Whether a brand-new beginner or a seasoned barefoot massage provider, we have solutions for anything you can throw our way. Extensive research & development of Ashiatsu techniques, equipment set-up, and body mechanics have been our primary focus over the past decade and a half.
If you are ready to install bars and begin your barefoot massage practice, this is the course for you. You will learn posterior and anterior Ashiatsu techniques that create a fluid, effective 90-120 minute massage that may be customized for clients. This Introductory Ashiatsu course builds a great foundation for any therapist to be most successful in barefoot massage through learning specific set-up and body mechanics vital to the longevity of their practice.
If you currently provide over-the-clothing modalities, have a set of Mobile Ashiatsu Bars and want to learn clothed barefoot techniques, or simply want to add more varied techniques that do not include any oils or effleurage to your repertoire, this is the course for you. Posterior and Anterior Stretching, Range of Motion (ROM), and Compression techniques are seamlessly blended to create and customize a 90 minute protocol for your clients. Portions of this course focus on techniques for Event and Sport Massage.
If you are interested in Ashiatsu but not ready to install bars, or want to try learning a bit of barefoot techniques before committing too much to the modality, this is the course for you. Intro Seated offers a 60 minute protocol of posterior and anterior upper-torso techniques that can be a stand-alone treatment session. Clients get to experience barefoot massage while you learn to incorporate the modality into your every day practice. It serves as a great introduction to Ashiatsu for both therapists and clients.
If you have between two and six massage therapists that want to learn Ashiatsu together, coordinating dates and logistics is the process for this option. Group classes are offered for both beginner's and advanced Ashiatsu therapists, and may be taken in Las Vegas, NV or Tucson, AZ. There are options for on-site workshops to take place, which involves travel and shipping expenses in addition to tuition.
If you are a currently working, experienced Ashiatsu therapist and have clients dealing with pains in either or both shoulder and low back areas, this is the course for you. As long as you have taken a full beginner's course of Ashiatsu, practiced barefoot massage within the past three months, and have had an average of three practices/sessions using the modality per week, you are eligible for this course. These protocols are effective and specific to the target areas and will provide great relief for your clients, and cost you less energy and time than traditional techniques.
If you have experience with beginner's seated Ashiatsu techniques and are looking to enhance your practice with specific, effective skills that all are delivered from a seated position and result in many benefits for your clients, this is the course for you. The areas of focus are all in the upper torso, both posterior and anterior. The Advanced Seated course offers techniques that alleviate pain in the neck, shoulders, upper back, chest, and upper arms.
If you have current experience with standing Ashiatsu techniques and have been using them weekly for at least several months, this is the course for you. These techniques will boost your Ashiatsu skills to a whole other level, all while keeping you and your clients safe and happy. Posterior and anterior advanced techniques add the ability to choose specific areas of focus and target certain muscles, all to create a balanced, complete session with long lasting benefits for each client. Get ready to be booked solid when you finish this course!
If you have a majority of clients that weigh a lot more than you do, this may be the course for you. While two-footed techniques often catch much attention by therapists wanting to try them, there are specific reasons to do or not to do them, for both therapists and clients. This course works well to add to another Advanced course if you are a lighter-weight, more petite therapist. Two-footed techniques require a lot of practice and will be more strenuous to learn than one-footed techniques. Two-footed work is not recommended for overweight or obese clientele, and has a wider range of contraindications.
What Our Students Say
“Brenda and this class was absolutely wonderful! I am very thankful that I was able to take this class and learn as much as I did. Not only was she great at teaching Ashiatsu but also made me very excited to start incorporating this massage in my work. If you are a therapist wanting to expand your modalities this would be a perfect class to take. Thank you so much!”
“See! Feel! Do! Repeat! Is not just Brenda’s motto, it is her mantra. This is one of the best trainings I’ve ever attended. The best part is my clients love the modality and my body is stronger and more at peace as a result. I will attend ongoing training with Southwest Ashiatsu whenever possible. I’m so grateful to Brenda for all the coaching and resources. She continues to follow up and provide support across state lines.”
“Brenda is a fantastic teacher. She is very thorough and explains in a variety of ways that work for every type of learner. In addition to learning the modality, you will get all the info you need in order to practice ashi on your own (proper equipment set up, tips for marketing yourself, logistics, etc.) Ashiatsu is an amazing modality and Brenda is THE person to learn it from. You can tell she is very passionate about ashi and truly wants everyone to be the best therapist they can. I can not recommend her enough!”
“Brenda is my super hero! I am so appreciative of her flawless integrity and commitment to teaching this work. I have taken several Ashiatsu courses from other providers, but Brenda’s course really framed the technique for me in a way that is light years beyond what I have previously experienced. If you are on the fence about where to start, look no further. The massage profession is changing rapidly in content and approach with the current research pointing us in a more therapeutic direction. The science is catching up with the “magic” of what we do and Southwest Ashiatsu is on the leading edge of this exciting trend. Experiencing Ashiatsu this way is like Christmas for 3 days in a row, don’t waste your time settling for anything else. Mahalo nui loa Brenda from Maui Academy of Healing Arts!”
“I took the introductory ashiatsu class from Brenda at Southwest Ashiatsu almost exactly a year ago now. As a full time massage therapist at a thriving country club I cannot count the number of times I’ve looked at my schedule and thought “Thank god for ashiatsu!” Not only do I love receiving ashiatsu, but I absolutely love how it has helped me to grow as a practitioner. Brenda’s focus on body mechanics and form has enabled me to safely incorporate ashiatsu into my practice and continue to be successful over time. Her instruction was concise, focused, and practical and her wisdom was invaluable. The instruction I received at SAMBA has been invaluable to my health and growth in my bodywork career!”
“I found learning this artistic, effective modality (Ashiatsu) was akin to riding a motorcycle: it takes time to evolve and commands deep commitment to develop the necessary skills to progress safely through levels of expertise. It’s also akin to figure skating–using both an inside & outside edge to glide with integrity. Being a motorcyclist, as well as a figure skater, it was a perfect fit for me. My soles were born!”
BRENDA BLAKESLEY, FOUNDER, SOUTHWEST ASHIATSU MASSAGE & BODYWORK ACADEMY