• Dali S.

Ashiatsu Deep Tissue Massage for Chronic Pain and Stress

Updated: Jul 13

We are now offering Ashiatsu Massage at our Round Rock Holistic Center!

For those individuals who need deeper work during a massage therapy session, this is a great modality to consider. Ashiatsu Massage is the western version of an ancient form of bodywork that dates back thousands of years ago in India.

Ashiatsu massage is a luxurious form of massage where the therapist utilizes their entire body weight and feet to apply direct pressure to the body (versus traditional massage where a therapist uses hands and forearms). Unlike myofascial release where limited lotion or oils are applied to effect the fascia, Ashiatsu massage requires application of oils to provide a gliding effect, while still working on the deeper levels of the fascia. It releases trigger points in key areas around the body including the shoulders, low back, legs, pecs, neck muscles, and glutes.

At Round Rock Holistic Health Center, we also offer Ashi-Thai, a form of myofascial stretching, into each session to increase circulation and flexibility in the joints, while re-training the muscles back into alignment.

Key Benefits of Ashiatsu Massage

Reduces Chronic Pain

Ashiatsu massage manipulates the deeper layers of soft tissue by increasing circulation, loosening adhesions and restrictions, and reducing pain-causing inflammation in the tissues. Adhesions and tight connective tissues create much of our discomfort. When alignments go back into place, the body feels more relief.

Ashiatsu can also help to alleviate migraines and headaches if the source of tension is related to tight muscles (particularly neck and shoulders).

Improves Flexilibility

The long gravity-assisted strokes broaden and lengthen the muscle fibers. Stretching the tissues in two different directions is effective and efficient too, similiar to Myofascial Release. It improves and restores the flexibility of the muscles, while reducing scar tissue and adhesions from past injuries, stress, over-use, or even under-use.

Reduces Stress and Tension

Many clients report a sense of bliss and like they are "floating" after a session. Long expansive head to toe strokes stimulate the lymphatic and parasympathetic nervous systems faster, creating a sense of well being, improvement of bodily functions, and homeostatis. In general, massage reduces cortisol levels and has a positive effect on diastolic blood pressure. Ashiatsu takes it ta a whole new level!

Great for Repetitive Strain Injuries

Ashiatsu Barefoot massage is an effective bodywork treatment for treating and preventing all types of athletic injuries. Most clients report a significant decrease in pain with increases in range of motion and athletic performance. Clients with sports or repetitive strain injuries receiving this type of massage often find they are even more flexible after the sessions than before they were injured. Some even use it to improve their training.

General Contraindications

Below is a list of general contraindications (when you should not get a massage), and some are localized contraindications (when just a certain area needs to be avoided during the massage). This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Broken bones or Fractures

  • Advanced diabetes (when signs of neuropathy exist)

  • High Blood Pressure, HBP, Hypertension (if unstable or uncontrolled)

  • Hemophilia or other blood/clotting disorders

  • Current use of blood thinners

  • Phlebitis, Thrombosis, DVT, Active blood clot

  • Contagious conditions or infections (Colds, Flu, or Contagious skin conditions)

  • Acute injuries (bruises/hematomas)

  • Any unexplained swelling

  • Any recent surgery (e.g., back, abdominal, hip, knee, or eye surgery)

Ashiatsu Contraindications

Ashiatsu can be light to deep pressure, but because of the deep compressions/strokes that some clients request, the following unique contraindications exist.

  • Implants (such as pace makers or breast implants)

  • Frail individuals

  • Osteoporosis

  • Pregnancy (or possible pregnancy)

  • Varicose veins

  • Protruding or ruptured discs

  • Kidney disorders

If you have a condition that you think would affect your ability to get a massage, particularly a deep tissue massage, discuss your concerns with your practitioner before making an appointment. Your massage practitioner may just need to use a different technique during the massage, or avoid a certain area. When in doubt, they may have you obtain permission/clearance from your health care provider.

To book a session, check out our availiablity here.

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