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

TexasAshiatsu.com 

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August 2013’s Ashiatsu Class

Here’s a glimpse of the newest soon-to-be Certified Ashiatsu Massage Therapists that I just trained here in San Antonio!

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Check out the schedule of the upcoming Barefoot Basics workshops available in Texas:

I hope to meet you and your feet in class soon!  ~Jeni

Fasci-Ashi: Hip Openers

“Fasci-Ashi”… as in Fascia+Ashiatsu=Fasci-Ashi.

Part 3: Hip Openers

Our Massage continuing education workshops offer a wide range of techniques available to use on the lateral rotators of the hip. Here’s a sneak peak from my geeky point of view into a few moves that Ashiatsu and Ashi-Thai practitioners do specifically to help increase range of motion in chronically tight hips.

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With our client positioned in Vrksasana, or “Tree Pose” from yoga, but prone on the table, our Hip Hiker series of strokes that you’ll learn in Barefoot Basics works to lengthen the Pectineus, Adductor Longus & Brevis without even touching them. Our rolling downward compression tractions the hip and opens the anterior hip capsule, as the client is passively positioned to encourage a deeper outward rotation of the leg. We are indirectly working Psoas here too, especially in a similarly positioned move we like to call “Figure 4” from Ashi-Thai, as we take that elusive muscle into a slight, subtle stretch. (There’s a more direct and specific move we do for Psoas. This is a delicious warm up before the special torture!)

Ashiatsu and Ashi-Thai moves provide a Yin/Yang approach when addressing the hip: we compress posteriorly to stretch anteriorly, and vice versa!

When it’s time to make like a pancake, we’ll flip our clients over for Ashi-Thai’s “Pretzel” while supine. It’s a crowd favorite, it’s just like Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, or “Pigeon” from yoga! Here we stretch the deep 6 rotators (Piriformis, Obtrurators, Gemelli and Quadratus Femoris) and the more superficial Glutes.  What we were just compressing during the Hip Hikers are now being lengthened… your clients will love this stretch!

Another chance to pry open the hips comes during our “Tree” stretch while the client is face-up, this is another amazing move from Ashi-Thai. Soften up Adductor Magnus, Adductor Longus, Gracilis, & Sartorius, and watch those hips blossom open like a beautiful Lotus flower.

Are you realizing yet that Ashi is so much MORE than just the “deepest, most luxurious massage on the planet”?

If you are interested in training with me in Texas, be sure to sign up early! My classes have been selling out a few months in advance.

Go sign up for your Barefoot Massage training, and you’ll get amazing protocols to help your clients ease out of common chronic pain patterns – whether it be for back, hip, shoulder or neck issues. When you are trained in all levels, or at least just these two beginner classes that we offer, you’ll find how to blend deep tissue techniques in with the sports massage style of passive stretching – ALL WITH YOUR FEET!

Keep hangin’ ten!


jenispringJeni Spring has been an Ashiatsu teacher and associate instructor for Ashiatsu DeepFeet Bar Therapy from 2008-2017, a practitioner of the technique since 2002, and is the owner of Heeling Sole Barefoot Massage & Yoga in San Antonio, Texas. She has presented Ashiatsu locally and nationally, as well as internationally at the first Ashiatsu class in Europe.
Jeni rides scooters and chugs salted caramel coffee.

Jeni Spring, LMT, LMP, MTI

TexasAshiatsu.com 

Fasci-Ashi: “Warrior”

“Fasci-Ashi”… as in Fascia+Ashiatsu=Fasci-Ashi.

Part 2: Warrior  

The deep tissue massage therapy classes offered by our DeepFeet instructor team have been known as the deepest, most luxurious massage since 1995. Derived from ancient Thai Yoga Massage and styles of Asian massage and bodywork, our western adaptation offers a highly therapeutic and effective medical massage approach to treating common areas of chonic pain.

This blog post highlights a slightly technical breakdown of one of our famous strokes from our beginner level Ashiatsu training! 

The “Warrior” stroke from Barefoot Basics class: 

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When we begin to apply the single-sided “Warrior” strokes, which with the help of the lateral plantar edge of the massage therapists foot, will address the intrinsic muscles of the spine that live within the Lamina Groove to help alleviate chronic mid or upper back soreness. Muscles such as Rotatores, Multifidi, and Spinalis… each act similar to shoelaces weaving through all aspects of every vertebrae affecting range of motion while maintaining alignment on the spinal column.

During this stroke, the gliding barefoot compression starts at the base of the Lumbar spine off to one side and travels up all the way through the characteristically tense upper Trapezius muscle at the base of the neck – all with painless deep pressure. As we pass each vertebra with this pinpointed stroke, we are giving a small bit of rotation to each joint it passes. Using the length and breadth of the foot, this stroke will also work a short Quadratus Lumborum, bending the muscle by coming in with a medial direction of pressure. The trifecta of Longissimus, Spinalis and Iliocostalis spinal erectors are addressed by a shearing pressure from insertion to origin. The Rhomboid and Levator Scapula muscles are held with sustained compression to release buried trigger points easily.

The deep compression along this unilateral line of tension gives a moment of axial rotation to each vertebral joint, as well as extension throughout the entire hip, spine and shoulder complexes, which is in opposition to the typical forward flexed, rounded posture. Five to ten minutes filled with three slow passes of controlled, skillfully applied pressure on each side of the spine leaves the client feeling like their entire backbone has been tranquilly wrung out!

…sustained compression helps to release buried trigger points easily 

Sound Scrumtrulescent?!!? This is only 1 stroke of the many we have to offer! This will feel amazing to your client and is very gentle on your own body. If you haven’t felt an Ashiatsu session from one of our Certified Graduates, maybe it’s time you do!

You can learn “Warrior” in any Barefoot Basics class taught by our authorized instructors on the DeepFeet Instructor team.

Keep hangin’ ten, and I’ll periodically tell you more of what I see is structurally happening in each Ashi stroke we do.


jenispringJeni Spring has been an Ashiatsu teacher and associate instructor for Ashiatsu DeepFeet Bar Therapy since 2008, a practitioner of the technique since 2002, and is the owner of Heeling Sole Barefoot Massage & Yoga in San Antonio, Texas. She has presented Ashiatsu locally and nationally, as well as internationally at the first Ashiatsu class in Europe.
Jeni rides scooters and chugs salted caramel coffee.

Jeni Spring, LMT, LMP, MTI

TexasAshiatsu.com 

Fasci-Ashi: “Make Nice”

“Fasci-Ashi”… as in Fascia+Ashiatsu=Fasci-Ashi.   

(And you thought you finally figured out how to pronounce “Ashiatsu”, now I throw a curve ball at you!) 

I’d like to talk about what ~I see~ is happening during the strokes that we teach in our Fundamentals class. In my head, I call this work “Fasci-Ashi”… as in Fascia+Ashiatsu=Fasci-Ashi.  (A true “Jeni-ism” term that I’m pretty proud of, no matter how cheesy it sounds!) 

An amazing thing about Ashiatsu is that although it’s billed as a westernized luxurious adaptation of eastern styles of barefoot massage, the therapeutic benefits of its modern and ancient roots are working synergistically – you just need to know what to look for within the strokes to understand how to use it strategically in more clinical applications.

So to stir things up, periodically I’ll post this series of Fasci-Ashi’s, each one on a different aspect of our modality.

Focusing on the strokes from our introductory level class that deal directly with the spine, I’ll start with what I see is happening during our strokes which address the thick connective tissues of the Lumbodorsal Fascia.

Working this area of the low back and hips starts a chain reaction of relaxation throughout the entire body. Gliding effleurage barefoot compressions and multidirectional frictions to the sacrum and surrounding areas will gently mobilize the web of deep and superficial membranes – increasing range of motion and tissue rejuvenation, naturally assisting a passive realignment of the Sacro-Iliac joints and pubic symphasis. Prolonged compressions will heat, stretch and energize connective tissues while also activating the parasympathetic nervous system as the body gently attunes itself. Passive jostling as we exit the stroke helps the client feel an effortless freedom of movement, encouraging a release of deep physical holding patterns.

Gliding effleurage, multidirectional friction, compression, and jostling. All in Ashiatsu? Yep.  

Sound Scrumtrulescent?!!? This is only 1 stroke of the many we have to offer! This will feel amazing to your client and is very gentle on your own body. If you haven’t felt an Ashiatsu session from one of our FasciAshi Alumni, maybe it’s time you do!

You can learn how to do strokes like this and more in any FasciAshi Fundamentals class taught by our instructors on the Center for Barefoot Massage Instructor team.

Stay tuned and I’ll periodically tell you more of what I see is structurally happening in each Ashi stroke we do.


jenispringJeni Spring has been an Ashiatsu teacher and associate instructor since 2008, a practitioner of the technique since 2002, and is the owner of Heeling Sole Barefoot Massage & Yoga in San Antonio, Texas. She has presented Ashiatsu locally and nationally, as well as internationally at the first Ashiatsu class in Europe.
Jeni rides scooters and chugs salted caramel coffee.

Jeni Spring, LMT, LMP, MTI

TexasAshiatsu.com 

2013’s first batch of Barefooter’s

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The first Ashiatsu class of the year has happened- and here they are, 8 pairs of fabulous feet ready to massage all over Texas! These therapists are from Austin, Georgetown, Round Rock, and Baytown, Texas.

If you are a massage therapist and you want to join in the fun, come to one of my Ashiatsu classes here in San Antonio! www.TexasAshiatsu.com for more info.