Scoot your client up for supine neck work!

As I mentioned in our last blog post, our Tuesday Toesday tips aren’t usually rocket science. Sometimes they are easy fixes that just take us a heck of a long time to figure out for some reason. Today’s tip for scooting the client up is one of those — super easy but with big results.

Although I am normal height (5’5″), my legs are short. So for years when I tried to do seated anterior neck, shoulder, and pec work, I’d get myself into some bad body mechanics.

The client was all cozy on the massage table like they were in bed for the night, far away from the head of the table.

Since I couldn’t reach their neck our shoulders well, I’d try a variety of, shall we say, interesting positions.

Perhaps you’ve tried these too:

  1. scooting the stool forward so you can reach the client’s neck and therefore giving yourself no back support.
  2. leaving the stool nestled by the wall and keeping your back there but scooting your rear end forward, giving you no lower back support.
  3. tilting your stool forward, praying that it doesn’t tip over and thrusting you on your client’s head!
  4. hunched like Quasimoto with a foot on the floor and the other foot on your client and using no stool

Why a barefoot massage membership site

When Jeni, Paul, and I started this little business of ours a year ago (happy anniversary to us!) we spent a lot of time visioning and planning how we could make our barefoot massage company different from others. Not only in the strokes and how we teach, but in our post-class support. A barefoot massage membership site made sense.

It would be a place for our community to review strokes, download marketing and business materials, ideas on how to better run their massage studio and more.

I’ve been doing barefoot massage since 2002, and Jeni was shortly behind me in 2003.

Together with our instructors, we’ve learned so much about what helps barefoot therapists.

By the same token we’ve also discovered what also prevents other skilled therapists who have learned ashiatsu from actually doing it in their studio and growing a business.

Transitioning your clients to barefoot massage

Once you’ve learned barefoot massage and have practiced, sometimes the biggest challenge is how the heck you get your clients to try it. Let’s talk about the transition to ashiatsu barefoot massage.

The question recently came up in our FB alumni group, so we thought this might be a question that others have as well.

First off, you must practice and accept feedback from non-paying clients about your newfound barefoot skills. Why non-paying? Because if you are fantastic at hands-on massage but only mediocre, at best, from having recently learned ashiatsu, your clients will not love your new skills.

They’ll say, “Thanks, but I’ll stick with what I know and love” or some similar jargon that will deflate you and make you wonder what you’re doing wrong.

Membership site & Valentine’s Day downloadables

Our Center for Barefoot Massage membership site is now live in beta testing! There are different levels based on what classes you’ve taken with us. And we’ve even got a free level even if you haven’t taken our classes. Yes, sometimes you get something for nothing. 😀

Today we’re adding another bonus: free downloadables for Valentine’s Day.

Talent, practice, and passion in barefoot massage

I have been an Ashiatsu instructor for almost ten years, and many types of massage therapists have come through my training studio. A few newbies fresh out of school and some seasoned massage therapists that been in the field for several years. But learning ashiatsu can level the playing field when it comes to length of experience for many massage therapists.

Unlike other massage CEUs massage therapists take to when they get out of school, we’re not only learning massage theory; we’re learning to use different TOOLS altogether: the FEET!

I’ve found three things make a great Ashiatsu therapist. Talent, Practice, and Passion. These are the words of a great visionary and architect, Frank Lloyd Wright,

What is talent?

Is Barefoot Massage the same as a Foot Massage or Reflexology?


If you are already massaging with your feet, you’ve probably spoken with clients who perceive “Barefoot Massage” to be some kind of foot massage, like reflexology.

“Oh I LOVVVE to get my feet rubbed” is one of the top responses I get when I introduce myself as a Barefoot Massage Therapist.

::eyeroll:: <<OK, breathe, Jeni>>

Just laugh it off and show them this video:


Is Ashiatsu the same as Barefoot Massage?

Is Ashiatsu the same as Barefoot Massage? What is the difference between a Barefoot Massage and a Foot Massage?

WOW! So many questions, and we get them often from our clients as well as from massage therapists. I’m sure you’ve either asked, or have been asked these questions, too. So lets break it down!

Barefoot Massage is a growing specialty in the massage therapy industry where the massage professional utilizes their FEET as tools to give the massage rather than hands. A foot massage is where the clients feet are being massaged through techniques such as Reflexology, Acupressure, Thai Foot Massage, or a general foot rub – like what you may receive from a Nail Technician during a pedicure. A Bear Foot massage is another thing entirely, ha!


Pure Pro for learning barefoot massage

We at Center for Barefoot Massage are pleased to be partnered with Dianna of Pure Pro. Their deep tissue massage cream is like summer butter, all squishy and melty.

There’s enough glide so you don’t inadvertently wax your client’s back but not too much that you can’t learn myofascial barefoot massage.

Why use cream at all if we’re doing myofascial ashiatsu (AKA FasciAshi)? Check out our post here.

Give weight, then wait again.

“Give it weight, then wait” to impact the fascia (but really, the nervous system) is a pretty heavy theory that we’ve found to be important to our FasciAshi technique. Addressing the deep fascial bands, navigating the contours of muscle and bone, and applying a great amount of pressure directly to specific tissues creates a form of myofascial release that your hands only WISH they could achieve with such consistency and accuracy. The broad pressure from a Barefoot Massage is a no brainer for deep bodywork. Moving slower, OR NOT AT ALL, helps you get to that “deeper than deep tissue” feeling so many clients are looking for.