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).
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