Okay so now your wondering is this figuratively or what? You get paid to walk all over me? Yep. We get paid to walk on your body using a technique I am very passionate about – Ashiatsu.
In Japan ashi means foot and atsu means pressure, describing exactly what this technique entails. The massage therapist uses their feet to relieve back and neck pain through deep compression on the body. The therapist will balance themselves by holding onto a bar fastened into the ceiling and begin to walk on the client, delivering the ultimate deep tissue massage. The therapist uses his or her foot in a variety of ways making contact with specific trigger points. At some points the therapist will keep one foot on the table while keeping the other on the client and at others the therapist will use both feet as a way to distribute pressure evenly. Just image receiving all the pressure you could EVER ask for, or giving all of the pressure needed without unnecessary arm and thumb strain!Photo Credit: Ashiatsu by Carol
This therapy has been around for over 3000 years. It originated with Buddhist monks and spread like wild fire through Japan, China, Thailand and the Philippines. Through the years there have been many changes to Ashiatsu. Some countries prefer not to use a ceiling bar for balance and only the floor mat. Others would use chairs, bamboo sticks, rods and even rope as a source to keep steady. In the United States it is pretty common to use the ceiling bars for balance and safety.
On top of being completely relaxing this form of therapy is known for reducing stress, improving the immune system and increasing circulation.
Ashiatsu is a great modality that uses the best pressure the body can apply. I love this modality for its uniqueness and creativity. It is something that can be used by itself or in combination with regular Swedish massage. If interested in having the best deep tissue experience – try Ashiatsu. You can try it here, ask for Carolyn!
Would you ever receive Ashiatsu? Why or why NOT?
By: Carolyn Heimbuch & Ross Ashcraft