Have you got an upcoming sporting event, is there a specific injury or nagging pain that we need to focus on, are trigger points (knots) causing you neck stiffness or headaches? Maybe you are just in need of deep tissue massage and quiet time. We will work together to ensure you are happy with the time spent in our office!
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Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage
The word Ashiatsu (ashi means foot and atsu means pressure) is an ancient form of bodywork brought to us by Buddhist monks and has always been associated with traditional Shiatsu with underlining dynamics in the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The focus is on western application and sciences using foot compression to deliver Swedish massage.
Heated stones provide warm relief to aching joints and muscles. Either of these elements feel terrific, even on the hottest summer days! The massage itself promotes circulation, sensory nerve perception, and lymphatic drainage and provides a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.
Facilitated stretching uses no oils or lotions. Rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked. Our clients wear loose, comfortable clothing and lies on the massage table for treatment. Using our hands or feet to incorporate therapeutic stretches we ease muscle stiffness and tightness that can cause chronic low back pain.
It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish massage therapy can be both relaxing and energizing.
Bamboo massage is a technique that incorporates bamboo stalks of varying lengths and diameters to provide deep-tissue work. Using bamboo we deliver a massage that promotes circulation, sensory nerve perception, and lymphatic drainage and leaves you feeling relaxed.
Expectant mothers can receive massage throughout their pregnancy thanks to a special pillow bolster. It is made of thick foam and has holes cut out for mom’s growing belly and chest so she can lay face down and receive a massage comfortably.
Looking for more than a barefoot massage? Enjoy a relaxing facial massage routine in which we use a mild facial cleanser and hot towels. Improve your level of relaxation with added aromatherapy! Take your whole body massage to your head too with out with our peppermint scalp treatment.
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Meet Our Barefoot Massage Team
Our Licensed Barefoot Therapists
Sara Meek – LMT – Certified Barefoot Masters Therapist
Sara Meek is a licensed massage therapist. She graduated from the Arkansas School of Massage in 2016 and offers personalized massage services including Thai (therapeutic stretching), Ashiatsu (Basic, Advanced, & Stretch), Warm Bamboo, Heated Stones, Swedish, Prenatal, and Fijian massage. Sara is the team leader for Barefoot Bodyworks! Check out her reviews on our facebook page!
Kandace Rodatz, LMT – Barefoot Masters Therapist
Kandace has been a licensed massage therapist since 2016 and received her Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage certification in 2017. Kandace joined the Barefoot Bodyworks team in 2021. She has been busy expanding her education with Barefoot Bodyworks and has completed training in Advanced Ashiatsu Barefoot, Ashi Stretch, Warm Bamboo, Heated Stones, and pregnancy massage.
Tiffany Diaz – Owner, RN, MMT – Certified Barefoot Masters Instructor
I discovered Ashiatsu Barefoot massage 10 years into my career as a bodyworker. I was experiencing carpel tunnel syndrome and would cringe when clients would request deep tissue massage. Within 5 minutes of receiving my first barefoot massage in training, I knew I had made the right decision about choosing to learn the barefoot modality. Read more about Tiffany here
Why Ashiatsu Bar Therapy is so famous for back pain relief:
When correctly performing the advanced two-footed strokes a push-pull-pumping effect is created on the soft tissue that surrounds the spine. The movements along the para-spinal and the lumbar region can relieve muscle spasm and help to open the intervertebral foramen. Pressure on the nerve, which may be causing the pain, can now have more space to assume its natural position. The technique can also help to elongate the spine because the specific compression movements dramatically stretch the shorten muscles causing the pain.