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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.