Massage & Bodywork

MARCH | APRIL 2019

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With an ever-growing list of modalities and specialties for bodyworkers and massage therapists to choose from, it can be difficult to make a decision regarding what's best for you and your business, or what skills you want to add to your toolbox. Yomassage is one new option that combines stretching and mindfulness with touch, and can open the door to new clientele. APPROACHABLE FOR EVERYONE Yomassage is unique in its accessibility. No previous yoga experience is necessary or required to participate in a class, and Yomassage is particularly inviting to anyone uncomfortable with traditional one-on-one massage, those who are new to receiving therapeutic touch, or anyone wanting to remain clothed. As long as clients are able to get up and down from the floor (at the beginning and end of class), they can participate in Yomassage. Yomassage also offers enticing business advantages over traditional massage and bodywork modalities. Yomassage allows bodyworkers to serve, on average, eight clients in a single 90-minute session, and it's easier on the practitioner's body too. A MERGER BEGINS Yomassage creators Katherine Parker and Tiffany Ryan first crossed paths when Ryan approached Parker about teaching at My Yoga Room, her yoga studio in Portland, Oregon. Ryan had recently moved to Oregon after completing her massage and yoga training in Costa Rica, and she was looking for a job. Although Parker didn't have any open positions, the women shared similar backgrounds. Ryan also shared her experiences in yoga and massage, and the two began discussing the importance of massage and touch. Previous to their meeting, Parker (like many others in the US) viewed massage as a luxury—just something you do in spas for special occasions. Even as a member 60 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k m a r c h / a p r i l 2 0 1 9 This Yomassage therapist works with a client in A) supported forward fold, B) supported side bend, and C) supported malasana. A B C

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