Barefoot Massage, Santa Barbara, Goleta ☮

Barefoot Massage
Barefoot Massage


Benefits of Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage


1. Reduces Chronic Pain

Ashiatsu massage is a deep tissue compression massage. We know deep tissue massage has long been effective in pain reduction. It manipulates the deeper layers of soft tissue. So, it relieves muscle tension. It does this by loosening tight muscles. In particular, it increases the circulation that flushes out inflammation that causes pain. The compressive strokes of Ashiatsu loosen adhesions.  And it releases the connective tissues. Adhesions and tight connective tissues create much of our discomfort. Alignments go back into place.

2. Improves Flexibility

The long gravity-assisted strokes broaden and lengthen the muscle fibers. Stretching the tissues in two different directions is effective and efficient too. It improves and restores flexibility. Scar tissue and adhesions can form from past injuries, stress, and over-use injuries. These all respond well to this technique. For instance, Ashiatsu is effective at stretching the IT Band. The iliotibial band is a thick band of tissue on the lateral leg. It runs from the hip to the knee. And it also stabilizes the knee. It creates lateral knee pain in runners.

3. Deepest Deep Tissue Massage Possible

Traditional deep tissue massage employs thumbs, fists, and elbows. They are often associated with discomfort and sometimes bruising. But, Ashiatsu massage with the foot feels like a giant hand. And the heel of the foot acts as a giant thumb. Again, this is an alternative to the use of a bony elbow. A nice benefit of this massage is that it feels much gentler.  Hence, it is almost too good to be true. It equates to getting a luxurious deep tissue massage. So, the no pain no gain motto does not apply to this deep massage.

4. No Residual Soreness

Deep compression massage does not break blood vessels. So, there is little to no bruising. The client does not experience the same pain as with traditional deep tissue massage. The softer but deeper application of the barefoot massage is a nice benefit. Instead of the use elbows and thumbs which feel like sharp tools. The barefoot massage does not damage the superficial tissues. Deep tissue massage is rough on the therapist’s hands and body. Ashiatsu massage is much more comfortable for both the therapist and the client.

5. Reduces Stress

Thus, the clients float out of the treatment room. This type of massage puts them in a deeper state of relaxation. In turn, it relieves stress. In fact, the application of Ashiatsu enhances the state of nirvana. The client experiences a whole new level of calm. Massage reduces cortisol levels. It has a positive effect on diastolic blood pressure. It has been well documented in many studies. According to this article, “Adjustments to Stress Measures Following Massage Therapy: A Review of the Literature” published by the NCBI in 2008, said that after a massage, a reduction in salivary cortisol and heart rate was consistently noted. The lowering of both heart rate and cortisol benefit the health and wellness of the client.

6. Effects Last Longer

To be sure the whole body benefits from the broad and deep compressive strokes. In comparison to the traditional deep tissue massage, the effects of this service go on for hours. As a result, most clients go home and relax for the rest of the day. Don’t plan on doing much after receiving this massage. This benefit is due to the combination of deep compression strokes. There is an increased circulation of the blood and lymphatic system. The broad compressive strokes from head to toe enhance these two systems.  To put it another way, it magnifies the awesome feeling of well-being.
Ashiatsu massage is different in application. The massage therapist uses their feet instead of their hands to perform this service. We apply Ashiatsu on a massage table. We then use the overhead bars for balance. Or the client can lie on a mat on the floor. The therapist uses a stool or Portable Ashiatsu Bars on the floor for balance. Strokes are long and short. No other massage technique is deeper than Ashiatsu. You are only two-feet away from relief.
Pro Massage by Nicola, LMT Specializing in Sports Injuries, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Ca.
Pro Massage by Nicola, LMT Specializing in Sports Injuries, Barefoot, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Ca.
Benefits of Barefoot Massage Therapy for Swimmers


Barefoot Massage is among the oldest of the healing arts. References to massage and its values go back to the beginnings of recorded history. Among the most widely recognized benefits of massage are:

•Improve your range of motion

•Release of stress

•Relieve your tired feet with Reflexology

• Release of emotional and physical tension

• Reduction or elimination of back pain

• Relief from sore musclesRelaxation

• Increased energy

•Change in your nervous system- from sympathetic to parasympathetic

•Great for post and pre-sports events

•Ease medication dependence.

•Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.

•Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.

•Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.

•Lessen depression and anxiety.

•Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue, and stretch marks.

•Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.

•Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling.

•Reduce spasms and cramping.

•Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.

•Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.

Relieve migraine pain.

•Blood pressure control •Infant growth

•Boosting immunity

•Cancer treatment


• Decrease in chronic pain and pain management

• Improved sleep • Greater mobility and flexibility

• Improved body and mind awareness

•Reduced fatigue Profound Effects In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:

  • Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
  • Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak airflow.
  • Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
  • High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
  • Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
  • Preterm infants have improved weight gain.

Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat post-surgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process. Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.

Pro Massage by Nicola, LMT Specializing in Sports Injuries, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Ca.
Pro Massage by Nicola, LMT Specializing in Sports Injuries, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Ca.










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