Barefoot Play Day

November 13, 2019

November 13, 2019

10:00 am To 3:00 pm

108 Stekoia Lane, Knoxville, TN, USA



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Event Description

In this course students learn about the application of compression and effleurage applied with the feet. At the end of this course you will be able to decide if a focus in barefoot bodywork is right for you. You will watch demonstrations and practice with a partner and on guest clients. Learn two new effleurage techniques that don’t require bars and can be integrated into your current massage practice right away. Practice standing on the table, holding on to overhead bars mounted to the ceiling and allowing gravity to help you deliver deep tissue massage like never before. Class size consciously limited to 6 students.


Charlene Gaffney

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Thai on the table with a TWIST! Stand on the table and use mostly your feet to apply acupressure, deep muscle compression and yoga-like stretches. Bars mounted to the ceiling above the table are used for balance and support. Receiver remains clothed. No lubricant is used. Read more…

Ashiatsu Massage

Few deep tissue techniques can work deeper than ashiatsu massage, a type of massage that uses the practitioner’s feet as well as hands, fingers and elbows to apply pressure. A typical ashiatsu setup includes both a massage table and ceiling-mounted bars that allow the practitioner to stay steady while standing on the table and applying targeted pressure with bare feet. It is an ideal way for massage therapists to reduce hand strain, and it can be performed with the client clothed.

Because ashiatsu is founded on traditional Chinese medicine, many ashiatsu massage trainings will cover energy meridians and mind-body balance, but not all courses take this approach. Some focus only on proper technique, safety and building your own strength and balance for better sessions.