Our week has been full of so much excitement. We held our first Ashiatsu Deepfeet Bar Therapy class in our studio. We hosted six students from all over the country that worked very hard to learn the wonderful art of working with their feet.
If you have never experienced Ashiatsu work with me, let me tell you a little more about this type of bodywork.
I normally get asked "Ashi what???" with a very confused look about what I do.
Ashiatsu is a Japanese word. The root word “Ashi” means foot and “Atsu” means pressure so together they symbolize “foot pressure”.
Inspired by ancient forms of Eastern barefoot techniques, Ashiatsu DeepFeet Bar Therapy is a western adaptation of barefoot massage techniques. Therapists utilize their bodyweight and bare feet to apply a deeply relaxing and therapeutic massage. Gravitational force is combined with centrifugal and centripetal movements. Correct application will induce deep relaxation, decrease pain and inflammation and create structural change in chronic soft tissue damage. Parallel wooden bars are used above the therapist’s head for support, balance, and client safety. Lubrication is applied to the client’s body.
I've been practicing massage since 2004. What lead me to learn Ashiatsu was when I nearly injured myself trying to accommodate a client who wanted pressure I just simply couldn't get, but I tried and my body paid the price. I can give a great deal of pressure with my hands but everyBODY has it's limits. When I trained in Ashiatsu in 2014 it allowed me other ways to work smarter on my clients and use gravity to give 3 x more the pressure vs. traditional massage using my hands. It really was a no-brainer! My clients have loved my extra tools...aka my feet.
I'm not the only one benefiting from this amazing modality. To name a few client benefits of Ashiatsu Deepfeet Bar Therapy...