Trisoma® - Deep Tissue and Barefoot Sports Massage
We also offer deep tissue using digits, hands, arms and elbows, with or without oil, from previous experience in Physical Therapy clinic. However for those clients whose demands are far beyond the limits of 'skin polishing' and 'moisturizing', and desire true Deep Compressions, there is...
Barefoot Deep Tissue,
also known as
Compressive Deep Tissue,
or Barefoot Sports Massage,
is a blend of Eastern barefoot techniques, such as Barefoot Shiatsu Massage, coupled with
Western manual medicine, encompassing
Trigger Point Therapy,
compression, tension, shear,
and other techniques.
No oil is used and clients remain loosely clothed- no jeans, please.
While a superficial swedish massage can be very relaxing and therapeutic, to manipulate muscle, fascia, tendons and other tissues more deeply and effectively (and more cost-effectively), massage needs to be applied deeper (with more force, but typically less pressure than that using an elbow or thumb) and with various techniques.
The heel, sesamoid, arch or whole plantar surface of foot are used, as well as thumb work, depending on the shape or pressure required.
The therapist may be standing or sitting, depending on the angles required.
Sensitive feet are excellently effective for such compression and shear work, which can send the client into parasympathetic response, while also working toward the goal to "fix pain" and improve function.
Click here for Deeperwork Explanation of Therapeutic Effects of Barefoot Compression Massage
which serve to:
relax, soften and lengthen hypertonic muscles
eliminate metabolites and toxins from muscles, veins and lymph channels
increase cellular nutrition – released histamines dilate capillaries
accelerate nerve firing – acetylcholine release
accelerate healing – stimulates procollagen fiber formation
increase blood circulation
reduce pain and improve range of motion – ischemic pressure inhibits/ eliminates trigger points
accelerate muscle healing and recovery
feel good during – vagal tonus and parasympathetic dominance
feel good after – altered mood (hypnogogic trance) caused by compressions of Ruffini nerve endings
transducing endogenous morphines, cannabinoids and other neurotransmitters of altered states
may last 2 minutes concentrating on a specific problem area, or an hour or two for a general full-body treatment, or some combination in between. When desired, stretching, repositioning, elbow or hand work is also easy to accomplish.
Tools may be as minimal as a floor mat and several pillows.
Barefoot Deep Tissue
allows the therapist to apply:
broader range of pressure
wider range of bearing angles
less strain for therapist
minimal set up time
more choices of positions for client and practitioner
...to manipulate tissue, perform passive stretch and assess range of motion. Thus the principles of
Trigger Point Therapy,
and various Sports Massage and
cross-fiber friction (deep transverse friction)
techniques may be applied more effectively, producing more therapeutic progress and healing per session for the more sophisticated and demanding clients, such as professional dancers, athletes and musicians.
Just like "riding a bicycle", once you experience this modality, it will be hard to go back to just "walking".
Trisoma's clients, ranging from 97 lbs to +325 lbs, are frequently amazed at the convenience and the exceptional results. For those clients who have complained of light pressure in other work, this should be a welcomed relief.
As with any deep tissue work, doctor's recommendation is advised.
(This modality is different from Yumeiho, Barefoot Lomi Lomi, Fijian Barefoot, Chavutti Thirummal or
Ashiatsu, which is Swedish/ Deep Tissue with oil using the feet and elevated monkey bars or ropes.)
, my procleusmatic mentor who worked in the 1984 Olympics and developed this modality, has trained thousands of bodyworkers around the world, and continues to teach at
The Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute.
Mr. Harris states that the combination offers a potent new tool for powerfully satisfying, effective deep tissue
massage, sports massage and Trigger Point Therapy regardless of client's size or build.
The 41-year-old Olympic Swimmer Dara Torres received barefoot compression massage on a daily basis during her training for the 2008 Olympics.
With a 70 percent attrition rate for sports massage therapists within the first three years of practice,
over 75% of practicing massage therapists experiencing symptoms of injury at some point in their careers,
and the AMTA reporting that an average massage industry career lifetime lasting 6.3 years,
this modality will help extend careers.
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John Harris and Fred Kenyon have taught their work on three continents to thousands of students, wrote
Compressive Deep Tissue Massage: Deep Tissue Without Ruining Your Hands
(by Fred Kenyon, 1998) and
, and produced several training videos.
1. Fred Kenyon & John Harris,
Fix Pain: Bodywork Protocols for Myofascial Pain Syndromes
© 2002, Press4Health Press
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If a bodyworker claims that barefoot massage on a mat is "uncomfortable, rigorous and rough", then they are not a good barefoot massage therapist.
If a bodyworker claims to use centrifugal or centripetal forces, ask him or her what will be spinning during your session (besides rhetoric). However Watsu and acro-yoga can employ these forces.
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3. John Harris.
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4. Lauriann Greene, Robert A. Greene.
Save Your Hands! Injury Prevention for Massage Therapists
Gilded Age Press; 1st edition (April 11, 2000), ISBN-10: 0967954908, ISBN-13: 978-0967954905
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5. 2008 AMTA Industry Survey.
2009 Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet.
Viewed 2009-03-09 from http://www.amtamassage.org/news/MTIndustryFactSheet.html
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1. 2008 by Jutta Haase
2. 2007 by Rebecca Young
3. 2007 by anonymous
6. Paul Svacina