Heeling Sole studio tour

Here’s what your appointment will be like!

This great video FOOTage will take you on a walkabout inside our clinic to see what happens before and during your session. You’ll see what our styles of barefoot massage look like (and no, barefoot massage is not the same thing as foot massage or reflexology!) and you’ll learn about what we have to offer overall, while getting a tour of Heeling Sole’s lobby, massage rooms, and classroom space.

We are located at 1864 Nacogdoches Road, San Antonio, Texas, 78209 in the Alamo Heights neighborhood of San Antonio, in the Carousel Court shopping center. You’ll need to book an appointment ahead of time, as we rarely have same day walk-in sessions available.

Schedule your Ashiatsu, Ashi-Thai or Fijian Barefoot Massage by calling us at 210.560.1992, or book online!

Not sure what to expect from Heeling Sole?

Your first visit we’ll have you complete a health intake form. Recurring visits entail a breif check up for paperwork and progress sake. After a thorough health intake with your massage therapist, 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. Please read this page on our website regarding if Barefoot Massage is right for you at this time.

You must be at least 18 years of age, and weigh over 130 pounds. Texas state massage law dictates that minors may receive massage therapy with the guardians consent and they also state that the parent/guardian be in the same room during the session, however, due to the fact that our massage therapists are at times 2-4 feet off the ground working hard to balance and focus, we do not allow a second person in the massage room as it can be a distraction and a safety concern to all parties involved in the massage.

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, 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 see that side of you! Underwear is almost an insult to us. For some reason we have no issues pushing through your lovely skin to engage 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 work from the massage if we have to skip an area or work through fabric, rather than glide and slide through the skin. HOWEVER 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 😉

While you undress, 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. 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! Your feedback does NOT hurt our feelings, it’s encouragement for us to give you the best massage possible that day.

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!

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.

You can choose to end the massage at anytime during the session if it’s not your thing – but we bet you’ll be more likely to want to extend the length of this massage!

Sasquatch LMT of the Month

At heeling Sole we are proud of all of our Sasquatch staff, whether it is our LMTs Or Our Yogis!  This week we are highlighting our LMT Jessica who is one of three LMTs at Heeling Sole up for nomination as Best Massage Therapist in The San Antonio Current!

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Our deep and specific sports massage specialist:  She loves working with specific tissue-issues, assessing all angles of your muscles to improve your range of motion and mobility, preventing injury!  We sat down with Jessica and asked her a few questions so you could get to know her.

How long have you been an LMT?
I have been practicing Massage Therapy and Ashiatsu since 2009.
What do you enjoy most in your role as an LMT? 
 I enjoy being able to help people. Wether it be just for the experience and getaway from life, or addressing underlying chronic issues to help them life a more pain free life.
What is your favorite muscle group to work on?
Hips and shoulders. I find that there are so many restrictions here that inhibit a lot of “normal” body movements. When you can address the smaller overlooked muscle groups and see dramatic change it really is amazing. The client feels better and you remove the stigma of it just being the larger muscle groups. If it’s made it that far and it’s chronic, 9 times out of 10 that’s not where the issue is.
What information do you like to receive about your clients before, during, and after a session?
Gosh! This answer is all over the board. I’ve had people be so unsure about what we do and try to opt for just the Ashli-Thai portion. But when I take a few minutes and educate them on what the modality is, they are very receptive and open to try. After they almost always feel like that was the best massage experience they’ve ever had, they feel relaxed yet feel that everything was addressed in such detail that they can’t believe how much work we can provide in our sessions.
What drew you to Ashiatsu?
My first job out of massage school offered ashiatsu. I was reluctant at first to see the bars in the ceiling and immediately asked what they were and why they were there. They explained it to me, I received a session, and the following week I was signed up to take the class. Mainly is was the amount of surface area that could be covered and the way the strokes are applied that really caught my attention. I knew with my sports background this would be the perfect tool to set me apart from the crowd. So I embraced the change and began to perfect my craft.
Final thoughts?
If you love anatomy, movement of the human body, and love a challenge then this is the perfect modality to take. Lacking any 2 of these together I have noticed that it’s harder to grasp the concept of this work.  The passion for massage must be there first. The more in detail you know your anatomy, the easier the neurological connection from brain to foot becomes and makes this modality the work of art it really is. I will forever be thankful for Ruthie for putting so much effort into this modality and molding it into what is has become today. She has a great team of instructors behind her that uphold the integrity of the company with the upmost respect and I’m glad to be a part of it. I’m currently 7 years into my career and here’s to another 10 or more.
You can book with Jessica on Monday 2-6pm, Tuesday and Friday 9:30-1pm, Thursday 9:30-6pm and select weekends.
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And Dont Forget to vote for Jessica in the Best of SA  contest as Best Massage Therapist today through March 25th

Goodbye Ziggy Stardust

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The loss of David Bowie was a shock and left us a little heart broken here at Heeeling Sole, but what a better way for us to honor one of our favorite rockers than to share our favorite song   Foot stompin’   David Bowie, you will be missed!

Yogi of the Month

At heeling Sole we are proud of all of our sasquatch staff, whether it is our LMTs Or Our Yogis!  This week we are highlighting our Yogi of the month  Timothy who teaches Ashtanga.timblogpic
Timothy moved to Texas from Yorkshire in the North of England in 1980. He has completed 18 marathons and 7 ultra-marathons. Timothy enjoys classical music, cooking, cryptic crossword puzzles, and tatting.  We sat down with him and did a little Q&A so you could get to know him better.
How long have you been teaching Yoga?   I have been a practitioner of Yoga for many years,  but started teaching about 6 Months ago.
Is yoga part of your daily routine?  If so, how?  The last 6 months I have made it a goal to practice Ashatnga daily.  I also have a 30  minute morning routine I have been doing daily the last 18 months.
What tips would you give newbies?  Listen to your body.  It’s all about the breath.  Enjoy the journey, don’t worry as much on the  destination.  Every day is different.
What is your favorite yoga resource or website?  I don’t have one favorite, but Jeni has a great handbook for Beginners that helps when taking my class.
What is one thing today you are grateful for?  I would say it is discovering, although later in life, the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of daily yoga practice.
Final thoughts ?  “Practice and all is coming” – Pattablin Jois

Come try Ashtanga:  Sundays at 1pm, and Tuesday/Thursdays at 5:30!

Meet the Feet: Timothy Cliffe

I’ve lovingly nicknamed our yoga and massage therapy staff members as “Sasquatches”, and it’s about time you meet everyone and their feet!

This weeks Sasquatch is Timothy!

Timothy is our latest addition to the team. He teaches our Ashtanga classes at 5:30 on Tuesday & Thursdays, and co-teaches Ashtanga on Sundays at 1pm.

TimothyCliffeYogaTimothy moved to Texas from Yorkshire in the North of England in 1980. He has been practicing yoga for over 16 years. He is a certified tennis teaching professional working at clubs mostly in the Houston area, but also in Dallas, and San Antonio.

He has completed 18 marathons and 7 ultra-marathons. Timothy enjoys classical music, cooking, cryptic crossword puzzles, and tatting.

He is RYT-200 yoga teacher certified, and maintains a personal daily ashtanga practice. He has an earth-loving personality and exudes a quiet, calm energy. These traits will help you relax, find your center, and gain peace and tranquility in your hectic life.

What is Ashtanga!?

Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga is a traditional, highly active and dynamic form of yoga. When practiced correctly, it demands a high degree of focus and concentration; generates an internal heat that cleanses and purifies; creates a strong, supple body; and brings clarity to the mind. And those that practice it passionately find the Ashtanga Vinyasa system delivers rapid progress and tangible results.

Come try it out, Sundays at 1pm, and Tuesday/Thursdays at 5:30!

Insight from my inSole September 05, 2015 at 08:05PM

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Insight from my inSole August 10, 2015 at 01:09PM

..believe I’m stompin’ (on your back) I’m #StraightOutta Ashiatsu.
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Call 2105601992 to go toe to toe and get yours

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