Ashiatsu means “foot pressure” in Japanese. Barefoot massage also has many other names depending on its country of origin. A fusion of several traditional forms of barefoot massage adapted to North American standards has been created and continues to evolve. Ashiatsu has only recently become recognized in Canada as an RMT modality. Ashiatsu is a type of massage therapy in which the practitioner balances themselves using parallel bars mounted above the table and massages the patient with her feet. Strokes are compressive, broad, consistent and flowing; giving the sensation of being massaged by very large hands. Using the feet enables the therapist to deliver varying therapeutic levels of pressure, leaving tissues feeling invigorated, yet deeply relaxed.
In Canada, since 2013 when Ashiatsu was recognized by the CMTO as an accepted RMT modality, Nicole has trained over a hundred RMTs who are located across the country in cities including: Toronto & the GTA, Ottawa, Halifax, Guelph, Pickering, Timmins, Innerkip, Windsor, Peterborough, Cobourg, Belleville, Hamilton/Burlington, Milton and Oakville. As the Public’s awareness grows about Barefoot massage being an accepted and valuable RMT modality, we expect to see an increase in demand amongst RMT clients. Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage Therapy is not only an amazing option for clients, but will improve the quality and longevity of our careers as Registered Massage Therapists.