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Use your feet to apply flowing, deep tissue massage, stimulate circulation and release restrictions along major movement pathways. Bars mounted on the ceiling above the table are used for balance and support. Read more…
An introduction to barefoot bodywork on the bars for beginners. Practice feeling with your feet and applying Swedish-style oil massage and Thai-style compression. Learn how to set up your workstation and ask your most pressing questions about bar construction. Read more…
Warm up the body with a series of barefoot massage techniques that flow from head to toe. You’ll learn creative transitions for smoothing out your sequence and preparing for the deeper work that you will learn how to apply with both feet on the client at the same time. Read more…
Few deep tissue techniques can work deeper than ashiatsu massage, a type of massage that uses the practitioner’s feet as well as hands, fingers and elbows to apply pressure. A typical ashiatsu setup includes both a massage table and ceiling-mounted bars that allow the practitioner to stay steady while standing on the table and applying targeted pressure with bare feet. It is an ideal way for massage therapists to reduce hand strain, and it can be performed with the client clothed.
Because ashiatsu is founded on traditional Chinese medicine, many ashiatsu massage trainings will cover energy meridians and mind-body balance, but not all courses take this approach. Some focus only on proper technique, safety and building your own strength and balance for better sessions.