Introductory Ashiatsu

Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage makes it possible to achieve a more effective massage with longer lasting results, all while conserving energy by using bodyweight & gravity. In this course, therapists will learn skills and techniques of posterior and anterior Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage from seated and standing positions. This course provides a 90 minute protocol to assist therapists in building a strong foundation in this modality.

Introductory Course

Private Lessons

Schedule By Appointment
NCBTMB Approved
Certificate Upon Completion

Learn at your own pace, schedule at your convenience.

Local? We recommend learning Posterior Introductory in three 3-hour lessons and Anterior Introductory in one 3-hour lesson, then two more 2 hour lessons for practice of each.

Traveling to learn? We recommend customizing a schedule of lessons to suit your needs for six hours per day.



24 CE Hour course
Detailed Information

This is an intensive, entry level Ashiatsu Course. There is no pre-requisite required. 3 days, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

In this course, therapists will learn skills and techniques to offer a complete, effective, 90 minute protocol of posterior and anterior Ashiatsu from seated and standing positions. The initial intent of the course is to offer a safe, gentle approach to working deeper tissue while protecting the shoulders, elbows, wrists, and hands of therapists and their clients; to provide a more comfortable, effective, and relaxing therapeutic session for clients.

This modality takes longer than others to learn for many reasons, including that balance & coordination levels are much more exhausted during the initial learning process, making regular practice the avenue to progress. Each student will learn to replace their hands with their feet in their own time. Once a therapist has experience primarily using their barefeet, or soles, they will be able to offer further therapeutic advancements including providing a lighter pressure full body treatment when desired. (Specific courses are available to continue progressing skills upon graduation and practice of this Introductory Course).

It’s always difficult to be a beginner at anything, especially when what you’re learning to do with your new tools is something you already do very well. Regardless of fitness level, massage experience, and ability, this modality requires an extremely high mental and physical exertion during class. Literally, it is like learning to drive a car with your feet! Please be patient with yourself and your class mates, and remind yourself that you are in the learning phase.

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. WARNING: If you are late to class or back from breaks, everyone else will be late & we will not be able to finish on time; please be prepared & ready!

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!

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 is 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 flip flops/slip ons AND closed toe shoes/slippers for class. You’ll want to use the same for clients, too!

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 currently shave your legs, you will need to shave each day to avoid secondary contact that is stubbly; if you have longer leg hair, you may need to clip it shorter).

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! Bringing at least the 4 oz size of OIL, CREAM, LOTION, or GEL allowed on flights is recommended & appreciated.


To reserve a spot in this workshop, you will need to submit the required deposit, signed Code of Ethics & Liability Form (checking box), & Registration Form. Be sure you’ve read the waiver and are aware of the fact there may be a dog on the premises that may be present and in the same room as the class you are taking. If you have allergies or fear of dogs, please contact your instructor right away. Check the specific location information for your class before committing to it.

We prefer deposits to be paid via check by mail. Credit cards are accepted but will add 3.5 % to the total amount paid for deposit or full tuition. If you pay the deposit only upon registration, you may bring the balance to class in cash, check, money order (all with no added fee), or by credit card (3.5% fee added).

Registrations may be cancelled and fully refunded two weeks prior to class (14 days). Only in the event of injury, death (family/loved one), or weather/natural disaster that prohibits you attending the class will the consideration to refund a deposit within the two weeks be considered. The option for tuition to be rolled over into a workshop at a later date is possible at any prior to fourteen days from class commencing. Additional roll-over requests will cost $50. Any deposit submitted and unused or unclaimed for more than 60 days will be considered forfeited by the registrant, and any future registration will require full payment.

Bare Your Sole, LLC/SAMBA, 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 and an option for registered students to attend class at a higher tuition rate. If registration is below four students for an 8-student-capacity class, we reserve the right to cancel the class. You will be notified 2 weeks prior to the scheduled dates and given these options. At such time students can choose: A) If they would like a 100% refund. B) Roll their deposit over (once) to another class with no penalty C) Take advantage of the private training with the increased tuition.

If you’ve purchased equipment with your class, the same policies are in effect as listed online: returns are accepted within 30 days of receipt of equipment with a restocking fee or 15%. After 30 days, returns are not accepted. Contact Brenda with any extenuating circumstances that may have prevented installation and any questions about the equipment and installation process.

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).

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.