Happy 2019 everyone! As I sit here writing this from the comfort of my sofa while Michigan battles its way through the frozen tundra of negative temperatures and wind chills up to -30F, only to get ready for the heat wave this weekend of 40’s and 50’s….well, at least we keep it interesting.
If you haven’t been into the office for a massage/bodywork session lately, well we’ve got lots of changes happening!
Brenda, who joined the Michigan Massage and Wellness family back in the summer is jumping in with both feet! She already completed her Level 1 Renew Movement training (formerly Lokte Method for those who know it as that) and at the end of February she will be immersing herself into her first level of Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage training!
Ashiatsu DeepFeet Bar Therapy is a barefoot massage technique in which the therapist delivers deep, broad, consistent pressure while utilizing their feet and body weight. Working with gravity instead of against it, Ashiatsu therapists are able to provide an effective therapeutic massage without causing pain or discomfort to themselves or the receiving client.
Gravity enables Ashiatsu 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.
After only a few treatments, ashiatsu barefoot massage has been known to improve posture and range of motion. It will significantly reduce or eliminate chronic muscle pain, and improve bodily functions, which will create a higher sense of balance and well being within the body. Typically, one treatment a week for upwards of six weeks will produce these kinds of results.
We are so excited to be one of the few facilities in the area offering this training, and during the month of March we will be having a special ‘premier price’ for anyone who wants to try this new modality out!
In addition to Ashiatsu, I am happy to report that we are now set up to take auto insurance claims for your visit. If you’ve been injured in an accident and your physician has prescribed massage or manual therapy as part of your treatment protocol, give us a call at 248-795-5196 and let’s discuss your situation.
Looking ahead, we are changing up the schedule for our classes and workshops. Our ever popular Roll & Relax class will be offered monthly, and we will be offering quarterly small group series. Each week we will dive deep into a particular area (shoulders, hips, feet, etc) and spend focused time as we work through movement restrictions, mobility problems and pain patterns. By utilizing both the Yoga Tune Up® movements and the Roll Model® therapy balls as you learn how to massage those aches and pains yourself, you’ll leave each class with a better understanding of how your body moves and works. You can view our schedule and register for any of our classes on our Eventbrite page.
In my never ending quest for knowledge, I am very excited to be diving even deeper down the rabbit hole of how bodies move and work as I begin my training in the field of orthopedic massage with James Waslaski. Which, to most of you that name means nothing, but in the massage and bodywork community, well he’s like Tom Hanks, he’s kind of a big deal! Several colleagues have done trainings with him and it has changed their practice, from being able to fix frozen shoulder in as little as one session and treat a migraine in 15 minutes. Brenda will also be going along on this journey, as I seem to have found my learning twin!
Lastly, you may see a couple of new faces in the office. We are excited to have Amy Moore and Mandee Cowles of Embodiment Massage Therapy sharing our space! You may have seen Amy from our previous (short lived) home at Motor City Float, and we are so happy to have her here. Her specialty is Craniosacral Therapy, which is a gentle, noninvasive form of bodywork that addresses the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum. The goal is to release compression in those areas which alleviates stress and pain. She will also be teaching Kundalini Yoga weekly in the studio and we are thrilled about this collaboration and continuing to grow the wellness portion of our place!
2019 is shaping up to be an amazing year and we still have 11 months to go! We can’t wait to continue to roll out these new services and continue to give you the first class services we have worked so hard to perfect.
In good hands,
Rebecca Tamm, LMT