Barefoot Massage Barefoot massage is a technique in which the therapist delivers deep, broad, consistent pressure while utilizing their feet and body weight. Working with gravity instead of against it, the therapist is able to provide an effective therapeutic massage without causing pain or discomfort to themselves or the receiving client. Oil or cream is applied to the clients body making this deep therapeutic massage fluid and relaxing. Parallel bars are used above the massage table for balance, support and client safety.
Deep Tissue Without Discomfort If a client is in need of deep tissue work, but doesn’t enjoy the discomfort that comes with pointy elbows and thumbs, then a barefoot massage could be the answer. Gravity enables barefoot therapists to deliver up to 3x deeper pressure than with traditional hands-on treatments. Utilizing the broad surface of your foot as your massage tool provides consistent pressure and contours nicely to the body. As a result clients will enjoy the same extra range of movement and decrease in chronic tension relief without having to endure painful strokes.
Frees Up Bundled Nerves Movements along the para spinals and the lumbar region can relieve muscle spasms and open the intervertebral foramen (where spinal nerves pass through). It will give the nerves more space as well as increase circulation by bringing more freshly oxygenated blood to the area being treated.
Elongates Muscles and Detoxifies Barefoot massage strokes can help to elongate the spine. These movements dramatically stretch shortened muscles, which help in relieving pain and discomfort. These long fluid strokes also help flush the body’s lymphatic system, which releases metabolic waste. We recommend drinking plenty of water before and after a treatment to help with the detoxification process.
Improves Posture and Decreases Pain Barefoot massage can improve posture and range of motion. It can also reduce or eliminate chronic muscle pain. Typically, one treatment a week for upwards of six weeks can produce these kinds of results.
Barefoot massage is not suitable for everyone: Due to the compressive nature of barefoot massage, therapists must take extra precaution with certain client conditions. This a just a few of conditions that would be contraindicated for receiving a barefoot massage treatment.
Pregnancy or trying to conceive
High blood pressure
Recent injuries or surgeries
Contagious skin disorders
Compromised immune system
Acute liver or kidney disorders
Acute auto immune disorders
Recent surgical implants
Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits Getting massage can do you a world of good. Receiving massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you'll be and how youthful you'll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn't mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.