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While other forms of ashiatsu take into consideration breathing patterns, chi, and other energetic work, AOBT focuses on muscle and bone. Purely the application of the work, not the theory. Many orthopedic surgeons, chiropractors and physicians across the nation are fans of Hardee’s style of barefoot massage. As Dr. Eric Dieffenbaugher, owner of Progressive Chiropractic Health and Wellness in Fairfield, Ohio says, “Ashiatsu is a wonderful adjunct to chiropratic car, in particular in regards to patients with lumbar disc problems because of it’s deep compression and ability to traction out the spine.” 

This Western style of barefoot massage can be very deep but can also be modified for those who don’t like as much pressure. While contraindicated for such clients as those who have uncontrolled blood pressure, women who are pregnant or are trying to conceive, and those on heavy blood thinners, this massage treatment can be very helpful for those clients with chronic low back pain. It’s known to help improve posture, relieve pain and yet do it in a gentle but deep fashion.

Read on for part 3!