About The Massage:

My studio has bars installed in the ceiling to support me and assist in balancing.

I use cream to creates smooth strokes with my feet.

This barefoot technique creates deep but broad pressure, which means it's much easier for your body to tolerate than a small, sharp elbow.

This is more powerful than traditional deep tissue massage.

This technique can change chronic muscle and connective tissue patterns. So if you've got an old problem, there's reason to be hopeful.

Or if you just love deep tissue massage, this technique is the best.

Importantly, it also turns off the Doing/Busy/Fight or Flight/Workaholic/Anxious,/Worrying/Frustrated part of the brain.

Deep relaxation takes over. And not just for the moment... Each time you experience deep relaxation you are strengthening your brain's ability to access it next time.

If you've ever wanted to gain control over your thoughts or emotions, this is part of the training.


Therapeutic massage

Your massage therapist:

Whitney Birney has been a massage therapist for 16 years. For five years she taught anatomy & physiology, kinesiology and advised graduating students at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy. In 2008 she established Homebody Therapeutic LLC.

She's a full-time wife and mom of two great kids. She loves receiving massage, contrast hydrotherapy, baseball, French food, yoga and meditation.

She is board certified and licensed in Connecticut and New York.

Please visit the Contact Page to reach Whitney. She would be happy to answer your questions.

Massage Therapist

Whitney answers your questions:

Yes, I can feel your muscles' knots and tightness through my feet. Cool, huh?

I can possibly help your chronic pain or discomfort. Details and a diagnosis will help me give you a better answer. Contact me and tell me your situation.

There are weight restrictions on receiving this technique. You must be over 120 pounds and under 265 pounds.

You must also be at least 18 years old.

You want to see what it looks like? Sure, here's a YouTube video of my friend and colleague doing it.

Massages are 75 minutes and $115, payable by cash, check or PayPal.

You will be covered on a massage table by clean soft linens. If you like being toasty warm the table can be heated. It is important to remove any garments during the session.

If you need to eat shortly before the session, eat lightly.

Because of the depth of this massage, I recommend not doing any heavy lifting for the rest of the day.

I work in the White Hills of Shelton, off East Village Road.

A full body massage includes the feet, legs, glutes, back, chest, shoulders, arms, neck and head.

Only the body part being massaged will be uncovered by the sheets.

Your preferences and health history will indicate if we need to eliminate or augment a section of the body. And that's A-OK.

If you need to reschedule or cancel please text or email Whitney ASAP, or at least 24 hours in advance so that someone else has the opportunity to receive during that time slot and you can avoid being charged for the session.

The technique I use is called Ashiatsu Bar Therapy, and it is trademarked. I fell in love with it years ago and said that once I had my own studio I'd commit to it. I am thrilled that time has come!

Before the Massage:

I recommend arriving showered so the cream doesn’t clog your skin’s pores. The cream is a jojoba/coconut oil/beeswax blend and is very healthy for your skin. I recommend skipping a shower after the session and before bed. Also as a reminder it is important to remove all clothing to receive the massage.

Follow-up Care:

After just one session you back muscles will be very loose and vulnerable. Chances of injury or muscle spasm are greater.

To prevent these from occurring please:

  • Bring warm clothing to wear on your trip home.
  • Avoid sitting for long periods of time for the following 24 hours.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects for 48 hours (children over 35 pounds, weights, furniture). If you must lift for work The Ashiatsu Institute recommends wearing a lumbar brace to add support.
  • Avoid contact sports or twisting exercises for 48 hours (golf, baseball, skiing, cross-fit, kickboxing, etc.)
  • Avoid exerting yourself at 100% for 24 hours. Light exercise is OK.
  • Avoid heavy drinking of alcohol for 24 hours.

Best practices to care for your body after the massage:

  • Hydrotherapy: If you’re experiencing pain and inflammation after the massage I recommend alternating cold and hot packs (or submersion if you can). If you’re achy but not in pain heat is best (Epsom salt bath, sauna, hot tub, steam).
  • Use the following 24 hours to rest and recover.

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