Learning Ashiatsu: Frequently Asked Questions #3

What is the class cancellation policy?

By signing up for one of my classes, your deposit serves as a commitment to train, that you agree to the Code of Ethics (see below) and the Cancellation Policy.

Non-Refundable deposits are required to hold your space in class. Your deposit will not be refunded should you cancel out of your selected workshop dates. Your deposit cannot be transferred to another massage therapist, or applied to another Ashiatsu instructors class. Only in the event of proper documentation of injury, pregnancy, death in the immediate family, or extreme weather prohibiting travel (airports and highways closed) will your deposit be allowed to be rolled over to a workshop at a later date. This special consideration will be allowed one time only by the discretion of the Ashiatsu instructor.

If you have other circumstances besides those listed above and still need to cancel out of your upcoming Ashiatsu class, you may roll your tuition over to the next Ashiatsu course offered at a later date by Jeni Spring, by giving at least 15 days’ notice and paying a $75 fee per class that you wish to roll over. Any notice less than 15 days is not eligible for rollover – unless the situation can be documented as mentioned above (injury, death in the immediate family, or weather prohibiting travel.)

There are absolutely no refunds for courses attended.

What if the class doesn’t meet its minimum enrollment requirements?

Luckily due to the popularity of our classes, we haven’t had to cancel or reschedule a class due to low enrollment in years! Typically it’s the opposite, we sell out months in advance – so early registration is always highly recommended.

Heeling Sole / Jeni Spring will happily refund all money for any cancelled seminars due to our responsibility – such as if the class minimum enrollment requirements are not met.

We reserve the right to cancel class 2 weeks prior to the event should there not be enough interest and minimums not met – for FasciAshi Fundamentals, Intermediate and ROM classes in San Antonio, Class minimum is 4 students. For Advanced FasciAshi in San Antonio, or for any class held outside of San Antonio, class minimum is 6 students.


If registration is low enough for the instructor to choose to cancel class, you will be notified by phone 2 weeks prior to the scheduled dates. At such time, students can choose:
A) If they would like a 100% refund.
B) Roll your deposit over to the next listed class with no penalty

We do not recommend that you book airfare until you have confirmed with the instructor that your selected class has met the minimum enrollment requirements and will not be cancelled.

Can I leave class early, or arrive late?

This is a question that is unfair to the other students in class. Our Ashiatsu workshops are teamwork based, and being that we have SO MUCH ‘feet on’ practice time each day, if you aren’t there, then your partner is left stranded. We also have so much information jam-packed into class that e-v-e-r-y moment matters. There is no fluff or filler material in Ashiatsu training, we need to start promptly on time and we typically go right up to the last minute of class each day, because our instructors are trying their best to make you the best barefoot massage therapist you can be!

As such, we do not allow partial credit hours, and cannot allow you to leave the class early. If you have to leave due to an emergency, we will withold your CE’s and eligibility to become certified until you re-attend the course to make up the missing time.

Also, if you are chronically late to class first thing in the morning, after breaks and lunches, we may reduce the number of CE hours awarded, due to lack of full attendance.

Please be respectful of our time as we work hard to teach you Ashiatsu!

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Learning Ashiatsu: Frequently Asked Questions #2

Do I have to be a Massage Therapist?


You must be a Massage Therapist to legally and ethically apply these advanced massage therapy Ashiatsu techniques to the public as service.
A license to touch and a license work in your region Jeni Spring, Ashiatsu Teacherwithin the massage therapy field is essential to keeping this modality within its profession, scope of practice and intended market. If you are still in massage school, we require that you have completed 75% of your required hours with a passing grade of a B average, currently have some form of massage student insurance (available through all the major massage insurance agencies/associations) and we will need a copy of your transcript. Jeni first learned Ashiatsu 2 days after completing her 1100 hour Massage Therapy school, and hadn’t yet taken her state or national test – but her passing grades, transcript from the school and her AMTA massage student insurance plan gave her the go-ahead to start her massage career out on the right foot! If you are in a state without licensure requirement, we will need a transcript from a 200 hour massage therapy program showing your passing grades, and proof of liability insurance.

Will I receive Continuing Education Credits for attending Ashiatsu Training?

If you are already licensed/registered/certified in your state, then the continuing education credits we offer are eligible for your license, association and board renewals. If you attend class prior to obtaining a state license, then the credits are still awarded but may not be honored by your state, being that the Ashiatsu course occured prior to your licensure. (Check with your state massage board to be sure!)

The Ashiatsu classes held at Heeling Sole are Nationally Certified through the NCBTMB. We are additionally approved for all states who take automatic reciprocity with the NCBTMB. (Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia). Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Texas and New York are also ready to rock with your CE’s!

What about my Massage Association and National Board Renewals?

All courses offered by Jeni Spring at Heeling Sole meet Association of Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) eligibility requirements through the Center for Barefoot Massage’s affiliations. Our courses meet the high standards of the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB), as well as the AFMTE (Alliance for Massage Therapy Educators) competencies. We adhere to professionally recognized codes of ethics and standards of practice with each of these organizations, as well as with the AFMTE, and we are committed to continuing your professional education and development. Most state massage regulatory agencies recognize the same number of continuing education hours reciprocally. Please contact our office if you have questions regarding whether or not your state has automatic reciprocity with the NCBTMB.

How Many CE’s will I get?

This information is listed on the course description of every Ashiatsu Workshop we offer, but here are the details listed out:

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Ashiatsu is Sports Massage Therapy


Schedule a Deep tissue massage therapy

appointment in San Antonio with one of the

massage therapists

at Heeling Sole.

We specialize in a form of massage called Ashiatsu, which means that we just happen to give deep tissue massage and sports massage therapy sessions with our feet instead of hands, and it’s disguised as a deeply relaxing session! We’ll blend deep tissue massage techniques in with the sports massage therapy style of passive stretching – ALL WITH OUR FEET!

Ashiatsu helps you ease out of common chronic pain patterns – whether it be for back, hip, shoulder or neck issues.

At Heeling Sole, we specialize in Barefoot Massage techniques such as Ashiatsu and Thai massage. We apply elements of deep tissue massage therapy, fascial work, trigger point, with active, passive and assisted stretching into our sessions, which has helped us assist our physically active clients with their weekly muscle recovery routine.

Compare it to what is more commonly understood from hands-on bodywork that you may be used to giving and/or receiving. The benefits of massage therapy as a form of post-event soft tissue injury treatment – it boosts performance, breaks down scar tissue, prevents injuries and loss of mobility, reduces delayed onset muscle soreness, decreases anxiety, enhances microcirculation, improvement of tissue elasticity – there are so many great aspects. What is really interesting is that you can have the same effect with Ashiatsu, as this style of barefoot massage includes a dynamic range of additional benefits for endurance athletes training for Marathons, Triathalons, Iron Man, CrossFit – you name it!

I know what you are thinking: Ashi-what!? It’s pronounced “Ahhh-shiatsu”. “Ashi” means foot, and “-atsu” is pressure.  In this style of massage, the therapist uses gravitational forces and distributes their body weight by holding onto bars in the ceiling, using their feet to deliver the strokes, applying painless pressure directly onto your body.  It works fast, in my practice I’ve noticed that just 20 minutes of Ashiatsu accomplishes the physical benefits that occur in a 60-minute session of a more traditional style of hands-on bodywork. Since our sessions typically last 60-90 minutes (with a 120 minute option available) we can really focus on more than one issue and multitask, getting so much more accomplished.

The effectiveness of deep tissue massage therapy comes from treating all layers of your tissue and your entire body as a whole, resulting in a calmed fight-or-flight response and a dramatic dilation of blood vessels. By massaging you with the larger surface area of a foot – in comparison to a hand or forearm – and by accessing the deeper layers of your tissue without the sensation of pokey pain that triggers muscle guarding, the rate of post-event recovery is faster. The depth is consistent throughout the entire length of the muscle, curbing pain responses and flooding the body with new sensory information to help it evaluate itself and begin to heal.

To encourage pre or post-workout low intensity exercise, passive Thai stretches are incorporated to improve your tissue elasticity and reduce spasms. Ashi-Thai – another form of barefoot massage developed from Ashiatsu and Thai massage ­– offers a unique chance to rest, relax and recuperate from strenuous activities while the therapist maneuvers your limbs and body into deep stretches that you may not be able to achieve on your own. It’s a true form of a therapist-guided exercise program, as the massage therapists at Heeling Sole literally guide your body through movements as you lay there and take a nap! The advantage of this massage — both for the client and the therapist — is that Ashiatsu and Ashi-Thai allows gravity to do the work, balancing the massage therapists‘ body weight to provide a depth and leverage to bring about injury treatment unmatched by other techniques.

 Ashi-Thai is an effective bodywork treatment for many types of athletic injuries – both for prevention and rehabilitation. Most clients report significant decreases pain and significant increases in range of motion and athletic performance after one session. Clients with sports or repetitive strain injuries receiving Ashi-Thai often find they are even more flexible after a series of 3 sessions than before they were injured!

Are you realizing yet that Ashi is so much MORE than just the catch phrase “deepest, most luxurious massage on the planet”? I am continually learning about massage, and this work never ceases to amaze me. If you are in San Antonio, schedule a massage at Heeling Sole to experience this work for yourself. If you are a massage therapist, you can learn this style of Barefoot Massage in my classes.

Xray Vision Acquired

I recently was lucky enough to be involved with a Functional Anatomy Course at the UTSA Health Science Center. It was a clinical applications course with cadaver prosections with the Department of Physical Therapy, and it was awesome! 

The last few major continuing education courses that I have taken have been focused on the anatomy, more so than techniques, so that I can have a stronger understanding of what is happening structurally underneath my toes as I work on you. The Kinesiology and Anatomy classes way back in my massage school were my most dreaded and favorite classes, since I kind of obsessed about learning everything about everything. (Darn you cursed Corachobrachialis! You were the brain fart muscle I missed on my final – so simple, so frustrating, but now I know you like the back of my hand… err foot!) The only books I’ve ever been able to stay awake long enough to finish reading has been anatomy books (ok, and Harry Potter), and I geek out on any online webinar that talks about fascia, even if I’ve already heard it a hundred times!

The Myofascial Meridians course that I took late last year focused on the fascial sheets and bags surrounding each and every muscle, fiber, and cell in the body, showing the interconnectivity of everything. Even though I had already read the book related to that course, seen the video and sat in on countless Anatomy Trains webinars, the hands on experience in that class really helped validate in my head why I do what I do when I massage you. Some say it’s intuition, but the geek in me likes to think that I have xray vision and I’m following the fascial pathways along your muscles – so that class helped me realize that I really am feeling what I thought I was feeling, I’m not crazy! The group that I trained with, Anatomy Trains, has a 500 hour training program that I am foaming at the mouth to take one day. (Keep your toes crossed)

This weekend’s cadaver course at UTSA gave me the chance to actually touch those structures with no skin or layers of other tissues clouding up its detail. To actually see their relationship to each other, to physically move a layer of muscle away and truelly feel what lays below it was so….. AWESOME! I can’t say it enough. Just awesome. 

Do you know how tiny the Piriformis actually is!? It feels so much bigger under my feet and hands. The Sciatic Nerve? They weren’t kidding, it really is big. I got to actually see the Nucleus Pulposis – the fluid inside your vertebral discs! Push on it and watch the bubble move – so neat! The IT Band?! So very thin and so strong! I felt the entire length of Iliacus and Psoas – those muscles that make you want to cry when I work on them? Yep – I went there, and if only I could massage your muscles like I was able to on that lovely donated body. I touched the underside of muscles that I could normally never really get to, and was able to hold its circumference in my hand, tug it a tad, and make it recreate the movement on the bone it is attached to.

Thank you thank you, a thousand times to the donors and their families, your contribution has really made positive impression on me.

The faculty and attending Physical Therapists in the class were so amazingly educational in every way as well. They were fascinated by the nerves and their pathways and quizzed each other on what goes where and which innervates what – I was just wowed that so many of the nerves are so thin and tiny like a strand of hair! The PT’s were so investigative about the pathologies and condition of the joints – we felt the inside of the knee, a smooth healthy joint as well as another with significant wear and tear – I understand better the inside view of knee pain now. It was so inspiring to be around such a smart group of professionals that dug right into the subject matter. What’s even more amazing? They were impervious to the smell of formaldehyde! My stomach ballooned up – TMI, but the gas was worth it!

Anyways, long story short, I love anatomy, and I love that I’m in a profession where I can never stop learning.

Best Massage Therapist in San Antonio?


Do you love the awesome bodysurfing, backwalking, deep massages I do? Please vote “Heeling Sole Barefoot Massage / Jeni Spring” for Best Massage Therapist in the San Antonio Current‘s Best Of San Antonio survey by April 3rd! Remember to vote for 20 total categories for your voice to count! Thanks!