“Ashi” in Japanese means “foot.” “Atsu” means “pressure.” In the US, Ashiatsu has become the familiar term to describe barefoot effleurage massage. Effecting deep tissue while keeping clients relaxed & comfortable is a key component of Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage. In addition to the stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system, twice the work may be accomplished in half the time. Not only does adding this modality to your repertoire elongate massage therapists' careers, it increases the length of time clients feel the relief.
Ashiatsu continuing education courses are particular modalities that have many phases and levels. To ensure keeping therapists and their clients safe, therapists should take (or retake) at least one Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage class per year. If you receive the magazines sent out by AMTA and ABMP, you've probably seen several of the providers & methods of barefoot work available. You can also check the list of NCBTMB providers online to ensure the class you want to enroll in will offer you the credits you need to renew your license and/or board certification.
The most comfortable modality to receive due to the padding & strength of the soles that hands, fists, forearms, and elbows do not have.
Stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system to create the most effective, therapeutic massage.
Provides more consistent, satisfactory & desired pressure with a rhythmic delivery.
Elongates the spine; creates space in the vertebral column.
Creates longer lasting results and has greater effectiveness than hand work due to the gliding compression and layers reached with soft, padded, soles.