Barefoot Shiatsu


Barefoot shiatsu massage using ceiling poles

Barefoot Shiatsu is a wonderful massage technique, where the energy flow of the whole body can find balance. The massage practitioner applies pressure and a gliding technique with the feet to stimulate the meridian flow, to release tension, and flush painful muscle issues from tissues, tendons and muscles.

Applying compression and integrating the a gliding techniques with the feet allows depth as well as soothing and nourishment. Massaging with the feet utilizes balance and body weight and allows deep firm pressure without strain plus offers four a easy way to apply deep pressure.

To use the feet as a massaging tool, the practitioner uses the art of balance. All the massage movements originate from the center of the body, also called “hara” from where we are connected to universal energy. With this abundance and centered body alignment, it is great to receive and give a uniquely trans-formative custom deep tissue healing massage.

Using the Wisdom of the ‘Five Elements

Understanding the ancient wisdom of the “Five Elements” related to the body, mind and spirit, helps the massage therapist understand the relation of various pains, aches and weaknesses of the client’s body and can then balance the flow of the meridians of the body to which the weakness is related.

How is Barefoot Shiatsu different?

Barefoot Shiatsu is a technique done while the client is fully clothed in loose garments.  Barefoot Shiatsu is done with the client lying on a low table or mat on the floor. A barefoot massage can either be done after a day’s athletic activity or a day’s work to relieve over used muscles, or before sports activities.

How effective is barefoot shiatsu massage?

Barefoot Shiatsu with Staff

Barefoot shiatsu massage is, just practical. The foot is twice the size of the hand and can cover twice the distance of a hand on the body. The foot provides more concentrated type of pressure than a hand, elbow, or finger, without the “pointed pressure” of thumbs or elbows.  Due to the shape of the foot, the client receives the benefit of massage techniques done with thumbs or elbows, while experiencing deep effective massage in a reduced time.  Experience in performing thousands of massages on people in pain, Nicola has developed additional special techniques for muscles in the low back, hips, legs, hands, shoulders and neck that are more efficient than a typical Swedish massage.   For example, barefoot shiatsu techniques done on the shoulders and low neck muscles can enable the client to gain relief much faster than in a Swedish massage because of the deep therapeutic pressure being applied to the client.

Is barefoot shiatsu good for athletes or people who do physical labor?

Yes, barefoot techniques can be used effectively to help athletes or anyone who works their body hard. With athletes, barefoot can help achieve peak performance, and assist in recovering from overused muscles.  With people who work hard performing tasks such as dry walling, framing, heavy cleaning, or yard and gardening work, barefoot shiatsu is ideal to help speed recovery of tight muscles and enable return to the work you love.

Are there any metaphysical benefits to barefoot shiatsu?

Barefoot shiatsu can enable the flow of energies through the body’s chakra’s, and assist in balancing them. When the chakra’s are energized, many unexpected healing benefits can result. Barefoot shiatsu is also a “grounding” experience, which can enable metaphysical experiences to occur and become fully integrated within the person.



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