What is Ashiatsu?
In the Japanese tradition, Ashiatsu contains two roots: “ashi,” meaning foot, and “atsu,” meaning pressure. Combining these terms, Ashiatsu techniques combine barefoot massage with deep, broad and consistent pressure which uses the therapist’s feet and weight to work with gravity, not against it. This allows our Ashiatsu therapists to provide an effective therapeutic massage without causing pain or discomfort to the patient. We combine our Ashiatsu treatment with cream or oil to make this deep therapeutic massage very fluid and seamless. The parallel bars above the massage table allow the therapist to maintain their balance, for support and your safety.
What are the Benefits of Ashiatsu?
If you need deep tissue work but don’t enjoy the discomfort that may result from pointy elbows and thumbs, the Ashiatsu may be perfect for you. Your Ashiatsu therapist will use gravity and his or her body weight to deliver up to three times deeper pressure than they can with traditional hands-on treatments. In addition, the more broad surface of the therapist’s foot provides a more consistent pressure and contours well with your body. Many of our patients enjoy the benefits of deep tissue work that comes from Ashiatsu treatments, without the pain sometimes associated with hands-on deep tissue bodywork.
Ashiatsu treatments employ compression movements along the para spinals and the lumbar regions that help relieve muscle spasms and open the intervertebral foramen where spinal nerves pass. Ashiatsu treatment allows more space for the nerves and increases circulation and healing by helping more freshly oxygenated blood to flow through the region being treated.
The long, fluid strokes typical of Ashiatsu treatment engage the facia throughout the body helping to release muscle spasms, ease muscle pain, and stretch and lengthen the muscle tissue; working out any facial adhesions and restrictions.
Ashiatsu often has benefits that aid in improving posture and range of motion. Many patients claim that their Ashiatsu treatments significantly reduced or eliminated chronic muscle pain and improved body functions, leading to a better sense of balance and well-being. Typically, one treatment per week for approximately six weeks may produce these results.
Ashiatsu is not Suitable for Everyone
Because Ashiatsu uses up to three times the compressive power compared to traditional hands-on massage, our Ashiatsu therapists take extra precaution with our patients. When you request an Ashiatsu treatment, our therapist will screen you for conditions that would contraindicate an Ashiatsu treatment. The following is a short list of patient conditions that may preclude receiving an Ashiatsu treatment:
- High blood pressure
- Recent injuries or surgeries
- Contagious skin disorders
- Compromised immune system
- Acute liver or kidney disorders
- Certain medications
- Acute auto-immune disorders
- Recent surgical implants
- Advanced diabetes
Here’s what our clients have to say:
“I have had many massages in my life and several in Eugene. I always end up going back to About Touch. Jennifer and her staff are so knowledgeable at what they do and I always feel better after my massage.”
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