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Oh That Ashiatsu



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!



All the New Things!

I’ve been talking about the “new things” for quite some time (so long you’ve probably forgotten I’ve said new things were coming!)  So here we are – all the newness, presented in one handy blog post.


I’ve restructured my menu of services to give a truer representation of what I do. The new Integrative Therapy Massage is our former Relaxation Massage with all of our Massage Enhancements thrown in. If you want a relaxation massage, no problem. If you need some reflexology, stretching, hot stones, or cupping, those techniques are available to you now at no additional charge. Aromatherapy and hot towels are still provided at no additional charge.

The Ashiatsu Deep Tissue Massage is unchanged. If you’re not familiar with Ashi, check out our video demonstration here.  If you need one of the extra tools from my mental toolbox, no worries, I’ll break that out for you as well. No extra charge.

I’ve added the Ashi-Express for when you need a quick lunch time fix. Available Tuesday – Friday 11:30am – 1:30pm, this 30-minute massage focuses on the back and neck to iron out the kinks and let you get back to your day.

WHY THE CHANGE?  It’s actually really simple. I want to offer my clients the benefits of ALL of my services. I don’t want to withhold a technique that can help you because you may not have an extra $15 that day. I don’t want my clients having to do extra math – it’s supposed to be a time to RELAX YOUR BRAIN – math isn’t relaxing (and if it IS relaxing for you, just let me know and I’ll come up with some word problems for you to solve during your next massage session).


Our prices are now all inclusive. You receive your massage, enhancements, AND gratuity for one reasonable rate.

WHY THE CHANGE? Again, it’s all about making life easier. You know how much your session is going to be, easy peasy.  I see clients calculating percentages, trying to remember what they tipped last time, and all that thinking undoes all the mental relaxation we’ve just achieved (see note above regarding extra math…). I’ve had clients be SUPER generous and then they find they can’t maintain that level of generosity, so they don’t come in for a massage, which makes me sad. By keeping it simple it makes life easier for all of us. Still want to share the love? Please review me on your favorite site: Yelp!, Facebook, Google


Prices have been slightly adjusted to better represent the change in services. Pricing is all inclusive:

Integrative Therapy Massage $80 / hr;

Ashiatsu Deep Tissue Massage $90 / hr;

Ashi-Express $45 / 30 minutes

You may add time to your session for $1 / minute, billed in 15 minute increments (75 minute Integrative Therapy Massage = $95;  90 minute = $110, etc).


Our mobile massage rates have been adjusted to a $125 minimum for a 60 minute session (based on client’s location). Additional time is still billed at $1 / min (15 minute increments). If two people are receiving massages at the same location, the second 60 minute massage will be billed at my studio rate of $80. NOTE: All of our enhancements are not available for mobile massage (such as hot towels, hot stones and cupping) so please chat with me before booking.

WHY SUCH A LARGE DIFFERENCE IN PRICE? I know it seems like a large difference, but here’s the honest, mathematical breakdown:

  1. Drive time = minimum 20-30 minutes each way.  I hate being late so I leave enough time for traffic, weather, bridges, and trains. If I do mobile massage for you, I’m sure you can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been *gasp* tardy. Just for giggles, we’ll include loading and unloading the car, signing into security, etc into this time.
  2. Set up time = 15 minutes to set up, 15 minutes to tear down.
  3. The MASSAGE!

When you do the math I think you’ll agree that this is a great value for the convenience of an in-home massage.


I love, love, love bringing massage into the office place. I will come to your office and provide chair massage services on a one-time or recurring basis. My rates are extremely competitive and here’s a hint: The national chair massage companies hire ME to represent them. I’m giving you the opportunity to receive the same services AND save your company money! I am networked with a number of licensed and insured therapists, so I can staff any size event to meet your company’s needs. So go ahead, slip your HR manager my business card… you won’t regret it!


Let me know what you think – Do these changes resonate with with you? I’m always interested to hear what my clients and potential clients need. So don’t hesitate to share! You may email me directly at Erin@SimplyMassageFL.com or call me at 954-380-8829.



What is She Doing To Me? Part 3 – The Truth About Deep Tissue

I was recently at a forum with twelve massage therapists from across the county, in various stages of their massage careers. Our opinions varied on different topics but one thing we agreed on: we dislike, possibly HATE, the term “Deep Tissue.” We would like to eliminate it from the vocabulary of everyone we know. Why? The general population doesn’t really know what it means. So I’m going to try to offer up a little education.

Full disclosure: I simply don’t believe in the “no pain no gain” approach to massage. Some people want it to hurt. They think it needs to hurt to work. I beg to differ. I have been complimented for giving a very intuitive massage and I pride myself on listening to the client’s body. A client recently said to me, “It’s like you know it’s going to hurt before I do.” Yes, I do. Because your body tells me and it tells me more than you think. For example, if your muscle kicks me off (I’ve had muscles practically buck me off like a bucking bronco!), and I force my elbow in anyway, your muscles are going to seize up. They do this because they think you are in danger and they are trying to protect you. The massage will be ineffective because your muscle is fighting against the elongation I’m trying to achieve. The more relaxed you are, the more your muscles trust me, the deeper I can go.

But what is Deep Tissue Massage. Basically, it’s massage that reaches the deeper layers of muscle tissue and fascia. Duh, Erin, that’s what the NAME says. True, but the real question is how does a therapist get to those muscles? Deep Tissue techniques are supposed to be very slow and use light lubrication. That’s all great too, but to get to the deeper layers, we have to work through the upper layers. Stop for a minute and think about it. That includes any superficial muscles, the fascia, and all other tissue obstacles. If we can’t get through the upper layers, how do we get to the deeper layers? A true deep tissue massage would take many, many HOURS.  In addition, forcing myself into your body can hurt ME. As much leverage as I may be able to use, if your back is like a cinder block wall, and I’m just digging in, there’s a good chance I’m going to strain an elbow, hurt my back, or blow out a thumb.

What about your Ashiatsu deep tissue massage, Erin, you big talker, you? Ahhh, I’m so glad you asked. The beauty of Ashiatsu is that it can soften superficial tissue faster, AND reach the deeper tissue without the pointy elbows and bony forearms. So? Remember when I mentioned your muscles will seize up to protect you if they think you are in danger? The gliding motions of the Ashiatsu massage keep you and your body relaxed and your body will ALLOW me to access deeper tissue. Plus, this advanced technique allows me to give you the pressure you desire without hurting myself. It’s a win-win in the world of Deep Tissue that looks like it’s here to stay.



Current Specials———-   Integrative Therapy Massage – 60 Min All Inclusive $80 ________ Manual Lymphatic Drainage – 60 Min All Inclusive $80  ________ Ashiatsu Deep Tissue – 60 Min All Inclusive $90 ________ Reiki – 60 Min $80...