What is Ashiatsu?
Ashiatsu is a barefoot massage technique using deep strokes from the therapists' feet. It is a western version of an ancient form of bodywork, with roots dating back thousands of years from cultures across Asia, India, Africa and the Pacific Rim.
In an Ashiatsu session, the client relaxes on a comfortable massage table while the therapist stands on the table holding onto overhead bars for balance and support, using their feet to deliver the massage. The advantage of this massage is that Ashiatsu allows gravity to do the work, leveraging the therapists' body weight to provide a depth unmatched by other techniques.
In all Swedish massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle "knots" or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, among other health benefits.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue massage is a form of Swedish massage, often with heavier pressure to relieve tension for the lower layers of musculature. It is more commonly used to help relieve chronic pain with therapeutic intent specific to your needs. The health benefits of this style include increased range of motion, reduction or elimination of pain, and improved circulation among many others.
Pregnancy massage focuses on addressing the special needs of expecting women. Specially-designed cushions, and side-lying postures are used to prevent putting pressure on the abdomen.
Lymph drainage massages can help reduce swelling, reduce scarring and detoxify the body. Lymph drainage massages help speed regeneration of tissues and cells. Lymph drainage massages are designed to increase the flow of the lymphatic system in the body. People with medical needs and those who are healthy can both benefit from this type of massage.