Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is Mashing? 

Mashing is a technique of the Ki-HaraⓇ Method of Resistance Stretching. It is a combination of Thai Yoga massage and foot Shiatsu. The technique is performed on a mat on the floor, with the patient clothed and the therapist applying pressure to the body with their feet.


Q. How is Mashing different from regular massage therapy?

  • It is a clothed treatment

  • It is performed primarily with the therapist’s feet rather than hands, elbows or forearms

  • It is comprised of mainly compressive techniques (as opposed to “Swedish” massage which is mainly gliding techniques)


Q. What are the benefits of Mashing?

  • Increased blood flow

  • Release adhesions or “knots”

  • Increased mobility / increased range of motion in joints

  • Ability to stretch muscles safely

  • Warms muscles to prepare for exercise or activity

  • Helps flush toxins from muscles

  • Aids in muscle recovery

  • Relaxation → parasympathetic nervous system response into “rest & digest” mode


Q. What do I wear to a Mashing treatment?

Comfortable clothing, for example yoga or exercise wear. Socks are recommended for warmth.



Q. What can I expect the session to look like?

If it is your first time seeing Shannon, you will fill out an intake form including personal information and your health history, to ensure safe treatment and to answer key questions regarding your condition. Your goals of treatment will be discussed, and some form of assessment will be performed to determine additional information that will lead the treatment.

Once the intake and assessment are complete, Shannon will review her suggested treatment plan including areas to be treated, and ask for your approval on this plan before explaining how to get on the table and leaving the room for you to do so.

Questions are encouraged before, during and after your session - never be afraid to ask a question related to your treatment. You should always feel comfortable with the pressure, temperature and areas exposed by the sheets during your treatment. Shannon will check in regarding pressure intermittently. Only one area of your body will be undraped at a time and Shannon will work within your comfort level.

Before your session ends, you will be provided with home care recommendations to assist in your continued healing/rehabilitation.


Q. Does massage therapy hurt?

It is true that some massage therapy approaches can be painful, but it is always within the patient’s control to dictate how their session unfolds. Tolerance level to pressure as well as preferences of each individual patient are considered first and foremost. “No pain no gain” is a popular misconception when it comes to deep tissue or sports massage and is not necessarily true or safe in all situations. It is important to note that the nervous system does not always benefit from this approach.


Q. What do I need to know after my treatment?

Drink lots of water for the remainder of the day after your treatment. You may feel tired or sleepy immediately post-treatment. Depending on the pressure used during treatment and your body’s response, you may experience some muscle soreness in the areas treated for 24-48 hours after your massage. You can take a warm Epsom salt bath after your treatment to help ease any potential soreness. Shannon will provide specific instructions before you leave the appointment.

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