like cars driving along a highway. As long as the energy, like the cars, flow freely, the body is balanced, harmonized and in tune. When this energy gets backed up, like traffic, everything is thrown off kilter causing stress, tension, anxiety and illness. Reiki is a hands-on energy therapy that manipulates energy flow around the body to reduce stress and stimulate deep relaxation. Reiki promotes healing on all levels; physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. In this case, the client is a participant in the therapy. Reiki is a flow of energy between the Reiki practitioner and the participant. During a session, participants may experience physical sensations such as tingling, cold, warmth, lightness, heaviness, buoyancy or a floating feeling. After a session many clients express feeling refreshed and calm. Reiki is performed on a fully clothed person lying down on the floor or on a massage table. The Reiki practitioner lays their hands along or above the participants’ seven energy centers or Chakras. Energy is passed between practitioner and client leaving the recipient feeling completely relaxed.

The Arco Iris Signature Service

If you clicked on this category, it is because you are on a spiritual journey and you need guidance.

Sandra Tatiana Avendano, Senior Massage Therapist and Reiki Grandmaster, will apply 25 years of academic, work and life experience to guide you through the maze of life using her intuitive and integrative approach to wellbeing.  She does not know in advance what tools or techniques she will be using during the session. This allows her to be fully guided by spirit.

This service is meant for spiritual seekers or for individuals going through a major transition in their life journey. 

Meditation Strategies
Meditation is quite simple. It is the ability to quiet your mind and focus inward. That’s all. It sounds easy enough, but, from Isaac Luria and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali to Meditation for Dummies, Meditation boasts a long and multicultural history. Thousands of tomes have been written on the subject of Meditation. Masters have taught and gurus followed. It’s not only about finally being able to focus on that one geometric shape or understanding the puzzling zen kohan but the journey you take to get there. You can go on a trip with directions or you can take a travel guide. Meditation is like that journey; everyone will take the trip but it all depends on the path you take to get there.
Can I be taught meditation strategies at ArcoIris
Yes. ArcoIris practitioners have studied Meditation and are happy to pass along these strategies to their clients. They have studied a variety of modalities; some familiar and some quite different. Meditation is a skill one must continue to hone; the more we learn, the better we get and are we are happy to pass all of them along to you. daily living.
Stress Management Strategies
Stress management is a skills based therapy wherein the practitioner uses a series of techniques to help the client address specific or non-specific stressors or stress triggers. These skills and techniques (deep breathing, recognizing and acknowledging stressors) are then applied to activities of daily living.
Can I get help for stress and anxiety at ArcoIris?
Yes. Clients who suffer from general anxiety and acute anxiety attacks can receive help at ArcoIris. Through a variety of techniques including deep breathing, meditation, Reiki, Massage Therapy (the proper modality will be decided by you and your practitioner) over time, anxiety can be greatly reduced.
Services for a corporate or private events
ArcoIris Practitioners can be booked for corporate and private events. We offer a range of workshops from Couples’s Massage, Baby Toddler Massage, to Meditation and Reiki sessions to Chair Massage for the office party. Give your friends the treat of relaxation and book us for a birthday party or a girl’s night out! We’re happy to help you plan your event, so just give us a call and we can build something to your specifications.

Refined Massotherapies
M: 514.812.9092 | T : 514.482.ARCO (2726)
465 Hudson Ave, Montreal-West, QC  H4X 1W9