“Fasci-Ashi”… as in Fascia+Ashiatsu=Fasci-Ashi.
Part 2: Warrior
The deep tissue massage therapy classes offered by our DeepFeet instructor team have been known as the deepest, most luxurious massage since 1995. Derived from ancient Thai Yoga Massage and styles of Asian massage and bodywork, our western adaptation offers a highly therapeutic and effective medical massage approach to treating common areas of chonic pain.
This blog post highlights a slightly technical breakdown of one of our famous strokes from our beginner level Ashiatsu training!
The “Warrior” stroke from Barefoot Basics class:
When we begin to apply the single-sided “Warrior” strokes, which with the help of the lateral plantar edge of the massage therapists foot, will address the intrinsic muscles of the spine that live within the Lamina Groove to help alleviate chronic mid or upper back soreness. Muscles such as Rotatores, Multifidi, and Spinalis… each act similar to shoelaces weaving through all aspects of every vertebrae affecting range of motion while maintaining alignment on the spinal column.
During this stroke, the gliding barefoot compression starts at the base of the Lumbar spine off to one side and travels up all the way through the characteristically tense upper Trapezius muscle at the base of the neck – all with painless deep pressure. As we pass each vertebra with this pinpointed stroke, we are giving a small bit of rotation to each joint it passes. Using the length and breadth of the foot, this stroke will also work a short Quadratus Lumborum, bending the muscle by coming in with a medial direction of pressure. The trifecta of Longissimus, Spinalis and Iliocostalis spinal erectors are addressed by a shearing pressure from insertion to origin. The Rhomboid and Levator Scapula muscles are held with sustained compression to release buried trigger points easily.
The deep compression along this unilateral line of tension gives a moment of axial rotation to each vertebral joint, as well as extension throughout the entire hip, spine and shoulder complexes, which is in opposition to the typical forward flexed, rounded posture. Five to ten minutes filled with three slow passes of controlled, skillfully applied pressure on each side of the spine leaves the client feeling like their entire backbone has been tranquilly wrung out!
…sustained compression helps to release buried trigger points easily…
Sound Scrumtrulescent?!!? This is only 1 stroke of the many we have to offer! This will feel amazing to your client and is very gentle on your own body. If you haven’t felt an Ashiatsu session from one of our Certified Graduates, maybe it’s time you do!
You can learn “Warrior” in any Barefoot Basics class taught by our authorized instructors on the DeepFeet Instructor team.
Keep hangin’ ten, and I’ll periodically tell you more of what I see is structurally happening in each Ashi stroke we do.
Jeni Spring has been an Ashiatsu teacher and associate instructor for Ashiatsu DeepFeet Bar Therapy since 2008, a practitioner of the technique since 2002, and is the owner of Heeling Sole Barefoot Massage & Yoga in San Antonio, Texas. She has presented Ashiatsu locally and nationally, as well as internationally at the first Ashiatsu class in Europe.
Jeni rides scooters and chugs salted caramel coffee.
Jeni Spring, LMT, LMP, MTI