Ashiatsu, sometimes known as a barefoot massage, is a deep compression massage modality. Utilizing the feet while suspended from a bar, ashiatsu therapists deliver deep pressure, gliding strokes, and assisted stretching while working with gravity.
Benefits of Ashiatsu
- Reduces pain and stress
- Balances posture
- Increases joint range of motion
- Enhances athletic performance
- Promotes restful sleep
- Improves circulation
Ashiatsu is Similar to Traditional Deep Tissue Massage
Ashiatsu is similar to a traditional deep tissue massage, as both involve deep compression and offer the same benefits. This specialized technique is ideal for patients who want a deep tissue massage, but don’t like the invasiveness of elbows and thumbs. The foot is broader and therefore less proddy, but can still be applied to all the same knotted tissues in the body, with the exception of the face and stomach.
Even though it is less painful, ashiatsu can provide three times the amount of pressure as a traditional deep tissue. Aside from the use of feet rather than hands and arms, the difference between ashiatsu and deep tissue is their relationship with gravity. Deep tissue works against gravity, whereas ashiatsu works with it. This allows ashiatsu to provide deep therapy, but without the discomfort often accompanied by deep tissue.
Ashiatsu is not for everyone. The following conditions are contraindicated for this modality.
- Pregnancy or trying to conceive
- Compromised immune system
- Contagious skin disorders
- High or low blood pressure
- Recent injuries or surgeries
- Liver or kidney disorders
- Autoimmune disorders
Ashiatsu Massage Rates
Very Important: Please discuss the type of massage you are expecting when you schedule your massage. This will ensure we match you with the most appropriate massage therapist for your needs. Each massage therapist at Moyer Total Wellness is very experienced, but also very different.
We require a Credit Card on file to schedule a massage or any service at MTW. If you need to reschedule, please notify the office at least 24 hours prior to your appointment start time to avoid the Late Cancellation Fee.