Advanced Ashiatsu: A Week of Fun and Sun on the North Shore of Oahu

Aloha Friends,

I had an amazing week of fun with these awesome therapists! DeepFeet Bar Therapy instructor, Christy Bebout, traveled to the North Shore from Colorado to teach advanced ashiatsu. Here she is pictured below in the front-center with her talented foot. You can tell how much fun we are all having from the looks on our faces. I am the goofy one on the far left.

Advanced Ashiatsu Massage class on the North Shore of Oahu

Okay, I am going to be honest and upfront here. I have been doing DeepFeet's version of ashiatsu for twelve years and counting. I even went one step further and got certified in Advanced Ashiatsu through Barefoot Masters. Because of this, I have postponed shelling out the money for more classes. It is so hard to spend extra money on something that I am already certified in!  However, when I heard that Christy Bebout was traveling to the North Shore, I went all in! I had a wonderful experience, and I am glad that I made the commitment. It is a worthwhile investment that I highly recommend.

Waialua, Hawaii

Here is our instructor, Christy Bebout (far right), posing alongside fellow North Shore DeepFeet instructor, Abby Parker, and two of our classmates, Erin and Mei. Our classes were hosted at Abby Parker's North Shore Ashiatsu and Massage, Waialua's new massage teaching facility. Abby Parker recently opened at her new location in the Scoop of Paradise building at the historic old Koga Theatre last December. She has done a phenomenal job renovating the space.

Proper Body Mechanics

One of the most important things I found out last week is how many of the advanced two-footed strokes I had learned from Barefoot Masters utilized poor body mechanics. Fortunately, I have never had any issues with my shoulders, but it is great to know there are easier ways to do certain techniques that result in less strain on my body. The information I learned on proper body mechanics is priceless and will prolong my massage therapy career.

You really CAN learn to do everything with your feet

I was amazed at how I learned to target muscle groups that I previously thought Barefoot Massage was unsuitable for. This includes problem areas, such as the neck, rotator cuff, serratus anterior, and even subscapularis. I am now a firm believer that given enough time and practice, a therapist can learn to use their feet just as effectively, perhaps even more efficiently, than their hands!

Ashi-Thai feels amazing

In the photo above, we are performing Ashi-Thai massage. This is another modality that I was skeptical of prior to taking the class. Sometimes people are hesitant to spend their money on pressure-point/ stretch techniques when they could be getting an oil-based massage, so I was uncertain I wanted to spend so much money to learn the technique. After having experienced this massage, I have completely changed my mind. Ashi-Thai massage is AMAZING. If you haven't received it yet, you should try it out! The intensity of the deep pressure, combined with the release that a good stretch provides, results in some serious altered states of reality. It is incredibly therapeutic work that needs to be experienced in order to be understood.

Sonia and Mei, goofing off and eating chocolate croissants

It has been years since I've taken a workshop that is more than a few days in length. One of the most enjoyable and unexpected benefits of my week-long immersion in Ashiatsu was the camaraderie I experienced with the other therapists. A whole week of giving and receiving such amazing and intense bodywork was a transformative experience, bringing us all very close to one another. It was almost like being back in massage school!

If I had known how close I would become with these ladies, I would have taken more time off of work to spend with them. In fact, if I had it to do all over again, I would opt to stay at Ke Iki Beach with them. It really was an amazing experience, and I feel like I missed out by not hanging out with the gang! (Yes, Erin. I WILL come to visit you someday). Is it too soon to plan an Ashi reunion???

Ashiatsu Basic training is offered in Waialua, Hawaii

Abby Parker is amazing at one-footed advanced ashiatsu strokes. She is Oahu's premier DeepFeet Ashiatsu instructor, and her teaching facility in Waialua, near Haleiwa is the perfect location to learn Ashi. After having seen (and felt) her skills, I can't recommend her enough to anyone wanting to learn Barefoot Massage. If you are traveling from the mainland, her accommodations will give you an authentic North Shore, Hawaii experience. It is well worth the money to stay on the North Shore, even if you are just coming from downtown Honolulu. I can't imagine a better place to learn Ashiatsu!

If you are a professional massage therapist who wants to have the ultimate experience learning Barefoot Massage in Hawaii, go to to learn more.

If you are interested in booking an amazing Barefoot or Ashi-Thai massage, call Sonia Beauchamp, "The Haleiwa Massage Muse" in Waialua at 808-285-3009.

Ashiatsu is amazing, and I feel transformed after a week of giving and receiving Barefoot Massage. The price of the classes is worthwhile for just that alone!

I love what I do, and I look forward to working with you!

Sonia Beauchamp
The Haleiwa Massage Muse
at Integrated Massage and Deep Tissue Therapy in Waialua

Ashi-Thai Massage is Coming to North Shore Oahu

Aloha Friends,

I am super excited that the DeepFeet team is offering advanced ashiatsu classes right here in Waialua on the North Shore of Oahu! I am signed up to take all three of the advanced training courses this August. I have been a barefoot massage practitioner through DeepFeet since 2007 and subsequently got my advanced ashiatsu certification from Barefoot Masters back in the days where it was frowned down upon to learn from two different training institutes.

I am curious to find out how the techniques vary between the two different programs. I have heard wonderful things about the new DeepFeet program from North Shore massage therapist, Abby Parker. She is a credentialed instructor who offers classes right here in Waialua near Haleiwa, Hawaii. Her massage studio is located close to Integrated Massage in the Pa'alakai Scoop of Paradise building.

I am completely new to the world of Ashi-Thai massage. It will be so fun to learn how to integrate these two amazing massage modalities. I have been offering traditional zen shiatsu for 20 years, and I also perform "Thai on the Table," but I never imagined that you could combine barefoot massage with thai massage using overhead bars!

Being familiar with DeepFeet's rigorous certification process, I am certain that I will have to perform many practice massages before getting my full certification. If any of you out there are interested in a free training add-on to your next massage, please give me a call!

I am now scheduling appointments for the second half of August at my North Shore massage clinic in Waialua. Give me a call or text. I would love to see you soon. Prices start at $55 and I take insurance policies that cover massage in Hawaii.

I am also taking a limited number of house calls for North Shore massage. My Waialua and Haleiwa outcall massage services start at $200. I am happy to travel to your hotel room at Turtle Bay Resort or your vacation rental or AirBnB to perform onsite massage therapy. For the best rates, I recommend that you come to my convenient North Shore Massage location in Waialua. Our massage clinic is just minutes away from Haleiwa town.

I love what I do, and I look forward to working with you soon. Please don't hesitate to call me with any questions about massage in Hawaii.

Sonia Beauchamp
The Haleiwa Massage Muse

Hawaii Insurance Coverage for Massage Therapy: 2019 Updates

If a doctor has prescribed massage therapy for the treatment of a musculoskeletal condition, you may have coverage available from your insurance provider. Read the following updates regarding massage therapy insurance coverage in Hawaii for 2019. Give our North Shore massage clinic a call if we can help answer any questions. We are located in the Ka'ala Healing Arts Center in Waialua, just outside of Hale'iwa. We also offer our community wellness program to all kama'aina who do not have insurance coverage for massage.

Integrated Massage is a credentialed provider of massage therapy in Hawaii

Triwest: No coverage at this time

I have received confirmation from Triwest that they do not cover massage at this time. If you have a direct liaison with Triwest who claims that coverage is available, please provide their contact information to me. As of this time, the Department of Veterans Affairs program offered through Triwest Healthcare Alliance does not allow massage therapists to participate as providers and does not allow for stand-alone coverage for massage in the state of Hawaii. There may be coverage available for other states and regions, but it varies widely.


HMSA has plans that cover massage therapy in the state of Hawaii. These are typically higher-end plans. HMSA Quest does not cover massage therapy. Please give us a call or call the number on your insurance card to confirm your Hawaii insurance coverage for massage therapy. You must have a medical condition and medical necessity for massage to be a covered benefit. 

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser has some plans that cover massage therapy. A doctors referral is needed and you must demonstrate medical necessity for massage. Call our North Shore massage clinic in Waialua near Haleiwa to determine if your policy covers massage. 


HMAA has a few companies that have opted to include massage therapy for their employees. If your employer has not opted to have massage as a benefit, let them know you are interested. 


UHA has some plans that cover a nominal amount of medically necessary massage therapy in Hawaii. Members no longer need to get a doctor's prescription or referral. Please call UHA to confirm your coverage for massage before giving our North Shore massage clinic a call. 

Thank you for reading about these updates regarding insurance coverage for massage therapy. It is our pleasure to serve the North Shore community of Oahu. Give our massage clinic in Waialua a call if you have any questions. We are located just outside of Haleiwa in the Ka'ala Healing Arts Center.

I love what I do, and I look forward to meeting you soon. I will be back in the office full-time in August of 2019.

Sonia Beauchamp
The Haleiwa Massage Muse


North Shore Summer Massage Updates

Aloha Friends,

Summer is here, and I will be traveling. Let me know if you want to be put on my waitlist. I might be around for a week at the end of June. I'll miss you all, and I hope you have incredible adventures while I'm away <3

We will open back up for massage in August.

Sonia Beauchamp
The Haleiwa Massage Muse

North Shore Onsite Mobile Massage

The Haleiwa Massage Muse is located in Waialua near Haleiwa on the North Shore of Oahu. Our clinic is Integrated Massage and Deep Tissue Therapy and we specialize in Deep Tissue massage for pain relief.

At Integrated Massage and Deep Tissue Therapy, we also offer onsite mobile massage therapy to your North Shore, Oahu location.

Prices vary, depending on your location and the duration of your massage treatments. Our therapists are fully trained in deep tissue therapy to listen to your specific needs. If you want additional information on our outcall massage services, visit this page about our North Shore mobile massage services.

North Shore Mobile Massage in Hawaii at your location

Please browse our website to learn more about our training and expertise. If you are interested in reserving our time for onsite massage therapy outcall sessions, be sure to call well in advance. We service the Waialua and Haleiwa area of the North Shore with mobile massage therapy. We also travel beyond this area for an additional fee.

Prices start at $200 per hour of massage and discounts are available for multiple people. Please give us a call for North Shore mobile massage at your vacation rental or Air BnB. We are happy to service your North Shore mobile massage needs.

Sonia Beauchamp
The Haleiwa Massage Muse
Of the North Shore of Oahu

North Shore Massage Options

Here at our North Shore massage therapy clinic in Waialua, there are many options for massage therapy. There is no need to decide ahead of time. Our therapists will schedule time for a full consultation before your North Shore massage treatment.

Beaches on the North Shore near Integrated Massage and Deep Tissue Therapy
The North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, near our massage clinic in Haleiwa.

North Shore Couples Massage

There are not many places to schedule a couple's massage session on the North Shore of Oahu. Most people go to Spa Nalu at Turtle Bay Resort, but here in Waialua, we offer another option. Our small massage therapy clinic is a great alternative to a busy resort and spa for your North Shore massage session. We offer many different options including, deep tissue massage, Swedish, and Hawaiian lomilomi. 

North Shore Ashiatsu Massage

Here at our North Shore Oahu Massage clinic in Waialua, we also offer Ashiatsu barefoot massage therapy. This session uses overhead bars that help your massage therapist use their full body weight as they stand on the massage table. The use of massage oil helps their feet to glide over their client's muscles and deliver a firm, broad amount of pressure. If you haven't tried Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage, you don't know what you are missing. 

North Shore Medical and Deep Tissue Massage

Here at Integrated Massage and Deep Tissue Therapy on the North Shore of Oahu, we specialize in deep tissue massage. We listen to our client's preferences when providing massage therapy and always try to meet their needs. If you want a custom-tailored North Shore massage session, then give the Haleiwa Massage Muse a call.  It is our goal to make massage therapy accessible to the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

Mahalo for your interest in massage therapy. Give me a call to schedule your massage appointment.
Sonia Beauchamp
The Haleiwa Massage Muse on the North Shore