Ashiatsu is an ancient therapeutic practice of barefoot massage. Originating in the Far East, it utilizes techniques from Japanese Shiatsu massage and Keralite, a type of oil massage from Southern India.
The term comes from the Japanese words for “foot” (ashi) and “pressure” (atsu).
Relaxing and therapeutic, Ashiatsu is performed on a massage table with overhead parallel bars to ensure stability and control, the therapist uses the broad, rounded surface of the feet to administer greater pressure without causing the tissue damage (and consequent pain) that can follow the deep tissue massage commonly applied using the more bony prominences like elbows or fingers.
Ashiatsu is recognized by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario as a Registered Massage Therapy and requires additional training and certification. If you have medical insurance or benefits that cover massage therapy, Ashiatsu will be included.