What is Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage Therapy?

Ashiatsu means “foot pressure” in Japanese. Barefoot massage also has many other names depending on its country of origin.  A fusion of several traditional forms of barefoot massage adapted to North American standards has been created and continues to evolve.  Ashiatsu has only recently become recognized in Canada as an RMT modality.  Ashiatsu is a type of massage therapy in which the practitioner balances themselves using parallel bars mounted above the table

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and massages the patient with her feet. Strokes are compressive, broad, consistent and flowing; giving the sensation of being massaged by very large hands. Using the feet enables the therapist to deliver varying therapeutic levels of pressure, leaving tissues feeling invigorated, yet deeply relaxed. Excellent for deep tissue work.  Nicole was the first fully certified Ashiatsu therapist in the GTA and was the first certified Ashiatsu instructor in Canada. All of our therapists have obtained Advanced Ashiatsu training and certification.

Recommended: 60-90 minute session.

Is Ashiatsu the right treatment for you?

IMG_1829Ashiatsu may have the following benefits:

• Stress reduction & relaxation – likely the most relaxing massage you’ll ever experience, while still being extremely therapeutic

• Reducing tension & contracture of muscles & releasing knots – minimizes damage to healthy tissue which helps to minimize soreness that often follows a deep tissue massage

• Alleviating pain in both acute & chronic conditions – able to access problem areas & achieve releases that are more difficult to address with hands

• Improving circulation of blood & lymph – you’ll leave feeling invigorated & rejuvenated while relaxed at the same time

• Increasing overall health and well-being – Ashiatsu benefits mental health just as much as the physical body- leave feeling like you’ve just done a really great yoga class or gone to the spa

You should speak to your Doctor before receiving Ashiatsu or any Deep Tissue Massage, if any of the following pertain to you:

For any Deep Tissue massage including Ashiatsu, certain conditions exist in which your therapist may choose to modify your session to ensure you get the most effective and safe treatment possible.

• If you have Osteoporosis

• If you have spondylolithesis

• If you’ve had a rib or any bone fracture/break within 6 months

• If you are a woman that is pregnant or trying to get pregnant

• If you’ve had breast implants within nine months

• If you’ve had any knee, hip, spine, shoulder, or major joint surgeries within 6 weeks

• If you are currently taking any blood thinners, pain killers, or muscle relaxants

• If you have uncontrolled high blood pressure or heart condition

• If you have a pacemaker, stent or shunt

• If you have Guillian-Barre’ Syndrome, any neuropathy, or any neurological disorder that causes loss of sensation or muscle weakness

• If you have a history of thrombosis, aneurysm, or ongoing kidney disorders

• Any Autoimmune Disorders (such as Lupus, Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme Disease etc)