- What is Ashiatsu?
Getting its name from the Japanese words "ashi" (foot) and "atsu" (pressure), Ashiatsu massage is an ancient type of Asian bodywork that is done solely — no pun intended — with the massage therapist's feet.
Traditionally, only those with expertise in Eastern medicine could perform Ashiatsu, and the client lay fully clothed on the ground. In the early 1990s, Ruthie Piper Hardee, a U.S. massage therapist, created the Ashiatsu DeepFeet Bar Therapy (also known as Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy), which blends elements of the original method with newer, more Western techniques.
- How is Ashiatsu Performed?
The massage is still performed with the feet, but the client lies on a massage table unclothed like they would for a typical massage. Unlike your typical massage, however, the massage therapist either stands on the table and holds onto parallel bars that hang from the ceiling or sits on a stool next to the table.