This wonderful technique is a type of deep tissue massage performed using therapist’ feet. Different forms of bare footed massage are performed all over the world and have been practiced for thousands of years. “Ashi” means foot and “atsu” means pressure in Japanese. Ashiatsu has its origins in India where bare footed technique is called Chavutti Thirummal. Also China, Fiji and many others have different adaptations of barefooted massage. In USA Ashiatsu has become very popular thanks to R. Hardee, who westernized those treatments and adopted them for use on traditional massage table and with the help of overhead bars.Ashiatsu BareSole Massage is my own adaptation of barefoot style. The Ashiatsu BareSole Massage uses deep compression effleurage strokes applied with therapist’s feet utilizing gravity force in gliding motion. It provides deep relaxation while stimulating circulatory and lymphatic system of the body.
Treatment helps relieve muscle pain, increases range of motion and flexibility and creates a state of well-being. Deep compression feels good, not painful and has many benefits:
- Muscles are elongated and broadened at the same time
- Treatment elongates the spine and improves posture
- Deep pressure can be applied over the bigger surface and maintained for longer
- Increase blood circulation
- Brings on deep relaxation!
This massage is very popular with people who enjoy deep tissue massage, athletes and individuals with thick musculature. Ashiatsu can be helpful for people, who suffer from chronic neck and back pain, scoliosis, bulging and herniated disks, sciatica or degenerative disc disease.
What to expect with Ashiatsu BareSole Massage
When having BareSole Massage, it is recommended to remove clothing and garments and leave underwear only. Proper draping to ensure your privacy is guaranteed, and will be utilized at all times during your session. The therapist will only uncover the areas she is working on.
In the massage room, you will see two long ropes running parallel above the floor mattress. These are used by the therapist to maintain control of balance and pressure during your session. The pressure can be easily adjusted for your comfort and benefit.