As a massage therapist, it’s been fulfilling to see how satisfied people feel after receiving two of my favorite modalities: Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage. Whether they have experienced it before, or are open to trying something new, they immediately feel the benefits of each, while expanding their repertoire of massage modalities. Over time, in my practice, I realized how gracefully the two modalities flowed together when combined in a 60 or 90 minute massage. I like the deep, broad strokes that Ashiatsu offers for those in need of deeper pressure; I also see the benefit of getting off the table to incorporate very specific work in tender places, or for massage movements that may require the hands over feet.
One thing I’ve noticed in many clients is that they may need more pressure in certain areas like the shoulders or back, but even the slightest pressure in places they’ve been been injured, have bursitis, or have experienced some level of trauma (physical or emotional), the feet may not be the ideal method for those specific areas. Hence, I love working within an intuitive framework where many tools and techniques are available, for whatever a client may need at any given point. I love it when my clients come in, and I ask them what they’d like to address or experience from their session, and they say, “Let’s do Ashiatsu today.” Or, “Let’s do a combo of Hawaiian Lomi and Ashiatsu”, or, “Can I get the feet for shoulders and back and some craniosacral therapy for my head and neck?” At our studio, we like to have informed clients that have the option to customize their treatment each and every time they walk through our door.
The best thing a client can do when developing a relationship with a massage therapist, is to get acquainted with the various modalities they offer and request a custom treatment or specific techniques they’ve enjoyed and benefited from in the past.
At the end of the day, it’s your massage. We’re just here to serve you!