My goal in sessions is to combine the modalities & techniques to best benefit the needs of my clients. After discussing your needs, we can create a treatment plan together to address the goals you have both long term, and needs on the given day of the session.
Myofascial massage is a form of deep tissue massage. "Myo" refers to muscle, while "fascia" is the connective tissue that holds much of the body together. Myofascial work focuses on realigning layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains. The strokes move slowly and are more concentrated on areas associated with tension and pain in order to reach deeper layers of muscles and fascia.
"Ashi" is Japanese for foot, while "Atsu" is pressure. My training has been primarily in Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, or AOBT is a western modalitiy in which the therapist uses their feet to deliver broad deep strokes, while using parallel bars above the table for support. The use of the foot allows the practitioner to utilize gravity to provide a wide range of pressures while maintaining a very relaxing and luxurious treatment. Ashiatsu is a myofascial modality and is great for relieving chronic pains. The work is especially beneficial for athletes, yogis, and people who want to explore something new.
Swedish massage primarily involves superficial gliding strokes, kneading. This is also combined with stretching and joint manipulation. By relieving muscle tension Swedish massage can be both relaxing and energizing. The benefits of this technique include increasing circulation, flexibility, and decrease stress. It is typically considered a full body relaxation massage.