Ashiatsu Massage with Brittan Scott LMT

We all know that body work is so important to maintaining a healthy body, especially after we do what we do in the gym.  We work hard to strengthen our muscles, but with that also comes tightening/shortening of muscles if we don’t take care of them post-workout.  We can do this in so many ways… rolling, smashing, stretching, chiropractic care, acupuncture, yoga, and massage.  There are so many variations of body work, and I’m a huge believer in trying several different modalities until you find what combo kit works best for you.


For me, massage is a huge helper.  I’ve mostly stuck to deep tissue, ART, and Rolfing, but tonight I experienced Ashiatsu Massage for the first time.  It was amazing!  Ashiatsu is a deep tissue massage performed by a therapist with their feet.  It was designed by a woman named Ruthie Piper Hardee as a way for her to continue her massage practice despite having the aches and pains that come along with being in the profession for a long time.  Branching off of the roots of Ashiatsu originating in the Phillipines and India, she adapted to developed this western practice.  Quoted from Hardee, “We combine flowing centrifugal and centripetal force and also incorporate push, pull, pumping effleurage movements. The results relieve symptoms of chronic soft tissue damage and in some cases when we’re lucky, a structural change.”


So back to my experience tonight… Brittan Scott is a local Ashiatsu and Therapeutic Massage Therapist and is definitely worth a call/appointment.  I’ve had ALOT of massages in my life and this was different because it was deep and effective but didn’t feel like I was getting stabbed by fingers and elbows.  Not to say that isn’t good, because there is a time and place for that type of massage as well, but this was a more relaxing way to get the benefit of a deep tissue massage.


It is that time of year to give gifts… if you have a special someone you’d like to treat (including yourself), I encourage you to reach out to Brittan at 530-588-3757.  She is located at Vitality Wellness Studios at 1324 Mangrove Ave. Ste. 208.  You can also schedule appointments online at the link above.

Written by Jenny

Jenny LaBaw has been an athlete her entire life. As a 3-sport collegiate athlete, she competed in soccer, indoor and outdoor track and field. Post college she found her need for competition fulfilled through endurance running races anywhere from 5K’s to marathons. Her competitive drive led her to CrossFit in 2010 where she started training to compete at the elite level. In 2011, her first year competing in CrossFit, Jenny placed 2nd at the Northern California Regionals earning herself a spot to The 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games where she gained the title as the 6th Fittest Woman on Earth. In 2012 she improved her regional standings, taking 1st in Northern California and once again a spot to The Reebok CrossFit Games. Injury took her out of the 2013 season, but is working hard at returning to the Reebok CrossFit Games in 2014. Although, she enjoys competing, Jenny's true love is being outdoors mountain biking, hiking, waterskiing, snow skiing, camping and more with her boyfriend, Marcus and two yellow labs, Ziggy and Pogo. With her love for sport and exercise, Jenny chose a career as a personal trainer so she could share her passion of health and fitness with others. Attending Cornell College, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness. Prior to Norcal, she has trained in gyms, private training studios, and coached soccer. Her 10+ years of coaching experience has allowed her to work directly with a wide variety of people from children trying to discover their coordination to adults wanting to shed a few pounds to professional athletes looking to be the best in the world. No matter what walk of life you are coming to her from, her mission is to make you realize your potential and help get you there. She will prove to you that you can be stronger, more fit, and healthier than you think you can be. With her inspiration, motivation and dedication, she will challenge your body, encourage your mind, and help you to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Jenny will help you be your best!

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  1. Janelle Whitegiver

    Thanks Jenny. Always on the hunt for great body workers! Will give her a call.

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