Here are Bull City Soles we use our feet to massage! It's called Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage, Ashiatsu, or just Barefoot Massage. It's also our specialty, and all of our therapists have been trained personally by Julie Marciniak, owner, Advanced Rolfer®, and Ashiatsu instructor for the Durham Center for Barefoot Massage. Massage has numerous benefits, and barefoot massage has even more!
Here are our 4 top benefits of an Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage.
Benefit #1: Deep Pressure
Have you ever had to repeatedly ask for more pressure during a massage, and the massage therapist couldn't provide it? At Bull City Soles, you can request more pressure, and we'll deliver. The natural weight of the upper body, hips, and legs is the perfect combination for providing more pressure than a hands-on massage and with less effort! And depending on your body type, the therapist may use one or two feet, varying the amount of pressure desired.
Benefit #2: Broad Pressure
The broad surface of our feet during a barefoot massage feels fantastic! Not only will you get the deep pressure you asked for, but without the pokey knuckles and elbows that make you feel like chopped liver days after your massage. The broad pressure also covers more territory, making barefoot massage very effective! The broad surface of the foot is the perfect tool to massage the back, hips, and thighs, and it encourages the body to relax more deeply and effectively calm the nervous system.
Benefit #3: Sustained Pressure
Ashiatsu barefoot massage can deliver consistent and sustained pressure that the hands can't do without potentially damaging the therapist's body. Posterior areas such as the back, hips, and hamstrings that are chronically tense and tight respond well to sustained pressure that allows the fascial connective tissue and surrounding muscles to unwind slowly.
Benefit #4: Therapist Longevity
Before I learned Ashiatsu barefoot massage, 20 years ago, clients told me they had never had massages as deep as mine. After ten years of providing deep tissue, I already had issues with my hands, elbows, and shoulders from all the repetitive deep massages I performed daily. I had to find an alternative or retire, as performing deep tissue massage with my hands wasn't sustainable.
If your therapist isn't taking care of themselves with self-care, proper technique, and performing massage and bodywork in a responsible manner that doesn't hurt them, how will they continue to help you take care of YOUR aches and pains?!? It's like the oxygen mask theory. Take care of yourself first before you help others.
Barefoot massage is a way for massage therapists to work smarter, not harder, and take care of their bodies for a long career. Barefoot massage provides amazing benefits for the client and helps the massage therapist save their body. It's a win-win!
Ready to try barefoot massage yet? Schedule a massage session today and get under our feet this week at Bull City Soles in Durham, NC. Read 'What is Ashiatsu?' to learn more about what a barefoot massage session looks like at Bull City Soles.