Welcome to SoCal Barefoot Massage Training where…

“The future of massage is afoot”

Why Barefoot Massage?

If you’re a licensed massage therapist who’s tired of nursing repetitive-use injuries or feeling burned out from traditional deep tissue methods, barefoot massage could be just for you! Using your feet in your practice allows gravity to do most of the work, requiring minimal effort on your part. This saves your body by giving you an easier way to maintain phenomenal body mechanics all while giving ultra comfortable, deep, and effective massages.

Sound too good to be true? It’s not!

At The Center for Barefoot Massage we train massage therapists to intuitively use their feet, just as they would their hands, to confidently address each client’s chronic issues by teaching the art and science behind myofascial ashiatsu barefoot massage, lovingly referred to as “fasciashi.” Therapists learn how to be anatomy-focused by applying deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point, and range of motion techniques–all with their feet!

Going barefoot can toe-tally save your body and extend your career. What are you waiting for?

If you’re looking to “step up” your game, while also creating a successful massage practice without hurting your body, look no further! We’ll teach you how in our LIVE ashiatsu trainings. Scroll down to learn more!


Do I have to be a LMT to take this class?

Yes, you must hold a valid massage license or certification required by your state to attend class. The only exception would be if you’re currently a massage student having completed 75% of your training program.

Is barefoot massage right for me?

Barefoot massage is not for everyone. Below are a few things to consider when deciding if ashiatsu will be a good fit for you and your practice:

  • If your client base is mostly deep tissue work, barefoot massage will probably be a good fit! If most of your clients prefer light, hands-on work, you may want to reconsider.
  • If you have balance issues, are uncomfortable or have trouble with stepping up on or down from a massage table, you may want to consider taking our floor-based Fijian barefoot course. This course is not currently offered at SoCal Barefoot Massage Training, but will host other CBM instructors if there is enough interest. Let us know if you’re interested and keep an eye on our schedule for updates!
  • If you’re pregnant, or currently trying to conceive, we cannot allow you take our trainings until you’ve had your baby. Receiving the work is an integral part of the training and is vital to the learning process.
  • If you’ve had major surgery in the last nine (9) months, such as breast/gluteal/calf implants or hip replacement, we cannot allow you to take our trainings until you are completely healed. As stated above, receiving the work is an integral part of the training and is vital to the learning process.

It is not our intention to discriminate or discourage anyone from class. Safety and quality training sessions should not be overlooked as these are of the utmost importance to us at Center for Barefoot Massage.

If you have any questions, fill out this form so we can discuss further whether or not barefoot massage training through Center for Barefoot Massage would be appropriate.

Will I really be able to feel knots and muscle tension with my feet?

Yes! Our feet actually have better proprioception than our hands. It may take some time, but with practice and patience your feet will become more sensitive to feeling muscle tension and trigger points.

Is there a weight limit for class?

No. In our Fundamentals course you’ll learn how to safely deliver one-footed strokes which are designed for therapists of all sizes. We do, however, suggest working on clients at least fifty (50) pounds heavier than you to start.

How can I prepare for class?

Our classes are anatomy-focused, so make sure to brush up! Since you will be working with your feet, it’s imperative that your foot-care regimen is up to par. This means keeping nails short, no rough spots or calluses, and no toenail fungus!

Lastly, it may be important for you to work on foot, ankle, and hip mobility in addition to core strength as you’ll be using these areas in ways that you may not be used to moving.

What’s the cancellation policy?

Once you register and pay your minimum 50% retainer (or pay in full), we hold a spot for you in class. If you need to cancel or move to another class date, you must do so fifteen (15) days before the start of class. Additionally, there will be a $75 roll-over fee. Your retainer will be applied to another class with the same instructor.

There are allowances for unusual circumstances. Cases of injury, pregnancy, death in the immediate family, or extreme weather (airports/highways closed) will be allowed to roll-over the retainer into another class with proper documentation. There are no refunds for courses attended, even if you fail to complete any portion of class for any reason.

When does class start/finish?

There’s a lot of information to cover in a short amount of time. Class will begin promptly at 9:00am PST and end at 6:00pm PST every day. To receive full credit, you must be in attendance for the full time of class. To maintain our CE provider status, we cannot issue partial credit should you arrive later or decide to leave early.

Is it mandatory to receive work in class?

Absolutely! It’s a huge portion of the learning process. If you cannot receive the work, you cannot take the class.

Do I need to be certified to practice on paying clients?

We highly recommend becoming certified if you’re planning to offer this work to paying clients. Doing so allows you the opportunity to get quality feedback from those who created the work so you know you’re doing the work properly. In turn, this will give you the confidence to establish yourself as an authority in this specialized modality. Should you decide not to become certified, we strongly encourage you to practice, practice, practice before adding it to your service menu.

Can I do barefoot massage while pregnant?

You sure can! However, you won’t be able to take the class if you’re pregnant because you won’t be able to receive.

Meet Ashley Shears, Your SoCal Instructor!

Thanks for finding the SoCal Barefoot Massage Training site! I’m truly in love with barefoot massage and hope that you, too, will fall in love with this amazing modality. 

I  started my massage therapy journey in Louisville, Kentucky back in 2008-2009. About 5 years into my career I ended up acquiring not one, but TWO shoulder injuries from repetitive use and traditional deep tissue techniques. My shoulders hurt so bad that I couldn’t brush my teeth without crying. My stellar body mechanics weren’t enough for my small frame and big clients with dense muscle tissue asking for more pressure. I was truly at a loss and felt so helpless!

Then one day a colleague suggested I learn ashiatsu. I had never heard of such a thing, but I was intrigued! How does one use their feet to massage?! I had no idea what to expect, but signed up for the class just hoping that I liked it and that I would be good at it. Turns out, as soon as I stepped onto the table, I loved it! It seemed so natural to me and, after watching my instructor’s feet melt into the client’s muscles, I was convinced that this was the path I needed to pursue.

After my first class I immediately started working only with my feet, transitioning clients one by one, and have never looked back. Fast forward and now I’m out here in sunny Southern California rocking the barefoot life and teaching massage therapists how they, too, can save their bodies in addition to transforming their practice and extending their careers!

If you’d like to learn more about my massage practice, check out my website: SoleCal Barefoot Massage & Wellness

Class & Location

Coming Soon to Costa Mesa, California!

FUNdamentals will be the first class to be taught at SoCal Barefoot Massage Training. To learn more, check out Center for Barefoot Massage Fundamentals.

We’re currently looking for a space in Costa Mesa, CA. This page will be updated as soon as updates are available.

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