The style of Ashiatsu is in the name itself with “Ashi” meaning foot and “atsu” meaning pressure; the therapist is applying massage techniques with their feet. Ashiatsu has been around for over 3,000 centuries and has originated from eastern countries such as India, Japan, China, Thailand and the Philippines. Asian bodyworkers who applied Ashiatsu originally believed in Chinese medicine and used the modality as energy work or “chi”. Today the western style of Ashiatsu applies anatomy and physiology to the practice resulting into a very deep and luxurious style of massage.
The modern day Ashiatsu massage can be used to treat a variety of complaints. Treatment using Ashiatsu has had success in improving posture, chronic pain, variety of back pain, sports injuries and muscle recovery. Compression movements along the paraspinals and lumbar region can relieve muscle spasms by creating space in between intervertebral foramen, which is where nerves pass through, while also increasing circulation by bringing freshly oxygenated blood to the area. Many of the techniques used also help elongate the spine which dramatically stretch the shortened muscles alleviating any muscular discomfort. This effect on muscles also makes Ashiatsu great for athletes that deal with chronically tight muscles and can help improve flexibility.
Contraindications (absolutely no massage)
Sometimes Ashiatsu is not the best course of treatment or not at a particular time. Always discussing any conditions or questions prior to treatment with the therapist is the best way to ensure the quality massage needed for you. Here are some contraindications or concerns to be discussed: • Pregnancy • Implants within nine months • Recent eye procedures within 72 hours (Lasik) • Tuberculosis, thrombosis, aneurysm, kidney disorders, recent bowel or hernia surgery • Any acute inflammatory conditions • Uncontrolled high blood pressure or heart condition • Rib fracture • Guillain Barrѐ syndrome or any disorder that causes a loss of feeling or weakness • Any recent (acute) injuries, sutures, open wounds, rashes, cancers and anything unusual in nature. • Low grade fever or illness