When one hears about Ashiatsu deep tissue massage, for the first TIME it’s easy to get slightly worried and wonder, is it really a spa treatment or is it a workout? Is it going to hurt? Should I give it a try? Ashiatsu massage is a style of deep tissue massage. This particular type of deep tissue massage is known for the use of barefoot practitioners. Although the word “Ashiatsu” literally translated means foot “ashi”, pressure “atsu” in Japanese, Ashiatsu therapists do also use their hands, elbows, thumbs, and palms when appropriate. Ashiatsu is often referred to as ‘barefoot Shiatsu’. Shiatsu translates to finger “shi”, pressure “atsu”. During a traditional.