“Ashi” in Japanese means “foot.” “Atsu” means “pressure.” In the US, Ashiatsu has become the familiar term to describe barefoot massage. No, this is not the kind where someone "walks on your back," but rather the kind where hands are primarily replaced by soft, padded, sanitized soles of the therapists feet. It feels just like a giant pair of hands! Luxuriously therapeutic. These "giant hands" are effecting deeper tissue while keeping clients more relaxed & comfortable than traditional deep tissue massage.
In addition to the increased stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system, Ashiatsu offers the ability to work very specifically in more areas in about half the time as a regular hands-on massage session. The modality causes a simultaneous stretching and compression of the tissue, which creates elongation of the spine and relief of inflammation in the joints. Results simply last longer due to this powerful combination of stretching and compression.
Therapists who want to add longevity to their career and ease their every-day work load should consider adding Ashiatsu to their repertoire. Using natural gravity, keeping relaxed, and applying proper set-up methods and body mechanics will ensure Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage to quickly become a therapist's first choice modality to create better results for their clients while keeping their own body safe from career-related injuries.
Ashiatsu continuing education courses have many phases and levels. To ensure keeping themselves and their clients safe, massage therapists should take at least one Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage class per year and feel the same method of work they provide from other therapists as often as possible. The modality is covered under bo AMTA and ABMP with no additional charges like other specialty modalities may have. Our courses are NCBTMB approved and you can find us in the list of NCBTMB providers online to ensure the credits you need to renew your license and/or board certification will be met with the class you choose to take.
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.