Ashiatsu Massage — also known as Barefoot Massage -or, as one client called it, “It’s Like I Just Got Two Massages in One!” What is it? A whole lot of amazing GLIDING. The soles of the foot replace hands in Ashiatsu Massage, moving blood and lymph while palpating deeper layers of muscle tissue with a gliding compression. Literally, the soles of the foot replace hands for this truly amazing work. And the padding of the soles of the feet are able to sink deeper into tissue with much less resistance and discomfort than elbows, forearms, fists, or any of the sharper tools such as knuckles/fists, elbows, and forearms. And then, there’s the gravity! That’s the cherry on top. Gravity allows tissue to respond faster and better, but also does not interrupt or at all detract from your relaxation vibe.
So what’s the difference between Ashiatsu and other types of massage? The main differences to hand-modalities of Ashiatsu are: the draping, and the client fighting the thought “how is this even happening with her foot?” from occurring all throughout the treatment. The drapes, draping, equipment, and methods we use at Perpetuity provide so much comfort to the client. I’f you’ve had massage before, the draping (bedding) and your body is exposed back, and each leg. Ashiatsu draping is different but it’s barely noticeable, because for the aforementioned gliding needed, the client receives what’s called a half-drape. One of the client’s sides remains open for gliding. The client also forgets about feet, the soles feel like a soft, padded, giant hand, excellent at delivering massage.
And on the feet, let’s talk about our therapists’ feet! They are clean, and I mean CLEAN. There’s a protocol for the feet washing, the sterile footwear placed on after that, which ensures you are getting them fresh. We’re a highly hygiene focused day spa – washing feet exactly the same way we wash our hands is mandatory! Foot preparation makes clients guess whether it’s hands or feet due to the softness and warmth of that first touch, and that’s just the way we like it.
Ashiatsu is also better for the therapists’ bodies. This is not to be understated. Massage is given with a body, and the wellbeing of that body is highly subject to injuries from repetitive motion. Lumbar, wrist and hand injuries especially can become the reason a massage therapist leaves her practice. Ashiatsu is far healthier for the therapists, too! PS: If anyone reading this is considering massage as a profession, our therapists studied here in Idaho, the Oz School of Massage therapy in Eagle is excellent, teaches many therapeutic modalities, including Ashiatsu and graduates the most capable massage therapists around!
Come try it for yourself, or book a little something to go with it, a facial, perhaps? Come see the best massage and facial spa in Boise! Perpetuity Skin + Spa on Vista offers all you need to feel great again.
We are Perpetuity Skin + Spa on Vista Avenue, and we are the Boise Bench's self-proclaimed best day spa! We offer many luxury day spa experiences, from organic facials, CBD massage, reiki, floatation therapy, hard gel manicures, facial waxing, dermaplaning, sugar scrub pedicures, Thai stretching, lash extensions, sugaring, body wraps and more! Our service menu outlines the therapeutic body therapies and advanced skincare solutions you've heard about, but haven't had the chance to try. The prices you pay here are fixed, no tipping, our deal is fair and square (curious why? Read here.) Come see why your experiences in self care should have always been in Perpetuity. BOOK NOW to secure your spot, or give us a call to organize something just for you! 208-996-3090