Getting Your Feet Ashi-Ready

Maybe you’re thinking of becoming an ashiatsu barefoot practitioner. Maybe you practice ashiatsu already and you are looking for ways to keep your feet smooth between pedicures.

Having smooth feet for barefoot work is essential. Pedicures are one of the best ways to get your feet ready for barefoot work. Professional pedicures are great, but they also can be costly if you find the need to go often. Maintenance at home is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to keep your feet ashi-ready. I am going to share a few tips with you.

Ivy’s At Home Pedicure

Soak Feet

5-10 minutes
If you do not have a whirlpool footbath, relax, I have never found them to be that great. I use a dish tub/basin from Target or Wal-Mart (for less than 3 dollars). Fill the container up with very warm water. You can add in marbles for a massage, Epsom salts, or essential oils. Soak and pat dry when done.

Trim and File Nails

5 minutes
Nails should be neat, short, and rounded. Sharp edges can scratch clients. Push back cuticles, if needed.

Heels and Calluses

5 – 10 minutes
I have a few recommendations for callus removal and smoothing rough heels or feet. Some of these tools are a little pricey, but you will quickly recoup the cost when you find that you do not need to make frequent trips for pedicures.

• Rough Hooves or Country Girl Feet –DIAMANCEL Rasp (Extra Strength Model: 11) or Denco Easy Grip Professional Foot Smoother

• Not quite Sandal Ready Feet – Diamancel #20 Callus Rasp

• Almost City Girl Feet – Tweezerman Spa Callus Smoother or a nice pumice stone

When done removing calluses, use a buffer (like an emery board for feet) to smooth away rough patches from the callous rasps.


1-5 Minutes
Apply a high quality massage or foot cream.


5-10 minutes
• Base Coat
• 2 coats of nail polish
• Top Coat


15 Minutes
Enjoy a glass of juiced wheatgrass, water, or wine while your polish dries.


Slip on a pair of thick cotton socks so you can safely walk around the house and keep the foot crème on your feet.

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  1. Thanks for posting this! I am hoping to get started and need some at-home foot care solutions!

  2. I can imagine that after this process your feet are probably feeling really great. I have never thought of using a pumice stone to smooth my feet. However if it can really help with my health I would give it a try.

  3. My dad has been having some foot issues lately, and he isn’t sure what to do about them. His feet are just super dry and starting to crack pretty bad. That being said, I really appreciate you sharing some foot care tips with me Ivy. I definitely think that soaking his feet 5-10 minuets everyday is going to help a ton. Thank you for giving me this awesome insight. I’ll be sure to show this tho him right away.

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