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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