Originating in the Fijian Islands, this technique is performed with the therapist's feet. Traditionally, the technique is done with the client lying on a floor mat, but it can be done on the massage table as well. Fijian massage is performed without oil or lotion, for it is done over the sheet or loose clothing. This method provides broad, deep compression which would otherwise be unbearable coming from sharp elbows.
The Idea behind Fijian Massage is two-fold. It helps protect the therapist’s body and it allows deeper work to be done on the client. When performing Fijian Massage, the therapist uses his or her own body weight and only needs to direct the pressure. As for the client, when the pressure given is broad, deep and held for a while, the deeper muscle layers relax into it, and healing happens on deeper levels. This is especially good for large muscle groups such as the hamstrings and glutes.
My feet can feel you!
The question has been asked if I can feel as much with my feet as I can with my hands. I actually have a bigger picture with my feet because I am feeling more at once. One client I worked with had an injury which was so subtle that I didn't catch it with my hands. Only when I started using my feet did I notice there was something off. ~Adinah Barlow
HOW THIS MODALITY WORKED FOR A CLIENT
After having Fijian massage for her hips and legs, one client commented that she felt no one has ever been able to get that deep into her muscles without causing severe pain. She loved that those deeper muscles were addressed and she felt more relief than ever before!