Ashiatsu
Ashiatsu therapy is a unique barefoot massage technique using deep pressure from the massage therapist’s feet. In this treatment, the therapist stands on the table while holding onto bars over their head for support and stability. By using the foot, the therapist is able to deliver deep, broad, even flowing strokes over the body, without the intense pressure of fingers and elbows. Before the massage, the therapist will warm, cleanse, and sanitize their feet.

Ashiatsu massage is performed on a standard massage table. Clients undress to their comfort level and are draped with a sheet throughout the treatment. The therapist will discuss the amount of pressure that the client would like and will consistently communicate throughout the treatment to adjust the pressure to suit the needs of the client.

Ashiatsu is ideal for releasing muscle tension and trigger points in the neck, back, glutes, legs and feet, especially for clients with large muscles. Another great outcome from ashiatsu is the relaxation effects encouraged through this treatment, which has significant benefits to clients experiencing ongoing stress, chronic pain, high blood pressure, mental illness and sleep disturbances.

Since the therapist is able to penetrate deep into the muscles, the results generally have a longer lasting effect, thus prolonging the time between visits.

All listed conditions where it is not appropriate for a client to receive a massage exists with ashiatsu, however because of the deep compressions/strokes that some clients request, additional conditions also exist:

  • Implants (such as pacemakers or recent breast implants)
  • Eye procedures within 72 hrs
  • Recent surgery
  • Frail individuals or those with osteoporosis
  • Any acute inflammatory conditions or flare-ups
  • Pregnancy (or possible pregnancy)
  • Varicose veins or skin lesions
  • Protruding or ruptured discs
  • Kidney disorders, TB, thrombosis, aneurysm

 


If you have a condition that you think would affect your ability to receive an ashiatsu massage, discuss your concerns with your practitioner when making an appointment or before your massage.

It is recommended that clients book a 60-minute session to receive the most benefit from this treatment. To book and ashiatsu massage, call 613-635-7026.

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Abby Gauen

Clients come to our clinic with injuries, general tension or pain and I am able to help them. I may see people occasionally, because they love to come in for a treat or regularly as part of a plan to improve mobility and decrease pain…