For massage therapists looking to broaden their list of modalities, while incorporating a technique that takes the pressure off their arms, hands, and fingers, barefoot massage might be of interest.
There are several different types of barefoot massage; it is practiced most widely in Asia, but interest in the techniques has been growing in the West.
In this blog, practitioner, therapist, and instructor Ivy Hultquist shares about many forms of barefoot massage but focuses on ashiatsu.
Image courtesy of: barefootbodyworks
“I am fairly certain barefoot massage has been around as long as traditional massage. Massage clients likely have always wanted more pressure and practitioners have always been looking ways to alleviate the physical strain the job places on the hands and wrists.
In the last twenty years, barefoot has grown dramatically in popularity. Modern twists and adaptations have been make to this ancient modality. One of the most popular forms of barefoot massage, ashiatsu, is a favorite among massage professionals and their clients here in the United States.
The popularity of ashiatsu is spreading. Some of the most frequent massage professionals to take my online ashiatsu course reside in Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
If you are a massage professional outside the US, and want to learn more about ashiatsu, you have likely found that finding live ashiatsu courses in your area can be extremely difficult.”