Ashiatsu Barefoot Bodywork
Ashiatsu Barefoot Bodywork (Ashi = foot, atsu = pressure) dates back at least as far as the 12th Century. It has been practiced, under varying names, in Hindu and Ayervedic practices as well as in India, China, Japan and Hawaii.
Ashiatsu is a massage modality that uses foot pressure, applied by the Massage Therapist. The client lies on the massage table or on a floor mat.
The massage therapist utilizes a set of bars above her head to steady herself. The pressure is generally applied only one foot at a time. The foot feels like a large hand.
Because the foot is larger than the hand, the pressure is always soothing, not pointed. This massage can be very satisfying, even with lighter foot pressure.
Increased circulation, pressure is effectively maintained for longer periods of time, the treatment has a longer lasting effect, muscles are elongated and broadened at the same time, allows deep tissue work. It feels great!
When massaging with the feet, a vertical Chi or Prana circuit is developed which connects heaven, man and earth. Using the feet is a very effective way to ground the energy work we are doing with the massage.
Ashiatsu is a compression massage that feels exquisite and yummy! It is great for those who participate in sports or have stressful lives. Ashiatsu massage will put you in a zone that will last for hours after the treatment.
Massage performed using the therapist’s bare feet is growing in popularity in the United States. Well-known resorts, such as the Ritz Carlton, Hyatt, and Marriott, along with numerous privately-owned spas have incorporated this modality into their menu of massage services.