TA DAAAAA!!!  Here is a demo of my Ashiatsu Deep Tissue Massage


What is Ashiatsu massage?  Literally translated, Ashiatsu is a Japanese term: “ashi” means foot and “atsu” means pressure. “Massaging with my feet,” is accurate, but it doesn’t properly communicate the feeling you receive from this deep tissue massage – and people make the weirdest faces when I say it.  So with the help of Julian Duque, I made this little video to show everyone exactly what the technique is like. I’m sorry to disappoint – as fun as it would be – I don’t ACTUALLY swing from the bars. I’ve also attached a link from Florida Keys Girl, a local travel agent and blogger who has experienced the Ashiatsu massage first hand:  http://floridakeysgirl.com/2015/10/28/simply-massage-fort-lauderdale/

Some History: After we get past what it is, inevitably clients ask me where this came from. Many forms of barefoot massage have been brought to the US from India, Japan, Thailand, China, and the Philippines. Historically, they involve the client laying face down on a mat on the floor, with the head turned to the side. The founder of Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy modified these therapies, bringing the client onto the table so their spine could remain straight (with their face in the cradle) and adding the overhead bars to help the therapist balance and control pressure, creating a luxurious, deeper than deep massage technique. There are only a few barefoot healing techniques that have been developed to use an overhead support system.

Trying it out: If you’re curious about Ashiatsu but nervous about committing to an entire hour, feel free to ask me for a demo during your regular massage session. If you don’t live near me to receive my treatment, you can visit DeepFeet (www.deepfeet.com) and click “Find a Therapist” to find an Ashiatsu massage therapist near you. Below are a few additional tid-bits that separate Ashiatsu from the standard Swedish massage:

  • The broad surface of the feet enable to client to relax into the strokes, which can induce deep relaxation quickly
  • Gravity can enable the pressure to be deeper than with hands-on
  • Ashiatsu increases circulation quickly
  • The feet are more comfortable than pointy elbows and thumbs

I welcome any questions anyone may have about this great technique!