In Japanese, “ashi” translates to foot, and “atsu” into pressure. With the Ashiatsu technique, the therapist holds onto parallel overhead bars and uses their clean feet to apply pressure in broad fluid strokes. The use of the bars allows the practitioner to work with gravity to apply deeper, more even pressure. The result is an intensely relaxing massage session.
The broader surface area of the foot offers a more comfortable sensation when pressure is applied, as opposed to the pointier thumb or elbow used in a deep tissue massage.
Most Ashi techniques are done with one foot at a time, in a specific and focused way, or by sitting on a stool if using both feet at the same time.
Summer uses both hands and feet during her sessions, allowing for a fuller exploration of depth and details. The pressure of the massage is completely customizable – it can be light as a feather or as deep as possible. It all depends on what the client wants! The deeper pressure applied with the Ashiatsu method offers a greater sense of relief to the muscles and fascia, leading to increased circulation of the blood, pain relief, and greater feelings of decompression.
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Massage Therapist & Yoga Instructor
Summer Greenlees has been a certified yoga instructor since 1997 and a licensed massage therapist since 1998.
Summer works with clients of all ages and fitness levels, utilizing a holistic approach that supports a healthy lifestyle and incorporates yoga and massage for total wellness. Below are a list of modalities that Summer offers:
Summer spent 12 years attending births as a doula and discovered the amazing benefits of prenatal Yoga during her first pregnancy. This led her to do extensive training in in prenatal and postnatal yoga and massage therapy. Summer effectively trains and prepares expecting couples for an optimal, positive birth experience using the tools of yoga and massage therapy along with breathing and movement techniques for moms to decrease stress, reduce pain, and create greater ease during birth.
Summer received the “Best Massage Therapist” award from the Austin Birth Awards in 2013.
Summer's Yoga Classes and Yoga Therapy sessions are based on a somatic approach, strongly inspired by her Yoga teacher, Donna Farhi, and her decades of experience with yoga, bodywork, and maternity support. Summer’s yoga therapy practice specializes in movement repatterning for reducing strain and tension in the body during the everyday movements of life as well as movements of the client’s exercise and fitness or yoga practice.
Her yoga series classes taught privately or in a small group session provide a foundation for the beginner or seasoned yoga practitioner to discover or re discover his or her own way of moving and being in yoga practice that is truly integrative and supportive of the individuals highest well being and personal wellness goals.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Her additional certifications include:
Joined the Castle Hill Fitness Team in: 2018
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Annie Swafford has been practicing massage since 2006 after leaving corporate tech life to follow a passion for helping people. A self-described “waitress at heart”, Annie loves catering to her client’s unique needs and creating customized treatments for them. Through extensive continuing education, Annie is trained in Pregnancy massage and Ashiatsu Japanese foot massage. When you receive a massage from Annie you will experience a combination of techniques like healing sports massage, deep tissue, TMJ release, reflexology, and more.
When she's not practicing massage, Annie enjoys swimming, Yoga, and hitting up Tacodeli with friends before a day at Barton Springs.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Joined the Castle Hill Fitness Team in: 2019
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