Ashiatsu (ashi=foot, atsu=pressure) is an ancient practice in which the massage therapist uses her feet to deliver the massage. This massage modality has been modernized in the West to include the use of a system of bars hanging from the ceiling. The therapist suspends herself from the bars for balance and targeted weight distribution. Ashiatsu is well-documented and effective in the treatment of chronic lower back and neck pain. Ashiastu is approved by the NCBTMB (National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork), and recognized by the AMA (American Medical Association).
It has been performed by Buddhist monks for centuries and is now administered in various forms across America. Today ashiatsu is widely accepted as a western practice. Many clients cannot help but refer to this experience as "heavenly." “The worst part about an ashiatsu session is that it ends...” as countless have exclaimed. Although ashiatsu sessions may appear unconventional, this type of bodywork is being heralded as a luxurious, deep-tissue massage.
Beginning in the East, ashiatsu's history spans several continents and more than 3,000 years. Many different styles of barefoot massage have originated from India, Japan, Thailand, China, and the Philippines.
Now available at Theratopia, Michelle offers this exclusive treatment for all those with tired, overworked, achy bodies! We are the first spa in the Rochester area to offer this treatment. Michelle has obtained mastery level certification in this modality and has practiced with success for many years.