By Hillary Arrieta.
If you're looking for a new deep-tissue massage that relieves your muscle soreness and makes you feel relaxed, Ashiatsu is an excellent choice. Ashiatsu is a generic name for a style of massage performed with the massage therapists' feet instead of their hands, like more traditional Western styles. Recently, Westerners have used the term Barefoot Massage to describe this style. I'll use the two words interchangeably in this post.
1. No pain, No pain. Do you love deep tissue massages but hate the soreness and bruising that happens with some deep tissue sessions? Barefoot massage is DEEP but leaves no telltale signs afterward. The comprehensive tool (the foot) allows deep compressions over a greater surface area. It's often more tolerable than when massage therapists dig in with their elbows and knuckles. Ouch!
2. Ashiatsu reduces chronic pain. Barefoot massage reduces dense muscle tissue, Trigger points, and restricted fascia. This technique allows tissues to rehydrate, creating a healthy slide and gliding between soft tissues. If you tend to get stiff or have nagging pain, try Ashiatsu. I suggest my clients schedule three sessions every other week to see dramatic improvements.
3. Barefoot massage is the deepest deep tissue massage available.
Ashiatsu is deep by design and can't be done with light pressure. If your deep tissue massage isn't cutting it, it may be time to level up. The angles of pressure and the leverage a professionally trained, licensed massage therapist can get by standing on the massage table and using their body weight is a different sensation than one who stands at the side of the massage table, and forces pressure with their upper body.
Has this post inspired you to book a deep-tissue Ashiatsu massage? If so, I see clients four days a week at my office in Plano, Texas, and teach Ashiatsu workshops for licensed massage therapists. I do a detailed consultation before your first session to customize your massage and make it safe and productive. New and returning clients are invited to schedule online.
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