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Ashiatsu massage is a type of therapy performed entirely with the feet. Before you sign up for a session, you may want to look at the area where you will receive your massage to inspect the equipment and design of this space. It is a good idea to make sure the location is a private one since you may need to partially disrobe for this massage. You may want to find out more about the massage therapist so you can make sure you choose one who is well qualified to perform this treatment.
The best table for an ashiatsu massage is typically one that is firm and very flat. There may be some padding on this table, but it should not be extremely cushioned. Many spas provide pillows and sheets for their clients, and this can help keep you comfortable during your session as well.
Typically, there are bars overhead for the ashiatsu massage therapist to hold onto during treatment. This ensures the weight of the therapist is partially supported so you are not injured during your session. These bars are typically somewhat narrow that are approximately the same length as the massage table, and are often made of wood. There may be two or three of these bars spaced evenly apart in some instances. The bars must be suspended from the ceiling at a height that makes it easy for the therapist to access.
Think about the room where the ashiatsu massage is given. If possible, this location should not be shared by other patrons nor have windows that make it easy for others to see in. It is also a good idea to have an area to change clothes in before and after the session. Some spas give an ashiatsu massage outdoors, and if this is the case, you should make sure the area cannot be accessed by other visitors if you are uncomfortable disrobing around others.
It is important to have a well-trained ashiatsu massage therapist perform one of these sessions. You may want to find out if the therapist is licensed, and how long he or she has been performing these treatments. They should be conducted by practitioners who have good balance and flexibility so that pressure from the feet is applied in precisely the right manner. When given properly, an ashiatsu massage can be a relaxing way to improve circulation, increase flexibility and relieve back pain, especially when used with essential oils.
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