Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage

Submitted by Jerry Parker on December 14, 2012

Ancient and alternative therapy methods are growing popular as a means to resolve innumerable maladies that humankind faces today. Stress and anxiety are major factors that decrease the quality of life in an individual, leading to physical and mental problems. Long working hours, improper posture, and frequent travelling are some of the many reasons that cause fatigue, aching limbs and lingering back problems that will not go away.

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Ashiatsu is an ancient Chinese practice of massage that is growing in popularity in the Western world. The masseuse uses his/her feet as well as hands, elbows, and palms as a means to apply therapeutic pressure on the body to relieve symptoms and bring about a feeling of well being.

The Ashiatsu barefoot massage uses the feet in several ways to knead the tissues on the patients back.


The masseuse varies pressure of his/her feet by using props such as bars that help to control the process. The traditional Chinese practitioners believe that ashiatsu techniques helped to correct imbalances in the body and thereby resulted in an improvement in the health of the patient.

Normally, for a session of ashiatsu barefoot message, the client is dressed in loose, comfortable clothing and is asked to lie face down on the floor or on a massage table. The masseuse then walks barefoot on the clients back targeting various pressure points to enable smooth energy flow. The masseuse will also concentrate on certain spots that need healing. Walking on the back is a form of deep tissue massage that penetrates deep into the muscles of the back and helps to rejuvenate sore areas. The masseuse may use bars or other props to alternate weight and pressure on the clients back. After a session of ashiatsu massage, one may feel invigorated and refreshed. Ashiatsu also helps in circulation of the blood and also helps to relax tense and sore muscles. In addition, it also brings about a feeling of well being and peace. Ashiatsu practitioners may also recommend a change in diet to ensure that these changes last for a long time.

Back walking massage is no doubt a popular trend in the alternative lifestyle market, but as a word of caution, always ensure that the masseuse is well trained and qualified. A few small mistakes can lead to permanent back injury, and it pays to entrust your body only in the care of expert professionals. Also, always consult your doctor. He/she is the best person to recommend an alternative therapy such as ashiatsu.

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