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.