Fijian Massage was founded by Lolita Knight, who had lived in New Zealand and Fiji for about 20 years. While there, she discovered and learned this barefoot massaging technique that had been passed down from generation to generation, from a local village doctor. She then took this style and modernized it be more adaptable and comfortable for Westerners.
Fijian Massage is typically done with the client fully clothed and lying on the floor or on a mat and utilizes all aspects of the therapist’s feet to deliver a deep tissue massage while sitting or standing. The therapist never fully stands or walks on you. When standing, they use one foot at a time, and the two footed techniques are done while the therapist is sitting or lying down. The client is lying comfortably on the ground with pillows or cushions for added support and comfort while receiving their massage, allowing them to fully relax and enjoy the deep tissue work. By using the feet, the massage is a lot deeper, with more pressure, and has the ability to move the facial tissue and muscles, breaks up adhesions, and increase mobility, all with a gentler and less sharp or pointed feeling than you may get from a therapist who uses their hands and elbows.
- Deeper, yet gentle pressure
- Helps reduce pain due to sore or tight muscles
- Helps increase mobility and range of motion
- May be done fully clothed, through a sheet, or on bare skin
- Stimulates relaxation and helps reduce stress levels
- Can be done just about anywhere – floor, chair, or on a massage table