It’s always a joy to expand the Hudson Healing Arts family, as well as the breadth of holistic modalities we can provide to the community. Warmest of welcomes to our new practitioner Andrew Bose, who will be offering functional massage, yoga, and meditation/breathwork sessions.
Andrew’s focus is helping clients build the capacity to relax, which paves the way for greater awareness and healing in body and mind. By guiding clients to observe rather than react, his goal is to safely support and nurture the innate healing process.
Andrew was inspired to help others on their healing journey due to his own firsthand experience with chronic pain. In 2016, he finally found relief from the flare-ups that used to rule his life when he dove deep into yoga and meditation.
“The beauty of meditation is that it offers an abundance of pain management techniques,” shares Andrew. “Under certain circumstances, chronic pain is actually caused by imbalances in the body and meditation can help you rebalance. When I noticed drastic improvements in how I felt, I wanted to share that with others.”
To deepen his healing knowledge, Andrew got his certification in myofascial release (MFR), which he refers to as functional massage. The basis of MFR is that areas that feel stiff - known as trigger points - can limit muscle and joint movement, which can contribute to muscle pain. By working on these trigger points, this type of massage can help release tightness and pain.
Andrew now integrates the principles of MFR into the way he approaches yoga, meditation, and breathwork sessions. He works with clients of all ages and levels of fitness, specializing in populations who are dealing with chronic pain, postural asymmetries, chronic tightness, or recent emotional stress. Another population he often works with are those with imperfectly healed injuries from long ago.
“Functional massage is a wonderful way to give your body a second chance at healing,” he says. “It helps the tissue move around and redistribute itself in a way that can be incredibly beneficial.”
What a session with Andrew is like
With new clients, Andrew will start with a brief introductory call. This helps him tailor your time together and fit your unique needs. He also notes that each of the techniques tend to weave together - for instance, yoga also involves meditation - and clients are able to pick and choose exactly what they’re looking for. Here’s more on what to expect with each modality:
Yoga (group or couples)
Andrew offers a combination of hatha and restorative, which is slower and gentler than the typical vinyasa yoga class. No previous yoga experience is required. His priority is to help clients feel stable and trusting in their body, and calm and focused in mind. He also offers couples yoga to help couples create a practice to increase their bond and intimacy. This is a meditative practice where you’ll do poses at the same time to develop presence and connect more deeply with your partner.
Andrew’s approach to massage is intuitive, meaning he allows each client’s body to guide the massage. According to Andrew, allowing the tissue to redistribute the tension in your body helps your muscles work more effectively and can increase flexibility. He also notes that people tend to feel lighter after a session due to the emotional release.
These sessions are all about encouraging relaxation. There are techniques for grounding, greater energy, and all sorts of emotional/mental outcomes - it all depends on what your desired outcome is. The beauty of meditation and breathwork is that it can help reduce anxiety in a relatively short amount of time, and Andrew is passionate about sharing techniques with clients to empower them in their daily life.
Regardless of the modality, Andrew is incredibly intentional about helping people build the capacity to relax and focus their awareness.
“In everything we do, it matters where we put our awareness,” he says. “Often, if we can remove our control over the body and mind by observing instead of reacting, it innately knows what to do to release and heal. It’s so rewarding to see the benefits that people can reap from relaxation.”
When he’s not at HHA, Andrew enjoys going to the gym, playing the drums, and doing full contact larping. He lives in Jersey City and can be found on Instagram at @bodyminded_nyc. To schedule a consultation or session, Andrew can be reached via email: email@example.com
Hannah Chenoweth is a Hoboken-based conference producer and freelance writer who enjoys covering all aspects of health and wellness.