Ashiasutu - (Oriental Barefoot Massage)
In ashiatsu, the practitioner uses their feet to deliver treatment. The name comes from the Japanese, "ashi" for foot and "atsu" for pressure.
This technique typically uses the heel, arch and/or whole plantar surface of the foot, and offers large compression, tension and shear forces with less pressure than an elbow. Ashiatsu Massage is ideal for large muscles, such as inner thighs, or for long-duration upper trapezius compressions.
Q: What are the benefits of Ashiatsu?
If you’re in need of deep tissue work, but don’t enjoy the discomfort that comes with pointy elbows and thumbs, then Ashiatsuis the treatment for you!
Gravity enables Katy to deliver up to 3x deeper pressure than with traditional hands-on treatments. Utilizing the broad surface of her foot as her massage tool provides consistent pressure and contours nicely to the body. Clients will enjoy the same extra range of movement and decrease in chronic tension relief without having to endure painful strokes.
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.
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.
Katy recommends drinking plenty of water before and after a treatment to help with the detoxification process.
After only a few treatments, Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage has been known to improve posture and range of motion. It can 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.
Ashiatsu is not suitable for everyone:
Due to the compressive nature of Ashiatsu barefoot massage, therapists must take extra precaution with certain client conditions such as:
- 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