Deep thoughts on Deep Massage in San Antonio

Going bar-less today, creating a moving meditation within my deep tissue sports massage here in San Antonio, focusing on intentional EVERYTHING! Without the support of my overhead bars, I had to make every movement carefully & hone in on my balance, not rely on something else to hold me up, NO CRUTCHES, figurative or literal, even though I was 2 feet off the gound.

My barefoot massage sessions today at the Alamo Heights Farmers Market had more Anma, Fijian, Thai, Deeperwork, along with a little bitta Rossiter & Breema in them (go ahead, look all that up… or check out this page on my website which summarizes how we utilize each amazing technique) rather than my usual schtick of Ashiatsu or Ashi-Thai. No bars? Then it’s not ashi, that’s how it goes. Truly.

I even tried to pull of my fave Ashiatsu moves, but they don’t work the same, and they were definitely not effortless without my trusty bars. The bodymechanics, leverage, ease in transferring weight & trust that comes with always having a hold on those overhead support system was gone, & definitely not replicable through the flimsy metal tent frame & horizontal swingy rope. Everytime I tried my Ashi moves, I knew it wasn’t feeling the same to my client, because I wasn’t feeling that the same intent, forces of gravity and leverage, release of pressure and trust were there. I couldn’t get it to happen the same. Nothing can replace the original, no need to reinvent the wheel, today’s exercise in experimentation proved that, and let me pay more attention to the underlying studies I’ve done in other forms of Barefoot massage.

Using my good ‘ol rope that I used to employ back in the days when I offered my Thai & Fijian massages on the floor, I only had enough support incase I wobbled… but I didn’t wobble once!

Being the Ashiatsu purist that I am, and how much I try to preach about its legacy and lineage, I felt untrue to these other forms of barefoot massage by being up off the ground! There’s a method to the madness, and the more I focus on only using my feet to massage, the more training I get in all these techniques, and the more I study the theories behind them I realize that you can bring other barefoot massage styles into an Ashiatsu session, but you can’t bring Ashiatsu into another style of Barefoot Massage unless you have those bars: they are really the magic that makes this specific massage happen.


Heeling Sole owner Jeni Spring providing San Antonio’s best deep tissue sports massage at the Alamo Heights 78209 Farmers Market in Carousel Court

Anyways, I just wanted to post this because 1) I am a rad independent chick who don’t need no support! STAND BACK: I GOT THIS! and 2) because I totally love the support of my Ashiatsu bars & realize how much they’ve enriched my massage as well as my life. Much gratitude to my lovely bars, I take you & everything you offer for granted sometimes.

Metaphors all over the place. Wow.

On that note, if you want to try something similar but different for your next massage at Heeling Sole, ask if your session could be done in our new room, where we’ll take our massage back to its ancestral roots & put it back on the floor. I didn’t put bars up in this room so that we can challenge ourselves to utilize ALL the other amazing styles of barefoot massage that exist. Our Sasquatch staff at Heeling Sole is not only trained in Ashiatsu, but also Fijian, Thai, & soon the whole staff will have Rossiter under their belts.

Get grounded at Heeling Sole & try our floor-based barefoot massage!

Now that’s deep.

Sasquatch LMT of the Month

At heeling Sole we are proud of all of our Sasquatch staff, whether it is our LMTs Or Our Yogis!  This week we are highlighting our LMT Jessica who is one of three LMTs at Heeling Sole up for nomination as Best Massage Therapist in The San Antonio Current!


Our deep and specific sports massage specialist:  She loves working with specific tissue-issues, assessing all angles of your muscles to improve your range of motion and mobility, preventing injury!  We sat down with Jessica and asked her a few questions so you could get to know her.

How long have you been an LMT?
I have been practicing Massage Therapy and Ashiatsu since 2009.
What do you enjoy most in your role as an LMT? 
 I enjoy being able to help people. Wether it be just for the experience and getaway from life, or addressing underlying chronic issues to help them life a more pain free life.
What is your favorite muscle group to work on?
Hips and shoulders. I find that there are so many restrictions here that inhibit a lot of “normal” body movements. When you can address the smaller overlooked muscle groups and see dramatic change it really is amazing. The client feels better and you remove the stigma of it just being the larger muscle groups. If it’s made it that far and it’s chronic, 9 times out of 10 that’s not where the issue is.
What information do you like to receive about your clients before, during, and after a session?
Gosh! This answer is all over the board. I’ve had people be so unsure about what we do and try to opt for just the Ashli-Thai portion. But when I take a few minutes and educate them on what the modality is, they are very receptive and open to try. After they almost always feel like that was the best massage experience they’ve ever had, they feel relaxed yet feel that everything was addressed in such detail that they can’t believe how much work we can provide in our sessions.
What drew you to Ashiatsu?
My first job out of massage school offered ashiatsu. I was reluctant at first to see the bars in the ceiling and immediately asked what they were and why they were there. They explained it to me, I received a session, and the following week I was signed up to take the class. Mainly is was the amount of surface area that could be covered and the way the strokes are applied that really caught my attention. I knew with my sports background this would be the perfect tool to set me apart from the crowd. So I embraced the change and began to perfect my craft.
Final thoughts?
If you love anatomy, movement of the human body, and love a challenge then this is the perfect modality to take. Lacking any 2 of these together I have noticed that it’s harder to grasp the concept of this work.  The passion for massage must be there first. The more in detail you know your anatomy, the easier the neurological connection from brain to foot becomes and makes this modality the work of art it really is. I will forever be thankful for Ruthie for putting so much effort into this modality and molding it into what is has become today. She has a great team of instructors behind her that uphold the integrity of the company with the upmost respect and I’m glad to be a part of it. I’m currently 7 years into my career and here’s to another 10 or more.
You can book with Jessica on Monday 2-6pm, Tuesday and Friday 9:30-1pm, Thursday 9:30-6pm and select weekends.
And Dont Forget to vote for Jessica in the Best of SA  contest as Best Massage Therapist today through March 25th

Yogi of the Month

At heeling Sole we are proud of all of our sasquatch staff, whether it is our LMTs Or Our Yogis!  This week we are highlighting our Yogi of the month  Timothy who teaches Ashtanga.timblogpic
Timothy moved to Texas from Yorkshire in the North of England in 1980. He has completed 18 marathons and 7 ultra-marathons. Timothy enjoys classical music, cooking, cryptic crossword puzzles, and tatting.  We sat down with him and did a little Q&A so you could get to know him better.
How long have you been teaching Yoga?   I have been a practitioner of Yoga for many years,  but started teaching about 6 Months ago.
Is yoga part of your daily routine?  If so, how?  The last 6 months I have made it a goal to practice Ashatnga daily.  I also have a 30  minute morning routine I have been doing daily the last 18 months.
What tips would you give newbies?  Listen to your body.  It’s all about the breath.  Enjoy the journey, don’t worry as much on the  destination.  Every day is different.
What is your favorite yoga resource or website?  I don’t have one favorite, but Jeni has a great handbook for Beginners that helps when taking my class.
What is one thing today you are grateful for?  I would say it is discovering, although later in life, the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of daily yoga practice.
Final thoughts ?  “Practice and all is coming” – Pattablin Jois

Come try Ashtanga:  Sundays at 1pm, and Tuesday/Thursdays at 5:30!

Insight from my inSole August 10, 2015 at 01:09PM

..believe I’m stompin’ (on your back) I’m #StraightOutta Ashiatsu.
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Insight from my inSole August 10, 2015 at 08:26AM

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Insight from my inSole August 08, 2015 at 06:20PM

Saturdays Salty Sole’s and Sandy Toes make for softer feet to massage you with on Monday…. #ToesForward #texasbeach #northpadreisland #heelingsole #hangten

Insight from my inSole August 08, 2015 at 06:17PM

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