How One Simple Tool Sets This Massage Treatment Apart From All Others
Local body work pro Vicki Seabrook harnesses inflatable balls to cure what ails you, from wrinkles to tendonitis.
Published Apr 7, 2015
By Allison Jones
If you haven't heard of the Yamuna method, you're not alone. Founded the 70s by Yamuna Zake in New York City, the holistic body work system uses inflatable balls, spiked plastic foot massagers, traditional yoga concepts, and some serious muscle pressure to reimagine the traditional table massage—and there's only one practitioner in Portland who's trained to do it.
In a cozy studio above the Max line on SW Morrison, Vicki Seabrook welcomes clients to explore a wide variety of treatments—dubbed Body Logic, Rolling Table treatments, Yamuna Yoga, Body Rolling, Foot Fitness, and Face Saver sessions—based on the idea that healing and alignment occurs best with simultaneous bone stimulation and the application of traction to elongate muscle fibers in all directions.
Seabrook was introduced to the transformative method via her father, who was being treated by Yamuna Zake herself for a herniated disk. "He was still under her care when I had a horse riding accident and couldn’t move—so he suggested I see her," remembers Seabrook. "It was a life changer. After being in so much pain for so long and not finding solutions anywhere, I was hooked after just one Body Logic session. I started going to her classes and I bought all the balls."
After practicing the Yamuna method at home for many months, Seabrook enrolled in Zake's certification course, and practiced in New York at Bliss Yoga Center and worked directly under the method's founder before moving to Portland. There are 457 Yamuna practitioners worldwide, and just 206 practitioners in the US—compared to over 350,000 massage therapists! The community may be small, but it's united in a shared goal—to make every client independent and able to use the method at home, for free, without a therapist.
Here's how the method works in all of its myriad forms:
For more information on Vicki Seabrook and the Yamuna method, including special intro rates and workshops, visit vickiseabrook.com.
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8 Artisan Apothecaries Grown in Portland
Farmers market veggies and pinot noir aren’t the only things that grow around here! A handful of wellness-minded apothecary and skincare lines are using local botanicals, essential oils, and plant-based ingredients to offer artful alternatives to chemical-laden room sprays, body products, bug repellents, household cleaners, and hand sanitizers. Here, we explore eight local lines blooming in the Portland area.
Vicki Seabrook: Bar Wonder Herbal Deodorant
The Story: Bodywork expert and perfume enthusiast Vicki Seabrook never meant to be a maker of all-natural deodorant: “I got into this quite by accident—I have always loved creating but especially found great satisfaction in formulating healing products for fun. I tried my hand at making custom products for people who had common ailments such as headaches, muscle pain, cramps, eczema—some worked and some didn’t.” Then she found an old family recipe for a solid lotion bar, and tinkered with the recipe to create a natural deodorant for her husband. “I thought if it works for a man like him, it has to work, right? I tested it in the warmest weather, right before a workout…the reception was really enthusiastic and Bar Wonder Natural Deodorant was born.”
Our Pick: Bar Wonder #1, a great unisex scent powered by rosemary extract and a blend of woodsy essential oils. Stick-fighting ingredients include cornstarch, shea and cocoa butter, beeswax, coconut oil, and probiotics.
Yoga Gets Hard Core
Marie Claire, September 2011
By Danielle Braff
Think all that posing as a Snoozy stretch fast? These intense new variations will kick your butt, tone you fast, and make your Bikram class look like child’s play.
Best for super-flexibility: Yamuna Body Rolling
What it is:
Body rolling uses pressure from “Yamuna” balls, 4- to 10-inch plastic spheres and half spheres, to loosen muscles. During typical yoga poses, you’ll press on the balls under foot or position them to stimulate areas of the leg, Arm, neck, and back, deepening the pose and realigning your body, says Vicky Lorraine, a body rolling instructor in Portland Oregon. Think of it as a deep tissue massage resulting in circus performer flexibility.
Signature move: extended side angle. Stand in the side lunge with your right leg bent, left arm raised. With each leg bearing equal weight, place a Yumuna half-sphere under your right heel. Pressed down, using the ball to lean into the pose. Hold for three breaths, repeat on the left.
Learn more: yamunabodyrolling.com