What is Barefoot Deep Tissue?

The question I most often get is: Is that the one where you step on people?…well, no, not exactly. I do use my feet as a tool for massage. If I am standing, I always have one foot on the ground, and often use a stick for balance and safety.

I use my foot to do slow deep compressions. I target specific muscle groups and specific parts of a muscle, based on knowledge and principles of sports massage and trigger point therapy. I have found that this work is extremely beneficial for people who have deep tightness in their shoulders and hips from stress and emotional fatigue, and for people with lower back pain.

The beauty of this work is not so much how deep the work is – though it certainly can be very deep and satisfying. Rather it is the way the strength, sensitivity and versatility of a foot can be used to do very gentle and detailed work. Our feet have as many nerve endings as our hands, and with training and experience, I have come to be very sensitive to what happens under my heel or the ball of my foot. Because of the natural strength of the foot and ankle joint, I don’t need to exert myself, and I can apply pressure in a very relaxed way, modulate my pressure with great subtlety and focus on what I am feeling. In addition to that, I can easily sustain the pressure for great lengths of time, allowing me to simply wait for the muscle to fully relax.

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  1. Great job, Nicky! The article is concise and to the point, educating potential clients very nicely.

    Lia Suzuki, March 18, 2010
  2. Even in the orient I have never received a better Thai massage than the ones I receive from Nicky!


    bob, March 20, 2010

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