Hands-Free Ashiatsu

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Coming to the 2017 Texas AMTA

Massage Convention in Waco

This class will teach massage therapists a sampling of barefoot strokes that don’t require the use of overhead bars!

This isn’t your regular ‘stand-on-the-table-and-hold-onto-a-bar’ kind of Ashiatsu…

…it’s the chillaxin, lazy, “LOOK MA! NO HANDS!!!” version of our technique!

This special convention class FEETures seated Ashiatsu strokes, as well as a special presentation on Fijian Massage – where we’ll try some standing strokes from the floor, while your client is on a padded floor mat. More training is required if you want to provide Ashiatsu or Fijian massage in your practice – but it’s a start!*

If you are curious to see what it’s like to massage with your feet, try this 8 hour course before diving into our full FasciAshi Barefoot Massage training or 16 hour Fijian Massage continuing education programs!

See if it’s for you. See first hand, (or, first FOOT!) if it’s right for your clients.

You’ll meet the feet and train with Jeni Spring and Jessica Jenkins, who are the Texas Ashiatsu instructors, as well as the Barefoot Massage Ninja, Jessica Harrison, who is the Texas Fijian instructor.

You’ll get to give and receive strokes from your partner, as well as from the instructors (so you’ll know what it should feel like!)

No pokey elbows, no painful, breath-taking pressure…. just a sensation of broad, consistent, smooth pressure.

No hand or upper body strength required, so just for this day, give your hard-working massage tools a break and wake up the potential in your feet. Use this class as research into the possibility of retiring your hands, or at least as an overview to see what its like to implement body-saving, gravity assisted deep tissue technique before moving onto ~deeper~ levels of Ashiatsu or Fijian training.

Want to see the full Ashiatsu and Fijian massage styles in action? Don’t miss the Center for Barefoot Massage’s booth in the vendor area, where a crew of experienced Barefoot Massage Therapists will be demonstrating the work – you can even get underfoot and receive 15-30 minute sessions during the entire convention weekend!

Class is 8:30m-6pm, March 31st, 8 CE hours.

  • Early registration: Sign up by 1/31/17 for special pricing: $100 for AMTA members, $108 for non-AMTA
  • Standard Pricing: if you sign up between February 1st – March 9th, 2017: $120 for AMTA members, $128 for non-members
  • Late Registration: March 9th-March 15, 2017: $140 for AMTA members, $148 for non-members

Sign up for this special convention class on the AMTATX.COM website.

Start working on the smoothness of your feet now.

Some items you’ll want to bring to the convention and to this class:

  • A holster
  • Your favorite creme or lotion – oil won’t work as well.
  • A foot sanitizer, such as a spray bottle containing Theives oil, or some other disinfectant.
  • A clean, unworn pair of flip-flops or sandals that can be cleaned easily between each client.
  • Wear capri’s, knee-length shorts, or pants that can be rolled up to the knee. Something easy to move in.
  • Get a pedicure – make sure your soles are smooth and your nails are short – use the same type of care you would take for your hands and fingers.

Got questions about learning barefoot massage? Email Jeni@HeelingSole.com

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Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage Training

Heeling Sole is not only San Antonio’s favorite place to get a deeper than deep tissue massage, it’s also the hub of all things barefoot massage for the state of Texas. As one of few Ashiatsu training facilities in the nation, Heeling Sole is part massage clinic, and part massage continuing education center.

Jeni Spring, Ashiatsu TeacherMassage Therapists from all over the country flock to Jeni Spring’s Ashiatsu workshops in San Antonio, Texas for excellent training in how to massage with their feet. The beginner level class that every licensed massage professional must start with is the FasciAshi Fundamentals class.

FasciAshi Fundamentals is the Center for Barefoot Massage’s beginner level Ashiatsu training. This modern adaptation of an ancient “heeling” barefoot massage technique uses the therapists’ feet like hands! The client relaxes on a supportive, comfortable massage table, while the massage therapist holds onto overhead bars for balance & safe distribution of their body weight, massaging through foot pressure.

Using their feet to go deep, massage students learn to provide a therapeutic and relaxing session for the client who needs more pressure. Standing on the massage table with their hands gently holding the bars, one soft foot will be sliding, gliding, rolling and compressing clients with ease as they experience the “deepest, most luxurious massage”  while the therapists stretch, breathe and dance their way through each session.

This 3 day class focuses mainly on the posterior aspect of the body, teaching ways to easily engage the larger muscles groups and deeper layers of fascial tissue for treatment of chronic pain symptoms. The techniques taught in the Fundamentals class offers quality continuing education for the massage therapist seeking effective deep tissue massage therapy classes. (To learn the strokes that apply to the front and side aspects of the body, simply attend FasciAshi Intermediate: Supine/Sidebody, which is a 1.5 day course offered after Fundamentals.)

The Fundamentals class will allow these advanced massage therapists to get an edge on the massage market in their area and offer a unique approach to bodywork with the FasciAshi technique from the Center for Barefoot Massage. Experienced instructors will discuss marketing strategies to help trainees integrate this new technique into their business, allowing them to offer Ashiatsu massage anywhere. Learn a variety of ways to build and install Ashiatsu bars correctly and easily in any situation. Feel every stroke from the instructor. Daily “feet on” practice on fellow students, the instructor, and the public during training, ensure confidence in applying the technique out in the real world. Small classes limited to 8-10 massage therapists allow for detailed instruction and one on one time.

After training (for you LMT’s out there) your own self-study Certification process begins with documented practical sessions and testing based on the information provided in class. Helpful graduate services and a community of barefoot massage therapists are available for ongoing career support. To supplement and deepen your understanding of the technique, intermediate and advanced level classes, and Revitalize courses are available for graduates. 62b72-11372206_1619730011649594_1793740165_n

If you are a Licensed Massage Therapist, what are you waiting for? Come learn the one-footed, deep pressured gliding strokes of Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage! You can easily apply protocols learned in this class to your existing massage sessions by just hopping up onto the table to save your body and go deeper where it’s needed most, or offer Ashiatsu as a standalone treatment for a full body massage with steady, consistent broad-based pressure from head to toe.

 

So if you are a massage professional, or know someone who is, then come to class and save your body from stress and strain, lengthen your career and have fun massaging with Ashiatsu!

Ashiatsu Technique Tips: Jeni’s Ashi Strap

For those of you Ashiatsu Massage Therapists … here’s a new tip to make your Ashi more Awesome.

Massage Therapists from across the country are asking me about my Ashiatsu straps and how to use them. These extra supports are something I’ve had in my practice since my first year or so practicing Ashiatsu, influenced by Aerial Yoga, Chavutti Thai and my own pure laziness. It’s a great tool to help you get up to your bars anywhere, rather than just at the head or foot ends of the table.

It will help you to save your hands even further, by not needing to death grip the bars anytime you need to lean out, and it will really help give you smooth leverage during the Range of motion, Ashi-Thai as well as Anterior and Sidelying moves.

Whatever you do – safety is the main factor, with “making your life easier” in second place. So always check that all the equipment you use during an Ashiatsu session can support your weight, will stay secured, will remain stealthy silent, and will help you work with great alignment and bodymechanics. My straps are a great tool that assists me in providing endless Ashiatsu sessions with ease, but you still have to be smart, think on your toes, and be aware of where the strap is at all times so you don’t lean back into nothing, or tangle yourself up mid stroke.

If the strap is ever in your way, you can just loop it over your bars, or install a hook somewhere to hang it on so it’s not in your face.


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Ok, for the strap, get a metal “D ring” 10 foot long yoga strap. I use the Hugger Mugger brand. Slip the Ring end of the strap through the D rings and cinch it up around one of the stems of the eyebolt at the end of a dowel, let’s say this is my left dowel at the foot of the table.


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The tail end: you are going to want to unscrew all the set screws on your right dowel.
Slide the dowel out of the 1st eyebolts up near the head of the table.
Tie a knot at the very end of the strap, and thread the flat part through the hole of the eyebolt. (Make sure there are no twists in the strap anywhere first!)
Slide the dowel back into that eyebolt hole, on top of the strap…..
Then screw the set screw back in: screw through the strap and into the dowel. (That’s what I’m doing in the picture, I know it’s a little blurry but do you see my screw driver and the set screw going up through the eyebolt, strap and dowel?)
Put all the other set screws back in, too.

ALTERNATIVELY, you could sew the strap into a loop, and just hang the loop off the end of your dowel, avoiding the need to unscrew everything. This is how our North Carolina Ashiatsu Instructor, Julie Marciniak secures her tail end of the strap.

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Ashi-Strap PART 3!

Ok, so now you have the strap knotted and screwed into the 1st right eyebolt at the head of your table, (Or sewn and looped over the dowel) and the D rings are looped and cinched around the last left eyebolt at the foot of your table.

Get up there and lean back. Do your thang.


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Using the strap on your Ashiatsu Portable Bars is a way to “create” a wall so that you can still perform the seated shoulder routine with support for your back. Check out what I’ve been doing since the beginning of my Ashi career!

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For more ideas, follow this hashtag on Instagram: #ashiatsustrap

Ashiatsu DeepFeet Bar Therapy Blog

Massage Therapists from across the country are asking me about my Ashiatsu straps and how to use them. These extra supports are something I’ve had in my practice since my first year or so practicing Ashiatsu, influenced by aerial yoga, chavutti thirumal and my own pure laziness. It’s a great tool to help you get up to your bars anywhere, rather than just at the head or foot ends of the table.

It will help you to save your hands even further, by not needing to death grip the bars anytime you need to lean out, and it will really help give you smooth leverage during the Ashi-Thai and Anterior/Sidelying moves.

Whatever you do – safety is the main factor, with “making your life easier” in second place. So always check that all the equipment you use during an Ashiatsu session can support your weight, will stay secured,  will remain stealthy silent, and will help you…

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Ashiatsu on KSAT “SA Live” Daily Show in San Antonio

Check out Jeni demonstratin’ and explainin’ Ashiatsu earlier today on San Antonio’s local daily show!

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Ashiatsu Certification

Check out Jeni’s recent entry on the national Ashiatsu blog!

Ashiatsu Certification: Certifiably Certified Part 1 (…of 3!)

Ashiatsu training coming up for Massage Therapists

Are you a Massage Therapist in Texas looking for a way to end the aches, pains and strains – not only in your clients body, but in your own while you massage? Hours upon hours each week of traditional hands-on massage can really take a toll on your thumbs, hands, wrists, shoulders, neck…. even with excellent body mechanics, it’s very easy to get hurt while providing the massages you love to do.

Take a look at this newsletter, I think you need to read it. 

I’ve seen so many therapists revive their massage careers after learning Ashiatsu. So many had achey-breakey feeling bodies, burnt out and bored brains, and a flatlined massage practice with no edge or niche to differentiate themselves from the massage crowd. Ashiatsu changes all that.

You’ll literally be raising the bar on your practice, you’ll have a unique and advanced massage modality in your toolbelt to grow into, AND you’ll be giving your body a break so that you can use gravity and your body weight to pull off the deepest, most luxurious massage in your town, that clients will LOVE.

Try it, seriously, you might like it. It’s worked out pretty awesome for me! 😉

…I’ve got a class in April with your name on it.

See you soon!

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Learn Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage in Texas

Benefits of Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage

Did you miss my webinar last year? Did you miss my “Benefits of Barefoot Massage” live presentation last month? Bummer.

Well….. maybe not! Pull up a pillow and some popcorn: I’ve made the entire 52 minute video available for you free!

Watch this video to learn about the therapeutic benefits of Ashiatsu for those who give and receive this form of deeper than deep tissue massage. I discuss the body saving, career enhancing aspects of providing Ashiatsu that many massage therapists who have taken my classes can now appreciate, and it also covers many of the reasons why clients of Heeling Sole absolutely love the massages we give.