25 Reasons to Get a Massage — American Massage Therapy Association

The massage therapists at Heeling Sole are insured members of the AMTA, American Massage Therapy Association, and we take our profession seriously.  

A growing body of research supports the health benefits of massage therapy for conditions such as stress, fibromyalgia, chronic pain and more.

Now, not all the conditions listed below are appropriate for us to use our barefoot massage techniques on, but thats why we have you complete a 3 page health intake form before your first massage, to make sure we are working safely with your tissue issues!

25 reasons to get a barefoot massage at heeling sole in san antonio


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

Yoga Tune-Up Workshop @ Heeling Sole this month

We’re excited to host Kayleigh Miller’s Yoga Tune-Up self massage workshop here at Heeling Sole in Alamo Heights, Texas, happening  January 24th, 2015

Sign up HERE

Yoga Tune-Up Most of us live with a certain amount of pain and tension in our tissues. Whether we are athletes, computer users, cross fitters, runners, yogis, or just human, residual soft tissue tightness and discomfort can affect our lives in unpleasant ways. With the help of Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls, you will explore all of the micro-regions of your body, from the soles of your feet to your head and neck, and of course everything in between! This work is great for anyone looking to support regular bodywork with self-massage and soft tissue conditioning. No yoga experience required and all levels of practitioners welcome!

Kayleigh is a registered yoga teacher with over 400 hours of training, as well as certification in Yoga Tune Up® and Yoga 4 Cancer®. She began her yoga practice in 2007 at
the suggestion of a musician friend, and hasn’t looked back since. What began as a curiosity developed into a passion for health, anatomy, and injury recovery. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2011, under the tutelage of David Vendetti and Todd Skoglund at South Boston Yoga, and has studied Yoga Tune Up® with Jill Miller, Trina Altman, and Sarah Court.

Additionally, as a classical musician, she has a particular interest in preventing performing artists’ injuries, as well as helping students of all ages live better in their bodies.

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.

Ready to schedule a massage? Click here to get started.

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!

Deep Tissue Sports Massage Appointments in San Antonio, today!

Here are this weeks available deeper than deep tissue Ashiatsu, Ashi-Thai Sports massage appointments, and YOGA classes, available at Heeling Sole Barefoot Massage in the Alamo Heights neighborhood of San Antonio, Texas:

Heeling Sole Barefoot Massage and Yoga is located in Alamo Heights’ Carousel Court shopping center at 1864 Nacogdoches, San Antonio, Texas, 78209.

Visit http://www.HeelingSole.com or cal 210.560.1992 for more info

Click on any massage to schedule your appointment – and just show up for yoga! 

(Read our Mid-Summer Sale blog post to learn how to save money on your massage!)

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Tuesday, July 22


  • 8am HuMAN Yoga – Yoga for the Dudes
  • 10am Restorative Yoga – Slow, passive supportive positioning with props
  • 12 noon Hatha with a Twist – Yoga for everyone
  • 5:30-6:30: Vinyasa Flow – Basic yoga with an emphasis on movement through postures
  • 7-9: Journey With Me – Olga’s twice monthly meet-ups at Heeling Sole explore holistic healing, shamanic journeying, drumming, conscious dance, Reiki sharing, crystal and sound therapy, and much more. 


  • 1:30 – Ashiatsu, Ashi-Thai or Pada Mudra Foot Massage with Alyssa: 90 minutes available Schedule now

Wednesday, July 23


  • 12 noon Hatha with a Twist – Yoga for everyone
  • 5:30-6:30: Beginner Series – A break down of basic stretches and an easy flow


Thursday, July 24


  • 8am HuMAN Yoga – Yoga for the Dudes
  • 10am Slow Flow – Beginner to Intermediate dance of yoga postures and breath
  • 12 noon Hatha with a Twist – Yoga for everyone
  • 5:30-6:30: Vinyasa Flow – Basic yoga with an emphasis on movement through postures
  • 7-9: Meditation Workshop – Our once monthly meditation that is rooted in radical self acceptance and Buddhist teachings, breath work and music you can learn to focus your inner self to a more grounded and centered level of awareness. 


Friday, July 25


  • 12 noon Hatha with a Twist – Yoga for everyone


Sunday, July 27


  • 10-11am Karma Yoga: Suggested donation of $10, get a surprise in this class with a new teacher and possibly a new style!
  • 11:30am-12:30: Beginner Series – A break down of basic stretches and an easy flow
  • 1pm: Hatha Flow – A slower paced class with longer holds in poses


Monday, July 28


  • 10am Slow Flow – Beginner to Intermediate dance of yoga postures and breath
  • 12 noon Hatha with a Twist – Yoga for everyone