Robert Byrnes has been providing massage therapy in a professional setting since 1994, and integrates several modalities for a unique treatment that is individualized to each client's needs. He provides therapeutic treatments by appointment in his Phoenix, Arizona office: 602-334-1919.
Robert Byrnes has been providing massage therapy in a professional
setting since 1994, and integrates several modalities for a unique treatment that is individualized to each client's needs.
He provides therapeutic treatments by appointment in his Phoenix, Arizona office.
By appointment only. Please call 602-334-1919 or send an email.
Corrective, Relaxation and Rejuvenation, or Energy Work
Robert integrates any of several bodywork modalities for a unique treatment that is individualized to each client's needs:
With this innovative method, I work on you using my feet instead of the Western method of hands, forearm, and elbow. Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy is incredibly effective with profound results. I encourage everyone to experience this type of deep tissue massage. You will be completely amazed at how effective it is. And you won't even be able to tell that you're being worked on with my feet!
The forces from the broad pressure of my foot spread the body open and allow us to work deeper. Any blockage or stiffness in the muscles, joints, or spine releases. Your body feels lighter with more freedom of movement, and freedom from pain. The Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy works systemically on many body systems - the myofascia, the lymphatic, the nervous, the cardiovascular, and perhaps the endocrine system. We are working on the whole body, at the same time that we're focused on any one area of the body.
Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy is also known as Deepfeet Bar Therapy. Pronounced "ah- she- hot- sue". "Ashi" in Japanese means "foot." "Astu" means "pressure." Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy uses gravitational force from the therapist's feet, instead of the hands. Parallel bars, attached to the ceiling, are used by the therapist for balance and proper weight distribution. The larger size and padding of the soles provide a push-pull-pump technique that is not only deeper, but more comfortable than traditional hands massage. Feet, compared to hands, have a greater affect on the client's parasympathetic nervous system, which allows the client to dive deeper into relaxation.
Cupping is a safe, and wonderful treatment that I use on the muscles of the back. Cupping employs the use of a glass cup that looks like a miniature gold fish bowl. A burning alcohol swab is used to burn off the air inside the cup just before the cup is placed on the back. The lack of pressure in the cup creates a vacuum that slightly pulls the skin and muscle tissue into the cup. This suction draws stagnant blood and fluid to the surface where the body can more easily remove it. Instead of compressing, pushing, or stripping the body tissue against bone structure and against itself, as we do in normal hands-on massage therapy, cupping allows us to pull the body tissue out and away from the body. Cupping is a classic deep tissue massage technique in reverse!
The cupping technique I use is called sliding cupping because we slide the cup up and down the back and up around the shoulders. We can adjust the intensity of the experience by increasing or decreasing the amount of suction into the cup. However, the over-all experience is very relaxing. People experiencing cupping for the first time almost always bruise. These hickies, created from the suction, are not painful and are a normal effect of the treatment. They disappear within a few days. As one receives cupping more frequently, we find that the bruising no longer occurs. This shows us that the stagnant blood and fluid has been removed and that the tissue is healthier.
Ask to have cupping incorporated into your next hands-on massage treatment. You'll be glad you did!
CranioSacral Therapy is a light-touch treatment that accesses core membranes in the body with profound results. The craniosacral rhythm is the most basic, yet, the most subtle motion in the body. When this rhythm is in disharmony, the entire body is adversely affected.
You will wear clothes for this treatment.
I use the Upledger CranioSacral ten-step protocol as the format for my treatment. As I begin the CranioSacral Treatment, I get myself grounded and centered so that I may tune into the craniosacral rhythm of the client's body. With my hands placed lightly on the client's body, I focus my intention on "listening" to the body and I simply allow myself to relax into their energetic field, the most subtle place of motion in the client's body, the craniosacral rhythm.
I energetically invite the client's body and awareness to move into that place of deep relaxation where transformation and healing can occur. The very act of my tuning into the client's craniosacral rhythm with my hands begins to affect it. I perceive the subtle disharmonies in the craniosacral system that is out of balance, and the client's body immediately begins the process of self-correction. Then, with an extremely light and gentle touch, I slowly lead the client to a more functional place of balance and harmony.
It is perfectly acceptable for you to wear clothing during your massage treatment, if you perfer to not be nude. In this case, you would need to wear a yoga style outfit, or clothing that is loose-fitting and comfortable. Thinner, flexible clothing works best, as we would be working through your clothing, and in some treatments, we would move you around on the table as we stretch, open up, and create space in your body. You are also invited to wear your underpants for any style of treatment.
The deep tissue massage therapy I perform allows your body to literally transform during and after the treatment session. The therapy releases restricted body patterns and removes the physical blocks to vibrant health. Harmony and balance are integrated back into the body structure as techniques appropriate to one's condition are applied.
When your body experiences trauma, it can become physically locked into unhealthy and unbalanced patterns. Additionally, pain, tension and stress will create physical blockages and restrictions. This can literally weigh the body down since tight, inflexible muscles require more energy for the body to move. You unknowingly expend extra energy in your efforts to achieve equilibrium and correct posture. And as you counteract the structural disharmony and restrictive patterns, this effort can exhaust your body's energy.
With my therapeutic massage techniques, we remove the trauma, pain, tension and stress from your body. This elevates your vitality and gives you more energy to heal. Released from the restrictions, the energy in your body goes where it can be better utilized. During, and after the treatment, your body begins to re-pattern itself so that it functions in a more harmonious and healthy way. You will actually feel lighter, with more flexibility and greater range of motion.
With my treatment, your equilibrium is restored and the mechanics of your body become more efficient. Less energy is expended in movement and in responding to the pull of gravity, and an increase in energy is experienced as your vitality improves. My massage therapy treatment can boost physical performance, speed recovery periods, and will allow you to experience vibrant, radiant health.
With this innovative method, I work on you using my feet instead of the Western method of hands, forearm, and elbow. Deepfeet Bar Therapy is incredibly effective with profound results. I encourage everyone to experience this type of deep tissue massage. You will be completely amazed at how effective it is. And you won't even be able to tell that you're being worked on with my feet!
The forces from the broad pressure of my foot spread the body open and allow us to work deeper. Any blockage or stiffness in the muscles, joints, or spine releases. Your body feels lighter with more freedom of movement, and freedom from pain. The Deepfeet Bar Therapy works systemically on many body systems - the myofascia, the lymphatic, the nervous, the cardiovascular, and perhaps the endocrine system. We are working on the whole body, at the same time that we're focused on any one area of the body.
Deepfeet Bar Therapy is also known as Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy. Pronounced "ah- she- hot- sue". "Ashi" in Japanese means "foot." "Astu" means "pressure." Deepfeet Bar Therapy uses gravitational force from the therapist's feet, instead of the hands. Parallel bars, attached to the ceiling, are used by the therapist for balance and proper weight distribution. The larger size and padding of the soles provide a push-pull-pump technique that is not only deeper, but more comfortable than traditional hands massage. Feet, compared to hands, have a greater affect on the client's parasympathetic nervous system, which allows the client to dive deeper into relaxation.
Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese medicine technique that utilizes a tool for scraping a painful or problematic area of the body in order to pull stagnant intercellular fluid to the surface, remove metabolic waste, and infuse the area with freshly oxygenated, nutrient rich fluid and blood. This in turn accelerates regeneration and revitalizes that particular region of the body. Gua Sha is not painful, but it can leave a reddening of the skin where stagnant fluid and blood has emerged near the surface to be eliminated by the body. This discoloration fades in a few days. Most people find Gua Sha to be a pleasant experience, and feel relief after their treatment.
Graston Technique and Astym are modern, more elaborate, western approaches to the ancient Chinese application of the Gua Sha treatment.
Myopractics is a gentle form of dynamic manipulation and soft tissue techniques. Myopractics restores the body's normal movement and flexibility, and eliminates tension and pain.
You will wear clothes for this treatment.
A basic principle of Myopractics is that life is motion. The body is a fluid and dynamic system that is in constant motion. Anything that obstructs this life movement and restricts body tissue will manifest as aches and pains, tension and stress, or limited mobility. When there is a lack of motion in the body, this is referred to as a "restriction". A restriction causes an imbalance in the body that typically results in increased muscle tension in the area of the restriction and in adjacent areas. The body will typically produce this muscle tension in an attempt to counteract the restriction and re-establish structural harmony.
For example, many back problems are directly related to some structural imbalance from restrictions in the pelvic region. This area is especially important to the Myopractor. The pelvis is the foundation and weight bearing center of the human body. If there is a lack of motion in the pelvis, the body may shift the burden and tension of weight bearing into another area, such as the back. In this way, muscle tension is created in the back in an attempt to maintain balance and to establish normal posture. Once proper weight transfer of the body into the pelvis is restored through Myopractic techniques, the structural relationships are anatomically correct and harmonious, and the rest of the body structure can become normalized.
Myopractics brings one's entire body into balance and harmony. Through Myopractic techniques, motion is restored in the body so that one regains freedom of movement, maximum functioning and, consequently, freedom from stress.
I have been working on pregnant women for as long as I've been doing massage. My deep understanding of the body, and the way in which it changes during this miraculous period allows me to work with confidence on the pregnant woman. I understand the development of the fetus and how the anatomy and physiology in the woman's body changes.
My approach is gentle and non-invasive. I ensure that the mother and baby are comfortable and well supported on the table. I use a special full body support system known as the bodyCushionTM that allows the mother to comfortably lay face down while on her belly.
Extra care is taken to not over-stretch the joints and ligaments which are more flexible during this time. Great care is taken to avoid deep pressure, especially on specific points that are known to to exert too much influence on the energy flow through the pregnant woman's body. In Oriental Medicine, these points are identified as LI4 (hand), SP6 (lower leg), UB60 and UB67 (foot), ST12 (near clavicle), and GB21 (top of shoulder).
The intention is to provide relief, especially in the lower back and legs, from the transformation in weight bearing and the possible changes in water retention. We work just deeply enough to release stress and induce relaxation, but not too much that we stress the baby (or the mother) through dramatic changes in the mother's blood flow and body "chemistry."
Pregnancy is one of the most important periods in which to receive caring and supportive, therapeutic touch. I invite you to nurture your body with prenatal massage therapy during this time of dramatic transformation.
Reiki is "energy" work and operates on the energetic field of your body. This is not a massage, and you are clothed. My hands are placed lightly on your body. I tune into your "energy body" and "channel" the healing Reiki energy where it is needed.
I have received the Reiki Levels I and II attunement and have access to three symbols by which the healing energy is transmitted. The power of these symbols can only be used for good, and will work for no other purpose.
I balance out the energy in the body where ever it is needed. And I give particular attention to the energy chambers in the body known as the chakras. Our understanding of the chakras comes to us from the ancient yogis of India. There are seven main chambers, from top to bottom; sahasrara, ajna, vishuddhi, anahata, manipura, swadhisthana, and mooladhara. Each chakra is an energy center for the various emotional and mental states and we can influence these fields in the body by leading the chakra into balance.
Additionally, I always incorporate some CranioSacral Therapy into the Reiki treatment.
Testimonial: Just wanted to say thank you! My body and spirit was relieved from so much anxiety and stress today. I have never had a reiki experience like I did today. It was very intense and helpful! I feel like I faced a lot of fears and released a lot of things that I was holding on to! wow. It was like a acid trip without the acid. lol.
By the way, I had been very bundled up in my stomach (constipation, irritation) for the last few weeks and I knew that you were so in tuned when you mentioned that. I felt a difference in my stomach immediately. Anywho, just wanted you to know that you made my day and I'll definitely be seeing you again soon!
Teneia Sanders, Musician, Avondale, AZ
Reflexology is more than just a good foot rub. It is a method for activating the healing powers of the body. Reflexology was founded on the principle that there are energy zones that run throughout the body, and reflex areas in the feet that correspond to all the major organs, glands, and body parts. Working on the feet is an ancient art, as is evident from historical artifacts, texts, and illustrations, and its therapeutic effects have been well recognized in many cultures.
In the early part of the twentieth century, Dr. William Fitzgerald and Dr. Edwin Bowers gave life to their theory that parts of the body correspond to other parts of the body. In the same way that a hologram contains the whole picture in each of its parts, so too does the body contain a picture of the whole in each of its parts. In the 1930s, Eunice Ingham discovered that the feet, because they are the most sensitive, allowed the greatest access to the energy zones that run throughout the body, and that every part of the foot corresponds with a specific area in the body. She proceeded to map the entire body onto the feet and discovered that an alternating pressure on the various points had a tremendous therapeutic effect. Hence, reflexology was born.
How reflexology works is through the energy zones that run the length of the body. Reflexologists specify that there are ten of these zones; five on each side of the body that run from the head and tips of the fingers down through the body and into the feet. These zones can be thought of as meridians that give access at specific points on the body to other specific points within that zone in the body. The energy of life and the Universe flows through our bodies. Sometimes, this energy flow becomes blocked. But, because the whole of our bodies is contained within the feet, a reflexologist is able to reopen the energy flow to specific areas in the body that are blocked by working the corresponding part of the foot. This process brings balance and harmony to the body and can greatly aid the body in healing itself.
Relaxation massage (aka: Swedish massage) starts with a meditative approach that promotes deep relaxation. This method emphasizes the use of a slower rhythm with a longer, sustained flowing touch that relieves stress, and integrates the entire body system, bringing it into balance.
I seek to facilitate increased awareness into the client's body. My yoga practice has taught me much about mindfulness. By focusing on the breath and quieting the mind, the client can relax even more into the present moment. The client is feeling instead of thinking. From this place of being grounded and centered in the body, we discover a deeper connection, and the transformative, healing energy intensifies.
I also incorporate Aromatherapy with this treatment. Currently, I use essential oils from Amphora Aromatics.
You are fully clothed in loose-fitting, comfortable clothing, and no oil or lotion is normally applied. Thai massage is traditionally performed on a mat on the floor, however, I now only offer this treatment on my stationary table. The Table Thai massage treatment consists of passive, yoga-like stretches, with rhythmic compression and precise pressure point work along the "Sen" energy lines and muscles in the body. Table Thai massage opens up the body and frees it of restrictions, bringing new vitality to tight or tired muscles, and balancing the life force energy in the body. Table Thai Massage can be a very relaxing treatment, or it's effects can be therapeutically corrective when more pressure is applied. It all depends on your needs and desires.
Chiang Mai, Thailand, summer 2008. Read the blog!
Myofascial trigger points (TPs) are extremely common and become a distressing part of nearly everyone's life at one time or another. Latent TPs, which may cause some stiffness and restricted range of motion, are far more common than active TPs. A myofascial TP is a hyperirritable locus within a taut band of skeletal muscle, located in the muscular tissue and/or its associated fascia. The spot is painful on compression and can evoke characteristic referred pain and autonomic phenomena. A myofascial TP is to be distinguished from a TP in other tissues, such as skin, ligament, and periosteum.
We do not think of the published TP sites as immutable locations, but as a guide for where to start looking. Every muscle can develop TPs; many muscles have multiple TP locations. Only the most common TP locations are shown in the published illustrations; individual muscles may have TPs in other locations. The TP sites in a given muscle vary from person to person; no two people are exactly alike.
Active TPs are most likely in postural muscles of the neck, shoulder and pelvic girdles, and the masticatory muscles. The upper trapezius, scalene, sternocelidomastoid, levator scapulae and quadratus lumborum muscles are very commonly involved.
When injured, most tissues heal, but muscles "learn"; they "learn" to avoid pain. Active TPs develop habits of guarding that limit movement of that muscle. Chronic muscular pain, stiffness, and dysfunction result. With adequate rest, and in the absence of perpetuating factors, an active TP may revert spontaneously to a latent state. Pain symptoms disappear, but occasional reactivation of the TP accounts for the typical history of recurrent episodes of the same pain over a period of years.
When clients mistakenly believe that they must "live with" TP pain because they think it is due to arthritis or a pinched nerve that is inoperable, they restrict activity in order to avoid pain. Such clients must learn that the pain comes from muscles, not from nerve damage, and not from permanent arthritic changes in the bones. Most important, they must know it is responsive to treatment. This gives the pain a new meaning. When these clients realize the twin facts that their pain is myofascial and is treatable, their lives take on new meaning and they are started on the road to recovery of function.
Personalized, individual yoga instruction.
In Yoga Chikitsa, we evaluate your postural structure and body mechanics to determine your strengths and weaknesses. We also consider any restrictions in your body's ability to move freely, and any movements that cause pain or discomfort. We then intelligently guide your body back into structural strength and stability using the wisdom of the classic yoga asanas (postures) and yoga vinyasa (movement.) Through this yoga practice we also seek to restore normal range of motion and healthier functioning to your body, (mind, and Spirit.)
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Robert Byrnes was voted the best Massage Therapist in Phoenix.
"That was the best massage I've ever had!" is the most common response I hear from my clients at the end of their session.
My name is Robert Byrnes and I am a Nationally Certified, Licensed Massage Therapist practicing in Phoenix, Arizona since 1994. I have worked very hard to establish my massage practice and my professional standing. I have built my reputation as a safe, trustworthy, and caring individual. I create a safe and nurturing environment where clients can relax, heal, and rejuvenate themselves.
It seems over the years, my clients generally fall into two categories. I have people who come to me regularly that enjoy a deep, relaxing massage. Then I have people who come to me so that I can "fix" them. Generally, these people have a specific area, or complex, on which they want me to focus. After a few visits, their body has stabilized or normalized, and I might not see them again for some time.
With both types of clients - those who want relaxation and those who want to be fixed - I read them like a book. And in the same way that a piano tuner, or a proficient musician knows if an instrument is in tune, I know where the problem areas are in a client's body. I will hone in on an area if it needs attention, and I can feel when the problem has been resolved.
I don't simply go through the motions of applying a standard massage routine. I purposefully employ techniques that are specific to the client's condition in that moment. And this certainly varies with every body! Generally, I will work on a problem area until I feel some kind of release, such as a softening or lengthening in the area, or an increase in the range of motion. The client, of course, experiences relief.
The most important aspect of my work is the quality of my touch. For example, in deep tissue massage I am focused on inducing change in the body. But I don't just hack at the body mechanically with brute force. I can work with great strength and power in a relaxed and flowing manner because I know the body and I know how to engage it with full consciousness. This allows me to take the client to a deeper level of connection, relaxation, and transformation.
I graduated from the 1500 hour Massage Therapy and Myopractics program at the Institute for Natural Therapeutics in Mesa, Arizona and I am certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. (NCBTMB)
I continually improve my skills every year through on-going studies and advanced training. In 2013, I studied Oriental Medicine at Phoenix Institute for Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture. In the fall of 2012, I received training in Ashiatsu, or Deepfeet Bar Therapy. In the fall of 2010, the spring of 2012, and the fall of 2014, I attended Erik Dalton's Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques seminars, with Erik and Paul Kelly. I was blown away by their understanding of the body and the effectiveness of their methods. This work fits in beautifully with my corrective massage therapy techniques. In the summer of 2008, I studied Traditional Thai Massage in Thailand for 30 days. Between 1998 and 2005, I completed 168 hours of advanced massage training at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.
My massage work is meditative and connected to Spirit. I am trained in Myopractics whose roots are early Osteopathy. I employ the principles and stretching of Traditional Thai Massage. I use techniques that come from the pioneering efforts of Milton Trager. I connect with energy in the spirit of Reiki and the CranioSacral work of John Upledger. I am strong and I can work deeply. I am sensitive and I can work subtlety. Most importantly, I strive to create a unique treatment that is individualized to each client's needs.
Thank you for the opportunity to be of service today.
May my hands be guided for the Highest Good
as we receive God's blessings
and channel the healing energy of Love.
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