What is Ashiatsu?
Ashi (foot) -atsu (pressure) is a deep, painless form of barefoot
massage. As in traditional massage the client will be on the massage table, but instead of the therapist massaging you with their hands, they use their feet. The therapist will hold on to specially-attached ceiling bars to maintain their balance while walking/gliding on the client’s body.

What to expect

17353668_1424812287591367_2805566801366688670_nAshiatsu is like most other massages you have received. Ashiatsu is performed on a standard massage table. Clients undress to their comfort level and are covered/draped with a sheet or towel throughout the massage.

Before the massage, the massage therapist will warm, cleanse, and sanitize their feet. Overhead bars on the ceiling allow the massage therapist to maintain balance while standing on the table and also
regulate pressure during the massage. Ashiatsu is great for those who enjoy deep pressure, but it can range from light to deep, depending on the clients preference.

60 mins $75
90 mins $100

Benefits of Ashiatsu
1. The surface area of the feet is much greater than the hands, elbows & forearms more of the body is able to be covered in a short period of time.
2. Pressure is spread over a larger surface area so you can receive a deeper more muscle relaxing massage without pain.
3. Stretches the spine more effectively. Many Ashiatsu strokes help elongate the spine.
4. Muscle tension relief is longer-lasting.
5. The pressure can be as light as Swedish or deeper then more therapist can achieve with their upper body.
6. Effective massage work can be done in a shorter amount of time.
7. Great for athletes wanting a sports massage or clients with a lot of muscle mass.

FAQs

What is Ashiatsu?

During an Ashiatsu massage, a therapist uses their feet instead of their hands to apply pressure. With the exception of the abdomen, face and scalp, an Ashiatsu massage is completed using the massage
therapist feet.

Ashiatsu is performed on a standard massage table. Clients undress to their comfort level and are covered/draped with a sheet or towel throughout the massage. Overhead bars on the ceiling allow the
practitioner to regulate pressure during the massage and also maintain balance while standing on the table.

Ashiatsu uses long gliding strokes associated with Western or Swedish massage, as well as aspects of the ancient Eastern techniques and philosophies of Shiatsu and Ayurveda. Thai techniques, stretches and
compression may also be used.

Where did Ashiatsu come from?

Ashiatsu is derived from Eastern forms of massage, but has been adapted to imitate the Western forms of massage (Swedish, Deep Tissue) most Americans are familiar with receiving.

Ashiatsu combines elements of Thai Massage, Shiatsu (Japan), and Keralite/Chavutti Thirummal massage (India), but with a modern touch.

What are the benefits of Ashiatsu?

The benefits of Ashiatsu are the same as most other massage techniques. Massage has been shown in multiple studies to reduce stress and provide pain relief.

Ashiatsu allows the massage therapist to use consistent pressure, compression, and gravity to their advantage. Ashiatsu is great for those who enjoy deep pressure, but pressure can range from light to
deep, depending on the client’s preference. Clients feel stretched and relaxed.

I do not like deep tissue massage, is Ashiatsu for me?

It is common for people to assume that ashiatsu is synonymous with deep tissue massage. However, Ashiatsu can range from light to very deep pressure. The amount of pressure given will be tailored to the
client’s preference. The overhead bars are there to help the massage therapist regulate pressure, deep or light.

For clients who desire deep pressure, Ashiatsu will help them finally receive the pressure they desire throughout the massage.

Who should not try Ashiatsu?

Ashiatsu is not for everyone. As with any massage, certain contraindications exist. Inform your massage professional about any health conditions or medications prior to your massage session.

If pregnant, Ashiatsu is not recommended.

Does Ashiatsu hurt?

No. You should never be uncomfortable during a massage. If you feel discomfort during a massage (Ashiatsu or not), speak up. As a massage therapist we need, and want to know.

People who desire deep tissue massage often report less pain from Ashiatsu. This is attributed to the increased surface area of the foot. Pressure from the foot or heel is distributed over a larger
area, therefore the pain is less intense than pressure applied from the thumb or elbow.

Do you walk on the back?

No. Most therapist keep one foot on the massage table and the other is used to massage the client. Just imagine a traditional massage session, but instead you are trading the massage therapist hands for
their feet.

What are the bars on the ceiling?

The bars above the massage table are used to help the therapist maintain balance. They help insure smooth and consistent pressure during the massage. They are not to hang and swing on.

Can you still work on specific areas of pain and discomfort?

You should expect the same amount of specific, detailed work you would receive during a traditional or deep tissue massage. An Ashiatsu massage is still tailored to meet each individual client’s needs. Need
extra time on your shoulders, low back, or legs? That can be done.

Is Ashiatsu sanitary?

Before and after every massage, therapist wash their hands and Ashiatsu is no different. Before and after every massage, the feet are cleaned and sanitized. Ashiatsu therapist take great care at work and
home to help maintain soft and clean feet. If you think about it, your feet are more hygienic than your hands in most cases – hands touch a lot of things in a day and are feet are usually covered and
protected for many elements.

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