is Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy®?
The original western barefoot bar massage technique using deep
tissue/compression effleurage strokes that glide over the
body. Movements are combined with centrifugal and
centripetal directions. Specific strokes create a structural
change in chronic soft tissue damage and provide deep
relaxation. Bars are used above the head for support
and balance. Lubricant is applied to the body. Developed by
massage therapist, Ruthie Piper Hardee in 1995 as a result
of her own scoliosis and disk pain associated with bending
over the table to deliver deep tissue massage.
have read about Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® in many
massage magazine articles, why do consumers
love this work so much?
The continuous deep tissue pressure you are able to deliver with
your feet covers much larger areas at once than your hands.
The foot is broad and makes the compression smooth and
sumptuous not bony or prodding like using an elbow, thumb or
massage tool. The consistent pressure is easily maintained
hour after hour. Consumers feel like they got a 2 hour
deep tissue massage in about 40 minutes. They get relieve
from chronic inflammation faster than that of a normal
massage. Imagine being able to work client after
client and never having to bend at the waist ever again to
give deep compression. Your hands and wrists can take a
break too. Clients feel like they got more “bang for their
buck” and the stress and strain on your body was
effortless. The results of those suffering from chronic
back, neck and shoulder pain have amazing testimonials. Our
clients show dramatic results with better posture and over
all well being.
is this method different from other popular barefoot
Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy®
is distinctly separate and unique in comparison to Barefoot
, or Thai work. One main factor is that we use bars in the
ceiling. A second factor is our focus on the atlas and
myofascial plains. Research supports our findings to have
the atlas and cervical dish area straight when working along
the spine. We are famous for our posterior work along the
muscles surrounding the spine and we don’t just
“press” down, our compression is multi directional.
Oil and cream are applied for smooth gliding strokes with
skin to skin contact. The technique is best applied a
minimum height of 2 feet from the floor to the table for the
best in client safety and comfort. Performing this
form of barefoot work on the floor without bars or the space
between client and floor is a cheap substitute for the real
deal. When it comes to western barefoot effleurage
using bars, we wrote the book!
Can anyone receive
Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® is ideal for large clients who prefer a
deeper massage but we developed different protocols for
different body types. The main thing to recognize is that
there are many contraindications for deep compression and no
two body types are alike. Detailed notes, lecture and safe
application is the main focus of our curriculum. You will
have in-depth knowledge of barefoot compression work before
you leave our classroom.
I have to be a small/petite person to take this course?
Not at all. There are no height or weight requirements for Barefoot
Basics. Some of our graduates are 150 to 190 pounds and they
are as smooth and gentle as can be. It’s really more about
the fluidity and flow of your body expression. We developed
this work along time ago to accommodate all therapists by
creating different program levels. The skills taught in
Barefoot Basics and the anterior workshops can be done by
anyone. You only have one foot on the body when your
standing so you are in complete control of your pressure at
all times. We do recommend a certain level of coordination
so your delivery will be “sensational” and not received
I received solicitation in the mail
that looks just like your program under a similar name, I’m
We are flattered at the imitators. Because we have spent years
perfecting this modality and making it popular, there are
those who have taken liberties to not only teach our
technique without permission but repackage our trade name as
well. This marketing angle has caused wide spread confusion
within the massage community. The name “Ashiatsu Oriental
Bar Therapy®” is registered with the United States
Trademark office. The methods and arrangements by which we
teach this specific form are actually protected under
Federal copyright law. Our organization has never trained
any person to teach outside our umbrella of excellence.
People continually report to us their confusion over
barefoot techniques with similar derivatives. Only
“Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy” is the original and any
similarly-sounding names are not affiliated with us!
you actually feel things with your feet?
It takes time – just like it did when you learned to
massage with your hands. With practice and patience your
feet can learn to palpate just like your hands. We call it
am expected to go back and show others at my spa how to
do this technique after my training.
We have perfected a system on how this modality is taught
to others. The in-depth information distributed during
class came with years of research, conviction and wisdom.
To try and teach it in a watered down version to
unsuspecting staff when you return is unsafe not to
mention unethical. The educational quality and value we
put into the program is now lost which in return tarnishes
our world wide trusted reputation. If your spa intends on
sending you to class for this sole purpose, we ask that
you reconsider your registration.
men be trained in this technique?
Absolutely. This modality is great for any
therapist that wants to decrease stress and strain to their
We have a few chiropractors who have taken our course and
they are really big guys.
can I be sure I’m taking the class with the authentic
Make sure your registration information comes from a current instructor
who is listed on the corporate website at
Then you know you are going directly to the true source of
Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy®, not an “adapted”
version of what someone has made up. We are constantly
developing new concepts through research and want you to be
up to date.
Are the bars hard to
your workshop we devote a large section of time to go over
how to install bars. We cover everything from commercial
drop-in ceilings to an easy residential ceiling. We also
cover unique situations such as vaulted ceilings or low
ceilings and have comprehensive notes on materials. We also
include in depth photo samples in your student manual with
schematics and specific designs for “hard-to”
much does it cost to install the bars?
you have a standard 8 to 9 foot ceiling with wood studs it
can be as low as $80 and a very easy set up. From our years
of experience, we have created custom hardware that works
perfect for your needs. You can take it with you immediately
following your class so you can get your bars up fast. To
install bars into a commercial drop/false ceiling, it is
more expensive and the cost varies depending on what kind of
an installation you decide to go with. A rough estimate
would be $250 to $400. This is considered a small investment
compared to the return you will get in high income from
offering a one of a kind, specialized treatment in your
if I am renting space?
The holes created from a residential installation can be
patched, and ceiling tiles can easily be replaced. It is not
difficult to leave a space when renting, while leaving no
trace that bars were ever there.
Can I get a replacement CEU Certificate or Diploma?
for Lost CE Certificates
Thank you for your
inquiry to receive a duplicate copy of one or
more of your certificates. We are happy to
provide you with an additional copy.
Due to so much
lost revenue on an annual basis with this very
situation, the company can no longer afford to
make replacement certificates copies or diploma
is an $15 replacement fee for diplomas
and a $10 fee for CE hour transcripts
which includes postage. If you need the office
to scan and
fax directly to a school or state board agency,
you must provide us with the exact address, fax
number as well as point of contact.
Please supply all above information with your
check or money order and we will be happy to
send the new copy in the mail.
Let us know if your address has changed since
you took your original workshop with us.
payable to: Health & Bodyworks
Midwest Regional Office