In the Japanese language “Ashi” translates to foot and “Atsu” into pressure. Ashiatsu is a barefoot massage technique using deep strokes from the massage therapists’ feet. It is a western version of an ancient form of bodywork, with roots dating back thousands of years from cultures across Asia, India, Africa and the Pacific Rim.
In an Ashiatsu session, the client relaxes on a comfortable massage table while the therapist stands on the table holding onto overhead bars for balance and support, using their feet to deliver the massage. The advantage of this massage — both for the client and the therapist — is that Ashiatsu allows gravity to do the work, leveraging the therapists’ body weight to provide a depth unmatched by other techniques.
Ashiatsu offers deep, broad compression without sharp discomfort. Ashiatsu can sometimes feel like a mesmerizing Swedish massage — deep broad pressured flowing strokes — with no pain, but we tend to specifically address the fascia and connective tissue issues surrounding the deepest layers of muscle, joints and bone, so an intensity of pressure and relief of pain is what you can expect from us. Feel an awakening of your natural healing potential through true relaxation.
Clients who weigh 50 pounds more than our massage therapists, or those who have large frames, dense muscle tissue and chronic pain can benefit from this deep tissue massage, famous for back and hip pain relief, and deep relaxation. Ashiatsu is particularly popular among athletes.
When this massage provided by an experienced and well trained Ashiatsu therapist is safe, effective and painless, not to mention profoundly relaxing. The amount of pressure is carefully monitored throughout the session, and easily adjusted to a perfect level of deep tissue pressure for the clients comfort. Ashiatsu is not a No Pain, No Gain massage — the safety and well-being of the client is our foremost concern.