When she was performing traditional manual massages, Deana Rook had many clients request treatments that involve walking directly on the back. Instead of becoming an expert handstander, Rook researched the physics and anatomical considerations of such a technique and built a frame for two parallel bars above her massage table. She then came across Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, a modality patented by Ruthie Piper Hardee of Health & Body Works Inc, and the missing link she was seeking. After studying directly with Hardee, Rook became the only Mastery-level certified therapist listed in Oklahoma on the organization's website, and opened Global Touch Massage & Ashiatsu to share her advanced training.
In each session, Rook applies massage oil to facilitate deep, multidirectional compression and effleurage strokes, combining the best of Swedish and deep-tissue modalities. The larger surface area of the feet and greater capacity for sustained pressure through the legs can deliver faster relaxation and relief of chronic soft-tissue damage than hand-based methods. Rook also offers Ashi-Thai massage, Hardee's combination of overhead bar support and traditional Thai massage, as well as myofascial release.