ELEVATE ASHIATSU TRAINING
Which Course to Take First
We offer beginner, intermediate and advanced ashiatsu and barefoot massage CE classes and certificate of endorsement programs to licensed massage therapists. View all course descriptions now or read on for our recommendations on where to start, physical requirements and bar construction.
Most classes require the use of a bar support system mounted to the ceiling above the massage table except the Barefoot Floor Fundamentals 14CE course and the Seated Barefoot Bodywork 14CE course.
The bar support system and a sturdy, well crafted massage table are the most important pieces of equipment that you'll need to properly practice what we teach you.
If you are new to the world of barefoot massage and understand all physical requirements for working on the table then we suggest signing up for the Barefoot Bar Play Day : An Intro to Ashiatsu 5 CE course to help you get started. If you'd like to dive in a bit deeper and start working on your 100 hr certificate then you may want to try the Seated Barefoot Bodywork 14 CE class that doesn't require the installation of bars right away.
If you are ready to work on the bars and feel confident that you either a. are able to install bars above your table immediately after training or b. have immediate access to bars for practice then you can choose to enroll in either Barefoot Bars Basics 21 CE or Barefoot Press & Stretch 14 CE as your first bar class with us.
Current barefoot massage practitioners that have taken, at minimum, the Barefoot Bar Basics 21 CE course OR have ashiatsu training from another instructor/institution may sign up for the intermediate Barefoot Sidelying + Props 14 CE credit course that is jam-packed full of tips, tricks and tools for enhancing the effectiveness of your barefoot massage sessions.
Bar Construction Notes
We will send you some bar construction guidelines once you have signed up for your first bar class. This guidelines include a questionnaire that is to be completed and brought to class so that your instructor can help you with your unique project. We don't recommend installing bars until after you have taken your first bar class because there are so many variables that you may not think about until you have completed the class and received guidance from your instructor.
We have found that it's better if students prepare all the information on the questionnaire, determine WHO is going to take on the project (if you aren't doing them yourself then ask whoever takes on the project to help you complete the questionnaire as a part of the project consultation) and set an installation date up for immediately after your training.
We DO sell custom hardware for your bar construction project. These custom eyebolts have a wood screw tip that support 1 ¼’ diameter dowel rods (your actual bars). Our custom eyebolts already have the hole drilled into it for securing the bars once they are in place.
To perform barefoot bodywork on the table while sitting on a stool you will need
For techniques that require standing on the table and using bars mounted to the ceiling above the table for balance/support you’ll need
enough flexibility to step up and swing one leg over to the other side of the stool. and sit comfortably with your back against the wall, knees together as in a cannonball position
enough core strength to glide your feet down and back, both at the same time and one at a time.
some ankle flexibility
a moderate amount of upper body strength in case you need to lift some of your weight off your client
some balance and coordination and/or patience and willingness to learn
physical stamina/endurance as you learn and practice - in the beginning it will seem like you are working hard and against gravity because you are learning. As you relax into the strokes you’ll realize you don’t have to hold on so hard or tense up so much.
Clients that enjoy deep tissue and are the same size or larger than you (approximately 25-50 pounds heavier than you is ideal, especially for the two-footed strokes.)