Ashiatsu is a barefoot massage technique using deep strokes from the therapists’ feet, and is highly effective for those who suffer from chronic neck and back pain or spinal issues, scoliosis, or bulging herniated disc problems, as well as for athletes and those who enjoy deep tissue massage. It combines elements of Thai Massage, Japanese Shiatsu, and India’s Keralite massage with underlying dynamics in the study of traditional Chinese Medicine. The pressure can be as light or as deep as you need it to be. IT IS NOT PAINFUL! It is a very smooth massage with people often commenting that it feels like being massaged with large hands.
When you invest in your next massage, take steps to make that post-massage feeling last as long as possible. Try any of the following methods to extend your muscle relaxing session:
As with normal deep-tissue massage, it is recommended that you drink plenty of extra water throughout the day to aid in flushing out toxins and metabolic waste products that are released during a session.
When you've just had a massage, don't go and eat a heavy meal. Have something light like veggie sticks.
Immediately after your massage, take it easy. Forgo hiking and running in favor of yoga or light stretching.
Want to keep that post-massage feeling? Go home, dim the lights, put on some nice music, rest and relax.