What kind of massage is best for me?
While most of my massages are a combination of techniques, it is sometimes more beneficial to receive a specific massage. Here are some options:
Swedish: is effective if you just want to relax and get in to the therapeutic massage “zone,” or if you need to increase your circulation due to stress, injury or lack of exercise.
Shiatsu: helps with joint mobilization. It is believed in Eastern medicine that “life force,” or ch’i, is most accessible through the hands and feet, which are given special attention. A lot of Passive stretching is involved.
Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy: Ashiatsu is adjusted to your pressure preferences ranging from medium to very deep. Often, people who are ticklish can handle the pressure of the foot better than hand pressure. This is also great for the big and muscle bound person. For example, the rugby or football player. In other words, people who like deep pressure and deep tissue love this massage.
Craniosacral therapy: is great for pain relief of recent injuries. A feather light touch to encourage your tissues to self-correct. The light touch can have as much effect as a deep tissue massage because it works with the central nervous system.
How often should I get a massage?
For your psychological and physical well-being, a massage is a great gift to give yourself regularly. For acute or chronic conditions, a client should get one massage a week for 4-8 weeks. Once conditions have stabilized, I suggest one session every other week. It is also beneficial, however, to schedule massages as far apart as 1 to 3 months. There is a psychological benefit in having a massage to look forward to and a physical benefit in getting a periodic “tune-up.”
If you want a Swedish massage or an Ashiatsu OBT deep compression massage with lotion or cream, you will need to remove your clothes. Eighty percent of sessions are done this way. You will always be covered with a thick, full length towel, except for the part of your body that is being massaged. Wear comfortable, loose clothing for full Craniosacral and Shiatsu sessions.
Is Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy painful?
Ashiatsu OBT delivers deep tissue results without the pain and clients can choose their pressure preference. I use a pressure scale of 1-10 so clients can be in control of the amount of pressure they are receiving.
Do your feet have as much sensitivity as your hands? (For Ashiatsu OBT)
Think about how sensitive your foot is when you step on a pebble. The same applies when stepping on someone’s back. Usually, an area that is uncomfortable or painful for you will be uncomfortable for me to stand on, thus revealing itself as the area that needs the most attention.
Do I have to talk during the session?
That is up to you. Usually, it is more beneficial to get into the massage “zone”. But sometimes stress relief comes from talking. The amount of talking is client led. I request that you communicate with me if something is not exactly the way you would like, including room temperature, music tastes, oil or lotion preference, your comfort on the massage table, or the pressure of your massage.