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Julez Explains Sarga and Why You Will Love It

Julez offers Sarga as a type of bodywork that she can add to a massage session. But what exactly is Sarga and who would it best be suited for? Read on for a Q&A with Julez about Sarga and why it might be just the thing you were looking for to resolve your muscle tension.

What is Sarga?

Sarga Bodywork is a barefoot massage method that employs the use of a fabric strap fastened to a massage table to deliver therapeutic myofascial and deep tissue techniques. This fabric strap is used by practitioners for stability and to add tensional and gravitational force to specific manual therapy methods. These methods, combined with the broad contact surface of the foot facilitate less restriction and more ease and relaxation in recipients' bodies. How did you become interested in learning the technique? A few reasons actually but the main reason is that it allows me to be mobile. I can take my sarga strap anywhere with me. It is fairly new to the western world and I am always interested in expanding my knowledge. Also the approach it takes is different and can be much more effective. Which clients or ailments do you find Sarga to be the most helpful for?

This method uses advanced deep tissues techniques so it is not for everyone. With that said, this approach is great for anyone who receives deep tissue regularly and works great for organizing fascial restrictions and working out kinks for any area of the body.

There are possible contradictions and considerations that each individual client may present that will be discussed prior to the session to determine if Sarga is the best treatment. What does it feel like to receive Sarga? Sarga is a slow and methodical approach to myofascial release. We say is feels like a fascial combing, like when you comb your hair but with your tissues. The intent is NOT about depth of pressure, although all barefoot work wields heavy-handed tools, it is more about stimulating a stretch response in the fascia. Do you usually do a full session of Sarga or incorporate it as part of the session? Both! I am a barefoot bodyworker but I also work with my hands. I will most definitely switch off using my hands and my feet in a 60 minute session. Sarga is very slow and methodical to allow the fascia the time it needs to stretch and release so full body sessions are in 90 or 120 sessions only. As a Massage Therapist, what do you like about being able to add Sarga to a session? I just love using my feet and having clients see how much more effective it feels. I feel like the feet fit the body more than the hands do, they wrap around the curves and sink into the crevices smoother and deeper. I can hold positions of joint stretches and compressions longer making it easier on my body. I love being able to work with four tools instead of just two at some points. You will know what I mean when you receive head and neck work. How do your clients usually feel after a session?

They usually say they love my feet. My feet have even gotten a marriage proposal once. As far as with the work itself they feel like their tissues are more open, free, and less restricted. The slow stretch movement gives the tissues time to release on their own rather than digging into them.

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