Ashiatsu massage is a deep tissue technique where the therapist provides pressure on the muscles to help elongate them. The technique is done with a therapist’s feet because the therapist’s foot is broader than the hand and their weight provides pressure to targeted muscles, it provides wider strokes without causing enduring pain. In addition, the deep tissue technique can relieve stress and aches and improve blood circulation. The therapist will have you lay face down on a massage table for the treatment and they will use bars, ropes, benches or stools to balance themselves on your back.
The lumbar nerves are one area of the body that can benefit from Ashiatsu massage. The lumbar nerves, that run along the lumbar region, can gain more space once the spinal region opens up and elongates, and Ashiatsu massage allows the body to have better posture and a freer range of motion with more relaxed muscles. Therapists will often use lotions, oils and creams applied to the body prior to the massage, which contributes to the better release of tension in muscles and a more enjoyable experience.
Ashiatsu massage is not for everyone due to the added weight and pressure that is placed on the body. People who should avoid this kind of massage are women who are pregnant or trying to conceive, individuals with high blood pressure, advanced diabetes, acute kidney and liver conditions, a compromised immune system, anyone who has had recent surgical implant surgery or anyone using certain medications that would be complicated by the added pressure. It’s always suggested that you speak with your doctor and massage therapist before trying this specific massage technique.