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Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy
Massage clients often yearn for more pressure than the therapist is able to provide. If you have ever longed for a massage deep enough to relax every fiber of your being, look no further than Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy - the deepest of massages, courtesy of the feet.
Ashiatsu is an updated, Western version of an ancient form of bodywork: massage using the feet. Its roots can be found in a variety of Eastern healing techniques that stretch back thousands of years. Though gentle, the Ashiatsu massage offers a depth unmatched by any other massage technique.
Ashiatsu massages are done with the client laying face down on the massage table. While holding on to sturdy overhead bars for balance, the therapist stands over the client on the massage table and uses her feet to massage the client. The advantage of Ashiatsu - for both client and practitioner - is that it allows gravity to do the work, leveraging the therapist's body weight to deliver the deepest massage available today.
Ashiatsu offers deep compression, without discomfort. In many ways, the long, flowing strokes of Ashiatsu are similar to a Swedish massage - only deeper than the hands can deliver. Your session will end with a relaxing, traditional massage of the shoulders and feet.
Is Ashiatsu for everyone? Yes - clients of every age and size can benefit from Ashiatsu. Famous for back pain relief and deep relaxation, Ashiatsu is particularly popular among athletes and those whose jobs involve physical labor.
Ashiatsu is not recommended for use with conditions such as pregnancy or osteoporosis. Your massage therapist will discuss with you any potential health concerns before using Ashiatsu.
When done by a certified therapist, Ashiatsu is safe, effective and painless - not to mention profoundly relaxing. The amount of pressure used is carefully monitored throughout the session, and easily adjusted for the client's comfort. Special care is taken around the spine and joints. At no time does the therapist put her entire body weight on the client. Your safety, relaxation, and well-being are our utmost concern.
Thousands of years of footwork have proven the many benefits of Ashiatsu, including the following:
�Elongates the spine and improves posture
�Stimulates the lymphatic system
�Boosts and balances the body's energy
�Loosens the back and shoulders
�Relieves pain and stress, promoting relaxation
�Enhances feelings of well-being
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In Japanese, "ashi" means "foot" and "atsu" means "pressure."
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In 2007, Amy Knowles-Walker became one of Central Illinois' very first Certified Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy practitioners after training under the direction of Ruthie Piper Hardee, the founder of Ashiatsu.
Amy is a Licensed Massage Therapist, member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals and Nationally Board Certified for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy Pricing
30 minutes $ 60
60 minutes $ 90
90 minutes $130
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