the A.R.E. is a regular stop for me when I go to Va. Beach. I always book a massage that the spa and visit the bookstore. This time my boyfriend and I booked a couples massage. I was a little concerned that it wouldn't be as relaxing having another person in the room, but I never noticed. The atmosphere is so peaceful and relaxing and the massage thereapists (Katherine is AWESOME!) are just magical. I've had massages before, but the folks here really seem to be intuitive in their touch and have such a sense of compassion and healing about them.
In addition to this wonderful experience, we also spent time in the Peace Garden and walked the labyrinth. The view from the labyrinth is beautiful! You look right out across the street at the Atlantic Ocean. We were there in January, but in warmer weather there are also a variety of flowers in bloom.
The bookstore is also very nice wth a wide variety of products.
I have not yet attended any of the conferences or free meditation classes, but would like to. Over all, this place just has a sense of peace and calm that is hard to find anywhere else!
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