Al Poliarco, Instructor

Becoming a Certified Ashiatsu Deepfeet Bar Therapist gave me more than a new start. Of the numerous possible career change options I’ve explored to let go of my social work job for over 15 years, my hunt led me to massage school in 2015. I was ecstatic to finally receive my license in 2016. I thought that was it, but after realizing what was trending in massage therapy market at the time — what do I want people to know that’s different about what I do? Determined to find my answer, I wasted no time and headed to Mudra Massage in Portland, Oregon for Ashiatsu - Deepfeet Bar Therapy Training. It turned out to be what I needed for my new start. Ashiatsu has provided me not only its uniqueness as to other modalities, but most importantly how much easier it is on my body. I am able to artfully interlace Ashiatsu with other modalities I was trained in, such as Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Tui Na, Guasha, Cupping, Sports Massage, Thai Massage, yoga stretches, and more. I now know that the “air of freedom” is loving what you do. When I’m on the massage table, it means I’m doing Ashiatsu. I am humbled to be the first to introduce Ashiatsu Deepfeet Bar Therapy in Madison. Today, my freelance Ashiatsu practice, which I named Barefoot Hands Bodywork, continues to gain positive response not only from my growing clientele but also inquiries from other therapists seeking to prolong their career. It is for these reasons that motivate me to continue to share my passion for Ashiatsu through education and training other therapists. My clients admire me for my caring, sense of humor, lightheartedness and ability to create an open-minded healing experience. I look forward to welcoming you with the same values and learning environment.

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