What is Barefoot Massage

All of my massages are a modified form of Chavutti - But since I'm one of a very small handful of therapists outside of India (fewer that 15 of us in the country) who have been trained in this technique I want to show you a little bit what to expect.

"Chavutti Thirumal" is simply translated to Rope Massage With Foot Pressure. This ancient massage technique was developed for maintaining suppleness in the body and for treating pain and swelling caused by combat. It is however, equally suitable as a treatment for those not involved in regular or strenuous physical exercise and wishing to maintain their own fitness and well being. Using the feet gives the client the feeling that tension is being ironed out of them! Receiving this style of massage is not only relaxing and rejuvenating, it is traditonally believed to have the same benefits as attending a yoga class.

My "signature barefoot massage" uses the flowing movements of "chav" but I combine it with draping that they don't use in equatorial India.  If I'm working on a troublesome spot I will use slower strokes that are more like a deep tissue or an "ashiatsu" treatment. I will often incorporate Thai style stretching in my sessions as well. With almost 20 years in the industry I have cherry-picked some of the best techniques and applied them to my practice. It's truly one of a kind.

Here is a video of my wonderful instructor Hellen Noakes giving a traditional "chav" 


And here is a video of me working on a hip and leg. As you can see the area I'm not working on is fully draped, keeping my clients warm, secure, and comfortable.

Hip and leg massage