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What is ashiatsu?

Ashiatsu is a unique form of massage therapy that involves the therapist using their feet to apply pressure and perform massage techniques. The term “ashiatsu” comes from two Japanese words: “ashi,” meaning foot, and “atsu,” meaning pressure. This technique is known for its ability to provide deep tissue massage, as the broad surface of the foot allows for pressure to be distributed more evenly over a larger area than traditional hand-based methods.

During an ashiatsu massage, the therapist may use bars or ropes for balance while applying various pressures with the heels, arches, or full plantar surface of their feet. It’s particularly effective for treating dense muscle tissue, chronic pain, and issues related to the back and hips.

This form of massage not only stimulates the circulatory system but also targets the deepest layers of muscle, joints, and bones, providing pain relief and relaxation. It’s a holistic treatment that works on the mind, body, and spirit by enhancing the body’s natural self-healing abilities.

Benefits of ashiatsu:

Ashiatsu massage offers a range of benefits for both the mind and body. Some of the key advantages are:

  1. Reduces Chronic pain: By manipulating deeper layers of soft tissue, ashiatsu can alleviate muscle tension and increase circulation, helping to flush out inflammation that causes pain.
  2. Improves Flexibility: The technique’s long, gravity assisted strokes can stretch tissues in multiple directions, improving flexibility and helping to resolve scar tissue and adhesions.
  3. Deepest Deep Tissue Massage: Ashiatsu allows for a deep tissue massage that feels gentler than traditional methods, as the broad surface of the foot distributes pressure more evenly.
  4. No Residual Soreness: Unlike some deep tissue massages that can cause bruising, ashiatsu’s deep compression is less likely to break blood vessels, resulting in little to no residual soreness.
  5. Enhances Overall Well-being: Regular ashiatsu sessions can lead to long-term benefits such as improved body alignment, myofascial benefits, and enhanced vitality.
  6. Holistic Treatment: It stimulates the body’s energy system and enhances natural self-healing abilities, working on the mind, body, and spirit.

These benefits make ashiatsu an effective choice for those seeking relief from chronic pain, improved flexibility, and deep relaxation. It’s suitable for various body types and can be tailored to individual needs and comfort levels.