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

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    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!