‘Yμῶν is the 2nd person plural possessive pronoun of the Ancient Greek equivalent of ‘yours’ in English. Anatripsis in ancient Greek is the most suitable word by which to translate “massage”, a word of Latin origin. In Greece we have a long history in the use of massage for healing purposes. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, had developed an elaborate theory and various methods of performing massage in order to fight off diseases, musculoskeletal problems and enhance the lymphatic and immune systems.
At YMON Anatripsis, we honour our Greek tradition and every one of you individually. A specially designed space was created in order for you to quickly enter relaxation mode and give in to the soothing qualities of the massage therapy you have chosen.
Our philosophy is that we become a better version of ourselves for us and our loved ones when we cultivate and enhance our physical and spiritual reservoir. Thus, we can give back and offer to our loved ones, from a place of plenty and not from our reserves. Our body is our temple and we owe it to ourselves to respect it.
We invite you to come with an open heart while keeping your eyes shut to anything that causes you distress. Allow yourself a gift and be certain that it will come back to you in the most unexpected way!
Despina Karamanlidou is an experienced massage therapist, certified by the World Massage Federation (WMF).
She was born in 1981 in Orestiada, North Greece, and grew up in Cologne, Germany. She graduated from the Department of Commerce & Marketing at the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (ATEITH) and she worked for some years in the private sector in various managing and commercial positions.
However, Despina’s true calling was still unclear to her during these first steps in her career. She was struck with a creative restlessness, and her experiences had only heightened her inquisitive spirit, driving her introspectively towards achieving spiritual and mental growth.
She returned to Germany where she continued her studies, this time in a private school specialising in ancient Greek massage techniques and treatments. Upon completion of her studies, she moved back to Thessaloniki where she practised her techniques in various clinics while at the same time she attended courses at the World Massage Federation.
Despina’s next goal was a three-year degree from the Academy of Ancient Greek and Traditional Chinese Medicine which she successfully acquired in 2020. Always having the welfare of the client in mind, she enriched her skillset with techniques in the field of acupuncture and nutrition, as well as colour, seed, and herb therapies. Most importantly, this new learning path added up to her personal growth.
The perpetual journey of knowledge goes on… Guided by her holistic approach, Despina embarked upon a whole new cycle of studies. In 2021, she started attending a 2-year systemic family therapy course at the Medicine & Psychology Centre of Thessaloniki in her effort to better understand her client needs and advise therapies with specialists, if needed.
“Soul, body and emotion are interconnected”—Staying on course with this principle she constantly tries to expand her arsenal of expertise with which she hopes to help people get in touch with their inner selves as a “holon” on an individual, family and social level.
In 2014, she decided to settle in Chania, Crete and set up her own business. Chania has always been a dream of hers, since she has always considered it a blessed city that enjoys abundance and quality in all natural goods, enabling her at the same time to lead the kind of natural and healthy lifestyle that she has always cherished, a lifestyle of daily exercise and a balanced diet.
Right in the centre of Chania, at Dikastiria Square (Platia Eleftherias), Despina envisioned and finally realised her dream clinic and welcomes you to a place that reflects her attitude towards life both spiritually and aesthetically.
Inspired by the philosophy of Hippocrates, Despina firmly believes that our best doctor is ourself, our food is our medicine, and the respect for our soul and our body is the respect for life itself!