Ashiatsu & Chavutti: Gliding Barefoot Massage
San Antonio’s deep tissue massage fanatics often ask for more pressure than the therapist is able to consistently provide. Well, with barefoot massage techniques, we have the potential of applying our entire body weight through our feet when appropriate – can’t get much deeper than that! (And a true lady never reveals her weight or shoe size, so don’t ask!) If you are looking for a massage deep enough to relax every fiber of your being, THIS IS IT! Try a barefoot massage at Heeling Sole in Alamo Heights from one of our advanced massage therapists — we are the deepest massage in town and the leading source for this style of bodywork in the entire state of Texas.
We have more than one style of this deep tissue barefoot massage…. you can try the deeper than deep, myofacial Ashiatsu (pronounced Ahhhhh-shiatsu) as “feetured” in the video above – OR you can try a more grounded, medium-pressured, relaxing Chavutti session (pronounced sha-voo-tee) Plus, you can opt for a Fijian massage, which is great for trigger point and bone-deep pressure point work.
$40 for 30 minutes | $80 for 60 minutes | $120 for 90 minutes | $160 for 120 minutes
(Ninja is $90/hour, Jeni Spring is $125/hour. Interns are available at 20% off while they train!)
What will an Ashiatsu or Chavutti barefoot massage feel like?
The Ashiatsu and Chavutti styles offer broad, gliding compression without sharp discomfort. The flowing strokes of Chavutti style can feel like a mesmerizing Swedish or LomiLomi massage — whereas Ashiatsu is an intense Myofascial Release session, where we follow your connective tissue and muscle fibers, floss them out and help create more movement within the layers of your body.
What is Ashiatsu?
Ashiatsu is a barefoot massage technique using deep strokes from the massage therapists’ feet. The deep pressure is achieved by leveraging the therapists bodyweight, gravity, and angles of their feet, all of which can quadruple the pressure potential compared to a typical “hands on” massage. Ashiatsu is a western version of an ancient form of bodywork, with roots dating back thousands of years from cultures across Asia, India, Africa and the Pacific Rim. We perform this work with a strong myofascial focus, and address trigger points using long, sustained pressure from our deeper than deep feet!
What is Chavutti?
Chavutti Thirumal is also a barefoot massage technique using light to medium depth strokes from the massage therapists’ feet – it’s great for lymphatic drainage. Chavutti is derived from an ayurvedic style of bodywork embedded within a form of martial arts from India. Westernized for your comfort, you’ll be laying on a padded floor mat and will have a sheet covering the parts of your body that we aren’t massaging in that moment. You’ll experience long, flowing, hypnotic massage strokes that glide head to toe and induce a deep state of blissed out relaxation!
How do these barefoot massages work?
In an Ashiatsu session, the client relaxes on a comfortable massage table while the therapist stands on the table holding onto overhead bars for balance and support, using their feet to deliver the massage. With Chavutti, you’ll lay on a massage mat on the floor, and the therapist will be holding onto a rope overhead instead of bars. The advantage of these massages — both for the client and the therapist — is that the technique allows gravity to do the work, leveraging the therapists’ body weight to provide a depth unmatched by other techniques. We feel that Ashiatsu is much deeper than Chavutti, but each are more consistent in pressure than a hands-on massage overall.
Is Ashiatsu and Chavutti for you?
Healthy clients of every age and size could benefit from this deep tissue massage, famous for back and hip pain relief, and deep relaxation. Ashiatsu is particularly popular among athletes, but is not recommended during pregnancy, or within 6 weeks of any surgery. We do not work on children or anyone under 18 years old, and if you weigh less than 135 pounds, we recommend Chavutti over Ashiatsu. Please discuss with your massage therapist any potential health concerns before trying a barefoot massage of any style. Please check out this page for information on specific conditions NOT recommended for barefoot massage.
Is it safe to receive?
When this massage provided by a Trained and Certified Barefoot Massage Therapist, and trained in an interactive continuing education workshop by an accredited Barefoot Massage Instructor, like Jeni, this work is safe, effective and painless, not to mention profoundly relaxing. The amount of pressure is carefully monitored throughout the session, and easily adjusted for the client’s comfort. Ashiatsu is not a No Pain, No Gain massage — the safety and well-being of the client is our foremost concern.
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All Massages given are professional, safe, respectful, and adhere to the Texas Department of State Health Services laws.
Draping is always required.
Draping is always required.