The average career lifespan of a massage therapist is only 5 years. That's one of reasons our team of barefoot ashiatsu instructors love to offer our style of deep tissue massage therapy classes. Gravity assists in creating deeper work for the client, and the therapist can take full advantage of that.
Thai yoga massage training, however, is not the same thing. Oftentimes, clients get Thai massage, shiatsu massage and Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy (now known as Deepfeet Bar Therapy) confused.
Thai yoga massage is traditionally performed on a floor mat with the client's head turned to the side. Wrist issues are commonplace for the Thai massage therapist as they use their wrists at a 90 degree angle to apply palm pressure.
Both Chinese and Japanese cultures are known for their shiatsu massage. This style is also, like Thai yoga massage, done through clothing. The practitioner uses some kind of support if using her or his feet--it could be a chair or some kind of parallel bars, for instance. Unfortunately, the use of parallel bars creates shoulder issues for the therapist over time. Shiatsu massage can also be performed with the therapist's fingers working specifically through clothing.
Deepfeet Bar Therapy (AshiatsuOriental Bar Therapy) is performed with the therapist's nimble feet skating on the client's body. The client lies comfortably on a massage table, and the therapist uses overhead parallel bars for support and balance. Those therapists who may be concerned about absorbing some for the client's negative energy during hands on massage can rest assured that now, 5 feet or more above the client's body, it's not an issue.
This style of barefoot massage is a wonderful alternative for those who perform deep tissue massage.It's comfortable for the therapist to give and for the client to receive as well.
Deep tissue massage therapy classes, Ashiatsu style, can be found in Cincinnati at www.ashiatsuworkshops.com. You can find classes nationwide at www.deepfeet.com, as well as a list of certified graduates there.