December 28, 2009

About Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy Workshops

Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy workshops are all about learning a wonderful new modality of gravity assisted massage with your feet to deliver luxurious deep pressure. We understand that the only way to make more money as a Massage Therapist is to do more massages. But how can you do more if you are already performing your best massage day after day, exhausted, hurting, and dreading that session with another client who wants DEEP work? Well, this is definitely the modality for you! With Ashiatsu, you can take your massage to new heights and easily perform MORE deep tissue massages in a day without hurting or exhausting yourself. Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® (AOBT) will lengthen your massage career, strengthen and revive your mind, body and spirit, while literally putting you a step above the rest - standing up on the table!

Our workshops attract bodyworkers from various backgrounds - some with years of experience, and some fresh out of school. Our small classes ensure tons of individual attention and practice for the best possible learning experience. The amount of one-on-one instructor/student time is unlike any other CE workshop in the massage industry. The methodologies in which we developed to teach therapists how to be safe & proficient in a short amount of time is our greatest achievement. During your study with us, you will feel every single stroke from your instructor. You will have an opportunity to work on the instructor and receive precise feedback specific to your application of the technique. We provide a public practical for the ultimate in learning retention – you will work on real clients and receive feedback from real people to improve even more. Making sure you are safe and comfortable in the modality before you leave the workshop has been our acclaimed reputation for years. We set the standards when it comes to barefoot bar work, and we deliver the first and best “feet-on” seminar in the industry. More benefits are listed here:

We are honored to be the first to have a nationally approved “barefoot-bar dedicated” course study of which others now try to imitate. Our research on compression massage, body mechanics, safe technique application, and development of safe and efficient bar construction is unsurpassed. We hope students will be on their toes when weighing out their options for continuing education. Barefoot Basics and Advanced Ashiatsu are accredited for 25 Continuing Education Units (CEU), Anterior/Side-Lying is accredited for 8 CEU’s, and Ashi-Thai for 16 CEU’s. Each are approved by state massage boards, including Texas, in addition to the NCBTMB, AMTA and ABMP. Your instructor, Jeni Spring, LMT is a Certified AOBT therapist trained directly by the founder, Ruthie Hardee, is the only approved instructor for Texas and its surrounding states to teach this modality. Jeni is a Licensed Massage Therapist in both Texas and Washington states, she is a Texas State Massage Instructor, and also a Texas State Continuing Education Provider. She teaches AOBT courses out of San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix and Seattle throughout the year, and in 2010 she'll be traveling with the founder to massage conventions presenting Ashiatsu nationwide.

Visit Jeni's website to view the official video's of Ashiatsu in action and complete course descriptions. Schedule a massage session with Jeni at her San Antonio office, so that you can feel the difference Ashiatsu can make in your massage and your life.

Ready to step up and start your registration? Register online here. Keep in mind that we take only (8) lucky therapists per class. Spots tend to fill up quickly and it’s best to make your deposit and reserve your place ASAP.

December 15, 2009

Get ready to get awesome!

I am about to bring more awesome Ashiatsu to Texas - you've all been waiting for it, now it's coming! Some of you know might remember seeing this class listed as "Deep Feet 2" back in the day, some of you know it as "the doubles"... well now it's vamped up and has been combined with the Fusion class, ready to be unleashed on Texas as "ADVANCED ASHIATSU"!!

I currently have one of these amazing and awesome Advanced Ashi classes scheduled in San Antonio on February 26-28th, 2010. Ruthie's coming! She and I will teach you how to safely apply the deepest most luxurious massage, with two feet! Get double the instructor attention, feedback and demonstrations, double your fun! You've seen me do these advanced techniques, now you can too. I'm going to have an army of 20 guest clients for us to practice on over the course of those 3 days. Yes, I did say 20. Practice practice practice, and practice some more. You will be made of steel after graduating this workshop!

If you still find yourself needing to go deeper even when you are using what you've learned from Barefoot Basics, then come take this one. Register now and click here!

OK, so what's NOT to like about this class? Well, for one, you need to have the strength to safely release your body weight into the clients body and be able to pull, twist, thrust, propel and slide yourself ever-so-gracefully between strokes to create a peaceful session. Gotta make this stuff luxurious you know, it's not "NO PAIN NO GAIN" for the client. (But maybe for you!) Go get strong!
Here are some exersize ideas to slip into your New Years resolution:

1: Pull ups and push ups are your friend. Go try some!
2: Pilates must be your sidekick, not your nemesis. Get that core STRONG LIKE BULL!
3: Grip strength is important - no cheater moves here with yoga straps supporting you up, no resting your wrists on top of the bars, its all hands on deck this time. Practice squeezing stress balls, and give strong handshakes! Guitar Center has a rad grip strength doo-dad that I like.
4: Use your bars for the ultimate test: condition your body by holding onto your bars, palms facing in, Rhomboids, Traps and Lats held strong, neck long, spine straight, and raise both legs straight out at the same time to be parallel with the floor, your body is in an "L" shape: hold that for 2 minutes!
5: Confidence comes from within - train your mind that you can do this! Think positively, eat healthy, sleep well, drink more water, and practice what you preach.
Here's the bit of news you ~may~ not like: I don't think I'll teach this class outside of San Antonio for a w-h-i-l-e. Why? I've got to come up with your meat, the guest clients, to massage for 3 days straight! It's hard to coordinate 20 men with the appropriate body type and no contraindications to come receive this work at very specific times in my own town, let alone in Dallas or anywhere else I teach. Most other AOBT instructors stick to one city to teach anyways, and being that I'm a multi-city instructor, this is where it gets tough. SO, I know I said I'd try to get up there ASAP, but it honestly isn't going to happen for a long while. And by long I mean, maybe not in 2010. I'll bring Ashi-Thai, Barefoot Basics and Anterior/Sidelying whenever I teach out of San Antone, though! (Hey Pacific Northwest, I'm looking your way!)

So for my dear Dallas and Houston area AOBT therapists, your consolation prize is this: $50 off my February Advanced Ashiatsu workshop if you live closer to Dallas or Houston than you do San Antonio.

In the meantime, go get strong to prepare for Advanced Ashi! As for me, I'm taking Aerial Dance lessons to get my muscles in gear:

Read more about Advanced Ashiatsu on my site and on Ruthie's. And remember: If you don't see someone listed on as one of the modalities Associate Instructors, they aren't teaching you what they claim. Study from the source, train with the original, and learn it for real.


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December 8, 2009

Happy Holiday Season!

Heeling Sole is FEETuring some special services just for you!

  • Bring Massage Home for Your Holidays... book Ashiatsu and Ashi-Thai for your holiday event!
    Need your guests to relax and chill out? That's what I'll be there for! Contact me for more information. Reserve now - limited availability

  • Give Meaningful Gifts: Instant Online Gift Certs Available Now!
    Single sessions or Costco-sized packages, give them a massage for a reason or massages to last the season! Click here to create an Instant Gift Certificate

  • Give yourself the gift of relaxation this season: One hour, 90 minute and 2 hour massages available now! Save time for yourself to relax to fully enjoy the holidays. Book today for guaranteed availability this month.

  • Massage Therapists, don't forget, I've got the official Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy "Ashi-Wear", DVD's & eyebolts if you need them! Next month there is an Ashi-Thai workshop in San Antonio!

    November 15, 2009

    San Antonio Barefoot Basics workshop is dunnnn!

    Introducing Carly, Sara and Heather! They are all from Austin and allllll super awesome ashi diva's!

    Also, I have STUFF! Do you want to oder some Ashi-Wear b4 the end of the year?! Do you live near San Antonio or Austin? Well let me know what you want and I'll make sure you have it. Save some shipping. (Anyone not living in Austin or San Antonio, you might as well just order it straight from Ruthie at because shipping will be exactly the same, maybe even more if you went thru me!)

    November 10, 2009

    Dallas Barefoot Basics and Anterior Sidelying!

    6 more Ashi therapists are out there! Montreal Quebec, Little Rock Arkansas, Lafayette Louisianna, and Palestine, Plano and Colleyville Texas each just got themselves a stellar new massage to try!
    Go Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy!

    November 2, 2009

    San Antonio Barefoot Basics workshop has openings!

    This Barefoot Basics and Anterior/Sidelying class was originally meant to happen in Austin as a private training, but not no more! Now it's in San Antonio and ready to roll. All it needs is your enrollment! Starting Friday November 13th, Barefoot Basics runs through Sunday November 15th, and the Anterior/Sidelying class is Monday November 16th. I need to know ASAP who is coming, so this is your last chance to register!

    Visit and complete my registration form by this Thursday, November 4th, if possible. Then I will contact you with more information.

    This is the last AOBT class in Texas for 2009, and we won't be offering another Barefoot Basics course until late February 2010. Get in while you still can!

    Please PLEASE don't wait until the last minute to register!
    ****WELL, this is it, it's the last minute. If you were biting your nails trying to decide if you should come learn an amazing new form of bodywork starting tomorrow... now's the time to bite the bullet! Learn Ashiatsu this weekend and you'll be ready to start using your feet on your clients in a week. They'll need that pressure and change to survive the upcoming holiday season, and you'll need the change to stay ahead of the rest. Call me today to squeeze into the San Antonio class that starts tomorrow! 2106230026*** (updated 11/12/09)

    October 27, 2009

    Looking for a few good men... again!

    Are you a dude? Do you like deep tissue massages? Would you volunteer your body to education? If so, we need YOU at our next San Antonio Ashiatsu workshop! This could be YOU:

    On Sunday, November 15th from 12:45-3pm, and again from 2:45-5pm, I need volunteers to receive a massage from the students and give constructive feedback on the quality of their touch- which I will tell you what we're looking for on each move the student makes! Its a fun hour and a half massage where you can really help improve the therapists massage.

    Please contact me no later than Wednesday November 4th, and I will fill you in on the details:
    Jeni Spring

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    October 22, 2009

    National Massage Therapy Awareness Week!

    This weeked starts the Americal Massage Therapy Association's (AMTA) National Massage Therapy Awareness Week! Every year around October 25-31st its time to remind yourself to get back into the habit of taking care of your body with regularly scheduled massages.

    Are you aware of what your body is telling you? Sometimes we are so busy in life that we have learned to tune out our own natural intuition, and we shut down the voices saying "Hey! I'm overworked! I need a massage!"

    Not ~all~ the voices in your head are crazy, but the voices in your body are usually right! So listen to them and come in this week.

    A barefoot massage will help you turn up the volume on your body's awareness channel, you'll start to see the warning signs for when that evil knot that lives in your shoulder is about to attack.

    Let massage help you become more aware now, and you're body will thank you forever!

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    October 16, 2009

    New for November!

    A last minute addition to this years Ashi workshop schedule: Due to popular demand, I'll be holding a Barefoot Basics workshop in San Antonio in November!

    I'll already be in Dallas teaching Barefoot Basics and Anterior/Sidelying from November 6-9th.... but sometime between the 11th and Thanksgiving I'll hold one in San Antonio as well. Are you interested!?

    Let me know what dates work well for you - I am leaning towards the 13th-16th, but if some other group of days makes the majority vote, I'll see what I can do.

    This link takes you directly to registration, you can also visit this link to read more about the Barefoot Basics workshop. Please contact me ASAP if you are interested in coming to a class in November! (hint hint, I'm thinking the 13-16th. If that doesn't work for you, speak up now and maybe I can make it work for the dates you need!)


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    October 12, 2009

    Ashi-Thai grads are off on the right foot!

    After Texas' 1st Ashi-Thai workshop this weekend, 5 more amazing therapists are out there and ready to give you an awesome massage! Sarena and Shannon from the Houston area, and Merilu, Stephanie and Reggie from good 'ol San Antone. Texas Ashiatsu just keeps getting awesomer and awesomer ;)

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    September 24, 2009

    Amazing Awesome Ashi-Thai dvd's

    The new DVD's for the Ashi-Thai workshop are amazing! Designed for the home study course, these are the most detailed Ashiatsu DVD's yet!

    Modifications to stretches and movements are taught throughout the DVD to accommodate practicing the postures at varying levels. This 2 disc DVD set is well-chaptered, which allows you to skip forward past sections and go right to what you are looking for. Materials presented in the workshop, in your manual, and again on the DVD are excellent for continued future reference. Contraindications, special safety remarks, and a wide variety of client restrictions are explained again, it is an amazing review of the workshop. By watching the DVDs, you can literally practice with Ruthie and Kina, the creators of Ashi-Thai, and be in step with them throughout the whole massage, learning their pacing and rhythm!

    These DVD's along with the Ashi-Thai manual provided in the workshop will help you to really retain what you learn with me in class. The DVD set is not included in the workshop price, but is available to Ashi-Thai graduates for $99. Start saving for it now, or put it on your wish-list, I'll have them in stock.


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    September 18, 2009

    New website, new dates

    I've got one workshop nailed down for next year "fo sho", it's the Advanced Ashiatsu (Formerly known as Deep Feet 2 & Fusion) scheduled for February 2010. I'm working on planning out the rest of the year in San Antonio, Dallas, Phoenix, and ~hopefully~ the Seattle area, with lots more Barefoot Basics, Anterior/Sidelying, Ashi-Thai and Advanced Ashi, so keep your toes on the nose and watch my new site for the listing of next years Ashi dates!
    Check out the all new

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    September 16, 2009

    Ashi Friends

    We always receive feedback from our students saying how much fun they had in our Ashiatsu workshops, and how much they loved receiving the work. Most therapists who come to our workshops are the first in their area, or the only therapist in their spa/clinic, offering Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, which has great advantages! But what about when you want to receive an Ashiatsu massage? Wouldn't it be nice to have a friend trained in this modality that you can practice with, and even better, TRADE with?! I had my Ashi-friends Dari and Julie in Seattle with me, and it was a blast - there was no competition between us, we just helped each other grow and received amazing Ashi massages in the meantime! Even if you and your friends work at different locations, you can still help each other with marketing ideas, work events together, maybe split the costs of buying or renting the Hardee-Ashiatsu Portable Bar System so that you can both set up ~together~ and show your community what Ashiatsu is!

    Announcing the "Ashi-Friends" deal!

    For each friend you refer who enrolls in your Barefoot Basics, Advanced Ashi, or Ashi-Thai workshop, you will all receive:

    You plus 1 friend enrolls: Free Promo DVD (Save $15 each)
    You plus 2 friends enroll: Free Ashi body Butters (Save $17 each)
    You plus 3+ friends enroll: Free Barefoot Basics DVD* each (Save $25 each) (*If registered for Advanced Ashi or Ashi-Thai, then you'll receive $25 off the DVD set instead)
    PLUS: You and your friend(s) enroll in Anterior/Sidelying = Free Anterior/Sidelying DVD! (Save $20 each)

    So round up your friends and get your dvd's for free! You'll be a step ahead, able to continue developing the quality of your Ashiatsu strokes at a faster rate since you will be able to massage your Ashi-trained friend, receiving feedback consistent with the information and experience gained in your Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy workshop! Receiving the work helps you remember how it "should feel" or how the experience could be improved. Supported by your official Ashiatsu DVD library and friends, you can put your best feet (not just foot) forward!

    New update to this deal! Would you rather take the dollar amount of each DVD off the price of your workshop tuition? Times are tough and I can understand. If you refer a friend(s) you'll have the option of either accepting the DVD/Ashi Butter offer as outlined above, or I can subtract the same dollar amount from your tuition. That means you have the potential of taking $15-$45 off your tuition costs depending on how many referrals you send in, and then you can just save buying the DVD's for later.

    Check out for the workshop schedule! Remember only 8 to a class, so spots are limited.

    (Offer only valid on workshops taught by Jeni Spring in either San Antonio or Dallas now through May 2010. Workshops are for Licensed Massage Therapists only)

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    August 25, 2009

    TX AMTA ad about to come out

    I recently put an ad in the upcoming Texas AMTA chapter newsletter for Ashiatsu! Those of you in Texas who are part of AMTA, keep your eyes peeled for it around the beginning of September!

    Also - a San Antonio AMTA unit is trying to form! Come to the meeting this Sunday:
    @ the San Antonio Institute of Neuromuscular Therapy
    8607 Wurzbach Road, Bldg. R Suite 150
    San Antonio, TX 78240

    RSVP to

    Officers will be elected for the San Antonio Unit. Officer positions include a Chairperson, Co-Chairperson, and a separate or combined Secretary & Treasurer. If you have interest in one of these positions please consider volunteering your time and talents.

    As always the workshop schedule is available at
    Have a good one!

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    August 21, 2009

    8 new AOBT therapists fresh from Dallas!

    Sarah, Nikki, Sharon, Sheri, Galina, Lori, Michelle, and Cassandra just finished their Barefoot Basics class in Dallas! Anterior/Sidelying is tomorrow, but look for these ladies' fancy feet, they are all superstars and fabulous at Ashiatsu!

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    August 19, 2009

    August 14, 2009

    1 spot open for Barefoot Basics in Dallas next week

    A last minute cancellation means I have a spot open!

    What: Barefoot Basics, 25 CEU's, $595 ($300 due at registration, remaining balance due @ workshop)
    Where: Dallas AOBT Training Facility:
    1330 W. Campbell Rd. #106
    Richardson, TX 75080
    When: Wednesday August 19th- Friday August 21st, 9am-6pm each day

    Contact me to take this spot! I need to know by Monday, August 17th. 1st come first served!, 210.623.0026 for more info on the workshop

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    August 3, 2009

    July 31, 2009

    San Antonio workshop dates, and ASHI-THAI!

    Well, I'm about to leave for Denver for my instructor training on Ashi-Thai, and I really can't wait! Spending time with the other AOBT instructors is so much fun, and this now workshop is just amazing, you'll all love it!

    I just announced the dates for workshops at the new San Antonio AOBT training facility, including the very first Ashi-Thai ever offered in Texas:
    October 10-11th : Ashi-Thai
    October 16-18th : Barefoot Basics
    October 19th : Anterior / Sidelying

    When I get back to Texas in mid-August, I'm headed straight up to Dallas for a full workshop, but I'm still looking for guest clients in the Dallas area - I'll need the guys on Friday August 21st from either 1-3pm or 3-5pm. Have your volunteers contact me at ASAP!

    The grand opening of Heeling Sole is September 1st, and a free informational Ashiatsu meeting will be held there Sunday September 13th, from 1-2:30pm. I'm at 3300 Nacogdoches Rd., Suite 110, San Antonio, 78217. Come figure out what all this Ashiatsu and Ashi-Thai stuff is all about! RSVP to (210) 967-4400

    Spots are still available in the Dallas Barefoot Basics and Anterior / Sidelying workshops September 24th-27th - get your foot in the door and register quick! It's going to be another full house!

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    July 29, 2009

    Looking for a few good men....

    Are you a dude? Do you like deep tissue massages? Would you volunteer your body to education?
    If so, we need YOU at our next Dallas Ashiatsu workshop! This could be YOU:

    On Friday, August 21st from 1-3pm, and again from 3-5pm, I need volunteers to receive a massage from the students and give constructive feedback on the quality of their touch- which I will tell you what we're looking for on each move the student makes! Its a fun hour and a half massage where you can really help improve the therapists massage.

    Please contact me and I will fill you in on the details:
    Jeni Spring

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    July 26, 2009

    Bar Construction!

    One and a "sorta" set of bars done, four to go! Today I finished the bars at Isabelle's day spa in San Antonio. Then the Joel's and I started construction on the new San Antonio AOBT classroom! My awesome brother Joel worked his butt off, while my awesome hubby Joel and I were his slaves. We got as far as we could in one night, so here are the pictures, we'll finish on Tuesday! I can't wait to teach in San Antonio, I'm thinking the 1st class will be Ashi-Thai in early October, and Barefoot Basics late October!

    Isabelle's Bars (I call them "Isabars")

    Brother Joel @ work

    Husband Joel @ work

    One set @ the classroom "sorta" finished, still needs work!

    Grand opening for my massage business, the actual real "Heeling Sole" which will be in a local classroom space will be @ the beginning of September sometime, so hold your massages from me until I move into this new place!


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    July 20, 2009

    New Graduates!

    Four great new grads are out and about in the Austin area! Congrats to Sally, Pach, Cindy and Christina, you all have fabulously fancy feet! "Seven Seven Seven!!!"

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    July 11, 2009

    New Dallas Dates!

    I think I can now officially call all you Dallas people "Ashi Addicts"!
    Due to popular demand, I've added another workshop for September. Sign up quick, these spaces will go FAST!

    Just added: New Ashi dates for Dallas in September!
    Barefoot Basics = September 24-26
    Anterior/Side-Lying = September 27

    ...And there is still room in the Austin class this coming Thursday!

    Ashi-Thai is coming soon, I am as excited as you are, hold your horses!

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    July 7, 2009

    August AOBT in Dallas is full

    It's been on the verge of full for a few days now, but it's finally been topped off! 8 new pairs of feet will be part of the Ashi-family in August! So that leaves next week! Check this out:

    July's workshop in Austin, from Thursday July 16th-Sunday July 19th - does still have openings. Any last minute-joiners must let me know by Tuesday, 7/14!

    I have AOBT promo-reel DVDs, Ashi-wear and Ashi-Butter in stock and available. For a list and pricing information of Ashi-wear and Ashiatsu DVDs available, click here and let me know what you'd like.


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    June 26, 2009

    July Austin Ashi workshops with spots open!

    If you are a Licensed Massage Therapist, come learn how to do an amazing form of
    Barefoot Massage with me in Austin July 16th-18th!

    A few spots are still available for my July Barefoot Basics workshop in Austin! Class runs Thursday thru Saturday, 9am-6pm each day. 24 CEU's, $595.

    The optional 4th day on Sunday, Anterior/Sidelying workshop, is CEU's and $199.

    Contact me for more information:

    ~Jeni Spring, LMT
    AOBT Associate Instructor

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    February 16, 2009

    Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy CEU Workshop in Austin!

    Hello and welcome to my first blog about Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy in Texas! Now in Texas, along with my twin in Austin Rhonda, we'll be teaching this great work to anyone with a great pair of feet in the Lone Star State! You'll be able to read information about upcoming workshops and Ashiatsu appearances here, and you can always visit the main Ashiatsu page for more information:

    For now I've attached the flyer for our March workshops. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact me at

    Don't forget that we will be at the World Massage Festival in New Braunfels this April showing off Ashiatsu! You can meet the founder, Ruthie Hardee, and other instructors from around the nation. We'll be demonstrating the wonderful barefoot work, and announcing our "Year-at-a-Glance" calendar with more workshop dates in the state, so drop by our booth to feel the difference!!!

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