Have you heard of Ashiatsu? It is a barefoot massage technique that uses deep compression effleurage strokes that glide over the body. The massage therapist has bars above the massage table which are secured into the ceiling, and the therapist uses their feet to apply deep broad massage strokes. The bars are used to allow the therapist to hold on to for balance. Ashiatsu allows the therapist to utilize their feet and body weight to provide a deep yet broad massage strokes. This massage modality provides deep relaxation, stimulates the lymphatic system, increases circulation, elongates the spine, stretches shortened muscles, relieves muscular discomfort and pain, relieves tight muscles and stress, and improves postural deviations.
It is great for all clients in that the therapist can still adjust the amount of pressure. Clients that may not like the deep pressure can still receive a very effective and relaxing massage with this modality because the pressure is broad, not pointy such as an elbow. Clients that enjoy the deep pressure can benefit from the deep pressure of the bodyweight of the therapist, gravity allows the pressure to be deeper than with hands-on. It is great modality for all types of massage.
The history of Ashiatsu comes from the pioneer of the modality Ruthie Hardee, it is a western modality with roots from the Philippines and then from India. The name Ashiatsu comes from “ashi” meaning foot and “atsu” means pressure so that together it is foot pressure.
I use a combination of Ashiatsu and traditional massage with hands and forearms. I enjoy using the Ashiatsu to help assess the tissue and warm up the muscles. Then if necessary I will do more specific work with stripping the muscle, cross friction fiber strokes and Chinese fire cupping.
Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy/Deepfeet Bar Therapy. Presented by Health & Bodyworks Ruthie Piper Hardee