What is Barefoot Deep Tissue Bodywork?
Barefoot Deep Tissue Bodywork is an amazing way to relax and feel better, recover from injuries, or see improved results for athletic training. Joel guarantees his work. If you don’t feel better after the first session, you get your money back.
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Barefoot Deep Tissue Massage, Barefoot Sports Massage, Barefoot Compression Massage, Ashiatsu… These are some of the terms used to describe a modality of bodywork where the therapist uses feet to apply pressure (usually the heel and sometimes the sesamoid bone) instead of hands. Direct pressure is applied to the muscles to give slow, deep, and thorough compressions. Some of the benefits for the client are as follows:
- Hypertonic muscles soften and lengthen.
- Muscles are cleansed.
- Muscles receive more nutrients.
- Nerves fire faster.
- Muscle lesions heal faster.
- Stretching the muscle fibers increases circulation.
- Range of motion is increased.
- Trigger points are eliminated (Freedom of movement and range of motion are increased.)
- Recipient is brought into parasympathetic dominance.
- Releases andogenous morphenes and canabanoids.
How is this different from traditional Massage Therapy?
These noted benefits can be imparted to the client by the therapists’ hands, as well, so why use the feet? Noted below are benefits from the perspective of a Bodyworker who uses the feet:
- Physical well-being and comfort for therapist
- Ability to apply more pressure than with the hands
- Ability to maintain pressure longer than with the hands
- Larger contact surface, making deep pressure more tolerable for client
- More progress and healing per session
- Greater client retention
The physical well-being and comfort for the barefoot Bodyworker
Any massage therapist will tell you that there is a limit on the number of massages they can perform in a day or week before they risk doing permanent, or at least serious damage, to their own body. When I use my feet instead of the hands, I do not tire as I would with traditional massage. In fact, I find that when I have a full schedule of barefoot appointments, I may tire psychologically, but not physically. In other words, I only run the risk of getting bored and having my mind start to wander after the third or fourth session in a row. But physically, I can keep going all day if I’m performing barefoot bodywork.
Ability to apply more pressure and maintain pressure longer than with hands
Obviously, I can apply deeper pressure using my feet than I can with my hands, not just because of the larger muscles of my legs, but also due to the increased body weight I can utilize. In the type of barefoot work that I do, the therapist has only one foot on the client, while the other is on the floor. In this way, I can regulate the pressure from very light to extremely deep pressure, with ease, simply by leaning more. It follows then, that not only can I apply very deep pressure, but that I can also maintain even the deepest pressure literally indefinitely. Conversely, using my thumbs or even my forearms, I find that I definitely do have a limit before I begin to experience physical discomfort.
Larger contact surface making deep pressure more tolerable for client
An example of another great advantage to barefoot bodywork is that the heel is wider the thumb and the client can tolerate more pressure and tolerate the pressure longer than he would if the therapist simply used the thumbs. Since the client will tolerate more pressure for a longer amount of time, the healing that can take place is far greater. As a therapist, I find the barefoot sessions to be the most rewarding because of the fantastic physical progress that is made. And of course, the more progress there is in healing, the more apt the client is to spread the word about this amazing type of therapy – as I’ve witnessed, word of mouth advertising is always the most effective…
Now that you have a better understanding of what exactly Barefoot Deep Tissue Bodywork is, here’s something you can try: Tell people about this healing modality and tell them that they should try a session. Pay attention to their reaction. I’ve found that about 80% or 90% are very reluctant to try it. It sounds like it can’t possibly feel good. Most people are absolutely convinced that it will hurt – and are surprised at how good they feel after a session.
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