“Ahu” is a polynesian word for stone cairns, or stacked stones, a symbol of balance. Balance is what we are always trying to achieve in our lives and bodies and bodywork is an amazing way to re-establish and maintain this balance. A body in balance can heal itself and sustains fewer injuries. We believe that there is a place in everyone’s life for massage no matter who you are or what you do.
From our ‘no tipping’ policy to being able to book appointments online at your convenience, we try to make getting a massage as pain-free as receiving one. Sessions are individualized for your needs, simply choose the length of the session, and we do the rest.
In 2007 I realized the fulfillment in helping others attain wellness through massage. Done with the stresses of being a graphic designer in broadcast & advertising, I transitioned into therapy and haven't looked back.
I thoroughly enjoy the unique challenges of each human body – along with the spirits of those who inhabit them. I cherish the process of discovering new ways to learn and grow.
Each massage is an integration of several modalities based on your specific and individualized needs, with techniques yielding deep relaxation. Our licensed therapists are professionally trained and eager to help you determine which techniques will deliver the most therapeutic results.
An ahu massage is a blissful experience where your needs and desired outcome are always the first concern. The table is heated and warmed rice pillows support your neck and surround your feet.
An eyepillow is used when you are face up; when you are face down, a bowl of steaming water, scented with a proprietary blend of essential oils, is placed beneath the face cradle casting a soothing aroma and keeping the sinuses clear.
An amazing experience for pregnant moms, the massage is given on a special table that has an adjustable incline at the head so she can lie comfortably on her back. Two side-lying positions are fully supported by pillows. You can select any length of session but the following are suggested due to the added time needed to adjust pillows, table and mom.
A wonderful nourishing, softening and relaxing add on to any treatment. Hands or feet are dipped into a shea butter based lotion scented with essential oils then placed in heated herbal mitts or booties. During the massage the mitts or booties are removed and shea butter is massaged into the hands and arms or lower legs and feet. Butter soft skin lasts for days.
Can be stand alone service or added on to a massage. Session is started with a hot towels placed on your back then followed with a warm oil and salt scrub. This is removed by additional hot towels and then followed by an application of light oil or lotion. $35
Before bodywork, the body is brushed lightly with a soft brush, helping to remove dry skin and stimulate the lymph and circulatory system. You can keep the brush afterward so you can use at home. $25
Cash or checks preferred but credit cards are accepted!
Please note there is no tipping at ahu.
ahu massage & bodywork
453 Central Ave, Suite 107
Our entrance is in the Franklin Galleria, next to AllState insurance, on the same side of the street as the Cocheco Mill. Go down the stairs and ahu is at the end of the hall.
From 16 (Spaulding Turnpike): Go to Exit 8E (downtown Dover/ Silver street exit); stay on Silver St until you reach Central Ave/Rt 108 and TURN LEFT. Follow Central Ave until you reach a large intersection of Central Ave. and Washington St. Central Ave. becomes one way so bear right (this is Washington Street). Follow road left as it becomes Main St. passing Smiley's Grocery and Taste of India restaurant (on your right). Take a left at the next lights which will take you back to Central Avenue. Ahu is on the left in first block.
From Rt. 108, south of Dover: follow Rt. 108 until large intersection of Central Ave. and Washington. Follow directions above.
From Silver St: take a left onto Locust Street instead of going all the way to Central Ave., bear left onto Walnut at Dover Police station and go straight through light (at Washington) onto Chestnut St. Take a right onto Third Street or Fourth Street. take a right onto Central Ave.
From Rt 108: take left at Locust Street immediately after the Rt. 16 overpass, (Burger King on the right). Follow thru lights at Silver St. intersection, bear left onto Walnut at Dover Police station and go straight through light (at Washington) onto Chestnut St. Take a right onto Third Street or Fourth Street. take a right onto Central Ave.
There is three hour metered parking along Central Ave and side streets, Monday - Friday from 9am-7pm. There is also free parking both at the train station and at the end of Second Street.
Please purchase more time than you think you will need so you don’t have to rush post-massage – I suggest 30 minutes longer than your appointment. Caution: do not park in the Janetos lot as you may be towed!