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 exercise 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.


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.


Clean, smooth Ashiatsu Feet

It’s Pedicure day!!
The massage therapists @ Heeling Sole take care of their feet better than their hands.

Our soles are smooth, soft and SO clean they sparkle!


Ashiatsu therapists have the cleanest, softest feet in the world!

Here’s Jeni’s tricks to soft and strong “fo-TOE-genic” feet:

  • Pedicures every 2-3 weeks at Mood Nail Salon
  • Walk in the sand barefoot
  • Pet your dog barefoot (then wash your feet) then go walk your dog, and try to walk in the neighbors grass, not on the sidewalk!
  • Paddle board barefoot at Boerne City Lake with Hill Country Paddle Sports
  • Roll your feet on Yoga Tune Up balls while you are at work
  • Balance on a foam roller like it’s a surfboard while you stand at the computer at work
  • Massage your own left foot with your right foot while you watch dumb TV shows. Then switch feet.
  • Practice lifting your arches inside your shoes while standing in lines.
  • Scrub your feet in the shower every morning with a purple “Mr Pumice”  Pumice Bar
  • Soak your feet in warm salty, scented  water with just a dash of Hawaiian Tropic oil in it, before every single massage
  • Use coconut oil and thick massage creme from Bon Vital during the massages (it’s good for the clients skin and yours!)
  • Clean/scrub your feet after each client with baking soda
  • Get your feet on a yoga mat and spread those toes
  • Work up to minimal footwear
  • Slather your feet up in thick Shea Butter each night, put on some fun toe socks, and let them marinate overnight (until you pull your socks off in your sleep, anyways!!!)

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

Click the picture to see this weeks newsletter!

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

1 Day SALE on Massage Packages & Gift Cards!

Happy Winter SOLEstice!

Today is our one day only sale on the elusive 9-packs of massage.

Buy online for 15% off and keep them all
Come into the studio today, take a yoga class to get an extra 5% off all 9,

PLUS if you come in today, you’ll have the option to turn all or some of those pre-paid massages into GIFT CARDS to give away!

Here’s the link to Getterdun online:

solstice massage sale

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

Gift Cards available…. Training for Massage Therapists offered monthly.  210.560.1992

1864 Nacogdoches, San Antonio, Texas, 78209

Couples Barefoot Massage Classes

Happening TOMORROW, and Saturday 11/8, Jeni will be offering a public massage class that shows you a fun and relaxing approach to compassion and compression with your best friend. You and your partner will learn basic barefoot massage techniques that are both easy to give and delicious to receive. Of course it’s not going to be as amazing as a professional barefoot massage like what you can receive from the staff at Heeling Sole – BUT it will give you a few tricks to have up your sleeve for when you need to “knead” a friend.

Have you ever tried to give your partner a massage before? Some of us are naturals, but not everyone is blessed with the gift of giving a great massage. The secret is to make it fun and easy to apply…. Jeni can show you how!


Click the picture to sign up online!

Massage with your FEET!

This specific public massage class will teach you how to give a deep, painless easy massage that can last much longer than the 5 minutes you might be used to before someone’s hands usually tire out! We are going to use our clean feet to deliver the massage to our partners who are lying clothed on a padded mat, while we sit back in a comfortable chair.

Partners will learn to do a complete RELAXING, stress-reducing “laymens terms” massage in an atmosphere of safety, relaxation, and self-exploration.

Here’s what we’ll learn:

  • How to massage your partner without getting tired
  • How to give your partner the amount of pressure they desire
  • How to overcome boredom/short attention span when giving massage
  • How to address common complaints (shoulder tension, low back pain)
  • Find a new way of showing your love and friendship for each other through touch
  • Experience new levels of safety, connection, and appreciation for each other
  • Restore passion and joy to your relationship with this fun massage

Sign up online:

$80/couple – $45/individual

Saturday October 11, 3-4:30pm

Saturday November 8, 3-4:30pm


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!

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