Ashiatsu~ foot pressure (Ashi means foot and atsu means pressure)
Ashiatsu dates back as far as the 12th century and was associated with Keralite foot massage called “Chavutti Thirummal”.
The person was prone on a mat and the body was covered in special oils, the practitioner would grab a rope overhead for balance while performing ritualistic massage with bare feet. The technique was given in conjunction with following the energy lines, similar to Thai massage. It was performed with the foot sliding quickly from one end of the body to the other.
Japan was credited with barefoot shiatsu. The fully clothed person was positioned on a mat on the floor while static compression strokes were applied.
On one of the islands of Fiji the technique has evolved to using only the foot to perform the massage and not walking directly on the person. One foot is kept on the ground at all times. This is how it is now taught in the United States with modifications, we have bars in the ceilings and the person disrobes and is prone.
This massage has been growing in popularity with well known resorts having practitioners learning this modality because it serves the needs of the client who is looking for the deepest tissue massage they can find.
Practitioners who perform this modality must attend a 3 day training with specialized instructors. They are trained how to feel with their feet the way they do with their hands. Myself, I trained with Michelle Mace in her home in Fl. I was her last pupil and therefore she extended extra knowledge in Ashiatsu by bringing in every body type she had available. I worked for 8 hours a day on many people in order to learn how to feel with my feet. At the end of my training she was my last client and raved how well I had learned this modality.People in search of the ultimate deep tissue massage needs to look no further. Try this once and you will be hooked!