Emerge Massage Studio


The benefits of Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage

Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage BenefitsAshiatsu Barefoot Massage addresses the needs and concerns of many people seeking deep tissue massage.

Most clients report decreases in pain with increases in range of motion and athletic performance.

Deeper than a typical deep tissue session, but feels like a Swedish massage. You’ll experience the perfect level of pressure you’ve been looking for!

This is a deeply therapeutic treatment that I recommend to anyone looking for a profoundly relaxing experience with moderate to deep pressure.

Sound good? Great! You can book instantly online anytime. I look forward to meeting you soon!


What is Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage?

Ashiatsu is a Japanese word that means ashi (foot) atsu (pressure). It is a deep, painless form of barefoot massage that you will love! The Massage Therapist never walks on your back. Instead, they use overhead bars on the ceiling for balance and leverage while massaging with their feet. I have been practicing this technique since 2013 and over the years my feet have become as sensitive as my hands. My feet are able to feel tight muscles and work out knotted areas just as well as my hands. The pressure can range from moderate to deep depending on your preference (just let me know!).

This is the most advanced deep tissue massage that I have experienced and is not available widely in Vermont. There are only 8 Deep Feet Certified instructors in the United States who teach Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage. I have completed the Barefoot Basics, Ashiatsu Anterior and Sidelying, Advanced Two Footed Ashi training and I’m currently learning Ashi-Thai.

Why I recommend Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage over other bodywork techniques:
  • Long sweeping strokes stimulate the lymphatic and parasympathetic nervous systems faster.
  • Typically, just 20 minutes of Ashiatsu barefoot massage can do what takes an HOUR of Swedish massage to achieve!
  • Long, consistent compression releases adhesions, trigger points and chronic holding patterns.
  • Traction along the spine gently elongates the skeletal structure
  • Improves movement and posture while relieving chronic pain.
Who Should Not Receive Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage?
  • If you are 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 with Spondylothesis.
  • If you have Guillian-Barre’ Syndrome, have been diagnosed with any active neuropathy of severe pain and numbness, or you have any neurological disorder that causes loss of sensation or muscle weakness.

Client Reviews


Terrific Massage

Barefoot Bodywork is a wonderful form of massage, strong, gentle, restorative...I would recommend to even those who feel shy.

Carmen S.

Impressive Intuitive Touch

I was very impressed with her intuitive touch- it's rare to find a massage therapist in-tune enough to find tense spots you didn't even mention (or know existed). I recommend adding fire cupping to your treatment, icing on the cake!

Darlene M.


Hanna does an outstanding job. My massages are always customized to what I need.

Lisa S.

WOW! Just WOW!

Hanna is nothing short of amazing! I had a massage with her about one week ago...as soon as it was over I immediately booked another appointment! For the first time in my life, I tried cupping. It is a wonderful add-on, and provides a lot of relief.

Kate F.

She is a magician!

My new favorite massage studio! I have already recommended her to friends. As a nursing student, my back is constantly being challenged by bending over patients in disagreeable positions. Hanna made my back pain decrease from a 7 out of 10 down to a 2 out of 10. She is a magician. I look forward to my next visit in the incredible sanctuary she has created!

Pete C.

Great work!

Wonderful massage today. If I haven't said it enough- you do great work and are amazing.

John L.

Noticeable Improvement

I really appreciate Hanna's skills.  She has done wonders for my body and I have definitely noticed an improvement in my overall health and well being since seeing you regularly.  Thank you very much.

Scott M.

Repeat Performance

I have been a client of Hanna's for almost 10 years, on at least a monthly basis. I can honestly say that massage with Hanna has been a consistently enjoyable experience. It never feels redundant because Hanna is dynamic and has evolved her practice and skill so she approaches each session slightly different. She is as thorough as she is capable and I consider her part of my team of health care providers.

Laura H.

A Gifted Healer

I've been going to Emerge for monthly massages for about two years. Hanna is amazing. No matter how I feel when I get there, I always leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Regular massage is an important part of my self care regimen and I can't recommend Emerge highly enough. Hanna is truly a gifted healer.