Ever want to escape life’s worries and drift away on a sea of bliss?
Michelle Garrett, a Norman massage therapist specializing in ashiatsu and owner of Drift Therapeutic Spa says Drift, in partnership with Float OKC, may have just what you need to find that escape.
“The whole goal with floating is to reduce sensory input during the session,” said Float OKC owner Neal Smock.
While both floating and massage help people relax, the combination, Garrett and Smock believe, multiplies the relaxation.
“They pair really well together,” Smock said.
Drift offers several types of massage, including aromatherapy, Ashi-Thai, deep tissue, hot stone, Swedish and prenatal in addition to ashiatsu barefoot massage.
Garrett said clients should first consider how much pressure they want before selecting which type of massage is best for them. Those who want something really gentle might try Swedish massage. For an extra-relaxing experience, she suggests adding aromatherapy which can be paired with all massage types.
Still, there’s nothing like ashiatsu barefoot massage to get a truly therapeutic experience, she said.
“We offer deep tissue massage, but most of our clients who like a lot of deep pressure opt for the ashiatsu,” Garrett said. “It’s what we’re known for. You still get the long flowing strokes, so it’s still relaxing.”
She recommends the ashiatsu for people with chronic tension and pain.
To pair massage with floating, the client can decide which he or she wants first. Garrett said often a client will float to release tension then follow with a massage. Other times, a person may want the deep massage first then finish unwinding in the float chamber.
It’s a personal choice, that can vary by client, she said.
Smock said people use floating to decompress, and, while some might want a totally dark, quiet…