DeepFeet 1 is where your barefoot massage journey begins. This Introduction to Ashiatsu course is an intensive 30-hour certification program to be completed in a 4 week period remotely from the comfort of your home or office. You will be enrolling with a group of licensed massage therapists and be a part of your very own barefoot massage community.
Students will have lots of “feet on” time in this class and should expect a moderate level of difficulty during the first training session in barefoot massage, but with some adjustments and practice time, most discover that their feet are intuitive enough to deliver strokes with confidence. For more information about students’ physical expectations please see our FAQ section. The DeepFeet teaching protocols are designed to work with each individual practitioner’s skill level, physical characteristics, and learning style.
The emphasis during the 30-hour intensive course will be on DeepFeet methodology, body mechanics, barefoot application, contraindications, marketing, and certification. The barefoot massage techniques are western focused and include cross-fiber friction, effleurage, petrissage, compression as well as trigger point and myofascial techniques.
Each week students will engage with one another for peer to peer feedback and also attend a 1- hour Zoom meeting with a Certified DeepFeet Instructor. Students are required to set aside 8-10 hours of time per week to complete coursework and practice treatments.
The last week of the course will conclude with a 1-hour private practical examination done remotely with your instructor. Coursework includes video instruction, digital lecture, online quizzes, digital evaluation forms, video reviews, community forum & weekly instructor meetings.
Upon completion, the bodyworker will receive 30 CE credits and become certified in DeepFeet 1. In addition, the therapist will have enough barefoot skills and knowledge to deliver a 60-75 minute detailed posterior Ashiatsu massage session.
Our dynamic Virtual DeepFeet 1 Course includes the following:
- Posterior Seated/Standing Ashiatsu Techniques
- DeepFeet Methodology, Benefits, Guidelines
- Table Set up, Equipment, Safety, Supplies
- History, Body Mechanics, Contraindications
- Communication & Terminology
- Lubrication & Draping, Foot Care
- Intake & Feedback Forms
- Bar Construction Manual
- Marketing Ashiatsu
- Weekly Peer to Peer Feedback
- Student Community Forum
- Weekly check-in with instructor
- Final 1-1 Remote Practical Exam with Instructor
DeepFeet Courses are available to:
– Licensed Massage Therapists
– Massage students with 75% completion of schooling.
– Licensed Chiropractors, Physical Therapists & Acupuncturists
Physical Expectations: We ask that you are healthy and free of any contraindications that would prevent you from giving an effective Ashiatsu treatment.
– Recent injuries or surgeries
– Contagious skin disorders
You will have 4 weeks to complete this course and receive your CEU’s. In order to be successful in taking this course, we recommend the following.
1. Be physically healthy & fit and free of any recent injuries
2. Have a strong understanding of anatomy, physiology, and deep tissue techniques
3. Be able to set aside a minimum of 8-10 hours a week for study & practice
4.. Receive Ashiatsu sessions during your training from a Certified DeepFeet Graduate
5. Perform 20 practice sessions on various body types
This is not a typical self-paced home study massage course that only involves a written manual and video instruction. Our course meets the standards of a true distance learning experience where students will log into a private secure online platform and follow a detailed course outline while monitored and guided by a certified DeepFeet Instructor. Students are tested on each lesson and must complete all assignments before they are able to move onto the next week of the curriculum. Most students will spend approximately 3-4 hours on our lecture portion of the class before viewing ashiatsu video instruction. Our number one goal is safety for both the therapist and the client. Making sure you have an understanding of proper bar construction, contraindications and body mechanics is key to delivering a safe and productive Ashiatsu treatment.
Equipment Requirement: Ashiatsu Bars are required to participate in this training. The bar installation manual is provided once your deposit and enrollment have been accepted. If you need additional installation help we can schedule a video chat and provide consultation services for $50 per hour. For safety purposes, we will require a video to be submitted of your equipment set up one week prior to the course start date.
Our virtual training sessions have limited space available. Your remaining balance will be due 30 days before your scheduled course is to take place. Your deposit is nonrefundable, however, it can be rolled over into a future course within a 12 month period with a minimum of 30 days’ notice to change course dates.