"The deepest most luxorious massage on the planet," is the best and most often used descriptor for Ashiatsu DeepFeet Bar Therapy. 


In this specialized modality, your certified and licensed massage therapist will use her soft, pedicured, sanitized feet in combination with body weight (with support from overhead bars) and gravity to glide, compress, and relax every muscle fiber in your being.


The broadness of the foot ensures that the massage is never "pokey" so that we can reach the deepest muscles on anyone without discomfort. Since we are able to manipulate and relax deep muscles without pain with Ashiatsu, we get more done in the same amount of time without sacrificing relaxation.



As with any type of massage or bodywork there are certain medical conditions we need to be careful of or avoid performing Ashiatsu DeepFeet Bar Therapy with. These include Basic Massage Contraindications as well as:

  • Pregnant or actively trying to get pregnant

  • Guillan-Barre Syndrome

  • Any implants (breast, cheek, pacemakers etc) within the last nine months

  • Recent eye/retinal or facial surgery

  • Frail individuals or Osteoporosis

  • Varicose Veins

  • Kidney disorders

  • Protruding or ruptured discs


If you question whether or not you are able to receive Ashiatsu DeepFeet Bar Therapy please contact Akua Esthetics&Bodywork and we will be happy to assist you.



Hot Ashi combines the deep, consistent, pressure and rhythm of Ashiatsu DeepFeet Bar Therapy with the therapeutic heat and relaxation of heated basalt stones. The basalt stones are heated between 122-127 degrees Farenheit and are used to massage and manipulate muscle tissue aiding in relaxation and the elimination of tension. The stones are never left on your body to get cold and uncomfortable but are used to aid the Ashiatsu DeepFeet Bar Therapy session with your bodywork goals and needs.


After one of these 90 minute sessions you will feel like melted butter!



In addition to the contraindications of both Basic Massage and Ashiatsu DeepFeet Bar Therapy, there are some added conditions we need to be careful of while using the hot stones. These include:

  • Any rash or lesions

  • Sensitivities to heat

  • Recent open wounds or stitches


Any other concerns or questions? Contact us, we are happy to help!


Get the results you need and the relaxation you deserve! No one body is alike and therefore no one massage should be alike. At Akua Esthetics&Bodywork your concerns will be heard and listened to. Need Deep Tissue on your back but like light to medium Swedish massage on your arms and legs? Does traditional massage music make your skin crawl and you relax better to slow jazz or classic rock? Just let Tristin know and she can adjust anything from pressure, modality, music, to temperature.


Akua Esthetics&Bodywork chooses to not charge extra for basic modalities (those learned in most massage schools). There's no extra fee for Deep Tissue versus Swedish or Relaxation. We prefer to charge by time because most people need a combination of modalities in order to fully address all their bodywork and massage needs. The only modalities that are charged extra are those that required advanced certification outside of school such as Ashiatsu DeepFeet Bar Therapy.  Anything that may incur an extra charge (additional time, add ons, etc) will be discussed with you prior to the start of your session.



There are few medical issues that we can't work around when it comes to massage but they may include:

  • Any communicable illnesses

  • Fevers within 24 hours

  • Uncontrolled blood pressure (either high or low)

  • Advanced Diabetes

  • Recent injuries (within 48 hours)

  • Kidney disorders

  • Contagious rashes


Most things we can work around and may just need more information or a doctors note. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us via phone/text 517-960-5054 or by email.




Make your session even more customized by adding an Enhancement. Each of our exclusive Enhancements brings something unique to your massage or bodywork session.



Reach into deep muscles and melt away stress and tension with smooth basalt stones heated to 122-127 degrees Farenheit. At Akua Esthetics&Bodywork the hot stones are used to massage and manipulate your muscle tissue not just sit on your body.



Start with an exfoliating scrub to remove itchy, dry skin then relax with an application of Phytomer's self heating mud to warm up deep muscles and add in the detoxification of the tissue. End with a relaxing, moisturizing application of hydrating lotiion.



Enhance your senses and your muscle therapy with the application of DoTERRA's Certified Therapeutic Grade essential oils. Pick on your own or let your aromatherapy certified licensed massage therapist be your guide.



Smooth rough dry, hands and feet with an exfoliating scrub followed by an application of Phytomer's relaxing and detoxifying self heating mud ending with a moisturizing massage.


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