Although the Japanese term "Ashiatsu" is used in the trade name, the technique Ashiatsu Deepfeet Bar Therapy® and its application are very different. I looked up the root word “Ashi” in a Japanese Dictionary one day and it means "foot" and "Atsu" means "pressure", so together they symbolize foot pressure. Only a few forms of barefoot massage use the hands above the head. We discuss many healing art forms combined with historic photos from Eastern Asia to the Pacific Rim during the Barefoot Basics course.

The roots of Ashiatsu Bar Therapy® came first from the Philippines and then from India. This American adaptation has become truly a western phenomenon.