Inside Marina Baratashvili’s signature slimming body massage

There’s a reason socialites, models and celebrities visit Marina Baratashvili’s massage studio in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. There’s a reason they smile and endure painful pushing, shoving, twisting, and poking. Create a regimen with Baratashvili, and he promises longer lean muscles, less inflammation, and sculpted skin thanks to his ability to literally dig into the core of the body’s fascia—the band of connective tissue under the skin that joins and separates muscles and other internal organs.

Don’t get confused. This is not your typical lymphatic drainage massage. Baratashvili has created his own brand of bodywork, and as painful as it is, it works. I visited Baratashvili and endured the session, only to leave feeling thinner, more sculpted and more energized than when I entered. I sat down with Baratashvili to find out how his body journey began, as well as the secrets to solving inflammation. and his famous water regimen (hint: drink lots of it).

What is your background that led you to form your own type of massage?

I graduated from Tbilisi Medical Institute in Tbilisi, Georgia Afterwards, I studied at the First Military Medical University of China. I have worked in a wide variety of settings including day spas, sports clubs, private practice, chiropractic clinics and physical therapy offices. But the most important moment in my career was meeting Professor Li Wi Kai when I was in Guangzhou, China. I have been practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine there for several months. In Guangzhou I realized what I was looking for all my life, what I wanted to do and how I could help people. I have deepened my knowledge about muscles. I decided to discover the secret of muscle gravity and today I am happy, because of the good results in this direction.

When I returned to Georgia, I worked closely with the Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theater and formed a close partnership for more than a decade with its main star, Nina Ananiashvili, who was also the Theater’s first dancer Bolshoi Additionally, during this time I spent two months of each year working with the Japan Art Ballet Company.

What makes your lymphatic drainage massage different from other similar massages?

I can say that I have developed my own style. My education in human movement and my own experience as a dancer have helped me understand how the body works and heals, and deepened my understanding of how to help those recovering from injury or suffering from chronic pain. Beyond simple massage, my unique treatment reduces chronic pain, relieves tired and sore muscles, relaxes the body, calms the nervous system, reduces swelling and accelerates the elimination of metabolic waste. During my procedures, I often use suction cups. The cupping removes toxins and improves blood flow through the veins and arteries. The suction cup has a detoxifying effect. I have found massage to be an ever-evolving way of learning to heal the body, mind and spirit.

After my treatment, you can immediately see how the shapes and contours of the muscles have changed. In addition, I can notice a difference in the mood of my clients: they are happier, the quality of the skin is better, the glowing skin is easily noticeable. I can describe my method as the combination of body sculpting, lymphatic drainage and deep tissue massage.

Do both lymphatic drainage and cupping….

This combination helps the lymphatic system to maintain the body’s fluid balance, blood circulation and immune mechanisms. The system’s network of vessels and nodes contains lymph, a mixture of water, proteins, components of the immune system, waste products, and other remnants of cellular metabolism. Lymph nodes, which filter waste, are found throughout the body. These important collections of lymph nodes ensure that the lymph passes through as many nodes as possible before returning to the circulatory system. For most of us, the body is perfectly capable of draining itself. But illness, poor diet, lack of physical activity, and other problems can compromise the system, resulting in the need for assisted lymphatic drainage.

Regarding cupping, cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy based on the belief that certain health problems can be caused by stagnant blood and low energy. The cupping procedure involves placing cups on the skin to create suction.

I use cupping to treat chronic pain, back pain and improve blood circulation. Cupping helps form new connective tissue and create new blood vessels in the tissue. After cupping, the color of the marks varies from person to person and this is also additional information about what kind of problem there may be.

When will you see changes in your body?

Depending on your physical condition, the results you want to achieve, the frequency of your sessions will vary. I can say that you can experience real results in 24 hours or less. However, lasting results depend on the regularity of your massage sessions. For example, if you are worn out, tired and stressed, lymphatic drainage massage is a great way to restore your body. Looking to detoxify your system to lose weight or restore your immune system can be a bit more complicated. That’s because a lot of the results depend on you and your commitment to a healthier lifestyle. If you receive lymphatic massage sessions and then continue to eat poorly or do not exercise, it may not be as beneficial as it could be for you.

You can’t change everything in a day, especially when it comes to muscles. It is a very long and hard process. I need time to work the muscles until they become flexible, then I can sculpt them to remove dead epithelium, increase oxygen supply and restore blood flow. Thus, the muscles are enabled to function properly. The good news about aging muscles is that you can rebuild them, even if you’re middle-aged or older. I often tell my clients that muscles don’t have to age.

What is your recommendation for someone who wants to lose weight?

My recommendation for lymphatic massage treatments for weight loss or immune support is to do a minimum of twice weekly sessions for the first month, reducing to once weekly for maintenance after three months; It usually takes 10 to 15 sessions to get results.

My clients have different problems and goals while visiting me. I am using lymphatic drainage massage techniques to help reduce swelling and improve circulation. A properly functioning lymphatic system is essential for overall health.

What are the added benefits of your massage?

My massage technique is effective in relieving pain, digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, skin conditions, cellulite, allergies, headaches and other problems. Some clients come to me after cosmetic surgery to reduce swelling and remove anesthesia byproducts out of the body.

A couple of days after the massage, my clients feel like they have extra energy. they are able to train without pain and felt a boost of energy. They are no longer swollen.

Tell me about your water regime…

Staying well hydrated is essential for good health. Dehydration can lead to muscle cramps, fatigue, lack of energy and other problems. I can always tell if you haven’t been keeping up with your daily dose of water.

Water in the morning is important because the kidney meridian works actively in this period. Metabolic waste is drained by the liver. These early morning hours are considered “golden hours”.

My recommendation is to follow the combination of Eastern European classical water technique and Japanese water therapy. Based on personal experience, here is my recommended water drinking schedule. In the morning, before 2 pm, drink two liters. From 2 to 5 p.m. drink another liter. After 5pm just sip water for the rest of the night.

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