Posterior & Anterior Standing Ashiatsu Course

16 NCBTMB CE Hours - $295

Pre-requisites: Posterior & Anterior Introductory Ashiatsu or 24 CE hours of beginner/basic/introductory Ashiatsu Course approved by NCBTMB

This course offers techniques that have not been taught in Ashiatsu classes previously, as well as techniques offered in other current “Advanced” classes. This class will NOT include two-footed techniques, due to a therapist-to-client weight ratio that is needed. For two-footed techniques, there are physical requirements that need to be met; this course is a pre-requisite for the two-footed course.

In this course, therapists will learn:

  • Advanced skills in standing Ashiatsu techniques that require the use of bars

  • How to use the bars for balance & lean; lose the habit of a tight grip

  • Fluidity—the “dance” of Ashiatsu comes to life in this course

  • Body mechanic techniques to work easier, gentler on therapists’ bodies

  • Control pressure for specific contraindications and body types

  • Full body Posterior & Anterior techniques

  • Specific work on the torso, legs, arms & shoulders, both Posterior & Anterior

Mandatory Requirements


Each person in attendance must be able to give and receive, equal time.

If you are pregnant, or trying to get pregnant, have had any kind of implant within the last nine months, or have a contraindication/injury/disability that will inhibit your ability to do either, we regret to inform you that you cannot attend the seminar. We will be happy to welcome you back after you have recovered.


No garments/undergarments are permitted for the receiving therapist during their initial learning practical.

Women on their menstrual cycles need to be prepared so that their student partner may practice without the interference of undergarments; all students will need to comply with this requirement to learn proper palpation and draping techniques during class.


Draping is a major part of learning this technique.

Each student will be draped and learn to drape in a “half drape” or “vertical” drape, opposed to conservative draping techniques taught in most schools.


Feedback is absolutely necessary.

You & your student partner will need to communicate verbally and physically. No one should receive uncomfortable, painful, or too much pressure without stopping the working therapist. It is difficult to control pressure in the learning process, but becomes easier with practice. Patience with yourself and your class mates is essential!

Helpful Preparation Exercises for any fitness level

Although this modality is based on balance & coordination more than fitness level, it is extremely helpful to practice using the muscles you’ll be engaging when you provide Ashiatsu. They are the opposing muscles you use to provide massage therapy with your arms, so it may even cause a bit of soreness when learning. Preparing ahead of time is best.


Fun ways to prepare for Ashiatsu class are:

  • Hula/Polynesian dancing

  • Bellydance

  • Hula Hoops

  • Salsa Dancing

  • Yoga

  • Pilates

Core exercises are a must! Some include:

  • Planks (one foot/hand variations are great)

  • Standing knee lift and twists

  • Standing leg extensions

  • Lying leg lifts


Here are some great tools to increase balance & coordination:

  • Bosu Ball

  • Swedish Ball

  • Balance Disc

Start walking barefoot as often as possible. Practice foot exercises to strengthen your feet, such as:

  • Spread toes wide, relax

  • Spread toes, elevate onto ball/pad of foot, hold for 10 seconds, repeat

  • Keep flat, relaxed toes as you drag ball of foot toward heel

  • Be mindful that your foot is relaxed and toes as wide as possible throughout the day, in and out of shoes

  • Walk slowly, letting the pinky toe hit the ground 1st, then place each toe down, one at a time





What To Wear To Class


What you choose to wear in your sessions is up to you. For classes, we recommend you dress in layers. When you’re learning and getting used to standing on the table, expect to sweat. It’s a good idea to have something warmer for note taking time, and something cooler for “feet – on” time.

Whatever tights/bottoms/pants/shorts you choose, please be sure they are comfortable to sit & stretch in. Long length or capris are acceptable, without “bell bottoms” or loose/hanging material/strings at the bottom cuff. Male students do well with basketball shorts, or “gym wear.”

Footwear is important!

A closed-toed slipper/shoe is mandatory to keep feet soft, warm, and sanitary, while a pair of slip ons/flip flops are needed for when your feet have oil on them, during the working part of your session. PLEASE BRING BOTH TO CLASS. Disposable flip flops are fine, but you must have clean, sanitized closed toe shoes/slippers for class & clients.


Your FEET:

Please do not come to class unless you have prepared your feet! Soft, clean, and pedicured feet are a must! This doesn’t mean you have to go out and pay for a professional one; you may do a pedicure yourself at home, just be sure to come to class with:


  • short, filed toe nails

  • soft, filed heels

  • soft, filed pads (balls of the feet-the entire width of the foot)

  • shaved/clipped leg hair (If you shave your legs, you will probably need to shave each day, so please pack accordingly).



●1 Fitted /Bottom Sheet- snug fit is best ● 1 Top Sheet -40”wide x75”long is best

● 1 Face cradle cover ● 2 Hand towels ●2King Pillow Cases● King pillows are provided

$25 P&A Introductory Ashi $10 Seated/Standing $15 Two Footed Ashi $10 Ashi OC (both days)

Shoes are a requirement! One closed toe, warm pair & One slip on/flip flop, preferably washable. (see above)

Other items to bring: Snacks, Meals, Water, Drinks, Pens/Pencils, Paper/notebook, vitamins/medications needed, camera/phone & chargers, measurements for treatment room/building information, and anything else that helped you get through your massage school days!




To reserve a spot in this workshop, you will need to send in the required $60 deposit, signed Code of Ethics & Liability Form, & Registration Form. Because this is a tuition based course, we prefer deposits to be paid with checks, as credit cards will be accepted, but will add a 3.5% to the total charged. You may bring the balance to class in cash, check, money order, or credit card.

There are no refunds on deposits. Only in the event of proper documentation of injury, death in the immediate family, or weather prohibiting travel, will the option for tuition to be rolled over into a workshop at a later date be open to you. This special consideration will be allowed one time only, and will cost $50.00. No refunds after class has been taken.

Bare Your Sole, LLC will refund all money for any cancelled seminar due to its responsibility. If minimum enrollment numbers are not met, the class would be considered a private tutorial. A private tutorial would not fall under the guidelines of the listed tuition price and each workshop would increase by $100 per student. If registration is low enough to cancel class you will be notified 2 weeks prior to the scheduled dates. At such time, students can choose: A) If they would like a 100% refund.  B) Roll their deposit over to another class with no penalty C) Take advantage of the private training.

This course has A LOT of bodywork to get through. Please bring any comforts you may need. (Essential oils, pick-me-ups, drinks, snacks, teas, and lots of water).


The day will include 2 ½-3 hour sessions of bodywork for each person, each day –this time includes the five and ten minute breaks we’ll take every 45 minutes on the tables. PREPARE to “toga” during the table breaks. There will not be enough time to get dressed and undressed with some of the. You will need to wrap up in your top sheet to sit up and walk around. Another great reason to bring the recommended smaller sheets! Lava Lavas or “island style” cover ups work great for a top sheet & cover up; robes that you can pack easily will be great as well.

If you all choose to take shorter breaks throughout the day, and take no more than 40 minutes for lunch, then class will end closer to 5/5:15 p.m. each day. This means you need to bring food for the day to class. If you have to leave to p/u food, it will take longer than 40 minutes for you to eat & rest enough to continue and end class by 5/5:15.

You all may communicate about sharing rides, rooms, rental cars, and taking turns bringing/picking up food for class. Emails to the group will be sent three weeks prior and again the week before class. You can “reply all” to ask any questions about the above.

There is a refrigerator, an oven, stove, microwave, & toaster oven on site for your use. You are welcome to use the back/front yard, kitchen, dining area, & studio table for your breaks and lunch.

Partners for class are primarily chosen by height. This helps to keep time changing the height of tables to a minimum. You are welcome to keep the same partners or change partners on Days 1 & 2. While feedback is important, please do stop the feedback and listen to instructions when given, then continue. It helps the whole class to be on the same technique and conversation at the same time. Avoiding confusion will be essential, as standing ~on~ the tables confuses things enough for most people taking this class.

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