Please see the previous Ashiatsu blog posts for Part 1 & 2 of this article.
“What I like about barefoot massage,” says fan Scot Voss of Cincinnati, “is that it’s so much softer than regular massage. I don’t have to worry about pointy elbows and fingers. In fact, it’s really deep and relaxing all at the same time.”
In fact, many spas throughout the country list Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy on their menu. Canyon Ranch health spas offer this style of barefoot massage in their locations in Tuscon, AZ, Lenox, MA, onboard the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship as well as at the Venetian, Bellagio and Aria Hotel’s in Las Vegas. Ashiatsu can also be found at prestigious massage spas such as Urban Oasis in Chicago. The Insider’s Guide “Best of the Rockies” lists Ashiatsu massage at Park Kyatt Beaver Creek as one of the “Most Memorable.”
Sports enthusiasts and professional athletes who require deep work are typically harder for massage therapists to work on because of their muscle density. But by using gravity assisted effleurage, trained therapists can saave some energy, reduce fatigue and save their wrists by performing this style of barefoot effleurage. In fact, the September/October 2007 issue of Luxury Spa Finder list Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy as their “ultimate skier’s massage.”