Ashiatsu

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What is Ashiatsu

What is ashiatsu massage?

Ashiatsu massage is a barefoot massage technique that has been performed for thousands of years, with roots in Asia and India. However, the type of ashiatsu massage commonly performed in clinics today is actually a Westernized adaptation of the massage style known as ashiatsu oriental bar therapy. Colorado massage therapist Ruthie Piper Hardee devised the style in 1995, when she found she didn't have the energy to help a larger client at the end of a long day. She remembered seeing forms of ashiatsu while traveling abroad, so she created her own treatment based on what she saw and her years of massage-therapy experience.

During ashiatsu massage, the therapist positions themselves above the client while holding onto parallel bars attached to the ceiling. Using the bars for balance, the therapist then uses their feet to combat deep tension in the client's muscles. Therapists are quick to point out that they're not stepping on people so much as using the bars overhead to vary the amount of pressure and weight they're putting on a client's body. It almost looks like they're dancing (while working out their biceps).

 

Benefits of Ashiatsu

As hinted at above, the main benefit of ashiatsu massage is that it allows the therapist to apply more pressure than they would otherwise be able to if they only used their hands. This is especially helpful for clients dealing with chronic tension that can't be tamed with a traditional deep-tissue massage. By targeting specific pressure points, the massage therapist's dancing motions can help decompress the spine in a way that may help relieve pinched nerves and back spasms.image