Learning Ashiatsu: Frequently Asked Questions #2

Do I have to be a Massage Therapist?


You must be a Massage Therapist to legally and ethically apply these advanced massage therapy Ashiatsu techniques to the public as service.
A license to touch and a license work in your region Jeni Spring, Ashiatsu Teacherwithin the massage therapy field is essential to keeping this modality within its profession, scope of practice and intended market. If you are still in massage school, we require that you have completed 75% of your required hours with a passing grade of a B average, currently have some form of massage student insurance (available through all the major massage insurance agencies/associations) and we will need a copy of your transcript. Jeni first learned Ashiatsu 2 days after completing her 1100 hour Massage Therapy school, and hadn’t yet taken her state or national test – but her passing grades, transcript from the school and her AMTA massage student insurance plan gave her the go-ahead to start her massage career out on the right foot! If you are in a state without licensure requirement, we will need a transcript from a 200 hour massage therapy program showing your passing grades, and proof of liability insurance.

Will I receive Continuing Education Credits for attending Ashiatsu Training?

If you are already licensed/registered/certified in your state, then the continuing education credits we offer are eligible for your license, association and board renewals. If you attend class prior to obtaining a state license, then the credits are still awarded but may not be honored by your state, being that the Ashiatsu course occured prior to your licensure. (Check with your state massage board to be sure!)

The Ashiatsu classes held at Heeling Sole are Nationally Certified through the NCBTMB. We are additionally approved for all states who take automatic reciprocity with the NCBTMB. (Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia). Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Texas and New York are also ready to rock with your CE’s!

What about my Massage Association and National Board Renewals?

All courses offered by Jeni Spring at Heeling Sole meet Association of Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) eligibility requirements through the Center for Barefoot Massage’s affiliations. Our courses meet the high standards of the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB), as well as the AFMTE (Alliance for Massage Therapy Educators) competencies. We adhere to professionally recognized codes of ethics and standards of practice with each of these organizations, as well as with the AFMTE, and we are committed to continuing your professional education and development. Most state massage regulatory agencies recognize the same number of continuing education hours reciprocally. Please contact our office if you have questions regarding whether or not your state has automatic reciprocity with the NCBTMB.

How Many CE’s will I get?

This information is listed on the course description of every Ashiatsu Workshop we offer, but here are the details listed out:

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Learning Ashiatsu: Frequently Asked Questions #1

“Is there a weight limit for massage therapists to attend Ashiatsu classes?”

That’s actually a common misunderstanding – there is technically no weight limit in our Beginner/Intermediate level Ashiatsu training (Fundamentals, Intermediate: Supine/Sidebody and ROM.. there ARE strength and skill requirements and weight restrictions for the Fasciashi Advanced class, however.) For safety reasons for your fellow students, your future clients, and our equipment in the classroom, we are cautious and try to bring an awareness of the physicality involved with this work before you arrive for your Ashiatsu workshop with the Center for Barefoot Massage.  We will need to know your height and weight once you register, so that we can coordinate the set up of the equipment and clients that you’ll be working with. Also for safety reasons, if you weigh over 200 pounds, you are required to bring your own portable massage table – we can go over that later if necessary.

A higher than average fitness level will diminish any challenges you may experience during the workshop. We ask that you are confident that your upper arm strength can pull your body weight off the client at any moment if needed – in case you lose your balance, or in case your client needs an immediate removal of pressure. You’ll need a healthy mental and physical endurance level to maintain focus and strength in class during our daily 2.5 hour long practice rounds. We ask that you are flexible enough to stand up & down from a 24 inch stool quickly and easily from the floor in one smooth movement. You should also be able to sit on a stool with your knees close together in a cannon ball position. We sure do make Barefoot Massage look easy, but once you are standing on the table or sitting on the barstool, it’s much harder than it looks!

Ashiatsu is meant to be performed on clients who are 50-100 pounds heavier than the massage therapist.

One thing that needs to weigh heavily on your mind: do you have the client base that even needs Ashiatsu? This deeper than deep tissue massage technique is meant to be performed on clients who are 50-100 pounds heavier than you. If you are massaging people who weigh less than you, then you’ll be working too hard against gravity – sometimes even working on someone who is comparable in size/weight to you can be more difficult to massage with your feet if they cannot tolerate deep pressure. I highly recommend that you save your FasciAshi massages for the larger framed, dense tissued clients who are difficult to work on with your hands. If you don’t have the right client base for this technique, you may want to re-evaluate why you want to learn Ashiatsu, as it’s not meant for every client, it’s not meant for every massage therapist, and if this work is utilized incorrectly, or for evil not for good so to speak, then you can cause repetitive strain issues within yourself, and easily injury your client. Being that our studio, Heeling Sole, provides only barefoot massage ALL THE TIME, all day every day, we have experienced first hand (or… first foot?!) what it feels like in our bodies to do 20 Ashiatsu sessions within a week on small bodies, and what it feels like to do the same amount of sessions on larger bodies. Ashiatsu is a big tool you’ll be using to massage with, so it has to be used on the right job.

Do you have the equipment that will support this work?

You need to have a massage table that will hold your body weight, plus your heaviest client, plus a few hundred extra pounds breathing room within the working weight capacity of that table. We recommend the Earthlite Ellora or the Earthlite Spirit – or something comparable. No aluminum legged portable massage tables. Our classroom is stocked with 32″ & 35″ Earthlite Spirits, and our treatment rooms have the two versions of Earthlite Ellora’s – so you can try the tables out during your Ashiatsu training in Texas. I am an Earthlite massage table retailer, so I can help you pick out new discounted equipment if needed.

Contraindications for therapists:

If you are currently pregnant, trying to get pregnant, have recently had breast/gluteal/calf implants and/or some select surgeries within the last 9 months, we regret that you cannot attend the seminar. Please review these contraindications that I uphold my clients to, and let me know if any apply to you.


Speak with me to clarify your specific situation and see if Ashiatsu training through the Center for Barefoot Massage is or isn’t appropriate for you at this time. The deep compression provided by this modality could be dangerous for those still recovering from invasive procedures or ailments, and is not safe for prenatal therapists or their growing babies to receive this style of work.
It is not our intention to discourage or discriminate anyone from taking this class, we must focus on a quality workshop experienced by all and maintain the safety standards of the modality.  However, we do try to portray the amount of fitness that will eliminate some obstacles and make class more enjoyable for all therapists.

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We stomped out 2016!

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This past year the Heeling Sole Sasquatches really reached for the stars and their Ashiatsu Bars by stepping onto their yoga mats, therapy balls, AND YOU!

We worked our bunions off, and we couldn’t have done it without you underfoot!

Thank you to my entire stellar sasquatch staff at Heeling Sole, (past and present) to all our supporting businesses and fans, and of course to our fabulous clients and fantastic students.

2016 may have been rough in a lot of ways, but we rocked it’s socks off and made it go barefoot!

See y’all next year!

💖 Jeni


Barefoot massage& Mobility video!

Did you see us, or get underfoot, at the OM Festival 2 weeks ago?

Heeling Sole was out in full force showing or Lazy Yoga massage Ashi-Thai. Check out our video FOOTage from the day, then visit http://www.HeelingSole.com to schedule one of those massages for yourself!


Hands-Free Ashiatsu


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


Ashiatsu at the International Congress of Esthetics and Spa

Look real close and you’ll see Jeni in a small picture doing Ashiatsu at a Spa tradeshow!

Ashiatsu DeepFeet Bar Therapy Blog

If you were at ICES in Philly or Dallas this year, you probably saw some of our instructors, Kate, Jeni and Charlene, promoting BonVital, Performance Health and how their products work so well with Ashiatsu and Ashi-Thai.

We love to use their Foot Balm during Ashi-Thai when we focus on the clients feet – it gives great traction for us, and a lovely tingle for them. During the Ashiatsu massages that glide on the skin, we’ve found that a small mix of the Fractionated Coconut Oil added to the Therapeutic Touch Creme make for a gerat medium to engage tissue while still maintaining an even paced and pressured slide from our feet. The Muscle Therapy creme has the same traction as the Therapeutic Touch line, but has the added benefits of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Arnica in it!   For years we’ve been adding a small drop of Prossage oil…

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