"Knead" to know FAQ's
Our Continuing Education policies & the most frequently asked questions...
What is Barefoot Massage?
This question means so SOO many things! Luckily, we've written blog posts on every interpretation of the question - so read these posts:
Do I need to be a Licensed Massage Therapist?
Yes. Since we are massage therapy educators, we are here to teach massage therapists. The Center for Barefoot Massage is working to help support and grow the massage industry, and is only training within the field of massage therapy, to those who have the license to touch.
MASSAGE STUDENTS who have completed 75% of their initial massage training with a passing grade may attend our courses - but without a license, their CE hours are invalid. A recent massage school transcript will be required for verification.
BODYWORKERS who are not licensed but are allowed to practice Rolfing, Shiatsu, Thai, etc, ARE NOT ELIGIBLE to attend our courses without first obtaining a massage therapy license.
If the practitioner resides and practices in a state that is not currently regulated, then we will need you to provide a copy of your massage school transcript, showing completion of a minimum of 200 hours in-class training, and we may also require proof of professional liability insurance.
Is there a weight limit?
That’s actually a common misunderstanding – there is technically no weight limit in our Beginner/Intermediate level Ashiatsu training (Fundamentals, Intermediate: Supine/Sidebody and ROM.. there ARE strength and skill requirements and weight restrictions for the Fasciashi Advanced class, however.) For safety reasons for your fellow students, your future clients, and our equipment in the classroom, we are cautious and try to bring an awareness of the physicality involved with this work before you arrive for your Ashiatsu workshop with the Center for Barefoot Massage. We will need to know your height and weight once you register, so that we can coordinate the set up of the equipment and clients that you’ll be working with. Also for safety reasons, if you weigh over 200 pounds, you are required to bring your own portable massage table – we can go over that later if necessary.
A higher than average fitness level will diminish any challenges you may experience during the workshop. We ask that you are confident that your upper arm strength can pull your body weight off the client at any moment if needed – in case you lose your balance, or in case your client needs an immediate removal of pressure. You’ll need a healthy mental and physical endurance level to maintain focus and strength in class during our daily 2.5 hour long practice rounds. We ask that you are flexible enough to stand up & down from a 24 inch stool quickly and easily from the floor in one smooth movement. You should also be able to sit on a stool with your knees close together in a cannon ball position. We sure do make Barefoot Massage look easy, but once you are standing on the table or sitting on the barstool, it’s much harder than it looks!
ASHIATSU IS MEANT TO BE PERFORMED ON CLIENTS WHO ARE 50-100 POUNDS HEAVIER THAN THE MASSAGE THERAPIST.
One thing that needs to weigh heavily on your mind: do you have the client base that even needs Ashiatsu? This deeper than deep tissue massage technique is meant to be performed on clients who are 50-100 pounds heavier than you. If you are massaging people who weigh less than you, then you’ll be working too hard against gravity – sometimes even working on someone who is comparable in size/weight to you can be more difficult to massage with your feet if they cannot tolerate deep pressure. I highly recommend that you save your FasciAshi massages for the larger framed, dense tissued clients who are difficult to work on with your hands. If you don’t have the right client base for this technique, you may want to re-evaluate why you want to learn Ashiatsu, as it’s not meant for every client, it’s not meant for every massage therapist, and if this work is utilized incorrectly, or for evil not for good so to speak, then you can cause repetitive strain issues within yourself, and easily injury your client. Being that our studio, Heeling Sole, provides only barefoot massage ALL THE TIME, all day every day, we have experienced first hand (or… first foot?!) what it feels like in our bodies to do 20 Ashiatsu sessions within a week on small bodies, and what it feels like to do the same amount of sessions on larger bodies. Ashiatsu is a big tool you’ll be using to massage with, so it has to be used on the right job.
What Massage Table do I Need?
DO YOU HAVE THE EQUIPMENT THAT WILL SUPPORT THIS WORK?
You need to have a massage table that will hold your body weight, plus your heaviest client, plus a few hundred extra pounds breathing room within the working weight capacity of that table. We recommend the Earthlite Ellora or the Earthlite Spirit – or something comparable. No aluminum legged portable massage tables. Our classroom is stocked with 32″ & 35″ Earthlite Spirits, and our treatment rooms have the two versions of Earthlite Ellora’s – so you can try the tables out during your Ashiatsu training in Texas. We are an Earthlite massage table retailer. Email us to help you pick out new discounted equipment if needed.
You will not need to bring a massage table to class. We've gotcha covered there!
How do I install the Bars & Straps?
We will teach you in class e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g that you will need to know on how to build your overhead bar support. Please DO NOT build your bars prior to class. There are some specific measurements and safety guidelines that go along with using the bars that we will discuss together. For liability reasons we cannot provide this information before class. Many massage therapists have had to completely re-build their bars after taking our courses because they jumped the gun and installed them before hand. Save yourself time, money and stress… just wait! Jeni and Hillary will show you how when we meet.
Equipment standards are a large part of the safety involved with our technique. Training centers are equipped with Earthlite’s “Spirit” massage tables and “Flex-rest” face cradle platforms, which have a 800 pound working weight capacity and offer the utmost padding for comfort. Strong enough to hold you, your client, and the movement created during the protocol, comfy enough to fall asleep.
The overhead bar apparatus in class are built to commercial grade code, and support well over 1000 pounds in weight – even though we don’t dangle from the bars like monkeys, it’s very nice to know that our rigging is strong and can hold us up if the entire class decides to do a pull up on their bars!
We’ll teach you in class how to build safe and sturdy bars for your own use, and we’ll discuss the many makes and models of massage tables appropriate for using during a session. Discounts on Earthlite products available for our alumni – please email us.
What do I need to bring to class?
You will receive a registration confirmation email immediately after signing up for class from firstname.lastname@example.org, and another one from your instructor 3-4 weeks prior to your class. In those messages you'll be provided with a specific list of things you'll need to bring - as it could vary slightly by class and location. Make sure to read everything.
What Contraindications are there for attending students:
If you are currently pregnant, trying to get pregnant, have recently had breast/gluteal/calf implants and/or some select surgeries within the last 9 months, we regret that you cannot attend the seminar.
Anything contraindicated for deep tissue, or myofascial release, will be contraindicated for ashiatsu.
Speak with me to clarify your specific situation and see if Ashiatsu training through the Center for Barefoot Massage is or isn’t appropriate for you at this time. The deep compression provided by this modality could be dangerous for those still recovering from invasive procedures or ailments, and is not safe for prenatal therapists or their growing babies to receive this style of work.
It is not our intention to discourage or discriminate anyone from taking this class, we must focus on a quality workshop experienced by all and maintain the safety standards of the modality. However, we do try to portray the amount of fitness that will eliminate some obstacles and make class more enjoyable for all therapists.
Do you offer webinar, e-learning, online or video training?
No. Here's why:
By signing up for a class offered by the Center for Barefoot Massage, your deposit serves as a commitment to train, that you agree to the Training and Use Agreement as well as the Cancellation Policy.
There are absolutely no refunds for courses attended.
Non-Refundable deposits of 50% are required to hold your space in class. Your deposit will not be refunded if you cancel out of your selected workshop dates. 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 by the discretion of the Ashiatsu instructor.
If you have other circumstances besides those listed above, you may roll your tuition over to the next FasciAshi course with the same instructor, or one offered within the same calendar year across the nation, 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.)
The Center for Barefoot Massage 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 – Class minimum when an instructor is travelling into the location is 6 students. If registration is low enough for the instructor to choose to cancel class, you will be notified 2 weeks prior to the scheduled dates. In the rare event that this happens, we can either refund all money paid towards classes, or roll you into the next scheduled class with no additional fees.
For classes held outside of our training centers, or “offsite” locations, the full tuition balance will be due 2 weeks prior to the start of class. For classes held at our Center for Barefoot Massage training campuses (or “onsite” locations) the full tuition will be due on the first day of class.
Class minimum is 4 students for classes in Dallas, 6 students for classes in San Antonio.