As many of you know, there are thousands of massage therapy and bodywork techniques out there. Many of them have been past down from ancient wisdom and some are being crafted as we speak.
Over the weekend, I traveled to San Antonio to complete my training in Ashiatsu Deepfeet Bar Therapy which is a combination of ancient wisdom and western or modern knowledge of how the body works and heals.
We use our feet to DEEPLY compress and massage the tissues with the aid of gravity, grace, and SKILL-
We also focus on creating a "push-pull-pumping" effect on the tissues around the inter-vertebral disc space (around the spine) which can have a profound positive effect on the nervous system and the general health of the spine.
The training was incredibly intense- mentally and physically and I am in recuperation mode today.
I can't wait to get some practice time in and add my new knowledge to my current Ashiatsu sessions- Let me just say, you are in for a REAL treat! If you like deep tissue massage or are an athlete in need of rest, recovery, & repair of muscle tissue, then this is for you! It is most likely the deepest deep tissue you can possibly get with out the pain of elbows or knuckles digging in.
Jeni Spring of Heeling Sole Barefoot Massage in San Antonio is the regional trainer for AOBT if you live in Texas.
If you're an MT looking to learn this type of work, I highly recommend taking Jeni's classes- She's incredibly knowledgeable and is one of the best instructors I've ever had the pleasure to study under.
Check out Ruthie Hardee's Site She's the founder of this work and has created some thing really special.
If you're looking to get Ashiatsu, check out this listing of AOBT grads. You can look up highly trained, elite therapists easily and make your appointments!
I had so much fun and really challenged myself this weekend!
Now its time to rest!
What's your favorite style of massage therapy?
Have you ever received Ashiatsu?
Did you like it?
Let me know in the comments section of this blog!
Looking forward to reading your thoughts!
Gaia Bodywork PLLC is the private massage practice of Hillary Arrieta and is located in Richardson, Tx. Visit gaiabodywork.com for more information.
One of my favorite massages to give is most definitely Ashiatsu.
"Ashi-what? " is the response I get most of the time from clients and friends when I talk about this extremely effective style of massage that I learned a few summers ago.
Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy was developed by a massage therapist, Ruthie Piper Hardee, about 20 years ago, as a way to offer the deep tissue massage everyone loves with out causing pain and damage to her own body.
Self preservation is a must for people like massage therapists, as our work is very physical and can take a toll on our joints and muscles. Needless to say, I was excited about learning ashi for the sake of extending my career but I also experienced the effectiveness of deep compression early on in my first job as a massage therapist.
The woman who owned the massage establishment that I worked at would train us in an shiatsu technique that I now describe as more of a deep compression with feet which is the literal translation of ashiatsu.
Ashi= foot and Atsu= Pressure.
We would stand on the table and compress our clients with our feet holding on to a light fixture on the ceiling which is nothing like Shiatsu oriental bar therapy. Sometimes it was dangerous but it sparked my interest. The deep compression seemed to melt away the tension better than any compression technique I could do with my hands. I knew I had to learn more about barefoot massage techniques.
A few Summers ago, I decided to make it happen and signed up to take Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy from Jeni Spring of Heeling Sole Barefoot Massage in San Antonio. Jeni is one of ten AOBT instructors, including Ruthie Hardee, the founder of this specific technique.
I went down to Jeni's studio for an intense three day training to learn the art of barefoot basics. I was so in love with it from the beginning, even though it was exhausting and difficult, I knew I had found my new niche. It was going to revive my massage practice and after almost 10 years of massaging people, I needed NEW more than anything!
I practiced my new technique for several months on my husband (he loves it!) and friends before offering it as an option to my clients and continued to take trainings. This past summer I traveled to Houston to learn Ashi-Thai, which is an awesome blend of ashiatsu and thai massage. My next training will happen this coming year, where I'll learn advanced ashiatsu.
I'm so happy to be able to offer this unique style of massage and would love to work on you! Periodically, I hold open houses at my office, where I do live demonstrations of Ashiatsu. If you like deep tissue massage and are interested in booking an ashi session, send me an email or book your massage online under the appointments tab.
Ashiatsu is not for everyone. Because of the depth of this bodywork, people with recent injuries or surgeries should refrain from booking anything until they are fully healed (6 Months for surgeries.)
If you have any questions, please contact me before booking your session.