Although the Japanese term "Ashiatsu" is
used in the trade name, the technique Ashiatsu Deepfeet Bar
Therapy® and its application are very different. I looked up the
root word “Ashi” in a Japanese Dictionary one day and it means
"foot" and "Atsu" means "pressure", so together they symbolize
foot pressure. Only a few forms of barefoot massage use the
hands above the head. We discuss many healing art forms combined
with historic photos from Eastern Asia to the Pacific Rim during
the Barefoot Basics course.
The roots of Ashiatsu Bar Therapy® came first from the
Philippines and then from India. This American adaptation has
become truly a western phenomenon.