Ashiatsu in Arlington, Arizona
Ashiatsu is a form of massage therapy that is said to have originated with Buddhist monks. It is related to traditional Shiatsu massage, in that it uses the same principles of pressure applied to points of the body. Ashiatsu differs from Shiatsu massage by primarily using the feet to apply the required pressure. In fact, Ashiatsu is a combination of the Japanese words “ashi”, meaning foot and “atsu”, meaning pressure. This technique has been widely adopted in the Indonesian cultures.
Ashiatsu massage traditionally involved a holistic approach to diagnosing energy blocks within the body, examining the emotional, physical and dietary state of a patient. A practitioner would use the feet as a means of gaining more insight, due to their perceived heightened sensitivity.