Growing up my Dad would have me walk on his back as a form of massage. Who would have thought that today people would be seeking out my massage services just for that?
Ashiatsu is a form of massage that uses two parallel bars attached from the ceiling for the massage therapist to hold onto while using different parts of the foot to apply massage.
Ashiatsu is Western massage modality that has heavy influences in the Eastern hemisphere. The name Ashiatsu actually means “ foot pressure” in Japenese. Chavutti Thirumal is believed to be one of the earliest practices of Ashiatsu found in India. This ancient practice uses a generous amount of oil and one rope hanging from the ceiling as balance rather than two bars.
The long deep compressive strokes allow a lot of benefits for those who like deep tissue or sports massage but don’t be discouraged to try this if you prefer less pressure either. The depth is controlled by the Ashiatsu therapist and because the fluidity of the strokes provide wonderful circulation it mimics Swedish massage.
I personally find lots of benefits for athletes or those in chronic pain for a few reasons including:
This modality is also effective for those with back pain as well. The movements of the foot along with para spinals and lumbar region help to open up the intervertebral disc space which increases disc height. This allows the nucleus pulosus inside the disc to be more centrally aligned alleviating irritation of the spinal nerves and connective tissue along the spine.
Considerations Before Receiving Ashiatsu
Here is a list of contraindications - Reasons NOT to receive this style of massage.
Try Something New!
If you’re still intrigued by Ashiatsu or if the benefits resonate with you, I encourage you to schedule this ashi-awesome experience! Even if you are interested but slightly scared contact me to ask any questions that may help you experience a massage like no other.
For the month of April I am offering 10% off on your Ashiatsu experience which is a great chance to try something new.
Hope to see your faces soon!