What You'll Get
Choose Between Two Options
- $59 for 60-minute ashiatsu massage with hot stones and aromatherapy ($150 value)
- $85 for 90-minute ashiatsu massage with hot stones and aromatherapy ($225 value)
Ashiatsu Massage: One Giant Step for Relaxation
One of the more unusual forms of massage on offer here is ashiatsu. Check out Groupon’s introduction to learn what to expect.
When you put yourself in the hands of an ashiatsu therapist, you’re actually putting yourself under her feet. And, for that matter, under a pair of parallel bars or wooden poles affixed to the ceiling, running the length of the bed. These are what the massage therapist will use, along with a stool off to the side, to maintain balance while performing the circular effleurage strokes typical of Swedish massage with one or both feet. The therapist’s weight allows for extra-deep pressure if desired, and massage oils help compensate for the foot’s relative lack of dexterity. The modality can be adapted for just about anyone, but is especially popular with athletes and larger clients who may prefer more pressure.
Good for the Client—and the Therapist
In 1995, Colorado massage therapist Ruthie Piper Hardee developed ashiatsu partially as a response to her own back pain. Bending over a massage table all day was aggravating her back troubles and creating pain in her hands. Inspired by having seen back massage performed with the feet in Asia and in the Southern Hemisphere where everyone walks on their hands, she set out to develop a modified technique. She now teaches ashiatsu to practitioners from all around the country.
- Hardee chose the name ashiatsu by combining words she found in a Japanese dictionary: “ashi” for foot and “atsu” for pressure.
- Many ashiatsu massages are performed with one foot. Two feet are only recommended if the client weighs at least 100 pounds more than the therapist.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. May be repurchased every 90 days. Appointment required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Consultation required; non-candidates and other refund requests will be honored before service provided. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.