SARGA BODYWORK is a slow and graceful barefoot massage modality that delivers therapeutic myofascial and deep tissue work. The Sarga practitioner utilizes a fabric strap fastened to the massage table 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. Sarga Bodywork is unique in its potential to create structural change and healing in the body while deeply soothing the nervous system at the same time.
In addition to support, the SARGA STRAP can be transformed into a variety of tools, and facilitates a wide range of body mechanics for the practitioner. By pulling up on the strap while applying downward pressure, practitioners gain tensional force that can then be transferred onto the recipient’s body. Utilizing high-friction lubrication and gravitational and tensional force, practitioners can deliver consistent, oblique pressure to provide a uniquely effective myofascial therapy.
MYOFASCIAL TECHNIQUE is defined here as manual therapy characterized by sustained, oblique, and high friction contact with the aim of stimulating a stretch response in the fascia associated with muscle (myo) tissue (think shear-force). This technique helps to facilitate length, hydration, and mobility in recipient's connective tissue. We celebrate the broad, densely innervated surfaces of our feet as perhaps the most effective and intelligent tools for this purpose!
The word SARGA has meaning both in Spanish and in Sanskrit. In Spanish, SARGA refers to a tapestry woven from many different threads. This is a fitting concept, since Sarga Bodywork synthesizes techniques and teachings from many different traditions. In this way, Sarga Bodywork is a colorful tapestry of bodywork traditions, carefully gathered and creatively woven into a beautiful quilt of possibility. It is appropriate that this metaphor of a tapestry is connected to the fabric that we hold in our hands for balance and support. In Sanskrit, the word SARGA can refer to creation or origin energy, made manifest into form, and Sarga Bodywork, and the innovative tools used to perform the modality, is a creative and evolving new approach to bodywork taking form.