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Listed below are some of the techniques and modalites that are integrated into my practice.  Also some continuing education I have received.

Western Modalities

Neuromuscular Technique (ASHA 2013)- Techniques that utilize deep-tissue/deep-muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology.  I am trained to work with anterior neck (along cervical spine, pecs and intercostals (around/behind breast tissues), psoas (deep down by the lumber spine), obtrators (access from around the inner thighs / glueteal fold) as needed, for clinical purposes.  Please make sure to communicate any discomfort at any point.

Swedish/Relaxation (ASHA 2013) - One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body.

Myofascial Release/Trigger Point (ASHA 2013)- Based on the discoveries of Drs. Janet Travell and David Simons in which they found the causal relationship between chronic pain and its source, myofascial trigger point therapy is used to relieve muscular pain and dysfunction through applied pressure to trigger points of referred pain and through stretching exercises.

Reflexology (ASHA 2013)- Similar to acupressure principles, reflexology works with the body’s energy flow to stimulate self-healing and maintain balance in physical function.  I have not paid to receive any certificate nor call my work reflexology.  However, I can feel where there is tension or stagnation in the areas I am working on, and I do belive that by removing the obstacles and increasing better flow and neurological commmunication, it will have positive health benefits.

Facial, Head and Scalp (Hancock CranioSomatic Institute 2014~): Targeting to release the cranial bone restriction, this modality aims to enhance neurobiological communication throughout the body.  Certified in CranioSomatics Foundation I.

Aromatherapy - To enhance the experience, some simple aroma components may be added to any massage.  Some of my selections/blends include lavendar, camomile, grapefruit, lemon, lemon grass, Thieves, cederwood, ylang ylang etc.  If you have your own favorite, please feel free to bring it to your appointment.

Eastern Modalities to be incorporated

Shiatsu  - Developed in Japan, Shiatsu literally means "finger-pressure" - a technique utilizing traditional acupuncture points. Similar to acupressure, shiatsu aims to unblock the flow of life energy (or qi) and restore balance in the meridians and organs in order to promote self-healing.  Perhaps you could look at it this way too; At times, Shiatsu points are where the muscles/tendons/tissues meet, and/or where trigger points exists.  By pressing/releasing on the specific spots, tension release and body's self regulation is encouraged and promoted.

Cupping - utilizing suction to lift tissues up, this is another way to get fluid etc moving around in the body.  Since stagnation can be a source of dis-ease, this negative pressure (vs. positive pressure such as pressing, compression) is one way to achive our goals of encouraging better flow in our bodies.

Electric Moxa - a wonderful technique to warm specific areas or spots of the body with penetrating heat.  With the authentic herbal moxa, there must be some aroma-therapy aspect of it as well, coming from this specific hair cells collected from the back of the leaf called Yomogi in Japanese.  I do not know the science of it, but I do know it has been utilized for many many years with very little negative side-effects.  It is a popular home remedy among the older generation, and is regaining respect among the younger generation as well in Japan.  If you'd like to request this work, it will take place in an outdoor setting.

Feet Modalities

Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage (Fall 2013) - Not exactly the trademarked Ashatsu Oriental Bar Massage by DeepFeet, but a more generic non-trademarked version of Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage Course provided by Ivy H..  A modality using lotion/cream to allow glide on client's back with therapists feet.

Fijian Massage (Spring 2013) - Modified and introduced by Lolita Knight, where she originally experienced at an island of Fiji, therapists' feet is used to provide broad and deep penatrating compression to the client's body.  

Barefoot Sports - I have not yet undergone any training from John Harris & Erick Hudson.  However I'd like to list this here as I would be referring to this book often.  It also shows that there has been a well established practice in the sports massage community to have therapists work on clients with their feet.

photo courtesy of Barefoot Sports, DeepWork.com

Japanese Ashiatsu (Summer 2013) In the summer of 2013, I had the previledge of receving a quick one-on-one tutorial from Mr.Usuki from Sokuatsu Bodycare School. Similar work with various style is rapidly gaining popularity in Japan, due to it's quick and easy access for clients, and the widespread culture of lying on Futons on wooven grass mats.  

Sokssage (my own blend of feet work) - ["Soku" means Feet] + [ma"ssage"] = "Sokssage"  This is simply a name I came up with for my work using feet.  In my practice, client will lie down on massage table or soft surface on the floor.  Broad compression along major muscles will bring a deeply relaxing experience, and general sense of well being. In addition, due to the ease of setting up (less linens and lotion/cream) and less stress on the therapists body, I am able to offer this with less fee compared to other services.  

Other Modalities

Usui Reiki (Usui, Level I, II & Masters, 2013) - Drawing upon universal loving energy, I approach Reiki as a non-relegious, spiritual development method with added healing benefits to self and others. Originally from Japan, Reiki has seen tremendous growth in the US before being reimported back to Japan, thus brings in interesting cultural perspective for me and it was for this reason I have studied it more than being a religous practitioner (honest confession.) 

Kinesio Taping Method - The application of the elastic therapeutic tape developed by Dr.Kase Kenzo helps to do a couple of things - of which two of them I fully understand. 1. assisting muscles and joints to retrain movement, 2. creating "space" to increase fluidity and better flow.  There seems to be more as science catches up, i.e. adding sensory input to facilitate nervous activity etc.  One day training received from Mr.Okane, Dr. Kase's closest collegue of 20 years.  (June 2013, but have no official certification in the US.)

Chair Massage - Utilizing massage chairs where clients can lean into it in an upright position with cloths on, Chair Massage provides quick relief from the daily stress or easy access for the therapist to work on specific areas of the clients without asking too much from them.  Great for office visits and special events, indoors or outdoors.  Visit MuscleMelters.com for more information if you'd like me/us to visit!



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