Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage
What is Ashiatsu?
In the Japanese language “Ashi” translates to foot and “Atsu” into pressure. Ashiatsu is a barefoot massage technique in which the therapist delivers deep, broad, consistent pressure while utilizing their feet and body weight. Working with gravity instead of against it, Ashiatsu therapists are able to provide an effective therapeutic massage without causing pain or discomfort to themselves or the receiving client.
Click the image below to watch a short video about this amazing modality – and before you even ask, the answer is ‘no’ – we will not be transporting you to the beautiful beaches of Hawaii for your appointment – but we like the way you think.
Benefits of Ashiatsu:
Deep Tissue Without Discomfort
If you feel you’re in need of deep tissue work, but don’t enjoy the discomfort that comes with pointy elbows and thumbs, then Ashiatsu is the treatment for you! Gravity enables Ashiatsu therapists to deliver up to 3x deeper pressure than with traditional hands-on treatments. Utilizing the broad surface of their foot as your massage tool provides consistent pressure and contours nicely to the body. As a result clients enjoy the same extra range of movement and decrease in chronic tension relief without having to endure painful strokes.
Frees Up Bundled Nerves
Movements along the para spinals and the lumbar region can relieve muscle spasms and open the intervertebral foramen (where spinal nerves pass through). It will give the nerves more space as well as increase circulation by bringing more freshly oxygenated blood to the area being treated.
Elongates Muscles and Detoxifies
Many Ashiatsu strokes help to elongate the spine. These movements dramatically stretch shortened muscles, which help in relieving pain and discomfort. These long fluid strokes also help flush the body’s lymphatic system, which releases metabolic waste at a very high rate. We recommend drinking plenty of water before and after a treatment to help with the detoxification process.
Improves Posture and Decreases Pain
After only a few treatments, ashiatsu barefoot massage has been known to improve posture and range of motion. It will significantly reduce or eliminate chronic muscle pain, and improve bodily functions, which will create a higher sense of balance and well being within the body. Typically, one treatment a week for upwards of six weeks will produce these kinds of results.
THE TRUTH IS: Ashiatsu is not suitable for everyone. Due to the compressive nature of Ashiatsu barefoot massage, therapists must take extra precautions with regard to clients with specific medical and health conditions. Below are some of the medical conditions that may be contraindicated for receiving an Ashiatsu treatment, however, your therapist will have full knowledge of all such contraindications and how to best address your needs.
- Pregnancy or trying to conceive
- High blood pressure
- Recent injuries or surgeries
- Contagious skin disorders
- Compromised immune system
- Acute liver or kidney disorders
- Certain medications
- Acute auto immune disorders
- Recent surgical implants
- Advanced Diabetes