Heeling Sole studio tour

Here’s what your appointment will be like!

This great video FOOTage will take you on a walkabout inside our clinic to see what happens before and during your session. You’ll see what our styles of barefoot massage look like (and no, barefoot massage is not the same thing as foot massage or reflexology!) and you’ll learn about what we have to offer overall, while getting a tour of Heeling Sole’s lobby, massage rooms, and classroom space.

We are located at 1864 Nacogdoches Road, San Antonio, Texas, 78209 in the Alamo Heights neighborhood of San Antonio, in the Carousel Court shopping center. You’ll need to book an appointment ahead of time, as we rarely have same day walk-in sessions available.

Schedule your Ashiatsu, Ashi-Thai or Fijian Barefoot Massage by calling us at 210.560.1992, or book online!

Not sure what to expect from Heeling Sole?

Your first visit we’ll have you complete a health intake form. Recurring visits entail a breif check up for paperwork and progress sake. After a thorough health intake with your massage therapist, we will be able to best suit the needs of your session for the day. Knowing a history of your aches, pains, diagnosed conditions, past surgeries, trauma, medications, etc. gives us a safe point of reference to start from. Please read this page on our website regarding if Barefoot Massage is right for you at this time.

You must be at least 18 years of age, and weigh over 130 pounds. Texas state massage law dictates that minors may receive massage therapy with the guardians consent and they also state that the parent/guardian be in the same room during the session, however, due to the fact that our massage therapists are at times 2-4 feet off the ground working hard to balance and focus, we do not allow a second person in the massage room as it can be a distraction and a safety concern to all parties involved in the massage.

We’ll leave the massage room to give you time to undress and settle in beneath the sheets on our deluxe w-i-d-e, padded and warm massage table. If you are receiving an Ashiatsu massage, it is imperative that you undress completely. Yes, I said it, there’s not much “undressing to your comfort level” here at Heeling Sole. We need to work directly with the tissue in your booty, legs and your feet, so please, remove your undies and socks as well as all the usual clothing, and we PROMISE that we will keep you covered where it counts with a sheet. Professional draping is required by the state of Texas except with written permission – and we at Heeling Sole never work without draping, even if you want us to. This is a professional massage therapy session, and exposed nudity is NOT our thing. We haven’t ever, and don’t need to see that side of you! Underwear is almost an insult to us. For some reason we have no issues pushing through your lovely skin to engage the muscles, but we do get weirded out when our toes get tangled in underwear or when we simply have to step on your skivvies. It becomes a safety issue, and honestly does remove some beneficial work from the massage if we have to skip an area or work through fabric, rather than glide and slide through the skin. HOWEVER if you are receiving just an Ashi-Thai stretching session, not blended with Ashiatsu, please wear flexible clothing – like what you would wear to work out in. We don’t mind stepping on normal clothes 😉

While you undress, we’ll clean, sanitize and warm our feet, and start the session as soon as we return to the room.

You are in control of your massage, and we need you to give instant feedback on the pressure level – we are looking for  no deeper than the “hurts so good level”, and your comfort is always most important to us. We want almost a play-by-play from the horses mouth as we get to know your muscles and your bodies response to our work. Let us know if it needs to be lighter, deeper, a hair to the left, etc, and we’ll adjust right away! Your feedback does NOT hurt our feelings, it’s encouragement for us to give you the best massage possible that day.

If it helps you to relax by having a little conversation outside of the feedback aspect of our communication, go ahead and talk about your great second cousins crazy encounter with aliens, or your friends amazing food, but don’t feel obligated – we love to hear your stories, or the sounds of your snooze. On the flipside, if your body and mind needs silence, we are ninja’s, and we don’t mind working in stealth mode. (Just don’t forget to speak up when pressure needs adjustments!)

Your job during the massage is to focus on your breathing, be heavy, and physically melt into the table. If we try to move your limbs, don’t help. It’s actually better if you are dead weight. So think ~heavy~, be a bag of bones on our table, and we’ll position, stretch or place your limbs exactly where is best for the moment, or if we need you to help, we’ll definitely let you know!

Sessions will incorporate as much “massage time” as possible, however, your session may require 5 minutes of pre-session interviewing, post-session follow-up and/or self-care suggestions to better enhance your massage experience. We’ll take the massage right up to the last minute possible, and will let you know when the session is over, so don’t worry about the time.

You can choose to end the massage at anytime during the session if it’s not your thing – but we bet you’ll be more likely to want to extend the length of this massage!

Ashiatsu Class MANNEQUIN CHALLENGE!

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 exersize 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.

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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!

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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.
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And Dont Forget to vote for Jessica in the Best of SA  contest as Best Massage Therapist today through March 25th

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 Cat.

catOur caring and thorough Myofascial Release specialist: Cat will melt your tightest muscles with a deep, steady pace and make sure you are comfortable even in the most intense moments.  Her comforting tones and nurturing demeanor make for a wonderful experience.  We sat down with Cat an asked her a few questions so you could get to know her.

How long have you been an LMT?  Since 1999 so it has been 17 years, but I began my Ashiatsu and Thai training with Jeni in 2009.

What do you enjoy most in your role as an LMT? Helping people with their pain issues, teaching them to listen to their bodies and follow the body’s lead in creating a better atmosphere and environment to “just be in the moment”.

What is your favorite muscle group to work on?  That’s a hard one since the body is such an incredible structure.  The glutes are cool, but maybe the traps, erectors, and QLs.  They are such a neat highway to traverse down right on into the glutes and hamstrings.

What information do you like to receive about your clients before, during , and after a session? Before a session I like to know what the body has experienced as far as injury, what the client does for a living, and any accidents so I may understand what motion put the muscles in stress cycle.  During the session I like to know what they are feeling/sensing.  It lets me know there is real time progress and helps me continue the map out the direction on flow of the massage to achieve maximum benefit from the massage.  Feed back after a massage will help me plan for the next session, and to know what to incorporate or take out for subsequent sessions.

What drew you to Ashiatsu?  My daughter introduced me to it in 2009.  I went to class with her, and what a positive influence she was!  “You can do it Mom!”  It has saved my massage career.  I do feel that it has greatly improved my flexibility and strength.

Final thoughts?  I love the longer lasting and sometimes permanent impact that this modality has on the body.  It is so cool when the client comes back in an improved condition from the last session.  Then, we can begin working on other issues that were there before, but can now get attention once the major issue quiets down or disappears.  It is so satisfying to see clients begin to listen and respond to their bodies’ call for help.  Because, after all I only accompany the improvements that they themselves facilitated in finding and addressing.  Knowledge is empowering, but is still only the beginning.

You can book with Cat on Friday 1:30-7:00 and Saturday 9:30-2:30

 

 

 

Insight from my inSole September 05, 2015 at 08:05PM

This bird is called a “Blue Footed Boobie” …you can see why we’re entranced. http://ift.tt/1UzsLNq

Would you pay someone to walk on you? An Ashiatsu article by Jane Bianchi on Dr Oz’s website, The Good life

ashiatsu and heeling sole on Dr OzIn mid August I was surprised with an interview from Jane Bianchi for her upcoming article she planned to write on Ashiatsu. I was so honored that she found me and wanted to speak with me to get the facts straight. Over the next few days, she and I went over the details and history of Ashiatsu – why we do it, what’s it about, where to find it – and I ultimately referred her to the founder of Ashiatsu, Ruthie Hardee, since the author didn’t even know Ruthie had anything to do withthis, so I connected the two women for the final definitive answers. She also poked the brain of Dr Paul Christo, MD, (“associate professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and host of Aches and Gains, a national radio show dedicated to overcoming pain, reducing stress and living healthfully”) who had great, supporting things to say about Ashiatsu.
 

You can read it online at Dr Oz’s new website, The Good Life,
but I also saved a PDF article here on my website, easy for you to print out and share with your friends, colleagues and clients.

Ashiatsu-for-pain-management-on-dr-ozThe article came out earlier than expected, and hit the web yesterday. I’m
very proud and honored to be used as a resource for such a great article that will help educate the public on the benefits of barefoot massage and expose them to Ashiatsu and FasciAshi as an option for their pain management and self care. Ruthie has given the massage profession, and their clients, a HUGE breakthrough in bodywork through all her hard work bringing her vision of “the deepest, most luxurious massage on the planet” into fruition, I’m just excited to help continue that growth with our FasciAshi instructor team at the Center for Barefoot massage, and the unending wave of footprints from our graduates.

The huge number of shares, “likes” and views to this piece is just phenomenal, I’m SO excited for the growing field of barefoot massage therapy to have this opportunity to be presented on such a respected public source.

Here’s a quote!

The Difference Between Ashiatsu and Other Massages

As you might guess, an Ashiatsu massage goes extra deep — much deeper than the common Swedish massage and even deeper than a deep tissue massage.

“Gravity and the therapist’s body weight behind it helps us penetrate below the superficial layers of tissue, and because we use our feet instead of fingers, it doesn’t feel ‘pokey,'” Spring says.

A therapist might use the flat surface of the foot, as well as the ball, heel, side of the foot or base of the big toe. The therapist will typically perform a full-body massage, but if a client prefers to focus on one particular muscle group, the therapist may be able to customize the massage.

Who Benefits from Ashiatsu Massages

Spring recommends Ashiatsu for people who have chronic pain in their muscles as well as people who have range-of-motion problems.

“Athletes may be the best candidates. They tend to have tense, tight muscles, and their strong bodies can withstand the increase in pressure,” says Paul Christo, MD…

Thanks to everyone who contributed, as well as to everyone who reads and shares this article, as we leave a larger Ashiatsu footprint on the world!

Jeni Spring has been an Ashiatsu teacher since 2008, and is the owner of Heeling Sole Barefoot Massage & Yoga in San Antonio, Texas. She rides scooters and chugs salted caramel coffee.

Jeni Spring, LMT, LMP, MTI

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