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Massage & Bodywork Information
DEEPFEET BAR THERAPY aka ASHIATSU
Deepfeet Bar Therapy® aka Ashiatsu is a barefoot massage technique in which the therapist delivers deep, broad, consistent pressure while utilizing their feet and body weight. Gravity enables Ashiatsu therapists to deliver up to 3x deeper pressure than with traditional hands-on treatments. Utilizing the broad surface of the foot as a massage tool provides consistent pressure and contours nicely to the body. As a result clients will enjoy the same extra range of movement and decrease in chronic tension relief without having to endure painful strokes.
Movements along the para spinals and the lumbar region can relieve muscle spasms and open the intervertebral foramen (where spinal nerves pass through). It will give the nerves more space as well as increase circulation by bringing more freshly oxygenated blood to the area being treated. Many ashiatsu strokes help to elongate the spine. These movements dramatically stretch shortened muscles, which help in relieving pain and discomfort. These long fluid strokes also help flush the body’s lymphatic system, which releases metabolic waste at a very high rate. We recommend drinking plenty of water before and after a treatment to help with the detoxification process.
After only a few treatments, Ashiatsu barefoot massage has been known to improve posture and range of motion. It will significantly reduce or eliminate chronic muscle pain, and improve bodily functions, which will create a higher sense of balance and well being within the body. Typically, one treatment a week for upwards of six weeks will produce these kinds of results.
Due to the compressive nature of Ashiatsu barefoot massage, therapists must take extra precaution with certain client conditions. This a just a hand full of conditions that would be contraindicated for receiving an Ashiatsu treatment. However, a certified Deepfeet Therapist will have full knowledge of all contraindications for Ashiatsu and how to best address their client needs.
Pregnancy or trying to conceive
High blood pressure
Recent injuries or surgeries
Contagious skin disorders
Compromised immune system
Acute liver or kidney disorders
Acute auto immune disorders
Recent surgical implants
Cupping consists of drawing tissue into a cup placed on the targeted area by creating a partial vacuum, either by the heating and subsequent cooling of the air in the cup, or via a mechanical method or pump. In static cupping practice, the cup is usually left in place for somewhere between five and fifteen minutes. In cupping massage, silicone cups are placed over an area that has been lubricated and the cups are then used to massage the area.
According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), cupping is done to dispel stagnation (stagnant blood and lymph), thereby improving qi (chi) flow. Many Taoists believe that cupping helps balance yin and yang, or the negative and positive, within the body. Restoring balance between these two extremes is thought to help with the body’s resistance to pathogens as well as its ability to increase blood flow and reduce pain.
Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This may relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.
Side effects of cupping are minimal to none. You may feel lightheaded or dizzy during the treatment. You may also experience sweating or nausea. During the treatment, the area being cupped may feel tight, hot or tender. After treatment, the skin around the rim of the cup may become irritated and marked in a circular pattern. There may be bruising of the skin where a static cup was placed during treatment. Please refer to our release waiver for contraindications.
MEDICUPPING or VACUTHERAPY
A specialized cupping technique utilizing a vacuum machine to create customizable suction to the body. This technique enables separation between tissue layers, water absorption and renewed blood flow, and has a sedating effect on the nervous system. This technique may be applied to support lymph drainage, release scar tissue, and facilitate joint mobilization.
See above for more cupping details.
Reflexology is a type of massage that involves applying different amounts of pressure to the feet, hands, and/or ears. It’s based on a theory that these body parts are connected to certain organs and body systems and by applying pressure to these parts offers a range of health benefits.
Reflexology rests on the ancient Chinese belief in qi (chi), or “vital energy.” According to this belief, qi flows through each person. When a person feels stressed, their body blocks qi.
This can cause an imbalance in the body that leads to illness. Reflexology aims to keep qi flowing through the body, keeping it balanced and disease free.
In Chinese medicine, different body parts correspond with different pressure points on the body. Reflexologists use maps of these points in the feet, hands, and ears to determine where they should apply pressure. Generally, reflexology is very safe, even for people living with serious health conditions. It’s noninvasive and comfortable to receive, however, please refer to our release for contraindications.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy.” Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.