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As my regular clients know, I have had the good fortune of being able to continue massage during my entire pregnancy, up until the day I gave birth to a baby girl, Isis, on March 29, 2013.
My original plan was to have a friend’s mom babysit her or place into an infant care facility, but the babysitting fell through and the thought of placing her with a stranger in a facility this young didn’t seem as appealing after looking into it more. Plus, I feel it’s important as a parent to get bonding time in with Isis as much as possible because she’s only a baby for a brief amount of time and I don’t want to miss out on it.
Now Isis is 2 months old, and has been my massage sidekick for 1.5 months now. I appreciate both the loyalty and patience of my clients who continued to come to me for massages despite Isis’s crying and fussing at times during a session. Now she and I have a routine worked out that is successful most of the times to where she is happy and the client can get a quiet massage. If she gets fussy in her bassinet, I put her into the baby carrier and carry her on me as I massage. Normally she watches as I work or dozes off. And as I said, she’s not guaranteed to be cry free during the session, because she is a baby, after all…
Over this past year, I have been studying Thai Yoga Massage. I have over 65 hours of training in the Southern style through Dr. James’ Thai Yoga Center and Soma Veda Institute. Lydia Smith, the instructor, introduced the class to Southern Style Thai Massage as well as other complementary & holistic topics, such as Vitalism, veganism and Bio-Tapp therapy.
Over the past weekend I completed over 15 hour of Northern Style Thai Massage training at the Orlando School of Thai Massage from instructor Rob Murray. He is well versed with the Thai culture as well at Thai massage for he started giving him mother Thai Massages in Thailand at the age of 6. I am honored to have to opportunity to work with a native Thai instructor in Florida and am excited about my journey onward into the art of Thai Yoga Massage.
In spite of getting used world wide for many years in numerous people’s lives, massage therapy continues to be seen as an optional treatment. This implies that its gains basically are not recognized by most physicians and medical professionals despite the fact that physical rehabilitation requires massage .
Massage therapy can be performed by any person but for the best results, the therapeutic massage should be done by a skilled therapist. None the less, although a large number of specialists are skeptical regarding to the advantages to massage, they tend to agree that both relaxation and the reducing of painful muscular areas can be accomplished through massage. Most trust that therapeutic massage might be beneficial in other ways such as: enhancing the defense system, reducing anxiety along with raising the metabolism.
I attended part 2 of the “Advanced Reflex Therapy” Workshop today. Just when I thought yesterday was an intense day of working on the feet and hands and other reflex points, today was even more brutal! Today’s focus was the shoulder and upper vertebra region of the spine and organs which may be associated with contributing pain and discomfort to that region. By the time class was over, the parts of my hands that received the reflex therapy work felt like they had been beaten up by a martial artist who knew Qi Gong!
Although I won’t be using the techniques I learned at this workshop on all my clients (as it was truly torturously painful), it has re-enlightened me to the fact that there is no one modality of massage that’s the panacea for everyone’s physical ailments. One has to also take into consideration not only the muscles, but all the other anatomical, physiological and energy components involved in the client being treated.
Today is my first of 2 days attending a workshop on “Advanced Reflex Therapy” at the Grand Hotel in Clearwater, Florida. The instructor, Dr. Art Brown, is a light-hearted, upbeat gentleman and also the founder of this simple, quick and easy methodology for lessening pain on the body. It’s similar to Reflexology where the therapist works specific points around the feet, hands, scalp and ears, which correlate to other parts of the body that are the problematic areas. By working these points on a client, one’s pain can reduce in specific targeted areas, as the focus of this modality is the nervous system.
I learned pain reduction techniques for the lower body, which included the sciatic nerve, hips, mid to lower back, knees and feet. And I kid you not, this can be a painful experience, as it was for me as well as the other students who attended. Also, bruising, swelling and soreness are not uncommon at the points that have been worked as it’s a sign that the body is detoxing. To me, the best part is the self treatment, where you can perform these sometimes painful, yet effective techniques on yourself and feel the results.
You don’t have to be a massage therapist to attend this workshop and gain valuable knowledge on keeping yourself as pain-free as you can. If you would like to learn more about this modality, check out the website:
Barefoot deep tissue, also known as barefoot compressive deep tissue, or barefoot sports massage, is a blend of Eastern barefoot techniques, such as barefoot Shiatsu massage, coupled with Western techniques, encompassing deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, transverse friction and compression.
This modality typically uses the heel, sesamoid, arch and/or whole plantar surface of foot, and offers large compression, tension and shear forces with less pressure than elbow or thumb, and is ideal for large muscles, such as in thigh, or for long-duration upper trapezius compressions.
Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, which is a form of barefoot effleurage, combines western science and contemporary American ingenuity, for clients who enjoy deep tissue work using Swedish techniques performed by the massage therapists feet.
There are bars close to the ceiling, which the therapist uses for balance in order to execute the footwork.
This is a great intro to any type of deep tissue session.