Wonder why Ashiatsu is contraindicated for clients with uncontrolled hypertension? Check out this interesting article about a massage study done on subjects with hypertension. Subjects that received sports massage and trigger point therapy had a significant rise in their blood pressure post massage. Ashiatsu increases blood flow and can be taxing on the circulatory system if the client has any cardiovascular condition (especially hypertension). Always use extra caution when performing trigger point and side lying Ashiatsu techniques. When in doubt get a doctors note or refer out!
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Nancy Failla Delong, LMT
Authorized DeepFeet Bar Therapy Instructor