Massage Techniques :: What is Ashiatsu?

Massage can be an intensive process, not just for the patient but for the therapist as well. Ashiatsu is a massage technique that uses feet, elbows, and forearms, which allows the therapist to increase pressure, spread out the impact area, and can relieve some muscular stress the therapist can feel during a traditional Swedish massage.

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Massage Techniques :: What is Hot Stone Massage?

Hot Stone Massage is a technique that uses lava stones that have been worn smooth by the sea, that are heated, and then placed on the body. The stones are cooled to an appropriate temperature for the client by turning them in cold water.

The stones can be placed directly on the body, on top of towels or sheets, as well as used in gliding motions to deepen the affect of the heat and the massage itself. It is a gentle, soothing technique useful for many different methods of body work.

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Massage Techniques :: What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage is a type of therapy that addresses long-term, chronic pain within the muscles, tendons, fascia, and joints. It uses long, firm strokes with additional pressure to reach the deepest layers of the muscle tissue. While it can be uncomfortable at points, it is particularly effective as a long-term strategy for prolonged muscle pain.

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Massage Techniques :: What is Gua Sha?

This centuries-old technique uses small, rounded spoons and tools to gently “scrub” the skin, which helps activate capillaries and bring stuck toxins, blood, and chi to the skin’s surface. Though the technique looks painful, it is quite safe and is usually quite comfortable and relaxing.

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Massage Techniques :: What is Swedish Massage?

Swedish Massage is the most common massage technique in the West. It uses long, gliding strokes to gently relax the muscles and body, and is a wonderful starting point for anyone new to receiving massage. It’s lighter pressure and fluid movements create a serene, relaxing experience, and helps relieve stress, anxiety, and minor muscle issues.

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21 Days of Yoga with Knoxville Weekend

Workout and exercise trends come and go, but there is hardly another practice that has endured as long as yoga. Some historians believe yoga can be traced back more than 5,000 years! Sure, the styles and flows have changed over the centuries, but the core elements remain the same: strengthening the body, toning the muscles, centering the mind, and calming the spirit.

We worked with Knoxville Weekend to put together a basic, 21 day yoga series that is perfect for anyone, from beginners to life-long practitioners. Check back each day for additional poses, then put them all together for a flow you can do from the comfort of your own home, office, on the road, or anywhere!


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Practicing Acupuncture with Knoxville Weekend

There are a lot of misconceptions about acupuncture. Ask most people what it is and you will probably get a dozen different answers. Acupuncture is SO much more than just having some needles stuck into your skin. We had the opportunity to work with Knoxville Weekend, along with two other amazing local acupuncturists, to help clear the air and help people understand what acupuncture is, what it can treat, and how it can help!


Things Your Balanced You Massage Therapist Wants You To Know


Stay in communication with us

  • Please tell us if a technique hurts. If there is extreme muscle tension,  you might experience some pain, so just let us know!
  • Not every client likes every technique or style of work, so please let us know if you do not enjoy part of your massage.
  • Bathroom breaks can happen! If you need to take a moment for any reason, we are more than happy to accommodate. 


We are not here to judge your body.

  • We are focusing on the deeper structures: fascia and muscle tissue, and not thinking about cellulite, stretch marks, or any other items you might be concerned about.
  • Your Massage Therapist is the last person you should shave your legs for. 


Sometimes we will make recommendations for your health.

  • These suggestions are based on what you have told us about your lifestyle and pain, as well as what we noticed during your massage.
  • We might recommend some stretches or even a specific yoga class to further help with any issues.
  • If you can honor these recommendations it will likely extend that wonderful post massage feeling!


Please arrive before or as close to your start time as possible.

  • We often have another massage booked right after yours, so starting late can affect more than just the Massage Therapist’s schedule.
  • We want you to be able to receive your full massage.


You can wear what you are comfortable in.

  • Some people choose to leave their undergarments on and others choose to fully undress for their massage.
  • We are trained in draping techniques to make sure you are comfortably covered during your massage.
  • For some modalities like Ashiatsu, it is easier for the Massage Therapist if you fully undress, but remember to only undress to your comfort level.
  • There are other modalities, like Sports Massage, where your Massage Therapist might ask you to bring athletic clothes.


Feel free to ask us questions.

  • During your massage, you might wonder “Why would that spot hurt” or “Could that be why I’ve been getting headaches”. If you’d like more information, just ask!
  • Keep in mind we are not doctors so we cannot diagnose but we do have knowledge of the human body that can help assess what might be going on.


What to expect after your massage…

  • You might experience some dehydration, so make sure to drink plenty of water after your massage.
  • You may feel sore for a couple of days but if you feel sore for more than 3-4 days please let your Massage Therapist know and we will make some alterations for your next massage.

Journey into the History of Yoga with a New Book by Ramesh Bjonnes

A Brief History of Yoga: From it’s Tantric Roots to the Modern Yoga Studio

by Ramesh Bjonnes

Yoga is growing in popularity all over the world today, yet misconceptions about its original purpose and ancient roots abound. In this refreshing tale of the history of yoga, the author unveils the true heart of the tradition and introduces us to its most influential teachers.

Most writers on yoga have claimed that the practice originated in the ancient Vedas. An increasing number of scholars, however, find this view problematic, both historically and philosophically. According to this fascinating book, yoga did not originate in Vedic society, rather it developed among the enigmatic teachers of Tantra.

Uncovering when and where this popular path to health and enlightenment originated and how it developed over thousands of years, A Brief History of Yoga is essential reading for all those who care about the past and future evolution of yoga.


If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the source of Yoga, but didn’t know where to start your journey of discovery, we’d recommend starting here. Here are two reviews to help you and should you want, download the Kindle edition for only $.99 for the next 48 hours! Click here to purchase.


About the Author:

Ramesh Bjonnes has traveled the world as a meditation teacher, Ayurvedic practitioner, author, and is currently the Director of the Prama Wellness Center, a retreat center teaching yoga, meditation, and juice rejuvenation. He studied yoga therapy in Nepal and India, Ayurvedic Medicine at California College of Ayurveda, and naturopathic detox therapy at the AM Wellness Center in Cebu, Philippines. He is the author of four books, and he lives with his wife Radhika and Juno, a sweet, gentle Great Pyrenees, in the mountains near Asheville, North Carlina. Connect with him via his website: and



A Brief History of Yoga casts light on a very important issue i.e. the confusion of yoga with Hinduism, and Tantra with the Vedas.

I love the Hindu and Vedanta traditions for their rich philosophy, their music, their wisdom teachings and mythology. But they are also associated with some irrational or even harmful religious dogmas including the caste system, idol worship, the dowry practice (the main causal factor in the deaths of millions of girl fetuses and infants in India) and in some cases, animal sacrifice.

Ramesh’s book is a breath of fresh air for someone like me who loves the practices of yoga and tantra but does not want to be associated with the negative aspects of the historically related, but quite distinct, spiritual traditions of Hinduism.

Ramesh’s book is very well researched and written, I’ll be using this as a reference text for my meditation students.Close Your Eyes and Open Your Mind: A Practical Guide to Spiritual MeditationClose Your Eyes and Open Your Mind: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Meditation

The Monk Dude, Amazon Verified Buyer


I have read other books by Ramesh Bjonnes and have found them to be well researched, full of very useful information and in some ways life changing. This latest book is no exception.
There is so much written about Tantra which just isn’t so. Ramesh provides the real history and practice of the true Tantra Yoga. He clears up all of the misleading information and supplies the reader with the true facts.
I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of Tantra Yoga and deepen there spiritual practice.
Ramesh has the real life experience and provides the tools for taking your practice to the next level.
A truly sacred experience.

Jeffrey R. Donohew, Amazon Verified Buyer