What Is Ashiatsu?
The Ashiatsu Massage technique we use today at BareFoot BodyWorks in San Luis Obispo, utilizes an integration of various styles and methods. Essentially Ashiatsu is a massage technique incorporating the practitioner's feet and weight. Utilizing the feet and gravity, allows for broader more consistent pressure being applied through the length of the muscles.
Ashiatsu has it’s roots in Eastern forms of bodywork healing. There are various related styles of massage dating back thousands of years through Asia, India, Africa and the Pacific Rim. As these styles spread to the West, over time they have melded with Western bodywork techniques such as Swedish and Deep Tissue among others.
Ashiatsu goes deeper into soft tissue than your average deep tissue session by providing held pressure and compression to tissues. This method of holding pressure through our feet, with the weight of our body, supports the release of adhesions and soreness, while allowing for the loosening of holding patterns of the body. Through centrifugal foot movements, clients experience improved circulation through the muscular system.The long massage strokes used stimulate the lymphatic and parasympathetic nervous system which improves general health and gives clients sense of wellbeing.