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Thank you so much for the opportunity to introduce you to the amazing ancient healing power of Ashiatsu BarefootBar® Massage techniques, affectionately branded “the deepest most luxurious massage on the planet”.
Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® (AOBT) is the first nationally approved study course for a western barefoot effleurage massage technique using bars on the ceiling. The founder, Ruthie Hardee, spent numerous years on research and the modality is now a well-documented and effective treatment for chronic back pain. Hardee is the pioneer of gravity assisted barefoot effleurage used in the spa industry today. AOBT® is offered at numerous luxury spas and resorts such as Canyon Ranch, The Golden Door, and The Bellagio, and has been featured in publications such as Massage Magazine, Massage & Bodywork, Massage Therapy Journal, Self, and Health Magazines. It has also been aired on national television on CNN, the Discovery channel, as well as many local stations.
The headquarters for AOBT is based in Denver, Colorado and operates under the name of Health and Bodyworks. The founder has 13 authorized instructors in the United States and 20 permanent training sites, including Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. Since inception, we are proud to say that we have over 5000 graduates from our program across the world.
AOBT’s Texas permanent training facilities are in San Antonio, Houston and Richardson near Dallas – and regularly scheduled classes are available each month across these locations. The number of students/therapists in each workshop is limited to 6-8 therapists to ensure there is ample time forindividual instruction. The Barefoot Basics training course provides an LMT with 25 continuing education units (CEU’s), which are approved by the State of Texas and the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). This course is an introductory workshop offered to existing LMT’s. After completion of the workshop, the therapist will have gained the knowledge and skills to perform a wonderful one-hour treatment that can easily be incorporated into their own practice.
Massage therapists seek out our unique modality for many reasons:
· Students desiring to enter the massage field with “specialized” techniques.
· Seasoned therapists that focus in providing deep tissue work, which is taking a toll on their bodies, especially the hands/wrists due to the repetitive motions.
· Therapists that want to re-invent and set themselves apart from others in the field.
· LMT’s that want to take a fun course to earn CEU’s for license renewal.
I am the only authorized instructor for the state of Texas in this modality, I’ll be teaching Ashiatsu across the state monthly, and I am currently scheduling requests for guest speaking engagements at massage schools and association meetings, as well as scheduling “onsite” workshops for continuing education at your location. Please sink your feet into this website and read the course descriptions to learn more about each class. Contact me if you have any questions, I'd love to help!
To read more about some Benefits of Ashiatsu, follow this link: ashiatsubenefits.pdf
And be sure to catch my presentation on the World Massage Conference, Monday November 12th at 6pm Eastern Time to hear a detailed explanation on benefits of this form of bodywork for the therapist, and why it is great for your clients: check it out! We'll also talk about the safety measures involved when preparing and providing this form of barefoot massage. Click the image below to sign up today!