What is Ashiatsu?
Ashiatsu is a Barefoot massage technique using deep compression strokes that glide over the body. 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. This is a western version of an ancient form of body work dating back thousands of years. Originating from different cultures including India, Japan, Thailand, China and the Philippines.
How does it work?
Gravitational force is combined with swirling and sweeping movements to create a structural change in chronic soft tissue damage. These movements along the paraspinals and the lumbar region help to open the inter-vertebral space allowing more room for the nerves. It helps to relieve irritation on the spinal nerves and connective tissue. Many of these movements help to elongate the spine by dramatically stretching the shortened muscles relieving muscular discomfort. It also increases circulation by bringing more freshly oxygenated blood to the area being treated. Bars are used above the head for support and balance. Massage cream is applied to the body prior to the massage.
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. The feet are broader than the hands and cover more surface area and are more comfortable than thumbs or elbows, massage isn't painful. They also enable the client to relax deeper into the strokes. It is known to induce relaxation quickly.
Gravity enables the pressure to be deeper than with hands-on.
Increases circulation quickly
Its both luxurious and therapeutic at the same time
It warms up the larger muscle groups
Relieves tight muscles and stress
Feels like a Swedish massage with the benefits of deep tissue