Barefoot Mermaid


Fijian Massage instructor


Christyn Rittenhouse

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Save your hands – use your feet! Learn the art of barefoot massage. 



Christyn Rittenhouse
Certified Fijian Massage Instructor, LMT
NCBTMB approved #307802-00

Fijian Massage is a unique technique in which the therapist uses his/her bare feet versus hands to do the work while their client relaxes on a heated floor mat. Using gravity, leverage, and body weight the broad surface of the therapist’s foot (or feet) can deliver the deepest of pressure and amazing tissue engagement causing quick endorphin release for a wonderfully relaxing effect. Because of the size of the tool being used (the foot) therapists are able to access more muscles at the same time enabling them to deliver depth like no other massage with relatively low effort on the therapist’s part. 

You will be amazed how perfectly your foot will form with your client’s body. And often even half way through the massage clients ask if feet are being used, as the feet feel as familiar as hands with far more pressure and covering a larger area. No walking on clients is involved – two footed techniques are done only when sitting. Other than floor mats (of which there are many options, including regular pillows) no special equipment is needed. 

Brought back from the island of Kadavu, Fiji by Lolita Knight, Fijian (barefoot) Massage is one of the deepest, yet most nourishing treatments available. Fijian Massage has been handed down for generations. Modifications have been made to make it more comfortable and palatable to Westerners (traditional Fijian massage is typically done while the reciever just simply lies on the ground rather than comfortable heated mats). 





 

     




Is it really from Fiji?

Yes, its roots come from Fiji. An American woman, Lolita Knight - the founder of Fijian Massage, came upon this while living between New Zealand and Fiji for close to 20 years. Fiji is comprised of over 400 islands and each island has some form of massage – some with their feet and some with their hands. Lolita learned this from a local doctor in the remote village of Kadavu. Techniques are handed down generation to generation, often being learned as children and given for free to help each other maintain their health.  Fijian’s life style is very labor intensive: walking 5-10 miles a day, climbing coconut trees, swimming/fishing…with no social welfare, maintaining optimal physical health is imperative for survival. When villagers receive massage they lay on the ground or on thin woven mats and it is given in a quick vigorous and often painful way. Lolita has adapted this massage for a more western palate while still utilizing the basic techniques.





Class information:

In all classes you will learn Fijian Massage history, benefits, contraindications, hygiene, floor etiquette, floor set up and padding options, the 9 parts of the foot, body positioning, timing, marketing, and of course techniques. Classes include lecture and discussion, however, the majority of time spent is 'feet on'. Working with partners both giving and receiving, you will receive A LOT of work. Each student will be given the chance to experience and give Fijian massage with instructor. If you have contraindications (osteoporosis, phlebitis, varicose veins, etc.) or are pregnant you may still take this course but will not be able to receive. In such an event a model will be required.
** Special note - class price may vary slightly depending on location

Fijian Massage (traditional) • 16 CE hours • $375

In this class no oil or lotion is used. Students will learn (traditional-dry) Fijian Massage by – both giving and receiving. Fijian Massage is a moderate to very deep compression and friction massage using body weight, leverage, and gravity for deep tissue connection which causes a very quick endorphin release. No walking on the client is EVER done, two footed techniques are only giving while the therapist is sitting down. Techniques will be taught prone, supine, and sidelying on the following body parts: back, gluts, legs, feet, hands, arms, abdomen, chest, shoulders and neck. In this class all techniques are done through clothing (but can be done with client draped, on dry skin). 

Fijian Oil Massage • 16 CE hours • $375

In this 16 hour class the student will learn how Fijian Massage has evolved to include oil/lotion using smooth effleurage like movements with the feet that will lull your client into deep amazing relaxation. This will feel like a very deep Swedish massage, only coving a wider area that can only be done with the broad surface of feet. Get amazing depth with minimal effort. Students will learn benefits, cautions/contraindications, history, foot hygiene, floor etiquette, and techniques. Massage techniques will be taught prone and supine on the following body parts: back, gluts, legs, feet, hands, arms, abdomen, chest, shoulders and neck. While no massage is effortless, all techniques were designed to be wonderfully effective while being as easy as possible to the therapist. Much of this massage is done while therapist is seated.

Fijian Upper Body Specific • 6 CE hours • $140 
The focus of this class is on upper body - neck, shoulders, upper back, and chest to address pain and problems associated with forward head posture and rounded shoulders. You will learn pin and stretch techniques, Fijian techniques that will address these specific areas, stretches, and how to to talk to your client about how their posture contributes to their pain and how to change that. Get results fast with this more focused routine. A therapists that can help relieve pain is a busy therapist. Prerequisite for this class is a minimum of 2 years general experience or Fijian (traditional) Massage class.















Fijian Lower Body Specific • 6 CE TM • $140
The focus of this barefoot massage class is on lower body - gluteals, abdomen, and legs, to address pain and problems associated with this area such as sciatica, low back pain, sprained ankles, anterior compartment syndrome, and shin splints. Fijian techniques incorporated with pin and stretch and body mobilization techniques will address specific muscles such as QL, psoas, piriformis, tibialis anterior, and more. Get results fast with this focused routine. A therapist that can help relieve pain is a busy therapist.

Fijian Prone 8 CE $185
In this class no oil/lotion is used as all techniques are done through clothing (but can be done with client draped). This class is a great review if you've already take the 2 day Fijian class OR if you are short on time and would like an introduction to Fijian barefoot massage. This class will cover prone and sidelying positions, and while much of this is the same material as the 2 day class - each class will have it's own flare with new moves that won't be found in the other. All techniques were created to for amazing connection to your client while being as easy and comfortable to you, the therapist. No special equipment required and very portable. This a great substitute in lieu of chair massage. Be the shining star with the long line at the next sporting event, farmer’s market, or office visit.

Fijian Fusion • 8 CE • $185

Once you've taken Fijian Massage and Fijian Oil Massage and have some experience with barefoot techniques this class will show you how to combine the two for a massage like no other. Tradition (dry) techniques are applied first, then the Fijian Oil techniques after for a beneficial full body massage that is both therapeutic and deeply relaxing. The majority of these techniques are applied while the therapist is sitting in a chair making it easy for the therapist, possible to use two feet, all while still delivering an amazingly deep massage for your client. In addition, by the end of class you'll have some new tools to add to your 'barefoot massage belt'.

 
Fijian Oil Massage ll • 8 CE • $185

This advanced class is perfect for the therapist who just needs more Fijian barefoot massage! After you've taken the two day Fijian Oil Massage, this class will show you more advanced techniques to add to your routine. Each body area: back, abs, gluts, legs, chest and neck will include new moves to delight your client and keep you on your toes.