The Philosophy of Ananda

1. How we see our work
In our view, the sensual whole body massage at ANANDA makes an important contribution for women, men and couples to come in contact with their own joy of life, their bodies and their sensuality in a natural way.
For us, physical well-being, attentive touch and sensual pleasure constitute important parts of a successful and good life. This requires not only good knowledge of the biological and anatomical aspects of the human body and sexuality, but also self-determination, the affirmation of personal pleasure and joy, a high degree of sensory perception and sensitivity and skill when it comes to bodily and sensual contact with oneself and others. The way that we do Tantra massage honors the body and the human being in its entirety. It is based on an ethos that teaches joy, dignity, consideration, attention, care, openness, respect of others, courage and the ability to make decisions about what is good for you.
ANANDA provides sensual whole body massages that involve the human being as a whole and thus also consciously includes the genital area. At ANANDA a massage therefore touches the human being in his/her entirety, i.e. at both the physical and the emotional levels. We massage women, men and couples. Our offer is designed individually for each guest. We therefore do not offer seminars for larger groups; instead, we conduct coachings for couples that are tailored to their specific needs.
Our work is based on an attitude of openness toward the entire human being and expressly incorporates their sensual-erotic being. It can thus help people to meet themselves and others more openly. ANANDA provides a realm of experience that is impartial when it comes to sexual preference and gives everyone the opportunity to discover their own needs, boundaries and values.
As one of the largest and oldest institutes for Tantra massage in Germany, we are rightly regarded as trendsetters and pioneers in the area of sensual whole body massage. The elegant atmosphere and the professional yet individual approach of our practice will win you over. ANANDA is managed by the owner Martina Weiser, who herself has experience massaging and is also one of the founding members of the German Trantra Massage Association. Although we have achieved a high status, we do not rest on our laurels. Instead, we see ourselves as a learning enterprise that is constantly developing further through our own research and continued training in the area of sensual massage.


2. The ANANDA Massage
The goal of our massages is to expand the guest's spectrum of perceptions and help him/her gain an improved bodily feeling. They gently bring the guest fully into the present moment. Step by step, the entire body is activated, touched and included in the experience – not as a painful process intended to dissolve traumas, but by making a thoroughly pleasurable experience possible with deep relaxation and peace. For this we use a wide spectrum of techniques, from gentle caressing to strong strokes to dissolve greater tensions.
The overall ambition of the massage is to provide a deep feeling of well-being, relaxation and surrender. To make it simple, a massage is "successful" if our guest leaves the practice with the feeling of having been touched empathically and skillfully. It is completely "successful" only if our massage was able to permanently change a guest's approach to life and physical well-being in a positive way.
To reach these goals, the massage is done in an atmosphere of trust and security. We approach the guests with sympathy; we accept them without judging them by their appearance, age or any other standards that society places on us. This non-judgmental approach can help build trust with the guest, who is accepted and embraced for who he/she is as a human being.
Every massage is an act of mainly non-verbal communication between the guest and the masseuse who perceives and reacts to the guest's impulses. Because of this resonance, every massage is unique, even if the main sequence of events are pre-determined. An intense massage develops a dynamic of its own that seems to be present in the space like a third person who influences and helps determine the direction of the massage. Spontaneity and flexibility characterize a massage at ANANDA, making it into an act of art, similar to a performance or an improvised show by a music group. Intuition is therefore one of our most important skills; it keeps growing with increasing massage experience and over time it helps us to respond to the needs of the guest with increased sensitivity.
Seen from a different perspective, a massage can be regarded as a kind of ritual. It  has its own protected space, in which we as masseuses can be increasingly attentive as we follow a specified choreography. Because we, too, are naked during the massage, we meet a guest at his/her level, beyond everyday life. As we disrobe, we temporarily, together with the guest, put aside our everyday "I" and our status, and step into the ritual space together with the guest, who is also naked. This increases the awareness of the moment and our presence as masseuses – making the non-verbal communication mentioned above possible.
 
3. The Masseuses
Every guest is welcomed by us in a personal and friendly manner, so that he/she immediately feels welcome and accepted. We greatly value a respectful and courteous manner that comes from the heart, and we take time to answer any questions or respond to any requests that may be important for the guest at this moment. This creates a calm and friendly space already before the massage, making it easier to feel cared for and comfortable. We respond attentively to any fears or reservations that the guest may have. We show solidarity with female guests to avoid any feelings of discomfort so that we can meet openly from woman to woman.
Every woman who works at ANANDA has a strong, creative personality and she knows her own qualities. We identify with our work and continue to develop it further – either by improving our anatomical knowledge or by dealing with social issues regarding sensual and erotic topics. The entire team is working actively according to the principle of consensus, in solidarity with each other and the guests, to expand the services that are offered by ANANDA. Our massages have nothing in common with assembly line work. Instead, each of us sets our own rhythm in our work, so that we have enough freedom to devote ourselves fully to each guest and set our own pace for the massage.
We do not see ourselves as therapists; instead, we want to take the guest on a holistic, pleasurable and unique journey of exploration. Although pent-up emotions may come up during a massage, we do not primarily pursue the goal of dissolving blocks or traumas, even if this can be a side effect of our massage work. Instead, the purpose of the massage is to be able to surrender fully, expand one's own experiential horizon and make one's boundaries more permeable. In this sense we see ourselves as self-confident guides who lead the guest in new territory.
We foster an enlightened mentality and distinguish ourselves through a relaxed attitude toward our bodies and sensuality. We meet our guests with a heartfelt intimacy, but this feeling is sustained by a kind of general, transpersonal human kindness. We are not seeking close relationships with our guests. Instead, we wish to open a space of experimentation for those who come to us, free of personal complications and expectations, for their own bodily experiences.