Traditional and modern Asian massage and body work techniques utilize the energetic pathways in the body known in the Orient as meridians. Therapists are able to feel the energy known as chi, the life-force within the body. Some therapies include stretching and deep palming while others are extremely light, using holding techniques to calm and restore balance. Asian therapies are well suited for people with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, stress and those experiencing symptoms of menopause.
From the Japanese words "ashi," meaning foot, and "atsu," meaning pressure, this is the ultimate deep-massage therapy. In this compression massage, the therapist uses overhead bars for balance while using the feet to bring about release and structural change in chronically sore, tight tissues. Ashiatsu provides deep relaxation and stimulates the circulatory system. This is the modern version of a classic Asian therapy for persistent back and neck pain.