Ashiatsu

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What is it?

In Japanese, "ashi" means foot and "atsu" means pressure. Ashiatsu is massage delivered with feet in lieu of hands. Using bars on the ceiling for balance, I apply deep, broad, compressive strokes with my feet. The pressure is deep, but not sharp and pointy like a deep tissue massage given with thumbs and elbows. This pressure is easily sustained for the length of the massage, providing a highly therapeutic yet profoundly relaxing experience. It's perfect for athletes, people with dense muscle tissue, and those who feel like they just can't get a deep enough massage.

Benefits

  • The tight, knotted muscles of serious athletes will be loosened without the pain of regular deep tissue. Long, fluid strokes and stretches will also help improve your range of motion.
  • If you have a dense build, or feel like you can never get a deep enough massage, the deep, broad compression of Ashiatsu is what you've been looking for.
  • In addition to the general benefits of massage, Ashiatsu is highly effective at treating back pain. 
  • If you spend a lot of time sitting, Ashiatsu can help lengthen your spine in a way a "hands" massage can't achieve.
  • The deep compression ashi delivers is supremely relaxing to the nervous system. If you have a hard time "letting go" ashi will put you in another world. I like to compare it to the calming effects a "thunder jacket" has on those that are anxious, stressed, and/or sensory overloaded.

What if I don't like deep pressure?

You'll still love it! Ashiatsu CAN be the deepest masasge out there but it doesn't have to be. Each session is tailored to YOUR needs. Even with a lighter touch, you'll find this massage to be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing.