By: Amy Beth Dobbins | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: September 2017
Manda Reyes performs Ashiatsu, a barefoot massage technique.
Manda Reyes was struggling with mounting health concerns. She was caught up in the corporate grind of commercial property management, and the high-stakes, high-pressure job came at a price. Tension headaches and anxiety were becoming her norm. “I was overloaded. My health suffered, and I knew I had to get out.”
After researching her options, Manda was drawn to massage therapy. She liked the idea of helping people relax and destress. Immediately, Manda realized the wisdom in her decision. “I had never been touched by a massage therapist when I started training. I could not believe the instant relief that I felt. My energy balanced—my life balanced. I had less anxiety. I couldn’t believe the healing power of touch!”
After earning her license as a massage therapist, Manda worked for a couple of high-end spas in the area. She enjoyed the experiences, but she desired to give more to her clients in the way of flexible scheduling and variety of treatment. “I want to give my clients the service and personal time that they deserve and not just rush in and out.”
Uniquely, Manda is certified in Ashiatsu, or barefoot massage. In fact, she is one of the first independent massage therapists in the Tulsa area to specialize in the modality. Ashiatsu is an ancient technique that uses foot pressure to deliver a deep tissue massage, pain-free. Manda is passionate about this particular modality, stating that the effects of Ashiatsu are longer lasting pain and tension relief and more intense relaxation.
Manda also offers Swedish massage; prenatal massage; and lymphatic drainage massage which removes toxins via light pressure. Every massage utilizes targeted aromatherapy. Headache relief for migraine or tension headache sufferers is a specialty as well. Thirty, sixty or ninety minute sessions are available.
Manda is a determined problem solver, continually striving to discover and resolve problem areas within her clients. She aims to do so in a flexible manner. Manda even schedules appointments one evening per week and one Saturday per month in addition to her normal daytime hours to accommodate her clients’ work schedules.
Whether by way of the ancient practice of Ashiatsu or traditional massage, Manda Reyes provides a healing touch and finds great pleasure in doing so: “I get just as much therapy from giving the massage as from getting it.”
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