About Justin Caruso
Justin feels the body to be a reflection of life: an ecstatic temple, a work of art, and a vehicle for connection. Just before the financial crisis Justin made a timely exit from Wall Street to return to yoga, a practice he began over fourteen years ago. A New York native, Justin has spent the past six years traveling extensively through South America, Asia and the US, teaching and studying yoga, AcroYoga, bodywork and water therapies with many of the world’s master teachers. His studies in bodywork include Thai massage, Osteo-Thai, Craniosacral, Che Nei Tsang (abdominal massage), Wuo Tai, Swedish massage, Watsu, WaterDance and Dolphin Improvisation. His touch is deep, comforting and highly intuitive.
AcroYoga blends the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the loving kindness of Thai massage, and the dynamic power of Acrobatics. These three ancient lineages form this practice that cultivates trust, connection and playfulness. There are 7 main elements that make up the practice: circle ceremony, asana, partner flow, Thai massage, therapeutic flying, inversions & spotting, and partner acrobatics. Our highest aim is to bring individuals into a state of union with themselves, with each other, and with the divine. From this place of mutual support the true self can be realized, celebrated and shared for the benefit of all.
Thai massage uses passive stretching, joint mobilization and gentle pressure along the body’s energy lines to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension and balance the body’s energy systems. The use of gentle rocking, thumb pressure and rhythmic compression help the body to relax and be prepared for stretches. This form of bodywork is usually performed on the floor, no oil is applied and the client wears light, loose-fitting clothing that allows movement. Sessions typically are an hour and a half. The treatment style is slow, deliberate, gentle, non-invasive, and suitable for even the most fragile person. Thai massage is both deeply relaxing and energizing, and promotes a harmonious state of being that invites a singular healing experience.
Watsu and Water Therapies
Watsu is a gentle form of body therapy performed in warm water, (around 35°C.) It combines elements of massage, joint mobilisation, shiatsu, muscle stretching and dance. The receiver is continuously supported while being floated, cradled, rocked and stretched. The deeply relaxing effects of warm water and nurturing support, combine with Watsu’s movements, stretches, massage and point work, to create a bodywork with a range of therapeutic benefits and potential healing on many levels. Moments of stillness alternate with rhythmical flowing movements, which free the body in ways impossible on land. The warm water relaxes the muscles and supports the spine. With this support and without the weight of the body, the spine, joints and muscles can be manipulated and freedin a way unique to water work. The effects include a very gentle, yet deep stretching and a release of muscular and joint restrictions, along with a state of deep relaxation, which encourages the release of stress and tensions.
Yoga is a spiritual practice of transformation, tapping into the greater potential within. It is a layer-by-layer unveiling of the true self. A vinyasa yoga class consists of asana, a flowing series of traditional Hatha yoga postures linked via the breath, and includes breathing practices and a final resting pose. Classes weave classical and Tantric yoga philosophy to draw parallels between the challenges of asana and the challenges of everyday life. Detailed attention is given to physical alignment to safely move deeper into individual poses. Students leave feeling challenged, uplifted and rejuvenated.