Ashiatsu health information

Health issues or concerns? Please review the information below and contact us with questions!


A “contraindication" is a clinical term for a condition or factor that serves as a reason to withhold a certain treatment – in this case, Ashiatsu massage. If any of the following applies to you, we should discuss an alternative service.

  • If you are a woman that is pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • If you’ve had breast/pectoral/gluteal/calf implants or any form of augmentation/enhancement within nine months
  • If you’ve had recent eye procedures/Lasik surgery within 72 hours
  • If you have a history of Tuberculosis, thrombosis, aneurysm, or ongoing kidney disorders.
  • If you are currently going through radiation therapy treatments.
  • If you’ve had any knee, hip, spine, shoulder, or major joint surgeries within 6 weeks
  • If you have a current flare up of phlebitis or cellulitis
  • Any active Autoimmune Disorders (such as lupus, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, etc) and Lyme disease
  • If you are currently taking any blood thinners, steroids, cortisone, anti-inflammatories, pain killers, or muscle relaxants
  • If you have uncontrolled high blood pressure or heart condition
  • If you have a pacemaker, stint or shunt
  • If you’ve had a rib or any bone fracture/break within 6 months
  • If you have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis
  • If you have been diagnosed spondylolithesis
  • If you have Guillian-Barre’ Syndrome, have been diagnosed any active neuropathy of severe pain and numbness, or if you have any neurological disorder that causes loss of sensation or muscle weakness

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Other Considerations

Here are some additional considerations that may mean Ashiatsu isn't the best fit for you right now.

  • If you have been on a plane flight longer than 6 hours within the last 24 hours prior to your massage appointment.
  • If you are sick. 
  • If you don’t even like deep pressure during your massages. Ashiatsu is "deeper than deep tissue."
  • If you weigh less than 130 pounds.
  • If you are under 18 years old. 

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Let Us Know If...

Although we may not need to reschedule your appointment for the items below, we do need to be made aware in advance.

  • If you have an IUD, joint replacements, fusions, rods, plates, screws, etc.
  • If you are diabetic, hypoglycemic or a hemophiliac or on medication
  • If you have been diagnosed with any stage of a herniated/bulging/slipped disc
  • If you have spinal stenosis, spondylitus, or spondylosis
  • If you’ve had any recent injuries (Dislocations, sprains, strains, bumps, bruises, whiplash, etc)
  • If you’ve had recent injections of substances at joint or muscle junctures (Botox, saline, nerve block, epidural, corticosteroid, even birth control.) We CANNOT massage the area immediately surrounding, and in some cases distal, or further out the limb, from any injection site. Doing so may reverse the effects of your shot and may cause harm to your muscle tissue. 
  • If you have had any kind of surgery
  • If you have been diagnosed with Osteopenia (early stage of Osteoporosis)
  • Heavy menstrual cramping or abnormal flow cycle
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • A flare up of diverticulitis or any digestive issues
  • Low grade fever
  • Any acute intense pain that does not subside
  • Numbness or tingling in any area.
  • Any contagious rashes, warts, foot fungus, or skin infection

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I will try anything when it comes to massage, but I wondered how feet could have as much dexterity as hands. It turns out they can do a lot more! The sweeping strokes, range of possible pressure and relaxing vibe make this my new favorite technique.
— Margaret Burns Vap