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



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!






Toes on the Knows: 2 newsletters are out!

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If you aren’t on the list, well, here it is!

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Healing with Sole Water

Healing with SOLE @ Heeling Sole!

We’ve got an amazing new water dispenser here at the office that works like a giant Brita filter. “What’s so amazing about that, Jeni?”  You ask… “Why are you creating a blog post about your new water jug?!”


Healing Sole water, great for your Healing Soul at Heeling Sole Barefoot Massage & Yoga!

BECAUSE it’s special! One of our yoga instructors, Monica Walker, recently visited Mexico City and brought me back a beautiful raw Aquamarine stone. She picked it for me because in ancient lore, Aquamarines were believed to be the treasure of mermaids, and were used by sailors as a talisman of good luck, fearlessness and protection. It is the stone of the sea, and that’s the thing that I love most. It was also considered a stone of eternal youth and happiness, which is something I am thinking about more and more the closer I get to turning 34 tomorrow!

Well, combine that amazing stone with this new fun water dispenser, and we’ve got Step 1 of our Healing Sole water. The Aquamarine is soaking in the jug, and it’s strong metaphysical properties that are slowly absorbing out into the water will help you to let go of old emotional issues you may be holding on to. (I know I’ve got that to work on!) By assisting us all to release anger and reduce stress, these lovely stones help to heighten your courage when you are handling grief, and are powerful to assist self healing. Out mermaid infused water may help you to make positive changes in your life, as we are creating a positive structural change in your chronic soft tissue issues with each Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage session.

Step 2: Add the SOLE. Monica had an idea. We dissolved diamond-like all natural Himalayan Crystal Salt into the jug, which contain trace minerals essential for life. Dissolved Himalayan Crystals in water make “Sole”, a highly effective energy balancing elixir for the normalization of minerals in the human body. (Look up a Sole recipe for you at home here.) WHO KNEW! I was so amazed to find out that there is actually a healthy water drink that is actually called SOLE, (I didn’t make this up, and NO, it’s not soaked in our feet!) This elixir is so perfect for us here! This dissolved salt has been shown in a clinical study to be effective in helping to stabilize pH and Oxidative Stress numbers – just what the doctor ordered this holiday season.

Himalayan salt is widely touted for its mineral content, containing 84 minerals in total. In addition to sodium, Himalayan salt is relatively high in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, potassium and chloride. It also contains traces of boron, fluoride, iodine, zinc, selenium and copper, all of which are necessary for bodily health.

And one more thing we’ve added to our water… Step 3 is love. ❤ Have you read the book “Hidden Messages in Water” by Masaru Emotu? He was a Japanese author and entrepreneur, who claimed that human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water. Emoto’s conjecture evolved over the years, and his early work explored his theory that water could react to positive thoughts and words, and that polluted water could be cleaned through prayer and positive visualization. Watch a short video on the fascinating effects on how appreciated water changes under a microscope:

SO, I have written notes of love and thanks on the jug for our water to read, absorb, and energize itself with positive vibes while it awaits your next yearning for a cool gulp of refreshing, healing water.

So drink up some liquid good juju next time you come to our office in Alamo Heights!

It’s great to enjoy after your next Yoga Class here in Carousel Court, as well as before and after each deeper than deep tissue Ashiatsu massage.

Other benefits to our special blend of SOLE water

  • Assists with self-expression, insight, peace and a sense of calmness
  • Naturally promotes healthy sleep patterns
  • Supports mental and spiritual growth
  • Detoxification & Purification of your lymphatic and digestive systems
  • Helps to regulate the water & inflammation levels within the body
  • Promotes stable pH balance in the cells, including the brain
  • Encourages excellent blood sugar health
  • Aides in reducing the common signs of aging
  • Aquamarine gemstone is good for love, Himalayan Salt creates a healthy libido
  • Promotes cellular hydroelectric energy creation
  • Promotes the increased absorption of food elements within the intestinal tract
  • Aides vascular health and enhances circulatory support
  • Supports healthy respiratory function
  • Lowers incidence of allergy problems, and promoting over-all sinus health
  • Reduces muscle cramps
  • Reduces headaches, muscle pain and fatigue
  • Increases bone strength
  • Promotes kidney and gall bladder health when compared to common chemically-treated salt
  • Connects your 1st, 4th and 5th Chakras, the Root, Heart, and Throat with the healing colors of red, blue and green.

Schedule your next Ashiatsu Massage or see our Yoga Class schedule at http://www.HeelingSole.com

Gift Cards available…. Training for Massage Therapists offered monthly.

http://www.HeelingSole.com  210.560.1992

1864 Nacogdoches, San Antonio, Texas, 78209

Getting to know your massage: Part 2

So now that you know WHAT Ashiatsu is, (check out Part 1 of this series of posts here!) the next part about getting to know your massage is all about how to receive a good massage. (Hint: it’s more than just laying there and taking it!)

How to best receive a barefoot massage at Heeling Sole

At your first visit we’ll have you complete a health intake form. Recurring visits entail a brief check up to track your progress. After a thorough review of this information with your massage therapist, (be patient and informative, this stuff is important!) 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.

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 anyways, 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 ever,  see that side of you! However, underwear is almost an insult to us. For some reason we have no issues pushing through your lovely skin to engage into and drag across 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 elements from the massage if we have to skip an area or work through fabric, rather than glide and slide through the skin. 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, and we do have a spare pair of scrub pants here for you to borrow if you happen to be wearing jeans, a skirt, or something inflexible. 😉
While you undress in the massage room, 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. Although Ashiatsu is a “deeper than Deep Tissue” massage, it should not involve a “NO PAIN NO GAIN” mentality. 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! Let us know what it feels like – maybe when we press here, you feel a stretch there, or a referring sensation over yonder … this is all valuable information for us massage therapists! Your feedback does NOT hurt our feelings, it’s encouragement for us to give you the best massage possible that day, and we want to cater this session to you.

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! If you aren’t yet totally sure if the pressure is too much, try breathing into it, sending your focus directly to that area of your body, and imagine inflating it like a balloon with your breath. Sometimes just a breath and a moment of focus helps direct your brain to the “pain”, and helps you realize that it wasn’t pain at all, it was a dense area of tension!

Hey, whats that song?! We are known for playing not “normal” massage music. We are sick of Enya, honestly. That doesn’t mean we have to rock out to Metallica, but we can change the music to whatever you are in the mood for. Jeni loves to dance on your back to mellow Led Zeppelin tunes or trancey ambient music – but if you aren’t diggin it, just say so, and we can change it up. Except to Enya.

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. When the massage has come to a close, don’t feel the need to pop up off the table immediately, just take a moment of savasana to assimilate everything and bring yourself back to earth. Always roll over to your side before getting off the table- sitting up like a zombie can make you light headed after all the deep pressure and traction we did to your spine. Then, on your own time, wander up to the front desk to check out, and then float into the world!

Sound Awesome? Click here to read more about the studio policies and what to expect here at Heeling Sole.

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The importance of recurring Ashiatsu appointments

One of the biggest requests we get from new clients is “do you offer a discount?” At Heeling Sole we encourage the fact that massage therapy is not a luxury. If you have chronic pain and high stress, one single massage will not do the trick – although it will definitely help with acute pain and reduce the heat of the moment! A series high quality massages that will create a noticeable positive change in chronic soft tissue pain is something that really needs to be budgeted for. Our price reflects the quality of our work, and our discounted massage packages rewards your dedication to yourself.

Scientists and Medical Professionals know that massage is good for you… not only for stress management, but for pain management. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) suggests massage as a non-pharmacological therapy that can be used successfully in pain management. The Journal of Clinical Rheumatology reports massage therapy lowered stress hormones, anxiety and depression in fibromyalgia sufferers and worked more quickly than transcutaneous electrical stimulation. Even DR. OZ recommends regular massage as a way to improve your health.

Regularly scheduled massages is a step in the right direction to a healthier lifestyle

But just like it takes formal research to truly prove the benefits of bodywork, it will take a series of sessions for your massage therapist to discover and treat the restrictions within your tissues. The shorter periods of time you leave between massage sessions (1-2 weeks, for example) allows your body enough time to assimilate the massage, to accept the changes and heal with a lasting effect within those realigned soft tissue structures. Leave too much time between massage appointments, and your body falls back into it’s usual patterns… over-healing the overused muscles, contributing to more scar tissue and adhered myofascial sheets along repetitively strained areas of your physical being. Keeping up with a massage schedule is only hard if  you make it that way. The more regularly your body gets a tune up, the better it will run, the longer it will last, and the more enjoyment you’ll get out of it – just like your car.

Integrating regularly scheduled massages into your life is a big part of your wellness plan – along with exercise, yoga, a healthy diet, and other forms of complementary alternative medicine. So to help you plug massage into your life, we gladly offer discounts to our clients who commit to creating a pattern of massage in their routine. Here’s what we ~always~ have on the menu for you:

  • Package of 3 massages, in lengths of 60/90/120 minute long sessions, use within 3 months Save 10%, 1 massage auto-billed to your credit card monthly.
  • Package of 6 massages, in lengths of 60/90/120 minute long sessions, use within 3 months, Save 12% (for a massage every 2 weeks) 2 massages will be auto-billed to your credit card monthly.

Is Ashiatsu good for Back Pain? Can regular massage inspire a healthy immune support system and help with allergies? Can chronic, nagging muscle and joint pain be relieved through barefoot massage? All this and more is covered in past resources made available from Heeling Sole… check them out: Jeni has the hour-long webinar discussing the Benefits of Barefoot Massage available for free online, an information page on our website covering these subjects, as well as many blog posts explaining the advantageous results of Ashiatsu on our athletic client base.

Ready to schedule your next few massages? Call us at 210.560.1992 or schedule online.



Get to know your massage: Ashiatsu, Part 1

What is Ashiatsu?

The name of our specialty deep tissue massage technique is Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage, but we tend to just call it Ashiatsu, or “Ashi” for short. The phrase “Ashi” means foot, and -“atsu” means pressure, in Japanese. In plain English, it translates to “pure awesome!” Ashiatsu is a western spin on an ancient form of bodywork, with roots dating back thousands of years from cultures across Asia, India, Africa and the Pacific Rim, but put to use with a modern myofascial, sports, injury treatment based intention underfoot.


What is Ashiatsu? It’s San Antonio’s Deepest Deep Tissue massage, and you need to try it!

Ashiatsu is a barefoot massage technique using deep strokes from the massage therapists’ feet – but it’s not just backwalking – Ashiatsu is more like bodysurfing in that we surf across, around and over your muscles rather than just stand on them.

At Heeling Sole in San Antonio, Texas, we specialize in a deeper than deep tissue massage that can potentially be as deep as each individual therapists body weight plus gravitational forces. If you have had your kids walk on your back, just wait till you get under a trained professionals feet!

Check out what San Antonio is saying about Heeling Sole’s Ashiatsu sessions:

“…She made the environment comfortable and followed through with the best massage I have ever received (and I have had many). It was incredible how she was able to incorporate detailed work with her feet. The level of skill needed to provide this type of massage should not be underestimated…”

“…I cannot believe how much better this is than a traditional “fist and elbow” deep tissue massage!   This technique is immediately relaxing (a little weird at first with someone dancing on your back) but I can’t recommend this enough.  This is perfect for anyone wanting something more effective than a deep tissue massage… or who shies away from massages because they are painful / uncomfortable.  With barefoot massage it is immediately relaxing and relieving, you can feel and hear the knots popping away right away.  And it feels fantastic, like your body is being kneaded and worked like a heavenly piece of cookie dough.”

Ready to get under our feet?

Call us at 210.560.1992 or schedule online from http://www.HeelingSole.com. We are open Sunday-Friday by appointment and offer Ashiatsu sessions that last from 30 minutes ($40), 1 hour ($80), 90 minutes ($120) all the way up to 2 hours ($160) long. Massage Packages are available for regularly occurring appointments, and will save you 10-20% off – ask us for more information!