She walked across his back as if he were a pile of hot stones. She wasn’t punishing him—nothing like that at all. She was performing ashiatsu massage—a technique that combines Swedish, myofascial, and compression techniques, all using the feet.
Ashiatsu is just one of eight therapies employed by Victoria Aragon and the staff at Loosen Up Massage. The licensed therapists use their hands for the remaining seven, easing tension and stress with fluid Swedish strokes, or diminishing back pain with prenatal rubdowns that leave babies yearning to get born and schedule their own massages. A quiet and serene room with taupe walls and candlelight sets the scene for each massage as clients relax facedown on a blanketed table.
Though Loosen Up Massage’s massage therapists are more than happy to stretch-out tight limbs, clients can also take matters into their own hands with the salon’s yoga classes. A cast of three instructors lead yoga dance fusion, Anusara-inspired classes, and other yoga sessions at least twice per week in the spacious wood-floored studio. The center also welcomes yoga beginners to test the waters with a six-week yoga clinic complete with instruction on poses and breathing techniques.