Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy®

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What is Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® (AOBT)?

Ashiatsu is a painless barefoot Swedish massage that applies a moderate to deep or deeper than deep pressure (depending on the client’s needs) in the form of gliding, friction, and stretching. Ashiatsu is well-known for its benefits when it comes to neck, back, and hip pain relief along with its deep relaxation.

How does Ashiatsu work?

The therapist stands on the table using her feet to deliver massage strokes, holding onto bars overhead for support and balance while gravitational force is used to apply the appropriate amount of pressure desired for each client. This type of technique creates a structural change in chronic soft tissue damage while also stimulating the lymphatic system leaving the client feeling deeply relaxed and more limber.

What does Ashiatsu feel like? 

Ashiatsu delivers broad compression strokes without ever feeling pokey or painful. Most clients relate it to feeling like a therapist’s forearms when receiving a hands-on massage.

Who benefits most from Ashiatsu?

Ashiatsu is great for those who love deep tissue massage and those with tense muscle tissue or chronic pain. It is excellent for anyone who does a lot of repetitive movements, athletes, or those with large framed body types.

Who should NOT receive Ashiatsu?

  • If you are pregnant or trying to conceive. You can resume Ashiatsu sessions a minimum of six (6) weeks post-partum. Swedish/Prenatal massage, reflexology,  and Reiki are great alternatives in the meantime.
  • If you’ve had any implants within the last nine (9) months – breast, pectoral, gluteal, etc.
  • If you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, a pacemaker, or a heart condition
  • If you have any fractured ribs or osteoporosis
  • If you have boils, skin lesions, abscesses, varicose veins, or susceptible to Deep Vein Thrombosis, aneurysms, hemophilia, or blood clotting
  • If you’ve had eye procedures or surgery in the last 72 hours
  • If you have had recent injuries, open wounds, rashes, cancers, or anything unusual in nature, wait a minimum of 72 hours and ideally have your doctor’s approval for massage.
  • If you have had any surgeries in the last six (6) months
  • If you have any acute inflammatory conditions such as phlebitis, cellulitis, or lupus
  • If you have a low grade fever or illness
  • If you’re taking any blood thinners, muscle relaxers, or pain killers
  • If you are under age 18
  • If you have travelled more than six (6) hours in the last 24 hours
  • If you don’t like a moderate to deep or deeper pressure


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The Compassionate Touch
Ashley Shears, LMT
Louisville, KY
(502) 414-1863