What is Ashiatsu?
Ashiatsu is a barefoot massage technique that delivers deep strokes that glide over the body. The massage is done by the therapist’s feet. The root word “Ashi” is Japanese for foot and “Atsu” means pressure. The therapist’s body weight is used to apply the deep pressure reaching the deeper muscle groups. It is a western version of an ancient form of bodywork, with roots dating back thousands of years from cultures across Asia, Africa, India and the Pacific Rim.
How does it work?
During an Ashiatsu session, the client relaxes on the massage table while the therapist stands on the table and holds onto the overhead bars for support and balance. This massage technique allows gravity to do the work, leveraging the therapist’s body weight to give the pressure. The foot/feet offer a more broad surface without sharp discomfort allowing you to relax into each stroke. The biggest benefit of this massage is that after a few treatments it will help improve the client’s posture and movement while relieving pain, improving bodily functions and creating a state of well being. It provides deep relaxation and stimulates the body’s self healing capabilities. It is known to induce relaxation quickly.
ROM (range of motion/stretching)
This technique allows the massage therapist to stand on a massage table and maneuver clients limbs with their feet/legs, while holding onto overhead support for balance and leverage. This helps the therapist effortlessly maintain consistent pressure and leverage while providing deep point holds, or long fascial stretches. This session is perfect for those who are in need stretching despite efforts to loosen their own muscles. ROM techniques can be paired with an Ashiatsu Massage using cream and secure draping, or done on its own as a full stretching session where you will be fully clothed.