Barefoot massage uses deep strokes from the therapists’ feet. It is a western version of an ancient form of bodywork, with roots dating back thousands of years from cultures across Asia, India, Africa, and the Pacific Rim. The therapist delivers deep, broad, consistent pressure while utilizing their feet and body weight.
In Ashiatsu, the practitioner uses their feet to deliver treatment. The name comes from the Japanese, ashi for foot and atsu for pressure.. This technique typically uses the heel, sesamoid, arch, and/or whole plantar surface of the foot, and offers large compression, tension, and shear forces with less pressure than an elbow, and is ideal for large muscles, such as in thigh, or for long-duration upper trapezius compressions