What is Ashiatsu Massage?
Ashi means 'union' in Japanese. Likewise, Ashi means 'gliding' or 'assisting'. Ashi means to stick or fix something. Ashi means that the technique is organized and has a purpose.
Ashi means that the masseuse has knowledge and skill to perform the massage. Sometimes, the massage is a combination of the simple actions of the hand and foot such as kneading, rubbing and holding. Tips are often added to increase the skill level of the masseuse such as concentrating on certain muscles while massaging to affect the outcome of the treatment. A physically demanding exercise is not required for a Ashi massage. Ashi means relaxation.
Often, a good Ashi massage is designed to bring about a state of relaxation in the patient. Other benefits of practicing Ashi massage are stress relief, and pain management. The physical stress felt from a treatment session is counteracted by the relaxation felt during treatment. Some therapists add fragrance to the massage such as candles or natural essential oils. Others may go scentless. A natural scent can relieve the patient of pain, for instance, if a hot or cold compress is used.
Why is a massaging technique so good for tired muscles? To answer this question, imagine the different joints and muscles that are tense. When you walk or run, you use certain muscles and joints more than others. When you hold a pose, you use certain muscles and joints more than others. So, massaging these particular areas can relieve the tension in a tight muscle, causing it to relax. This is why it's great for sore muscles, or specific massages can be great for sports or recovery.
Ashi means closing and relaxing. Generally, this massage will go on for 30 minutes and will be performed 3 or more times a week. Generally, the massage therapist will use techniques that will induce relaxation in the patient. He will use narrow movements, fast and gentle movements, and long and gentle strokes. The goal of these movements is to improve circulation and remove stiffness and fatigue from the muscles.
Muscles are like floor mats; they have a ton of wasteful fibers which create friction as they move. There are different ways to incorporate different massage techniques in your day to day life to relieve the tension in your muscles and keep you healthier. While you may not be considering massaging your muscles, it's better to use the techniques than to avoid it.
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