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
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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