Sole intent, with deep intensity

…taking the next step in Ashiatsu training

I am excited to share with you that I am expanding the content presented in my Ashiatsu courses, and will be offering a new line of barefoot massage classes this year.

 I can’t wait to get you ankle deep into more ashiatsu training…

After 14 years practicing and 8 years teaching Ashiatsu DeepFeet Bar Therapy, after teaching over 800 massage therapists the art of ashiatsu in the 100 scheduled classes that I’ve offered over the years, after being such a vocal advocate, a dedicated instructor, and loyal representative of the technique, I decided to leave Ruthie and the DeepFeet company on February 15th, 2017.
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For quite a while I have felt that I have more to offer the future of barefoot massage therapy, and I believe that this transformational work needs to grow, and it needs to offer more opportunities for experienced ashiatsu therapists in the field who are hungry to do more with their feet. My departure from DeepFeet allows me provide the content that my base of students have continually been asking me for within their strokes.

It’s not just me. I am part of a collective movement to take ashiatsu to the next level. We are calling the new technique “FasciAshi”, a name reflecting ashiatsu’s strong impact on the fascia, and the anatomy focus I’ve always put into all of my classes. You’ll learn trigger point, myofascial release, passive and resisted range of motion techniques in our classes now. You’ll learn how to manipulate tissue with your feet just as intuitively and creatively as you do with your hands.   We have new strokes that work right on Psoas and Iliacus. Expect to see new sports massage courses and clinical techniques to help your footwork get more specific for injury treatment and rehabilitation to help you grow and specialize in Barefoot Massage. We will have an interactive post-class support website for our alumni, as well as bigger ventures across the nation that are on the horizon. The work we teach has been tried and tested on a variety of clients from a variety of massage therapists over the past 14 years – each stroke tested for safety, body mechanics, and efficiency – it’s not just cool looking strokes or a remixed routine, it’s amazing work that you and your clients will really benefit from.

You’ll learn how to manipulate tissue with your feet just as intuitively and creatively as you do with your hands.

Because of this change, any classes I teach will no longer be offered under the Deepfeet umbrella, but rather under the Center for Barefoot Massage– a new partnership company comprised of myself and other experienced professionals and colleagues – a team that is growing. If you trust my knowledge, experience and understand my passion for this material and want to learn from the collective expertise that the “FasciAshi” instructor team has to offer, you are welcome to take the next step in your ashiatsu career and attend our upcoming classes across the nation – not just in Texas!

Please let me know if you have any questions, if you’d like a taste of this new style, don’t miss my 8 hour class at the Texas AMTA convention in Waco on March 31st, and visit me to see it in action in the booth at the vendor hall. My schedule is posted through July, so visit my TexasAshiatsu page to sign up!
Keep your toes on the pulse and stay tuned to our evolving website, I can’t wait to get you ankle deep into more ashiatsu training from the Center for Barefoot Massage.
-Jeni Spring, LMT, MTI

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.

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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.

Ready to get steppin?

Click here to sign up now and learn Ashiatsu with Jeni Spring and Jessica Jenkins in Texas!

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 

Toes on the Knows: 2 newsletters are out!

Are you in the San Antonio area?

Do you need a deep tissue massage, or a beginner yoga class?

The newsletter for our clients showing this week’s appointment openings, yoga classes, and info on this Saturdays special Yoga Tune-Up workshop just went out. If you are on the list, then it’s waiting for you in your inbox.

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

San Antonio Yoga Training and Beginner Yoga Classes

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Are you a Licenced Massage Therapist?

Are you ready to learn Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage in Texas?

Well, there’s a newsletter for you, too!

See the barefoot massage workshop schedule, and get on the road to Jeni Spring’s Ashiatsu classes, today!

Texas Ashiatsu Training

Do you want to learn Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage? Click the picture to see the schedule

Ashiatsu training coming up for Massage Therapists

Are you a Massage Therapist in Texas looking for a way to end the aches, pains and strains – not only in your clients body, but in your own while you massage? Hours upon hours each week of traditional hands-on massage can really take a toll on your thumbs, hands, wrists, shoulders, neck…. even with excellent body mechanics, it’s very easy to get hurt while providing the massages you love to do.

Take a look at this newsletter, I think you need to read it. 

I’ve seen so many therapists revive their massage careers after learning Ashiatsu. So many had achey-breakey feeling bodies, burnt out and bored brains, and a flatlined massage practice with no edge or niche to differentiate themselves from the massage crowd. Ashiatsu changes all that.

You’ll literally be raising the bar on your practice, you’ll have a unique and advanced massage modality in your toolbelt to grow into, AND you’ll be giving your body a break so that you can use gravity and your body weight to pull off the deepest, most luxurious massage in your town, that clients will LOVE.

Try it, seriously, you might like it. It’s worked out pretty awesome for me! 😉

…I’ve got a class in April with your name on it.

See you soon!

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Ashiatsu Events coming up!

Are you interested in learning more about Ashiatsu?

Whether you are a Massage Therapist considering taking one of my training workshops, or if you are a client wanting to understand more about your massage, don’t miss these events!

@ the National AMTA Massage Convention

Wednesday September 25th – Saturday September 28th in Ft Worth, Texas

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I can’t wait to meet all my massage hero’s!

For Massage Therapists, Massage Students, and AMTA members: Receive Ashiatsu from Jeni Spring at the biggest massage convention there is! It’s in Ft Worth this year, and I’ll be providing full 60-90 minute sessions for convention attendees for $1/minute. Every LMT who schedules a session with me at the convention will be entered into a drawing to win $100 off your Ashiatsu class tuition! You can also find me at the Bon Vital booth in the Vendor Hall on Saturday, and I’ll be your transportation cheerleader on the bus ride from the convention to the big dinner Friday night! A can’t miss for Texas area Massage Therapists – look for me in my Ashi pants with the footprints on them!

“Benefits of Barefoot Massage” @ the Integrative Healing Institute

Saturday, October 5th: 2:00-3:30 7122 San Pedro #106, San Antonio, Texas, 78216

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Jeni Spring demonstrating Ashiatsu in San Antonio

For Anyone! Free meeting on the Benefits of Barefoot Massage.  The information that I’ll be presenting at this event was originally aired during my webinar with the World Massage Conference last fall, and is being presented in part again by the founder of Ashiatsu, Ruthie Hardee, in California at a national spa convention. Catch it live, in person, and free here in San Antonio!  Whether you’ve felt an Ashiatsu session already or not, there is a lot of curiousity surrounding this technique… Why would you use your feet to massage me? Whats the point? Well, come to this meet-up and find out! Open to anyone and everyone! (Extra bonus offer for massage therapists and massage students who attend!)

Massage Booth @ Eilan Ripe! Farmers Market

Sunday, October 6th: 10:00am-4:00pm 17103 La Cantera Parkway, San Antonio, Texas, 78256

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Receive Ashi-Thai @ a Farmers Market

For Anyone! Visit our booth at the Eilan RIPE! Farmers Market and “Healthy Living, Healthy Planet” Expo!  It’s two events in one on a beautiful Sunday morning. Eilan is that new Spa and Hotel over by the Rim and La Cantera, I can’t wait to see it! Come by to experience a sample of our work, meet Jeni Spring and Alyssa Lozano, your local Ashiatsu experts, and feel what Ashi-Thai can do for you – we’ll be providing 15 minute sessions for $20. Tell your friends and bring your dog, this will be a fun event!

@ Lauderstien-Conway Massage School

Sunday, October 20th: 1pm-5PM 4701-B Burnet Road, Austin TX 78756

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Intro to Ashi for LMT’s

For Massage Therapists, Massage Students, and AMTA members: As a part of the Austin Unit of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), I’ll be sharing some easy Ashiatsu techniques with massage therapists and explaining the benefits of providing Ashiatsu to their clients. All massage therapists who attend will be entered into a drawing to win $100 off their training with me! Free for AMTA members, $35 for other LMT’s. Please RSVP to the Austin AMTA Unit: austinunit@amtatx.org  512.636.6302

National Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Yarrr! What be a Pirates favorite letter? Nay it’s not Arrrrrr……. it’s the “C” !!!

Earlier this week I taught Ashi-Thai to 8 new massage therapists from all over Texas and even Pennsylvania, check it out here: Ashi-Thai Pirates.