Though Ashiatsu sounds similar to Shiatsu, they’re not exactly the same thing. Shiatsu translates to “finger pressure” while Ashiatsu translates to “foot pressure.” Ashiatsu is performs on a massage table or a mat on the floor. Bars are set up either next to the Ashiatsu practitioner or above them. These bars are primarily used for balance while one or both feet are used to give the massage.
Ashiatsu is often for people who need deeper work, who are large, or want to try something new. Beyond the basic Ashiatsu classes there are advanced levels as well as Thai Ashiatsu. Thai Ashiatsu is often done clothed, as you would for Thai massage.
I received my Ashiatsu training from Red and Natalie at DeepFeet Bar Therapy in 2017. The class is 24 hours with mandatory 30 hours of documented practice outside of the class plus a test to become a Deepfeet Certified Ashiatsu Therapist. After 6-12 months of actively practicing Ashiatsu as a certified Ashiatsu therapist I will take the Thai Ashiatsu class. One day I will be certified in all advanced courses in Ashiatsu.
Ashiatsu Feels fantastic. You can get deeper work done without pain like you might with elbow work. A typical full body session lasts for about 90-minutes. If you have specific work you want done this can be extended to a 2 hour session.
There are certain considerations for people who want to receive an Ashiatsu session. People who are pregnant should not receive Ashiatsu. Alcohol and other dehydrating drinks may not agree with you before or after a session. Regardless of what kind of bodywork you have done, it’s important to stay hydrated.
If you’re not sure if Ashiatsu will work for you please talk to an Ashiatsu therapist and be honest about your health information. Your Ashiatsu therapist can give you more information specific to your circumstances.