“Bring your Body into Balance”
Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy®
“The deepest, most luxurious massage on the planet.”
Ashi (Foot) Atsu (Pressure) dates back 3,000 years ago. This form of massage has been used in Japan, India, Thailand, the Philippines, and China and involves giving massage with the therapist’s feet. The reason for using the feet is to apply broad and even pressure to the client’s body as opposed to using elbows, hands, or thumbs that only addresses a small area at a time. Because of this evenly distributed pressure, the client will not feel the soreness after receiving Ashiatsu vs. a typical deep tissue massage. Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® is a modality created by Ruthie Hardee (deepfeet.com.) This incredibly therapeutic massage is achieved by the therapist using parallel bars stabilized to the ceiling for support while giving gentle, medium, or deep Swedish strokes to the client laying on the massage table. I also incorporate trigger point therapy and deep tissue techniques with my feet, according to what each client needs for their tailored session.
Benefits of Ashiatsu:
• Deeply relaxing
• Soothes muscle soreness
• Relieves lower back pain
• Creates more space in the body
• Calms and reduces sciatica pain
• Stimulates the Lymphatic System, which aids the body in detoxification
• Increases range of motion and flexibility
• Alleviates anxiety and depression
• Assists with spinal and sacrum (tailbone) realignment
• Stretches out Lumbar muscles
• Creates an overall sense of well-being
Swedish massage is a relaxing, light-touch massage that includes Swedish strokes called Effleurage (long, gliding strokes), Petrissage (muscle kneading and lifting), Tapotement (tapping or pummeling muscle tissue), and Friction (shaking or jostling tissue for stimulation). This modality is beneficial for oxygenating blood, managing pain, and easing tension. Swedish massage is perfect for clients who prefer to avoid deep tissue massage because they are sensitive, new to massage, and/or have new injuries. Ashiatsu is also great for all of these benefits, but not everyone is comfortable with feet! No problem…Swedish will do.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is somewhat like Swedish massage, but involves deeper pressure and only a few of the Swedish strokes, depending on what each client needs. This modality is mostly long, deep strokes along with holding at certain problem areas (muscle knots) to flush out the old, stagnant blood and lactic acid that is built up in the tissue and bring in new, oxygenated blood instead. Deep tissue massage focuses not only on deeper layers of muscle, but also fascia (layer of tissue that surrounds and covers muscles and organs) tendons, ligaments and other connective tissue. This modality helps with injuries, chronic pain, range of motion, joint flexibility, lymphatic stimulation, as well as reducing muscle tightness and pain, stiff neck, sore shoulders, lower back pain, stress, anxiety, and depression. This modality is also included in the Ashiatsu massage.
This is a specialized massage technique that addresses fascia, which is the most abundant and superficial, connective tissue in the body that covers all the muscles and organs and reaches from the tip of the head to the tips of the toes. If the fascia is irritated, then so is the muscle underneath. Loosening up and releasing the fascia helps the associated muscles to relax and release as well, which cuts down on the time that the muscles need massaging. This particular technique is done with little oil and is incredibly effective for stimulating blood flow to this top layer of tissue as well as breaking up adhesions and flushing out toxins that have formed. Depending on each client’s physical ailment, this technique could help tremendously with any chronic pain, old injuries, lack of flexibility, and muscle stiffness.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy is a massage technique that addresses fascia and muscles knots, which have become problematic, hyperirritable, and “triggers” pain in other areas of the body. This trigger is due to the expansive layer of fascia that connects the whole body. For instance, most people with “lower back pain” find that the true origin of this issue comes from muscle knots around the glutes (butt) that radiates pain up to the lower back. By holding these trigger points for certain amounts of time within a client’s pain threshold, the client will find that the whole triggered area will be relieved. This is due to the fresh, oxygenated blood moving to the knot and flushing out any stagnation that has accumulated in the superficial and deeper layers of the muscle. This treatment is extremely effective and is also used in my Deep Tissue and Ashiatsu massage.
Aroma Touch Technique
This is a modality that involves using DoTERRA essential oils, which are incredibly pure and highly therapeutic-grade oils, along the spine and Reflexology points in the feet. The reason these particularly powerful essential oils are used is to bring the body back into balance (homeostasis) through detoxification of the spinal tissue, thus helping with inflammation, structural alignment, and calming the nervous system. These oils are applied by using a Reflexology technique on the feet and very light massage techniques on the muscles around the spine. This profound modality has been shown to help people with Scoliosis, Lordosis, Kyphosis, and Chronic neck/back pain. It’s also a great way to stimulate the immune system to fight off colds, flues, and viruses and especially assists with alleviating stress. Essential oils have dated back to the ancient Egyptian era and are used therapeutically for cleansing the body, lifting spirits, and increasing energy, as well as healing different ailments. For more information go to http://aromatouchtechnique.com/.
Reiki Energy Healing
Reiki comes from the root words, Rei (“Universal Life”) and Ki (“Energy”.) Reiki helps Ki, or energy, to flow more smoothly through the person receiving. When Ki is blocked, this creates emotional and physical imbalance. The benefits of Reiki include ease of tension and stress, creating fluidity and strength with one’s energy, physical/mental/emotional healing, clarity of one’s issues/questions, and overall sense of well-being.