What is Ashiatsu?
Ashiatsu massage is a method of massage therapy using feet. The practitioner uses props and a stool that are designed to provide them with the leverage they need to maintain their balance as they walk on your back. The client lays comfortably on a Japanese floor mat called a Tatami during the full body session. Though it might sound and appear to be unconventional, it provides a deep tissue massage that is luxuriously pampering and rejuvenating.
Deep Tissue Without Discomfort
If you're in need of deep tissue work, but don’t enjoy the discomfort that you may feel with elbows and thumbs, then Ashiatsu is the treatment for you! Gravity enables Ashiatsu therapists to deliver up to 3x deeper pressure than with traditional hands-on treatments. Utilizing the broad surface of their foot, your massage therapist is able to deliver consistent, deep pressure. As a result you will experience relief from chronic tension and an increase in range of movement.
Frees Up Bundled Nerves
Deep pressure applied to the muscles along the spine and across the lower back can relieve muscle spasms and open the intervertebral foramen (where spinal nerves pass through). It will give the nerves more space as well as increase circulation by bringing more freshly oxygenated blood to the area being treated.
Elongates Muscles and Detoxifies
Many Ashiatsu strokes help to elongate the spine. These movements dramatically stretch shortened muscles, which help in relieving pain and discomfort. These long fluid strokes also help flush the body’s lymphatic system, which releases metabolic waste at a very high rate. We recommend drinking plenty of water before and after a treatment to help with the detoxification process.
Improves Posture and Decreases Pain
After only a few treatments, Ashiatsu barefoot massage has been known to improve posture and range of motion. It will significantly reduce or eliminate chronic muscle pain, and improve bodily functions, which will create a higher sense of balance and well being within the body. Typically, one treatment a week for upwards of six weeks will produce these kinds of results.
What is Thai Massage?
Thai yoga massage is an ancient healing system combining acupressure, Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures.
Traditional Thai massage uses no oils or lotions. The recipient remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the giver and receiver, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked.
The recipient wears loose, comfortable clothing and lies on a mat or firm mattress on the floor. In Thailand, a dozen or so subjects may be receiving massage simultaneously in one large room. The true ancient style of the massage requires that the massage be performed solo with just the giver and receiver. The receiver will be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions during the course of the massage, that is also combined with deep static and rhythmic pressures.
The massage follows designated lines (sen) in the body. A Thai massage session may last 30 minutes up to two hours or more and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body. This may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking knuckles, walking on the recipient's back, and moving the recipient's body into many different positions.