Ashiatsu “had me at hello.” I fell in love in an instant, and that love has remained true and strong, like no other. Until I started seeing the many great effects and benefits my clients have regularly, you could have told me I was just biased. Not anymore!For years, I’ve seen and heard the many, major benefits my clients/students receive from Ashiatsu. Throughout these years, my obsessive nature has gotten the best of me, and I have pulled out the anatomy book to see just what, how, and when those benefits are actually happening and where they’re coming from.
Of course there are those obvious places that we all can feel in the first day of class, especially in the erectors, gluteals, and hamstrings. But, what lies underneath? We know that what is being treated on the posterior side is indirectly effecting the anterior side, right? So, let’s take that a step further.
Look in your anatomy book…the lumbar plexus. Imagine using your foot to make nice over the sacrum, then beginning the two most famous standing strokes of Ashiatsu. (You Ashi-heads know what those are). In both of these strokes, your foot is directly over T12-L4. What’s under there, attaching to the lesser trochanter… starting at T12…? The Psoas! Both Major and Minor are able to be stretched, unlike any hand, arm, or elbow work will allow for. Only the foot can provide the direct, downward, gravitational broad stroke to create a stretch for Psoas while the client lies relaxed, prone, on your table. There’s no less invasive, gentler approach to Psoas work than Ashiatsu!
So when you notice your clients having better & longer lasting results with Ashiatsu, know that you’re releasing, stretching, and indirectly working their Psoas, from the bottom of your sole! We aren’t known to deliver the most gentle and effective deep tissue massage for nothin’, and that’s no bull!